Calendar: December 6-12, 2019

December 6th, 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!

12/6: Andy Due (producer, THE ANDY DUE SHOW, Charleston, IL)
12/8: CJay Wallace (producer/writer, Red Lens Productions, Champaign, IL)
12/8: David B. Busboom (author, Nightbird, Champaign, IL)
12/10: Sidney Taiko (publisher, Storm Cellar, San Diego, CA)
12/11: Jackie Tice (executive producer, THE PAINTING HOUSE, Gibson City, IL)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (12/6, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (12/9, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
DARK WATERS, PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE, THE WHISTLEBLOWER, 21 BRIDGES, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, FORD V FERRARI, FROZEN II, HARRIET, KNIVES OUT, MIDWAY, PLAYING WITH FIRE, QUEEN & SLIM (12/6 on), THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (12/7, 4 & 7 p.m., 3-D), PROMARE (REDUX) (12/8, 12:55 p.m.; 12/10, 7 p.m.; subtitled), BLACK CHRISTMAS, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL (12/12 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: THE WAGES OF FEAR (12/6)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
READY OR NOT, THE GOLDFINCH, KILLERMAN, BOAR, PORTALS, 2ND CHANCE FOR CHRISTMAS, OUT OF LIBERTY, BUTTONS: A CHRISTMAS TALE, GAME OF THRONES (s8), CITY ON A HILL (s1), more! (12/3 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
DARK WATERS, HONEY BOY, PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE, WAVES, KNIVES OUT, QUEEN & SLIM, 21 BRIDGES, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, FORD V FERRARI, FROZEN II, THE GOOD LIAR, JOKER, LAST CHRISTMAS, MIDWAY, PARASITE, PLAYING WITH FIRE (12/6 on), WHITE CHRISTMAS (12/8, 12/11), INXS: LIVE BABY LIVE (12/9, 7 p.m.), LOVE AND MERCY: FAUSTINA (12/10, 7 p.m.), JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL (12/12 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. IT: CHAPTER TWO, Pine Lounge (12/6, 7 p.m.; 12/7, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card)

@ School of Information Sciences, UIUC, Champaign IL
ISchool Students of Color presents ILLEGAL ROSE screening and discussion, Room 126 (12/6, 6:30 p.m., free)

@ SoDo Theatre, Champaign, IL
Krampusnacht Freeky Film Festival* (12/7, 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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KNFFF to freak us good on Dec. 7

December 5th, 2019

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Just in time to warm the cockles of everyone’s hearts, the Krampusnacht Freaky Film Festival (KNFFF) will delight our inner misfits and counter the standard Xmas pageantry when it overtakes SoDo Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., Champaign, IL, for its debut on Saturday, December 7, starting at 7 p.m. A set of 24 shorts culled from more than 200 international entries sent to festival director Thomas Nicol will play the show, named after the annual event in European folklore when the devilish Krampus emerges late on December 5 to punish the naughty children who are not in line to receive good tidings the following morning from St. Nicholas. That said, the shorts to be projected on the screen with care at KNFFF are not necessarily yuletide horrors, as is apparent from the illustrated descriptions on their website, and three of them hail from C-U filmmakers Andrew Nygard, Clint Andrae, and Jeff Kacmarynski.

“I’d advise folks to plan on getting [to SoDo] a bit early,” suggests Nicol in a brief discussion with C-U Blogfidential. “This isn’t a red carpet event, but there will be some fun, thematically appropriate photo [opportunities] when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.” Given the best-known depiction of the Krampus in contemporary cultures – ironically, the throwback “Krampus run” staged in several countries where packs of creatures roam city streets that are lined with families – Nicol’s comments may or may not hint at its physical presence at the KNFFF. “While the event is deeply inspired by the spirit of Freeky Creek [Short Film Festival, a former local event involving costumed actors and puppets] it is going to be its own unique entity and have a distinct framing device for the films.” Are you grimacing with joy, kiddies?

Nicol, a software professional who has figured in a number of Champaign-Urbana film efforts including Pens to Lens and the SUPERZUZAA internet series, admits he is testing the frozen waters with KNFFF. “As a first-year fest, I’m not starting too ambitiously with the extra show elements. My goal for this inaugural event is to establish a solid foundation.” Although he is downplaying what may still look ambitious to attendees, Nicol typically has a good sense for how to achieve quality with modest means. “The foundation of a great film festival is made of two things: good movies and an engaged audience,” he states. “We have the first part; this collection of shorts is full of gems, most of which have never screened in Illinois before. The second part is up to the community. Let’s make this a night to remember!”

