At a young age, Roger Ebert developed a love for writing. Growing up in Urbana, Roger went to the University of Illinois, where he wrote for The Daily Illini and local newspaper The News-Gazette. After Roger’s success as a film critic brought him nationwide fame, he never forgot his roots in Champaign County. More than 20 years ago, Roger founded Ebertfest—originally titled the Overlooked Film Festival—to celebrate films, genres and formats overlooked by distributers, audiences or critics.
Once you attend the festival, you’re part of a family of movie lovers who relish in the films played on the Virginia Theatre‘s immense screen. The showings are followed by intimate discussions with directors, producers, composers, screenwriters and actors that further enhance the movie-going experience. Over the years, Ebertfest has hosted guests such as Tilda Swinton, Oliver Stone, Bill Paxton, Jason Segel, Patton Oswalt, Ava DuVernay and Shailene Woodley, amongst many others. Stay tuned to find out the lineup for year 22!