Ebertfest at Your Library--Documentary Style

Enjoy highlights from Ebertfest in the comfort of your home. While we can’t provide the ambience of the fine Virginia Theater, The Urbana Free Library has most of the festival films for you to check out.

Here’s a selection of some of the marvelous and varied documentary films featured at past Ebertfests. Double-click on the thumbnails for a larger snippet.


Louder Than a Bomb
DVD / 808.545 / LOU
Four Chicago teams compete in the 2008 world’s largest youth poetry slam.


Small Act
DVD / 370.9676 / SMA
A single action—sponsoring a young, rural Kenyan student—has a ripple effect. The student pays it forward, starting a scholarship program of his own.



Song Sung Blue
DVD / 781.64 / SON
Follow the love story of the singing duo Lightning & Thunder, a Milwaukee couple who present Neil Diamond tribute shows.



My Winnipeg
DVD / 971.2743 / GUY
Filmmaker Guy Maddin offers his own unique view of his hometown, Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Trouble the Water
DVD / 976.335 /TRO
A rap artist and familiy seize their chance for a new beginning in New Orleans after Katrina and the flood.  Co-director Carl Deal grew up in Urbana.



The Real Dirt on Farmer John
DVD / 930.92 / REA
Can an unconventional farmer reengineer his farm to take advantage of a new style of agriculture?


Discover our documentaries and other educational DVDs, located on the 2nd floor of the library.

Interested in hearing more about our Ebertfest collection? Need help placing holds? Contact us Adult Services Librarians--217-367-4405 or reference@urbanafree.org

Documentaries are festive!