Logan elucidates on Lindsay logic

June 20th, 2018

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So, dearest readers, have you taken some time to look through the new YouTube channel for the New Art Film Festival and watch locally-made movies you may have forgotten about or never seen before? When you do, please notice a front-and-center prompt for a taping of the NAFF XIII talk, “Vachel Lindsay and The Art of the Moving Picture,” in which David Logan addresses the imperfectly prophetic ideas of the Springfield, Illinois-born poet and performer as expressed by his unique treatise published in 1915. Rather than simply describing the films of his day, largely seen as spectacle and novelty by the general public, Lindsay dug in deeper than his contemporaries to imagine the potential value of the cinema as well as predict how it could be used by society to not only entertain and educate but, in so many words, to save its own soul. We are grateful for the contributions by Logan, who drove from southern Illinois to join us on Sunday, October 29, in order to share insight on the book and ahead-of-his-time creator, as well as Andrew Stengele of Forced Perspective Entertainment, who captured the occasion for us at Shatterglass Studios in Champaign. If you have any interest in the dawn of the motion picture trade or the origins of film criticism and analysis, Lindsay’s words and Logan’s insightful, well-reasoned perspective are two key places for you to begin. Today, we’ll cut you slack and embed the recording right here:

The Lindsay/Logan video is the first one ever produced and released by us in our MICRO-FILM/C-U Confidential/NAFF lifetime, believe it or not. We don’t know why it took almost 20 years to lay one down, yet, here it is and we hope you enjoy it enough to warrant future ones under our labels. Please share this with the film instructors, historians, archivists, and preservationists in your circles if you could! (Educators and presenters who might be interested in featuring the video can contact us directly; we will put you in touch with David Logan to gain permission.) In related developments, we are pretty certain the NAFF 2018 show date and Call for Entries open-and-close dates will be revealed exclusively during the Champaign Movie Makers 10th anniversary show at the Art Theater next Monday, June 25. Pay close attention when the CMM on-screen credits begin to crawl, filmmaker friends!

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: June 15-21, 2018

June 16th, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/18: Perry Morris (board member, The Art Film Foundation)

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Pens to Lens Student Filmmaking Competition call for entries | Full Information
Regular: 6/30

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoJune 2008: The first meeting of Champaign Movie Makers is hosted in the home of Janice Rutherford of Urbana and organized by her guest Johnny Robinson, an independent film creator and college instructor from Rochester, New York. Intending to live in Champaign-Urbana full time by next year, Robinson sees the need for a welcoming and constructive space where community members could get to know each other better and grow their skills on shared projects, basing CMM on his previous activities in Rochester and Syracuse. He already has plans underway for his first locally-made film, a dramatic piece called CELESTE ABOVE, and it will employ the talents of club members. Since then, CMM has amassed hundreds of followers on Facebook and retains dozens of regular attendees at its monthly gatherings, which have moved among a variety of larger locations such as Shatterglass Studios, SoDo Theatre, the WILL-TV television studio, and the Champaign Public Library, with its greatest notoriety coming as a facilitator of the annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala. As reported on 9/9/08, 10/14/08 at CUBlog.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Finishing Touches,” Robeson Pavilion Room A (6/18, 7 p.m., free)

@ Wyndham Springfield City Centre Hotel, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission meeting, Grill Breakfast Room (6/21, 7 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
FIRST REFORMED (6/15 on), BLUE COLLAR (6/15-6/16, 10 p.m.), Essential Cinema – “Unruly Women”: ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (6/18, 7:30 p.m.), THE DEATH OF STALIN (6/21, 9 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
INCREDIBLES 2, RACE 3, SUPERFLY, TAG, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, DEADPOOL 2, HEREDITARY, HOTEL ARTEMIS, KAALA, OCEAN’S 8, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (6/15 on), JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (6/21 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
TOMB RAIDER, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, SHERLOCK GNOMES, THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, LOVE, SIMON, GODDESS OF LOVE, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (s5), POWER (s4), more! (6/12 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
INCREDIBLES 2, SUPERFLY, TAG, ADRIFT, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BOOK CLUB, DEADPOOL 2,HEREDITARY, HOTEL ARTEMIS, OCEAN’S 8, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (6/15 on), DESPICABLE ME 3 (6/15, 10 a.m.), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (6/17, 6/20), Studio Ghibli Fest: POM POKO (6/17-6/18), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (6/18-6/20, 10 a.m.), RiffTrax Live! feat. SPACE MUTINY (6/19, 7 p.m., recorded), The Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly (6/20, 7 p.m., simulcast), Drum Corps at the Cinema: DCI Tour Premiere (6/21, 7:30 p.m., simulcast), JURASSIC WORLD/JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM double feature (6/21, 3 p.m.), JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (6/21 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, Anniversary Plaza (6/21, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
CINDERELLA (1950; 6/19, 6/21, 6:30 p.m.)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: June 8-14, 2018

