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Ebertfest 2012 schedule

Here's the Ebertfest 2012 schedule:

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, "Kind Hearts and Coronets," hosted by Patton Oswalt at the Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus. This is a free pre-festival screening for students and the public. All the other screenings are at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Wednesday, April 25


Ebert announces lineup for 2012 Ebertfest

The Academy Award-winning Iranian film “The Separation,” the 1941 classic “Citizen Kane” — with Roger Ebert’s commentary track — and “Joe Versus the Volcano” are among the 12 movies to be screened at Ebert’s Film Festival from April 25 to 29 at the Virginia Theatre in  Champaign.


Documentary on Arab-Americans on Michigan football team to show for free

CHAMPAIGN — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised it. Filmmaker Michael Moore wants everyone in America to see it. Variety calls it first-rate.


SPEAK Cafe, other events set for Krannert Art Museum

CHAMPAIGN — The SPEAK Cafe, an open-microphone event, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Palette Cafe at Krannert Art Museum.

Moderator Aaron Ammons said the session — free and open to the public — will be a tribute, as part of Black History Month, to the late "Baba" Oscar Brown Jr., the Chicago-born singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist and actor.


New movie offers reason to recall Tuskegee Airmen's time in Rantoul

On March 22, 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron — the first unit of the Tuskegee Airmen — was activated not in Tuskegee, Ala., but at an Army Air Corps training facility in Illinois known as Chanute Field.


Goodrich considering renovation of Savoy 16

SAVOY — Goodrich Quality Theatres is considering a renovation of the Savoy 16 theater complex at Savoy Plaza, an area manager for the company said.


Art Theater jump-starts efforts to form co-op

     Efforts to turn a downtown Champaign movie theater into a business operated by a co-op are moving forward.

     Sanford Hess, manager at the Art Theater, announced Wednesday that the theater will kick off an ownership drive on Dec. 16 in an attempt to get people to buy in to the business.


Filmmaker to shoot on location near Seymour

SEYMOUR — With the permission of Champaign County, filmmakers will shut down a mile of County Road 6 south of Seymour this weekend to film a scene for the independent movie, "Road."


Champaign theater might become co-op

CHAMPAIGN — Now more than half way through his lease as operator of the Art Theater, Sanford Hess recommends that a community cooperative is formed to take over and operate the independent-movie house.


Inspirational ending for 13th Ebertfest

CHAMPAIGN —  After losing a poetry slam at his Oregon school, Mike Millan, who had won it four consecutive times, never wrote a poem again.

Then he saw the documentary "Louder Than a Bomb," about a high school poetry slam, on Sunday at the 13th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre.