Ebertfest: Roger Ebert's Film Festival

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ebertfest: Roger Ebert's Film Festival
Virginia Theatre Roger Ebert's Film Festival.jpg
A view of the Virginia Theatre's marquee in 2014 for Roger Ebert's Film Festival
Status Active
Genre Film festival
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Champaign, Illinois
Country United States
Years active 1999–present
Founder Roger Ebert
Previous event 18th Annual Ebertfest
April 13–17, 2016
Next event 19th Annual Ebertfest
April 19-23, 2017
Capacity 1,463 (Virginia Theatre)
People Roger Ebert
Chaz Ebert
Website
ebertfest.com

Roger Ebert's Film Festival, originally known as Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival but commonly referred to as simply Ebertfest, is an annual film festival held every April in Champaign, Illinois, United States, organized by the College of Media[1] at the University of Illinois. Roger Ebert, the TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic, was a native of the adjoining town of Urbana, Illinois and is an alumnus of the University.[2] Founded in 1999,[2] this event is the only long-running film festival created by a critic.[3] Despite Ebert’s death in 2013,[2] the festival continues to operate based on Ebert’s notes[4] and vision for the kinds of films he championed.[5]

Origins[edit]

The festival is a direct descendant[6] of a program put on at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997 called Cyberfest which used the supposed birthday of HAL (the computer in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey) to highlight the University's involvement in the history of computers and computing.[7] The film was to be shown as part of Cyberfest, Roger Ebert had agreed to host and actor Gary Lockwood was a special guest.[8]

It was suggested that the film should ideally be shown as it was originally, in 70 mm format. The original plan[citation needed] was to have the screening at the University's performing arts center but time constraints vs. the need to install projection equipment and elaborate six channel sound made this impossible. Someone suggested looking at the Virginia Theatre, as 70 mm films had been shown there in the past. At this point the theatre was in the hands of a local live theatre group and had not run films since sold by a theatre chain. All concerned were pleasantly surprised to learn the chain had left behind not only what is reputed to be the finest 35/70 mm projector made but also the screen and speakers. The rest of the equipment was brought in for the special showing which went perfectly.

Venue[edit]

Since its inception in 1999,[2] Ebertfest has been held at the Virginia Theatre, an old-time movie palace in Champaign built in 1921 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9] The theatre is now owned by the Champaign Park District. Ebert spoke of having attended films at the Virginia while growing up in Champaign-Urbana[10] and attending the University. It was Ebert's intention that all festival attendees see all of the films in a single theatre in order to create a sense of community among film lovers.[11]

In 2014, a bronze statue of Roger Ebert was unveiled outside of the Virginia Theatre as tribute to both Ebert and Ebertfest.[12]

Growth[edit]

Through donations,[13] the Virginia has been able to fully equip its projection and sound system with a second projector, the latest in digital sound equipment and top quality lenses.[14]

Instrumental in these upgrades has been notable Chicago-based projection expert James Bond who doubles as one of the projectionists during the festival.[15]

Capacity[edit]

Since 2013, the Virginia Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,463.[16] The theatre was closed from 2012 until April 2013 for renovations that included replacing all of the seats. Capacity dropped from about 1,550[17] to 1,463 but the new seats are more comfortable and the theatre offers wheelchair and companion access.[18]

Name change[edit]

In April 2007 it was announced that beginning in 2008 with the tenth festival "Overlooked" would be dropped from the name and subsequent events would simply be known as "Roger Ebert's Film Festival."[19] This did not necessarily indicate any change in the philosophy or theme[20] but simply eliminated the need to explain when current or even unreleased films were included which had sometimes been the case. They had sometimes been jokingly referred to as "pre-overlooked."[21]

Selection criteria[edit]

Unlike typical film festivals, Ebertfest does not accept submissions.[22] Roger Ebert selected films for the festival which in his opinion are excellent, but have been overlooked by the public or by film distribution companies. All films were selected from those that Ebert saw in the course of his normal reviewing work.[23] After Ebert's death, all films are selected by the Festival Committee.[22]

The original purpose of the Overlooked Film Festival, as reflected in the name, was to showcase films that had not been given enough attention by the public, film critics, or even distributors.[24] Ebert had cheerfully admitted that he could bend the definition of "overlooked" to accommodate any film that he would like to include,[25] since entire genres and formats can be overlooked as well as individual films.[26] The selection philosophy is expected to continue, but with the name change there will no longer be a need to come up with a pretext for including any film.

70 mm[edit]

In most years the festival has opened with a film in the 70 mm format.[27] The films may be major releases, like 2001: A Space Odyssey or Patton, or less well-known, like 2005's showing of the French film Playtime.[28] These films were all chosen primarily due to their use of the 70mm process, which Ebert felt was overlooked.[26]

Silent film[edit]

Each year a silent film is shown with live orchestral accompaniment. The films selected are generally well-known (for example, Nosferatu),[28] but Ebert felt that silent films in general are overlooked by the majority of moviegoers.[24] The festival also strives to include a musical film for the same reason.[27] Performers providing live accompaniment have included the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and the Alloy Orchestra.

Festival format[edit]

Twelve to fourteen films are presented at each festival, opening with a single film on a Wednesday night and concluding with a single movie the following Sunday. On each day during the interim three or four films are presented.

For the first eight festivals, before each screening Roger Ebert would make a few introductory remarks. After the film was shown he would have a discussion on stage with the filmmakers or others connected with the film,[29] sometimes hosting a brief panel discussion.

