From time to time, your friends at Paste scour Kickstarter and other crowdfunding websites to find projects worthy of your support and love. Support independent art today by becoming a backer, and spread the word, why dontcha?
Today’s favorite comes from a good friend of Paste, the great director Steve James. You probably know James best from his masterpiece Hoop Dreams, which Roger Ebert named the best movie (documentary or narrative) of the Nineties, and which he and many others (including Paste itself) have named one of the greatest documentaries of all time. More recently, James thrilled and inspired us with his majestic The Interrupters and troubled us with Head Games. And that’s just scratching the surface of his storied career.
Now he’s back with a documentary on the late great Roger Ebert, based on Ebert’s memoir, Life Itself. James began filming the project not knowing that Ebert would only live a few more months, and shared the end of the great critic’s life with him. The result is, by all accounts, a moving and revealing portrait. It premiers at Sundance this weekend.
Not able to get to Park City this year? Lucky for you, James and company have a crowdfunding campaign going at Indiegogo (in case you’re not familiar with the site, it’s the most established crowdfunding site after Kickstarter). If you donate more than $25, you’ll share in the evening by watching a livestream of the film at the very same time Sundance audiences are seeing it for the first time. Other rewards include the ability to book a great filmmaker like Morgan Spurlock or Ava Duvernay to screen one of their movies for your group and sit for a live Q&A afterwards.
This one is a no-brainer. From the director to the subject to the project itself to the rewards. if you’re ever going to support a crowdfunding project, this is the one. But act quickly; the campaign ends early Tuesday morning. Go here to support.