American Fable is ambitious, maybe too much so sometimes, but there's an intense pleasure in the boldness of the film's style.
Here are some ways to celebrate Roger's birthday (a birthday shared by Sir Paul McCartney).
I cried yesterday at a retreat while listening to Michael Buble's rendition of "Smile." The tears came from out of nowhere. Music has a way of cutting through all of your defenses. It goes straight to the heart and just zings you. I have been on the go continuously for the last two months since Roger passed. I have been smiling through it all, remaining stoic, having my private moments but standing straight and steadfast. These tears came as a shock to me. But, oh, what a welcome relief.
At a beautiful and moving event Wednesday evening, the Sundance Institute honored Roger Ebert's memory and also honored young filmmaker Ryan Coogler. It was an evening for remembering, but also for making sure that Roger's legacy goes on; the Sundance Institute announced the Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism to nurture young critics at the Sundance Film Festival.
Please help me welcome the new Editor-in-chief for Rogerebert.com, Matt Zoller Seitz. What Roger and I found refreshing about Matt is his ability to spot and encourage talent in other journalists, critics and video essayists. He mentored them with a benevolent style that helped to bring out the best in what they did. Sound like someone we know?
CHICAGO, June 4, 2013 – Ebert Digital LLC, owner of the redesigned popular film review and movie news site, RogerEbert.com, has selected Matt Zoller Seitz, a Pulitzer-nominated film and television critic, as the new editor-in-chief. The site's three-member Advisory Board has also been named and will include serial entrepreneur Brad Keywell, co-founder of several technology companies, including Groupon, as well as award-winning Chicago editor, author and journalist Frank Sennett and internationally known Fortune 100 corporate consultant/coach Janelle Brittain.