After Ebert lost his speaking voice due to cancer, starting with the ninth festival in 2007, his wife Chaz assumed many of the hosting duties.[30] Post-show panels are led by his "Far-Flung Correspondents" or other respected film professionals, such as film historian David Bordwell and film critic Christy Lemire.[31]

On April 4, 2013, Ebert died after a long battle with cancer.[32] Despite his death, the film festival went along as scheduled, simultaneously acting as a tribute to Ebert's legacy.[33] At the opening of the 15th annual Ebertfest, it was announced by Ebert's wife, Chaz, that his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be establishing a new Film Studies program within the College of Media in honor of his legacy. The program will be funded in part by a $1 million grant from Ebert and his wife to the University. The non-degree program will be both a collection of film-related seminars and classes as well as a platform for Ebertfest to continue.[34]

Festival guests[edit]

Since its inception, many film directors, actors, producers, cinematographers and other crew members, as well as studio executives have been invited to participate in Ebertfest. Examples include Werner Herzog,[17] Spike Lee,[35] and Tilda Swinton.[36]

For the 10th Ebertfest in 2010, many of the international invited guests were unable to attend due to the volcanic eruptions in Iceland that disrupted air travel in Europe.[37]

Awards[edit]

As a non-competitive film festival,[38][11] Ebertfest does not have jury or audience awards. But beginning with the sixth festival in 2004, all invited guests have been given an award originally referred to by Ebert as the Order of the Silver Thumb,[17] but subsequently known as the Golden Thumb Award.[39] The Golden Thumb trophy is a casting of Roger Ebert's thumb in the up position, made by the R.S. Owens & Company, which is the same business that makes the Oscar statuette.[37]

The first Roger Ebert Humanitarian Award was presented in 2016 to co-directors Andrew Young and Stephen Apkon for their documentary film Disturbing the Peace.[40] The film focuses on the work of Combatants for Peace, a group of former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters who put down their weapons and began working together for peace in the region.

Academic panel discussions[edit]

Co-sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Media, every Ebertfest since its inception has included panel discussions with invited festival guests and scholars from academia, covering a variety of film-related topics.[41] These discussions are free and open to the public, and are held in the mornings during the festival, on the University of Illinois campus.

Live streaming[edit]

Beginning in 2010, the panel discussions on campus, film introductions, and post-film discussions/question and answer sessions with festival guests have been streamed live, and then archived on Ebertfest's YouTube channel.

Admission[edit]

Festival goers can purchase tickets to individual shows or full-festival passes. The number of passes sold is limited to 1,000 with the remainder of seats allotted for individual tickets or sponsors.[42] As passholders do not necessarily attend every show, it is often possible to obtain tickets at the last minute after empty seats are counted. At every festival since 2002, all patrons waiting in line for sold-out films were able to gain entry to the theatre. [42]

Passes for the first Ebertfest in 1999 cost $30, and individual film tickets were $5.[24] In 2016, passes cost $150, and individual film tickets were $15.[43] The first sell-out of passes was in 2004.[44]

Festival administration[edit]

Festival founder, programmer and host, 1999[45]-2012: Roger Ebert

Festival producer, 1999[45]-2006[46]-: Nancy Casey

Festival producer and host, 2007[47]-present: Chaz Ebert

Festival director, 1999[45]-present: Nate Kohn

Films[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of films presented at Ebertfest.

2016[edit]

Festival schedule[48]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Everybody Wants Some!! Richard Linklater 2016 Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman Free student screening on University of Illinois campus. Post-film Q&A included Stephen Feder (executive producer), Glen Powell (actor), and Juston Street (actor)
Crimson Peak Guillermo del Toro 2015 Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston Post-film Q&A included del Toro
Grandma Paul Weitz 2015 Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden Post-film Q&A included Weitz and Andrew Miano (producer)
Northfork Michael Polish 2003 James Woods, Nick Nolte, Daryl Hannah, Anthony Edwards Post-film Q&A included Polish
The Third Man Carol Reed 1949 Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alida Valli Post-film Q&A included Angela Allen (script supervisor)
Disturbing the Peace Stephen Apkon, Andrew Young 2016 Chen Alon, Sulaiman Khatib Special premiere. Post-film Q&A included Apkon, Young, Alon, Khatib, and Marcina Hale (story consultant)
L'Inhumaine Marcel L'Herbier 1924 Georgette Leblanc, Jaque Catelain, Philippe Hériat Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included two members of the Alloy Orchestra
Eve's Bayou Kasi Lemmons 1997 Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Jurnee Smollett Post-film Q&A included Lemmons
Force of Destiny Paul Cox 2015 David Wenham, Shahana Goswami, Jacqueline McKenzie USA Premiere. Post-film Q&A included Cox
Radical Grace Rebecca Parrish 2015 Sister Simone Campbell, Sister Jean Hughes, Sister Chris Schenk Post-film Q&A included Parrish, Nicole Bernardi-Reis (producer), Heather McIntosh (composer), and Father Michael Pfleger (social activist)
Love & Mercy Bill Pohlad 2014 John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks Post-film Q&A included panel of film critics
Blow Out Brian De Palma 1981 John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow Post-film Q&A included Allen
Body and Soul Oscar Micheaux 1925 Paul Robeson, Mercedes Gilbert, Julia Theresa Russell Renee Baker and the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project played live accompaniment, composed by Baker. Post-film Q&A included Baker

2015[edit]

Festival schedule[49]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Goodbye to Language Jean-Luc Godard 2014 Héloise Godet, Kamel Abdeli, Richard Chevalier Post-film Q&A included Godet
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Roy Andersson 2014 Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg Post-film Q&A included Johan Carlsson (producer)
Moving Midway Godfrey Cheshire 2008 Godfrey Cheshire, Robert Hinton Post-film Q&A included Cheshire, plus Hinton via video call
The End of the Tour James Ponsoldt 2015 Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Ron Livingston Post-film Q&A included Ponsoldt and Segel
Girlhood Céline Sciamma 2014 Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh Post-film Q&A included Héloise Godet
The Son of the Sheik George Fitzmaurice 1926 Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, George Fawcett Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included two members of the Alloy Orchestra
A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro 1993 Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato, Jr. Post-film Q&A included Palminteri, Jon Kilik (producer), Richard Roeper (critic) and Leonard Maltin (critic)
Wild Tales Damián Szifrón 2014 Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Julieta Zylberberg Post-film Q&A included Zylberberg, Javier Braier (casting director), plus Szifrón via video call
Ida Paweł Pawlikowski 2013 Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik Post-film Q&A included panel of film critics
The Motel Life Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky 2012 Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson Post-film Q&A included Alan Polsky
99 Homes Ramin Bahrani 2014 Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern Post-film Q&A included Bahrani and Noah Lomax (actor)
Seymour: An Introduction Ethan Hawke 2014 Seymour Bernstein, Jiyang Chen, Ethan Hawke Post-film Q&A included Bernstein, Andrew Harvey (activist), and Leonard Maltin (critic)

