The filmmaking world at large is still feeling the loss of Roger Ebert, who rose to fame as a Chicago film critic but left a mark that was much greater than just that as a writer and social media pioneer. His legacy lives on in his writing as well as his passion for film, as his Ebertfest Film Festival continued on this past week without its namesake, but keeping the same joyous spirit and fervor for all things cinematic Ebert always brought to it.
That couldn’t have been more true for a dance-along led by the never-uninteresting Tilda Swinton, who joined Ebert’s widow Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert in shaking booty to Barry White’s “You're the First, the Last, My Everything.”
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Ebertfest 2013 kicked off last Wednesday and wrapped up this past Sunday, showing both previously-released films and upcoming ones, with appearances by stars like Jack Black for Bernie and Shailene Woodley for The Spectacular Now.
Tilda appeared to speak about her 2009 film Julia, but probably made more of an impression dancing through a crowd of 1,500 people while Chaz boogied on stage. Known for her many antics both on and off the big screen, leading a large room in a Barry White dance-along is surely one of Tilda's less bizarre moments, but how endearing is this video? Way to make us feel happy and sad at the same time, guys.
Not to be presumptuous, but we have a feeling Ebert would have totally loved this.
Do you think this was a fitting tribute to Ebert?