Overlooked Film Festival


You're Invited to Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival
Roger Ebert will bring 10 films plus directors and actors to this international film festival on the prairie, featuring excellent films he considers to be "overlooked" in some way, either through limited distribution, or for other reasons.  Roger will introduce each film, provide commentary, and share discussion with the audience after each film, along with the guests.
Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival is a special program of the College of Communications, University of Illinois.  The Festival will receive national media coverage, promote the Virginia Theater, and a portion of the proceeds of the festival will suppor the Virginia Theater.  Mr. Ebert, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Chicago Sun Times critic and co-host of Siskel & Ebert, will donate his time and expertise to the festival.
WHEN: April 21-25, 1999
WHERE:  at the historic Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park, Champaign, Illinois
TICKETS:  are available by calling 217-356-9063.   $5 for each screening or a pass for the entire festival is $30.
SCREENING SCHEDULE:  Thursday, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Friday, 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and Midnight Madness film, Saturday, 10 a.m. (childrens free matinee), 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m.

a gala VIP reception with Roger will be held for Sponsors and special guests of the festival.

SPONSORSHIP'S LEVELS:  Sponsors receive an ad page in the festival program, a listing on the website, and a pass to the festival ($200 and above) and VIP gala reception.

Founding Sponsor

$5,000 Brand Fortner; Chicago Sun-Times; The Greater Champaign-Urbana Economic Partnership; UIUC; American Airlines/American Eagle

Gold Sponsor

$2,500 Trustee & Mrs. Roger Plummer; The News-Gazette/News Talk 1400 WDWS; Roger Ebert; Betsy Hendrick of Hendrick House

Silver Sponsor

$1,000 The Busey Family of Financial Services


$500  WLRW 94.5 radio

Festival Friends

$499 and below Stanley and Sarah Balbach
Thomas Bearrows
H. Woods Bowman

Nancy Casey
Pat Casey
Alice Chou
Tony Harvey
Martha O'Malley
Carolyn and Joe Phebus
Louis Rice
Richard and Patricia Wilson
David and Donna Whitehill
Marsha Woodbury
Festival Founder and Host: Roger Ebert
Producer: Nancy Casey, n-casey@uiuc.edu
Director: Prof. Nate Kohn
(n-kohn@uiuc.edu for additional information, ideas, and offers of assistance)
Assistant Director: Lisa Wilson
Graduate Assistants:
Jack Bratich, Michael Elavsky, Shawn Miklaucic, Kevin Sadaj
Manager: Nickie Dalton
217-333-2350; Fax: 217-333-9882; email: n-dalton@uiuc.edu
Virginia Manager: John Eby
Website: Robert Baird, r-baird@uiuc.edu
Graphic Design: Arwen Williams
Chair Academic Panels: Norm Denzin
Dean: Kim Rotzoll
Journalism Head: Ron Yates
Acting Director, Unit for Cinema Studies: David Desser
Associate Director, Media Studies Program: Andrea Press
Guest Star Managers: TBA
Program: Daily Illini
Film Festival Board:
Jeff Cunningham
Betsy Hendrick
Alison Lundgren
Carolyn Phebus
Trustee Roger and JoAnne Plummer
Louis Rice
Lee Trail
Official Radio Stations: WLRW 94.5 and News Talk 1400 WDWS
Official Newspapers: The News Gazette, Chicago Sun-Times, and The Daily Illini, The Octopus
Website:  www.uiuc.edu/unit/pa/ebertfest
The first Overlooked Film Festival is dedicated to the memory of Gene Siskel.
A Special Event of the College of Communications
at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign