Prior to his death, movie critic Roger Ebert had a long-running festival that celebrated the world of film. Ebertfest, also known as Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, began in 1999. With the 2013 version already scheduled, it was decided to continue as planned with the event.
One of the special guests at this year’s festival was actress Tilda Swinton, who was appearing with her movie “Julia.” However, Swinton went above and beyond the normal movie promotion when she led a dance party with the audience, in tribute to Ebert. “We’re not dancing up here,” she says, “We’re coming down to dance with you.” She calls the dance-along a “spiritual service,” at which point Barry White’s “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” begins to play.
Swinton proceeds to dance her way through the crowd, pulling some audience members along with her, as Roger’s widow Chaz Ebert dances and watches from the stage with a huge smile on her face. The song concludes as Swinton brings several fans on-stage, with the rest of the audience cheering loudly, ending a fitting tribute to Roger.
Swinton made headlines recently for taking part in an art installation at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The actress appears in the piece, sleeping at random times.