Ebertfest had an emotional start this year, kicking off with Steve James’ documentary Life Itself. This film, more of a memorial to Roger Ebert than a biography, examines the life and work of Ebert, along with the handful of decisions and relationships that most significantly shaped his life. It was a lovely way to begin the festival and, as James noted during the Q&A after the film, seeing it with this audience, in this theatre (Champaign, IL’s gorgeousVirginia Theatre), was a truly special experience. The Ebertfest crowd is always a warm one- they laugh louder, hold their breath longer, and applaud the crew along with the cast. They’re also passionate and canny, and it was great to see this film with an audience of people who could watch Life Itself and start chuckling right away when the outtakes of Siskel & Ebert start up, not needing the punchline to understand the dynamic. As Josh Spiegel wrote inhis review from Sundance, Life Itself is a beautiful, heartfelt, at times shocking, and incredibly funny film, and it was a wonderful way to begin this 16th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.
When the hell is this doc coming to Seattle?!? I’m waiting, dammit.
In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for a great podcast with the director.
"Joining us for the 20th episode of the Hey You Geeks podcast is director Frank Pavich, here to discuss his incredible, hit documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune. We discuss the film, the enigma of Jodorowsky, alternate timelines and so much more. Pavich shares fascinating stories about first meeting the legendary Jodorowsky, H.R. Giger and Michel Seydoux. From […]"
Dom Hemingway is the story of a man trying to re-establish his dominance over a world that never cared in the first place. It’s a tour de force for Jude Law, who stalks the screen with such ferocio…
And ‘like’ it on Facebook. Give me some love. lol