It looks like a true pillar of cinema may be on the brink of crumbling—Roger Ebert’s long running At the Movies program may disappear for good, “unless we find an angel,” Ebert wrote on his blog last night. The program was briefly saved, when “the syndicated Ebert Presents At The Movies relaunched in early 2011 with co-hosts Christy Lemire and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, finding distribution via public television in more than 90 percent of the U.S. and a loyal fanbase,” but it now has, frankly, run out of money.
As Ebert writes in his blog:
“Unless we find an angel, our television program will go off the air at the end of its current season. There. I’ve said it. Usually in television, people use evasive language. Not me. We’ll be gone. I want to be honest about why this is. We can’t afford to finance it any longer.”
Unfortunately for Ebert (and fans of At the Movies), the venerable critic has not found an underwriter to finance the show, and, in fact, “Ebert and his wife and executive producer Chaz have been paying for the show themselves, and can no longer afford to do so.” Suggestions have already begun to pour in from fans, including setting up a Kickstarter campaign to drum up funds.
It’s a sad state of affairs when the most prominent film critic in America cannot keep his valued and valuable film criticism program on the air—seriously, how much can it cost to post a camera at two people talking about movies for a half hour per week? Here’s hoping Ebert finds a solution.
What do you think about the Ebert news?
Source: The AV Club.