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Mary Susan Britt: The ‘force’ behind Ebertfest

Mary Susan Britt: The ‘force’ behind Ebertfest

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...

Talking with Chaz Ebert

Talking with Chaz Ebert

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...

Father, daughter volunteer time at Ebertfest

Father, daughter volunteer time at Ebertfest

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 festival guests around the community. “My dad’s been doing it since I can remember, and it was just...

Ebertfest passes go on sale Nov. 1

By Daily Illini Staff Report

October 21, 2014

Tickets for the 17th Annual film festival, Ebertfest, will go on sale Nov. 1. The festival, which covers 12 film screenings, will take place at the Virginia Theatre from April 15 to 19, 2015. The festival has historically been known to show films that have been overlooked, such as independent films...

Ebertfest 2014 to maintain message, atmosphere of late host, founder

By Declan Harty

November 7, 2013

For the first time in its 16 years, Ebertfest is being planned without longtime host and co-creator Roger Ebert — University alumnus, Urbana native and the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. Ebert passed away in April 2013 due to thyroid and salivary gland cancer, leaving behind many thing...