Roger’s voice then filled the Virginia Theater once again thanks to Siskel & Ebert’s review of Zwigoff’s masterful documentary Tiny, which served as the thematic precursor to The Phantom World. Following the screening, Zwigoff was joined on stage by Birch, whose career includes many other major titles such as American Beauty and Hocus Pocus, for a Q&A moderated by me, Matt Fagerholm, Literary Editor for this site. .
On April 23, the fourth and final day of Ebertfest, this year’s esteemed group of this year’s Ebert Fellows, who were selected by the College of Media at the University of Illinois under the direction of Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, were presented to the public. This is the sixth class of Ebert Fellows since the program was started by Chaz and Roger Ebert: Zeke Allis, Zulema Herrera and Michel Hussain. This was followed by the screening of Henri Étiefant’s 1927 silent classic filmSiren of the Tropicswith screen icon Josephine Baker, who was recently inducted into the French Pantheon, France’s highest honor. René Baker and a 10-piece band from the Chicago Modern Orchestra performed an amazing live musical score to the film, which drew wild applause from the audience. Former Fulbright Scholar Dr. Douglas A. Williams joined Baker, Michael Phillips, and Chaz Ebert for follow-up questions and answers.
Not only is Krisha Fairchild a powerful star in Trey Edward Schulz’s breathtaking debut film, «krisha”, she is a phenomenally strong speaker in her own right. The painfully personal nature of the narrative film, which depicts the devastating effects of addiction on the family, was detailed by Fairchild in both films. her introduction to the show and her Q&A with our site’s contributing editor, Nell Minow, and Champaign County Mental Health Council President Joseph Omo-Osagi, moderated by Ebertfest Chief Specialist Dr. Eric Pearson, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego. There was a preview before this feature «Roma Amor», beautifully shot in black and white by dedicated Ebertfest attendees Gio Crisafulli and Melissa Batista.
Directed by Jeremy Ungar was at hand present the acclaimed documentary «Kuban soy”, which he staged with Ivaylo Getov, and was produced by his mother, speech therapist Robin Miller Ungar. Although this portrait of Vocals Vidas, an all-female Cuban quartet, won the Audience Award at last year’s SXSW Film Festival, the screen at the Virginia theater was the largest on which the film had been projected so far. The ensuing Q&A with Jeremy and Robin was followed by a wonderful performance by Tito Carillo and the University of Illinois Latin Jazz Ensemble.