When Chaz Ebert said "I wish Roger could be here tonight" at the premiere of "Life Itself," she expressed a wish everyone in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival audience shared.
Everyone in attendance probably wished Roger could have been there -- because Roger would have loved this movie.
Director Steve James said in a Q-and-A after the film that the longtime Chicago film critic wanted the movie -- adapted from his 2011 memoir -- to be a complete portrait. When the Eberts contacted friends about granting interviews to James, there was one rule: "Be candid."
Considering how often Ebert demanded the full story from the people he interviewed and reviewed, James said, "He couldn't change the rules for himself. He had to allow full access."