One way that audience members can fulfill the goal other than enjoying the “creepy, darkly funny, and macabre” offerings of KNFFF is to vote for awards while on the scene including “Naughty” and “Nice” nods as well as “Best of the Fest.” According to the website, several films have already been nominated for technical citations – “Best Direction,” “Best Acting,” and so on – with their winners to be announced alongside the rest at the show. Admission is $8 per ticket if purchased in advance through FilmFreeway or $10 at the SoDo door. We have confidence that Krampus and company will provide everyone a good time at the Krampusnacht Freaky Film Festival. We’re also interested to see how this one flourishes in parallel with the other regional genre festivals that have emerged to haunt the later months in our year.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. We now want a collectible t-shirt with a Krampus head exclaiming “Knfff!” in the spirit of the legendary horror host of Cleveland, Ghoulardi (Ernie Anderson).

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Calendar: Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2019

December 1st, 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!

12/3: Greg Woods (publisher, The Eclectic Screening Room, Toronto, Canada)
12/3: Bryan Wendorf (programmer/artistic director, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (12/6, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (12/2, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
KNIVES OUT, QUEEN & SLIM, 21 BRIDGES, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, DOCTOR SLEEP, FORD V FERRARI, FROZEN II, THE GOOD LIAR, HARRIET, JOKER, LAST CHRISTMAS, MIDWAY, PLAYING WITH FIRE (11/29 on), DARK WATERS, PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE (12/5 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: THE WAGES OF FEAR (12/6)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
ANGEL HAS FALLEN, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE, DON’T LET GO, OFFICIAL SECRETS, MARY, PRETENDERS, THE DRIVER, REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS, THE DWELLING, more! (11/26 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
KNIVES OUT, QUEEN & SLIM, 21 BRIDGES, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, FORD V FERRARI, FROZEN II, THE GOOD LIAR, JOJO RABBIT, JOKER, LAST CHRISTMAS, MIDWAY, PARASITE, PLAYING WITH FIRE (11/29 on), HOME ALONE (12/1, 12/4), LOVE AND MERCY: FAUSTINA (12/2, 7 p.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Philip Glass’ Akhnaten (12/4, 6:30 p.m., recorded),, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: CHAR’S COUNTERATTACK 40th Anniversary (12/5, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, Pine Lounge (11/29, 7 p.m.; 11/30, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Courtyard Café (12/5, 8:30 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
“Holiday in Whoville 2019” feat. HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (1966; 12/1, 1, 2, 3 & 4 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: November 22-28, 2019

November 23rd, 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!

11/24: Shauna Miller (actress, RESPIRE, Red Lens Productions, Champaign, IL)
11/28: Ryan Mitchelle (director, ANOTHER CINEMA SNOB MOVIE, Walkaway Productions, Springfield, IL)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoTuesday, June 30, 2009: Los Angeles-based distributor Indie-Pictures releases the Midwest horror drama THE GARBAGE MAN on DVD, rescuing it from the well of lost motion pictures that were produced in the wake of the American “independent boom” of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Originally filmed during the summer of 1993 in various local haunts and the dense student housing area to the west of the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana, this micro-budget endeavor relies on 16-millimeter grain, nonlinear cuts, tonal soundscapes, and the façade of everyday normality to describe the life of a trash collector by day and serial killer by night as played by James Meredith. Director Hart D. Fisher amassed the tools and skills to shape THE GARBAGE MAN into releasable form while he gravitated from self-publishing under his Boneyard Press imprint in Illinois to learning commercial video production in California, telling the horror culture website Bloody-Disgusting in 2014 that a sneak preview of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT reignited his fire to finish it. Indie-Pictures did not provide many favors to Fisher or THE GARBAGE MAN apart from producing the disc itself; never listing or promoting the product on its website, weblog, or YouTube account, the company apparently went defunct a short while after the street date. Fisher soon began offering it as video-on-demand through American Horrors, a boutique “extreme horror” brand developed with his wife Wakako Kawagoshi-Fisher and others that eventually spawned a free 24/7 streaming channel of movies, music videos, and original programs via Roku and an annual film festival in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. As reported on 11/21/07, 2/12/09 at CUBlog.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
21 BRIDGES, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, FROZEN II, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, DOCTOR SLEEP, FORD V FERRARI, MIDWAY, PLAYING WITH FIRE (11/22 on), THE GOOD LIAR, HARRIET, JOKER, LAST CHRISTMAS (11/22-11/26), KNIVES OUT preview (11/22-11/23, 7 p.m.), FRIENDS “Friendsgiving” (11/24, 7 p.m., 4 episodes; 11/25, 4 & 7 p.m., 4 additional episodes), KNIVES OUT (11/26 on), QUEEN & SLIM (11/27 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, OPHELIA, POLAROID, THE DIVINE FURY, AMERICAN DREAMER, INDIAN HORSE, THE HANDMAID’S TALE (s3), CATCH-22 (cs), more! (11/19 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
21 BRIDGES, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, FROZEN II, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, DOCTOR SLEEP, FORD V FERRARI, THE GOOD LIAR, HARRIET, JOJO RABBIT, JOKER, LAST CHRISTMAS, MIDWAY, PARASITE, PLAYING WITH FIRE, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE (11/22 on), KNIVES OUT preview (11/22-11/23, 7 p.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Philip Glass’ Akhnaten (11/23, 11:55 a.m., simulcast), HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR’S STONE (11/24, 11/27), FRIENDS “Friendsgiving” (11/24, 7 p.m., 4 episodes; 11/25, 4 & 7 p.m., 4 additional episodes), NEVER SURRENDER: A “GALAXY QUEST” DOCUMENTARY (11/26, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, Pine Lounge (11/22, 7 p.m.; 11/23, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Courtyard Café (11/28, 8:30 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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Alas, no NAFF 2019 show for you

