Roger Ebert founded Ebertfest — originally the Overlooked Film Festival — to spotlight movies and filmmakers he felt hadn’t gotten enough attention elsewhere. In the wake of his death, the festival has become an annual memorial to his work and his spirit. While Ebert’s work found its way into the lives and hearts of people all over the world, his loss was particularly keenly felt by fellow critics: his peers, a younger generation who looked to him for guidance and inspiration, all of whom now carry on in his stead.
At a critics panel moderated by critic-turned-filmmaker Godfrey Cheshire, critics including Matt Zoller Seitz, Glenn Kenny, Scott Foundas, Michael Phillips, Richard Roeper, Susan Wloszczyna, Nell Minow, ReBecca Theodore-Gershon, Brian Tallerico and Sam Fragoso, most of whom have contributed to RogerEbert.com, which Seitz now edits, met to talk about the state of the profession, how they use social media (or why they don’t), and the growing influence of television and streaming providers like Netflix. Ebertfest has graciously allowed Indiewire to host the video, which we hope you’ll enjoy. More Ebertfest panels will follow shortly.