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Cinema Femme’s Black Female Filmmaker Renaissance Panel to Stream Live on August 8th

Cinema Femme, the online publication devoted to elevating the voice of the female film experience, is hosting its inaugural Short Film Festival from Thursday, August 6th, through Sunday, August 9th, via the Seed&Spark platform. Among its line-up of virtual Q&As and events (which you can find here) is a special panel entitled the Black Female …

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In Honor of Representative John Lewis, The Conscience of Congress: A Thumbnails Special Edition

To honor the extraordinary legacy of US Representative John Lewis, who died at age 80 this past Friday, July 17th, we are presenting a special edition of Thumbnails featuring articles about the civil rights icon. We are astonished when we learned he was 17 years old when he met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and …

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Brenda Robinson Named the First Black President of the International Documentary Association

If you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Brenda Robinson, the very busy lawyer and philanthropist, has made history by becoming the first Black president of the International Documentary Association’s Board of Directors. Robinson, who joined IDA’s Board of Directors in 2018, is an entertainment attorney who has acted as production counsel and …

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Book Excerpt: Roads to nowhere: Kelly Reichardt’s broken American Dreams

The below is an excerpt from the new book Roads to nowhere: Kelly Reichardt’s broken American dreams, which is being released by Seventh Row Publishing on July 7. Reichardt’s latest film, “First Cow,” is now available on all digital platforms.  Find out more about the ebook at, visit reichardtbook.com.  When I saw Kelly Reichardt’s second feature, Old Joy (2006), …

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Bright Wall/Dark Room June 2020: Just in Time: Finding True Companionship Before Sunset by Adam Membrey

We are pleased to offer an excerpt from the June 2020 edition of the online magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room. The theme for this month’s issue is “Hangout Movies,” and in addition to the essay below by Adam Membrey about “Before Sunset,” the issue also features new essays on “Cleo from 5 to 7,” “Stand By Me,” “The Last Black Man in …

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Video: Roger Ebert Accepts an Honorary Degree at the 2004 AFI Commencement Ceremonies

The following video of Roger Ebert accepting his honorary degree at the 2004 AFI commencement ceremonies is being published today in honor of Roger’s birthday. Below the video, which was originally posted on YouTube by the American Film Institute, is a transcribed excerpt of his speech.—The Editors “The motion picture is the most important art form ever …

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Happy Birthday Roger, June 18th, 2020 (Table of Contents)

This special edition of Thumbnails features articles and videos republished in honor of Roger Ebert’s birthday on June 18th.—The Editors As an introduction, here is an excerpt from Roger’s essay, “Go gentle into that good night,” published on May 2nd, 2009… “’Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe …

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Upholding Black Voices: An Annotated Table of Contents

The following table of contents contains reviews, interviews and essays both new and republished that have been featured on RogerEbert.com in allegiance with a critical American movement that upholds Black voices. For a growing resource list with information on where you can donate, connect with activists, learn more about the protests, and find anti-racism reading, click here. Click on each of the titles below, …

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Bright Wall/Dark Room May 2020: Life is Short – Stunt It: The Refined Nothing of Hot Rod

We are pleased to offer an excerpt from the May edition of the online magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room. Their theme for this issue is “Secrets & Confessions” and, in addition to this essay below by Frank Falisi on “Hot Rod,” features new pieces on “Hard Eight,” “The Age of Innocence,” “Working Girl,” “Enough Said,” “A Silent Voice,” “Cache,” “La Jeu,” “The Namesake” and …

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KVIFF at Your Cinema to Screen 16 Films in Theaters Across the Czech Republic

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the leading film festival event in Central and Eastern Europe, was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the festival programmers will be screening 16 of its selections over the course of nine days (July 3rd-11th) in 96 movie theaters across the Czech Republic, as part of the …

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Blackfish, Hail Satan? and Q&A for Life Itself Screening Virtually as Part of Magnolia Pictures’ Favorite Doc Series