June 9th, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana with Love

Thank you for reading our recent posts about Champaign-Urbana film culture. After we run a few more items of a literary bent, we are going to slow it down a bit and primarily report on C-U Confidential, the New Art Film Festival, and unfinished business for the next few months unless something bigly blows up that we need to share with you. Be sure to visit us in person at the Indie Art Convention in Savoy on Sunday, July 14, watch for CUZine #10 to appear in your favorite public reading spot at the beginning of fall semester, and listen for the Call for Entries to sound for NAFF IX. Cheers to you!

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Pens to Lens Student Filmmaking Competition call for entries | Full Information
Regular: 6/30

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
DISOBEDIENCE (6/8 on), RGB (6/8-6/12, 6/14), OH LUCY! (6/9, 6/13-6/14), THE DEATH OF STALIN (6/9-6/10, 6/13), THE BLACK CAT (1981; 6/8-6/9, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
HEREDITARY, HOTEL ARTEMIS, KAALA, OCEAN’S 8, ACTION POINT, ADRIFT, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BOOK CLUB, DEADPOOL 2, LIFE OF THE PARTY, POPE FRANCIS: A MAN OF HIS WORD, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (6/8 on), INCREDIBLES 2, TAG (6/14 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
A WRINKLE IN TIME, DEATH WISH, EVERY DAY, THE HURRICANE HEIST, GRINGO, DELIRIUM, THOROUGHBREDS, WONDERSTRUCK, AS THE GODS WILL, THE LAST SHIP (s4), more! (6/5 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
HEREDITARY, HOTEL ARTEMIS, OCEAN’S 8, ON CHESIL BEACH, ACTION POINT, ADRIFT, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BOOK CLUB, DEADPOOL 2, LIFE OF THE PARTY, A QUIET PLACE, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, UPGRADE (6/8 on), SPACE JAM (6/10, 6/13), DESPICABLE ME 3 (6/11-6/13, 10 a.m.), DOCTOR WHO: GENESIS OF THE DALEKS (6/11, 7 p.m.), HAIKARA-SAN: HERE COMES MISS MODERN (6/12, 7 p.m.), National Theatre Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (6/12, 7 p.m., recorded), THE INCREDIBLES/INCREDIBLES 2 double feature (6/13, 6 p.m.), RiffTrax Live! feat. SPACE MUTINY (6/14, 7 p.m., simulcast), INCREDIBLES 2 (6/14 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. TOMB RAIDER, Anniversary Plaza (6/14, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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NAFF rounds up video menagerie

June 4th, 2018

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In the very slow process of refurbishing all the parts of our C-U Blogfidential whole, one dimension that has been unduly static for some time is our YouTube channel, a bit unsurprising since it is off-site and easy to let slide. We have started considering how to revitalize it but will probably have to wait until next year to give it our overdue attention. Until then, we still have the video sights to show you, dearest readers! Given that we are close to entering our organizational season for the ninth annual New Art Film Festival, we decided to get back into the mindset by creating a NAFF-branded YouTube account that can serve as a window into our past shows for new fans and refresher for ongoing supporters who want to revisit their favorite pieces. Click this link to visit the channel and mull about; we gave it a “soft opening” last Monday, May 28, and will more heavily promote it through NAFF avenues once we get closer to the upcoming iteration. Of course, we realize that at first glance it may seem redundant to what we set up previously, but one has to remember the NAFF material is based on submissions versus the purposely broader swath cut by its C-U Confidential counterpart. While assembling the new channel over the past two months, we have learned that most NAFF picks that do not appear on YouTube most certainly reside on pseudo-competitor Vimeo so, naturally, we are in the process of curating again so we can avoid leaving out filmmakers over platform preference. While the very nature of the effort is to aggregate what others have uploaded for themselves as exemplars of what can constitute local film production, we may be inspired to add our own media if the opportunity presents itself. That said, check back with CUBlog shortly to read about our first original NAFF video!

