Ebertfest Film Festival Celebrating 20 Years

-

Ebertfest celebrating 20 years as a film festival with equality. Roger Ebert created Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival or better known as Ebertfest in 1999. This festival is held at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign IL. The film festival is set to bring back some great films and panels.

Ebertfest Film Festival Celebrating 20 Years

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 Ebertfest Discussions

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 The Fugative
  • 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

Ebertfest Celebrating Films

The film screening schedule for the 20th Anniversary is:

4/18/2018
  • The Fugitive  7 PM
    • The story involves a cat-and-mouse game between a man unjustly accused of having murdered his wife, and a law officer who tracks him with cunning ferocity.

4/19/2018 
  • Intersteller 12 PM
    • Astronauts traveling to the other end of the galaxy to find a new home to replace humanity’s despoiled home-world

  • Selena 4 PM
    • Freshness and heart to the life story of a little girl from Corpus Christi, Texas, who had big dreams and was lucky enough to realize almost all of them before her life was cut short

  • Belle 8:30 PM
    • The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.
4/20/2018
  • Columbus 12 PM
    • The buildings rise up out of the grass and trees like relics of a mysterious, more sophisticated civilization. They are abstract, startling, sometimes anti-gravitational.

  • A Page of Madness 3:30 PM
    • A Page of Madness (Kurutta Ichipeiji, 1926) is a real stroke of luck. With its bold and striking visual style, it’s ambiguous.

  • American Splendor 8:30 PM
    • retirement party for Harvey Pekar, who is ending his career as a file clerk at a V.A. hospital in Cleveland.

4/21/2018
  • 13th 10:30 AM
    • When the 13th Amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition.

  • Daughters of Dust  2:30 PM
    • Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century.
  • Rambling Rose 5:30 PM
    • The Hillyer family lives in a spacious old Southern manse with a big lawn and lots of trees and porches, overlooking the road that crosses the creek.

  • The Big Lebowski 8:30 PM
    • “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
4/22/2018
  • Rumble The Indians Who Rocked The World Noon 
    •  A feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.




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. Get your tickets here. 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.

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

-
Like It? Share It