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    8 Top Documentary Directors on How They Got Their Start, Finance Their Films and More

    Earlier this month at the Savannah Film Festival, eight top documentary filmmakers gathered for a roundtable discussion about how and why they came to make eight of the most celebrated films of the year.

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    Watch: 4 Things We Learned About Roger Ebert from 'Life Itself' Director & Chaz Ebert

    Last Monday "Life Itself" director Steve James and Roger Ebert's wife Chaz sat down with Indiewire to discuss the journey of documenting all "seven-acts" of Ebert's extraordinary life.

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    'Life Itself' Director Steve James Gets Up Close with Roger Ebert at the End of His Life (Exclusive Video)

    Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz enthusiastically embraced the idea of a documentary of his memoir "Life Itself," and wanted Chicago filmmaker Steve James, whose "Hoop Dreams" Ebert had discovered at Sundance some 20 years ago, to direct it. James found himself in an unusual situation as Ebert's heal...

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    9 Documentary Directors Who've Made the Leap to Narrative (or Vice Versa)

    Documentary filmmakers are a special breed - and yet, despite (or maybe because of) their unique skill set, a select group has made the leap to narrative features-- including, most recently, R.J. Cutler, whose narrative feature film debut, "If I Stay," hits theaters tomorrow. In some cases, the tran...

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    Review: 'Life Itself' - Based on Roger Ebert’s Memoirs - Feels Like 3 Films Rolled Into 1

    But it should go without saying that I walked out of the theater knowing more about him than when I walked in.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Life Itself' Leads New Releases While 'Begin Again' and 'Snowpiercer' Show Life

    Independence Day weekend doesn't tend to be a big specialized release date. In the last six years, only "The Way, Way Back" in 2013 stands out as a significant new release over the holiday. So it isn't surprising that the pickings were modest this year.

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    'Life Itself' Director Steve James Explains Why Roger Ebert Deserved a Documentary

    James spoke with Indiewire about his initial reservations with the material and why not every detail made the cut.

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