Previewing the 25th Anniversary of Ebertfest with Chaz Ebert


Join us in celebrating the 25th year of Ebertfest with Chaz Ebert as she shares a bit about this year's films and guests.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Ebertfest, Urbana-Champaign's film festival founded by the late Roger Ebert. Roger was a University of Illinois Journalism graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic. The festival began in 1999 as a celebration of films that hadn't received the recognition they deserved during their original runs. Today, Ebertfest continues to give these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look. Even after Roger's passing in April of 2013, the festival has continued under the direction of Chaz Ebert and Nate Kohn who both worked closely with Roger for fifteen years to program the festival. 

Bringing together audiences, producers, writers, actors, and directors, Ebertfest screenings are followed by an in-depth, on-stage Q&A. All of the films are screened in the Virginia Theatre, a restored 1920s movie palace. 

Film introductions and Q&A sessions will be livestreamed on YouTube

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2024 Film Schedule:

Wednesday, April 17

6:30pm -- Star 80

  • Special Guests: Eric Roberts (actor), Mariel Hemingway (actor)


Thursday, April 18

9:30am -- Little Indian Girl Collective Panel

  • Special Guests: Gingger Shankar (panelist), Tara Houska (panelist)

11:00am -- Conducting Life

  • Special Guests: Diane Moore (Producer-Director), Roderick Cox (conductor)

11:00am -- The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument to Ida B. Wells

  • Special Guests: Rana Segal (Producer-Director)

3:00pm -- Stony Island

  • Special Guests: Andrew Davis (Director), Richard Davis (Actor-Musician), Isaiah Robinson (Musician), Larry Gray (Musician), Steve Eisen (Musician), Tony Cazeau (Musician), Wayne Stewart (Musician)

8:00pm -- The Teacher's Lounge

  • Special Guests: Michael Barker (Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics)


Friday, April 19

9:00am -- Cookies Fortune

1:30pm -- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

4:30pm -- Little Richard: I am Everything

  • Special Guests: Lisa Cortes (Producer-Director)

9:30pm -- The Best Man

  • Malcolm D. Lee (Writer-Director)


Saturday, April 20

9:30am -- Blackmail

  • Special Guests: The Anvil Orchestra (musicians)

1:00pm -- Omoiyari: A Song Film by Kishi Bashi

  • Special Guests: Kishi Bashi (singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter)

4:00pm -- Albany Road

  • Special Guests: Christine Swanson (Director), Michael Swanson (Producer), Lynn Whitfield (Actor), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Actor)

9:00pm -- Man on the Moon

  • Special Guests: Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander (Screenwriter-Producers)