CHAMPAIGN -- Ebertfest got underway Wednesday, but Thursday, it became official with a countdown. The unveiling of the Roger Ebert statue has been a year in the making.
Life-size and made of bronze, the name of the statue is "C-U at the Movies." It's described as "interactive art." Roger is giving his famous "thumbs up" sign and sitting between two empty theater seats where visitors can sit.
The sculptor says the piece wasn't easy to create. The statue will be a permanent fixture outside the Virginia Theatre.
CHAMPAIGN -- Downtown was all abuzz as the 16th Annual Ebertfest got underway. A sold out crowd was on-hand for night one. Some stood in line for hours to see the film. Many say they do it every year.
It was an emotional night of sorts with Chaz emceeing. The movie, Life Itself, was shown. It's a documentary of Ebert including the last few months of his life.
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