Chaz Ebert, widow of the late Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, has had quite a year thanks to her and Roger’s collaboration with director Steve James/Kartemquin Films on the critically acclaimed documentary Life Itself. Based in part on Roger’s bestselling 2011 memoir of the same name, it has played to enthusiastic audiences across the country and even been mentioned as an Oscar contender.
Come Oct. 5 Chaz — who helms RogerEbert.com — will deliver the keynote address at the Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) 2014 graduation ceremony. “This event brings the Chicago documentary and film production community together in celebration of the diverse pool of talent in this city,” Kartemquin exec director Justine Nagan said in a statement. “In this second year, we’ve again been astounded by the creativity of the DVID filmmakers and warmed by their willingness and desire to forge long-term collaborations with each other.”
Nineteen filmmakers comprise the graduating class, and the event (held from 6 p.m. to 9.p.m. at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th Street in Chicago) is free to the public. For more information and to RSVP, visit Kartemquin.com.