Calendar: September 13-19, 2019

September 14th, 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!

9/14: Kimberly Conner (writer-director, LIPSTICK)
9/14: Tim Cain (journalist, Decatur Herald & Review, Decatur, IL)
9/14: Jason Huls (producer, Ten Wing Media, Aurora, IL)
9/16: Jay Rosenstein (professor, Media and Cinema Studies, College of Media, UIUC, Urbana, IL)
9/16: Skye Lufsey (interactive producer, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO)
9/18: Aaron Kapper (poster designer, Pens to Lens)
9/19: Paul A. Brooks (producer, Into the Night Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA)
9/19: Eric Pankoke (webmaster, C-U Blogfidential)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Animation Fundamentals,” Room 222 (9/17, 7 p.m., free)

@Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Mattoon, IL
“Milkweed, Monarchs, & Movies!” feat. PLANET MILKWEED*, THE IMPERFECT CATERPILLAR* (9/14, 2 p.m., free)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 2022 (9/16, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
ONE CHILD NATION (9/13, 9/15-9/19), DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME (9/13, 9/15-9/17, 9/19), Secret Screening: LEMONADE (9/13, 9:30 p.m.), New York International Children’s Film Festival presents “Kid Flicks Two” (9/14-9/15), Elsinore in concert w/Crofton Coleman, Anika Emily and feat. five new music videos*, art installation (9/14, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. event), Member Screening: THE PUBLIC w/discussion (9/18, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE GOLDFINCH, HUSTLERS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991; rerelease), IT: CHAPTER TWO, more (9/13 on), TOKYO GHOUL S (9/16, 9/18, 7 p.m.), PROMARE (9/17, 9/19, 7 p.m.), RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (9/19 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (9/13, change to Armory 147), DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE (9/20)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, ALADDIN, THE DEAD DON’T DIE, CANAL STREET, DARLIN’, BEING FRANK, NEKROTRONIC, ARMSTRONG, I AM PATRICK SWAYZE, THIS IS US (s3), THE ALIENIST (s1), more! (9/10 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, THE GOLDFINCH, HUSTLERS, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, IT: CHAPTER TWO, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (9/13 on), WONDER PARK (9/16-9/18, 10 a.m.), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (9/15, 9/18), THE GAME CHANGERS (9/16, 7:30 p.m.), 3 FROM HELL (9/17, 7 p.m.), DOWNTON ABBEY (9/19 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, Pine Lounge (9/13, 7 p.m.; 9/14, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, Courtyard Café (9/19, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ Loomis Laboratory, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Saturday Physics for Everyone: “Creating Photoreal Digital Human Characters for Movies, Games, and Virtual Reality” lecture feat. Paul Debevec, Room 141 (9/14, 10:15 a.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Illinois Public Media presents ILLINOIS COUNTRY* local premiere w/filmmakers, performers (9/13, 7 p.m., free), Reel Deals: WOODSTOCK (9/14, 7 p.m.), Rewind 92.5 Film Series: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (9/15, 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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Calendar: September 6-12, 2019

September 7th, 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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LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (9/13, 4 p.m.)

@ Noyes Laboratory, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 165 (9/9, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
HONEYLAND (9/6-9/9, 9/11), FOR SAMA (9/6-9/10, 9/12), HOW TO DIE IN OREGON (9/10, 7 p.m., free), AMERICAN FACTORY (9/11, 7 p.m., free), TIANANMEN: THE PEOPLE VS. THE PARTY (9/12, 7 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
IT: CHAPTER TWO, THE LITTLE MERMAID (rerelease), NEZHA, MIDSOMMAR (extended cut re-release), SAAHO, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, OVERCOMER, READY OR NOT, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (9/6 on), DOWNTON ABBEY, HUSTLERS (9/12 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: IL SORPASSO (9/6), BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (9/13)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, MA, BOOKSMART, MARY MAGDALENE, TRUE DETECTIVE (s3), INTO THE ASHES, THE WIND, NIGHTMARE CINEMA, WYATT EARP SHOOTS FIRST, I GOT THE HOOK-UP 2, more! (9/3 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
IT: CHAPTER TWO, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, DON’T LET GO, THE FAREWELL, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, READY OR NOT, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (extended cut re-release) (9/6 on), THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART (9/6-9/8, 10 a.m.), “Plácido Domingo Gala” concert (9/7, 12:55 p.m., recorded), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (9/8, 9/11), “Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas” interview (9/10, 7 p.m., recorded), YOU ARE HERE: A COME FROM AWAY STORY (9/11, 7 p.m.), BLINK OF AN EYE (9/12, 7 p.m.), DOWNTON ABBEY, HUSTLERS (9/12 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, Pine Lounge (9/6, 7 p.m.; 9/7, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. JAWS, Courtyard Café (9/12, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. REMITTANCE (9/10, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: MONKEY BUSINESS (9/7, 1 & 7 p.m.), Reel Deals: FIELD OF DREAMS (9/10, 9/12, 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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Calendar: Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2019

