He's not only a hero in teaching the importance of film, and how to read and appreciate its gestures and codes, but he's a hero to me as representative of a life that's come up against some of the greatest of hardships -- in both alcoholism and cancer -- yet he overcomes, always looking for new ways to improve his character and continue learning. He's a man that doesn't apparently have long to live, yet he relishes life in every moment.
My favorite quote: "When I am writing my problems become invisible and I am the same person I always was. All is well. I am as I should be."
God bless you, Roger.