Life Itself crowdfunding campaign is "game-changing for the entire film industry"

Our Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself will world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this Sunday, with over 1,500 Indiegogo supporters exclusively able to simultaneously stream the film via VHX at

After the screening, those lucky viewers will all share in the q&a from Park City, live streamed via YouTube, and anyone in the world can track and participate in the conversation by following the #Ebertchat and #LifeItself hashtags on Twitter.

Those with the streaming perk can watch the film as many times as they like within a 2 week period following Sunday. Life Itself will screen five times in total at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and now also has upcoming dates confirmed for Ebertfest, and for Indiegogo-backed special preview screenings in NYC, Chicago and LA.

The film's successful Indiegogo campaign and the simultaneous streaming perk have been described as "game-changing... for the entire film industry." We are proud to be pioneering a new democratic distribution and funding methods and are excited to see everyone's reaction to the film. Thanks for your support if you backed the campaign!

Directed by Steve James (The Interrupters) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Life Itself will be Steve James’ sixth film to play the Sundance Film Festival, and his seventh made with Kartemquin Films. The film is based upon Ebert’s own memoir and recounts the surprising and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator – a story that’s by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent.

LIFE ITSELF Sundance Film Festival 2014 Public Screening Schedule. Ticket info
Sunday, January 19, 5:15pm
MARC, Park City

Monday, January 20, 1:00pm
Redstone 2, Park City

Thursday, January 23, 9:00pm
Sundance Resort, Provo

Friday, January 24, 9:00am
Temple Theatre, Park City

Saturday, January 25, 9:15pm
Tower, Salt Lake City

Confirmed screenings after Sundance:
Monday, February 3rd
New York City
(Currently exclusive only to Indiegogo backers)

Sunday, February 9th
Cinema Falls, Sioux Falls, SD
(Currently exclusive only to Cinema Falls members)

Monday, February 10th
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
(Currently exclusive only to Indiegogo backers)

Ebertfest - April 23-27. Exact details TBC.
Virginia Theatre, Champaign-Urbana, IL

Read recent coverage of the film and interviews with Steve James and Chaz Ebert from the following outlets:

ROGEREBERT.COM - January 17, 2014: "This is Not Only Our Film: Steve James Talks About His Roger Ebert Documentary 'LIFE ITSELF'." By: Matt Zoller Seitz.

ASSOCIATED PRESS – January 16, 2014: “Ebert Documentary to Premiere at Sundance Festival.” By Caryn Rousseau.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - January 15, 2014: "Chaz Ebert's Sundance Without Roger." By Rebecca Ford.

REAL SCREEN - January 16, 2014: "Sundance '14: Tackling Cancer, Criticism, and 'LIFE ITSELF'." By Kevin Ritchie.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: VOICES - January 17, 2014: "Roger Ebert Doc 'LIFE ITSELF' To Be Shown at Ebertfest in April." By Mike Thomas.

VULTURE - January 15, 2014: "15 of This Year's Most Intriguing Sundance Films." By Kyle Buchanan.

BUZZFEED - JANUARY 14, 2014: "50 Highly Anticipated Films At The 2014 Sundance Film Festival." By: Adam B. Vary and Kate Aurthur.

FIRSTSHOWING.NET – JANUARY 14, 2013: “Sundance 2014: Our 11 Most Anticipated Films We Can't Wait to See” by Alex Billington

SUNDANCE CHANNEL - JANUARY 14, 2014: "15 Most Buzzworthy Films of Sundance 2014." By: Nina Hämmerling Smith.

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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.