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Roger Ebert Gives $1M for a UI Film Studies Program

Film Critic Roger Ebert's name will have a prominent place in the University of Illinois College of Media.

The Sun-Times columnist has announced a one million dollar grant to establish the Roger Ebert Program for Film Studies.

The dean of the U of I's College of Media says it'll be the foundation for a media and cinema studies department on the Urbana campus. Ron Yates says the department will give students a chance to learn skills in an evolving industry, like screenwriting and film criticism.

It could help pay for several things: workshops, symposia, seminars, research efforts that might be done in films," Yates said. "It will enhance the program as it begins to take off."

Yates hopes total donations for the program will reach five million dollars.

Ebert announced the grant during the first night of his Ebertfest film festival in Champaign - Yates says Ebertfest offices would be housed under the new College of Media program.