The Films of Richard Pryor


Now in its 11th year, the Embarras Valley Film Festival’s mission is to encourage broader appreciation for and study of film as a potent vehicle for human expression and communication through the exploration of cinematic arts involving people from Illinois and alumni of Eastern Illinois University.  By screening movies and inviting audience participation in after-film discussions, we encourage members of the larger community to become aware of, and take pride in, the rich cultural and historical heritage of Charleston and the area.


Richard Pryor in "Car Wash"

Richard Pryor in Car Wash (1976)

The theme for 2015 is stand-up comedian and actor Richard Pryor, who grew up in Peoria, Illinois. The festival includes afternoon and evening film screenings with introductions by film studies professors and film critics and a family-friendly Saturday matinee screening of the iconic The Wiz.

Festival co-sponsors are Eastern Illinois University’s Film Studies minor; the Coles County Arts Council; City of Charleston Tourism Funds; the Tarble Arts Center, EIU; and Booth Library, EIU.



Tarble Arts Center

2010 Ninth Street on theEIU campus.



2509 Hurst Drive, Mattoon




In 2004, the Gregg Toland Day Festival was held in Charleston. It provided the catalyst that became the EVFF. The link below provides information about past events and honorees.

Past Festivals