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  • Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago. A documentary about the late film critic, titled "Life Itself," will open the annual Ebertfest film festival in April.

      Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago. A documentary about the late film critic, titled "Life Itself," will open the annual Ebertfest film festival in April.
    Associated Press/Jan. 12, 2011

 
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Roger Ebert's film festival will open this year with a screening of a documentary about the late film critic.

The Ebertfest lineup was announced Thursday. The annual festival will run from April 23-27 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. The festival previously announced that directors Spike Lee and Oliver Stone would attend to mark the 25th anniversaries of two of their films -- Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July."

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The Ebert documentary "Life Itself" will open the festival on April 23. Other films include late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning "Capote" and comedian Patton Oswalt's "Young Adult."

Ebert died last April at age 70. Ebert's alma mater, the University of Illinois, is based in Champaign and neighboring Urbana.

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