Steve James ponders ‘Life Itself’

January 3, 2015 9:50 PM

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Steve James ponders ‘Life Itself’

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.

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