Art and About (April 2012)

Art and About (April 2012)

Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon funnier in person than in "Take Shelter"

The first movie to sell out in the 14th annual Ebertfest, which ended today, was writer-director Jeff Nichols’s "Take Shelter," a Hitchcock-style psychological family drama starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.

Alloy Orchestra's "Wild and Weird " collection is both

Introducing the Alloy Orchestra’s "Wild and Weird" collection of short films on Friday at Ebertfest, film Professor David Bordwell said it offers "a quick trip in a time machine of 20 years of cinema."

"Phunny Business"

CHAMPAIGN — If the 2012 Ebertfest were to have a real-life hero of a sort, it might be Raymond C. Lambert, a black entrepreneur who founded All Jokes Aside in 1991 in the South Loop in Chicago.

Cinematographer Stephen Goldbatt on first day of Ebertfest

Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert said she and her husband, Roger, wanted to start out the first day of his 14th annual film festival with a lot of laughs.

"We decided not to make you cry the first day," she said.

They succeeded with the first three movies:

Patton Oswalt cancels Ebertfest appearances

Tied up on a movie set, actor-comedian Patton Oswalt canceled his appearances at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival today.

Ebertfest: The first in line

Usually I don’t get to the opening movie of Ebertfest until a few minutes before — or after — it begins. But I went over to the Virginia Theatre an hour or so ago and was surprised to see two women sitting in the festival pass-holder line. Or what will be the beginning of the line.

Participate in 2012 Ebertfest without leaving your home or office

CHAMPAIGN — Movie buffs don’t have to leave home (or their office) to participate in the 14th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.

Another memorable night at Krannert Center, this time with Joshua Bell

I had wondered how superstar violinist Joshua Bell would perform and conduct the Academy of St. Martin in the Field on Thursday night at Krannert Center.