Film festivals often seek to expose little-known work, and bring them to a larger audience. One in Urbana this week also challenges the fan to make his or her own movie.
The "1st Annual Interdependent Film Festival: Women Make Movies" includes experimental and documentary work by women, with the goal of finding amateur filmmakers in the audience.
Illinois Public Media’s Jeff Bossert talked with filmmaker and festival organizer Susan Parenti, as well as documentarian and education professor Carol Huang about the challenge they're issuing to viewers.
The festival runs Wednesday night through Saturday at the Independent Media Center in Urbana.
After he lost his voice, some say film critic Roger Ebert became an even better writer, pouring all his efforts into movie reviews and other columns. As he further mastered his craft, legendary writer, historian, actor and broadcaster Studs Terkel sent him a note about his ‘new’ voice. “This – what you write now, it’s more than about movies. Yes, it’s about the movies but there is something added. A new REFLECTION on life itself.”
Those last words became the title for Roger Ebert’s 2011 memoir, and is now the title of a new documentary about his life. Steven Zailian, screenwriter for ‘Schindler’s List” among other films, first approached director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, 2005) in late 2012 about the project. When James first met with Chaz and Roger about the direction the film would take, no one could have predicted he would pass away just five months later.
During this Focus interview, Jeff Bossert talks with filmmaker Steve James and Chaz Ebert about capturing Roger’s life, and his death, on film.
From WILL - News Local/State - March 20, 2014 11:33 AM