"This is a spiritual service!"
There's no doubt this year's Ebertfest was the most somber of them all. Just days before the festival was to begin, its founder, film critic Roger Ebert, passed away. That, however, didn't stop Ebert's wife, Chaz, and his many fans, colleagues and friends from pushing forward with the festival and celebrating those movies Ebert championed, while also paying tribute to the life of a man so many people cherished and looked up to.
To say it was a rough week would probably be an understatement, but one lively moment seemed to raise spirits tremendously. During one particular program, Chaz Ebert brought actress Tilda Swinton out on stage to lead the audience of 1,500 in a dance-along set to Barry White's "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," and what followed could only be described as a true celebration of movies, life and love.
In the video below, watch as over a thousand people rise up out of their seats and shake it like there's no tomorrow. This will certainly brighten up your day, and for the full experience we recommend dancing along while the video plays. Go on, get up. We won't watch.
[via Matt Singer, whose dispatches from Ebertfest are available at his Criticwire blog.]
Ebertfest 2013 Dance Along from Ebertfest on Vimeo.