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Focus

Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…

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Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg's film of Bruce Wagner's Hollywood satire-nightmare turns ludicrous situations into operatic tragedy.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Live-Streamed Panels Announced For 16th Annual Ebertfest

The 16th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival won't just be home to some of the most remarkable film screenings and Q&As of the year but will also host live-streamed panels with special guests throughout the event. Panelists and their subject matters were announced today by Chaz Ebert and festival director Nate Kohn. Panelists include Brie Larson, Patton Oswalt, Steve James, Matt Zoller Seitz, Chaz Ebert, and many more. The panels are free and open to the public.

Panel subjects announced today include "Challenging Stigma Through the Arts," "Reimagining Filmmaking For the Digital Age," "Film & Cultural Politics", "The State & Future of Independent Film," and "Remembering Roger Ebert".

(Specific panelists subject to change)

ACADEMIC PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Illini Union, 1401Green Street, Urbana, IL
Free and open to the public

Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:00 am – 10:00 am
CHALLENGING STIGMA THROUGH THE ARTS
Moderated by Dr. Julian Rappaport
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor
Brie Larson
Keith Stanfield
Nell Minow
Patricia Ege
Retisha Carter
Tim Watson

Thursday, April 24, 2014
10:15 am – 11:15 am
REIMAGINING FILMMAKING FOR THE DIGITAL AGE
Moderated by Nate Kohn
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor
Barry Allen
Steve James
Patton Oswalt
Brie Larson
George Nicholis
David Bordwell
Haifaa Al-Mansour
Jem Cohen

Friday, April 25, 2014
9:00 am – 10:15 am
REMEMBERING ROGER EBERT
Moderated by Omer Mozaffar
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor
Matt Zoller Seitz
Susan Wloszczyna
Sam Fragoso
Peter Sobczynski
Michael Mirasol
Jana Monji
Wael Khairy
Odie Henderson
Simon Abrams

Friday, April 25, 2014
10:30 am – 11:45 am
FILM & CULTURAL POLITICS
Moderated by Eric Pierson
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor
Doc Erickson
Ann Hui
Dan Aronson
Michell Davis
Matt Zoller Seitz
Haifaa Al-Mansour
Richard Leskosky

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:00 am – 10:30 am
THE STATE & FUTURE OF INDEPENDENT FILM
Michael Barker, Ted Hope, Vanessa Hope and Chaz Ebert  
Moderated by Nate Kohn
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:00 am -10:30 am
FILMMAKERS WORKSHOP
Cinematography for No Budget Filmmakers: Presented by Don Tingle
Working with SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Contracts: Presented by Kathy Byrne
General Lounge, 2nd Floor

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