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: June 1-7, 2018

June 1st, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/1: Bill Yauch (cinematographer/editor, SISTER AND BROTHER)
6/1: William R. Pace (director/writer, THIRD PARTY WITNESS)
6/2: DeShawn Hill (filmmaker, MADMEN KNOW KNOTHING)
6/3: Eleanore Stasheff (producer, EXCEPRTS FROM “SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY”)
6/4: Jarrod Finn (filmmaker, WORDS)
6/6: Isaac Arms (owner, Heirship Records)

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

NEW! @ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Pens to Lens Student Filmmaking Competition call for entries | Full Information
Regular: 6/30

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE DEATH OF STALIN (6/1-6/5, 6/7), RGB (6/1-6/4, 6/6-6/7), REVENGE (6/1-6/2, 6/6), Member Screening: FILMWORKER (6/5, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ACTION POINT, ADRIFT, POPE FRANCIS: A MAN OF HIS WORD, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BOOK CLUB, BREAKING IN, DEADPOOL 2, LIFE OF THE PARTY, A QUIET PLACE, SHOW DOGS, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (6/1 on), OCEAN’S 8 (6/7 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
ANNIHILATION, NOSTALGIA, 10 X 10, COCAINE GODMOTHER, BENT, TRAILER PARK SHARK, more! (5/29 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ACTION POINT, ADRIFT, UPGRADE, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BOOK CLUB, BREAKING IN, DEADPOOL 2, LIFE OF THE PARTY, OVERBOARD, A QUIET PLACE, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, SHOW DOGS (6/1 on), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (6/3, 6/6), BEST F(R)IENDS: VOLUME 2 (6/4, 8 p.m.), FATE/STAY NIGHT [HEAVEN’S FEEL] THE MOVIE (6/5, 6/7, 7:30 p.m.), OCEAN’S 8 (6/7 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. BLACK PANTHER, Anniversary Plaza (6/7, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: May 25-31, 2018

May 25th, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

5/25: David Gracon (creator, ORDINARY VIDEO SERIES)
5/27: William Anthony Sebastian Rose II (actor, DAUGHTERS)
5/30: Cameron Counts (owner, Cam’s Comics)

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoMay 2008: Seeking a sense of Midwest authenticity on a modest studio budget, prolific film and television director Steven Soderbergh chooses to capture footage for the corporate intrigue caper THE INFORMANT! in and around Decatur, Illinois, the real-life location of the primary events dramatized in the movie. Beginning with little fanfare around Thursday, May 1, the production moves back and forth between Decatur and outlying towns such as Moweaqua and Forsyth with a cast that includes Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynksey, Ann Cusack, Tony Hale, and star Matt Damon, attracting helpful and appreciative locals along the way. After spending two-and-a-half weeks in Macon County, the crew moves on to nearby Springfield and then St. Louis before making brief stops in far-reaching places like California, Hawaii, and France. Based on the book The Informant: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald and adapted by screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, THE INFORMANT! retells the unbelievable episode involving Mark Whitacre, a former senior executive at the agricultural manufacturing giant Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. of Decatur, who agreed to wear a wire over several years in the early Nineties to help the FBI investigate his employer’s alleged price-fixing attempts. Even though the findings proved to be accurate and wide-reaching, ADM and its global brethren did not suffer much in the courts or marketplace; Whitacre earned his own prison time for inexplicably embezzling millions of dollars from the company while playing the part of a law enforcement mole. Warner Bros. originally announced distribution of THE INFORMANT! for the following spring through their specialty label, Warner Independent Pictures, but would eventually settle for a wide release of the Participant Media/Groundswell Productions film under the WB shield on September 18, 2009, in North America. It is the last Hollywood narrative feature to shoot in central Illinois to date. As reported on 3/16/08, 12/22/08, 9/26/09 at CUBlog.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
RGB (5/25 on), THE ENDLESS (5/25-5/26, 10 p.m.), Stories from the City, Stories from the State: ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES (5/26-5/27, 12:30 p.m.), Essential Cinema – “Unruly Women”: CARMEN JONES (5/29, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BOOK CLUB, BREAKING IN, DEADPOOL 2, LIFE OF THE PARTY, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, SHOW DOGS (5/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GAME NIGHT, RED SPARROW, THE 15:17 TO PARIS, I KILL GIANTS, FAMILY OF LIES, NIGHT ZERO, FATAL CROSSING, SOFT MATTER, DAPHNE & VELMA, more! (5/22 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BOOK CLUB, BREAKING IN, DEADPOOL 2, LIFE OF THE PARTY, OVERBOARD, A QUIET PLACE, SHOW DOGS  (5/25 on), GREASE (5/27, 5/30), A CHANCE IN THE WORLD (5/30, 7 p.m.), ANDY IRONS: KISSED BY GOD (5/31, 7 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. PETER RABBIT, Anniversary Plaza (5/31, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Art to present Chicago film series

