Life Itself airs again on CNN this Sunday

CNN Films presents an encore broadcast of Life Itself, our award-winning documentary on Roger Ebert, this Sunday, January 25th at 8pm ET.

The repeat broadcast comes just over a week after a bittersweet, busy time for the film and Kartemquin, as the hugely successful first CNN broadcast was followed by the film missing out on an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, much to the surprise, heartbreak and dismay of many, while on the same day being honored as the Best Documentary of the year at the Critics' Choice Awards.

Steve James posted this photo on the film's Facebook page the following day, with these words:
"Yesterday in Los Angeles... we didn't get an Oscar nomination, but we did get the honor of being named Best Documentary of the year at the Critics' Choice Awards.

In between that low and high, Chaz, Judy and I were having breakfast at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood where we were all staying because of the Critics' Choice Awards. While we sat and commiserated over the nominations, and laughed some too about the insanity of it all, we thought about how lucky we are. And then realizing that we were literally a block away from Roger's star, Judy suggested we go down and see it, especially today of all days, and take a picture.

Thanks everyone for all the support you've given this film!"

Chaz Ebert posted both a statement on the day of the Oscar nominations, and then a message of gratitude, which begins:
"Working with Steve James, one of our finest documentary filmmakers, and our team to make “Life Itself” has been one of the most gratifying experiences I could ever hope for. I am deeply moved by the hard work and dedication they devoted to every aspect of the filmmaking process. One of our objectives was to make a film that allowed the viewer to get to know Roger and his relationship to the film industry, and to life itself, in an intimate and meaningful way. I think we accomplished that, and I know that Roger would have been pleased with the outcome, and that makes me happy. The film seemed to touch the hearts and minds of so many. “Life Itself” is about the strength of the human heart. The profound and emotional depth one feels when experiencing the movie is possible because of the beautiful filmmaking."

We'd like to bring attention to Cynthia Fuchs' 10/10 review of the film, written after all those events: Roger Ebert and Steve James Define and Transcend the Documentary Form in 'Life Itself'.

Recognized as the "best reviewed documentary of 2014" -- and the second best reviewed limited-release movie of the year overall -- Life Itself has already been richly rewarded in this year’s awards season, with the greatest honor of all for the filmmakers being the wonderful response of the many fans the film has gained since it first world premiered at Sundance Film Festival and simultaneously online to Indiegogo backers one year ago.

A final chance for one more award comes on Saturday, January 24th, as the film is a nominee for the Producers Guild Award for Best Documentary. We shall see - and be happy whatever the outcome!

You can check out a list of notable awards and distinctions for Life Itself below:


We are deeply honored to have been nominated for the following awards; to be considered and included among such stellar company is a win in and of itself!

Life Itself also landed on many ‘best of the year’ lists… and not just the best documentaries of the year. Again, we are deeply honored to be included on these lists, and placed alongside so many amazing films. You can check out some of those lists below:

Thank you to everyone who has seen the film for supporting Life Itself over the course of our journey this past year.