August 31st, 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!

9/1: Matt Wiley (illustrator, Matt Wiley Art, Champaign-Urbana, IL)
9/2: Mark Williams (volunteer, The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL)
9/5: Ben Hoene (writer/producer, HAMARTIA)
9/5: Anthony Cabral (second assistant director, KILLING ELEANOR)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

95 Years AgoSaturday, August 16, 1924: Following its first eight years in business when it had been fraught with ownership changes, unfulfilled plans, and an influenza outbreak, the Avon Theater of Decatur reopens today under new management and with a brighter outlook. Assuming control over the Avon from the Balaban and Katz Theater Corporation, which decided to not invest further in the ornate Water Street movie house and temporarily closed in in June, are local businessmen Christian and Gust Constanopoulos and their cousin George Stevens of Chicago. The Constans had previously been managers of another Balaban and Katz property up the block from the Avon, the Empress Theatre, as well as several downtown confectionaries. They and brothers Angelo and Theodore would bring stability to the Avon, retiring the vaudeville offerings to concentrate on quality film presentation and modernizing the facilities, and successfully operate it for more than 40 years along with several other venues in central Illinois. Some believe Gust, the Constan most synonymous with the Avon during this time, appears in the upper balcony and hallways to this day even though he passed away in 1965.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (9/2, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LUCE, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM (8/30-9/3, 9/5), SALT OF THE EARTH (9/2, 5 p.m., free), Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2019 (9/4, 6:30 p.m.), Late Night: THE NIGHTINGALE (8/30, 8/31, 9/5, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
IT: CHAPTER ONE (re-release), MIDSOMMAR (extended cut re-release), SAAHO, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (extended cut re-release), 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, THE FAREWELL, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, OVERCOMER, READY OR NOT, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, TOY STORY 4, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE (8/23 on), IT: CHAPTER TWO, NEZHA (9/5 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (8/30), IL SORPASSO (9/6)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, ROCKETMAN, THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, CHARLIE SAYS, THE BRINK, KILLERS ANONYMOUS, BLACKBEAR, IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE, more! (8/27 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BENNETT’S WAR, DON’T LET GO, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (extended cut re-release), 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, THE FAREWELL, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, READY OR NOT, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, TOY STORY 4 (8/30 on), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (9/1, 9/4), IT: CHAPTER TWO (9/5 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, Pine Lounge (8/30, 7 p.m.; 8/31, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, Courtyard Café (9/5, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
6th annual Flatlands Dance Film Festival feat. LA CHANA w/live performance, Knight Auditorium (8/30, 7 p.m.), short films competition, Knight Auditorium (8/31, 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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Calendar: August 23-29, 2019

August 24th, 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!

8/23: Luke Boyce (producer/director, Shatterglass Studios, Champaign, IL)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE FAREWELL (8/23 on), MAIDEN (8/23-8/27, 8/29), Member Screening: A FAITHFUL MAN (8/28, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ANGEL HAS FALLEN, OVERCOMER, READY OR NOT, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE KITCHEN, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE (8/23 on), DreamWorks Animation marathon (all single shows): TROLLS (8/23, 8/25, 8/28), SHREK (8/23, 8/25, 8/27), KUNG FU PANDA (8/23, 8/25, 8/27), THE CROODS (8/24, 8/28), MADAGASCAR (8/24, 8/26, 8/29), HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (8/24, 8/26, 8/29)