November 22nd, 2019

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As some of you have seen, dearest readers, I posted on the New Art Film Festival website last week to express dismay at the closing of the Art Theater and declare that our tenth event would not happen in 2019. You probably also realized that I’m taking the diplomatic route in what I say about the awkward timing of the closure as well as other issues that are shading my passive-aggressive approach in dealing with the delay. I have ideas on how and when to resume the NAFF, but it is probably just as well that I let them simmer in the background for a bit as family responsibilities and life maintenance have come to the fore with the holidays approaching – jingle bells, ho ho ho, and all that Charlie Brown jazz.

Drumming up the motivation and gung-ho attitude to push it through will be a chore. What remains of the Art Film Foundation hierarchy has no say on the NAFF – a curious topic for future discussion, that – and the potential for continuation is solely in my court. I need to find an appropriate venue that can handle the presentation needs of a film screening and a sizeable-enough audience without compromising too much on the quality of the former and the comfort of the latter, in addition to scheduling it on the calendar when it won’t compete with or be directly trounced by similar offerings. This is radically different than organizing the NAFF where our process was down to a science and the roof over its head guaranteed. I’d essentially be starting over to salvage or continue what we already had in the works.

Of course, it would be somewhat easier to replenish the NAFF if I was presently living in the C-U like a full-time resident. I’ve honestly been a bit surprised that I could pull it off from a distance the last two years. Yet, except for the precious few folks who have voiced their support privately, a handful of venue managers that have expressed interest in discussion, and our trusted colleagues who’d pitch in again were the show to go on, I have to advocate for the NAFF in our Twin Cities because no one else will. This is how we can still achieve an appreciation for the media storytellers in our ranks and teach everyone else in Champaign-Urbana the worth of propping up the local film culture. And, that is why I will do what I can to breathe life back into the New Art Film Festival no matter how well it pans out.

Besides, if you were the purveyor and public face of an idiosyncratic cultural gathering on the doorstep of its 10th anniversary and personally witnessed its unwarranted decline from a bundle of rambunctious enthusiasm by all involved …

… to a whiff in the public consciousness of a community distracted by the bigger picture gone dark …

… wouldn’t you want to recover on a clear-headed high in the face of adversity? I’d think so.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. In the wake of the foundation’s announcement about the Art shutting down, well-reasoned critique appeared at Smile Politely and WILL Online in regards to its ramifications. Please read both.

p.s.2 Yes, we know the crop on the first Art photo is a goof. “All Nite” referenced the all-night marathon of Shocktober. As presented, the statement still held true for the NAFF that year as it ran all night in prime time on its show date.

p.s.3 When will we also resume C-U Blogfidential reporting that is not tethered to the NAFF? It begins again next week. Give thanks!

Calendar: November 15-21, 2019

November 16th, 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!

