Ebertfest Starts Today!

Originally called Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, Ebertfest is a yearly festival that does the unique thing of looking back, not forward. Instead of having premieres and selling their debuts, the fest screens movies from the past, sometimes from months prior, sometimes from decades prior, and opens them up for discussion. This has always functioned as a way for Ebert to highlight a film or two from the past year that he felt was deserving of higher acclaim and attention, with this year’s selections including 2011 releases ‘Higher Ground’, ‘A Separation’, ‘Take Shelter’ and ‘Terri’. This got me thinking about what I would show at a festival of this nature if I was ever handed the keys to one. After the jump you can see what my selections for the presumably awful titled Magidsonfest would be, and of course I’ll want to know what you would show at your own Overlooked Film Festival as well in the comments section…

A few weeks ago I was actually asked this question on Formspring and responded with the following 12 titles, in alphabetical order: 50/50, Another Happy Day, The Beaver, Bellflower, HappyThankYouMorePlease, Like Crazy, Margaret, Red State, Sympathy for Delicious, Trust, Warrior, and The Way. Those were only 2011 releases, and considering that I’d likely be mixing in films from years past as well, I’m going to adjust accordingly and come up with a new dozen…half made up of 2011 offerings and half made up of older works. Obviously they’d be some of my all time favorites, but not the high profile choices like The Shawshank Redemption or Magnolia. The new slate for Magidsonfest (shudder) would be, again in alphabetical order: 50/50, Adventure land, Anything Else, The Beaver, Bellflower, Deterrence, Eyes Wide Shut, The Fountain, The Go-Getter, How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog, Margaret, and Red State. Now, that’s my lineup, but what about yours? Let us know in the comments section!

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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