Calendar: August 10-16, 2018

August 11th, 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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CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoAugust 7, 2008: More than two years after launching Shatterglass Studios as a full-service media production company for commercial and industrial work, Brett Hays and Luke Boyce premiere their first narrative movie, PRELUDE, at the cozy Onarga Theater in the village of Onarga, IL. Filmed over two weekends in April at The Bread Company in Urbana and a farmhouse on the outskirts of Champaign, this drama depicts a fateful moment in time when the lives of down-on-his-luck writer Kyle (Micah Boyce) and a mysterious traveler named Casey (Vanessa Prokuski) intersect at a bohemian coffee shop; Big Questions are broached and a sense of the supernatural is invoked. C-U Blogfidential editor Jason Pankoke served as a set photographer during the shoot and receives an assistant producer credit. Written by Boyce from a story created by David Fendley, Michael McCray, and himself, PRELUDE is partly intended as a proof-of-concept for a feature screenplay titled CHADORA and serves as the first release from Shatterglass’ sister label, Essence Films. The latter would soon fold and essentially be revived several years later as Shatterglass Films. As reported on 8/6/08 at CUBlog.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: August 31 | Full Information

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Open casting call for film production DEATH ON THE STREETS* (8/11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Champaign Urbana Film Society presents the 6th annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala* (8/11, 2 & 6 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
BLACKkKLANSMAN (8/10 on), DO THE RIGHT THING (8/10-8/11, 8/16, 10 p.m.), YELLOW SUBMARINE (8/11, 11 a.m.; sing-a-long version, 8/12, 11 a.m.), Essential Cinema – “Unruly Women”: ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (8/13, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BLACKkKLANSMAN, DOG DAYS, THE MEG, SLENDER MAN, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, THE DARKEST MINDS, EIGHTH GRADE, THE EQUALIZER 2, INCREDIBLES 2, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME (8/10 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
LIFE OF THE PARTY, BREAKING IN, REVENGE, ON CHESIL BEACH, MARROWBONE, ALL SUMMERS END, THE KEEPING HOURS, more! (8/7 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BLACKkKLANSMAN, DOG DAYS, THE MEG, SLENDER MAN, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, THE DARKEST MINDS, DEATH OF A NATION, EIGHTH GRADE, THE EQUALIZER 2, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (8/10 on), THE KARATE KID (1984; 8/12, 8/15), Studio Ghibli Fest: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (8/12-8/13), Rachel Hollis presents “Made for More” (8/13, 7:30 p.m.), “Elvis ’68 Comeback Special” 50 Years (8/16, 7:30 p.m.)

@ See You CD & Vinyl, Urbana, IL
Midwest LaserDisc Swap Meet (8/11, 12-8 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
6th annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala* (8/11, 2 & 6 p.m.), SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (8/14, 8/16, 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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STREETS team filling roles at IMC

August 10th, 2018

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Given our sluggish week here at the Secret MICRO-FILM Mobile Headquarters – let’s go ahead and assign it the code name “MFHQ-M” from now on – we’ll be splitting a couple of stories in half and posting the timely details as soon as possible; be sure to watch for the follow-up articles that will provide more background and context to our exciting topics! That said, we’d like to share with the stage and screen actors in our milieu a charmingly lo-fi flier being circulated by one Bianca Caniglia, an assistant with the independent film production DEATH ON THE STREETS that will take to the streets of Champaign, Urbana, and the immediate cities beyond for location filming over two weeks beginning next Monday, August 13. A project by San Antonio, Texas, native Micah Magee (PETTING ZOO) and Denmark-born Johan Carlsen (HEADLOCK) for their Makrorama Productions banner, DEATH ON THE STREETS has supporting roles to be filled and the team will audition hopefuls tomorrow, Saturday, August 11, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Room 226 of the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana. We’re not sure if talent needs to reserve a block of time or can show up cold to the audition, so it might be safer to call the number on the flier (419-908-1430) as soon as you can to ensure a spot on their schedule. A separate casting notice made the rounds earlier this summer for lead roles, as shared on Facebook by Confidential agent Owen Anderson, which have since been filled by Zack Mulligan (MINDING THE GAP) and Katie Folger (ZERO CHARISMA) according to the News-Gazette. Their report cites a separate phone number, 217-377-0554, as well as an e-mail, casting [at] makrorama [dot] com, so pick one or more to hit up if interested. Good luck, dearest line readers!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Without a script in our mitts, we have no clue what the man-and-shark image above has to do with DEATH ON THE STREETS other than it illustrates this information page on the Web site of the annual Berlinae Talents summit, although we’re fitfully amused to run it today in lieu of anything promoting THE MEG or THE LAST SHARKNADO. You know that’s not the chum we typically chew.