May 22nd, 2018

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It has been apparent the staff of the Art Theater, led by interim programmer Dora Valkanova since the departure a few months ago of general manager Austin McCann, has a few new ideas to try out on their clientele. We’ve already seen films of a similar milieu pitted against one another, late night choices finally reflecting late night tastes, and a handful of big studio previews take up space on the schedule opposite the expected first-run selections, but you can imagine how their newest concept might grab our attention a few blocks down at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters. Once a month for the next four months beginning tonight, Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 p.m., the Art will introduce a current Illinois-produced work for viewing and discussion under the banner “Stories from the City, Stories from the State.” This evening, first-time feature filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope will appear to discuss issues underlying the story told by her documentary ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES, recounting a massive embezzlement scheme that was undertaken by Rita Crundwell, a former city official in the small town of Dixon, Illinois, allowing her to lead an extravagant lifestyle and horse-breeding business that went unchecked for two decades. In an interview between Pope and Nicole Anderson Cobb published yesterday on Smile Politely, she stresses the need for its audience to look past the sensational aspects and realize that all citizens are accountable to a degree for managing the behavior and actions of their elected leaders.

After repeats of HORSES on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, the series will continue on June 26 with ROGERS PARK, the only narrative selection, and then on July 16 with the shorter pieces GADGET GIRLS and ’63 BOYCOTT before wrapping it up on August 8 with the acclaimed MINDING THE GAP. Click on the titles in the press release below to access descriptions of these films and biographies of guests who will visit the Art in support of their work; it will be quickly apparent that all the non-fiction choices are associated with the great civic-minded Chicago production house, Kartemquin Films, and everything is anchored on people, places, and occurrences in far northern Illinois – Dixon in HORSES, Rockford in MINDING THE GAP, Chicago in the rest – hence the word choice of our headline. We vote for this particular program to succeed so the Art is encouraged to come up with future installments, the planning of which needs to cast a net wider than what can be caught off the shoreline of Lake Michigan. However, a good-to-great film is a good-to-great film, no matter its origin, so we put our trust in their hands to make smart and compelling selections.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. ROGERS PARK and MINDING THE GAP have also figured in a pilot program called “Illinois Film Tour,” a partnership between IFP Chicago and Full Spectrum Features with support from Illinois Humanities. The former played Springfield in January, the latter played Galesburg last week, and future visits to additional cities are presumably in the works.

p.s.2 Both of the above ventures feel more in line with a kind of film outreach we might have wanted to see in the past. During our sporadically ranty days on C-U Blogfidential, we groused about the Hollywood tendency to place its production focus on Chicagoland. This tack will make a demure return in a fresh Confidential Almanac entry set to appear in this week’s Calendar.

p.s.3 Since we regularly put our (non-existent) money where our mouths are, we have no problem with stressing the disparity of Chicago v. Rest of Illinois in film business and culture that persists to this day. Maybe that’s the only way we’ll ever know.

