Spike Lee Heading To Ebertfest For Special 25th Anniversary Screening Of ‘Do The Right Thing'
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Spike Lee Heading To Ebertfest For Special 25th Anniversary Screening Of ‘Do The Right Thing'

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How times

flies. It’s been 25 years already? Where were you when you first saw Do The

Right Thing?

Today it

was announced that a special 25th anniversary screening of the film

will take place next month, with Spike Lee present, at this year’s 16th annual Ebertfest Film Festival on Friday April 25th.

The festival,

which was founded by the late great film critic and essayist Roger Ebert, is set in Champaign, Illinois, very near his home

town of Urbana, at the Virginia

Theater, where Ebert grew up, spending many hours watching and loving.movies.

As Ebert

himself said about Spike’s film:

“I have been given

only a few film-going experiences in my life to equal the first time I saw ‘Do

the Right Thing.’ Most movies remain up there on the screen. Only a few

penetrate your soul. In May of 1989 I walked out of the screening at the Cannes

Film Festival with tears in my eyes. Spike Lee had done an almost impossible

thing. He’d made a movie about race in America that empathized with all the

participants. He didn’t draw lines or take sides but simply looked with sadness

at one racial flashpoint that stood for many others.”

Among those

who will also be present at this year’s Ebertfest are directors Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The interrupters), who will show his latest documentary about Ebert, Life

Itself, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It will be the opening night film at Ebertfest. Also Oliver Stone will be present to celebrate

the 25th anniversary of Born on the

Fourth of July.

The full

schedule for Ebertfest, which takes place from April 23-27, will be announced very soon. Tickets will officially go

on sale starting on April 1st.

Go HERE for

more info about Ebertfest as it develops.

And after 25

years, here’s what is still one of the best opening credit sequences for any movie ever:

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