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The Future of Film Criticism: Diversify or Die

Saturday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 16AB
Austin Convention Center

Historically, the most influential film critics in print and on television have been white males. Two thumbs up from Siskel and Ebert could help make a filmmaker’s career.

Roger Ebert, a huge fan of technology and social media, with his wife, Chaz, flung open the door to diverse critics and films on their movie review site Rogerebert.com. The chief critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years, Roger Ebert was one of the early adopters of digital and social media to expand audience reach and the critics’ circle to include diverse voices from around the globe. How have diverse filmmakers and critics changed the way we see movies? What’s the future of film criticism in a digital age?


Chaz Ebert


Ebert Digital

Chaz Ebert is president and CEO of The Ebert Companies and publisher of movie review site Rogerebert.com, managing print publishing, television production, public speaking engagements, and organizing the annual Ebertfest film festival.

Justin Chang

Chief Film Critic


Matthew Zoller Seitz


Ebert Digital

Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com. He is also the TV critic for New York Magazine & Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

A Brooklyn-based wr...

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ReBecca Theodore-Vachon



ReBecca Theodore-Vachon is a contributor to RogerEbert.com. Her work has also been published at TheUrbanDaily.com, Forbes.com, and NYTimes. She also runs her own blog FilmFataleNYC.blogspot.com and...

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