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From May 7, 2018:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE STATE: AN ILLINOIS FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT

CHAMPAIGN, IL (May 7, 2018): The Art Theater is excited to announce its new series, “Stories from the City, Stories from the State: An Illinois Filmmaker Showcase,” which spotlights five films made in Illinois and their directors. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director who will be in town for the screening. For more information about each film, click on the film titles below to read further at the Art’s Web site.

The series starts with the critically-acclaimed documentary, ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES, which tells the story of Rita Crundwell, city comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Illinois, who gained notoriety as the mastermind behind one of the largest cases of municipal fraud in U.S. history. The second title, ROGERS PARK, is a feature film that follows the lives of two couples in Chicago’s progressive neighborhood by the same name. The film recently received recognition as a New York Times “Critic’s Pick.” In July, we welcome the artistic director and co-founder of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn, with his latest film ’63 BOYCOTT, which documents the Chicago boycotts against school segregation of the same year. Mr. Quinn will be joined by Risé Sanders-Weir, whose short film GADGET GIRLS will precede ’63 BOYCOTT. Last but not least, MINDING THE GAP, an outstanding new documentary from Kartemquin Films and winner of the “U.S. Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking” at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of three childhood friends as they navigate the murky waters to adulthood and confront their personal demons and histories of abuse.

The “Stories from the City, Stories from the State” series is brought to you thanks to the Art Theater’s Annual Membership program. We thank all annual members for your continued support of the Art Theater. If you are not a member, please consider becoming a member today by visiting this page. Your membership directly supports the Art’s presentation of independent films like the ones featured in this series.

We hope you will join us in celebrating some of the best films made in Illinois in the last few years and their filmmakers.

The Art Theater is a program of the 501(c)(3) Art Film Foundation. We are a community-based, mission-driven, and member-supported organization.


CONTACT

Dora Valkanova
Interim Programmer
programmer [at] thearttheater [dot] org


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Calendar: May 18-24, 2018

May 19th, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

5/19: Lissa Massa (actress, untitled Colin Price crime film)
5/19: Gerry Kissell (artist, IDW Publishing)


DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

50 Years AgoMay 16-17, 1968: Forty-one film shorts are presented to the public over consecutive evenings during the first Champaign-Urbana Film Contest at the McKinley Foundation on the University of Illinois campus. Although the programs for “Part I” on Thursday, March 15, and “Part II” on Friday, March 17, are dominated by student work, the organizers from the Champaign-Urbana Film Group solicited entries from all residents of Champaign County according to a Daily Illini article run on Thursday, April 4 – meaning, it is most likely the first true local film festival to be held in the Twin Cities. Cash prizes totaling more than $500 are handed out to several young directors by a judging panel of theater, literature, and film professionals from the area including Edwin Jahiel of the UI French Department and John Weir of the university’s Motion Picture Production Center. The “first place” award is given to CENTURY OF DESIGN by Robert Vollmer and Dean Alexander “for its imaginative use of documentary technique” per a DI follow-up report on Tuesday, May 21. One of the students in charge of the contest, Ron Epple, would become ubiquitous with movie promotions in the UI community for two decades; his other ventures included Aardvark Films, a C-U Film Group predecessor, Expanded Cinema Group, known for its underground and experimental focus, and Picture Start, a short film distributor with a sizeable roster of independently-made animation that booked non-theatrical showings across the United States.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “BYOG Light Modifiers”, Robeson Pavilion Room C (5/21, 7 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (5/18 on), ANNIHILAITON (5/18-5/19, 5/24, 10 p.m.; 5/20, 12 p.m.), Stories from the City, Stories from the State: ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES (5/22, 7:30 p.m., w/filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope), Brilliant Corners: EL MAR LA MAR (5/23, 7:30 p.m., w/co-director J.P. Sniadecki)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BOOK CLUB, DEADPOOL 2, DISOBEDIENCE, SHOW DOGS, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BLACK PANTHER, BREAKING IN, I FEEL PRETTY, LIFE OF THE PARTY, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE (5/18 on), SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (5/24 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BLACK PANTHER, SAMSON, SUBMERGENCE, THE FORGIVEN, APARTMENT 212, I AM MLK JR., PLEASE STAND BY, THE HONOR LIST, THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES (s2), more! (5/15 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BOOK CLUB, DEADPOOL 2, SHOW DOGS, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BREAKING IN, I FEEL PRETTY, LIFE OF THE PARTY, OVERBOARD, A QUIET PLACE, TULLY (5/18 on), CLUELESS (5/20, 5/23), Studio Ghibli Fest: PORCO ROSSO (5/20 (dubbed), 5/21 (subtitled)), GODSPEED: THE RACE ACROSS AMERICA (5/22, 7 p.m.), SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (5/24 on)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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SEEDS, more sewn in busy spring

