Ebertfest 2012 – Patang (The Kite)

It took roughly seven years for Prashant Bhargava, a Chicago-born writer and director with Indian ancestry, to research, write, and film Patang (The Kite), a story that centers around an annual kite festival in the Indian city of Ahmedabad.  And after all those years and all that work, he produced what amounts to the film…

Ebertfest 2012 – Higher Ground

“Faith must be the hardest thing to have faith in” – a brilliant statement for which I don’t wish to reveal who is responsible. According to a survey of three, equal to about 0.1875% of the audience, the most well-received film of this year’s Ebertfest was Higher Ground, an introspective part-time comedy about one woman’s…

Ebertfest 2012 – Terri

Terri It takes courage to be yourself when others want you to change, and it take courage to change when you realize that you’re no longer the same person you used to be.  Terri is a story about an obese teen who also isn’t easily accepted.  However, since Terri (Jacob Wysocki) wears nothing but pajamas…

Ebertfest 2012 – Joe versus the Volcano

Wow.  Five days in beautiful, downtown Champaign, Illinois.  Too many commas there, and too many restaurants instead of home-cooked meals.  I’m sure I gained a few pounds, but it was worth it. For those of you who aren’t aware of film critic Roger Ebert, this is the 14th year in which he has held his…

At the Movies – Ebertfest 2012

I don’t have many heroes or people I look up to, and that’s probably not a good thing.  But I can think of two:  Bruce Springsteen and Roger Ebert.  This one’s about Ebert. Some of you might be old enough to remember him and Gene Siskel doing the old “At the Movies” shows on a…