11/16: Scott Jenkins (owner/sculptor, Evil Jinx Studios, Chicago, IL)
11/19: Carolyn Baxley (owner, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoSunday, November 8, 1999: PBS affiliates premiere the hour-long television special TRANSISTORIZED!, which dramatizes the creation of the solid-state electrical component that would replace the vacuum tube and make possible much of the consumer technology we use to this day. Archive materials, reenactments, and narration by host and cowriter Ira Flatow (NEWTON’S APPLE) recall the many months of trial and error that physicists Walter Brattain, John Bardeen, and William Shockley went through that led up to December 23, 1947, the day Brattain invented a “triangle” of plastic, germanium, and gold foil based on Bardeen’s ideas that successfully amplified currents. Shockley, a supervisor for the project at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey who was not present during the discovery, improved on their design independently from the entire team in an effort to control how this potential breakthrough would be credited in the future. Bardeen left Bell Labs in 1951 thanks to Shockley’s micromanagement streak and joined the faculty of the physics and electrical engineering departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he taught until 1975 and continued to research and publish until his death in 1991. Despite a falling out between the three primary researchers as coworkers, they celebrated together in 1956 as laureates after accepting the Nobel Prize for physics in Stockholm, Sweden, in honor of their achievements with superconductivity. Colleagues from Illinois who appear in interview segments include the physicists Frederick Seitz and Nick Holonyak, Jr., and historians Charles C. Stewart and Lillian Hoddeson. Richard O’Rourke plays Bardeen in the flashback scenes of TRANSISTORIZED!, which was directed by Gary Glassman for KTCA-TV and ScienCentral, Inc., in association with Boston Science Communications.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Writing Tools,” Robeson Pavilion, Room A (11/19, 7 p.m., free)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (11/15, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (11/18, 7 p.m.)

@ The Urbana Free Library, Urbana, IL
“The Early C-U Television History” talk and book signing by Doug Quick (11/21, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
CHARLIE’S ANGELS, FORD V FERRARI, THE GOOD LIAR, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BETTER DAYS, DOCTOR SLEEP, HARRIET, JOJO RABBIT, JOKER, LAST CHRISTMAS, MIDWAY, PLAYING WITH FIRE, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE (11/15 on), 21 BRIDGES, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, FROZEN II (11/21 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: FLOATING WEEDS (11/15), THE WAGES OF FEAR (12/6)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GOOD BOYS, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, THE FAREWELL, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, BRIAN BANKS, AFTER THE WEDDING, SUPER SIZE ME 2, COBRA KAI (s2), STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (s2), GOOD OMENS (s1), more! (11/12 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
CHARLIE’S ANGELS, FORD V FERRARI, THE GOOD LIAR, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BETTER DAYS, DOCTOR SLEEP, HARRIET, JOJO RABBIT, JOKER, LAST CHRISTMAS, MIDWAY, PARASITE, PLAYING WITH FIRE, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (11/15 on), WESTERN STARS (daily, 12:45 p.m.), THE POLAR EXPRESS (11/17, 11/20), Studio Ghibli Fest: PRINCESS MONONOKE (11/17, 12:55 p.m., dubbed), National Theatre Live: Fleabag starring Phoebe Waller-Bridges (11/18, 7 p.m., simulcast), LIONEL RICHIE IN GLASTONBURY (11/19, 7 p.m.), A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, FROZEN II (11/21 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, Pine Lounge (11/15, 7 p.m.; 11/16, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. GROWN UPS, Courtyard Café (11/21, 8:30 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Champaign Unit 4 School District presents “Family Movie Night” feat. COCO (11/15, 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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Options bloom for UI film students

November 14th, 2019

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We’re following up our University of Illinois “students in film” article from a few weeks ago to update you on one item we already discussed and alert you to another opportunity that is now open statewide!

First is an information session and general workshop that will take place later today, Thursday, November 14, 4 p.m., in Room 1 of Lincoln Hall on the UI Main Quad. It is intended for students who might be interested in submitting work to the next Illinifest, which has been rechristened this year as the Golden Corn Student Film Festival, but need initial guidance in how to get started or join up with experienced classmates. (This is mildly confusing if you pay close attention to the rapid ebb and flow of UI film doings; Illini Film & Video and Photon Pictures sponsored a “Golden Corn Movie Festival” in 2018.) The host for the event is UI Media and Cinema Studies adjunct professor Jonathan Knipp, who currently teaches the MACS 464 film festival course for which Golden Corn serves as a final project in the spring. A flier distributed among faculty and staff – we thank Confidential agent EB for floating it our way – encourages non-MACS majors to attend this afternoon if they can; we’re certain an after-the-fact inquiry to Knipp via knipp [at] illinois [dot] edu would also be acceptable if you do not learn about the event in time. As with last year and unlike previous incarnations of this program, the call for entries will probably be open to the UI community only.

