10/24/2013 12:42 pm ET

Roger Ebert Statue Planned For 2014 Ebertfest Unveiling

Through his Pulitzer Prize-winning work in film criticism, Roger Ebert touched the lives of millions. Now, fans of the late writer are rallying together to return the favor, bronzing their respect for Ebert in the form of a statue.

Lifelong Ebert fan Scott Anderson Jr. and the Public Art League have commissioned a life-size bronze sculpture of Roger to be placed outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill., the home of the critic's annual film festival, Ebertfest. Donations are being collected to help realize the work of art, with additional funds being given to The Roger Ebert Film Center at the University of Illinois, Ebertfest and The Virginia Theatre. Organizers hope to raise $125,000 for the effort.

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