The academic panels for the 2012 Roger Ebert's Film Festival take place on the University of Illinois campus. They are free and open to the public. The schedule:
Thursday, April 26
9 to 10:15 a.m. Panel discussion on "The Personal and Political in Film," with festival guests, moderated by festival director Nate Kohn. Pine Lounge (first floor), Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.
10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Panel discussion from Ebert's "Far Flung Correspondents: What's New Around the World," with international film critics, moderated by Omar Mozaffar. Pine Lounge.
Friday, April 27
9 to 10:15 a.m. Panel discussion on "Underrepresented Cinematic Voices," with festival guests, moderated by Eric Pierson. Pine Lounge.
10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Panel discussion "ON DEMAND: Movies Without Theaters," with festival guests, moderated by Jim Emerson. Pine Lounge.
Saturday, April 28
9 to 10:30 a.m. "Shooting Your Short Film," presented by Don Tingle, workshop director for the Alabama Filmmakers Co-op, General Lounge (second floor), Illini Union.
9:30 to 11 a.m. "The Tree of Life: Making Movies Using Scientific Data," about techniques used in producing visuals for an extended segment in the movie that evoke the evolution of the universe, presented by Donna Cox and Robert Patterson, both of the UI's National Center for Supercomputing Applications Advanced Visualization Lab and eDream Institute, Pine Lounge.