Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival


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Discussion Panels
Norman Denzin, director 
(UI Institute for Communications Research)

all panels are free

Panel One: 
"Digital vs. Film: 
The War for the Soul of Cinema"

Thursday 27 April, 10-12:00; Union, General Lounge

Roger Ebert

Donna Cox
(Associate Director, Electrical Imaging Lab, Art & Design); Dave Harvey; Larry Smarr (director, National Center for Supercomputing Applications); Brand Fortner (founder of Spyglass and Fortner Research); Henry Jaglom (director, co-writer, actor "Deja Vu"); Larry Meistrich (CEO The Shooting Gallery); Richard J. Leskosky (UI Cinema Studies)

Panel Two: 
"Documentary Film"

Thursday 27 April, 1-3:00; Union, General Lounge

Nate Kohn
(Univ. of Georgia/Ebertfest Director)

Ramona Curry
(UI Cinema Studies/English); Chris Smith (director "American Movie"); Tod S. Lending (director, producer "Legacy"); Sarah Price (producer "American Movie"); Jay Rosenstein (director "In Whose Honor"/UI Journalism); Frances Gateward (Teaching Associate, Unit for Cinema Studies)

Panel Three: 
"Looking at Looking in Overlooked Films"

Friday 28 April, 9-10:45; Union, General Lounge

hosted/sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Michael Bérubé
(Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities/UI English)

Christine Catanzarite
(Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities); Charles Lane (director, writer, star "Sidewalk Stories"); Rob Sitch (director "The Castle"); Paul Cox (director, writer, producer "A Woman's Tale");
David Desser (UI Cinema Studies)

Panel Four: 
"Women and Films"

Friday, April 28th, ll-1:45; Union, General Lounge

Andrea Press
(UI Communications Research)

Ayesha Dharkar
(actress "The Terrorist"); Rita Nachtmann (actress, screenwriter, playwright); Pat Gill (UI Institute for Communications Research/Women's Studies); Victoria Foyt (star, co-writer "Daja Vu")

Panel Five:
"Tim Zinnemann Introduces a 45min. Documentary on his Father's Career, Edited by Walter Murch"

Friday, April 28th, 10:30 to 11:45, English 160 Multimedia Classroom
A class-room visit to George Lebron's English 104: Introduction to Film
(with room for 30 guests)

Joel Super (Newman Foundation; whose UIUC dissertation explored Fred Zinnemann's film style and career)

All panel discussions will take place at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green, Urbana, in the General Lounge, 2nd Floor North.

For more information, see the website at or contact: Assistant Director Melissa McKillip at, (217)244-0552, Festival Manager Nickie Dalton at; (217)-333-2350; Fax: (217)-333-9882; or Festival Director Nate Kohn at or (706) 542-4972.