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Virtual Cinema Series: LIFE ITSELF Panel Discussion
As part of our 2020 Homecoming celebration, the UIAA and the College of Media will offer a panel discussion on LIFE ITSELF taking place Wednesday, December 2 at 5:00 PM CT. Panelists will include Chaz Ebert, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com and President of the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation; Steve James, acclaimed filmmaker and LIFE ITSELF director; and Nate Kohn, '69 LAS; MS '72 MEDIA; PhD '95 MEDIA, University of Georgia professor and Festival Directors of Roger Ebert's Film Festival (Ebertfest).

Dec 2, 2020 05:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Chaz Ebert
Chaz Ebert is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Rogerebert.com the preeminent movie review site co-founded with her late husband, Pulitzer-prize winner and University of Illinois alumnus, Roger Ebert. Together they endowed programs at the University in Urbana-Champaign and co-founded the Ebertfest Film Festival now in its 22nd year, where she awards the Golden Thumb and Ebert Humanitarian Awards to filmmakers who exhibit an unusually compassionate view of the world. In collaboration with the College of Media, they also established the Ebert Fellowship Program, an internship for students, and the Ebert Symposium, to explore topics such as equitable representation in media and cinema. As president of the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation she supports programs with a global interest in encouraging empathy, kindness, compassion and forgiveness.
Nate Kohn
Dr. Nate Kohn, ’69 LAS; MS ’72 MEDIA; PhD ’95 MEDIA is professor at the University of Georgia, festival director of Roger Ebert's Film Festival, director of the University of Georgia MFA program in screenwriting and award-winning producer. Dr. Kohn produced Zulu Dawn starring Burt Lancaster and Peter O’Toole; the independent feature Somebodies, which premiered at Sundance (2006); Rain, the Bahamas’ first indigenous feature which premiered at Toronto (2007) and on Showtime (2010); the feature film Bottleworld (2010); the feature-length documentary Bayou Maharajah which premiered at SXSW (2013); he was Executive Producer on the BET television series Somebodies (2008); he produced the Emmy Award-winning short documentary Ebertfest 2012; and he was Executive Producer on The 73rd, 74th and 75th Annual Peabody Awards Specials for PivotTV/Participant Media (2014, 2015 and 2016).
Steve James
Steve James previous work includes Hoop Dreams; Sundance award winner, Stevie; The Interrupters, which won an Emmy, Independent Spirit Award, and the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award; Emmy winner, Life Itself, named best documentary by The National Board of Review, and The Producers Guild of America among many others awards; Small Enough to Jail, which earned James a second Academy Award nomination and a Critics Choice Award. His Starz docuseries, America to Me, premiered at Sundance and was one of the most acclaimed TV shows of 2018. His most recent docuseries, City So Real premiered to rapturous reviews at Sundance in 2020 and recently on Nat Geo and HULU.