@ Broadway Food Hall, Urbana, IL
“Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights” feat. KEDI (7/29, 5:30 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BRIGHTBURN, THE HUSTLE, A DOG’S JOURNEY, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, THE TOMORROW MAN, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, CHANGELAND, GIRLS OF THE SUN, THE COMMAND, THE WALKING DEAD (s9), AMERICAN GODS (s2), MAYANS MC (s1), more! (8/20 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ANGEL HAS FALLEN, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, READY OR NOT, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, THE FAREWELL, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, TOY STORY 4, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE (8/23 on), SOUTH PACIFIC (8/25, 8/28), Studio Ghibli Fest: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (8/25, 12:55 p.m., dubbed; 8/26, 7 p.m., subtitled)

@ Memorial Stadium, UIUC, Champaign, IL
Illini Union Board, etc., presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. AVENGERS: ENDGAME (8/24, 8 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: STAR WARS (8/24, 1 & 7 p.m.), Reel Deals: PINOCCHIO (1940; 8/27, 8/29, 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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Act fast and submit to tenth NAFF

August 22nd, 2019

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All around our world, the clock will be ticking a bit close to the bone as it’s finally time to plan for the next New Art Film Festival! We’ll crack open the submission window at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters tomorrow, Friday, August 23, through which you can flood us with your spectacular and engaging film creations for our consideration. Be sure to review the press release below for the basics of the entry process and pay mind to our deadline on Friday, October 11. We can’t move it back since the show date is barely a month later on Sunday, November 10, when the NAFF will commandeer the Art Theater in Champaign once again for the pleasure of treating our community to the best of our best. Plenty of past sensations can be relived at the official website if you need an implicit reminder of what the NAFF is and how it provides the C-U a unique experience. We also plan to spend the necessary time to update our YouTube account so you can watch a healthy selection of films from our 2018 program that, to be blunt, was missed by too many of you the first time around. Don’t make the same mistake again in 2019, friends! Start out the new NAFF season on the right foot and show us what your recent efforts have wrought, local citizen filmmakers! Good luck to you all and we’ll see everyone in November!

~ Jason Pankoke

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALL FFOR ENTRIES OPENS FOR 10TH ANNUAL NEW ART FILM FESTIVAL, SET TO SHOWCASE LOCAL CINEMA IN NOVEMBER

(Champaign, Illinois, USA) August 22, 2019: The creative storytelling media of area producers will provide the backbone for the 2019 New Art Film Festival, which will return to the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, for the tenth year running on Sunday, November 10, 2019. In anticipation of this milestone year, organizer Jason Pankoke is proud to announce the submission window for this edition will be open as of tomorrow, Friday, August 23.

Entrants may send their information to the NAFF via NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com and include 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 that can be shared with the public). The message should also include functional link(s) to on-line screener(s) and password(s) to access the same.

Non-returnable media screeners (not Blu-ray) may be dropped off at or sent to the Art Theater. All packages should be addressed to “New Art Film Festival 2019, c/o Jason Pankoke” with the submission information included as a hard copy or electronic document; sending an e-mail of the same information is also acceptable. There is no fee to enter, all narrative genres are welcome, and filmmakers should deliver their materials for consideration by Friday, October 11. Entries should have been completed within the past three years and created primarily in the state of Illinois.

Final selections and an event schedule will be announced around Friday, October 25. More information on the NAFF and its history can be found at the official website. Pankoke, who has been with the NAFF since its debut in April 2010, will return to emcee the show and intends to bring along guests, souvenirs, and more to mark the occasion.

The 2019 New Art Film Festival is sponsored by C-U Confidential and presented by the Art Theater, a program of the Art Film Foundation. Other sponsors will be announced prior to the event date.

 

CONTACT

Jason Pankoke
Program Director, New Art Film Festival
NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com
217-418-5685

 

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Youth expressed positively in films

August 19th, 2019

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We don’t need to convince you that many of our filmmakers share a sense of wonder with the young people living and learning in our communities. In fact, it’s a very nice time to be a child or teenager in Champaign-Urbana with a love for visual storytelling! Let’s bounce around to see why that is…

The most public manifestation of this connection, the Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala, just returned to the Virginia Theatre for its seventh edition a week ago Saturday, August 10. Adult volunteers produced a brand new set of short subjects that were written by school-age scribes and unveiled on the big screen after a red carpet experience. This serves a twin purpose by showing the writers what good their words can lead to as well as encouraging them to pursue the media arts as an activity if not also a career. You can now see the pieces for yourselves on the YouTube channel of the Champaign-Urbana Film Society; they should also appear soon on the program’s website along with poster art created by members of the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization (CUDO). Also co-sponsored by Champaign Movie Makers, it’s a popular attraction that functions more as a family affair with each passing year.

