One of the more exciting things about living in Champaign-Urbana, at least for movie lovers like me, is Roger Ebert’s Annual Film Festival. The 15th Annual Festival is taking place now through Sunday at the newly restored Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign. Since 1999 this festival has been a venue for Roger Ebert to showcase a wide variety of films he loved and wanted to share with a wider audience.
Some years ago, I was working a Saturday reference desk shift. This was in our old building when reference and our movie collection shared the same space. There was suddenly a bit of a buzz in the front of the library: it was Roger Ebert, accompanied by two young people wielding camera and microphone.