Panels set for Ebertfest 2014

Starting on Thursday, April 24, special guests of the sixteenth annual edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Media will speak at academic panel discussions held on campus in the Illini Union, 1401 Green St., Urbana, IL:

Thursday, April 24

9–10 a.m.
“Challenging Stigma Through the Arts”
Moderated by Dr. Julian Rappaport
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

10:15–11:15 a.m.
“Reimagining Filmmaking for the Digital Age”
Moderated by Nate Kohn
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

Friday, April 25

9–10:15 a.m.
“Remembering Roger Ebert”
Moderated by Omer Mozaffar
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

10:30–11:45 a.m.
“Film & Cultural Politics”
Moderated by Eric Pierson
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

Saturday, April 26

9–10:30 a.m.
“The State & Future of Independent Film”
Moderated by Nate Kohn
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

9–10:30 a.m.
“Filmmakers Workshop”
Presented by Don Tingle & Kathy Byrne
General Lounge, 2nd Floor

Admission for all panels is free. The screenings of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will take place at the fully restored Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, April 23. The official “Ebertfest” Web site features the complete film schedule, individual reviews, and details of other related events. All festival passes and tickets for the majority of individual shows are sold out, but you can stand in a “rush line” prior to each show in case seating is available.

~ Jason Pankoke

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