Roger Ebert’s film festival, “Ebertfest,” begins in Champaign-Urbana Wednesday, April 17th and runs through Sunday the 21st. The film festival will continue even though its founder, the late Roger Ebert, died last week after a long battle with cancer. Ebertfest marks its 15th anniversary this year. The five-day festival is not a juried festival but features Roger Ebert’s favorite films.
Festival co-chair Mary Susan Britt says when the festival started there were about 600 attendees. That number this year is well over 18,000. Actress Tilda Swinton is expected to attend this year’s festival to discuss her movie Julia and actor Jack Black will showcase his 2011 movie Bernie.
Listen as Andrea Darlas talks with Britt about Ebertfest and the plans Roger made before his death to ensure the festival would continue long after he was gone: