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  • Another major award for Steve James' documentary 'Life Itself'

    Another major award for Steve James' documentary 'Life Itself'
    "Life Itself," the outstanding and acclaimed documentary by Hampton native Steve James, was bypassed in the Academy Award nomination process - something that has been a regular thing for James dating back to his landmark film "Hoop Dreams" 20 years ago.
  • Analysis: How did 'Life Itself' not get an Oscar nomination?

    Analysis: How did 'Life Itself' not get an Oscar nomination?
    When this year's Academy Award nominations were announced last week, there were a few notable omissions. On the documentary side, that distinction goes to "Life Itself." A portrait of the life (and final days) of Roger Ebert — a man whose name was...

    'Life Itself' shut out by Oscars, but Steve James didn't come away empty-handed

    'Life Itself' shut out by Oscars, but Steve James didn't come away empty-handed
     In what is become a far too common ritual, Steve James - the documentary filmmaker from Hampton - was overlooked by Oscar on Thursday.  When the Academy Award nominations were announced, his film "Life Itself" - about the life, career and sad death...

    An eye on the unconventional: 'Life Itself,' 'Citizenfour'

    An eye on the unconventional: 'Life Itself,' 'Citizenfour'
    Getting rabid Chicago Bulls fan Gene Siskel to see "Hoop Dreams" was easy enough, but talking fellow film critic Roger Ebert into slotting a three-hour sports-focused documentary into his Sundance schedule was no mean feat. "Roger," the veteran...

    Louder Than a Bomb about to blow up

    Louder Than a Bomb about to blow up
    A noted Chicago poet named Carl Sandburg once wrote, "I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on the way," and so there sat one evening last week a somewhat less well-known Chicago poet named Kevin Coval, who is certainly on his way. If...