While Pens to Lens places the kids’ involvement primarily at the beginning of the process, when teachers and parents use P2L-drafted materials to guide their students in fashioning stories that follow the proper screenplay form, other avenues are designed to highlight the many roles of production. We reported in April that Parkland College had been offering “summer camp” style instruction in both narrative (film) and serial (television) storytelling for students in grade school. Last month, the Class Act performing arts studio housed at SoDo Theatre in downtown Champaign offered a “Create-a-Film” camp for middle and high school children to be taught by Pens to Lens alumna Rachel Rebecca Berry. Youth enrolled in the “Filmmaking Studio and Workshop” curriculum through 4-H were eligible to enter their work in a “Young Filmmakers Competition,” sponsored by the 4-H Extension at the University of Illinois and the Central Illinois Film Commission with awards to be presented at the current Illinois State Fair. There are most likely classes of a similar nature out there somewhere; one would do well to skim the course catalogs of nearby community centers, park districts, arts organizations, and the like for options.

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Calendar: August 16-22, 2019

August 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!

8/15: Chuck Koplinski (cohost, “‘Reel Talk’ with Chuck and Pam”)
8/18: Jeff Brandt (owner, Exile on Main Street, Champaign, IL)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

15 Years AgoAugust 2004: Corn crops of the American prairie become murder row in STALKED, a proof-of concept short that is being filmed in the outskirts of tiny Homer, IL. Producers Nick Bird and Amy Heppe are helping to utilize the extensive farmlands around the childhood home of writer/director Ryan E. Heppe to stage a scene wherein Eighties teenagers Glen (Brian M. Jones) and Lucy (Tatiana Javorsky) have a late-night tryst that is cut short by a living scarecrow (Lucas Heppe). Moonlighting technicians from WILL-TV, where Heppe worked briefly before moving to California, make up the crew along with craftspeople from the Chicago area. After a handful of festival appearances, STALKED vanished and a feature film version never materialized for Heppe’s company Knighttime Pictures. Archive.org

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Pens to Lens Debrief,” Room 222 (8/20, 7 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE FAREWELL (8/16 on), Late Night: PET SEMATARY (1989; 8/16-8/17, 8/22, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, GOOD BOYS, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BRIAN BANKS, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, HOBBS & SHAW, THE KITCHEN, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, (8/16 on), READY OR NOT (8/20 on), KINGDOM (8/20-8/22, 7 p.m.), ANGEL HAS FALLEN, OVERCOMER (8/22 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
AVENGERS: ENDGAME, UNPLANNED, ALL IS TRUE, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN, SHADOW, TRIAL BY FIRE, FINDING STEVE McQUEEN, VAULT, DESCENDANTS 3, HOMELAND (s7), MR. MERCEDES (s2), THE SPANISH PRINCESS (s1), more! (8/13 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, GOOD BOYS, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BRIAN BANKS, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, THE FAREWELL, HOBBS & SHAW, THE KITCHEN, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, TOY STORY 4 (8/16 on), APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT (8/18, 2 p.m., IMAX), THE BIG LEBOWSKI (8/18, 8/21), MILLENNIUM ACTRESS (8/19, 7 p.m., dubbed), RiffTrax Live! feat. THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (8/20, 7:30 p.m., simulcast), OVERCOMER (8/22 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Reel Deals: ROBIN HOOD (1973; 8/20, 8/22, 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: August 9-15, 2019

August 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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PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

5/11: Elijah Booker, 14 (screenwriter, WORK HARD, PLAY HARD, Pens to Lens 2019)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoFriday, August 6, 1999: Micro-Scope #1, our first original print publication after MICRO-FILM: The Warning Shot, is placed in Champaign-Urbana businesses for free not unlike our current C-U Confidential digest. Each two-sided newsletter featured as many locally-oriented news items as we could cram onto that color paper stock in our pre-Internet era! [R]