Magnolia Pictures’ virtual screening series, “A Few of Our Favorite Docs,” continues today with the premiere of Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s 2013 muckraking doc about the captivity of killer whales, “Blackfish” (watch it here). As with each of the films in this series, which began on May 15th with Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s “RBG” and continued on May 22nd …

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UPDATE: Life Itself Virtual Q&A Adds Music By Clem Snide, Moderator Scott Mantz Tomorrow, May 27th

Chaz Ebert is happy to announce that two new guests will join her and director Steve James Wednesday, May 27, to discuss her late husband, Roger Ebert, and the acclaimed documentary “Life Itself” chronicling his life. (It will take place here tomorrow at 5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/8pm ET) “I am absolutely thrilled that singer/songwriter Clem Snide (a.k.a. Eef Barzelay) will grace us with the …

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Life Itself to Have Magnificent Premiere in Virtual Cinemas on Friday, May 22nd, as Part of Magnolia Pictures’ Favorite Documentary Series

“Empathy is one of the most essential elements of civilization, and movies are a powerful generator of empathy.”–Roger Ebert Friday, May 22nd: “Life Itself” screens in virtual cinemas here Wednesday, May 27th: “Life Itself” Q&A here Steve James’ acclaimed 2014 documentary “Life Itself,” chronicling the life and legacy of our site’s co-founder, Pulitzer Prize winning film …

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Donate to Transform Cincy to Honor Nancy Dawson

Our hearts go out to our editor-at-large, Matt Zoller Seitz, and his family, on the death of his wife Nancy, who spent her final years doing good works for others.—Chaz Ebert “She died of cancer.” On April 27th, 2020, at almost 6 pm, Nancy Dawson passed away, telling her husband, Matt Zoller Seitz, that these are the words she …

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Join Tayarisha Poe and Chaz Ebert for a Virtual Q&A About Selah and the Spades Tonight, April 22nd

Cinema/Chicago and Amazon Studios are inviting viewers to watch a virtual Q&A at 8pm CT tonight (April 22nd, 2020) with writer/director Tayarisha Poe and executive producer Chaz Ebert about their acclaimed film, “Selah and the Spades,” which is currently streamable on Amazon Prime Video following its premiere this past Friday, April 17th. Viewers can join the …

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Bright Wall/Dark Room April 2020: The Contradictory and Complementary Visions of Wes Anderson and Roald Dahl by Ethan Warren

We are pleased to offer an excerpt from the March edition of the online magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room. The theme of their April issue is Literary Adaptations, and in addition to Ethan Warren’s piece below, the issue also features new essays on “Little Women” (2019), “Carol,” “Burning,” “Zazie dans le Métro,” “Blow-Up,” “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” “The Dead,” and more.  You can …

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What to Watch During a Quarantine

With everyone contained at home for the foreseeable future, we asked our staff to offer suggestions as to what to watch in these unpredictable times. Print it out, put it on the wall, and mark them off one by one. And stay healthy, friends. “Babylon Berlin” It’s comforting to re-watch things, but sometimes hard to …

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Bright Wall/Dark Room March 2020: The Cross Inside Me by Thomas Zak

We are pleased to offer an excerpt from the March edition of the online magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room. Their theme for this month is “Sacrifice” and, in addition to this essay by Thomas Zak on “The Last Temptation of Christ,” the issue also features new essays on “Uncut Gems,” “A League of Their Own,” “Fleabag,” “Suspiria” (2018), “The Favourite,” …

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Women Writers Week 2020: Table of Contents

This week, all of our content on the site is written by women. We’ll update this table of contents page with links to new pieces as they go up. INTRO Welcome to Women Writers Week 2020 by Chaz Ebert  Meet the Writers of Women Writers Week 2020 by Chaz Ebert REVIEWS Bacurau by Monica Castillo …

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Ari Aster’s Hereditary to Screen at Ebertfest 2020 with Alex Wolff in Attendance

The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as Ebertfest, announced today Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” will be joining this year’s lineup. The film will screen on Thursday, April 16th and following the screening, actor Alex Wolff will participate in a post-screening Q&A and will also be presented with Roger Ebert’s Golden …

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