SummerDocs Series Brings Tribeca Prizewinner and ‘Life Itself’ to East Hampton

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The Hamptons Intl. Film Festival’s sixth annual SummerDocs series has tapped Steve James’ documentary about Roger Ebert, “Life Itself,” and Al Hicks’ “Keep On Keepin’ On” for its 2014 season of programming.

“Life Itself,” premiering at Sundance earlier this year and set for a July 4 release from Magnolia Pictures, will kick off SummerDocs June 21. Pic follows the life and career of globally recognized film critic Robert Ebert in a film based on Ebert’s memoir of the same name.

“Keep On Keepin’ On” screens at SummerDocs July 25 after the movie, about jazz legend Clark Terry’s mentorship of a blind piano prodigy, bowed at the Tribeca Film Festival and earned the fest’s juried prize for new doc director as well as its audience award for documentary. Radius-TWC acquired worldwide rights to the film soon after its Tribeca bow.

Alec Baldwin, who has participated in SummerDocs screenings in the past, returns to moderate post-screening discussions with Chaz Ebert (for “Life Itself”) and with Hicks (for “Keep On”). Both screenings are set to take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

The warm-weather programming of SummerDocs precedes the 22nd annual HIFF, running Oct. 9-13.

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