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20th Annual Ebertfest: AMERICAN SPLENDOR

April 20, 2018

Date/Time(s): Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:30pm
Seating: General Admission
Tickets: $15 Standard /$13 Seniors (55 and up)
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

 

 

AMERICAN SPLENDOR
2003
101 min
Rated R

American Splendor follows Harvey Pekar, a file clerk at the local VA hospital who becomes inspired to write his own brand of comic book. Harvey makes his ‘American Splendor’ a truthful, unsentimental record of his working-class life, a warts-and-all self-portrait. First published in 1976, the comic earns Harvey cult fame throughout the 1980s.

Roger Ebert wrote: ‘The movie deals not merely with real and fictional characters, but even with levels of presentation. There are documentary scenes, fictional scenes, and then scenes illustrated and developed as comic books, with the drawings sometimes segueing into reality or back again. The filmmakers have taken the challenge of filming a comic book based on a life, and turned it into an advantage — the movie is mesmerizing in the way it lures us into the daily hopes and fears of this Cleveland family.’

‘Movies like this seem to come out of nowhere, like free-standing miracles. But American Splendor does have a source, and its source is Harvey Pekar himself — his life, and what he has made of it. The guy is the real thing.’

 

 

 

 


 

EBERTFEST 2018 FILM SCHEDULE

 

THE FUGITIVE
Wednesday, April 18 // 7pm
130 mins
Rated PG-13
Special guest: Andrew Davis, director

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INTERSTELLAR
Thursday, April 19 // 12pm
169 mins
70mm
Rated PG-13

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SELENA
Thursday, April 19 // 4pm
128 min
Rated PG
Special guest: Gregory Nava, director

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 BELLE
Thursday, April 19 // 8:30pm
105 min
Rated PG
Special guest: Amma Asante, director

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COLUMBUS
Friday, April 20 // 12:00pm
104 min
Not rated
Special guests: Kogonada, director; Andrew Miano, producer; and Ruth Ann Harnisch, EP

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 A PAGE OF MADNESS, with Alloy Orchestra
Friday, April 20 // 3:30pm
78 min
Not rated
Special guest: Alloy Orchestra, live accompaniment

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 AMERICAN SPLENDOR

Friday, April 20 // 8:30pm
101 mins
Rated R

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13TH
Saturday, April 21 // 10:30am
100 mins
Rated (TV) MA
Special guest: Ava DuVernay, director

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DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST
Saturday, April 21 // 2:30pm
113 min
Rated PG
Special guest: Julie Dash, director

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RAMBLING ROSE
Saturday, April 21 // 5:30pm
115 min
Rated R
Special guest: Martha Coolidge, director

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI
Saturday, April 21 // 9:30pm
119 mins
Rated R
Special guest: Jeff Dowd, ‘The Dude’

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 RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD
Sunday, April 22 // 12:00pm
103mins
Not rated

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Details

Date:
April 20, 2018
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Venue

Virginia Theatre
203 W. Park Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820 United States
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Phone:
217.356.9063
Website:
https://thevirginia.org/