Elsewhere, the Illinois Film Office in conjunction with the Chicago International Film Festival, Full Spectrum Features, and the Illinois Department of Commerce has opened a brief window for students between 18 and 22 years old to submit work to their annual Shortcuts contest. Full instructions can be reviewed at FilmFreeway while the general deadline to enter is Tuesday, December 31, and extended deadline is Friday, January 31. The winning filmmaker(s) receive a cash prize and theatrical screening at the CineYouth Film Festival of Chicago in the spring of 2020. Good luck to all of you on both fronts!

The fliers for each can be clicked to enlarge for easy readability.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: November 8-14, 2019

November 9th, 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!

11/10: Andrew Nygard (director, NO PEACE FOR THE WICKED, Pens to Lens 2019)
11/10: Andrew Stengele (director, THE MULTIPLIER, Pens to Lens 2019)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (11/8, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Golden Corn Student Film Festival * information session and workshop, Room 1 (11/14, 4 p.m.)

@ Wohlers Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 70 (11/11, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BETTER DAYS, DOCTOR SLEEP, JOJO RABBIT, LAST CHRISTMAS, MIDWAY, MY DEAR LIAR, PLAYING WITH FIRE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BLACK AND BLUE, COUNTDOWN, HARRIET, JOKER, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (11/8 on), CHARLIE’S ANGELS, FORD V FERRARI (11/14 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: TOKYO STORY (11/8), FLOATING WEEDS (11/15)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
HOBBS & SHAW, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, THE KITCHEN, CORPORATE ANIMALS, UNDERCOVER BROTHER 2, BARE KNUCKLE BRAWLER, more! (11/5 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BETTER DAYS, DOCTOR SLEEP, JOJO RABBIT, LAST CHRISTMAS, MIDWAY, PARASITE, PLAYING WITH FIRE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, ARCTIC DOGS, COUNTDOWN, HARRIET, JOKER, THE LIGHTHOUSE, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (11/8 on), The Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly (11/9, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 11/13, 6:30 p.m., recorded), DIE HARD (11/10, 11/13), “John Fogerty: My 50 Year Trip” concert filmed at Red Rocks Amphitheater (11/11, 7 p.m.), KONOSUBA! LEGEND OF CRIMSON (11/12, 7 p.m.), THE TWILIGHT ZONE 60th Anniversary Celebration feat. six episodes (11/14, 7 p.m.), CHARLIE’S ANGELS, FORD V FERRARI (11/14 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE LION KING (2019), Pine Lounge (11/8, 7 p.m.; 11/9, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (1994), Courtyard Café (11/14, 8:30 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
ORDER OF MAGNITUDE* screening & discussion with media artist Ben Grosser, Associate Professor of New Media, School of Art + Design, UIUC (11/13, 5:30 p.m., free)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. DROKPA: NOMADS OF TIBET (11/14, 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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C-U cinema tumbles hard into fall

November 7th, 2019

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We hope you have enjoyed the sudden outburst of headline shares over at our Facebook account, dearest readers, because there is no way we could otherwise keep up with the news arising from the movies of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! Ach! Today, we’d like to narrow the focus and sort out a few notes about specialized movie exhibition in our immediate area.

In other corners than our own, the Dead in Decatur International Film Festival brought a menagerie of indie horror to downtown Decatur’s Madden Arts Center this past Friday and Saturday, November 12, while the next Route 66 Film Festival is ready to introduce a new program of wide-ranging cinema from around the world to the Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center of Springfield on an upcoming Friday and Saturday, November 2223. Looking to the near future, festival passes went on sale for Roger Ebert’s Film Festival last week Friday, November 1, at the box office of the Virginia Theatre in Champaign; a cool $150 gives bearers plenty of access during the 22nd iteration of “Ebertfest” that will take place April 15-18 at the Virginia. Also, the first-time Krampusnacht Freeky Film Festival will bear gifts of mayhem and mirth for the brave souls who attend their show on the evening of Saturday, December 7, at SoDo Theatre in downtown Champaign; expect a tactile screening environment that reaches well beyond the screen in the spirit of the former Freeky Creek Short Film Festival, per producer Thomas Nicol.