2014[edit]

Festival schedule[50]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three Joseph Sargent 1974 Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam Free student screening on University of Illinois campus. Post-film Q&A included Patton Oswalt
Life Itself Steve James 2014 Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel Post-film Q&A included James and Chaz Ebert
Museum Hours Jem Cohen 2012 Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits Post-film Q&A included Cohen
Short Term 12 Destin Cretton 2013 Brie Larson, John Gallagher, Jr., Frantz Turner Post-film Q&A included Larson
Young Adult Jason Reitman 2011 Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson Post-film Q&A included Oswalt
He Who Gets Slapped Victor Sjöström 1924 Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert 2011 restoration. Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included two members of the Alloy Orchestra
Capote Bennett Miller 2004 Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins, Jr. Pre-film introduction included Michael Barker (Sony Pictures Classics)
Do The Right Thing Spike Lee 1989 Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Spike Lee Post-film Q&A included Lee
Wadjda Haifaa Al-Mansour 2012 Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani Post-film Q&A included Al-Mansour
A Simple Life Ann Hui 2011 Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Paul Chun, Fuli Wang Post-film Q&A included Hui
Goodbye Solo Ramin Bahrani 2008 Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West, Diana Franco Galindo Post-film Q&A included Bahrani
Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone 1989 Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava Post-film Q&A included Stone
Bayou Maharajah Lily Keber 2013 James Booker, Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr. Post-film Q&A included Keber, Henry Butler

2013[edit]

Festival schedule[51]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Days of Heaven Terrence Malick 1978 Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz Post-film Q&A included Haskell Wexler (cinematographer)
I Remember (short) Grace Wang 2012 Lily Huang, Chris Chang Pre-film introduction included Wang and June Kim (director of photography)
Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh Paul Cox 1989 John Hurt, Marika Rivera, Gabriella Trsek
To Music (short) Sophie Kohn, Feike Santbergen 2013 Paul Cox, Roger Glanville-Hicks, Henriett Tunyogi, Tamás Vásáry Pre-film introduction included Kohn and Santbergen
In the Family Patrick Wang 2012 Sebastian Banes, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John Post-film Q&A included Wang and St. John
Bernie Richard Linklater 2011 Jack Black, Shirley McLaine, Matthew McConaughey Post-film Q&A included Linklater and Black (via conference call)
Oslo, August 31st Joachim Trier 2011 Anders Danielsen Lie Post-film Q&A included Trier
The Ballad of Narayama Keisuke Kinoshita 1958 Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yuuko Mochizuki Post-film Q&A included David Bordwell (film historian)
Julia Erick Zonca 2008 Tilda Swinton, Aidan Gould, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo Post-film Q&A included Swinton
Blancanieves Pablo Berger 2012 Maribel Verdú Post-film Q&A included Berger
Kumaré Vikram Gandhi 2011 Vikram Gandhi Post-film Q&A included Gandhi
Escape from Tomorrow Randy Moore 2013 Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Annet Mahendru, Danielle Safady, Alison Lees-Taylor Post-film Q&A included Moore, Soojin Chung (producer), Abramsohn, Schuber, Mahendru
The Spectacular Now James Ponsoldt 2013 Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler Post-film Q&A included Ponsoldt and Woodley
Not Yet Begun to Fight Sabrina Lee, Shasta Grenier 2012 Navy SEAL Elliott Miller, Sgt. Erik Goodge, Col. Eric Hastings Post-film Q&A included Lee and Goodge

2012[edit]

Festival schedule[52]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Joe Versus the Volcano John Patrick Shanley 1990 Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Abe Vigoda Post-film Q&A included Stephen Goldblatt (director of photography)
The Truth About Beauty & Blogs (short) Rosalyn Coleman Williams 2011 Kelechie Ezie Post-film Q&A included Kelechie Ezie, also writer and co-producer
Phunny Business: A Black Comedy John Davies 2011 Raymond Lambert Post-film Q&A included John Davies, Reid Brody (producer), Raymond Lambert (also writer and producer), Ali LeRoi (comedian featured in film)
Big Fan Robert Siegel 2009 Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport Post-film Q&A included Robert Siegel. Patton Oswalt was scheduled to attend, as well as introduce a public screening of Kind Hearts and Coronets, but was detained by filming commitments
Kinyarwanda Alrick Brown 2011 Hassan Kabera, Edouard Bamporiki, Cassandra Freeman Post-film Q&A included Alrick Brown, Ishmael Ntihabose (actor and executive producer), Darren Dean (producer), Tommy Oliver (producer), Deatra Harris (producer)
Terri Azazel Jacobs 2011 Jacob Wysocki Post-film Q&A included Azazel Jacobs and Jacob Wysocki
On Borrowed Time David Bradbury 2011 Paul Cox Paul Cox
Wild AND Weird: The Alloy Orchestra Plays 10 Fascinating and Innovative Films 1906–1926 1906–1926 Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment
A Separation Asghar Farhadi 2011 Peyman Mouadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi Peyman Mouadi was scheduled to attend but did not. The post-film Q&A, moderated by blogger Nell Minow, included Paul Cox, blogger Omer Mozaffar and distributor Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics
Higher Ground Vera Farmiga 2011 Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard, Norbert Leo Butz, Donna Murphy Post-film Q&A included writer Carolyn S. Briggs, who based the film on her memoir This Dark World, with blogger Nell Minow
Patang (The Kite) Prashant Bhargava 2011 Seema Biswas, Nawazuddin Siddiqui Post-film Q&A included Prashant Bhargava, Vijay Bhargava (executive producer), James Townsend (writer), Seema Biswas, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Take Shelter Jeff Nichols 2011 Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain Post-film Q&A included Jeff Nichols, Michael Shannon, distributor Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics
Citizen Kane Orson Welles 1941 Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Ruth Warrick The film was shown using Roger Ebert's commentary track, recorded in 2006 (before Ebert lost his voice). The post-show Q&A featured scholar David Bordwell with audio commentary producer Jeffrey Lerner. Chaz Ebert was visibly moved, stating that although she had seen the film, she had never heard the commentary track, and felt lucky to hear her husband's voice again in the Virginia Theatre

