Calendar: October 13-19, 2017

October 14th, 2017

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!

10/15: Kassandra Ighreen (talent, Kathy Jean – Model Actress)
10/18: David Domal (actor, MONSTER)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
C-U Confidential presents the 8th annual New Art Film Festival* (10/29, 6-11:20 p.m., free) Information

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Pizza Protagonist Productions,” Room C (10/17, 7 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
VICTORIA & ABDUL (10/13 on), DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME (10/17, 7:30 p.m., member screening), Shocktober 2017: “All-Nite Horror Marathon” feat. FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER, HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH, THE LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET, EATEN ALIVE, NIGHTMARE SISTERS (10/13, 10 p.m.), TALES FROM THE HOOD (10/17, 7:30 p.m.), ERNEST SCARED STUPID (10/18, 10 p.m., free), and HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (10/19, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BRAVE (re-release), THE FOREIGNER, HAPPY DEATH DAY, PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN, AMERICAN MADE, BATTLE OF THE SEXES, BLADE RUNNER 2049, FLATLINERS, IT, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, THE STRAY (10/13 on), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (10/13-10/14, 10 p.m.), BOO 2! A MAEDA HALLOWEEN (10/19 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE BEGUILED, THE HOUSE, WISH UPON, FALLEN, MAUDIE, OPEN WATER 3: CAGE DIVE, ARMED RESPONSE, DEMONIC, more! (10/10 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE FOREIGNER, HAPPY DEATH DAY, PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN, VICTORIA & ABDUL, AMERICAN MADE, BATTLE OF THE SEXES, BLADE RUNNER 2049, FLATLINERS, IT, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, NEVER SAY DIE, ONLY THE BRAVE preview (10/14, 7 p.m.), CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS (10/13-10/15, 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Die Zauberflote (10/14, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 10/18, 1 & 6:30 p.m., recorded), CLUE (10/15, 10/18), SAMURAI JACK “Premiere Movie Event” (10/16, 7 p.m.), BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY (10/17, 7 p.m.), SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME (10/19 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, Pine Lounge (10/13-10/14, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 1022 (10/16, 7 p.m.)

@ Parasol Label Group, Urbana, IL
That’s Rentertainment pop-up shop in the “Rec Room” (10/11 on; M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984; 10/17, 10/19, 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: October 6-12, 2017

October 7th, 2017

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!

10/12: Chris Folkens (filmmaker, YOU CAN’T HEAR ME)
10/12: Debra Domal (co-founder, Glass House Studios)
10/12: Phil Hall (columnist, “The Bootleg Files,” Cinema-Crazed.com)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Call for Entries for the 13th annual Embarrass Valley Film Festival* (9/4-10/9) Information


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
VICTORIA & ABDUL (10/6 on), DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES: THE WHITE ALBUM (10/7-10/8, 12 p.m.), HAPPY DEATH DAY advance screening (10/11, 8 p.m., free), Shocktober 2017: ERASERHEAD (10/6-10/7, 10/12, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BATTLE OF THE SEXES, BLADE RUNNER 2049, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (re-release), THE STRAY, AMERICAN MADE, FLATLINERS, IT, JUDWAA 2, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, A QUESTION OF FAITH (10/6 on), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (10/6-10/7, 10 p.m.), STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON (10/10, 7 p.m.)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, A GHOST STORY, THE BOOK OF HENRY, THE SURVIVALIST, CULT OF CHUCKY, THE LAYOVER, SHARKNADO 5, REALIVE, AMERICAN HORROR STORY (s6), HOUSE OF CARDS (s5), VIKINGS (s4 v2), more! (10/3 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BATTLE OF THE SEXES, BLADE RUNNER 2049, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, AMERICAN ASSASSIN, AMERICAN MADE, FLATLINERS, HOME AGAIN, IT, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, MOTHER!, NEVER SAY DIE, A QUESTION OF FAITH (10/6 on), SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (10/6-10/8, 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Norma (10/7, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 10/11, 1 & 6:30 p.m., recorded), THE FIFTH ELEMENT (10/8, 10/11), NO GAME NO LIFE ZERO (10/8, 12:55 p.m., English dub), TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’ (10/10, 7 p.m.), STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON (10/10, 7 p.m.), 6 BELOW: MIRACLE ON THE MOUNTAIN (10/12, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. GIRLS TRIP, Pine Lounge (10/6-10/7, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 1022 (10/9, 7 p.m.)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. THE APOLOGY (10/1, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Rewind 92.5 Film Series: HOCUS POCUS (10/7, 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: Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2017

September 30th, 2017

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!

