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Sundance to honor film critic Roger Ebert

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Critic Roger Ebert is receiving an award from Robert Redford's Sundance Institute for his support of independent cinema.

Sundance leaders said Thursday that Ebert will receive their Vanguard Leadership Award at a benefit for the institute June 5 in Los Angeles.

Redford says Ebert was one of the institute's first supporters when Sundance was founded in 1980 to support independent film.

Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam says Ebert has been a champion of challenging films, including many premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.

The 70-year-old Ebert has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967 and was the nation's foremost movie critic on television on shows such as "Sneak Previews" and "At the Movies."

Sep 20, 2012 2:05PM

All for Roger Ebert.  Thank you for all the insites (point of views) on just about any film.

Done a terrific job and deserve an appreciation award. Most of us, hopefully all,  enjoyed watching the shows with either Gene Siskel or Richard Roeper. Yes! I like the  idea about continuing the movie critiques on another show and be nice you have some input as to who will be your replacement / understudy. I will surely miss watching them without you.

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