Hello St. Louis moviefans! I know that there’s a ton of Cardinals baseball to watch this weekend, not to mention the NFL draft, but if you’re looking for something cultural to do this weekend, there are a couple of awesome film festivals you may want to check out.
Ebertfest (AKA Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival), Champaign, Illinois: Every year, Roger Ebert puts together 12 films he thinks have been overlooked in some way and puts them together in a four day, five night festival of film-watching bliss. Sometimes he brings attention to an overlooked format, like the screening of Pink Floyd’s The Wall in 70 mm. Sometimes he brings attention to a little-known silent or foreign film. There are also lectures after the films, guest speakers, and other special events on the University of Illinois- Champaign-Urbana campus. This festival takes place every Spring, but if you want a pass to all the shows, you’d better shop early. Check out the official website here.
Oh, and despite Ebert’s chronic health conditions that have been plaguing him for the last couple of years, he will be in attendance for this year’s festival. All the more reason to drive the three short hours to Champaign to show him some support.
Boston Independent Film Festival: The 8th Annual Boston Independent Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of The Extra Man (written by Jonathon Ames, creator of Bored to Death on HBO). The festival runs until Wednesday, and there are way too many film options to count. Dramas, comedys, documentaries, shorts, animated films… There truly is something here for everyone. There are still tickets available to a lot of the showing this weekend and next week, check out the official website here. The film festival is held annually during this week in April, so start making plans to attend next year’s festival.