10/1: Jason Croft (publisher, Bachelor Pad Magazine)
10/4: Cody Prough (filmmaker, Red Lens Productions)
10/4: Jason Christ (actor, TENNESSEE GOTHIC)
10/5: Anna Zorn (still photographer, THE ORIGINS OF WIT & HUMOR)
10/5: Jenny Southlynn (contributor, C-U Confidential)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
“Shocktober 2017” presents DEVOTION* premiere w/filmmakers (10/4, 7:30 p.m., preceded by THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD)

@ Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Call for Entries for the 13th annual Embarrass Valley Film Festival* (9/4-10/9) Information

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Call for Entries for ChamPain Horror Indie Festival* (7/2-10/2) Information


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
VICEROY’S HOUSE (9/29 on), National Theatre Live: Yerma with Billie Piper (9/30-10/1, 12 p.m., recorded), Shocktober 2017: “An Evening with Linnea Quigley” feat. THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, DEVOTION* (10/4, 7:30 p.m.), “Found Footage Festival, Vol. 8” (10/5, 8 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
AMERICAN MADE, FLATLINERS, JUDWAA 2, A QUESTION OF FAITH, TANGLED (re-release), AMERICAN ASSASSIN, HOME AGAIN, IT, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, MOTHER!, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, SPYDER (Tamil or Telugu language) (9/29 on), BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT (10/4, 7 p.m.), BLADE RUNNER 2049, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, THE STRAY (10/5 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, 47 METERS DOWN, IT STAINS THE SANDS RED, THE BLACK ROOM, L.O.R.D.: LEGEND OF RAVAGING DYNASTIES, SHAMELESS (s7), TAKEN (s1), more! (9/26 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
AMERICAN MADE, FLATLINERS, NEVER SAY DIE, A QUESTION OF FAITH, AMERICAN ASSASSIN, BRAD’S STATUS, FRIEND REQUEST, HOME AGAIN, IT, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, LEAP!, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, MOTHER!, WIND RIVER (9/29 on), THE BOSS BABY (9/29-10/1, 10 a.m.), RIO BRAVO (10/1, 10/4), STEP (10/3, 7 p.m.), MULLY (10/3-10/5, 7 p.m.), JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 (10/4, 7 p.m.), NO GAME NO LIFE ZERO (10/5, 7 p.m.), BLADE RUNNER 2049 (10/5 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. BABY DRIVER, Pine Lounge (9/29-9/30, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 1022 (10/2, 7 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
THE COMMITMENTS (10/3, 10/5)

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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Content is versatile in AFM views

September 29th, 2017

“Eyeballs on Your Story”
The American Film Market in Santa Monica not only opens eyes to the vast world of entertainment product in the works, but also the numerous markets and media channels through which one’s own product may find success.

by Robin Christian

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Whether you are old school or a Millennial, Steven Spielberg or a newbie, an employee of Warner Bros. or the Weinstein brothers, you are in the same boat with all the rest of us. You can’t guarantee how many people will actually watch your movie. This is because of another “big bang” going on, right here on planet Earth.

“The biggest problem now is blurred lines between indie film and television,” said chief operating officer and president David Glasser of The Weinstein Company, a prolific champion of independent filmmakers since 2005. “We can’t seem to get people off their couches due to great content [they can watch] on their great big 4K televisions.” He was speaking at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel during the conference portion of the 2016 American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, CA.

Yolanda T. Cochran, a co-producer of the award-winning football drama THE BLIND SIDE, added during their AFM financing panel “The 360 View” the whole matrix has changed. “Instead of a ‘see what works’ mentality, we need to show elements that prove the movie will have a return [on investment],” she added. “What do we need to spend to get enough ‘eyeballs’?”

