Ok, recently, we attended the 13th Annual Ebertfest Film Festival in beautiful Champaign Urbana, Illinois. Many of our fantastic contributors were there. Here are some highlights.
I love the festival. This big, beautiful theater, that’s just the best starting point ever for, if you can watch movies in a big, beautiful theater with a lot of people, it doesn’t get much better than that.
It’s pretty much exactly what I’d hoped and more. It’s a bunch of film fanatics all in a room just staying there and then going out and having some coffee and coming back in and seeing the next film and I don’t think there’s much that’s better than that.
It’s more of a film celebration than you know a film festival.
There’s a sort of energy that an audience gets and it’s one of the things I love about these little film festivals where there’s only one venue because you’re with the same group and each film informs the next screening and so there’s really a collective experience.
People are always coming along and getting interested in film, but it’s harder and harder to see certain films in theaters.
It’s quite a sort of intimate experience to lay on your favorite films. To say these are the films that I really love, that I loved this year and share them with people. It’s like cooking for people and Roger is a great person to cook for you.
There’s films here from a long time ago, there’s films here from fairly recently, mine was only a year and a half ago and films from the 90’s. You know it’s just this kind of mix of films I guess Roger Ebert wants people to show, thinks maybe they’re underappreciated.
I’ve had a ball. I’ve seen 3 films that I wouldn’t otherwise have seen at the moment and they’ve been very beautifully programmed. They felt like they went together very nicely.
You know it was my first time going to Ebertfest. I had a great time especially just meeting a lot of the people who were there for the Festival…people who traveled from all over the country, all over the world. You know, just having conversations on the street corner. There’s just such a great, relaxed vibe there.
Right, it’s my second time going. The theater, the Virginia theater is so beautiful, it’s this old gorgeous, rich, sumptuous theater.
It’s almost as beautiful as our theater.
I was going to say, not unlike the one we get to enjoy every week here and so on a big huge movie like I Am Love just plays wonderfully there.