9 April 2013 9:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Throughout the week, Indiewire will feature remembrances of Roger Ebert from across the industry. Yesterday, we ran thoughts from filmmakers. Today, we're focusing on the indie executives. Ryan Werner, freelance consultant/formerly IFC Films: Last week as I was leaving my job at IFC Films, I received an email from Roger Ebert from the hospital wishing me well. I'll treasure it forever.  Like most people my age who grew up in the suburbs, I realized movies were something more than entertainment from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. I remember the first time I saw Roger Ebert holding court at the Cannes Film Festival in the American Pavilion. It was as thrilling as seeing Catherine Deneuve or Quentin Tarantino. Many years later I'd travel to his film festival in 2004 with Jonathan Caouette's one-of-a-kind film "Tarnation."  It was a great moment where you felt Ebert's blessing upon the work you were doing. »


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