In 1994, Roger Ebert championed the documentary “Hoop Dreams” by the then little-known filmmaker Steve James. The film became a hit, establishing James’s career. Two decades later, James was entrusted with making “Life Itself,” a documentary based on Ebert’s autobiography of the same name.
A candid homage to America’s most beloved critic, the film has already won awards from numerous critics groups and has been short listed as a nominee for the best documentary Oscar. On Sunday, it will air at 7 and 9 p.m. on CNN.