Calendar: May 17-23, 2019

May 17th, 2019

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 Price (actress, MARSHMALLOWS)
5/19: Gerry Kissell (cohost, Pop Culture Minefield vidcast)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoMay 12, 1999: FPO

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Sound Gear Roundup” (5/21, 7 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY (5/17 on), Late Night: HAGAZUSSA (5/17-5/18, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
A DOG’S JOURNEY, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, THE HUSTLE, THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS (5/17 on), BOOKSMART Early Access Screening (5/17, 8 p.m.), BREAKTHROUGH (5/20, 5/22, 4:30 p.m.), ALADDIN (5/23 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
COLD PURSUIT, HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, APOLLO 11, TRIPLE THREAT, AMERICAN EXIT, NEVER GROW OLD, ASHES IN THE SNOW, BACKDRAFT 2, more! (5/14 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
A DOG’S JOURNEY, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, THE HUSTLE, THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS, TOLKIEN, UGLYDOLLS (5/17 on), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (5/19, 5/22), Studio Ghibli Fest: NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (5/20-5/21, 7 p.m.), THE COLD BLUE (5/23, 7 p.m.), ALADDIN (5/23 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. WONDER PARK, Anniversary Plaza (5/23, 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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One less haunt remains in the C-U

May 16th, 2019

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“Mildly resigned” is probably the best phrase to describe your humble editor’s reactions as he sees news items from afar about local businesses closing, opening, and changing hands. He knows this is standard phenomena in the life cycle of the ever-changing college town, but it can still feel like a gut punch when it comes to favorite places ceasing to be in the space of a blunt headline in a Web browser. Such is the case with current reports on the imminent shutdown of the Espresso Royale branch at 602 E. Daniel Street in Champaign after tomorrow, Friday, May 17, which he will not get to visit one last time.

Coffee, pastries, and companionship can still be had at the eight other ER locations in Champaign-Urbana and there is a potential for this one to reemerge in the mixed-use monolith rumored to be in the works for that corner of Daniel and Sixth. We will still be sad to see it, an agreeable non-major chain located in a unique two-level layout with a central stairwell, vanish from Campustown. ER was not Ye Ed’s first choice for spending down time with caffeine during his first years in town – The Daily Grind and Café Kopi filled the need – but he grew to enjoy its well-lit openness during slow weekends and the summer months. Now, it will join a laundry list of local establishments consigned to memory.

We don’t have to completely rely on our private and shared recollections, selfies, and ephemera to appreciate ER on Daniel and other nostalgic beats. Have you ever considered how the indigenous cinema “accidentally” records local history, culture, and architecture that can be plucked back out in the proper context years later? A recent marathon of work on C-U Confidential issue 10 by yours truly included the writing of a “Retro/Perspective” coda about what our film culture looked like in 2006, the year we founded C-U Blogfidential. It so happens that one of the old projects mentioned in the piece, which we also have been revisiting for another article to post here shortly, features an appearance by this ER.

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Calendar: May 10-16, 2019

May 11th, 2019

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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CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years Ago April 21-25, 1999: The famed Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and television personality, Roger Ebert, hosts the inaugural Overlooked Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL, sponsored by the College of Communications at the University of Illinois. Ten films selected by Ebert, a native of neighboring Urbana and UI graduate in journalism, are shown between Thursday, April 22, and Saturday, April 24, to respectably-sized crowds at the 1,400-seat Virginia, which will receive a portion of the “Ebertfest” proceeds for its renovation needs. “There are countless festivals devoted to the premieres of new films,” writes Ebert in a welcome address that appears in the program, “but none dedicated to taking a second look at wonderful films that for one reason or another haven’t yet found the audiences they deserve.” For instance, the first movie shown is DANCE ME TO MY SONG, a recent Australian production with no American distributor that is being lauded for the uplifting and complex role played by Heather Rose, who wrote the screenplay with director Rolf de Heer and does not shy away from working her real-life cerebral palsy into the unconventional love triangle at its heart. Other picks in succession are AUTUMN TALE, SURRENDER DOROTHY, HAMSUN, MOBOROSI, HOUSEHOLD SAINTS, SHILOH, and THIRTEEN, while two well-known pieces represent forms as well as function: Sergei Eisenstein’s landmark epic BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, a silent film and a progenitor of modern editing techniques, and Steven Lisberger’s science fantasy TRON, the de facto debut of extensive computer graphics in a Hollywood feature to be shown in the uncommon 70mm format, although it has been replaced by a crisp 35mm print at the last moment. Panels on campus, discussions after each screening, casual access to guests including Ebert himself, and private parties round out this novel experience for local residents and visiting film fans alike. “Eberfest” is directed by fellow UI alum Nate Kohn, produced by Nancy Casey, and dedicated to Ebert’s longtime friend and contemporary in the Chicago media, Gene Siskel, who passed away two months ago at age 53. The on-line movie critic James Berardinelli, another Ebert colleague and “Ebertfest” guest, predicts this show will go on for years to come.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
RAFIKI (5/10 on), MARY MAGDELENE (5/10-5/12, 5/14-5/16), KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE (5/11, 2:30 p.m., free), AN AMERICAN HOME w/filmmaker Thomas Desch (5/13, 7 p.m., free),

