Ebertfest particulars

Ebertfest particulars

CHAMPAIGN — Passes to all 12 movies and two shorts are sold out for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, taking place April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre and the University of Illinois.

The Virginia has a waiting list in case a pass holder cannot attend. In the event additional passes become available, those on the list will be contacted.

Individual tickets to the Ebertfest movies went on sale Monday at the Virginia. To purchase by phone, call 356-9063 and go to http://www.thevirginia.org. Prices are $14 for each screening, with students and senior citizens paying $12 each.

As of Thursday, tickets were sold out for "Days of Heaven," "Bernie," "Escape from Tomorrow" and Julia."

If you want to see an Ebertfest film that is sold out, go to the Virginia box office 30 minutes before screening time and wait in the rush ticket line. Shortly before the film begins, empty seats are sold on a first-come first-served basis.


April 17

7 p.m.: "Days of Heaven" with cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and the short "I Remember," with writer-director Grace Wang, director of photography June Kim and actor Lily Huang.

April 18

1 p.m.: "Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh," with director Paul Cox, and short "To Music," with co-directors Sophie Kohn and Feike Santbergen.

4 p.m.: "In The Family," with writer-director-actor Patrick Wang and actor Trevor St. John. The screening is sponsored by the Champaign County Anti-Stigma Alliance.

9 p.m.: "Bernie," with director Richard Linklater and actor Jack Black.

April 19

1 p.m.: "Oslo, August 31st," with director Joachim Trier.

4 p.m.: "The Ballad of Narayama," with film scholar David Bordwell.

8:30 p.m.: "Julia," with actress Tilda Swinton.

April 20

11 a.m.: "Blancanieves," a silent film with director Pablo Berger, who is based in Madrid, Spain. This screening is sponsored by Steak 'n Shake.

2 p.m.: "Kumare," with director Vikram Gandhi and producer Stephen Feder, a University of Illinois alumnus.

5 p.m.: "Escape from Tomorrow," with director Randy Moore, editor Soojin Chung and actor Roy Abramsohn.

9 p.m.: "The Spectacular Now," with director James Ponsoldt and actress Shailene Woodley.

April 21

Noon: "Not Yet Begun to Fight," with co-director and producer Sabrina Ross Lee, co-director Shasta Grenier and subjects Elliott Miller and Erik Goodge.


Also, panel discussions about film and the film industry, featuring some of the directors, actors, critics and other festival guests, will take place in the Pine Lounge of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U, and are free and open to the public. The schedule:

April 18

9 to 10:15 a.m.: "Sustaining a Career in Film," moderated by festival director Nate Kohn.

10:30 to 11:45 a.m.: "Reality or Illusion: A False Dichotomy?", moderated by Eric Pierson, a film and TV teacher and scholar.

April 19

9 to 10:15 a.m.: "Creative Independence in the Digital Age — How Real is It?", with Nate Kohn moderating.

10:30 to 11:45 a.m.: "Challenging Stigma Through the Arts," moderated by Deborah Townsend, a psychologist in Champaign.

April 20

9 to 10:30 a.m.: "The Art of the Video Essay: How to Speak Through Movies," moderated by Omer Mozaffar, a teacher at Chicago colleges and universities and one of Ebert's "Far Flung Correspondents."