Micah Green, co-head of film finance at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA), thinks Netflix and Amazon throw a huge wrench into theatrical movies and thus have forced a paradigm shift. They spend a lot on original product to stream, putting out very impressive titles that never will see the inside of a commercial theater.

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Calendar: September 22-28, 2017

September 22nd, 2017

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!

9/23: Austin McCann (artistic director, The Art Theater)
9/23: Ryan Marzolph (post production lead, Snapchat)
9/25: Bogdan Heretoiu (producer, LIVING AIKIDO LIFE)
9/27: Robert Hubbard (script supervisor, GOODLAND)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoWeek of Monday, September 24, 2007: Champaign radio producer and “atomic age culture” fan Jason Croft releases the first edition of Bachelor Pad Magazine, emulating the “men’s digests” of the Fifties and partly inspired by the first print issue of C-U Confidential. Croft’s quarterly publication packs in the hallmarks of the era – pulp stories, pin-up photography spreads, cocktail recipes, and so on – as remembered and practiced by the worldwide subculture keeping it alive. Various topics known beyond the neo-burlesque circuit that would appear in the pages of BPM include Bettie Page, the ultimate 20th century pin-up model, Tura Satana, the memorable leather-clad actress at the fore of Russ Meyer’s feature FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, and Shag, the popular illustrator loved for his colorful mid-century aesthetic. Also notable is the long-running movie column by Seattle novelist Will Viharo of the “Vic Valentine” private investigator series. Croft has kept BPM on the press ever since, anointing the recent issue 40 as its 10th anniversary number; modern pin-up Kalani Kokonuts graces the cover. As reported on 10/7/07 at CUBlog.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Call for Entries for the 13th annual Embarrass Valley Film Festival* (9/4-10/9) Information

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Call for Entries for ChamPain Horror Indie Festival* (7/2-10/2) Information

@ The Urbana Free Library, Urbana, IL
Protagonist Pizza Productions auditions and food drive (9/23, 12-3 p.m.) Questions: protagonistpizzaproductions [at] gmail [dot] com


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
10th Latin American Film Festival: CHAVELA (9/22, 7:45 p.m.), THE CLAN (9/22, 9/24, 9/27), MADE IN CUBA film shorts + CODIGO COLOR, MEMORIAS short (9/23-9/25), SECOND MOTHER (9/23-9/24, 9/26), ROSA CHUMBE (9/23, 9/26, 9/28), THE CLUB (9/23, 9/25, 9/27), DOLORES (9/24, 9/26), Smart Kids: THE BOOK OF LIFE (9/23-9/24, 11:30 a.m., free), Late Night: SANTA SANGRE (9/22, 9/27-9/28)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
FRIEND REQUEST, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, MULAN (Re-release), AMERICAN ASSASSIN, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, HOME AGAIN, IT, MOTHER!, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WIND RIVER (9/22 on), SPYDER (2/26 on, in Tamil or Telugu language), STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON (9/28, 7 p.m.), AMERICAN MADE, A QUESTION OF FAITH (9/28 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
WONDER WOMAN, THE BIG SICK, THE HERO, STARSHIP TROOPERS: TRAITORS OF MARS, THE BAD BATCH, GHOST HOUSE, CARTEL, ARROW (s5), BATES MOTEL (s5), more! (9/19 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BRAD’S STATUS, FRIEND REQUEST, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, AMERICAN ASSASSIN, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, HOME AGAIN, IT, LEAP!, MOTHER!, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WIND RIVER (9/22 on), TO CATCH A THIEF (9/24, 9/27), Studio Ghibli Fest: NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (9/24-9/25, 9/27), SIDEMEN: LONG ROAD TO GLORY (9/26, 7 p.m.), JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 (9/26, 7 p.m.), STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON (9/28, 7 p.m.),

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. DESPICABLE ME 3, Pine Lounge (9/22-9/23, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 1022 (9/25, 7 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (9/23)

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 15-21, 2017

September 15th, 2017

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!