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE HUSTLE, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, SHAZAM!, UGLYDOLLS (5/10 on), A DOG’S JOURNEY, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM (5/16 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, WHAT MEN WANT, THE PRODIGY, EVERYBODY KNOWS, ROOM FOR RENT, VIKING BLOOD, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: DÉJÀ VU, IMPOSSIBLE MISSION, BETTER CALL SAUL (s4), MR. MERCEDES (s1), more! (5/7 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE CHAPERONE, THE HUSTLE, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS, TOLKIEN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, UGLYDOLLS (5/10 on), The Metropolitan Opera: Dialogues des Carmélites (5/11, 11 a.m., simulcast; 5/15, 6:30 p.m., recorded), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (5/12, 5/15), WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND: LOOKING BACK AT ‘STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE’ (5/13, 7 p.m.), SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL: THE MOVIE (5/16, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, Anniversary Plaza (5/16, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

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Casting underway for feature films

May 10th, 2019

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During the more productive years here in Champaign County, the arrival of summer means that teams of media-makers will be out in the field realizing their dreams. It may involve setting up a scene in a literal field such as, not surprisingly, one filled with miles’ worth of corn stalks that might be hiding nefarious truths. This is the general scenario of the upcoming horror-thriller CORN from Dreamscape Cinema of Champaign, who recently announced a casting and crew call to staff the shoot that will take place between July 25 and August 14 in central Illinois. The studio is needing 18-years-and-older actors for all roles, the breakdowns for which can be found at this brand-new Facebook page, while paid positions behind the scenes in the camera, lighting, wardrobe, art, and makeup effects departments are detailed in this notice at the Champaign Movie Makers group on Facebook. Interest and headshots should be directed to robin [at] dreamscape [dot] la about CORN, said to be “a scary take on isolation … similar to HOSTEL, HOUSE OF WAX, and CHILDREN OF THE CORN,” as well as their next project, a “holiday movie” set in Fargo, North Dakota, that will be cast in July and filmed at the end of 2019. Dreamscape head Robin Christian tells C-U Blogfidential that BELOW, the bull shark attack flick they made last summer, is approaching picture lock and will be pitched to distributors in the next few months.

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Also spinning those storytelling gears is John Isberg of Swede Films in Urbana – look for his educational Web series MAGNETIC FIELDS to be unveiled on-line shortly – as he prepares for his debut in the full-length narrative format. A post to the Champaign Casting Call group on Facebook describes his venture as “horror [in the] haunted house genre in the vein of POLTERGEIST, THE INNKEEPERS, [and] THE AMITYVILLE HORROR” that will be filmed from July 7 to 15 in our immediate area. Swede Films is looking primarily for preteen-to-teenage actors in the main roles and is aiming to cast all talent from central Illinois. Hopefuls should forward their headshots to john [at] swedefilms [dot] com as soon as possible so they may be in the running for auditions to be held soon at Shatterglass Studios in Champaign. A brief skim through the timelines of the groups linked above will reveal bonus opportunities from DeShawn Hill of HD Productions Media and numerous point people behind this year’s armada of Pens to Lens films. Get involved in our film scene, friends!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. For those with deep-cut knowledge of the CUBlog milieu, we want to clarify that CORN is completely separate from an earlier attempt to harvest horror from our crops. Dreamscape Cinema lent production gear and good cheer in August 2004 to the makers of a proof-of-concept alternately titled STALKED and STALKED IN THE CORN. The brainchild of Ryan E. Heppe, a voice actor and former executive at the David Foster Company whose credits include COLLATERAL DAMAGE and THE CORE, the short was photographed on his parents’ farmland in his hometown of Homer with the help of several moonlighting technicians from WILL-TV and myriad contributors from the Chicago area. STALKED never took root as a feature and evidence of this version is hard to come by, but your humble editor did escape the set with a handful of snaps that have never been seen before. The portrait below of Heppe’s scarecrow fiend is one of them. You will also find mention of STALKED in C-U Confidential #10 if you look closely!

