Meet the Guests of Ebertfest 2022 | Festivals & Awards

1:30pm “KRISHA”

KRISHA FAIRCHILD, star of “Krisha”

Krisha Fairchild came out of her retirement in Mexico in 2014 to play the starring role in Trey Edward Shults’s debut feature, “Krisha”. Based on a true story, the film was hailed as one of the 10 best films ever made on addiction. It won top honors at American festivals SXSW, Denver, Nashville and Sidewalk, as well as the Taormina Festival in Italy and Deauville in France on the heels of its European premiere at Cannes in 2015. 

Her performance was lauded in feature articles in the LA Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and many others. In 2016 she was honored to be selected as a part of the Great Performers issue of The NY Times Magazine. The film “Krisha” won Spirit and Gotham awards. Krisha played a lead in the series Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block and was recently acclaimed by The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Indie Wire, and for her lead role in the 2021 film “Freeland”.

NELL MINOW, Contributing Editor of

Nell Minow reviews movies and DVDs each week as The Movie Mom online and on radio stations across the US. She is the author of The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies and 101 Must-See Movie Moments. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Kansas City Star, USA Today, Family Fun, Daughters, Parents, and three editions of The Practical Guide to Practically Everything. She has been profiled in the New York Times, the Economist, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, Working Woman, CFO Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, and the Chicago Sun Times, and has appeared as The Movie Mom on CBS This Morning, Fox Morning News, NPR, and CNN. She is the founder of Miniver Press, a publishing company specializing in non-fiction ebooks and print books about the arts, music, sports, history, and culture. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Chicago Law School and her wonderful husband allows her to have a “10 best movie” list with 20 movies on it.

ERIC PIERSON, professor at the University of San Diego

Dr. Eric Pierson is a professor of Communication Studies and former chair of the Communication Studies Department at the University of San Diego

Expanding media literacy is philosophical glue that holds together Professor Pierson’s multiple strands of scholarly and creative work. He strives to create work which reflect academic rigor while also being accessible to those outside of the university setting. 

Professor Pierson’s work appears in a wide variety of venues as he strives to reach diverse audiences, some of the venues where you find his work are academic journals, edited book collections, film festival panels, and museum exhibits. 

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