Acclaimed filmmaker Steve James pays tribute to the late Roger Ebert and to the love of movies. Using Ebert’s memoir as a launching point, James adroitly traces the Pulitzer Prize- winning critic’s career, demonstrating how Ebert, with TV sparring partner Gene Siskel, popularized film criticism for the masses. Folded into the film is the story of the health issues that ultimately claimed Ebert’s life, how he adapted to his physical limitations to thrive online, and, most affectingly, his personal life with his beloved wife, Chaz, and their family. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films.
The director is expected to be person for both screenings.