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Calendar: May 3-9, 2019

May 4th, 2019

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!

5/4: Andrew J. Rausch (author, My Best Friend’s Birthday: The Making of a Quentin Tarantino Film)
5/5: Chris Lukeman (co-owner, C-U Adventures in Time & Space)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

25 Years AgoSunday, May 8, 1994: Feature drama WITH HONORS, partly filmed on University of Illinois campus, ends 2nd weekend of wide release through Warner Bros. as top-grossing movie in North America with $3.7 million. Fellow college-set comedy, PCU, takes 11th slot on box-office chart with just under $1 million gross, also in 2nd week wide through 20th Century Fox; co-producer is UIUC alum and American Film Institute faculty Barry Sabath. Box Office Mojo [R]

100 Years AgoMonday, April 28, 1919: A lighthearted moving picture called LOVE’S YOUNG DREAM premieres at the New Orpheum Theatre in downtown Champaign, IL, the result of a unique collaboration that has kept the Twin Cities buzzing. According to several reports published by the Daily Illini in the past month, promoter Joseph Maddern and Orpheum manager R.V. Mallory set the intrigue in motion when they announced a casting call for a film comedy – “You may become a famous star!” the advertising boasted – to be made primarily at the Orpheum itself with local talent. Maddern, a former Broadway actor and producer for the Keystone and Pathé film companies, took up residence aside the Orpheum’s regular program of vaudeville acts to present “Making Movies,” during which audiences had the opportunity to watch the creation of LOVE’S YOUNG DREAM. Tom Ward, the director of the project, led his crew to use the Orpheum’s traditional stage as if it were a movie stage in Hollywood, completing one or two scenes per “performance” for a full week beginning on Monday, April 14. Panoramic views of the auditorium filled with curiosity seekers were taken at each show and figure in the final reel, just like the images these impresarios captured two weeks ago at the University of Illinois with students busying themselves on the quadrangle and in Lincoln Hall. The completed version of LOVE’S YOUNG DREAM will play the Orpheum through Saturday, May 3, sharing the bill with comedians, singers, dramatists, xylophonists, a jazz quintet, and Wanda, “the seal with a human brain.” Ward and Maddern would keep their demonstration on the road for at least several years, appearing as late as December 1923 in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The former is forgotten today except for this line of hucksterism and brief appearances on the silent silver screen; the latter is noted as a contract director on the Mack Sennett/Keystone comedy short, TWENTY MINUTES OF LOVE, regarded by some scholars as the first film where upcoming star Charlie Chaplin exerted his creative influence over the final product.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
HIGH LIFE, AMAZING GRACE (5/3 on), John Singleton tribute: BOYZ N THE HOOD (5/5, 2 p.m.), Late Night: CHRISTINE (5/3-5/4, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, UGLYDOLLS, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, LITTLE, PENGUINS, SHAZAM!, US (5/3 on), Chonda Pierce: “Unashamed” (5/7, 5/9, 7 p.m.), THE HUSTLE (5/8 on), POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS (5/9 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
MISS BALA, SERENITY, ARCTIC, LEVEL 16, THE HOLE IN THE GROUND, more! (4/30 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, UGLYDOLLS, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, SHAZAM! (5/3 on), Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs boxing match (5/4, 8 p.m.), MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (5/5, 5/8), CODE GEASS: LELOUCH OF THE RE;SURRECTION (5/5, 10:55 a.m., subtitled; 5/7-5/8, 9:15 p.m., dubbed), Chonda Pierce: “Unashamed” (5/7, 5/9, 7 p.m.),

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Reel Deals: SPIRITED AWAY (5/7, 5/9, 7 p.m.), SEDER-MASOCHISM* screening and discussion with filmmaker Nina Paley (5/8, 7 p.m., free)

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: April 26-May 2, 2019

April 27th, 2019

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!

