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2016 festival schedule

April 11, 2016

Film ScreeningsTuesday, April 127 p.m. Everybody Wants Some!! at Foellinger Auditorium  University of Illinois campus Free and open to the publicWednesday, April 137 p.m. Crimson PeakThursday, April 141 p.m. Grandma4 p.m.? Northfork 8:30 p.m. The Third ManFriday, April 15 1 p.m. Disturbing the Peace4 p.m.? L’...

Opening film announced for Ebertfest this spring

A one time performance of the Vagina Monologues is coming to the Virginia Theatre on Aug. 25 to benefit Courage Connection. Tickets go on sale today.

By Joe Longo

January 22, 2016

“Crimson Peak,” a gothic romance drama directed by Guillermo Del Toro, will open the 18th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival this AprilJT. Serving as an honorary guest, Del Toro will hold a Q&A following the screening.“Crimson Peak” previously opened on Oct. 16, for its North American theatric...

More than the movies: 17th Ebertfest brings sense of community

The Champaign Park District announced the lineup for performances at the Virginia Theatre for the 2017 to 2018 season. Performers include ZZ Top and Lily Tomlin.

By Annabeth Carlson, Assistant features editor

April 20, 2015

In The Virginia Theatre’s gold, ornate rooms, the aroma of popcorn wafted through the air Wednesday night as people socialized and took programs from ushers. Outside, the theatre’s sign illuminated the reason behind the commotion: 17th annual Ebertfest. Ebertfest, founded by the late-movie critic and Univ...

Feminism shines bright in ‘Girlhood’

Chaz Ebert, wife of Roger, introduces

By Lillian Barkley

April 20, 2015

Céline Sciamma’s “Girlhood” tackles stereotypes from the first scene. The 2014 French film was screened Friday at the 17th annual Ebertfest. The film is the coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Marieme, played by Karidja Touré, who comes from a low-income home with two younger sisters, a workin...

“The End of the Tour:” Honoring David Foster Wallace at Ebertfest

“The End of the Tour:” Honoring David Foster Wallace at Ebertfest

By Steffie Drucker

April 20, 2015

There’s something kind of “meta” about writing an article about a movie about someone writing an article. But it’s particularly fitting for a review of “The End of the Tour,” which was screened at the 17th annual Ebertfest on Thursday night.The movie, directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Jason...

“A Bronx Tale:” Ebertfest welcomes Chazz Palminteri and Jon Kilik

“A Bronx Tale:” Ebertfest welcomes Chazz Palminteri and Jon Kilik

April 20, 2015

I would never deny that “A Bronx Tale” is a great film; it references important dialogue about race relations, gender construction, class discrepancies and morality. But experiencing “A Bronx Tale” as introduced by Roger Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert, viewing it as a personal 35-mm print that bel...

Foreign film “Ida” makes statement at Ebertfest

By Jack Heyden

April 19, 2015

“Ida” was one of the most acutely-shot films of the year, and its achievement for Best Foreign Language film and nomination for cinematography were both well deserved. Set in 1962 in Poland, Ida goes to live with her aunt and learns the true story of her heritage. Her aunt, a sensual alcoholic, clas...

‘The Son of the Sheik’ brings silence fascination to Ebertfest

By Earn Saenmuk

April 18, 2015

It wasn’t my first time at Ebertfest, but this time, I went into The Virginia Theatre nervous, wondering what it would be like to watch a silent film. “The Son of the Sheik” is the first silent film I have ever seen, but it is also the only film created before 1980 that I’ve ever seen, as it wa...

Chaz, Kohn hand-pick films true to vision

April 14, 2015

Festival Director Nathaniel Kohn and Chaz Ebert have worked throughout the last year to hand-pick the films shown at Ebertfest. Kohn said the process of picking the films is ongoing, and many factors are considered when choosing the films, which are announced in March.  Some of the film choices com...

Mary Susan Britt: The ‘force’ behind Ebertfest

Festival Director Nate Kohn, Executive Producer and Host Chas Ebert and Associate Festival Director Mary Susan Britt welcome viewers to the 16th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival on opening night.

April 14, 2015

Fourteen years ago, Mary Susan Britt responded to an ad in the paper to work for the University of Illinois’ College of Media. Her family had just moved to Champaign-Urbana from Vicksburg, Mississippi, and she thought she’d try her luck with a new job in a new town. She couldn’t have predicted...

Ramis’ work far more than just ‘Ghostbusters’

Ramis directed “Groundhog Day.”

April 14, 2015

Harold Ramis is quickly recognized as the quirky Dr. Egon Spengler in “Ghostbusters.” He is also spotted as the neurologist in “Groundhog Day.” But his appearances in these works are not the reason the Chicago native is being honored with the first-ever film tribute at Ebertfest. In addition to his...

Talking with Chaz Ebert

Chaz Ebert touches the hand of the statue of Roger Ebert that was unveiled at Ebertfest last year.

April 14, 2015

When Roger Ebert considered potential films to show at Ebertfest, there was one person in particular who he loved to discuss movies with: his wife, his supporter and his closest friend Chaz. We spoke with Chaz via email and asked her a few questions about her connection to the Champaign-Urbana communi...

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