Hotel check-in from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Getting on/off a bus. Short walk to theatre; standing in line. Attending 2 films.
Program Registration: 2:00 p.m. Come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 3:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Chaz Ebert and filmmakers will introduce each film. Screenings are followed by in-depth, on-stage Q&A discussions among filmmakers, critics, and the audience. The number of films and discussions each day is subject to change by Ebertfest. There are no reserved seats but you may hold the seat you get for the day by putting a sweater or other item over it. Our program was planned far in advance when details of films were not confirmed. When available, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we will hear from Nate Kohn, the Festival Director, who will give us an overview of the festival and the films that will be shown with Q&A.
At the hotel at approximately 4:30 p.m., we’ll have a buffet meal with sodas, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
From the Ebertfest website: “The mission of Ebertfest is to celebrate films, genres, and formats that have been overlooked by distributors, audiences, and/or critics. These include independent, international and studio films that did not win wide audiences; overlooked formats such as 70mm; and overlooked genres such as documentaries and musical. The festival screens one film at a time, so everyone can see the same films at the same time, promoting a strong sense of community among audience members, filmmakers, guests, students, and scholars.” The bus will depart for the Virginia Theatre around 5:45 p.m. Theatre doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Festival welcome and introductions will begin at 7:00 p.m. The 1,500-seat Virginia Theatre is a restored 1920s movie palace with state-of-the-art 35/70mm and digital projection. A portion of the Festival proceeds go towards on-going renovations at the theatre. The first film typically begins around 7:30 p.m. A filmmaker or scholar will introduce the film. Screenings are followed by an in-depth, on-stage Q&A discussion among filmmakers, critics and the audience. When there is a second film, it typically begins at approximately 9:00 p.m. We will have two bus departures back to the hotel: one shortly after each film ends and the other shortly after the discussions end.