I am a life-long film lover. I was thrilled to meet Roger Ebert and talk with him briefly at a book signing many years ago. I always respected him as a film critic and a writer. My respect for him as a human being grew when I saw how he faced cancer with such grace and spirit. Here is a quote from his 2011 book, Life Itself: A Memoir:
‘Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
Life Itself, the new documentary about Roger Ebert, will be at the Wexner Center on July 15. I'll see you at this movie.