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Ray Pride

By Ray Pride

Picturing Ebertfest 2012

The Virginia Theater marquee.

Ebertfest poster, Virginia Theater.


Opening night, The President's House.

David Bordwell and a programmer.

The spirit of Bill Murray, downtown.

Skies of the greater mid-South.

3 Responses to “Picturing Ebertfest 2012”

  1. Keil Shults says:

    fascinating AND informative

  2. Ray Pride says:

    I hope you are being kind, Keil!

  3. Keil Shults says:

    Sorry, I’ve been congested all week and in a foul mood. I’m also about 5 weeks away from being the only teacher at my middle school to achieve perfect attendance for the year. A grand feat, but it’s not helping my attitude or sanity.

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