18th Annual Documentary Series Continues with ‘Life Itself’ Apr. 17

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s documentary series will continue its 18th year at 2 pm Apr. 17 with Steve James’ Life Itself in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of Meinders School of Business.

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Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert—a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself explores the legacy of Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

The documentary series is sponsored by OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature. Harbour Winn, director of the center, explained the theme of this year’s documentary series.

The screening will begin at 2:00PM at the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave. A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

ACCOLADES FOR LIFE ITSELF

-“If you aren’t moved by Life Itself, you ought to have your heart examined.” Washington Post

-“This movie is never maudlin or sentimental. It shows us a man who, whatever his flaws, seemed to live his life in exactly the right way.” Newsday

-“Though Life Itself is a warts-and-all portrait Ebert didn’t live to review, my guess is his thumbs would be shooting upward. Mine sure are.” Rolling Stone -“Deep currents of love and sorrow flow under the succession of often funny recollections of a busy life. But it is a wake where the departed is still present.” NY Times

-“A paradoxical and vitally overflowing character emerges: a compassionate moralist with vast appetites, a raucous public performer whose confessional candor had a nearly religious purity.” New Yorker

-“Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world’s most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived—right up to the very last moment.” Chicago Sun-Times

UPCOMING FILMS

* May 1, Wim Wenders’ The Salt of the Earth