The 2020 Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium will be presented as a virtual series, October 8th, 6 p.m. EST, Each event will be broadcast on both the Ebertfest YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Abstract: The panel will examine filmmaking in the light of recent production challenges, the closure of cinemas, and the still pressing need for a more equitable and representative film industry. Moderated by Chaz Ebert and Nate Kohn, the panel invites film executives and filmmakers to discuss the impact of recent events on how movies get made, who gets to make them, and how movies get to be seen and exhibited. Guests will include: Michael Barker, Co-Founder and Co-President of Sony Pictures Classics; Neil Block, Head of Distribution and Marketing for Magnolia Pictures; Melissa Haizlip, director and producer; Mary Mazzio, film director; Nina Shaw, the founding partner in the entertainment law firm, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano; and Christine Swanson, writer and director. Additional special guests will be announced shortly.