Thursday, April 4, 2013 | Categories: Q Blog
We pay tribute today to film critic Roger Ebert, who died yesterday at the age of 70. For 46 years, he served as movie critic at the Chicago Sun-Times. He also appeared on the long-running show, At The Movies and wrote a highly influential blog. Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, and was left without the ability to speak or eat. But he didn't allow illness to stop him continuing to pursue his passion for writing about the movies. During the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Roger Ebert stopped by Studio Q for a feature interview with Jian, using text-to-speech software. It was an inspiring and wide-ranging conversation, which we've re-posted here.
And after his news of his passing, we reconvened our film panel, Johanna Schneller of the Globe and Mail, Brian D. Johnson of Maclean's, and Katherine Monk of Post Media to reflect on the impact Roger Ebert had as a film critic.
Jian also spoke to Piers Handling, longtime director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival, to talk about Roger's special relationship with the festival.