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Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater is proud to announce a special opening night Filmmakerís Screening of the new film LIFE ITSELF with director Steve James in person on Friday, July 18, at 7 pm. Q&A with James will follow the screening. LIFE ITSELF will then run for two weeks at the theater. The film captures the spirit, wit, and toughness of the late critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Tapped by Ebert himself to direct a film about his life, James is widely lauded as one of most important documentarians. His 1994 epic HOOP DREAMS is often cited as one of the great accomplishments in nonfiction filmmaking. One of the earliest and most vocal champions of the film was Ebert, saying, ďA film like HOOP DREAMS is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself.Ē Filmed in the final months before Ebertís death from cancer, LIFE ITSELF delves deep into the times of a complicated man. The movie features intimate interviews with Ebert, his wife Chaz, friends and colleagues, and directors Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, and Martin Scorsese (who helped produce the film). Just one of the fascinating components of the movie is the degree to which Ebertís criticism influenced some of the great filmmakers whose work he reviewed. Also featured are interviews with fellow critics Jonathan Rosenbaum, Richard Corliss, and A.O. Scott, all of whom were informed in some way by Ebertís critical work. This will be Jamesí second visit to Film Streamsí Ruth Sokolof Theater. In the spring of 2013, the theater curated a series of his acclaimed films, including HOOP DREAMS, STEVIE, and THE INTERRUPTERS, and hosted the filmmaker for several Q&As, including one just for high school students. Tickets for all regular screenings at Film Streamsí Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey Street, are $9 general, $7 for students, seniors, teachers, military and those arriving by bicycle, and $4.50 for Film Streams Members. Tickets are available at the box office inside Film Streamsí Ruth Sokolof Theater or online at filmstreams.org