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“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”...

Feminism shines bright in ‘Girlhood’

Chaz Ebert, wife of Roger, introduces
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,...

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

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

Foreign film “Ida” makes statement at Ebertfest

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...

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

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Father, daughter volunteer time at Ebertfest

Ray Elliott poses with his daughter, Jessica. The Elliotts have been volunteering at Ebertfest for over a decade.
April 14, 2015

For Jessica Elliott, a sophomore in FAA, April not only brings the end of the school year, but also a family tradition: volunteering at Ebertfest. Since childhood, her father, Ray, has been showing film...

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