Life Itself

Director: Steve James

2014, 120 minutes, Online Screening with Q&A, R


Cast: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Raven Evans, Ava DuVernay, Ramin Bahrani

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

The purchase of an online screening allows you to participate in a live Q&A on Wednesday, May 27 at 8 pm with Chaz Ebert and director Steve James.

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert—a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Questions for the Q&A’s may be submitted in advance. You can either submit them over email to or tweet them using the hashtag #magnoliadocseries.

This film is screening as part of a series called MAGNOLIA PICTURES: A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE DOCS. Four films, each opening on a Friday, with a live Q&A the following Wednesday. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to a charity of the filmmakers’ choice. Q&A can be accessed on the same page where you purchase the film. Q&A will be archived if you are unable to watch live. You have five days to view the film once purchased.