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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois students get a taste of the film industry at Ebertfest

Since 1999, film buffs of all kinds have gathered annually in spring at the historic Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill., for Roger Ebert’s Film Festival — otherwise known as Ebertfest. This year’s event, which concludes today, has involved hundreds of University of Illinois students and faculty. Each year, the Department of Media and Cinema Studies recruits more than 300 students to volunteer for a variety of roles, and a substantial percentage of them participate through an internship program created specifically for the event. In return for their efforts, they get valuable exposure to the artistic and business sides of film and help

BTN LiveBIG: Ebertfest celebrates cinema at Illinois

HAL 9000 is not real. Despite its fame from 2001: a Space Odyssey, the Arthur C. Clarke novel-turned-Stanley Kubrick film (both in 1968), the talking sentient computer that could interact with astronauts in space never actually existed. Hal was not really built in Urbana, Illinois, in 1997 either. But he did lead to the birth of the Ebertfest film festival at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1997, the University of Illinois hosted a five-day festival, Cyberfest, to honor Hal’s fictional birth year. Nate Kohn, a professor at the University of Georgia, who holds a Ph.D in Communication from