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Passes for Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival go on sale Nov. 1

Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
217-333-2894; cdchambe@uiuc.edu

10/19/2006

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Festival passes will go on sale Nov. 1 for the ninth annual Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, to be held April 25-29 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The passes, which cover all 12 screenings during the five-day event, are $100. They can be purchased through the theater box office (phone: 217-356-9063) or through TicketWeb by way of the festival Web site.

Tickets for individual movies will be available April 6. Admission is $10 ($8 for students).

The 1,000 festival passes available for the 2006 “Ebertfest” sold out in January, about two months before the films were announced and three months before the festival, according to Mary Susan Britt, the festival’s assistant director. The same number of passes will be available again this year.

Ebert, a 1964 Illinois journalism graduate, adjunct professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will again host the event and select the films that he believes have been overlooked by audiences, critics and distributors. The lineup of films, along with additional information on film-associated guests and other festival events, will be announced several weeks before the festival.

Updates on the festival, an event of Illinois’ College of Communications, will be posted on the festival Web site.

Sponsors and volunteers for the festival are being sought. Those interested should get in touch with Britt at 217-244-0552, or by e-mail at marsue@uiuc.edu.