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Written by: Sam Fragoso on April 30, 2012

I must begin by thanking Roger and Chaz for allowing me to attend the 14th Roger Ebert Film Festival at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Illinois: none of this could’ve been possible without you two. But also, I must pay tribute to my father who was willing to come with me on this journey (even when I nagged and moaned about getting to the theater on time again and again). Lets not forget my mother, who put up the airfare and was consistently feeding me positivity.

Anyway, I’m fortunate enough to have guardians who want to harness my passion, and dedicated readers who stick with me through the good times and the bad times. If there’s one thing to take away from Ebertfest is that the idea of communal filmgoing is not dead, but prospering. I was blown away by the kindness of nearly everyone there (except for the one obese lady who demanded a refund when she found out that Citizen Kane was going to be shown with Roger’s special commentary). What’s also shocking is just how genuine most of the filmmakers were on stage. Especially Jeff Nichols, who I’m predicting will be the next great American filmmaker.

Alright, well, I could go on raving about the festival for hours – but I won’t. For those interested, but have yet to read my coverage, here it is: Friday & Saturday (and a few reviews will be released sometime in the next couple of weeks).

Without further ado, lets get to our weekly articles:

Recently available for rental is Steve McQueen’s Shame, and Film Actually has it covered.

The Avengers will be released this weekend on about ten billion screens, and Sonal publishes an early review of the highly anticipated blockbuster.

Speaking of Marvel films, Amy from Movie Writing chooses her five favorite from the lucrative film production.

Just Atad is rapidly becoming one of my favorite blogs around the Internet. Check out the Q & A discussion after A Separation at Ebertfest.

Courtney Small’s continues to churn out brilliant coverage for the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto.

Another small little site I recently discovered is the enjoyable  The Focused Filmographer.

The Warning Sign discusses film, beer, and books. Check it all out here.

Jay McKinnon of The Athletic Nerd can’t remember – like most of us – his first movie.

The blogathon I participated in, Ten Best Actors Relay Race, continues on Defiant Success.

Anders falls head over heels for The Lucky One - which is really quite shocking.

Thank you for reading. Have a good Monday.

Comments

There are 12 comments for this post.

  1. Michael Fragoso on April 30, 2012 10:52 am

    It was my pleasure Sam. I had a great time, and please know that your mom and I will always support your passion and future.

    Your right when you say that the people at the fest were nice. I felt there passion for film and a union that was genuine. Keep working hard toward your goals and everything will fall into place.

    I can’t wait for next year……

    Dad

  2. Sam Fragoso on April 30, 2012 11:18 am

    Thank you Dad.

    Next year we get there on opening day – we’ll see it all.

  3. Eric on April 30, 2012 1:35 pm

    Sam, you are far too kind with all of these recent links to my humble abode. Much appreciated, my friend!

  4. Sam Fragoso on April 30, 2012 3:17 pm

    It’s all well deserved Eric.

  5. CS on April 30, 2012 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the link love, Sam. Looking forward to reading your Ebertfest coverage in full once Hot Docs is done.

  6. Sam Fragoso on April 30, 2012 8:17 pm

    Take your time. It will be here forever, festivals come and go.

  7. Corey Atad on April 30, 2012 9:44 pm

    Thanks so much for the link. Glad you’re enjoying the stie. I’ve been loving yours as well.

  8. Sam Fragoso on April 30, 2012 10:16 pm

    Thank you Corey – I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying my site as well.

  9. Anders on May 1, 2012 9:36 pm

    I hope that was sarcasm about my Lucky One review Sam! :P

  10. Sam Fragoso on May 1, 2012 11:13 pm

    Complete seriousness ;)

  11. ruth m on May 2, 2012 3:23 pm

    Glad that you discovered Terrence’s The Focused Filmographer blog! He’s such a great guy and yes, his blog is awesome.

  12. Sam Fragoso on May 2, 2012 6:02 pm

    It indeed is. Thanks for stopping by Ruth.

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