2011[edit]

Festival schedule[53]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Metropolis Fritz Lang 1927 Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge 2010 restoration. Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment
Natural Selection Robbie Pickering 2010 Rachael Harris Post-film Q&A included Robbie Pickering and Rachael Harris
Umberto D Vittorio De Sica 1952 Carlo Battisti Post-film Q&A included Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and Omer Mozaffar
My Dog Tulip Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Schuette Fierlinger 2010 Christopher Plummer (narrator) Post-film Q&A included Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Schuette Fierlinger
Tiny Furniture Lena Dunham 2010 Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, David Call Post-film Q&A included David Call and distributor Ryan Werner
45365 Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV 2009 Townspeople of Sidney, Ohio Post-film Q&A included Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV
Me & Orson Welles Richard Linklater 2009 Christian McKay, Claire Danes, Zac Efron Post-film Q&A included Richard Linklater
Only You Norman Jewison 1994 Robert Downey, Jr., Marisa Tomei, Bonnie Hunt Post-film Q&A included Norman Jewison
A Small Act Jennifer Arnold 2010 Chris Mburu, Jane Wanjiru Muigai, Hilde Back Post-film Q&A included Jennifer Arnold, Hilde Back and producer Patti Lee
Life Above All Oliver Schmitz 2010 Khomotso Manyaka, Keaobaka Makanyane, Harriet Lenabe Post-film Q&A included Oliver Schmitz, Khomotso Manyaka and distributor Michael Barker
Leaves of Grass Tim Blake Nelson 2009 Edward Norton, Tim Blake Nelson, Susan Sarandon Post-film Q&A included Tim Blake Nelson
I Am Love Luca Guadagnino 2010 Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Marisa Berenson Post-film Q&A included Tilda Swinton and Michael Barker
Louder Than a Bomb Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs 2010 Kevin Coval, Adam Gottlieb, Elizabeth Graf, Kevin Harris and other students Post-film Q&A included Jon Siskel, Greg Jacobs, founder and artistic director Kevin Coval and Steinmetz High School poets Lamar Jorden, Charles Smith, She'Kira McNight, Kevin Harris and Jésus Lark

2010[edit]

Festival schedule[54]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Pink Floyd – The Wall Alan Parker 1982 Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson Post-film Q&A included panel of film critics
You, the Living Roy Andersson 2007 Elisabeth Helander, Jugge Nohall, Jessika Lundberg Lundberg and Johan Carlsson (production manager) were scheduled to appear but did not due to travel problems. Post-film Q&A included panel of film critics
Munyurangabo Lee Isaac Chung 2007 Jeff Rutagengwa, Eric Ndorunkundiye, Jean Marie Vianney Nkurikiyinka Post-film Q&A included Chung, Sam Anderson (co-writer & producer), Jenny Lund (co-producer)
The New Age Michael Tolkin 1994 Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Patrick Bauchau Post-film Q&A included Tolkin
Apocalypse Now/Redux Francis Ford Coppola 2001 Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall Extended version of the 1979 film. Walter Murch (sound design & film editor) was scheduled to appear but did not due to travel problems. Post-film Q&A included panel of film critics
Departures Yōjirō Takita 2008 Masahiro Motoki, Ryōko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki Post-film Q&A included Takita
Man with a Movie Camera Dziga Vertov 1929 Mikhail Kaufman 2010 restoration. Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included two members of the Alloy Orchestra
Synecdoche, New York Charlie Kaufman 2008 Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams Pre-film introduction by Roger Ebert using speech software on computer. Post-film Q&A included Kaufman and Anthony Bregman (producer)
I Capture the Castle Tim Fywell 2003 Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Bill Nighy Nighy was scheduled to appear but did not due to travel problems. Post-film Q&A included panel of film critics
Vincent: A Life In Color Jennifer Burns 2008 Vincent P. Falk Post-film Q&A included Burns and Falk
Trucker James Mottern 2008 Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Fillion, Benjamin Bratt Post-film Q&A included Mottern and Monaghan
Barfly Barbet Schroeder 1987 Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige Post-film Q&A included Schroeder
Song Sung Blue Greg Kohs 2008 Mike Sardina, Claire Sardina Post film Q&A included Kohs and Claire Sardina

2009[edit]

Festival schedule[55]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, The Director’s Cut Michael Wadleigh 1994 Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez Extended version of the 1970 film. Post-film Q&A included Wadleigh, Dale Bell (producer), Jocko Marcellino (musician)
My Winnipeg Guy Maddin 2007 Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Louis Negin Post-film Q&A included Maddin
Chop Shop Ramin Bahrani 2007 Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski Post-film Q&A included Bahrani
Trouble the Water Tia Lessin, Carl Deal 2008 Kimberly Rivers Roberts, Scott Roberts Post-film Q&A included Lessin, Deal, K. Roberts, and S. Roberts
Begging Naked Karen Gehres 2007 Elise Bainbridge Hill, Sally Roth Post-film Q&A included Gehres
The Last Command Josef von Sternberg 1928 Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included all three members of the Alloy Orchestra
Frozen River Courtney Hunt 2008 Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott Post-film Q&A included Hunt and Upham
The Fall Tarsem Singh 2006 Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell Post-film Q&A included Untaru
Sita Sings The Blues Nina Paley 2008 Sanjiv Jhaveri, Nina Paley, Deepti Gupta Post-film Q&A included Paley
Nothing But The Truth Rod Lurie 2008 Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga Post-film Q&A included Lurie and Dillon
Let The Right One In Tomas Alfredson 2008 Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar Post-film Q&A included Carl Molinder (producer)
Baraka Ron Fricke 1992 n/a Post film Q&A included Fricke and Mark Magidson (producer)

2008[edit]

Festival schedule[56]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Hamlet Kenneth Branagh 1996 Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi Post-film Q&A included actors Timothy Spall and Rufus Sewell
Delirious Tom DiCillo 2006 Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman Post-film Q&A included DiCillo
Yes Sally Potter 2004 Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, Sam Neill Post-film Q&A included John Penotti (executive producer)
Citizen Cohl: The Untold Story (short) Barry Avrich 2008 Barry Avrich, Dusty Cohl, Michael Cohl Post-film Q&A included Avrich
Canvas Joseph Greco 2006 Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden, Devon Gearhart Post-film Q&A included Greco, Pantoliano, Adam Hammel (producer), Bill Erfurth (producer)
Shotgun Stories Jeff Nichols 2007 Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon Post-film Q&A included Nichols
Underworld Josef von Sternberg 1927 Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent, George Bancroft, Larry Semon Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include members of the Alloy Orchestra
The Real Dirt on Farmer John Taggart Siegel 2005 John Peterson, Anna Nielsen, John Edwards Post-film Q&A included Siegel and Peterson
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Paul Schrader 1985 Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya Post-film Q&A included Schrader and Eiko Ishioka (costume designer)
Hulk Ang Lee 2003 Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott Post-film Q&A included Lee
The Band's Visit Eran Kolirin 2007 Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri Post-film Q&A included Kolirin
Housekeeping Bill Forsyth 1987 Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill Post-film Q&A included Forsyth and Lahti
The Cell Tarsem Singh 2000 Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D’Onofrio Post film Q&A included Singh, Eiko Ishioka (costume designer), and Nico Soultanakis (producer)
Romance & Cigarettes John Turturro 2005 James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet Post film Q&A Aida Turturro (actor) and Tricia Brouk (choreographer)

2007[edit]

Festival schedule[57]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Gattaca Andrew Niccol 1997 Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman Post-film Q&A included Michael Shamberg (producer)
The Weather Man Gore Verbinski 2005 Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis, Michael Caine Post-film Q&A included Steven Conrad (writer) and Gil Bellows (actor)
Moolaadé Ousmane Sembène 2004 Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré Post-film Q&A included Coulibaly and Samba Gadjigo (professor)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Tom Tykwer 2006 Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Dustin Hoffman Post-film Q&A included Rickman
Sadie Thompson Raoul Walsh 1928 Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included David Bordwell (film scholar), Steven Larsen (conductor), and Joseph Turrin (composer)
Come Early Morning Joey Lauren Adams 2006 Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan Post-film Q&A included Adams and Scott Wilson (actor)
La Dolce Vita Federico Fellini 1960 Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée Post-film Q&A included Michael Barker (producer & distributor), Jacqueline Reich (professor)
Freddie Mercury: the Untold Story Rudi Dolezal, Hannes Rossacher 2000 Freddie Mercury, Jer Bulsara, Kashmira Cooke Post-film Q&A included Dolezal
Holes Andrew Davis 2003 Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight Post-film Q&A included Davis
Man of Flowers Paul Cox 1983 Norman Kaye, Alyson Best, Chris Haywood Post-film Q&A included Cox and Werner Herzog (actor)
Stroszek Werner Herzog 1977 Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz Post-film Q&A included Herzog
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus Andrew Douglas 2003 Jim White, Harry Crews, Johnny Dowd Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Douglas and White
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Russ Meyer 1970 Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom Post film Q&A included Strawberry Alarm Clock (band) and was scheduled to include McBroom and Peter Sobcynski (critic)

2006[edit]

Festival schedule[58]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
My Fair Lady George Cukor 1964 Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison 1994 restoration. Post-film Q&A included Marni Nixon (singing voice), Robert A. Harris (film restorer), Jim Katz (restorer/producer)
Man Push Cart Ramin Bahrani 2005 Ahmad Razvi, Leticia Dolera, Charles Daniel Sandoval Post-film Q&A included Bahrani and Razvi
Duane Hopwood Matt Mulhern 2005 David Schwimmer, Janeane Garofalo Post-film Q&A included Mulhern
Spartan David Mamet 2004 Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Kristen Bell Post-film Q&A included David Bordwell (film scholar)
Somebodies Hadjii 2006 Kaira Whitehead, Tyler Craig, Patt Brown, Nard Holston Post-film Q&A included Hadjii, Whitehead, Nate Kohn (co-producer), Pam Kohn (co-producer)
The Eagle Clarence Brown 1925 Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, Louise Dresser Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included a panel of film professors
Ripley's Game Liliana Cavani 2002 John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Ray Winstone, Lena Headey Post-film Q&A included Malkovich and Russell Smith (executive producer)
Millions Danny Boyle 2004 Alex Etel, Lewis McGibbon, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan Post-film Q&A included a panel of local children
Claire Dolan Lodge Kerrigan 1998 Katrin Cartlidge, Vincent D’Onofrio, Colm Meaney Post-film Q&A included Kerrigan
Junebug Phil Morrison 2005 Embeth Davidtz, Amy Adams, Benjamin McKenzie, Scott Wilson Post-film Q&A included Morrison, Wilson, and Michael Barker (distributor)
Bad Santa Terry Zwigoff 2003 Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham Director’s personal print of the film that included unreleased material. Post-film Q&A included Zwigoff
U-Carmen eKhayelitsha Mark Dornford-May 2005 Pauline Malefane, Andile Tshoni, Lungelwa Blou Post-film Q&A included Dornford-May and Malefane