4/28: John Isberg (writer/director, MAGNETIC FIELDS)
4/29: Sophie McMahan (pop culture artist, Sophie McMahan)
4/30: Matt Shivers (voice actor, WHY COWS CAN’T HAVE BIRTHDAYS, Pens to Lens 2018)
4/30: Eric Sizemore (actor, ALPHAVILLE: BEER FOR THE VAMPIRE)
5/1: Jodi Hahn (makeup effects designer, WEREWOLF CEMETERY)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoMonday, April 5, 1999: An invitation-only audience fills the Avon Theater in downtown Decatur, Illinois, for its first movie presentation in several years, the biographical epic ELIZABETH starring Cate Blanchett, to complete a lively week of pomp and circumstance, as reported in the Herald & Review. Gregarious businessman Skip Huston, who has been involved recently in both the “Flashback” fundraising efforts at the nearby Lincoln Square Theatre and the popular “Haunted Decatur” seasonal tours, is working with partners to develop the refurbished space into a venue that can handle live events, such as the Christian and blues-rock music concerts that led up to tonight’s show, and screenings of repertory and art films. Among Huston’s staff is his wife Susan Blake, daughter Melissa Huston, and projectionist Chris Barnett, while his allies on the programming side include Troy Taylor, a writer and publisher of crime and paranormal histories, and Gary Strong, the local puppeteer whose self-made marionette “Spunky the Squirrel” is set to star in an Avon “kids club.” Upcoming weekend shows will feature the science-fiction classic FORBIDDEN PLANET and current movies making the rounds such as A SIMPLE PLAN, GODS AND MONSTERS, and WAKING NED DEVINE.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
5th annual Illinifest Student Film Festival*, Gregory Theater (4/27, 5-8:30 p.m., free)

@ Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission* meeting, “Creative organization w/Dark Soul Studios” (5/2, 7 p.m., free)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (4/29, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
AMAZING GRACE (4/26 on), Latin American Film Festival: BUY ME A GUN (4/27, 12:30 p.m.) and TODO EL ANO ES NAVIDAD (4/28, 7:30 p.m.), BREAD AND ROSES w/panel discussion (4/27, 3:30 p.m.), UNESCO International Jazz Day: “Women of Jazz: An Inside Look” (4/30, 5:30 p.m., free), Late Night: RUBBER (4/26-4/27, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, DUMBO, KALANK, LITTLE, PENGUINS, SHAZAM!, US (4/26 on), THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, UGLYDOLLS (5/2 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
ESCAPE ROOM, DESTROYER, PLEDGE, RUST CREEK, NO SURRENDER, SHAMELESS (s9), more! (4/23 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, DUMBO, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, PENGUINS, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, US (4/26 on), HELLBOY (4/26-4/27, midnight), WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (4/28, 5/1), KINGDOM MEN RISING (4/29, 7 p.m.), 42nd Street: The Musical (5/1, 7 p.m., recorded)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE LEGO MOVIE 2, Pine Lounge (4/26-4/27, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Rewind 92.5 Film Series: THE AVENGERS (4/28, 2 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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FIELDS gives STEM a sci-fi sheen

April 25th, 2019

“Magnetic Fields” web series trailer from Swede Films on Vimeo.

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Today, we resist the force that is C-U Confidential issue 10 for a few moments so that we can bring you a sneak peek from the upcoming Web series, MAGNETIC FIELDS, which seems to be wooing high school and college students with the wonders of scientific discovery. Neenah Williams, who played the troubled main character in the Pens to Lens 2018 entry STUCK, returns here as a teenager named Jana who needs to complete a class project while circumventing peer pressure, the success of her older sister Maria (Jessica Limardo) in physics studies, and the apparent vanishing of her father (Pete Barnett). It is clear from the compelling trailer that instructors will ignite her critical thinking while a nucleus of students are bound to complicate matters with their own decision making. All must learn something from the scenario, of course, because learning should be paramount in a project such as this. Asim Bakara, Dema Evans, Izzy Gonzales, and Sofie Skotenne costar as Jana’s classmates, Raffeal A. Sears appears as a contemporary to Maria, and Nathon Jones, Letisha Owens, and several other familiar faces from our film and theater subsets take on the supportive teacher roles. MAGNETIC FIELDS is written, directed, filmed, and edited by the ever-busy John Isberg of Swede Films and produced by Nadya Mason, a physics professor at the University of Illinois, with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation through the UI Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Hints on social media indicate the four episodes will go live in May. Watch for them and share with the young people around you!

