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New assistant festival director tackles first Ebertfest, joins community effort

By Claire Hettinger

April 11, 2016

Casey Ludwig is experiencing Ebertfest and its culture for the first time as the assistant festival director for the 2016 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.“The energy that I’ve witnessed leading up to the festival is unmatched by anything I’ve experienced before,” she said in an email. “I can’t wait t...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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

Courier Café serves up old-fashioned food, memories

Allen Strong, the owner of The Courier Cafe, is holding the old newspapers in the cafe at March 20.

By Lillian Barkley

March 31, 2015

In a small, corner cafe, Pullman railroad berth lights illuminate the booths, a large pendulum clock keeps time on a far wall, a gold Palace Opera House chandelier shines above the dining room and a red airplane with a propeller that acts as a fan for the main dining room hangs above customers’ he...

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...

From student to celebrity, know these alumni who made it to the limelight

May 28, 2014

Considering the quality of education offered and the number of students who pass through this humble institution, it should come as no surprise that many of the University’s graduates have been quite successful. Here are just a few: Nancy Goodman Brinker Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and founder of ...

'Life Itself:' A look beyond Ebert

By Declan Harty

April 26, 2014

To criticize a film about the life of the arguably most famous film critic, Roger Ebert, would be the epitome of irony. But “Life Itself,” the film documentary based on Ebert’s memoirs, has no room for criticism.The film directed by Steve James, who has long been supported by Ebert in films like ...

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