An outpouring of love for Roger Ebert as he announces "a leave of presence"

UPDATE: We are all devastated to learn of Roger Ebert's death. Please bear with us as we process the shattering loss of our friend. Our statement on his passing can be found here. The page and storify below has been left unedited to reflect our feelings of celebration and kindness in the moments before his death.

To see remembrances following his passing, read our updated Storify: Fans react to Roger Ebert's death.

Read our Storify "Outpouring of love for Roger Ebert" to see hundreds of posts responding to the eloquent recent announcement by Roger Ebert: "A Leave of Presence."

We tracked these today because a notable part of our documentary Life Itself, based on Ebert's memoir of the same name, will involve discussion of his unique command of social media, and his prodigious digital output in recent years despite his declining health. His moving announcement late yesterday of a further health setback - his cancer has returned - and the re-launch of his website under the ownership of a new venture, Ebert Digital, as well as many other planned new ventures, shocked, saddened and also inspired many people. As the posts show, the appreciation for Roger Ebert as writer, and as the liver of a remarkable life, spreads far beyond the world of film (though many of the posts from working film critics do also state how crucial his work was in their choice of career).

We wish Roger the best of health as he fights his cancer, and are clearly far from alone in that.

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Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts the surprising and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that’s by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent.

Kartemquin Films to announce inaugural grant recipients at 2018 Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon

Kartemquin will for the first time announce recipients of $150,000 in grants for up to 15 films at the 2018 Kartemquin Films Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon, taking place on November 1st at 11:30am at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Grants of up to $20,000 will be announced for eligible projects by debut or emerging filmmakers who are already receiving support through Kartemquin’s revered production process, which has guided over 65 award-winning, socially impactful films since the collective was founded in 1966.