CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Director Ava DuVernay is scheduled to be a guest at the 20th annual Ebertfest next month in Champaign.
The University of Illinois said Monday that the Oscar-nominated director of "Selma" and "A Wrinkle in Time" will attend the film festival honoring the late movie critic Roger Ebert with her film "The 13th," which was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary.
The festival will open with a showing of the "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. The 1993 film's director, Andrew Davis, is a university of Illinois alumnus and also is to attend the festival.
Ebert and his wife Chaz Ebert confounded the event in collaboration with the university. Films are shown in downtown Champaign's Virginia Theatre.
Festival organizers say more films and guests will be announced in the coming weeks.