Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro shares a laugh with Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn Wednesday night at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 14, 2016

‘Gothic Romance’ Opens 18th Ebertfest

The late film critic Roger Ebert once hailed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro as the most challenging in fantasy films, because he invents from scratch.  Del Toro brought 2015's "Crimson Peak" which he calls a 'gothic romance', to Champaign's Virginia Theatre to open the 18th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival Wednesday.

Marquee outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign before the 2015 Eberfest.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 04, 2016

‘Ebertfest 2016: Center Of The Universe’ Preview

A conversation with WILL's Lisa Bralts and Tim Meyers, co-creators of the documentary looking at the history of Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. The new documentary, premeiring April 4, also previews the 18th annual Ebertfest, April 13-17.

Paul Dano portraying Brian Wilson
Lions Gate Entertainment
March 23, 2016

‘Love And Mercy’ and ‘Grandma’ On Final Slate Of Films At 18th Ebertfest

The final slate of six films for the festival, running April 13-17 at Champaign's Virginia Theater, include 'Love and Mercy', which depicts Beach Boy Brian Wilson at two stages of his life, Lily Tomlin's honored performance in "Grandma", and "L'Inhumaine", a 1924 silent French sci-film film to be accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra. 

Bernie Sanders in front of  nearly 4,000 supporters at the U of I's Activities and Recreation Center
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 13, 2016

Democrat Bernie Sanders Draws Crowd Of Thousands At U Of I

The Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate cited his improving poll numbers, and believes a large voter turnout in Tuesday's Illinois primary will secure him a win.  About 3,600 filled the U of I's Activities and Recreation Center to hear Sanders, who reiterated a number of campaign pledges, including free tuition for college students and raising the minimum wage to $15.

Outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, hours before the start of the 17th annual Ebertfest.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 22, 2016

Five More Films Added To ‘Ebertfest’ Lineup

Highlights include directors Michael Polish and Paul Cox attending screenings of their films "Northfork" and "Force of Destiny," plus the 1949 classic "The Third Man."

Pens to Lens logo
Champaign-Urbana Film Society
February 04, 2016

Pens To Lens Accepting Screenplay Entries

The annual Pens to Lens screenwriting competition is accepting entries from area K-12 students from now through February 29.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with two members of the C-U Film Society board, AJ Christensen and WILL-TV's Tim Meyers about this year's event.

Director and University of Illinois graduate Ang Lee, left, and Guillermo del Toro
Chris Pizello/Associated Press
January 21, 2016

Filmmaker Del Toro Attending 18th Ebertfest With ‘Crimson Peak’

Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro will be the opening night guest at the 18th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, April 13th at Champaign's Virginia Theater, accompanying his 2015 film "Crimson Peak." Further films will be announced in the coming weeks.

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