For All the World to See II: Film Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Now in its 12th 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.

Mississippi Burning - cross burning - Hackman

Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe in Mississippi Burning, 1988.



2011 4th Street on the EIU campus.



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