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Indie Art Con is non-starter in C-U

August 5th, 2018

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There is not terribly much to say about our experience back on Saturday, July 14, when we tabled for the first time in several years during the 2018 Indie Art Convention & Film Festival at the Savoy Recreational Center in Savoy. Organized by local pop culture promoter Brian Ward in collaboration with Willy Adkins of Breaking Fate Entertainment in DeKalb, the show was one of several concepts the duo appeared to be testing in the Champaign-Urbana market to see if they could build a stable of events to be anchored by Ward’s own homegrown hit, the Dark History & Horror Convention.

A dozen or so vendors signed on to participate in the venue’s cozy activity room, allowing for a seating space to be partitioned in the back where a short film program would run all day, and patiently waited out the morning’s blustery downpours for the hoped-for attendees to arrive and browse in the afternoon. Traffic never materialized, though, as we wiled away eight hours with little to do and very few folks to engage with other than ourselves. At the least, your humble editor had lovely table neighbors from the C-U in painter Phil Strang at stage left and multimedia artist Drea Aarons across the aisle; DV Entertainment Pictures of Indianapolis displayed the token movie eye candy on the floor with their low-budget science fiction serial SUBMERGE. Apart from those pluses, hrumph. The obvious analogy is of the band gig without an audience. If you must go on, rock hard and then move along.

Without interpreting too much from spare details and presumptions, we honestly wonder if Ward did not have the gumption to push Indie Art adequately with dates for the much larger Dark History convention looming near. We also suspect that Adkins remained hands off given his recent decision to offload numerous Breaking Fate properties, including the Art in Equality event held in Savoy previously and the Prairie State Film Festival that has featured local productions, in order to somewhat simplify the company’s workload. (Personal and health concerns are apparently guiding his decisions as well, which Ye Ed and Confidential agent Cara Day learned when he and a lady friend stopped by our table.) A post-show Facebook announcement on July 17 revealed that Indie Art would be turned over to Breaking Fate and transformed into the “Films With Feelings Festival” that will presumably be held either in DeKalb or Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the entrepreneur’s home away from home. C-U Blogfidential appreciates their incentive in giving the Indie Art Convention a chance in our neck of the cornfields. It simply did not take root.

We wish Adkins and his cohorts the best in realigning their efforts and hope Ward finds continued success where his heart lies; it was revealed on July 26 via Facebook that Dark History would move from the rec center back to its previous home, the Garden Hotel (formerly the Wyndham Garden) in Urbana, on November 16-18. Until all that transpires, we have a New Art Film Festival to whip into shape for October 30. Don’t leave us hanging at the Art Theater like you did in Savoy, peoples. Deal?

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Ward belatedly announced the awards for the Indie Art film festival program on August 1. “Best Film” went to THE BOO with first, second, and third runners-up certificates being earned by SUBMERGE: ECHO 51, MISSING PEACE, and MIMESIS, respectively. We didn’t even know a written program of any sort existed until researching for this post.

p.s.2 It goes without saying that we had plenty of opportunity to snap pictures while on the scene. Enjoy.

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Calendar: August 3-9, 2018

August 3rd, 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!

