An Onstage Conversation about the great Roger Ebert and his ties to Hawaii at HIFF.
The incomparable Roger Ebert changed the way we watched movies. Bringing film criticism from the ivory tower to our living rooms every week with his partner Gene Siskel on the PBS show AT THE MOVIES, and his tens of thousands of reviews in the Chicago Sun Times and his award-winning film essays and countless books, and through his embracing of the internet and social media, Roger was a true cultural worker, promoting not only movies, but also the way we see life through movies.
His frequent visits to HIFF also not only legitimized the event as a "festival of record" of new Pacific Rim cinema, Roger absolutely fell in love with Hawaii and the aloha spirit. Soon enough, he and his new wife, Chaz, were making annual trips to HIFF, enjoying the films but also making lifelong friends here. From running his shot-by-shot master classes "Democracy in the Dark" to accompanying Quentin Tarantino to reopen the Palace Theatre in Hilo, to his last visit in 2010 to receive the Vision in Film Award for his life work in film criticism, Roger will forever be a part of HIFF's history.
This free event will have speakers Chaz Ebert, who is on this year's Narrative Jury, Ebertfest director Nate Kohn, HIFF executive director Chuck Boller, HIFF founder Jeannette Paulson-Hereniko and other friends will convene and talk story about Roger, his legacy and his many visits to HIFF.
The Festival lost a great friend and true champion of cinema this past April. Read HIFF Executive Director Chuck Boller's blog entry from April 5, 2013.