9/16: Jay Rosenstein (filmmaker, IN WHOSE HONOR?)
9/19: Paul A. Brooks (camera operator, CITIZEN IN THE TEMPLE)
9/19: Eric Pankoke (webmaster, C-U Blogfidential)
9/21: Lisa Cerezo (co-founder, ThirdSide)
9/21: Inga Mucha-Putney (still photographer, SOPHOMORE)
9/21: Christopher Sharpe (producer, HILAH COOKING)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoFriday, September 19, 1997: Warner Bros. releases the Regency Enterprises production of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, based on the James Ellroy crime novel of the same name, to more than 750 theaters nationwide. The stylish neo-noir is directed by Curtis Hanson and stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Danny DeVito, and Kim Basinger, the latter of whom would win an Academy Award for her work along with Hanson and Brian Helgeland for their screenplay adaptation. It is rumored this genre classic’s title, style, and apropos mise-en-scène might possibly have influenced the identity of a certain film digest published far from the City of Angels, mired somewhere in the middle of the mysterious Midwest, beginning a decade later.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Call for Entries for the 8th annual New Art Film Festival* (8/15-9/15) Information

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
WHERE IT BEGINS: 1977-2000* panel discussion and excerpts, Robeson Pavilion rooms A & B (9/19, 7 p.m., free), Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Champaign Screenwriters pitches,” Robeson Pavilion room C (9/19, 7 p.m., free)

@ Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Call for Entries for the 13th annual Embarrass Valley Film Festival* (9/4-10/9) Information

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Call for Entries for ChamPain Horror Indie Festival* (7/2-10/2) Information


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
COLUMBUS (9/15 on), NAPPING PRINCESS (9/15-9/17, 9/20-9/21), HARD TO BE A GOD (9/18, 7 p.m.), THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963; 9/19, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
AMERICAN ASSASSIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991, re-release), MOTHER!, ANNABELLE: CREATION, THE BIG SICK, THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, HOME AGAIN, IT, LOGAN LUCKY, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WIND RIVER (9/15 on), FRIEND REQUEST, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (9/21 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE MUMMY, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, BEATRIZ AT DINNER, IT COMES AT NIGHT, DEAD AGAIN IN TOMBSTONE, STRANGE WEATER, MAN UNDERGROUND, EMPIRE (s3), THIS IS US (s1), more! (9/12 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
AMERICAN ASSASSIN, MOTHER!, 9/11, ANNABELLE: CREATION, DUNKIRK, THE GLASS CASTLE, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, HOME AGAIN, IT, LEAP!, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WIND RIVER (9/15 on), THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (9/15-9/17, 10 a.m.), Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin boxing match (9/16, 7 p.m., simulcast), DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (9/17, 9/20), HARE KRISHNA! (9/19, 7 p.m.), Studio Ghibli Fest: LUPIN THE 3RD – THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO (9/19, 7 p.m.), KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (9/21 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE MUMMY, Pine Lounge (9/15-9/16, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

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

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Calendar: September 8-14, 2017

September 9th, 2017

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 (director, BEFORE ‘I DO’)
9/14: Jason Huls (producer, WITHOUT CHARITY)
9/14: Tim Cain (columnist, Decatur Herald & Review)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Call for Entries for the 8th annual New Art Film Festival* (8/15-9/15) Information

@ Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Call for Entries for the 13th annual Embarrass Valley Film Festival* (9/4-10/9) Information

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Call for Entries for ChamPain Horror Indie Festival* (7/2-10/2) Information


