Festivals & Awards
November 21, 2023
RogerEbert.com writer Chaz Ebert was among the many distinguished honorees on the University of Illinois Alumni Awards Gala on October nineteenth in Champaign, Illinois. Ebert obtained the Honorary Alumnus Award established in 2019 that’s introduced to a person who didn’t graduate from the college, however has proven exemplary dedication and dedication to the mission of the University and the University of Illinois Alumni Association. In selecting her for the award, the Alumni Association mentioned that recipients adhere to requirements of ethical and moral conduct that may trigger the University to be honored to current the recipients as position fashions for college kids and alumni. Ebert’s husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert, is our web site’s namesake and graduated from the college’s College of Media in 1964. Their Ebertfest Film Festival, now in its twenty fourth 12 months, continues to be held yearly on the college following his dying in 2013, and is headed by Chaz.
“I can not consider that it was nearly 25 years in the past that Roger and I began the Roger Ebert Film Festival on the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana,” mentioned Ebert. “And I’m happy to be put in as an Honorary Alumnus. Over these years our mission of encouraging empathy by means of the films has grown to incorporate all of my FECK Principles: Forgiveness, Empathy, Compassion and Kindness. And we sit up for one other thrilling 12 months of movies on the Virginia Theatre, April 17-20, 2024. Roger mentioned that the University gave him such a terrific begin in life and he could be so pleased with my current honor.” Generous donations from the Eberts and others established the Roger Ebert Program for Film Studies and The Ebert Center on the University. Chaz Ebert is a life trustee of the Art Institute and serves on the boards of the Lincoln Presidential Foundation, the Lyric Opera, the LA Opera, the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and After School Matters. She can also be within the midst of directing her first documentary, “The Wellness Warrior.” “We may have an enormous celebration on the University in honor of our twenty fifth anniversary,” mentioned Ebert. “I’m working with Dr. Nate Kohn, our Festival Director, and Molly Cornyn, our Festival Coordinator to do it up in a grand manner. And we all the time admire the assist of Tracy Sulkin, the Dean of the College of Media, and Timothy L. Killeen, the President of the University. This 12 months we’re additionally working with the professors within the Advertising and Marketing departments whose college students get the good thing about each educational and sensible data in fixing real-world enterprise points. I’m so impressed with their suggestions for how one can clean up issues on the pageant.” Previous visitors at Ebertfest have included Ramin Bahrani, Thora Birch, Charles Burnett, Veronica Cartwright, Arthur C. Clarke, Julie Dash, Guillermo del Toro, Ava DuVernay, Werner Herzog, Isabelle Huppert, Charlie Kaufman, Brie Larson, Norman Lear, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, Kasi Lemmons, Richard Linklater, Guy Maddin, John Malkovich, Tim Blake Nelson, Bill Nighy, Donald O’Connor, Patton Oswalt, Frank Oz, Chazz Palminteri, Bob Rafelson, Alan Rickman, Paul Schrader, Michael Shannon, Oliver Stone, Tilda Swinton, Jennifer Tilly, David Warner, Paul Weitz, Haskell Wexler, Scott Wilson, Irwin Winkler, Shailene Woodley and Terry Zwigoff. For the complete record of different honorees on the Alumni Awards Gala please, go to the official web site of the University of Illinois’ Alumni Awards.
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