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Champaign-Urbana Film Society, Champaign Moviemakers, and CUDO present the 7th annual Pens to Lens Screenplay Competition + Gala* (8/10, 2 p.m. doors and red carpet, 3 p.m. films)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
ECHO IN THE CANYON (8/9 on), SWORD OF TRUST (8/9-8/10, 8/12, 8/14-8/15), PAVAROTTI (8/11, 8/13), Late Night: THE DEAD DON’T DIE (8/9-8/11, 8/15)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BRIAN BANKS, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, THE KITCHEN, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, TOY STORY 4, YESTERDAY (8/9 on), BLINDED BY THE LIGHT “Springsteen Fan Event” (8/12, 7 p.m.), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (8/13 on), WOODSTOCK 50th Anniversary Director’s Cut (8/15, 7 p.m.), GOOD BOYS, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE (8/15 on)

@ Boneyard Creek Crossing (corner of Race & Griggs), Urbana, IL
“Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights” feat. LOVING VINCENT (8/14, 8 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, POMS, AMAZING GRACE, TOLKIEN, DONNYBROOK, THE OUTSIDER, DEEP MURDER, KNIGHTFALL (s2), more! (8/6 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BRIAN BANKS, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, THE FAREWELL, THE KITCHEN, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, TOY STORY 4 (8/9 on), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (8/11, 8/14), MILLENNIUM ACTRESS (8/13, 7 p.m., subtitled), RiffTrax Live! feat. THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (8/15, 7 p.m., simulcast)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, Anniversary Plaza (8/15, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ Sholem Aquatic Center, Champaign IL
“Movie Night at the Pool” feat. LILO & STITCH (8/9, 8 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Pens to Lens Screenplay Competition + Gala* (8/10, 3 p.m.), Reel Deals: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951; 8/13, 8/15, 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: August 2-8, 2019

August 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!

8/2: Jeff Kacmarynski (producer, Refractive Error Media, Champaign, IL)
8/2: Satina Braswell (co-owner, Hybrid Performance Arts, Urbana, IL)
8/6: Jason Cerezo (co-owner, ThirdSide, Champaign, IL)
8/6: Sam Ambler (producer, Ambler Video, Champaign, IL)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Mendota with Love

For the third year in a row, your humble editor will not be actively residing at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters in Champaign’s original neighborhood as the University of Illinois springs back to life. He will instead witness an absolute lack of a rush in his current living quarters on the edge of an American small town in the northern reaches of the state. Unlike those discernible beats of the academic calendar that dictate the ebb and flow in Champaign-Urbana with little pause between August and May, the summer wind-down to be had 150 miles away consists of a harvest festival, a county fair, a return to the classroom for children, and the beginning of fall. Only the latter will directly impact the end of his street, which bends ‘round the lot and passes a few outlying businesses and storage facilities before it loses itself in farm country. This calming atmosphere is in contrast with the urgency felt inside; lingering family matters, brewing financial concerns, and flighty Opteryx acumen are things that Ye Ed yearns to resolve. Wish him luck in determining what needs to be done and acting upon it as our dearest readers stay the courses of their cool, crazy, and beautiful worlds. We will get back together soon.

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

35 Years AgoFriday, August 3, 1984: The colorful comedy-drama GRANDVIEW, U.S.A., set in a fantasy composite of an American small town but filmed last year in the real-life small town of Pontiac, IL, opens on more than 1,000 screens in North America through Warner Bros. It and the two other wide-release pictures new to theaters, JOY OF SEX and THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT, would be clumped together in the eighth, ninth, and tenth spots on the box office charts come Monday, August 6, proving to be no match as alternatives to the season’s heavyweights like GHOSTBUSTERS, GREMLINS, and PURPLE RAIN. Not really fitting into the mold of the decade’s teen comedies and failing to capitalize on the success of FOOTLOOSE in the spring or director Randal Kleiser’s previous smash hit, GREASE, GRANDVIEW, U.S.A. collapsed into obscurity with less than $5 million in earnings. Box Office Mojo