May 16th, 2018

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One-two-three-four! We’re making some noise this week on C-U Blogfidential to ensure you read about the premieres of four distinct projects with area ties as well as view their videos, despite the fact we’re trailing badly in the “timely news” department!

We’ll first recount a 24-hour cycle that began the evening of Wednesday, May 3, when the Avon Theater in downtown Decatur hosted the public debut of the documentary UNDERGROUND SOUND by media entrepreneurs Ben Harl and Adam Thompson of Dark Soul Entertainment. Between the two previews released in advance, one a rapid-fire introduction to the film’s interviewees and the other positing Big Questions about the worth of music in our lives and communities, it’s clear that UNDERGROUND serves as a loving overview of Decatur’s current music scene. Since those outside the Soy City won’t necessarily be familiar with their movers, shakers, and beat makers, the production is a welcome addition to the slowly growing stable of local rock docs. That said, we’re happy to see movie music composer Eric Watkins and versatile guitarist Michael “Guido” Estevez included in the mix.

DVD copies of UNDERGROUND sold out mere days after the show, which doubled as a benefit to raise funds for the Decatur chapter of the First Gig Rock N’ Roll Camp for Kids, so lucky for you it goes live on YouTube for free streaming on Monday, May 21. Also be sure to follow Dark Soul on Facebook and watch for future news on their first long-form narrative, STORY OF THE YEAR, scheduled to be shot this summer according to recent postings.

While the UNDERGROUND crowd and the rest of our Midwest slumbered that night, a cult film with a pieced-together reputation was finally reconsidered on the whole thanks to the efforts of Ed Glaser from Neon Harbor Entertainment in Champaign. Viewing groups in London, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, set up simultaneous “Star Wars Day” unveilings on their May 4 to bask in the glow of a new 2K transfer for the 1982 Turkish pulp adventure DÜNYAYI KURTARAN ADAM, or, THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD. Appearing in London to address the Remakesploitation Film Club at the Cinema Museum, Glaser certainly relayed his “holy grail” discovery tale in which he met a retired projectionist in Turkey who had in his collection a 35mm print of the opus, known colloquially as TURKISH STAR WARS due in part to the producers’ inclusion of permanently borrowed effects footage and soundtrack scores from Hollywood blockbusters of the era. Glaser purchased the print, believing it the only one still in existence, and had it digitized to share anew.

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Calendar: May 11-17, 2018

May 12th, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

5/17: Ben Harl (producer, UNDERGROUND SOUND)


DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Wyndham Springfield City Centre Hotel, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission meeting, Grill Breakfast Room (5/17, 7 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LEAN ON PETE (5/11 on), BRAIN DAMAGE (5/11-5/12, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BREAKING IN, LIFE OF THE PARTY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BLACK PANTHER, BLOCKERS, I FEEL PRETTY, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRUTH OR DARE, TULLY, A WRINKLE IN TIME (5/11 on), DEADPOOL/DEADPOOL 2 double feature (5/17, 4 p.m.), DEADPOOL 2 (5/17 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
FIFTY SHADES FREED, FIRST WE TAKE BROOKLYN, BATMAN NINJA, PARADOX, WRAITH, COUNTY LINE, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (s1), more! (5/1 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BREAKING IN, LIFE OF THE PARTY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BAD SAMARITAN, I FEEL PRETTY, OVERBOARD, A QUIET PLACE, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRUTH OR DARE, TULLY, A WRINKLE IN TIME (5/11 on), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (5/13, 5/16), AMERICAN DREAM: DETROIT (5/15, 7 p.m.), National Theatre Live: Macbeth (5/17, 7 p.m., recorded), DEADPOOL/DEADPOOL 2 double feature (5/17, 4:30 p.m.), DEADPOOL 2 (5/17 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (5/12, 1 & 7 p.m.)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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