Roger Ebert is attending his 34th conference in a row, and does not know what he would do without it, ďHere I have learned nearly everything I know, and contributed even more than that.Ē Several years ago at the CWA he initiated the Boulder Pledge, in which users of e-mail promise to never buy anything offered to them in spam. It has swept the world, or parts of it.
Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic of the Chicago SunTimes, syndicated to some 200 other papers. He is co-host of the television show Ebert & Roeper, and teaches in the University of Chicago Fine Arts Program. He has an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Colorado.
His newest book The Great Movies contains essays on 100 classic films. His other books include annual editions of Roger Ebertís Movie Yearbook, I Hated Hated HATED this Movie, Roger Ebertís Book of Film and The Perfect London Walk. His annual CWA shot-by-shot film analysis, dubbed Cinema Interruptus by the late Howard Higman, inspired the commentary tracks for the DVDs of Dark City, Casablanca and Citizen Kane, which won Varietyís Video Premiere Award as the best DVD commentary of the year. This year his Interruptus of Ozuís masterpiece Floating Weeds will form the basis for a commentary track on the forthcoming DVD of that film.
Ebertís web site was voted Best Movie Review Website by the Online Film Criticís Society. He has been responsible for luring Bill Nack, Andy Ihnatko and Kim Hendrickson to the CWA, and would appreciate it if you could strew palms before them as they walk about the campus, and proffer them sweetmeats, honeyed balm and the like.