Sundance to honor film critic Roger Ebert

Sundance to honor film critic Roger Ebert

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, Film critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago. Ebert has enlisted some high-powered stand-ins to do voice-overs for his new TV show while finishing touches are made to his customized electronic voice. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Posted on September 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Critic Roger Ebert is receiving an award from Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute for his support of independent cinema.

Sundance leaders said Thursday that Ebert will receive their Vanguard Leadership Award at a benefit for the institute June 5 in Los Angeles.

Redford says Ebert was one of the institute’s first supporters when Sundance was founded in 1980 to support independent film.

Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam says Ebert has been a champion of challenging films, including many premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.

The 70-year-old Ebert has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967 and was the nation’s foremost movie critic on television on shows such as “Sneak Previews” and “At the Movies.”

Online:

http://www.sundance.org/support-us/celebrate-sundance-la

 

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