ANNOUNCING FILMS FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL
ROGER EBERT'S OVERLOOKED FILM FESTIVAL:
APRIL 24-28, 2002
(1970 - dir. Franklin J. Schaffner - 70mm)
70 mm print courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
Our 70mm opening night epic,
with the great George c. Scott performance as America's successful,
brilliant but controversial World War II general.
(2000 - dir. Paul Cox)
35 mm print courtesy of IDP Distribution
Director Paul Cox will be
attending his second festival. It's a glowing love story about two
older people who find that youthful passion has not faded. Cox will
be at the festival and star Julia Blake hopes to be present, as does
composer Paul Grabowsky.
(1991 - dir. Lawrence Kasdan)
35 mm print courtesy of Lawrence Kasdan
With Kevin Kline, Danny
Glover, Alfre Woodard, Mary McDonnell and Steve Martin in a 1992
story about the gulf between the races that is timelier than ever.
Alfre Woodard hopes to be present.
(2000 dir. Dan Cohen)
35 mm print courtesy of Panorama
With Robert Forster as a
diamond salesman whose journey into retirement includes love, crime
and unexpected twists. Cohen will be our guest and Forster hopes to
(1988 - dir. Bernard Rose)
35 mm print courtesy of Working Title Films
Scheduled for the family
matinee but most emphatically a film for all ages, a visually
stunning fable about a sick girl who imagines a friend. Rose will be
(1992 - dir. Djibril Diop Mambety)
35 mm print courtesy of Kino International
A dazzling 1992 film from
Senegal by Djibril Diop Mambety, retelling Friedrich Durrenmatt's
play "The Visit," about a rich woman who returns to a village with
old scores to settle.
Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
(1998 - dir. James Ivory)
35 mm print courtesy of Merchant-Ivory
Made from Kaylie Jones' novel
inspired by her relationship with her parents; her father was the
novelist James Jones. Kaylie Jones will be with us.
(2001 - dir. Michael Gilio)
35 mm print courtesy of Rachel Tenner and Michael Gilio
An adventuresome independent
film made in Chicago, which starts out to be a road picture and then
detours into a stunning psychological drama. Director Michael Gilio
and producer Rachel Tenner will be with us.
(1927 - dir. Fritz Lang - Alloy Orchestra)
35 mm print courtesy of Eastman House
Fritz Lang silent classic, with a live performance by the Alloy
Orchestra of Cambridge, Mass.
(2001 - dir. Taro Rin - Japanese Anime)
35 mm print courtesy of Tristar
The new Japanese animated
film which springboards from the original into a fable about a city
of the future. Drew “Moriarity” McWeeny, West Coast Editor of Ain’t
It Cool News will be on stage with us to discuss the new
(1999 - dir. Tahmineh Milani)
35 mm print courtesy of Iranian Film Society
About a woman who is allowed
the independence to go to university--up to a point. Milani will be
coming from Teheran to be with us.
(2000 - dir. David Gordon Green)
35 mm print courtesy of Cowboy Pictures
The story of some slow summer
days in a decaying Southern town where children meet negotiate the
bridge into adulthood. Green will be with us at the festival, as
will Curtis Cotton III, one of the stars of the film.
(1982 - dir. George T. Nierenberg)
35 mm print courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures
George Nierenberg's joyous
documentary about gospel music, followed by a live performance by a
group featured in the film, Chicago's great Barrett Sisters.
Nierenberg will also be with us.
(USA 2000, Hanson)
35 mm print courtesy of Paramount Pictures(long
Starring Michael Douglas as a
college professor, a funny and touching story that contains dead
dogs, Monroe memorabilia, a stolen car, sex, adultery, pregnancy,
guns, dope and cops, but it is not about any of those things. It is
about people and especially about trying to be a good teacher.
(This years line up is subject to last
Other festival guests include Sony Classics president Michael
Barker, Madstone Films president Paul Speaker, and Indian short film
maker Mitra Sen whose short film “Just a Little Red Dot” will be
screened in a UIUC cinema studies class.
All the films will be shown at the historic Virginia Theatre, 203 W.
Park, Champaign, and IL. Roger and festival guests will be on stage
before and after each film to join the audience in discussions about
the films. Festival passes are currently on sale at the Virginia
Theatre box office 217-356-9053. Passes may also be purchased
on-line. Tickets for individual films will be $6 and will go on