8/6: Jason Cerezo (proprietor, ThirdSide)
8/6: Sam Ambler (producer, Ambler Video)
8/7: Rachel Rebecca Berry (director, STANDING ROCK 19,000, MASCOTS 0, Pens to Lens 2017)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (8/3 on), DAMSEL (8/3-8/4, 8/6, 8/9), GHOST STORIES (8/3-8/4, 8/8, 10 p.m.; 8/9, 9:45 p.m.), Smart Kids: New York International Children’s Film Festival’s “Kid Flicks Two” (8/4-8/5, 11:30 a.m., free), YELLOW SUBMARINE (8/7, 7:30 p.m.), Stories from the City, Stories from the State: MINDING THE GAP (8/8, 7:30 p.m., w/filmmaker)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, THE DARKEST MINDS, DEATH OF A NATION, EIGHTH GRADE, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THE EQUALIZER 2, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, INCREDIBLES 2, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (8/3 on), DOG DAYS (8/7 on), CRAZY RICH ASIANS (8/8, 8 p.m.), THE MEG (8/9 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
OVERBOARD, TULLY, DARK CRIMES, LOVE AFTER LOVE, HOUSE SHARK, COUNTERPART (s1), more! (7/31 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, THE DARKEST MINDS, DEATH OF A NATION, EIGHTH GRADE, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THE EQUALIZER 2, THE FIRST PURGE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, SKYSCRAPER, TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (8/3 on), THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (8/3, 10 a.m., free), SAILOR MOON SUPER S THE MOVIE (8/4, 8/6), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (8/5, 8/8), DCI 2018 “Big, Loud & Live 15” drum corps performance (8/9, 5:30 p.m., simulcast)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. I FEEL PRETTY, Anniversary Plaza (8/9, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
MINIONS (8/7, 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: July 27-Aug. 2, 2018

July 28th, 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!

7/29: Ed Cho (writer, Little Guardians)
8/1: Cara Maurizi (actress, ESSENCE)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Green screen workshop led by Ibrahim Ouedraogo (7/28, 2 p.m.)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoJuly 1998: Columbia College of Chicago student Melissa Schmitt and her crew spend three consecutive weekends at Ned Kelly’s Steakhouse on N. Cunningham Avenue in Urbana to film her thesis project, OPEN TO CLOSE, much of their efforts taking place after business hours in the dead of night. Schmitt, a transplant to the area whose father helps run the restaurant, cast local talent to act in her short, which explores the strained relationship between budding moviemaker Rosie Powe (Gemma Wall) and her manager father Rob (Mark Alan Hudson) as they muscle through a hectic evening shift together. MICRO-FILM editor Jason Pankoke serves as a production assistant and set photographer during the shoot, the first of its kind that he either witnesses or takes part in as a Champaign resident. While her 16mm print most likely hit the closet shelf for good after grading, Schmitt has since built a career in social issue reporting as a journalist and short-form content creator; she currently works as a senior producer for the Washington, D.C., based firm Long Story Short Media and lives in Maryland with her family.

