Calendar: July 20-26, 2018

July 20th, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

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

 

GIVINGS | Contribute to the Greater Good

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

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

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

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

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

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

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

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

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

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
THE LITTLE MERMAID (7/24, 7/26, 6:30 p.m.)

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

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Ad booking begins for CUZine #10

July 20th, 2018

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

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

~ Jason Pankoke

Calendar: July 13-19, 2018

July 15th, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

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

 

PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

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

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

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

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

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

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

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: DESPICABLE ME 2 (7/13, 6:30 p.m.)

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

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NAFF IX to haunt All Hallows’ Eve

July 13th, 2018

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

~ Jason Pankoke

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CONTACT

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

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

 

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Calendar: July 6-12, 2018

July 7th, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

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

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Pens to Lens Student Filmmaking Competition call for entries | Full Information
Regular: 6/30

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Media does matter in current titles

July 3rd, 2018

If you have been keeping up with C-U Blogfidential this summer, then you probably saw our post two weeks ago about the very first media writer of note from downstate Illinois, Vachel Lindsay, and the landmark book he had published in 1915 about the nascent Hollywood cinema of his time. We neglected to point out a source where you could partake in his uniquely thought-out notions of what society and the motion picture were and could become, so click here for a selection of digital facsimiles by the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles, CA, that can be downloaded for free to satisfy your curiosity. However, those interested in contemporary views of television, film, and pop culture might instead look for the recent publications with local ties that we describe below to possibly fill your seasonal reading needs!

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We somehow missed the wintertime release of Pictures on the Prairie: The First Ten Years of Mid-Illinois Television by Doug Quick through the Danville-based imprint, Founders House Publishing. Quick, a veteran anchor on both radio and small-screen airwaves who has provided weather coverage at WICD-TV in Champaign for more than two decades, derived the material in his book from stories and ephemera dating back to 1953 that have been posted on his official Web site; stations incorporated into the history hail from Champaign, Danville, Bloomington, Peoria, Springfield, and Decatur. We know Pictures on the Prairie is available at Jane Addams Bookshop in downtown Champaign since he did a signing there back on April 29, but you can also pick up the print-only release from Founders House directly.

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Elsewhere, the celebration is ongoing for the 100th anniversary of the University of Illinois Press, a highly prolific branch of its namesake with a host of academic and cultural volumes and journals to offer. While their spring semester activities are obviously in the books, including events at the Art Theater that connected screenings of WENDY AND LUCY and the original SUSPIRIA to entries in their “Contemporary Film Directors” series, UIP will continue their outreach to the public by tabling every Saturday morning in July at the outdoor Market on the Square at Illinois and Vine streets in downtown Urbana. You can also take your chances at the Illini Union Bookstore to see what UIP releases might line their shelves or leaf through a remarkably sizeable cinema and media catalog on their Web site; we could not help but notice a brand-new interview with Gary Westfahl about his upcoming UIP book on the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke because, you know, tangents and timing.

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And then we have James Plath, English department chair and professor at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, whose essay on Walt Disney will appear in the book Shapers of American Childhood edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West, which is forthcoming from McFarland Publishing at the end of August. Alongside his own epic literary pursuits that have focused on such American stalwarts as John Updike and Ernest Hemingway, Plath has quietly turned out movie reviews and articles for various entertainment Web sites the past two decades – current forums for film writing include PopMatters and his own Weblog, Family Home Theater – so it is no surprise to see his contribution appear in this new volume, which “explores individuals in literature, media, health, business, and other areas who impacted childhood in the 20th and 21st centuries” from household names to achievers out of the public eye.

As you check out the details on the aforementioned publications, we’d like to reference the opening essay to our Vachel Lindsay retrospective in C-U Confidential #9 where we talked about making the effort to better curate the non-screenplay film writers of Champaign-Urbana and our immediate region. We have to wonder sometimes who is creating the good work out there in our communities other than the ones identified regularly in our newspapers and Web sites via bylines. (We know you’re out there. We can feel you.) In the meantime, we still intend to add to your pile of literary perusals at the beginning of the UIUC fall semester with C-U Confidential #10. We’ve been lagging on it but not for much longer!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Remember this? Your humble editor will be heading back into Quentin Tarantino territory with author Andrew J. Rausch later this year. We’ll scoop it when it’s ready for a reveal!

p.s.2 You must remember this – your humble editor’s primary source of employment, Adept Content Solutions in Urbana, can provide your book editing and composition needs. Print or electronic, rain or shine, right now or as time goes by!

