Sundance to honor film critic Ebert

The Sundance Institute announced Thursday that Roger Ebert, seen here working in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago, will be the recipient of the Vanguard Leadership Award in recognition of his advocacy of independent film. The award will be presented at the third annual “Celebrate Sundance Institute” benefit on June 5 in Los Angeles. Enlarge photo

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The Sundance Institute announced Thursday that Roger Ebert, seen here working in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago, will be the recipient of the Vanguard Leadership Award in recognition of his advocacy of independent film. The award will be presented at the third annual “Celebrate Sundance Institute” benefit on June 5 in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES – 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."