Thank goodness we have this and much more to look forward to in the coming months as we now address the cultural elephant (and caught-in-the-trap mouse) in the room. WCIA-TV of Champaign offered an update during yesterday’s newscast about the ongoing discontent over the sudden closure of the Art Theater last Thursday, October 31, which reveals little more than what we already know. Art building owner David Kraft has expressed that he wants possession of the space and all physical assets so he can attempt to attract a new tenant, while the Art Film Foundation refrains from commenting publicly or in detail. Practically lost in all this hubbub is the poor New Art Film Festival that your humble editor had been working on and should have hosted at the Art this Sunday, November 10. He received no advance notice from the Art board of directors about the aborted NAFF booking due to the closure and, frankly, has seen next to no outward support from the people of Champaign-Urbana about the 10th annual edition or its future. “That will be taken into account,” he says in between coffee sips.

We’ll provide you with advance notice on what will become of the NAFF before University of Illinois final exams and the holiday stretch manage to commandeer everyone’s attention span. Until then, Ye Ed may finally offer a few of his own thoughts on the current Art debacle right here if he feels up to it. He will be visiting the C-U tonight through Saturday to scout alternate locations for the NAFF and look after personal business while checking in on Ma JaPan from afar as she continues her physical rehabilitation. You might just run into him at tomorrow’s 7 p.m. screening of Yasujiro Ozu’s classic meditation on generational difference and aging, TOKYO STORY (1953), at Armory 101. Timely scheduling, this.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: November 1-7, 2019

November 2nd, 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!

11/2: Wes Melton (actor, STORY OF THE YEAR)
11/2: Sam Carmichael (senior coordinator for Paramount Pictures, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE)
11/5: John Jennings (illustrator, Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoFriday, September 18, 2009: Warner Bros. releases the corporate intrigue drama THE INFORMANT! in more than 2,500 theaters across the United States a year and a half after much of it was filmed in the Decatur, IL, area. Unfortunately, the studio has attempted to market the picture as a snappy comedy along the lines of director Steven Soderbergh and star Matt Damon’s OCEAN’S ELEVEN franchise, blowing out of proportion the sly touch applied to the stranger-than-fiction story of real-life whistleblower Mark Whitacre and his double-crossing of both the agricultural giant Archer Daniels Midland and the Central Intelligence Agency. THE INFORMANT! would finish in second place for the weekend, well below the animated hit CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, and concluded its run with a modest $33 million earned. As reported on 9/18/09, 9/26/09, 10/9/09 at CUBlog. Box Office Mojo

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (11/1, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (11/4, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Closed.

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ARCTIC DOGS, HARRIET, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, BLACK AND BLUE, COUNTDOWN, THE CURRENT WAR, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JOKER, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (11/1 on), THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (3-D; 11/7, 4 & 7 p.m.), DOCTOR SLEEP, MIDWAY, PLAYING WITH FIRE (11/7 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: TOKYO STORY (11/8)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
RED JOAN, LUCE, THEM THAT FOLLOW, SATANIC PANIC, OBSESSION, 10 MINUTES GONE, A CINDERELLA STORY: CHRISTMAS WISH, TONE-DEAF, more! (10/29 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ARCTIC DOGS, HARRIET, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BLACK AND BLUE, COUNTDOWN, THE CURRENT WAR, DOWNTON ABBEY, JOKER, THE LIGHTHOUSE, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (11/1 on), “DanTDM Presents ‘The Contest’” (11/2, 12:55 p.m., “interactive”), Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev boxing match (11/2, 8 p.m., simulcast), PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (11/3, 11/6), CHRISTMAS JARS (11/4, 7 p.m.), SLAYER: THE REPENTLESS KILLOGY concert film & video premiere (11/6, 7 p.m.), THE DIVINE PLAN (11/6, 7 p.m.), BETTER DAYS, DOCTOR SLEEP (11/7 on), LYNYRD SKYNYRD: LAST OF THE STREET SURVIVORS FAREWELL TOUR concert film (11/7, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, Pine Lounge (11/1, 7 p.m.; 11/2, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. BEETLEJUICE, Courtyard Café (11/7, 8:30 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL
The Unreliable Bestiary – “Tiger” performance (11/7, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (11/2, 1 & 7 p.m.), Rewind 92.5 Film Series: THIS IS SPINAL TAP (11/7, 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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