Calendar: June 29-July 5, 2018

June 29th, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/30: Drea Abbas (cover model, C-U Confidential #9)
7/1: Dan Boomgarden (owner, Boomgarden Media)

 

PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

6/16: Richard Alan Greenberg, 71 (main titles designer, SUPERMAN THE MOVIE/ALIEN/THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP)

 

DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Pens to Lens Student Filmmaking Competition call for entries | Full Information
Regular: 6/30

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (6/29 on), RBG (6/30-7/1, 11:30 a.m.), HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (6/29-6/30, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ANIMAL WORLD, SANJU, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, UNCLE DREW, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, OCEAN’S 8, SUPERFLY, TAG (6/29 on), ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (7/5 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
ACRIMONY, IN DARKNESS, OH LUCY!, GEMINI, THE ENDLESS, SPINNING MAN, TERMINAL, THE ESCAPE OF PRSONER 614, FURIOUS, CHINA SALESMAN, BLACK LIGHTNING (s1), more! (6/26 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, UNCLE DREW, AMERICAN ANIMALS, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, DEADPOOL 2, HEREDITARY, INCREDIBLES 2, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, OCEAN’S 8, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, TAG (6/29 on), TROLLS (6/29, 10 a.m.), JAWS (7/1, 7/4), FERDINAND (7/2-7/4, 10 a.m.), THE FIRST PURGE (7/3 on), FIREWORKS premiere event (7/3, 7/5, 7 p.m.), ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (7/5 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. A QUIET PLACE, Anniversary Plaza (7/5, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
TOY STORY 3 (7/3, 7/5, 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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Art show marks CMM milestone

June 25th, 2018

We can think of no better way to kick off our week than by waxing nostalgic about today’s free-to-attend event at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, which commemorates the first decade of the Champaign Movie Makers networking group. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting until around 10 p.m., the collage of film shorts, trailers, and Webisodes put together by CMM organizer Thomas Nicol will sample work by group members dating all the way back to the summer of 2008, when founder Johnny Robinson began inviting like minds into his Urbana residence so they could discuss movie storytelling as well as conduct hands-on demonstrations of technique for one another. Interest escalated quickly enough that CMM bounced around town for a host to accommodate their space and projection needs, eventually settling on the Champaign Public Library. While similar attempts have been made over the years in Champaign-Urbana, CMM turned out to be the one situated for the long haul.

Very few projects engineered by members can be rightly labeled “CMM productions” – the monthly gathering is meant to foster interaction and advice instead of serving as a de facto production meeting – although working relationships come out of the group regularly. (Their largest collective success to date has been as a driving force behind the annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala.) Having sporadically sat in with them from the beginning, we can attest to the fact that CMM is a vital component of what we do in the film culture of C-U and, more importantly, it fits the community that it serves. One might have been tempted at any point to artificially grow CMM into a commercial entity or align it more closely with other professional organizations in an effort to “legitimize” its core purpose in the public eye; Nicol and company have elected to maintain a reasonable scope and tailor CMM to what its participants want from it. Moreover, filmmaking novices and newly-arrived neighbors will find it an accessible hub through which they can learn what’s what in our scene. We wish Champaign Movie Makers the best in its next 10 years and trust the citizens of our fair Twin Cities will turn out tonight in a show of support for their efforts!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. We’re avoiding spoilers about what will play since Nicol has not posted the schedule publicly. (You should go in with an open mind and sense of adventure, anyway.) That said, we have skimmed over the itinerary and it reminds us greatly of our original C-U Confidential movie show at Urbana’s Caffe Paradiso in early 2009. Some of the earliest pieces you will see tonight even appeared in that program when they were relatively new. Cue the local movie déjà vu, folks!

