While it wasn’t officially a memorial event, the 15th Annual Ebertfest in Champaign, Ill., turned into a five-day-long celebration of the life of late, great film critic Roger Ebert. Perhaps most joyous of the many tributes, Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton stopped by to bring a 1,500-person auditorium to its feet for a dance-along to Barry White’s 1974 hit “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything.”
Introduced by Ebert’s widow, Chaz, and calling the dance a “spiritual service,” Swinton ran down into the audience and led a conga line through the aisles.
Check out the celebration below.
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