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CHAMPAIGN — Roger Ebert was right on: His Ebertfest audience on Saturday gave Hilde Back and the documentary "A Small Act" a standing ovation, the first of his 13th annual film festival at the Virginia Theatre.
CHAMPAIGN — A relaxed and animated Richard Linklater turned the tables on the Ebertfest audience on Friday, asking trivia questions related to his movie, "Me and Orson Welles."
The prizes: large posters and soundtracks from the 2008 release, which was shown midway through the 13th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre.
CHAMPAIGN — J.R. Ackerley's book "My Dog Tulip" wouldn't work as a live-action film, animator Paul Fierlinger said after his animated movie adapted from the book was shown Thursday at Roger Ebert's Film Festival.
URBANA -- Not everyone likes "My Dog Tulip," its co-director told me Wednesday evening during the Ebertfest reception at the University of Illinois president's home.
"There's a lot of scatological stuff in it, and only true dog lovers can appreciate that," Paul Fierlinger said.
URBANA -- Donna Cox, who wears several big hats at the University of Illinois, has been too busy to attend Roger Ebert's Film Festival, particularly in recent years.
But this year she cleared her calendar for the five-day event to act with her partner Robert Patterson as a volunteer host for Ebertfest guests.
CHAMPAIGN -- Chicago filmmaker Greg Jacobs and his wife were driving by the Metro concert hall one Saturday night in 2005 when something caught his attention: the line of people waiting to get into the Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam finals.
It was made up of teens of all shapes, sizes and colors.
CHAMPAIGN -- If you miss "Louder Than a Bomb" during Eberfest, you will have another chance to see the documentary on Sunday, right after Roger Ebert's Film Festival ends at the Virginia Theatre.
CHAMPAIGN -- Looking for an actor to play Orson Welles, film director Richard Linklater visited a tiny theater in New York City and there found a giant talent, British actor Christian McKay.
McKay was portraying Welles in the one-man play "Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles" when Linklater dropped by.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's not exactly a "Clash of the Titans," but distance runners and film buffs converging this weekend figure to increase traffic concerns throughout Champaign-Urbana.
But organizers from both the Illinois Marathon and Ebertfest have been working together and with local police to minimize traffic problems.