2005[edit]

Festival schedule[59]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Playtime Jacques Tati 1967 Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek Post-film Q&A included Jonathan Rosenbaum (film critic)
Murderball Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro 2005 Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan Post-film Q&A included Rubin, Shapiro, Zupan, Soares, and Jeff Mandel (producer)
The Heart of the World (short) Guy Maddin 2000 Leslie Bais, Caelum Vatnsdal, Shaun Balbar Post-film Q&A included Maddin and Jonathan Sehring (producer)
The Saddest Music in the World Guy Maddin 2003 Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros Post-film Q&A included Maddin and Jonathan Sehring (producer)
After Dark, My Sweet James Foley 1990 Jason Patric, Rachel Ward, Bruce Dern Post-film Q&A included Patric
Yesterday Darrell Roodt 2004 Leleti Khumalo, Lihle Mvelase, Kenneth Khambula Post-film Q&A included Roodt
The Phantom of the Opera Rupert Julian 1925 Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included members of the Alloy Orchestra and Jonathan Rosenbaum (film critic)
Baadasssss! Mario Van Peebles 2003 Mario Van Peebles, Nia Long, Joy Bryant Post-film Q&A included Van Peebles
The Secret of Roan Inish John Sayles 1994 Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Richard Sheridan Post-film Q&A included Sayles and Maggie Renzi (producer)
Primer Shane Carruth 2004 Shane Carruth, David Sullivan Post-film Q&A included Carruth
Map of the Human Heart Vincent Ward 1993 Jason Scott Lee, Anne Parillaud, Patrick Bergin Post-film Q&A included Ward and Lee
Me and You and Everyone We Know Miranda July 2005 John Hawkes, Miranda July, Miles Thompson Post-film Q&A included July and Jonathan Sehring (producer)
Taal Subhash Ghai 1999 Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Post-film Q&A included Ghai and Gerson da Cunha (film journalist)

2004[edit]

Festival schedule[60]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Lawrence of Arabia David Lean 1962 Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn 1989 restoration. Pre-film introduction included Jack Valenti (head of MPAA). Post-film Q&A included Robert Harris (film restorer) and Anne Coates (film editor)
Tarnation Jonathan Caouette 2003 Jonathan Caouette, Renee Leblanc, Adolph Davis Post-film Q&A included Caouette
The Son Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne 2002 Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Dan Talbot (art film distributor)
Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored Tim Reid 1995 Al Freeman Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Leon Post-film Q&A included Tim Reid
Tully Hilary Birmingham 2000 Glenn Fitzgerald, Anson Mount, Bob Burrus, Julianne Nicholson Post-film Q&A included Birmingham and Mount
The Scapegoat (short) Darren Ng 2003 Darren Ng, Scott Honey, Cassandra Chan Post-film Q&A included Ng and Jeffrey Vance (film historian)
The General Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton 1926 Buster Keaton, Marion Mack Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included Darren Ng and Jeffrey Vance (film historian)
El Norte Gregory Nava 1983 Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando Post-film Q&A included Nava and Anna Thomas (producer)
My Dog Skip Jay Russell 2000 Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Luke Wilson Post-film Q&A included Russell, Enzo (dog actor), and Larry Madrid (dog trainer)
Gates of Heaven Errol Morris 1978 Floyd McClure, Cal Harberts, Florence Rasmussen Post-film Q&A included Morris
People I Know Dan Algrant 2002 Al Pacino, Kim Basinger, Téa Leoni Post-film Q&A included Algrant, Bobby Zarem (publicist), and Pacino via telephone
Invincible Werner Herzog 2001 Tim Roth, Jouko Ahola, Anna Gourari Post-film Q&A included Herzog
Louie Bluie Terry Zwigoff 1985 Howard Armstrong, Ted Bogan, Jay Lynch Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Barbara Ward Armstrong (wife of subject)
Sweet Old Song Leah Mahan 2002 Howard Armstrong, Ray DeForest, Bob Frank Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Mahan and Barbara Ward Armstrong (wife of subject)

2003[edit]

Festival schedule[61]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
The Right Stuff Philip Kaufman 1983 Sam Shepard, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn Post-film Q&A included Scott Wilson, Veronica Cartwright, and Donald Moffat (actors)
Stone Reader Mark Moskowitz 2002 Carl Brandt, Frank Conroy, Bruce Dobler Post-film Q&A included Moskowitz, Dow Mossman (film subject), and Jeff Lipsky (film distributor)
The Grey Automobile Enrique Rosas 1919 Joaquin Coss, Juan de Homs, Manuel de los Rios Performance based on the Japanese Benshi tradition of live actors narrating silent films. Post-film Q&A included Claudio Valdés Kuri (theatre director), Irene Akiko Iida (actress), and Ernesto Gómez Santana (pianist)
Your Friends and Neighbors Neil LaBute 1998 Amy Brenneman, Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Keener Post-film Q&A included LaBute
Blood and Wine Bob Rafelson 1996 Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez Post-film Q&A included Rafelson
Medium Cool Haskell Wexler 1969 Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz Post-film Q&A included Wexler
What's Cooking? Gurinder Chadha 2000 Joan Chen, Juliana Margulies, Mercedes Ruehl, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard Post-film Q&A included Chaz Ebert
The Black Pirate Albert Parker 1926 Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Tempe Pigott Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment.
L.627 Bertrand Tavernier 1992 Didier Bezace, Jean-Paul Comart, Charlotte Kady Post-film Q&A included Tavernier
The Golden Age of Silent Comedy Presented by the Silent Movie Theatre Co. n/a Harold Lloyd in Never Weaken, The Little Rascals in Saturday's Lesson, Buster Keaton in The Scarecrow, Charley Chase in Mighty Like a Moose, Charlie Chaplin in Kid Auto Races, and the Felix the Cat cartoon Felix Finds ‘Em Fickle Presentation included a vaudeville opening act, followed by six comedy short films. Dena Mora played organ and piano. Post-film Q&A included Charlie Lustman (theatre owner) and Mora
Shall We Dance? Masayuki Suo 1996 Kōji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka Post-film Q&A included David Bordwell (film historian)
Charlotte Sometimes Eric Byler 2002 Jacqueline Kim, Eugenia Yuan, Michael Idemoto Launch festival release. Post-film Q&A included Byler, Kim, Idemoto, and John Manulis (executive producer)
13 Conversations About One Thing Jill Sprecher 2001 Alan Arkin, John Turturro, Matthew McConaughey, Clea DuVall Post-film Q&A included Jill Sprecher and Karen Sprecher (writer)
Singin' in the Rain Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly 1952 Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds Post-film Q&A included O'Connor