Science is a primary thread in this series while technology plays a major part in the modern media-making process. Therefore, we want you to know about the following opportunities for folks of various ages to gain a little experience and insight in that arena! Illinifest, the annual UI student film festival, is coordinated by students taking the appropriate class through the Media and Cinema Studies department at the College of Media. They will showcase the best submissions from their UI peers on Saturday, April 27, 5-8:30 p.m., in the theater of Gregory Hall on campus; admission will be free and the full program can be viewed on the Illinifest Web site. Elsewhere, Smile Politely reported last week about the “College for Kids” summer courses at Parkland College that includes two sessions of “Lights! Camera! Action!,” during which Chris Foster teaches about television-style production, and one session of the self-explanatory “Make Your Own Movie,” instructed by Rusty Clevenger. All three sessions have openings and are geared for the 8-to-11-year-old age bracket. Finally, Isberg himself has been hosting a monthly workshop at Shatterglass Studios for an older crowd that will meet again next Wednesday, May 1, according to a post at the Champaign Casting Call group on Facebook. We don’t know if one has to reserve a space to be included or can just show up on the correct day and time, so be courteous and write him at john [at] swedefilms [dot] com for information. As evidenced by the consistent look and controlled tone of the MAGNETIC FIELDS preview, Isberg has plenty of good knowledge to impart.

~ Jason Pankoke

Calendar: April 19-25, 2019

April 20th, 2019

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!

4/21: William Kephart (actor, GREEN AND HORNY)
4/22: Chelsea Norton (co-host. “Surfabilly Freakout,” WEFT 90.1 FM)
4/24: Ron Bonk (producer, DEADLY PLAYTHINGS)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoFriday, April 17, 2009: Participating in the annual Boneyard Arts Festival for the first time, C-U Confidential sponsors an event at Caffe Paradiso on the University of Illinois campus to share films by area filmmakers. “Local Cinema @ Paradiso,” or the “C-U Confidential Local Movie Show,” compiles more than 20 trailers, shorts, and Webisodes that pique the interest of a steady crowd. Luke Boyce of Shatterglass Studios provides the sound and projection, the UI student creators of ONE FINE DAY and A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW make an appearance to discuss their projects with host Jason Pankoke, and composer Todd Mazierski’s cuts from the soundtrack of the documentary HOOPESTON set the mood during intermissions. Attendee Sanford Hess would soon convince Pankoke that a similar event of larger scope made perfect programming sense for a venue he was looking to purchase, the Art Theater in Champaign. One year later, the New Art Film Festival era began. As reported on 4/16/09 at CUBlog.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (4/22, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
APOLLO 11 (4/19 on), GIANT LITTLE ONES (4/19-4/20, 4/23, 4/25), Latin American Film Festival: RETALBO (4/20, 5 p.m.), BIRDS OF PASSAGE (4/21, 5 p.m.), and RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME (4/21, 7:30 p.m.), C-U Comedy presents Jake “The Snake” Roberts (4/22, 7:30 p.m.), Member Screening: SATAN & ADAM (4/24, 7:30 p.m.), Late Night: MAXIMUM OVERDIRVE (4/19-4/20, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BREAKTHROUGH, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, KALANK, PENGUINS, AFTER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, HELLBOY, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, US (4/19 on), AVENGERS: ENDGAME (4/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GLASS, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING, REPLICAS, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA (cs), PROJECT BLUE BOOK (s1), more! (4/16 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BREAKTHROUGH, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, PENGUINS, TEEN SPIRIT, AFTER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, HELLBOY, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, THE MUSTANG, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, UNPLANNED, US (4/19 on), THE WORLD WE MAKE (4/19-4/23), PETER RABBIT (4/19-4/21, 10 a.m.), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (4/21, 4/24), BRIGHT ONES (4/22, 6:30 p.m.), OKKO’S INN (4/22-4/23, 7 p.m.), RiffTrax Live! feat. OCTAMAN (4/24, 7:30 p.m.), AVENGERS: ENDGAME Opening Night Fan Event (4/25, 5 p.m.), AVENGERS: ENDGAME (4/25 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. WHAT MEN WANT, Pine Lounge (4/19-4/20, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

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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Patience trumps pile-up at MFHQ

April 17th, 2019

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Let’s review two of the prime directives here at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters. First, we’d rather take longer to do it right, and then, we always reappear after we disappear. Work factors, personal needs, and a C-U Confidential issue edging towards completion add up to a lack of blogging, but the floodgates will open soon enough to let content flow more freely than in the last few weeks. We promise it. You believe it. We appreciate you for sticking with us, dearest readers.