95 Years AgoJuly 23, 1923: One of the earliest narrative films of scope made in Champaign County, THE CITY BEYOND, receives a world premiere at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL, where it is paired with the First National Pictures release of PENROD AND SAM. Based on an idea formulated by the owners of the Virginia and the News-Gazette, it is a relationship story spiced with aerial derring-do that is intended to “be a real picture of heart interest, produced by local stars with local settings” as proposed by the newspaper in their June 17 edition. Other articles have not been shy about admitting that its primary purpose is to creatively show off Champaign-Urbana in the best light. Prominent faces appearing on the silver screen at 203 W. Park Avenue include Ruth Honn and Frank Robeson, Jr., of Champaign as well as Elizabeth Boggs Bartling of Chicago, while such locations as West Side Park, the Champaign County Country Club, Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, and the Virginia itself can easily be identified in certain scenes. J. Law Siple, a Chicago entrepreneur and veteran producer of agricultural promotional reels, directed THE CITY BEYOND under the watchful eyes of News-Gazette advertising manager E.C. Bleau and photographer Howard F. Duncan; they began production little more than a month ago, believe it or not! The picture would attract hundreds of area residents between its first showing on Monday, July 23, and last on Wednesday, July 25, before the News-Gazette took possession of the print for storage. It is considered lost today. Siple continued to make similar community melodramas-for-hire, such as an alternate version of THE CITY BEYOND in Decatur later the same year and an Army-themed tale called THE SKY TRAILER that debuted in suburban Dolton, IL, in March 1924.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (7/27 on), WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (7/27, 11:30 a.m.), Smart Kids: AKEELAH AND THE BEE (7/28-7/29, 11:30 a.m., free), DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES: THE BIRTH OF THE BEATLES (7/31, 7:30 p.m.), Late Night Film Club: CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES (7/27-7/28, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THE EQUALIZER 2, THE FIRST PURGE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, SKYSCRAPER, UNCLE DREW, UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB (7/27 on), CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, THE DARKEST MINDS, DEATH OF A NATION (8/2 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
READY PLAYER ONE, LEAN ON PETE, THE FEMALE BRAIN, JOURNEY’S END, THE LEAGUE OF SUPERHEROES, KRYSTAL, THE CON IS ON, more! (7/24 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THE EQUALIZER 2, THE FIRST PURGE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, LEAVE NO TRACE, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, SKYSCRAPER, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (7/20 on), SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (7/27, 10 a.m., free), SAILOR MOON R/SAILOR MOON S double feature (7/28, 7/30), STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN director’s cut (7/29, 8/1), ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (7/29, 7/31), THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (7/30-8/1, 10 a.m., free), 8th annual Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies (8/1, 7 p.m.), Rachel Hollis presents “Made for More” (8/2, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. BREAKING IN, Anniversary Plaza (8/2, 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: July 20-26, 2018

July 20th, 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!

7/21: Shawnee Tefteller (owner, Shawnee Studios)
7/24: Colin Price (director/writer, WHAT’S IN THE CARDS)

 

GIVINGS | Contribute to the Greater Good

@ The Brass Rail, Champaign, IL
Fundraiser for healthcare costs of Mark Peaslee (WEREWOLF CEMETERY) (7/21, 5 p.m.) GoFundMe

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Regular: 8/31

@ 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

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (7/20 on), Smart Kids: LILA’S BOOK (7/21-7/22, 11:30 a.m., free), Member Screening: MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (7/24, 7:30 p.m.), WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (7/26, 11:30 a.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE EQUALIZER 2, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THE FIRST PURGE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, SKYSCRAPER, UNCLE DREW (7/20 on), MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (7/26 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
RAMPAGE, I FEEL PRETTY, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRUTH OR DARE, ISLE OF DOGS, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, DISOBEDIENCE, TRAFFIK, more! (7/17 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE EQUALIZER 2, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THE FIRST PURGE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, LEAVE NO TRACE, OCEAN’S 8, SKYSCRAPER, TAG, UNCLE DREW, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (7/20 on), THE BOSS BABY (7/20, 10 a.m., free), BATMAN (7/22, 7/25), Studio Ghibli Fest: PRINCESS MONONOKE (7/22-7/23), SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (7/23-7/25, 10 a.m., free), MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS (7/24, 7 p.m.), THE SANDLOT 25th Anniversary (7/24, 2 & 7 p.m.), Newsies: The Broadway Musical (7/26, 7 p.m., recorded)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. LIFE OF THE PARTY, Anniversary Plaza (7/26, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
THE LITTLE MERMAID (7/24, 7/26, 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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Ad booking begins for CUZine #10

July 20th, 2018

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Last week, we asked for your participation in our festival by the act of entering your films. This week, we ask for your participation in our print digest by the act of placing your advertising messages. The end goal between them differs because “the show must go on” no matter if you respond to our invitation or not, dearest reader-filmmakers, but we cannot hit the press without a definitive push from our community and clientele. We’re bouncing back from a highly disappointing response to our springtime pitches and trying again as of this past Tuesday, July 17, to drum up what we need to place C-U Confidential issue 10 in the hands of our friends and neighbors for free, so make note of our new booking deadline on Friday, August 10, if you are interested. At this point, there is no reason to keep from you the contents that we formerly teased as “a century-old movie house, an unheralded student film journal, a secret screening venue [and] a daredevil stunt team” when we can just say CUZine will take a look at the Avon Theater of Decatur, the MacGuffin cinema journal made by University of Illinois students in the past, the Hallways Microcinema concealed near downtown Champaign, and the vintage documentary about Danville’s former Death Riders Motorcycle Thrill Show. We have reasons to print and hope you find reasons to enable us.

Please access the revised rate sheet here and send messages to cuconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com if purchasing space, asking questions, or donating funds through PayPal. Thanks!

~ Jason Pankoke

Calendar: July 13-19, 2018

July 15th, 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!

7/15: Charlie Kessler (production assistant, ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES)
7/15: Jill Van Voorst (owner, LIX)
7/18: Brian Dolinar (author, The Black Cultural Front)

 

PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

6/19/17: Grant S. Staley, 48 (producer, AMERICAN VAMPIRE)

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

NEW! @ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Regular: 8/31

@ 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

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Online Resources,” Robeson Pavilion Room A (7/16, 7 p.m., free)

@ Wyndham Springfield City Centre Hotel, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission* meeting, “Cheryl Croasmun of ScreenwritingU,” Grill Breakfast Room (7/19, 7 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (7/13 on), Smart Kids: NEXT DOOR SPY (7/14-7/15, 11:30 a.m., free), Stories from the City, Stories from the State: ROGERS PARK (7/16, 7:30 p.m., w/filmmakers), SUSTAINABLE (7/17, 7 p.m., free), KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (7/13-7/14, 7/19, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, SKYSCRAPER, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THE FIRST PURGE, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, SANJU, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, UNCLE DREW (7/13 on), MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (7/19 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
A QUIET PLACE, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, THE LEISURE SEEKER, FINDING YOUR FEET, SWEET COUNTRY, FUTURE WORLD, 211, I AM ELIZABETH SMART, THE MAGICIANS (s3), more! (7/10 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, LEAVE NO TRACE, SKYSCRAPER, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, DEADPOOL 2, THE FIRST PURGE, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, OCEAN’S 8, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, TAG, UNCLE DREW, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (7/13 on), TOP GUN (7/15, 7/18), THE BOSS BABY (7/16-7/18, 10 a.m., free), The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot (7/18, 7 p.m., recorded)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
IMC Film Festival feat. African films by Idrissa Ouedraogo, Ibrahim Ouedraogo (7/14, 9 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. OVERBOARD, Anniversary Plaza (7/19, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Indie Art Convention & Film Festival feat. C-U Confidential* (7/14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: DESPICABLE ME 2 (7/13, 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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NAFF IX to haunt All Hallows’ Eve

July 13th, 2018

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Hardly the horror show one might imagine when one thinks “local film,” the annual New Art Film Festival proves without a doubt that storytelling with full-motion media is here to stay in the hands of the people! We always trust each and every person attending the NAFF at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign to open their minds and shelve Hollywood-shaped notions of what constitutes “good viewing” when seeing our movies projected large on the silver screen; this is not the average citizen’s movie diet and that’s the way us persnickety provocateurs at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters like it. Therefore, we are proud to announce the NAFF will return yet again to the Art for a ninth excursion into the self-made cinema that is indigenous to Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond, so we have to accumulate the best of your best to put together our next program! Please find below the official press release for our Call for Entries period, now in full swing as of this past Wednesday, July 11, and refer to the official NAFF Web site for our history to best understand whether it may be a good fit for your flicks. We have accelerated our deadlines this year: Call for Entries will close after Friday, August 31, schedule will be released by Monday, October 1, and the NAFF will welcome back its fans to 126 W. Church St. on Tuesday, October 30, for a jam-packed, prime-time event. Special thanks go out to our new Art contact for the NAFF, Jessie Seitz, for helping us square away the basics. Thrill us with your films, dearest C-U!

