Roger Ebert's film festival opens this year with screenings of filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language 3D" and actor turned director Robert De Niro's "A Bronx Tale." The annual festival champions films the late movie critic thought deserved a closer look. It runs from April 15-19 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. 

Campaign to build sculpture of Roger Ebert

Sep 10, 2013
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When filmgoers attend Roger Ebert’s 16th annual film festival in Champaign next spring, they’ll be able to pose with the famous Urbana native. A fundraiser campaign aims to build a life-size sculpture of Ebert, and unveil it as part of the festival in late April, outside the Virginia Theatre.  The bronze tribute to the late Urbana native and longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic places him in the middle of three theater seats, giving the trademark ‘thumbs up.’

15th annual Ebertfest goes on in Champaign

Apr 18, 2013

Two weeks after losing the man who started it all, the 15thannual Ebertfest goes on in Champaign.