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

Calendar: July 26-Aug. 1, 2019

July 27th, 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!

8/1: Cara Maurizi (actress, IRREPARABLE)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Engineering Sciences Building, UIUC, Urbana, IL
MAGNETIC FIELDS* Web series screening and discussion, Room 190 (8/1, 3 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO (7/26 on), Smart Kids: THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES (7/27-7/28, 11:30 a.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, ALADDIN, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, CRAWL, THE LION KING, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, STUBER, TOY STORY 4, YESTERDAY (7/26 on), HOBBS & SHAW (8/1 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, MISSING LINK, ABDUCTION, MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY, DOGMAN, CRITTERS ATTACK!, ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, HOW HIGH 2, more! (7/23 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, ALADDIN, THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, CRAWL, THE LION KING, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, STUBER, TOY STORY 4, YESTERDAY (7/26 on), BACK TO THE FUTURE (7/28, 7/31), Studio Ghibli Fest: KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (7/28, 12:55 p.m., dubbed; 7/29, 7 p.m., subtitled), A DOG’S WAY HOME (7/28-7/31, 10 a.m.), THE MUPPET MOVIE 40th Anniversary (7/30, 12:30 & 7 p.m.), HOBBS & SHAW (8/1 on)

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

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

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Calendar: July 19-25, 2019

July 20th, 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!

7/21: Shawnee E. Tefteller (owner, Shawnee Studios: Model & Talent Management/Casting, Mt. Olive, IL)
7/23: Randy Wheat (owner, Imagemaker Video Productions, Normal, IL)
7/24: Colin Price (author, Red Light and Other Tales)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

C-U Confidential* #10 issue release: Friday, 7/19, via Paper Opteryx, Champaign, IL

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Open Screen Night,” Robeson Room A (7/23, 7 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO (7/19 on), Smart Kids: DILILI IN PARIS (7/20-7/21, 11:30 a.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, THE LION KING, YESTERDAY, ALADDIN, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, CRAWL, MIDSOMMAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, STUBER, SUPER 30, TOY STORY 4 (7/19 on), ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (7/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
SHAZAM!, BREAKTHROUGH, TEEN SPIRIT, LITTLE WOODS, FAMILY, TELL IT TO THE BEES, SCARY STORIES, TITANS (s1), more! (7/16 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, THE LION KING, ALADDIN, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, CRAWL, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, MIDSOMMAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, STUBER, TOY STORY 4, YESTERDAY (7/19 on), THE MATRIX (7/21, 7/24), THE EMOJI MOVIE (7/22-7/24, 10 a.m.), THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING (7/22, 7:30 p.m.), IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN THE DUNGEON?: ARROW OF THE ORION (7/23, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE HUSTLE, Anniversary Plaza (7/25, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

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

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Stop at Pipa’s for ‘Red Light’ event

July 14th, 2019

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We’d like to congratulate a friend of C-U Blogfidential, the writer and micro-filmmaker Colin Price, on the release last month of his first book, Red Light and Other Tales. He and wife Lissa will premiere it locally with an event later tonight, Sunday, July 14, 8 p.m., at Pipa’s Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign. Both hardcover and paperback are available from the imprint, Page Publishing of New York, NY, although they will only have the paperback edition for sale. Fans can still bring their pre-bought copies for signing and a photo with Price for a few extra bucks, while those who will not make it to Pipa’s can pick up Red Light from the Barnes & Noble off of Marketview Drive and e-tailers like Amazon. In other words, dearest readers, it’s time to support your local author!

Price took a few moments from booking appearances and developing projects to talk with CUBlog about Red Light and Other Tales, in particular the novella referenced in its title. “I worked really hard to treat the dynamics between certain characters as very harmful,” he explains with no irony; dark corners tend to surface in his otherwise escapist fare. “[The lead characters] are two quite different but quite damaged people, with one choosing to turn their back on their own humanity altogether. I have become sickened by certain books and movies lately that attempt to see abuse and abusive relationships through rose-tinted glasses.” Elements more aligned with the realistic grit of crime fiction and noir also have a place here.

“Red Light” concerns a reluctant prostitute named Mia, barely of adult age and weighed down by a tart cynical streak, who makes a break for it and runs smack dab into a stranger on the sidewalk. An awkward type with equal parts charm and arrogance worn on his sleeve, Dean offers to give Mia shelter at his late uncle’s house until she is ready to move on. Instead, Mia is ensnared by Dean’s twisted expectations in their nascent relationship to one another, resulting in a terse game of one-upmanship that could cost the lives of several in their not-exclusive circles. Bonus stories fill out the 168-page volume and push into disparate areas such as Gothic horror, romance, surrealism, and TWILIGHT ZONE-style metaphor: “The Midnight Show,” “In Your Dreams,” “Evening Mass,” “Six Cups of Water,” and “On the Mountain.”

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Calendar: July 12-18, 2019

July 13th, 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!

7/14: Griffin Hammond (co-host, Indy Mogul channel, YouTube)
7/14: Shane M. Dallmann (writer, SCREEM Magazine)
7/15: Charlie Kessler (graduate, Film and Television MFA program, DePaul University, Chicago, IL)
7/15: Jill Van Voorst (owner, LIX)
7/18: Brian Dolinar (author, The Black Cultural Front)

 

PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

7/6: Eddie Jones, 84 (actor, ACT YOUR AGE, DISCONNECT)
7/6: Milos Stehlik, 70 (co-founder, Facets Multi-Media, Chicago, IL)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MIDSOMMAR (7/12 on), Smart Kids: TITO AND THE BIRDS (7/13-7/14, 11:30 a.m.), THE RIVER AND THE WALL w/discussion (7/15, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
CRAWL, STUBER, SUPER 30, THE WHITE STORM 2, ALADDIN, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, MIDSOMMAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, TOY STORY 4 (7/12 on), THE LION KING (7/18 on)

@ Boneyard Creek Crossing (corner of Race & Griggs), Urbana, IL
“Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights” feat. HEARTS BEAT LOUD (7/17, 8 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
PET SEMATARY, LITTLE, AFTER, HIGH LIFE, THE PROFESSOR, MOJIN: THE WORM VALLEY, GOTHAM (s5), more! (7/9 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
CRAWL, STUBER, ALADDIN, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, MIDSOMMAR, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, TOY STORY 4, YESTERDAY (7/12 on), JURASSIC PARK (7/14, 7/17), SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (7/15-7/17, 10 a.m.), SOUND! EUPHORUM: THE MOVIE (7/15, 7 p.m., dubbed), THE LION KING (7/18 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. US, Anniversary Plaza (7/18, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: RED RIVER (7/13, 1 & 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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