There have been fun asides, we’ll admit. Your humble editor was asked by interviewer Andrew J. Rausch to contribute a new essay to the follow-up book to Conversations on Quentin Tarantino that is titled My Best Friend’s Birthday: The Making of a Quentin Tarantino Film. Often excused from QT canon by scholars and fans, the ultra-low budget and unfinished comedy MY BEST FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY was made in the late Eighties by the future auteur and his collaborator at the time, Craig Hamann. The latter joins Rausch and several others in providing oral histories and juicy anecdotes about the project in this intriguing volume, while Mr. JaPan’s words will kick off the middle section about its production.

Ye Ed has also submitted a testimonial that will appear in a book called Red Light and Other Tales. It supports the Champaign screenwriter and B-movie reviewer Colin Gabriel Price who makes his debut as a published author with this release. Red Light is a collection of short stories on the dark and seamy side of recognizable genres like fantasy and Gothic horror, although “Red Light” itself is a slice of crime fiction about a sociopathic killer and his young female mark who only knows the dark side of good fortune. We’re elated to see Price persevere with his work after recent creative ups and downs in his world.

Stealing away from the keyboard for a bit with our friend, artist and CUZine #9 cover model Drea Aarons, we shared the Confidential love at this past weekend’s Small Press Fest at the Independent Media Center in Urbana. A solid turnout of professional imprints, ‘zine makers, alt-media collectives, and crafty types filled the Sun Room of the IMC’s main floor while we teased our next issue by giving out previous issues at a table just inside the Stage Room where speaking activities took place. CUZine sat alongside two other local mags that did not have representatives at the show: Activator, a music culture monthly from Springfield that now counts David Gracon of Hallways Microcinema as a contributor, and Comparisons, a science-as-art ‘zine created for the University of Illinois’ Institute for Genomic Biology by creative program manager Julia Pollack, once a member of Illini Film & Video while she was a UI undergraduate. Hopefully, this is a solid stepping stone for organizer Sarah Christensen and friends on which to build the event and complement other local efforts like the “Lit” arm of the Pygmalion Festival.

While both Red Light and My Best Friend’s Birthday should be available by this fall through Page Publishing and BearManor Media, respectively, you will be able to pour through C-U Confidential #10 much sooner! We can announce with certainty that the digest will go to press in the first half of May and appear at our favorite drop points du C-U soon afterwards. We’ll have the traditional cover reveal here on C-U Blogfidential and, for the first time, bonus articles that directly relate to what you’ll find inside the issue. Enjoy the spoils of our efforts while we return to our version of normal.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: April 12-18, 2019

April 12th, 2019

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!

4/16: Sarah Christensen (co-organizer, Small Press Fest!)
4/16: Joe Taylor (creator/puppeteer, PATTY AND PAZ)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Script Reads,” Room 222 (4/16, 7 p.m., free)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Small Press Fest! feat. C-U Confidential, Sun Room & Stage Room (4/13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (4/15, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE AFTERMATH (4/12 on), NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF WIND (4/17, 7:30 p.m.), Agnès Varda tribute: THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (4/18, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
AFTER, HELLBOY, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, THE MUSTANG, THE BEST OF ENEMIES, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, FIVE FEET APART, HOTEL MUMBAI, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, US (4/12 on), BREAKTHROUGH (4/17 on), THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (4/18 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
A DOG’S WAY HOME, ON THE BASIS OF SEX, WELCOME TO MARWEN, HOLMES & WATSON, WE DIE YOUNG, PATRICK, I AM RICHARD PRYOR, CARGA, RAY DONOVAN (s6), more! (4/9 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
AFTER, THE BEST OF ENEMIES, HELLBOY, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, THE MUSTANG, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, FIVE FEET APART, HOTEL MUMBAI, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, UNPLANNED, US (4/12 on), BUMBLEBEE (4/12-4/14, 10 a.m.), Sight & Sound Theatres presents Noah (4/13, 12:55 p.m., recorded), WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (4/14, 4/17), BREAKTHROUGH (4/17 on), THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS (4/18, 7 p.m.), RiffTrax Live! feat. OCTAMAN (4/18, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. HOLMES & WATSON, Pine Lounge (4/12-4/13, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Parkland College, Champaign, IL
FREE CECE screening and discussion, Room C-118 (4/12, 1 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
UIUC College of Media presents 21st annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (through 4/13)

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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