Hello Ebert Fans,
It’s been a landmark couple of weeks for Life Itself, and we have a lot of exciting news to share with you.
Our CNN TV Premiere
Mark your calendars! Our CNN/U.S. global television premiere will be on Sunday, January 4th at 9pm and 11pm Eastern.
Please join us for this very special occasion as millions of people watch the film together! We’ll be active on social media during the premiere, so please share your thoughts with us on Facebook and our Twitter @Ebertmovie!
Nominations and Awards
We are deeply honored that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has selected Life Itself as one of fifteen documentaries shortlisted for a nomination for the 2015 Best Documentary Oscar. The five official nominations will be announced on January 15th; cross your fingers for us! You can see the full list of shortlisted documentaries here.
Life Itself has been named the Best Documentary Film of 2014 by the National Board of Review! Thank you to the NBR for this wonderful recognition. Winners will be honored in a ceremony on January 6th, 2015. You can see the full list of honored films here.
Entertainment Weekly has declared Life Itself to be the #4 best movie of 2014! “In the end, Life Itself is really a love story about one man's love of words, his wife, and the movies,” EW’s Chris Nashawaty writes. We couldn’t put it better ourselves.
- We are a Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominee! Life Itself was nominated for the Best Documentary of 2014 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Anne Thompson of IndieWIRE states that the "The Critic's Choice Movie Awards are among the most accurate predictors of Oscar nominations."
Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking has nominated Life Itself for five awards. Roger was all about the democratization of film and film criticism, so we are especially proud of our Audience Choice Prize nomination, because it's you who picks the winner. So please vote for Life Itself!
The Producers Guild of America has nominated Life Itself for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. The 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 24th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Thank you to the PGA for including us among such an esteemed group of nominees! You can see the full list of nominations here.
- The African-American Film Critics Association has chosen Life Itself as this year’s best documentary film. Thank you to the AAFCA for selecting us for this wonderful honor! Read the AAFCA press release on this year’s winners here.
- Our hometown Chicago Film Critics Association has named us the best documentary of 2014! We are profoundly honored and moved that Roger Ebert's closest peers felt our film did justice to his legacy.
- The Online Film Critics Society has named our film the Best Documentary of the year!
- The Boston Online Film Critics Association has named Life Itself the best documentary of the year. Thank you to the BOFCA for this honor. Check out the full list of winning films here.
- Thank you to the WAFCA for naming us Best Documentary of 2014. Read the full list of winning films here.
- The Indiana Film Journalists Association picked Life Itself as Best Documentary of 2014, and also made it a finalist for Best Film.
- Life Itself has garnered nominations for best documentary from the St. Louis Film Critics, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Detroit Film Critics Society, San Diego Film Critics Society, and the Phoenix Film Critics Society.
- The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has named Life Itself the runner-up for their best documentary award!
Many thanks to these amazing organizations for their awards, nominations, and recognitions; we give you two thumbs up!
Ava DuVernay Remembers Roger Ebert
In this exclusive Indiewire clip from Life Itself, director Ava DuVernay reminisces about her relationship with Roger, and discusses his ability to look past racial and cultural boundaries to view films from their own unique perspectives. On that note, we want to take a moment to congratulate Ava for being the first African-American woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes. It’s an honor long overdue, and we hope that Ava is just the first of many outstanding women filmmakers of color who will be recognized for their talents behind the camera.
For more personal stories from Ava about Roger and his influence on her career, please read our #EbertChat from last year!
Last but not least, Indiewire interviewed Chaz Ebert about Roger and Life Itself for their “Awards Spotlight” series. Our favorite quote: what moved Roger Ebert to tears when watching a film? "Goodness and kindness."
It’s an exciting time for Life Itself, so to stay up to date on all things Ebert, be sure to check in with us on Facebook and Twitter, where we interact with followers and post news daily. Thank you all for your wonderful support, and if Life Itself was your favorite nonfiction feature of 2014, don't forget to cast your vote for us for the Cinema Eye Honors Audience Choice Prize. And remember, our CNN television premiere will be on Sunday, January 4th at 9pm and 11pm Eastern!