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
OPHELIA (8/2-8/5, 8/7-8/8), PAVAROTTI (8/2-8/4, 8/6, 8/8), AMERICAN WOMAN (8/2-8/6), Smart Kids: LIYANNA (8/3-8/4, 11:30 a.m.), Member Screening: SWORD OF TRUST (8/7, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
HOBBS & SHAW, ALADDIN, CRAWL, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, STUBER, TOY STORY 4, YESTERDAY (8/2 on), THE ANGRY BIRDS 2 “Early Bird Showing” (8/3, 3 p.m.), IT (8/3, 7 & 10 p.m.; 8/5-8/6, 7 p.m.), THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (8/8 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
LONG SHOT, THE INTRUDER, UGLYDOLLS, BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK, DOMINO, ULYSSES: A DARK ODYSSEY, EL CHICANO, HOLY LANDS, THE LAST WHISTLE, ASSIMILATE, more! (7/30 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
HOBBS & SHAW, CRAWL, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, STUBER, TOY STORY 4, YESTERDAY (8/2 on), A DOG’S WAY HOME (8/2, 10 a.m.), TOP GUN (8/4, 8/7), I LOVE LUCY “A Colorized Celebration” (8/6, 7 p.m.), DOCTOR WHO “The End of Time” 10th Anniversary (8/7, 7 p.m.)

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

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Rewind 92.5 Film Series: MEATBALLS (8/8, 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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Concrete steps beget CUZine #10

July 31st, 2019

With the sting of reality wearing off, she moves back into the night while dressed the part so she can hide in plain sight as a liaison nears. The scenario is initially lost on a dapper duo who happen upon the scene of silent urgency. Is it loneliness, solitude, reflection, or yet another crime developing in the wings?

Pregnant pauses give way to delicious details and arresting actions in the 10th edition of C-U Confidential, which has been appearing at familiar drop points as of Thursday, July 18. Be adventurous in seeking out your local film coverage in print or frequent our Facebook to pinpoint their whereabouts in record time!

It could be a red herring that brings our forlorn informant Drea Abbas to this particular corner in this particular place, but it provides the first crumb of a brand new trail for young reporters Keenan Dailey and Katherine Bokenkamp to pick up on. You are more than welcome to also follow along as the saga of the movies of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond continues in CUZine! Punk culture aficionado and university professor David Gracon lends his radical voice to a discussion of Hallways Microcinema, an events venue of his own creation that drew together a necessary community through needful arts in his former Champaign home. Across the classroom, undergraduate James Hall teaches us through his examination of the MacGuffin journal from the 1970s that film analysis does not have to be a lost art on the University of Illinois campus or anywhere else. Well beyond the walls of academia, Ye Ed marvels at the downtown Decatur mainstay that is the Avon Theater and coaxes its resident head honcho Skip Huston to share a few views on its relevance. Mr. JaPan also takes an opportunity to wax about the tracks once blazed by the Death Riders Motorcycle Thrill Show, while both he and Troy Michael admit that the times are a-changing. Many more tidbits fill the nooks and crannies of issue 10!

We will have plenty to say about what lies ahead for CUZine in the future as we’re still gnawing over the laborious and miraculous manner in which we arrived at publishing this issue. Until then, we must give credit where it is due! Tip your fedora to the likes of Bachelor Pad Magazine, Champaign Movie Makers, Cinema Gallery, C-U Theater History, Damian Duffy After Dark, Dreamscape Studio, Happy Cloud Media, Itty Bitty Bike Shop, Krampusnacht Freeky Film Festival, Parasol Records, Premier Print Group, Re-nourish, RiellyBoy Productions, Skullface Astronaut, and Underground Film Journal for representing their wares and services in our pages as well as the more than 30 individuals who offered their valuable dollars to our GoFundMe drive. Without that combined support, we’d be sitting here twiddling our thumbs in utter dismay instead of flipping through freshly-inked digests with a sigh of relief. We must be doing something worthwhile in the long run to earn their trust even if we’re forever fumbling through the process, and also hope you appreciate the fruits of everyone’s contributions this round. Even though our attentions will now turn to another “10” in the form of the New Art Film Festival, we’re not allowing C-U Confidential to lay low this time. There are findings to proclaim, adjustments to make, and calls for your words to be announced!

~ Jason Pankoke