Jan 17, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Almost a year after his death Roger Ebert will be celebrated – in a documentary about the famed film critic.

“Life Itself” makes it’s debut on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival.

The work was directed by “Hoop Dreams” filmmaker Steve James and includes footage gathered during the last four months of Ebert’s life.

The revered Chicago Sun-Times movie critic died in April after a long battle with cancer.

And Sundance audiences won’t be the only ones watching the premiere.

Filmmakers martialled the forces of Ebert’s wide online following to crowd fund $150,000 for production costs. Donors will receive a code to stream the film online at the same time it premieres at Sundance.

“Life Itself ” will have screenings next month in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Ebert’s hometown of Urbana, Illinois.

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