2002[edit]

Festival schedule[62]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
Patton Franklin J. Schaffner 1970 George C. Scott, Karl Malden Post-film Q&A included Dr. Richard Vetter (developer of optical system for 70mm photography and projection)
Hyènes Djibril Diop Mambéty 1992 Ami Kiakhate, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Mansour Diouf
George Washington David Gordon Green 2000 Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damian Jewan Lee Post-film Q&A included Green and Curtis Cotton III (actor)
Wonder Boys Curtis Hanson 2000 Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand Post-film Q&A included Michael Chabon (novelist)
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries James Ivory 1998 Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Hershey, Leelee Sobieski Post-film Q&A included Kristofferson and Kaylie Jones (novelist)
Kwik Stop Michael Gilio 2001 Michael Gilio, Lara Phillips, Rich Komenich Post-film Q&A included Gilio
Two Women Tahmineh Milani 1999 Niki Karimi, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Merila Zarei Post-film Q&A included Milani
Innocence Paul Cox 2000 Julia Blake, Bud Tingwell, Kristine Van Pellicom Post-film Q&A included Cox and Paul Grabowsky (composer)
Grand Canyon Lawrence Kasdan 1991 Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Alfre Woodard (actor)
Paperhouse Bernard Rose 1988 Charlotte Burke, Ben Cross, Glenne Headly Post-film Q&A included Rose
Diamond Men Dan Cohen 2000 Robert Forster, Donnie Wahlberg Post-film Q&A included Cohen and Forster
Metropolis Fritz Lang 1927 Brigette Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment
Metropolis Rintaro 2001 Yuka Imoto, Kei Kobayashi, Kōsei Tomita, Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Drew McWeeny (film critic)
Say Amen, Somebody George T. Nierenberg 1982 Willie Mae Ford Smith, Thomas A. Dorsey, DeLois Barrett Campbell Post-film Q&A included Nierenberg and The Barrett Sisters

2001[edit]

Festival schedule[63]

Title Director Year Starring Notes
2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick 1968 Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood Post-film Q&A included Dullea and Sir Arthur C. Clarke (writer, via telephone from Sri Lanka)
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Jan Harlan 2001 Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick U.S. premiere. Post-film Q&A included Harlan
Maryam Ramin Serry 2002 Mariam Parris, David Ackert, Shaun Toub Post-film Q&A included Serry and Shauna Lyon (producer)
Such a Long Journey Sturla Gunnarsson 1998 Roshan Seth, Soni Razdan, Om Puri Post-film Q&A included Gunnarsson
Songs from the Second Floor Roy Andersson 2000 Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Nordh
Panic Henry Bromell 2000 William H. Macy, Neve Campbell, Donald Sutherland Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Bromell, but he was unable to attend due to illness
Girl on the Bridge Patrice Leconte 1999 Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil Post-film Q&A included Edwin Jahiel (film critic)
Dragonflies, the Baby Cries (short) Jane Gillooly 2000 Jillian Wheeler, Jessy Rowe Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Gillooly
Nosferatu F. W. Murnau 1922 Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder Alloy Orchestra played live accompaniment. Post-film Q&A included members of the Alloy Orchestra
3 Women Robert Altman 1977 Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Rule
The King of Masks Wu Tianming 1996 Zhu Xu, Zhou Renying, Zhao Zhigang Post-film Q&A included Wu
On the Ropes Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen 1999 Sam Doumit, Martin Goldman, Harry Keitt Post-film Q&A included Morgen and Tyrene Manson (subject, via telephone)
Jesus' Son Alison Maclean 1999 Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Denis Leary, Holly Hunter, Dennis Hopper Post-film Q&A included Crudup, and was scheduled to include Maclean, Elizabeth Cuthrell (producer and writer), and David Urrutia (producer and writer)
A Simple Plan Sam Raimi 1998 Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda Post-film Q&A included Paxton
Everyone Says I Love You Woody Allen 1996 Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn, Julia Roberts Post-film Q&A was scheduled to include Jean Doumanian (producer) and Billy Crudup