~ Jason Pankoke

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Art Film Festival solicits entries for 2018 showcase, debuts streaming channels

(Champaign, Illinois) July 9, 2018: In association with the Art Theater of Champaign, Illinois, the New Art Film Festival will once again curate narrative media created by area producers to be shown on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, in a free show for the general public. Their call for entries begins Wednesday, July 11, and ends after Friday, August 31. Creators from the greater downstate Illinois region and central Midwest may send in their works to be considered for this event, organized and emceed by Jason Pankoke of C-U Confidential.

Entrants should write the NAFF at NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com and include functional link(s) to on-line screener(s), password(s) to access the same, and the following: Year of Production, Running Time, Name of Director(s)/Producer(s)/Writer(s), Names of Primary Cast Members, Name of Production Company(ies), Plot Synopsis, Filmmaker Biography(ies), and Print Source (i.e., Contact Information we can share with the public).

Entries on non-returnable DVD or flash drive (not Blu-ray) may be delivered to The Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, 61820, attn.: New Art Film Festival 2018 c/o Jason Pankoke, with the above information included as hard copy or electronic document; sending an e-mail of the same information to the NAFF is also acceptable. There is no fee to enter films and run times should last no longer than 20 minutes. All narrative genres are welcome as well as formats including: short subjects, Webisodes, music videos, trailers, and excerpts from long-form pieces. Entries should be productions from within the last three years.

Final selections will be announced by Monday, October 1, 2018. Until then, filmmakers and others can find detailed information about the festival at NewArtFilmFestival.com such as rundowns of previous events. Brand new this year is a complementary pair of NAFF accounts on YouTube and Vimeo that showcase past selections to provide a first-hand feel for the milieu supported by the festival. The YouTube channel can be viewed here and the Vimeo collection can be enjoyed at Vimeo.com/NewArtFilmFestivalCU.

NAFF is presented by the Art Theater and C-U Confidential. Other sponsors will be announced prior to the event date.

 

CONTACT

Jason Pankoke
Program Director, New Art Film Festival
newartfilmfestivalcu [at] gmail [dot] com

Jessie Seitz
Special Events Coordinator, The Art Theater
jessie [at] thearttheater [dot] org

 

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Calendar: July 6-12, 2018

July 7th, 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!

7/7: Keenan Dailey (filmmaker, GREENE)
7/10: TJ Rappel (artist, Krushervision Art Industries)
7/11: Mark Colegrove (director/producer, DRIVEN TO SUCCEED)
7/12: Michael Wiese (publisher, Divine Arts)

 

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
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (7/6 on), Smart Kids: KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (7/7-7/8, 11:30 a.m., free), Essential Cinema – “Unruly Women”: BELLE DE JOUR (7/9, 7:30 p.m.), JAWS: THE REVENGE (7/6-7/7, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THE FIRST PURGE, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, OCEAN’S 8, SANJU, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, TAG, UNCLE DREW (7/6 on), HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, SKYSCRAPER (7/12 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BLOCKERS, BEIRUT, 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE, BORG VS. MCENROE, SUBMISSION, WHERE IS KYRA?, ANOTHER WOLFCOP, ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES, more! (7/3 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THE FIRST PURGE, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, DEADPOOL 2, HEREDITARY, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, OCEAN’S 8, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, TAG, UNCLE DREW (7/6 on), FERDINAND (7/6, 10 a.m.), HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978; 7/8, 7/11), CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS (7/9-7/11, 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Eugene Onegin (7/11, 7 p.m., recorded), 350 DAYS (7/12, 7 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. RAMPAGE, Anniversary Plaza (7/12, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: THE AFRICAN QUEEN (7/7, 1 & 7 p.m.), DESPICABLE ME (7/9-7/10, 6:30 p.m.), DESPICABLE ME 2 (7/11-7/12, 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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