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Ebertfest Adds Stephen Dorff Tribute, Seymour Bernstein Master Class and More

Ebertfest Adds Stephen Dorff Tribute, Seymour Bernstein Master Class and More

On behalf of his 2012 film “The Motel Life,” Stephen Dorff will attend the 17th annual Ebertfest this year. Directed by Alan Polsky (a producer on Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant”) and Gabe Polsky (director of 2014 doc “Red Army”), this working-class crime drama got a very positive review from Roger Ebert. The film was part of Dorff’s career renaissance after getting a boost from Sofia Coppola’s meandering “Somewhere.”

Also revealed is a list of panel discussions taking place at this year’s Ebertfest from April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana. On Sunday, April 19th following a screening of director Ethan Hawke’s “Seymour: An Introduction,” the film’s subject, famed pianist Seymour Bernstein, will conduct an onstage master class with University of Illinois students.

This year’s panel discussions, featuring many of the directors, actors, critics and other festival guests, including Heloise Godet, Godfrey Cheshire, Scott Foundas, Michael Phillips, Richard Roeper, Matt Zoller Seitz, Johann Carlsson and Chaz Ebert. Panels will stream live on ebertfest.com.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015


9:00am – 10:00am
CHALLENGING STIGMA THROUGH THE ARTS

10:15am – 11:15am
EBERT CENTER @ ILLINOIS: STORYTELLING MEETS ENGINEERING

Friday, April 17, 2015


9:00am – 10:00am
FILMMAKING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

10:15am – 11:15am
CRITICISM FORUM

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