A grant the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation made to the Sundance Institute's Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism has funded the second annual Indiewire | Sundance Institute Ebert Fellowship for Film Criticism. Indiewire announced the four selected participants: Ibad Shah of Connecticut, Sterlin Johnson of Chicago, An Banh of Florida and Anisha Jhaveri of New York. They will receive funding for travel, housing and other expenses to attend and cover the 2015 Sundance Film Festival for Indiewire and RogerEbert.com from January 22nd through February 1st, 2015.
The participants will write reviews and features in a deadline-driven environment, and report to Indiewire's chief film critic and deputy editor Eric Kohn as well as other members of the Indiewire staff. Networking opportunities with working critics and other industry professionals will be plentiful. Each participant will be assigned a specific mentor from a group that includes Film Society of Lincoln Center deputy director and Indiewire co-founder Eugene Hernandez, New York Times contributor Logan Hill, and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson.
"Roger would be so happy to know that we are continuing to sponsor emerging writers and/or filmmakers to festivals in a manner where they see their mission as adding to the good in the world and to looking for the solutions to connecting humanity rather than as adding to the divisions," said Chaz Ebert. "This is one such way to do that, and I am proud that they will be able to participate through Sundance, one of Roger's favorite film festivals. This is the second year we are working with Eric Kohn and the Critics Academy and if even a tiny percentage of the recipients go out in the world to add positive writing and/or films, then the program will be worthwhile."
The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah from January 22 - February 1, 2015.