Documentaries are often ignored (or overlooked) by theaters in the Frederick, Maryland area. In this author's view, it is unfortunate that these types of films (along with art-house and vintage features) are being under-appreciated in the area.
|Roger Ebert (1942-2013) and Gene Siskel (1946-1999) in Life Itself,|
a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo Credit: Kevin Horan
Life Itself will be released to theaters (and universities) nationwide on July 4th. According to the list of theaters (and venues) that are showing the documentary- none of the theaters in the Frederick, Maryland area are listed. The closest cinema venue would be the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C.
Many of the theaters (listed on the film's website) have Life Itself scheduled for various dates (after July 4th), with the last exhibition date slated for August 22nd (at the University of Wisconsin).
The film is being released by Magnolia Pictures, a company that is known for releasing their line of feature films on various platforms in addition to cinema exhibition (on the same release date). Magnolia has offered an option for theaters and venues who are interested in showing Life Itself- on the film's website, exhibitionists can request a screening of the film for their cinema (or venue).
At The Matinee has suggested this documentary to the management of MDL Holiday Cinemas, so that they might be interested in showing the film (in the near future). Be on the lookout for future updates on this. I think it would be great for the Frederick area to showcase Life Itself on the big screen.
NOTE: I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with the "summer blockbusters" in theaters (that are close to ATM's home base)- I just think there should be more variety when it comes to movie choices in the area.