Governor to make two appearances Wednesday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Gov. Pat Quinn will be making two appearances in Champaign on Wednesday.

At 6 p.m. Quinn will tour the Gable Home, a solar-powered house built by a team of students from the University of Illinois.

Lineup for Ebertfest; five movies' individual tickets sold out

CHAMPAIGN – The 12th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival will run from Wednesday evening through Sunday at the Virginia Theatre, Champaign.

Chaz Ebert comfortable as 'mysterious woman,' but steps into spotlight at husband's festival

CHICAGO – Chaz Ebert knew when she was 6 that she wanted to be a lawyer.

She didn't know until much later that she would put her experience to use in a movie-related business.

Former UI student is subject of documentary to be shown at Ebertfest

CHICAGO – During the 2005 Chicago marathon, Vincent P. Falk stood in the median of State Street, wearing long hot-pink pants and waving his same-colored jacket to the thousands of runners who passed him on either side.

Filmmaker Jennifer Burns watched as her cameraman shot the scene for the documentary on Falk that she was directing and producing.

Video: Ebertfest- Vincent Falk

 Susan Kantor of the UI College of Media's multimedia lab documents the News-Gazette's Melissa Merli's talk with Vincent Falk and filmmaker Jennifer Burns about the film "Vincent: A Life in Color"   

Ebertfest official friendly, helpful – and gets the job done

URBANA – Every year from mid-January to late April, Mary Susan Britt's life revolves around Roger Ebert's Film Festival.

Her husband, Tad, and their daughter, Grace, have come to accept that.

Monticello man's movies to be shown at Champaign festival

CHAMPAIGN – Monticello resident Robin Christian Peters continues to write and produce movies locally, and he's still reinventing the feature films he's already made.

Film lineup announced for 2010 Ebertfest

CHAMPAIGN – The biggest star at Roger Ebert's Film Festival this year promises to be director/screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.

A cult figure, Kaufman will appear after the screening on April 23, a Friday, of "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), Ebert's choice for the best film of the decade.

Uni High grad's lighting technology has many fans in Hollywood

When you see realistic digital human or alien characters like the blue Na'vi in "Avatar," Superman in "Superman Returns" and a reverse-aging Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," you have University High School alumnus Paul Debevec to thank, in large part.

Debevec developed the groundbreaking light-stage technology that helps make digital actors trick viewers into believing they're seeing the real thing. For his contributions, the 1988 Uni grad recently received the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award.

Celebrities get creative for Danville library's Doodle for Literacy

DANVILLE – The fundraising committee of the Danville Library Foundation wanted to create an event that would be a first for the Danville community without reinventing the wheel.

In the process, the committee came up with the Doodle for Literacy Auction Gala event, which will be held April 10 at the Danville Country Club.