Thursday, November 6

3:30-5:30 p.m. Divorce American Style (1967) with introduction by Robin Murray

Coleman Hall Auditorium, Room 1255

After seventeen years of marriage, affluent Los Angeles suburban couple Richard Harmon (Van Dyke) and his wife Barbara (Reynolds) seem to have it all, but when they discover they can no longer communicate, even to argue, they file for a divorce that grows worse than their marriage. Directed by Bud Yorkin.

7:00-9:00 p.m. Student-Produced Short Film Contest

Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center


Friday, November 7

7:00 p.m. The Comic (1969) with introduction by Chuck Koplinski

Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center

A fictionalized account of the rise and fall of a silent film comic, Billy Bright, played by Dick Van Dyke, The Comic (1969) is also loosely based on the life of Buster Keaton. Beginning with Bright’s funeral, as he speaks from beyond the grave in a bitter tone about his fate, the film takes us through Bright’s fame, his ruin, and his fall, as a lonely, bitter old man unable to reconcile his life's disappointments. Directed by Carl Reiner.


Saturday, November 8

2:00 p.m. Mary Poppins (1964) Family Matinee Movie

Tarble Arts Center Atrium (2010 9th Street)

A spoiled and bored upper crust Edwardian English family, the Banks, has their world turned upside down by a magical nanny (Mary Poppins) and her friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke) who teach them how to enjoy life. As a live action and animation musical, Mary Poppins has both comedy and pathos and showcases imaginative scenes that are wonderful for adults and children alike. Audiences will be singing along in no time..."in the most delightful way!" Directed by Robert Stevenson.


7:00 p.m. Cold Turkey (1971) with introduction by Dann Gire

Tarble Arts Center Atrium (2010 9th Street)

Hoping for positive publicity, a tobacco company offers $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. Amidst a media frenzy, Eagle Rock, Iowa and its spiritual leader, Reverend Clayton Brooks (Dick Van Dyke) accept the challenge while the company's PR man tries to sabotage the effort. Directed by Norman Lear.


coleman Hall

2011 4th Street on the EIU campus.


Doudna Fine Arts Center

One block west of Ninth Street at Garfield Avenue on the EIU campus.


Tarble Arts Center

2010 Ninth Street on theEIU 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