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.
On today's show: how the arts can help overcome stereotypes about mental health and disability. We also highlighted a new documentary on the life of Jackie Robinson, and talked about what makes a good children's book - in honor of Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday this week.
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.
How has Hillary Clinton’s campaign changed the conversation about women holding political office? Some of our female politicians in Illinois weigh in on gender and politics. Then, as we approach marathon and half marathon season, many in Illinois will be taking on those 26.2 and 13.1 miles feats, whiles other are left others wondering "why?"
The CEO of Ebert Companies - Chaz Ebert - gave us a preview of what films will be featured at EbertFest next month and spoke with us about the role of politics and diversity in Hollywood. We also learned about an effort to get rural schoolgirls more excited about math and science, via MakerGirl’s 3D-printing workshops.
A clarification in the language from the Miss America organization may mean Hoopeston can no longer hold its National Sweetheart Pageant, held during Labor Day weekend. The competition has gone on since the 1940's. Its co-directors, Cliff and Michelle Crabtree, say they're looking into what it would take to become affiliated with the organization.