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MARJORIE PRIME (9/8 on), LABYRINTH (9/8-9/10, 9/14), GREASE Sing-a-long (9/9, 2 & 7 p.m.), STALKER (9/10, 12 p.m.), SOLARIS (9/11, 9/13), MORTAL KOMBAT (9/13, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
HOME AGAIN, IT, TRUE TO THE GAME, ALL SAINTS, ANNABELLE: CREATION, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, CLOSE ENCOUNERS OF THE THIRD KIND (re-release), THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, LOGAN LUCKY, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WIND RIVER (9/8 on), MOTHER! (9/14 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
ROUGH NIGHT, ALL EYEZ ON ME, MEGAN LEAVEY, PARIS CAN WAIT, RAW, LOWRIDERS, THE LAST FACE, SUPERNATURAL (s12), THE FLASH (s3), NARCOS (s2), more! (9/5 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
9/11, HOME AGAIN, IT, ANNABELLE: CREATION, BABY DRIVER, CLOSE ENCOUNERS OF THE THIRD KIND (re-release), DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, THE GLASS CASTLE, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, INHUMANS (IMAX only), LEAP!, LOGAN LUCKY, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, TULIP FEVER, WIND RIVER, WONDER WOMAN (9/8 on), ROCK DOG (9/8-9/10, 10 a.m.), ROMAN HOLIDAY (9/10, 9/13), TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS: DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES’ ‘REVOLVER’ (9/12, 7 p.m.), THE HEART OF MAN (9/14, 7 p.m.), Studio Ghibli Fest: LUPIN THE 3RD – THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO (9/14, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE HOUSE, Pine Lounge (9/8-9/9, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. PEOPLE ARE THE SKY w/filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (9/12, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Wurlitzer Pipe Organ concert with Richard Hills feat. silent film TBA (9/9)

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 1-7, 2017

September 1st, 2017

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)
9/1: Mark Williams (volunteer, The Virginia Theatre)
9/1: Erik Khamphouy (member, Illini Film & Video)
9/2: Audrey Wells (co-author, The Art Theater)
9/5: Anthony “Ace” Cabral (first assistant director, SLICE)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Call for Entries for the 8th annual New Art Film Festival* (8/15-9/15) Information

@ Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Call for Entries for the 13th annual Embarrass Valley Film Festival* (9/4-10/9) Information

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Call for Entries for ChamPain Horror Indie Festival* (7/2-10/2) Information

@ Pizza M, Urbana, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (9/7, 8 p.m.)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE TRIP TO SPAIN (9/1 on), THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (9/1-9/2, 9/6-9/7, 9:30 p.m.), MENASHE (9/2-9/3), STALKER (9/4, 7 p.m.), WHOSE STREETS? (9/5-9/6, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
CLOSE ENCOUNERS OF THE THIRD KIND (re-release), VALLEY OF BONES, WIND RIVER, 47 METERS DOWN, ALL SAINTS, ANNABELLE: CREATION, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON, CARS 3, THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, LOGAN LUCKY, MEGAN LEAVEY, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (9/1 on), HOME AGAIN, IT (9/7 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BAYWATCH, BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN, A FAMILY MAN, THE HOLLOW ONE, BRING IT ON: WORLDWIDE #CHEERSMACK, KILLING HASSELHOFF, THE ORIGINALS (s4), GOTHAM (s3), THE WHITE PRINCESS (cs), more! (8/29 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
CLOSE ENCOUNERS OF THE THIRD KIND (re-release), INHUMANS (IMAX only), TULIP FEVER, ALL SAINTS, ANNABELLE: CREATION, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, THE GLASS CASTLE, GOOD TIME, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, INGRID GOES WEST, LEAP!, LOGAN LUCKY, THE NUT JOB 2, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WIND RIVER, WONDER WOMAN (9/1 on), UNFORGIVEN (9/3, 9/6), EXTRAORDINARY (9/7, 7 p.m.), IT (9/7 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
FROZEN Sing-a-long (9/1-9/3), DANCES WITH WOLVES (9/5, 9/7)

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 25-31, 2017

August 26th, 2017

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

8/27: Doug Hoepker (former sales manager, The Octopus)
8/30: John Oak Dalton (writer, CALAMITY JANE’S REVENGE)
8/31: Jennifer Veile (librarian/media professional, Hennepin County (MN) Library)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Call for Entries for the 8th annual New Art Film Festival* (8/15-9/15) Information

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Call for Entries for ChamPain Horror Indie Festival* (7/2-10/2) Information


