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Ebertfest announces lineup, Jason Segel attending as guest

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Ebertfest announces lineup, Jason Segel attending as guest

The marquee at The Virginia Theatre during Roger Ebert's Film Festival. 

The marquee at The Virginia Theatre during Roger Ebert's Film Festival. 

The marquee at The Virginia Theatre during Roger Ebert's Film Festival. 

The marquee at The Virginia Theatre during Roger Ebert's Film Festival. 

By Daily Illini Staff Report

The lineup for this year’s Roger Ebert Film Festival was announced Wednesday. The festival will take place from April 15 to 19 and all films will be screened at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Roger Ebert, who passed in 2013, is outlived by the festival, which his wife Chaz Ebert and festival director Nate Kohn now produce. Chaz will serve as the festival emcee.

This year’s festival is directed around character studies that Roger loved to “shine a light on gems that deserve to be discovered and praised by bigger audiences,” according to EbertFest’s website.

“The End of Tour,” screening on April 16, features Jason Segel, who will attend the festival as a guest. Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky and Joan Cusack also co-star in the film.

Tickets are sold for $14 for each individual movie and go on sale April 1.

April 15

7 p.m. — Goodbye to Language 3D (2014)

Lead actress Héloïse Godet will be in attendance.

9 p.m. — Tribute: Harold Ramis

Followed by a conversation with Erica Ramis, his wife, and Trevor Albert, who produced several of his films.

April 16

1 p.m. — A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

Producer Johan Carlsson will be in attendance.

4 p.m. — Moving Midway (2007)

Director Godfrey Cheshire will be in attendance.

8:30 p.m. — The End of the Tour (2015)

Jason Segel, lead actor, and James Ponsoldt, director, will be in attendance.

April 17

1 p.m. — Girlhood (2014)

4 p.m. — Son of the Sheik (1926)

Selected as this year’s silent film. The Alloy Orchestra will provide live accompaniment.

8:30 p.m. — A Bronx Tale (1993)

Chazz Palminteri, screenplay writer, and Jon Kilik, producer, will be in attendance.

April 18

11 a.m. — Wild Tales (2014)

Casting Director Javier Braier, actress Julieta Zylberberg and Sony Pictures Classics Co-President Michael Barker will be in attendance.

2 p.m. — Ida (2013)

5 p.m. — The Motel Life (2012)

Director Alan Polsky will be in attendance.

9 p.m. — 99 Homes (2014)

Director Ramin Bahrani and actor Noah Lomax will be in attendance.

April 19

11 a.m. — Seymour: An Introduction (2014)

Seymour Bernstein, who the movie was based on, will be in attendance.

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