CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A documentary about the life of Roger Ebert will be shown at his namesake film festival in central Illinois.
Organizers with Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or Ebertfest, made the announcement Sunday, the same day “Life Itself” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Ebertfest runs April 23 to 27 in Ebert’s hometown of Champaign/Urbana. The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times died last April after a long battle with cancer.
Documentary director Steve James is scheduled to attend Ebertfest and participate in a question-and-answer session after the film is screened. The festival plans to release the rest of its lineup in March. Ebert’s widow, Chaz Ebert, is scheduled to host the festival.