This documentary is a 10-minute retrospective of the 14th annual festival which took place from April 25th to April 29th, 2012. Some of the guests included Oscar-nominated actor, Michael Shannon (TAKE SHELTER). Directors like Alrick Brown (KINYARWANDA) and Robert Siegel (BIG FAN) and legendary cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt (JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO).
Every year, Roger and Chaz Ebert, in association with the University of Illinois College of Media, put on a 5-day film festival in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Roger’s home town. The festival takes place at the historic Virginia Theater in the heart of downtown Champaign. Major filmmakers, stars, historians, critics and film-lovers from all over the world come to experience this annual celebration that includes films both old and new, hand-picked by Roger himself with the help of Chaz and festival director, Nate Kohn.
How vividly and with what liveliness this documentary captures the essence of Ebertfest–its real people, warm audiences, and enthusiastic honorees. It helps explain why people love to attend.
American journalist, film critic and screenwriter