Calendar: June 22-28, 2018

June 23rd, 2018

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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DEADLINES, ETC. | Participate in Cinema Activity

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shocktober Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/16; Extended: 8/1

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
Route 66 Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 4/1; Regular: 6/30; Late: 7/31; Extended: 8/15

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
ChamPain Indie Horror Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/16; Regular: 6/4; Late: 7/6; Extended: 8/3

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Dark History & Horror Convention call for entries | Full Information
Early: 3/31; Regular: 5/31; Late: 6/30; Extended: 7/31

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Pens to Lens Student Filmmaking Competition call for entries | Full Information
Regular: 6/30

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers 10th anniversary show* w/filmmakers (6/25, 7:30 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
FIRST REFORMED (6/22 on), RGB (6/23-6/24, 11:30 a.m.), SCARLET DIVA (6/22-6/23, 10 p.m.), Champaign Movie Makers 10th anniversary show* (6/25, 7:30 p.m., free), Stories from the City, Stories from the State: ROGERS PARK (6/26, 7:30 p.m., w/filmmaker)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
AMERICAN ANIMALS, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, HEREDITARY, INCREDIBLES 2, OCEAN’S 8, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, SUPERFLY, TAG (6/22 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, UNSANE, THE DEATH OF STALIN, MIDNIGHT SUN, PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST, FLOWER, FREAK SHOW, THE HUMANITY BUREAU, YEAR BY THE SEA, more! (6/19 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
AMERICAN ANIMALS, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, DEADPOOL 2, HEREDITARY, INCREDIBLES 2, OCEAN’S 8, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, SUPERFLY, TAG (6/22 on), DIRTY DANCING (6/24, 6/27), TROLLS (6/25-6/27, 10 a.m.), Bandstand: The Broadway Musical (6/25, 7 p.m., recorded), The Metropolitan Opera: Il Trovatore (6/27, 7 p.m., recorded)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. READY PLAYER ONE, Anniversary Plaza (6/28, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: BRINGING UP BABY (6/23, 1 & 7 p.m.), THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967; 6/26, 6/28, 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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Logan elucidates on Lindsay logic

June 20th, 2018

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So, dearest readers, have you taken some time to look through the new YouTube channel for the New Art Film Festival and watch locally-made movies you may have forgotten about or never seen before? When you do, please notice a front-and-center prompt for a taping of the NAFF XIII talk, “Vachel Lindsay and The Art of the Moving Picture,” in which David Logan addresses the imperfectly prophetic ideas of the Springfield, Illinois-born poet and performer as expressed by his unique treatise published in 1915. Rather than simply describing the films of his day, largely seen as spectacle and novelty by the general public, Lindsay dug in deeper than his contemporaries to imagine the potential value of the cinema as well as predict how it could be used by society to not only entertain and educate but, in so many words, to save its own soul. We are grateful for the contributions by Logan, who drove from southern Illinois to join us on Sunday, October 29, in order to share insight on the book and ahead-of-his-time creator, as well as Andrew Stengele of Forced Perspective Entertainment, who captured the occasion for us at Shatterglass Studios in Champaign. If you have any interest in the dawn of the motion picture trade or the origins of film criticism and analysis, Lindsay’s words and Logan’s insightful, well-reasoned perspective are two key places for you to begin. Today, we’ll cut you slack and embed the recording right here:

The Lindsay/Logan video is the first one ever produced and released by us in our MICRO-FILM/C-U Confidential/NAFF lifetime, believe it or not. We don’t know why it took almost 20 years to lay one down, yet, here it is and we hope you enjoy it enough to warrant future ones under our labels. Please share this with the film instructors, historians, archivists, and preservationists in your circles if you could! (Educators and presenters who might be interested in featuring the video can contact us directly; we will put you in touch with David Logan to gain permission.) In related developments, we are pretty certain the NAFF 2018 show date and Call for Entries open-and-close dates will be revealed exclusively during the Champaign Movie Makers 10th anniversary show at the Art Theater next Monday, June 25. Pay close attention when the CMM on-screen credits begin to crawl, filmmaker friends!

~ Jason Pankoke

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