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.
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 -- 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.