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Ebertfest ~ Film Festival

Ebertfest ~ Film Festival

Roger Ebert created Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival or better known as Ebertfest. Ebert was a TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic. This festival is held at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign IL. This location is near Ebert’s hometown, Urbana. This year celebrates 20 years of Ebertfest. The film festival is set to bring back some great films and panels.

The panel discussions and film festival are organized by College of Media at the University of Illinois and his wife Chaz Ebert. This year they are bringing a festival that brings the concept of films that need to be films that give these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look. This five-day festival, April 18-22, will bring together film writers, directors, actors, directors, and film lovers.

The panel discussions include:

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    THE CRITICS’ PANEL SPONSORED BY ROTTEN TOMATOES
    CRITICAL MASS: THE FUTURE OF FILM CRITICISM
    Moderated by Claudia Puig
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    THE ALLIANCE FOR INCLUSION AND RESPECT PANEL
    CHALLENGING STIGMA THROUGH THE ARTS

    Moderated by Eric Pierson
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am
    Leveling THE PLAYING FIELD: HOLLYWOOD IN THE TIME OF #MeToo and #TimesUp
    Moderated by Carrie Rickey
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    FREE LECTURE:
    THE LUMIÈRE BROTHERS AND THE BIRTH OF CINEMA
    Led by Dr. Richard Neupert
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

This is just for starters for the week. There are six women directors included in appearances for the festival. These women are Ava DuVernay (13th), Amma Asante (Belle), Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), Shari Springer (American Splendor),  Catherine Bainbridge (Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World), and Martha Coolidge (Rambling Rose).  Other guests include:

  • Director Andy Davis TheThe Fugitive 
  • Professor Miguel Alcubierre Intersteller
  • Gregory Nava Selena
  • Ruth Ann Harnisch Columbus
  • Kogonada Columbus
  • Andrew Miano Columbus
  • Bill Harnisch Columbus
  • Alloy Orchestra A Page of Madness
  • Shari Springer Berman American Splendor
  • Robert Pulcini American Splendor
  • Jeff Dowd The Big Labowski

The film screening schedule for the 20th Anniversary is:

4/18/2018

  • The Fugitive 7 PM

4/19/2018 

  • Intersteller 12 PM
  • Selena 4 PM
  • Belle 8:30 PM

4/20/2018

  • Columbus 12 PM
  • A Page of Madness 3:30 PM
  • American Splendor 8:30 PM

4/21/2018

  • 13th 10:30 AM
  • Daughters of Dust  2:30 PM
  • Rambling Rose 5:30 PM
  • The Big Lebowski 8:30 PM

4/22/2018

  • Rumble The Indians Who Rocked The World Noon 

Friday night, April 20, there will be a band, cake, and ice cream on the Plaza at the Virginia Theatre to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Sunday, as is tradition, a musical event will take place following the screening of Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World.  This festival will be bringing films from the past to current issues facing the film industry. The festival will honor Egbert and films with equality.

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Connect with Ebertfest Here:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Ebertfest/

Twitter https://twitter.com/ebertfest

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/Ebertfest

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ebertfest/

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EbertFestIL

Sponsors include:

College of Media at the University of Illinois

Roger & Chaz Ebert

Shatterglass Studios

SURFACE 51
Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Champaign County Alliance for Inclusion, & Respect

L.A. Gourmet Catering

Illini Radio Group

President & Mrs. Timothy L. Killeen

Busey

Jeanene & Rick Stephens

The News-Gazette

Illinois Public MediaUniversity of Illinois Press

African American Film Critics Association

Fandor

Brenda Robinson, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

Chipman Design Architecture

SAGIndie

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