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Film & Enneagram: Life Itself

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert - a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. (C) Magnolia

The film is 1 hour, 56 minutes. 

A message from Sara, the host:  

Unfortunately, this film is not playing in Oakland or Berkeley, as far as I can tell, hence San Rafael.   

The film starts at 6:15.  I'll do my best to be standing outside the theatre at 6 pm so that we can enter and sit together.   I'll email participants with my cell number by 10 am Sat July 12, so that if we don't sit together, you can text and find me after the movie.   After the movie, we'll walk one block to Aroma Cafe, which serves sandwiches and salads as well as coffee.  The discussion will probably last around an hour.  

I would be willing meet up to 4 participants at the Ashby BART station between 5:15 and 5:30 to carpool to San Rafael.  Please let me know by 10 am Sat July 12 if you want a ride.  I will leave promptly at 5:30, so you will miss me if you are not on time.  After the movie, I'll drop you off at the Ashby BART station.  

Note about experience level: We will use the Enneagram numbers to identify the personality types. If you are new to the system, we strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with the various types and their numbers beforehand in order to better follow the conversation. Introductory information is available on the internet including the Enneagram Institute's "How to Begin with the Enneagram".

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  • Andrea A.

    I do suggezt people try and go see this film. You will see that this guy knew at a young age that his talent was writing, and was a real go getter with his career. He won alot of recognition and a Pulitzer prize at a young age. He was over-indulgent, like alot of famous people, but he really was so determined that he kept writing and working through his terminal illness. I try to absorb something good from these people. Thank you!

    July 13, 2014

  • Andrea A.

    Great film and great conversation. Thank you Sara.

    July 13, 2014

  • Sara

    Ebert was an Eight (with a Seven wing). Counter-phobic Six is aggressive because Six is trying to assuage or confirm potential threats to oneself. Consequently, there's a certain quality of focusing their aggression. In contrast, Ebert was big, bold, and brash anytime, anywhere, doing anything - drinking, womanizing, or being a movie critic. This not to say that Eights can't be brainy and articulate, because Ebert certainly was; but it is to say that, even for "civilized" Eights like Ebert, there's always a bawdy quality to them, an indication that the instinctual drive is very much alive despite whatever more appropriate form of expression the Eight has managed to barely sublimate that drive into. Ebert's strong convictions may make him seem like a One, but Ones, who repress the instinctual drives, invariably present with far more self-control or passive-aggressiveness. Also, by the way, on Myers-Briggs, I'm pretty sure Ebert was ENTJ.

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Sara

    Andrea, I'm glad we met up and got to see the movie together. See you next time!

    July 13, 2014

  • Andrea A.

    Sarah i texted you last night around 130 am. Im still interested to go, but i dont have a car. I need to hear from you pretty soon, by 400 pm or i might do something else. Sorry i didnt check emails till very late, but i did communicate before 10 am. It was text not email. My phone is[masked]-5338. Pls call.

    July 12, 2014

  • Susan

    Sorry to miss this one...

    June 24, 2014

    • Sara

      No worries. See you at another meetup!

      June 26, 2014

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