6 panel discussions set for Ebertfest

6 panel discussions set for Ebertfest

URBANA — If you can't get enough of the movies at the 16th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, which starts Wednesday, there will also be six academic panel discussions.

All will be held in the morning; all are free and open to the public; and all but the last one — a workshop for filmmakers — are in the Pine Lounge on the first floor of the Illini Union, 1401 Green St., U.


9 to 10 a.m.

"Challenging Stigma through the Arts"

Moderator: Julian Rappaport, a retired UI psychology professor.

Panelists: Actors Brie Larson and Keith Stanfield; "Movie Mom" critic Nell Minow; Patricia Ege, vice president of program services at Cunningham Childrens Home, Urbana; Retisha Carter, who works in the area of youth engagement; and Tim Watson, a documentary editor, writer and producer in New Orleans.

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

"Reimagining Filmmaking for the Digital Age"

Moderator: Ebertfest director Nate Kohn.

Panelists: Barry Allen, a consulting film preservationist; Steve James, a director and producer; Patton Oswalt, actor and comedian; Brie Larson, actress; George Nicholis, screenwriter; David Bordwell, retired University of Wisconsin film professor; Haifaa Al-Mansour, director of "Wadjda"; and Jem Cohen, director of "Museum Hours.


9 to 10:15 a.m.

"Remembering Roger Ebert"

Moderator: Omer Mozaffar.

Panelists: Professional film critics and Ebert's "far-flung correspondents" Susan Wloszczyna, Sam Fragoso, Peter Sobczynski, Michael Mirasol, Jana Monji, Wael Khairy, Odie Henderson, Simon Abrams and Krishna Shenoi.

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

"Film & Cultural Politics"

Moderator: Eric Pierson, associate professor and former chair of the Communication Studies Department at the University of San Diego.

Panelists: Doc Erickson, an executive producer with more than 50 years of experience on many of Hollywood's biggest films; Ann Hui, director of "A Simple Life"; Dan Aronson, chief technology officer of Fandor, a subscription-based streaming site committed to the preservation and advancement of film culture; Mitchell Davis, a filmmaker; Matt Seitz, TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com; Haifaa Al-Mansour, director of "Wadjda"; and Richard Leskosky, News-Gazette film critic.


9 to 10:30 a.m.

"The State & Future of Independent Film"

Moderator: Kohn

Panelists:Festival emcee Chaz Ebert; Ted Hope, CEO of Fandor; Vanessa Hope, a producer and web series director; and Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics.

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Filmmakers Workshop

General lounge, second floor, Illini Union

"Cinematography for No Budget Filmmakers"

Presented by: Don Tingle, workshop director for the Alabama Filmmakers Co-op.

"Working with SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Contracts."

Presented by: Kathy Byrne, director of TV/theatrical contracts at AFTRA/SAG Chicago.

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