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MENASHE (8/25 on), LEMON (8/25-8/28, 8/31, 10 p.m.), THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (8/26-8/27, 8/29), A GOOFY MOVIE (8/30, 10 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ALL SAINTS, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (3-D, re-release), WOLF WARRIOR 2, ANNABELLE: CREATION, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, KIDNAP, LOGAN LUCKY, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (8/25 on), CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (re-release, 8/31 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, CHUCK, KILL SWITCH, EXECUTOR, SCALES, WOLVES, SUPERGIRL (s2), ASH VS. EVIL DEAD (s2), more! (8/22 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ALL SAINTS, GOOD TIME, INGRID GOES WEST, LEAP!, ANNABELLE: CREATION, ATOMIC BLONDE, BABY DRIVER, BRIGSBY BEAR, THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, THE GLASS CASTLE, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, LOGAN LUCKY, THE NUT JOB 2, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WIND RIVER, WONDER WOMAN (8/25 on), Floyd Mayweather vs. Connor McGregor boxing match (8/26, 8 p.m., simulcast), AIRPLANE! (8/27, 8/30), Studio Ghibli Fest: CASTLE IN THE SKY (8/27-8/28, 8/30), INHUMANS (IMAX only, 8/31 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: THE WIZARD OF OZ (8/26), LA LA LAND (8/29, 8/31)

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 18-24, 2017

August 18th, 2017

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

8/18: Jeff Brandt (owner, Exile on Main Street)
8/20: Daniel Griffith (director, CELLULOID WIZARDS IN THE VIDEO WASTELAND)
8/22: Tracy Popp (digital preservation coordinator, University of Illinois)
8/23: Luke Boyce (director, THE POOKA)
8/28: Shannon Beranek (associate, The Bachelor Pad Empire)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Call for Entries for the 8th annual New Art Film Festival* (8/15-9/15) Information

@ Surface 15, Champaign, IL
Casting call for television spots shooting in first half of September; non-speaking roles; experience a plus but not necessary; “adults 25-65, kids, babies, couples, and families;” more information: talent [at] surface15 [dot] com


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ 129 N. Race St., Urbana, IL
Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights: RATATOUILLE (8/19, 7:40 p.m., free)

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
STEP (8/18 on), ALIEN (8/18-8/19, 8/24, 10 p.m.), LADY MACBETH (8/19-8/20), member screening: IN TRANSIT (8/22, 7:30 p.m.), “Shocktober 2017” preview feat. THE LOVE WITCH (8/23, 10 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, LOGAN LUCKY, ANNABELLE: CREATION, ATOMIC BLONDE, THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DETROIT, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, GIRLS TRIP, THE NUT JOB 2, KIDNAP, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (8/18 on), ALL SAINTS (8/24 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
ALIEN: COVENANT, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER, THE WALL, ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE, HICKOCK, ONCE UPON A TIME (s6), THE BLACKLIST (s4), LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (s2), more! (8/15 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BRIGSBY BEAR, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, LOGAN LUCKY, WIND RIVER, ANNABELLE: CREATION, ATOMIC BLONDE, THE BIG SICK, THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, THE GLASS CASTLE, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, KIDNAP, THE NUT JOB 2, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (8/18 on), WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (IMAX only, 8/18 on, 11:30 a.m. & 9 p.m.), SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (8/20, 8/23), STARSHIP TROOPERS: TRAITORS OF MARS (8/21, 7:30 & 10 p.m.), Rifftrax Live: DOCTOR WHO, “THE FIVE DOCTORS” (8/24, 7:30 p.m.), ALL SAINTS (8/24 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
DUNKIRK in 70mm (8/18-8/20), Films of Paul Thomas Anderson: THERE WILL BE BLOOD (8/22, 8/24)

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Eighth NAFF to be LE in scope

