Haskell Wexler is one of the most influential cinematographers ever - his credits include 'The Conversation', 'In the Heat of the Night', 'The Thomas Crown Affair', 'Bound For Glory' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' He's in Champaign Illinois this week to introduce the film 'Days of Heaven' at Ebertfest. We spoke with him about his friendship with Roger Ebert, the switch to digital film, and his own beloved subversive 60s movie, 'Medium Cool'.
Thomas Burrell is the founder and former CEO of Burrell Communications, an advertising agency based in Chicago that is one of the largest multi-cultural marketing firms in the world. Among his many honors, Burrell has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and has been named as one of the most influential black businessmen of the past 40 years by Black Enterprise Magazine. He argues that the longest-running and most successful advertising campaign of all time has functioned to marginalize black America. He’s author of the book “Brainwashed, Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority.” In it, he argues that we are not living in a post-racial era but one that makes it harder to talk about race than ever before.
He’ll will be giving a talk on campus at the University of Illinois this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Knight Auditorium in Urbana.
The Island President screens Tuesday night at the Champaign Public Library as part of our Community Cinema series. Henry Radcliffe joins us to discuss a film that explores the immediate implications of climate change for the small island nation of the Maldives.
Roger Ebert passed away yesterday - it's a great loss for movie lovers everywhere, and it's being felt very deeply among film critics. He was possibly the most infleuntial critic ever, and a staple of the Chicago film community. Even after Ebert became hobbled by cancer, he still showed up, several times a week, to see movies in the press screening rooms across the city. He would sit in the back, on the aisle, next to the door. We're joined by Scott Tobias, Film Editor at the AV Club, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Roger-Ebert-dot-com to discuss his imfluence on film criticism.
During the Arab Spring, almost everyone got their news from Twitter, and one man managed to make himself a hub for a lot of a newsreaders. Andy Carvin works for NPR, but he's not a reporter. Last year, Carvin Tweeted incessantly, sometimes over one hundred times an hour, spreading videos, rumors and stories that would have unnoticed from across Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Carvin provided important context for many readers, but some media critics were uncomfortable with Carvin's retweeting of unverified rumors, and the fact that he did all of his Tweeting from outside of the middle east. Carvin has now written a book about the Arab Spring called Distant Witness.