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Doc10 Festival 2021: Three Highlights of a Powerful Year

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Chicago’s Doc10 has quickly become one of the most interesting film events in the Midwest, a highly curated selection of ten non-fiction films. The producers of this festival not only have a remarkably high standard but have a clear purpose when it comes to as... More »

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Forget the Alamo: The Silver Anniversary of Lone Star

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Released 25 years ago this week, John Sayles’ “Lone Star” is the director’s best film and the most wide-ranging and sophisticated drama ever set in Texas. And it is the movie that best understands how Texans mythologize and lie about themselves, and how the ly... More »

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Why I Chose Family Law Over Business Law

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I went to law school to become a business lawyer. In fact, the law was supposed to be my appetizer en route to me becoming a business tycoon—like Sam Walton and Oprah. But a course called “Child, Parent, State” got in the way. My instructor was phenomenal and ... More »

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A Letter to Roger Ebert from a Former Ebert Fellow

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Dear Thumbs Up Man, Wherever you are in the universe, it’s likely you are either sitting in a theater enthralled by a moving picture or you and Gene Siskel are having a friendly, yet heated discourse about the best film of all time. Whichever the case, you sho... More »

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Whose Gaze: A Roundtable of Black Film Critics at the Movies

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The second virtual panel for Black Writers Week premieres Friday, June 18th, at 9am CT/7am PT on The RogerEbert.com YouTube page. The panel is entitled “Whose Gaze: A Roundtable of Black Film Critics at the Movies,” and features the following distinguished pan... More »

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Profiles in Courage: Kahil El’Zabar

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Dr. Kahil El’Zabar, (PHD Interdisciplinary Arts from Lake Forest College, 2006), has been performing professionally, as a creative musician (multi-percussionist), since the late 60’s. He first went on the road with the legendary Gene Ammons, and later througho... More »

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The New Black Film Rebellion

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When Angela Davis was being held as a political prisoner in the New York Women’s House of Detention in 1970, few activities interested her less than watching the “insipid Hollywood movies” the jail projected for inmates during recreational hours. Considering t... More »

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