By Maricela Gonzalez
November 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM EST
Kartemquin Films

Martin Scorsese gives it two thumbs up — and thinks you should too.

In an EW exclusive, the Oscar-winning director shares his thoughts on film critic Roger Ebert and the upcoming documentary on Ebert’s life and legacy, Life Itself. Directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), the documentary is based on the well-known critic and film lover’s eponymous memoir. It chronicles his life as an advocate for great cinema and his inspiring battle with cancer.

The video also marks the launch of Life Itself‘s Indiegogo campaign to complete the film, currently in post-production. One of the key benefits for supporters who donate $25 or more is an early private screening of the doc prior to its official theatrical release. The campaign hopes to reach the goal of $150,000 with additional proceeds above the goal going towards charities close to Ebert, such as the Roger & Chaz Ebert Foundation.

Watch the heartfelt video below:

Counting Scorsese and Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York) among its supporters, the doc is also the first production for which Scorsese has gotten behind the crowd-sourced funding model.

“He was more than really a critic. He was someone who cared and who acted on that caring,” states Scorsese in the video plea. For more information, and an introduction from the director, check out the Indiegogo campaign page.