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  • Woodstock, vampires, animation and politics all part of 2009 'Ebertfest'

    "Sita Sings the Blues," an animated film by Urbana native Nina Paley won awards at the Berlin and Denver film festivals.

    "Sita Sings the Blues," an animated film by Urbana native Nina Paley won awards at the Berlin and Denver film festivals.

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      "Sita Sings the Blues," an animated film by Urbana native Nina Paley won awards at the Berlin and Denver film festivals.

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      Tomas Alfredson's 2008 film from Sweden, "Let the Right Ones In," is a better movie than "Twiilight," which tells the same teenager-in-love-with-a-vampire story, Ebert said.

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      "Frozen River" star Melissa Leo, right, was nominated for an Oscar for best actress.

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      Directors Tia Lessin and Urbana native Carl Deal combined Hurricane Katrina footage shot by New Orleans natives Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband, Scott, during the storm with reporting of federal neglect during and after the hurricane. All four are expected to attend the festival.

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      "Baraka" is "an awe-inspiring celebration of wondrous sights from all over the planet," Roger Ebert said.

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      "My Winipeg" is a quasi-documentary by Guy Maddin, who is expected to attend the festival.

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      Ramin Bahrani, director of "Chop Shop,

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      Once again the Alloy Orchestra will perform during the showing of the silent feature - this year the 1928 classic by Josef von Sternberg "The Last Command."

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      "The Fall" was directed by Tarsem Singh, who directed last year's festival entry "The Cell."

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      The documentary "Begging Naked" is still without a distributor. Director Karen Gehres is scheduled to attend the festival.

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      "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, The Director's Cut" will open the festival on April 22.

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