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Chaz Ebert Reflects on Roger Ebert's Last Days: "He Talked About Visiting This Other Place"

In a moving piece called "Reflecting for the New Year: Roger's Last Day," Chaz Ebert looks back to April 4 of 2013, the day film critic Roger Ebert died. Highlights from the piece below, which is a transcript of what she told to Chris Jones of "Esquire."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2014 2:55 PM
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Steve James Promises Surprises in Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself,' Set to Premiere (and Livestream) at Sundance 2014 (EXCLUSIVE)

The critic Roger Ebert was a fixture at Sundance, such a fixture that the towing of Ebert’s car on once-sleepy Main Street in Park City years back was bellweather evidence that Sundance was outgrowing its ski town origins. Now, nine months after Ebert’s death from cancer in April, "Life Itself," the new bio-doc directed by fellow Chicagoan Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") will debut in Sundance’s Documentary Premieres section. TOH! talked to Steve James about putting Ebert on the screen.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • December 11, 2013 1:48 PM
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Why Do Filmmakers Pick Indiegogo Over Kickstarter? Roger Ebert Doc Latest to Head to the Crowdfunding Site

The latest high-profile project to take the crowdfunding route is the Roger Ebert documentary "Life Itself," to be directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. But unlike Spike Lee, Zach Braff or the "Veronica Mars" project, "Life Itself," based on Ebert's memoir of the same title, is heading to Indiegogo.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 21, 2013 12:21 PM
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Indiewire and Sundance Institute Announce Fellowship for Six Aspiring Film Critics to Cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Aspiring film critics, take note! The Sundance Institute and Indiewire are now accepting entries through October 31 for their first partnered Fellowship for Film Criticism. Six fellows will receive a grant for expenses and other support to attend and cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, running January 16-26 in Park City. Funds will come from Sundance Institute’s Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2013 2:32 PM
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Toronto to Open with Film Tribute to Roger Ebert

This year's TIFF, which kicks off September 5, will open Thursday night with a film tribute to Roger Ebert (1942-2013). Toronto credits Ebert's presigious attendance in helping the festival grow from "a bootstrap operation to the unofficial opener to Academy Awards season."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 4, 2013 2:01 PM
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Critics on Parade in Seattle: Curating, Writing Long vs. Short and Inviting Snark

At the recent Seattle Film Festival, Eric Kohn of Indiewire (@erickohn) moderated a panel discussion of the current state of film criticism and coverage today. I joined Seattle critics Robert Horton (@citizenhorton), Sean Axmaker (@seanaxmaker), Keith Simanton of IMDb (@IMDbKeith) and Lindy West of Jezebel (@thelindywest). We dig into long vs. shortform criticism, print vs. online, the social media conversation and how to communicate with audiences, what our role should be in promoting films, and where things are going.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 7:13 AM
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Matt Zoller Seitz Named Editor-in-Chief of Redesigned RogerEbert.com

Pulitzer-nominated film and TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz has been named the new editor-in-chief of the redesigned RogerEbert.com. Chaz Ebert, publisher at the website, states that "Matt brings his own loyal followers and fans to help build on Roger's enduring legacy."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 12:39 PM
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Sundance Institute Will Present Vanguard and Memoriam Leadership Awards to Coogler, Ebert

Kerry Washington will present the second Sundance Institute Vanguard Award to San Francisco filmmaker Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station") at the third annual ‘Celebrate Sundance Institute' Los Angeles Benefit on June 5, 2013 at The Lot in West Hollywood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2013 12:40 PM
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Watch: Werner Herzog Talks Ebert as More Than a Critic and Soldier of Cinema on Charlie Rose (VIDEO)

Director Werner Herzog has had a sad last couple of weeks, with the loss of his friends film critic Roger Ebert and documentarian Les Blank. Below, Herzog's thoughts on Ebert on Charlie Rose (he joins critics A.O. Scott and Dana Stevens), with quote highlights.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2013 2:42 PM
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Watch: Roger Ebert's Memorial Tribute (VIDEO)

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2013 2:26 PM
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