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The Versatile Gene Hackman


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Welcome to the Embarras Valley Film Festival (pronounced “Am-brah”) co-sponsored by Eastern Illinois University’s College of Arts & Humanities and the Coles County Arts Council. The EVFF is a yearly event honoring a person or theme relevant to the Embarras Valley, which encompasses much of East Central Illinois. This year, the EVFF focuses on the extraordinary film and writing career of Gene Hackman, who grew up in Danville, Illinois.

2012 EVFF Films

Bonnie and Clyde DVD coverBonnie and Clyde (1967)

In Bonnie and Clyde, a bored small-town girl and a small-time bank robber leave in their wake a string of violent robberies and newspaper headlines that catch the imagination of the Depression-struck Mid-West in this take on the legendary crime spree of these archetypal lovers on the run. Hackman plays Buck Barrow, older brother of Clyde and member of the Barrow gang.

Thursday, November 1 at 3:30 pm in the Doudna Lecture Hall, EIU



Unforgiven DVD coverUnforgiven (1992) R

Unforgiven blurs lines between heroism and villainy, and man and myth when prostitutes unsatisfied bySheriff 'Little Bill's (Gene Hackman) over the death of one of their friends put a bounty on her cowboy killers. The bounty attracts a young gun billing himself as “The Schofield Kid” (Jamez Woolvett), and an aging and reformed killer William Munny (Clint Eastwood) and his partner Ned (Morgan Freeman), complicating conflicts between law and lawlessness in the West.
Friday, November 2 at 7 pm in the Doudna Theatre, EIU



Royal Tenenbaums DVD cover

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) PG

An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father, Royal (Gene Hackman) announces he has a terminal illness.

Friday, November 2 at 10 pm in the Doudna Theatre, EIU






Hoosiers DVD coverHoosiers (1986) PG
Based on a true story, Hoosiers highlights Norman Dale (Gene Hackman), a coach with a checkered past and Shooter (Dennis Hopper), a local drunk, who train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

Saturday, November 3 at 2:00 pm at the Tarble Arts Center





French Connection DVD covferThe French Connection (1971) R
William Friedkin's gritty police drama, The French Connection, portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between 'Popeye' Doyle (Gene Hackman), a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), a suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America.

Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 pm at the Doudna Theatre




Doudna Fine Arts Center
One block west of Ninth Street at Garfield Avenue on the EIU campus in Charleston, Ill.

Tarble Arts Center
South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue on the campus of EIU campus in Charleston, Ill.

Charleston Carnegie Public LibrarY
712 6th St, Charleston, IL 61920.


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