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Ebertfest photoblog: Day 4

The one complaint I heard the most about Ebertfest this year is that it's too much and too short. Is that a contradiction? Very well, Ebertfest contains contradictions. For now, I'm posting photos. Some concluding thoughts coming soon...

"Barfly" director Barbet Schroeder and Sunset Gun blogger Kim Morgan discuss Bukowski and Hollywood.


Matt Zoller Seitz subtly assumes the personality of Mickey Rourke's character, on stage after "Barfly."


"Trucker" director James Mottern and star Michelle Monaghan are already working on another project together.


Original Ebertfest co-conspirator Joan Cohl models the first festival t-shirt designed by Roger Ebert, for the 1990 Hawaii fest.


Still life: "Video Test Pattern with Bordwell."


Charlie Kaufman ("Synecdoche, New York"), Michael Barker (Sony Pictures Classics), Omer Mozaffer (FFC).


Far-Flung Correspondents Seongyong Cho, Gerardo Valero, Omar Moore, Grace Wang, Wael Khairy, Michael Mirasol.


Another cross-section: Gerardo, Omar, Wael, me, Michael.

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Ali's "Turkey Sandwich": Christy Lemire (AP critic), Ali Arikan (Istanbul FFC), Kim Morgan (Sunset Gun).

All photos by jim emerson, except of course for the one with him in it.

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