Deadline's Matthew Carey recently published an article about RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert, who received the FACETS Legend Award at last month's Screen Gems Benefit (you can read the full article here). Carey spoke with Ebert about how her "early efforts at promoting diversity within the film world came in sponsoring Ebert Fellows to participate in important festivals like Sundance and Cannes."
“When I first started out doing this, it wasn’t consciously just to open up things,” Ebert told Deadline. “I would talk to people who I found interesting, people who didn’t know how to break into the industry. They didn’t know anyone. They didn’t have any clout. But I thought that they were talented and I thought, Boy, I’d like to see their work.”
Ebert also spoke about her upcoming directorial debut, a documentary about Deborah Szekely, known as the “godmother of health and fitness,” who celebrated her 100th birthday on May 3rd.
“She started a center for new citizens who come into the United States. She wrote a book that Congress uses today to tell you what to do when you first get elected to Congress,” Ebert notes. “Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide was her idea. She put it together and it’s now in its 17th edition. She’s lived an extraordinary life, and to spend the day with someone who at 100 was still inspiring me was something that I wanted to document.”
To read Ebert's complete conversation with Deadline, click here.