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Roger Ebert Center". media.illinois.edu. University of Illinois College of Media. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Milestones in the life of Roger Ebert". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). April 5, 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Bordwell, David (May–June 2013). "The Fifth Estate: How Roger Ebert personified the critic as conversationalist". Film Comment 49 (3): 12–13. 
  4. ^ Caro, Mark (January 12, 2014). "Chaz Ebert's mission goes on". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Kohn, Nate (April 2015). "Festival remains true to Ebert's vision" (PDF). ebertfest.com. p. 11. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "The history of Roger Ebert’s famed film festival". dailyillini.com. April 8, 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Wurth, Julie (1997). "1997: The Coming of HAL". boraski.com. Obelisk: The Cyberfest Newssite. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Kestenbaum, David S. (March 17, 1997). "Cyberfest Celebrates HAL in Urbana". Wired.com. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Emerick, Laura (May 1, 2006). "A community for cinema: Ebert and fans give bypassed movies an avid audience". Chicago Sun Times (Final ed.). p. 39. 
  10. ^ Silverberg, Melissa (April 2011). "Renovations bring local treasure back to life" (PDF). ebertfest.com. p. 15. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Merli, Melissa (April 26, 2006). "On with the show". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Weber, Ryan (April 2014). "Life-size statue commemorates Ebert" (PDF). ebertfest.com. p. 17. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Sponsors" (PDF). ebertfest.com. April 2014. p. 84. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "FAQs/General Festival Questions". eberfest.com. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  15. ^ Ebert, Chaz (April 2014). "Welcome to Ebertfest!" (PDF). ebertfest.com. p. 7. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "The Virginia Experience". thevirginia.org. Champaign Park District. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  17. ^ a b c Emerick, Laura (26 April 2004). "The champions of 'overlooked' cinema". Chicago Sun-Times. p. Features, 58. 
  18. ^ Vorel, Jim (May 24, 2012). "Champaign’s Virginia Theatre begins final phase of renovation". Herald & Review (Decatur, IL). Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  19. ^ Emerick, Laura (30 April 2007). "’Overlooked’ becomes a lovefest …". Chicago Sun-Times (Final ed.). p. Features, 53. 
  20. ^ Chamberlain, Craig (15 October 2007). "Passes for 10th Ebert film fest, no longer ‘overlooked’, go on sale Nov.1". news.illinois.edu. Illinois News Bureau. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  21. ^ Emerick, Laura (25 April 2005). "Ebert’s overlooked films get a shot". Chicago Sun-Times. p. Features, 62. 
  22. ^ a b "FAQs/Film Selection and Submissions". eberfest.com. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  23. ^ "FAQs/Film Selection and Submissions". eberfest.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  24. ^ a b c Ebert, Roger (18 April 1999). "Take another look: Ebert fest focuses on films that deserve wider exposure". Chicago Sun-Times (Late Sports Final ed.). p. Showcase, 4. 
  25. ^ Emerick, Laura (30 April 2001). "A movie lover’s fantasy". Chicago Sun-Times (Late Sports Final ed.). p. Features, 31. 
  26. ^ a b "About Ebertfest/Mission". ebertfest.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  27. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (25 March 2004). "Outgoing MPAA chief gets one last shot at pirates at U. of I. film fest". Chicago Sun-Times. p. Features, 49. 
  28. ^ a b "A Complete List of All The Films Shown at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival 1999-2005". ebertfest.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  29. ^ Zwecker, Bill (1 April 2002). "A second chance for some first-rate films". Chicago Sun-Times. p. Features, 32. 
  30. ^ Merli, Melissa (25 April 2007). "Ebert will have best seat in the house". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  31. ^ Chamberlain, Craig. "'Days of Heaven,' Tilda Swinton and Jack Black all part of 2013 'Ebertfest'", "University of Illinois News Bureau", 22 March 2013.
  32. ^ Steinberg, Neil. "Roger Ebert dead at 70 after battle with cancer", The Chicago Sun Times, 4 April 2013.
  33. ^ Marcotte, Alison. "Ebertfest to continue as tribute to film critic", The Daily Illini, 8 April 2013.
  34. ^ Lazare, Lewis. "Roger Ebert film studies program for University of Illinois", Chicago Business Journal, 18 April 2013.
  35. ^ Wood, Paul (April 26, 2014). "Spike Lee Q and A". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  36. ^ Merli, Melissa (April 20, 2013). "Enthusiast Tilda Swinton: Everyone at Ebertfest cut from same cloth". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  37. ^ a b Merli, Melissa (April 23, 2010). "Ebertfest notebook: Of volcanoes, unbreakable thumbs, heroes and more". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  38. ^ "Festival & market listings". Variety (Los Angeles, CA). August 26, 2002. p. Special supplement: Film Fest Guide, p. 37. 
  39. ^ Merli, Melissa (March 16, 2005). "The stars come out at Ebertfest". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  40. ^ Merli, Melissa (April 16, 2016). "Middle East conflict gives rise to work, doc of peace". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  41. ^ "Festival archives". ebertfest.com. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  42. ^ a b "General Information/Ticket Policy". ebertfest.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  43. ^ Merli, Melissa (April 5, 2016). "Linklater sends movie and its stars to Ebertfest". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  44. ^ Merli, Melissa (April 21, 2004). "Ebert film festival a sellout for first time". News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  45. ^ a b c "You're invited to Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival". ebertfest.com. April 1999. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  46. ^ "Festival Who’s Who: Festival staff". eberfest.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  47. ^ "Festival Who’s Who: Festival staff". eberfest.com. Archived from the original on April 20, 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  48. ^ http://www.ebertfest.com/eighteen/schedule.html
  49. ^ http://ebertfest.com/seventeen/schedule.html
  50. ^ http://www.ebertfest.com/sixteen/schedule.html
  51. ^ http://ebertfest.com/fifteen/schedule.html
  52. ^ http://www.ebertfest.com/fourteen/schedule.html
  53. ^ http://www.ebertfest.com/thirteen/schedule.html
  54. ^ http://www.ebertfest.com/twelve/Schedule.html
  55. ^ http://www.ebertfest.com/eleven/Schedule09.html
  56. ^ http://www.ebertfest.com/ten/Schedule.html
  57. ^ http://www.ebertfest.com/nine/Schedule.html
  58. ^ http://ebertfest.com/eight/FestivalSchedule.html
  59. ^ http://ebertfest.com/seven/film_schedule.htm
  60. ^ http://ebertfest.com/six/films_announce.htm
  61. ^ http://ebertfest.com/five/films.htm
  62. ^ http://ebertfest.com/four/film_sched.htm
  63. ^ http://ebertfest.com/three/3schedule.htm