August 16th, 2017

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When in doubt, dearest readers, let your gut instincts be your guide! Case in point is our decision to continue forth with the New Art Film Festival in 2017 as opposed to giving it a rest as we had planned to announce. Who are we to deprive you the showcase of local and regional independent cinema you’ve come to expect from our humble editor and his merry band of collaborators when there is no particular reason to postpone? Ignore the lateness of our annual launch, then, and let’s summon the particulars you want to know! Sunday, October 29, 2017, is our eighth consecutive show date at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, and we must gather up some damn fine films created by you to fill the spread. NAFF Call for Entries began yesterday, Tuesday, August 15, and will last through Friday, September 15, with a target date of Sunday, October 1, to announce our picks to flicker on the Art’s silver screen. As before, we will not charge entry fees and, as with last year, we encourage producers to submit via newartfilmfestivalcu [at] gmail [dot] com for the sake of ease even though we’ll still look at physical screeners; you can review all the hard details in the official announcement over on the NAFF Web site. The primary change in the process this year is that we will only accept films that run 30 minutes or less. This is to help limit total viewing time for Mr. JaPan given his more-away-than-home lifestyle as of late, along with providing the flexibility to fit as many titles as we can into the ever-shortening block we’re allotted by the Art. That said, we do hope to bookend the selections with a couple of special features to illustrate milestones in Champaign-Urbana film culture history that led us down the path to NAFF nirvana. We promise they will be interesting add-ons of the likes you will not see at any other C-U cinema event! Stay tuned for the details to develop, friends, and best of luck to those who direct their work to our attention. Below you will find NAFF 2016 photographs by University of Illinois student Di Ye; look to the NAFF Facebook for the remainder of her shots to go on display shortly.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: August 11-17, 2017

August 11th, 2017

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MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana with Love

It has been a six-month slog for your humble editor, given his almost weekly travels back-and-forth between Champaign County and northern Illinois to help dear old Ma JaPan with an end not exactly within reach, but he made an eleventh-hour decision last week to continue the New Art Film Festival this year instead of pushing it into the future. The show will be a leaner affair than usual but get the job done all the same on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at the Art Theater in Champaign. Filmmakers should look for the first press release to circulate next week in regards to the NAFF call for entries; we’ll certainly make note of it here on C-U Blogfidential as a reminder. Cheers!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Media that Hits Close to Home

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shatterglass Films presents C-U premiere of THE POOKA* short film w/main feature, HARVEY (8/14, 7 p.m.)

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Pens to Lens Q&A,” Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B (8/15, 7 p.m., free)

@ Great News Radio (Lincoln Square Village), Urbana, IL
THE PHOENIX: HOPE IS RISING* homeless ministry documentary screening and discussion (8/16, 6:30 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Champaign Urbana Film Society presents the 5th annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala (8/12, 2 & 6 p.m.)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LADY MACBETH (8/11 on), LANDLINE (8/11-8/12, 8/16-8/17, 10 p.m.), THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (8/13, 12 & 7:30 p.m.), HARVEY w/THE POOKA* local premiere (8/14, 7 p.m.), “Shocktober 2017” preview feat. RAW (8/16, 10 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ANNABELLE: CREATION, THE NUT JOB 2, ATOMIC BLONDE, THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DETROIT, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, GIRLS TRIP, JAB HARRY MET SEJAL, KIDNAP, THE LION KING (re-release), SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (8/11 on), THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, LOGAN LUCKY (8/17 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
SNATCHED, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, THE DINNER, AMELIA 2.0, THE EXCEPTION, KUNG FU YOGA, GIRL ON THE EDGE, more! (8/8 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ANNABELLE: CREATION, THE GLASS CASTLE, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, THE NUT JOB 2, ATOMIC BLONDE, THE BIG SICK, THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DETROIT, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, GIRLS TRIP, KIDNAP, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (8/11 on), JURASSIC PARK (8/13, 8/16), BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN (8/14, 7:30 p.m.), Rifftrax Live: DOCTOR WHO, “THE FIVE DOCTORS” (8/17, 7 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, Anniversary Plaza (7/17, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
5th annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala* (8/12, 2 & 6 p.m.), DUNKIRK in 70mm (8/15-8/20)

