Freeheld stumbles over too many hurdles to recommend it. The film’s heart is in the right place, but its focus is not.
Roger Ebert introduces the " Far-Flung Correspondents" panel, moderated by Omer Mozaffer (Pakistan via Chicago, right).
Mo' correspondents: Ali Arikan (Istanbul), Michael Mirasol (Philippines), Omar Moore (London via Chicago).
Even more correspondents: Gerardo Valero (Mexico City), Grace Wang (China via Toronto), Seongyong Cho (South Korea).
Chaz Ebert welcomes another audience to the Virginia Theater.
The audience welcomes Japanese director Yojiro Tokita after a screening of his Oscar-winning comedy-weepie, "Departures."
Alloy Orchestra members join Ebertfest panelists onstage for a discussion after the screening of Dziga Vertov's Soviet avant-garde silent film "Man with a Movie Camera" (1929).
All photos by jim emerson
A taste of today's tweets (most recent at top):
RT @aliarikan Roger just presented Charlie Kaufman with a Golden Thumb for Synecdoche for best film of the decade.
RT @SunsetGunShots Tonight #ebertfest: Synecdoche, New York. Is That All There Is To A Fire? http://tinyurl.com/2ajswar
Roger welcomes the Alloy Orchestra. http://yfrog.com/17wxaj #Ebertfest
Egyptian correspondent [Wael Khairy] eluded volcano and is on his way from O'Hare!
Foreign panel: Piracy/torrent may be only option for var. reasons: Diving Bell & Butterfly, Brokeback Mt., Singin' in the Rain
@aliarikan: Most popular film among young people in Istanbul is probably "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
Far-flung Internet correspondents from Seoul, Mexico City, London, Pakistan, China, Philippines (via Chicago, Toronto, Malaysia) Roger introducing a panel of his "foreign correspondents." http://yfrog.com/bfv0hj Panel: Do filmmakers need to take production classes? Or is liberal arts a better way to learn about story, character, metaphor? Classic archivist line "Digital/DVD will last forever or five years, whichever comes first."
David Bordwell: Distinction between film as medium and film as form. E-books are still books. Q from audience: Has the term "film" become like "dial tone," where people don't really understand what it means?
D.Bordwell: There's something interesting to learn or be said about nearly any film if you know how to ask the right questions.
Howie Movshovitz: Charles Burnett DISCOVERED his personal vision via Neorealists, Renoir, Sembene - absorbing not imitating them.
Panel: Do film students need to know the classics? History teaches experience, options. No need to reinvent the wheel.
An interview with Michael Shannon on Freeheld, 99 Homes, Boardwalk Empire, and more.
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A comparison of Frank Costello in The Departed and Whitey Bulger in Black Mass reveals weaknesses in the latter.
Our monthly series digs into the career of Wes Craven and comes out with his 3D 2010 film, "My Soul to Take".