Film Lineup Revealed for Ebertfest 2013


The schedule for Roger Ebert's 15th annual film festival is out. "Ebertfest" takes place from Wednesday April 17-21 at the Virigina Theatre in Champaign.

The director of the festival says planners have moved beyond the pattern of the festival’s first few years.

Nate Kohn said there’s no particular theme to the slate of movies unveiled today, as film critic and Urbana native Roger Ebert seeks out more low budget and independent films.

But the 14 films on the schedule do include some standout guests, including actor-comedian Jack Black, appearing with the dark comedy ‘Bernie’ along with director Richard Linklater.  Actress Tilda Swinton will make her second Ebertfest appearance, accompanying the thriller ‘Julia’. 

But Kohn said the opening night film will be director Terrance Malick’s 1978 drama ‘Days of Heaven’:

"We are showing an archival print of this film, which is very, very rare," he said.  "It is a print, I believe that was struck from the original negative on which the picture was shot.   This is one of those archvial prints that major studios rarely let outside their vaults."

Noted cinematographer Haskell Wexler, an uncredited director of photography, will accompany ‘Days of Heaven’ at the festival.

The film festival will also be the first event since massive renovations were done at Champaign’s Virginia Theater.

Here is the lineup, which includes appearances by the filmmakers:


THURSDAY, APRIL 18  at 1pm

THURSDAY, APRIL 18  at 4 pm

THURSDAY, APRIL 18  at 9 pm

 FRIDAY, APRIL 19 at 1pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 at 4pm

  FRIDAY, APRIL 19 at 8:30pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 at 11am



 SATURDAY, APRIL 20 at 9pm

The Spectacular Now (95 min),  James Ponsoldt (Director)
SUNDAY, APRIL 21 at 12pm

Not Yet Begun To Fight (60 min),  Sabrina Lee (Producer and Co-Director) and Elliott Miller & Erik Goodge (Subjects)


Individual tickets go on sale April 1. Panel discussions and other events tied to the 2013 Festival will be announced soon.

Story source: WILL