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 4-10, 2017

August 4th, 2017

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

8/5: Steve Scott (VR interactive designer, WESTWORLD)
8/6: Jason Cerezo (proprietor, ThirdSide)
8/6: Sam Ambler (producer, Ambler Video)
8/6: Don Kramer (artist, DC Comics)
8/7: Rachel Rebecca Berry (2016-17 president, Illini Film & Video)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
A GHOST STORY (8/4 on), THE HERO (8/4-8/6, 8/10), BEATRIZ AT DINNER (8/4-8/5, 8/8-8/10), DECONSTUCTING THE BEATLES’ “REVOLVER” (8/6, 12 p.m.), THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE (8/6, 7 p.m.), MONTEREY POP (8/7, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE DARK TOWER, DETROIT, JAB HARRY MET SEJAL, KIDNAP, THE LION KING (re-release), 47 METERS DOWN, ATOMIC BLONDE, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, GIRLS TRIP, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (8/4 on), ANNABELLE: CREATION, THE GLASS CASTLE, THE NUT JOB 2 (8/10 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GOING IN STYLE, THE CIRCLE, SLEIGHT, COLOSSAL, DON’T KNOCK TWICE, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, THE LOVERS, THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT, LEAGUE OF GODS, HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET, LITTLE BIG LIES (s1), more! (8/1 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE DARK TOWER, DETROIT, KIDNAP, ATOMIC BLONDE, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, CARS DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, GIRLS TRIP, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (8/4 on), TROLLS (8/4), Newsies: The Broadway Musical (8/5, 8/9, recorded), TOP GUN (8/6, 8/9), SING (8/7-8/11), Dixie Chicks: MMXVI (8/7, 7 p.m., recorded), DCI 2017 “Big, Loud & Live 14” drum corps performance (8/10, 5:30 p.m., simulcast)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Paul Thomas Anderson: THE MASTER (8/8, 8/10)

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Calendar: July 28-Aug. 3, 2017

July 29th, 2017

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/29: Jimi Jones (doctoral student, School of Information Sciences, UIUC)
8/1: Cara Maurizi (actress, LISTEN, Pens to Lens 2016)
8/2: Satina Braswell (co-owner, Hybrid Performance Arts)
8/2: Jeff Kacmarynski (director, I WAS A TEENAGE NOSFERATU)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoJuly 1997: Location filming commences and wraps in Champaign County on the feature-length drama COYOTE’S HONOR, a project spearheaded by Urbana native Michael Wiese to experiment in micro-budget movie production. As an author and publisher at an imprint dedicated to instructing readers on various aspects of the filmmaking process, Wiese is using the opportunity to develop a screen story (with recent University of Illinois graduate Doug McCord) based on available resources and talent in the Champaign-Urbana area while also testing prosumer MiniDV video gear and post-production software that is relatively new to the marketplace. English literature major Eric Wippo plays the “coyote” of the title, a wily drifter who does his best to disrupt a nucleus of friends and frenemies in a Midwest college town; mostly drawn from the current pool of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts summer stock players, the cast also includes John Maclay, Mike Kuehl, Will Ransom, Kelly Cooper, Heather Saliny, Emily A. Parks, Heather Lamb, Dustin Wilkinson, and UI acting instructor Richard Barrows. WILL-TV producer Tim Hartin and Southern Illinois University cinema student Chris Dowell form part of the tiny crew. Although Wiese will soon chronicle the lessons learned with COYOTE in an article series for Videography magazine and as an appendix in the second edition of The Independent Film and Videomaker’s Guide (Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City, CA, 1998), COYOTE itself has remained lost in the cornfields and all but absent from the Internet wilds despite initial plans to set it free on the festival circuit.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ 129 N. Race St., Urbana, IL
Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights: WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (7/29, 8:10 p.m., free)

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
A GHOST STORY (7/28 on), Smart Kids: THE KID (7/29-7/30, 11:30 a.m.), ENDLESS POETRY (7/28-7/29, 8/2-8/3, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ATOMIC BLONDE, THE EMOJI MOVIE, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, WONDER WOMAN (7/28 on), THE DARK TOWER, DETROIT, KIDNAP (8/3 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE BOSS BABY, GHOST IN THE SHELL, GIFTED, BLACK BUTTERFLY, NOCTURNE, THE FINAL MASTER, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (s7), more! (7/25 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ATOMIC BLONDE, THE EMOJI MOVIE, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, THE HOUSE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (7/28 on), MONSTER TRUCKS (7/28), FOOTLOOSE (1984; 7/30, 8/2), TROLLS (7/31-8/4), 7th annual Grateful Dead “Meet-up at the Movies” (8/1, 7 p.m.)

@ Pizza M, Urbana, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (8/3, 8 p.m.)

@ Wyndham Garden Hotel, Urbana, IL
2017 Dark History and Horror Convention (7/28-7/29, free entry)

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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