Life Itself heads to Australia and New Zealand, with Magnolia acquiring worldwide rights

Following the international premiere of Life Itself in the "Cannes Classics" program at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival this May, the film will then head to dates in New Zealand and Australia. The film's director Steve James will attend the New Zealand premiere at the Documentary Edge Festival, which is also showcasing his classic Hoop Dreams, and our 2013 film The Trials of Muhammad Ali, directed by Bill Siegel. The dates for the films are as follows: - Life Itself: May 29, May 30, May 31 (Auckland), and June 10 and June 14 (Wellington). Get tickets. - Hoop Dreams: May 31 (Auckland), and June 12 (Wellington). Get tickets. - The Trials of Muhammad Ali: May 25, May 28, June 2 (Auckland), and June 8 and June 15 (Wellington). Get tickets. The Sydney Film Festival will host two screenings of Life Itself, on June 7th and 12th. Get more details, and read about the film's recent appearance at Ebertfest in a preview written by Katherine Tulich for the Sydney Morning Herald. Ahead of Cannes, the international rights for the film have been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, who had previously acquired the North American rights following the Sundance film festival. The film will be released in US theaters and VOD on July 4th. More US festivals and international dates will be announced very soon. You can follow the film on Facebook and Twitter.