Look alive! NAFF V starts at 5!

April 13th, 2014

Followers of the movies of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond, tonight is your night! The fifth annual New Art Film Festival, presented by C-U Confidential in association with the 2014 Boneyard Arts Festival and co-sponsored by the Art Theater Co-op, ThirdSide, Champaign Movie Makers, and Shatterglass Studios, runs later this fine Sunday at the Art, 126 W. Church St., in downtown Champaign, Illinois, from 5 p.m. until the stroke of Midnight! Admission is free and you can come and go as you please. Of course, if we had a say, you’d stay for the entire program of almost 30 films produced in part or whole by your friends and neighbors in the C-U region, but that’s just us thinking positive!

The entire schedule appears below for your convenience. Please review, pick your flicks, and start making your way over to the best little movie house in Champaign County for our unique collection, the likes of which we can absolutely call our own. The NAFF relies on the artists whose hard work appears on that screen as well as the behind-the-scenes guiding lights who help make your humble editor-turned-programmer’s job a lot easier than it could be, but our show is worth nothing if you don’t show.

In other words, be there!

~ Jason Pankoke

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New Art Film Festival – Complete Schedule
@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
April 13, 2014, 5 p.m.-Midnight

FREE ADMISSION


5 p.m. – Introductions
+ Documentary Shorts

ORDINARY VIDEO SERIES, #1, “Images for Airports”
2013, 3 min., Directed by David Gracon, Champaign, IL
This surreal video observes a waiting area where passengers immersed in their laptops and flat screen televisions seemingly fail to notice a playful group of birds and plant life around them.

DEATH WORK
2013, 5 min., Directed by Angela Aguayo, Carbondale, IL
Darryl digs graves at a rural Midwestern cemetery established in 1863. His daily tasks are common, routine, and mostly unnoticed, yet watching over these grounds also means knowing how history flows through the ritual practices of burying the dead.

ORDINARY VIDEO SERIES, #3, “Hardcore Will Never Die”
2013, 2 min., Directed by David Gracon, Champaign, IL
This experimental video observes a hardcore music subculture and anarchistic ritual.

LOSING AN ENEMY
2013, 16 min., Directed by Will Hagle & Joe Hood, Humble Mumbler Productions, Champaign, IL
This short documentary details the history of rock music in the former Czechoslovakia, exploring how their music scene was affected by Communism and the fall of the Iron Curtain.

SRIRACHA
2013, 33 min., Directed by Griffin Hammond, Bloomington, IL
Sriracha has earned a cult following, but the story of this spicy sauce is a mystery to most fans. Dedicated to sriracha lovers, this fast-paced documentary travels around the globe to reveal its origin and the man behind the iconic “rooster sauce.”


6:30 p.m. – Feature

THE DRUNK (drama)
2014, 90 min., Directed by William Tanoos & Paul Fleschner, Tanoos Fleschner Pictures, Los Angeles, CA
Starring William Tanoos, Paul Fleschner, Tom Sizemore, Jesse Ventura, Maura Kidwell
The legendary labor leader, Eugene V. Debs, was a five-time presidential candidate and champion of the working class. His hard-drinking grandson, Joe Debs, is an apathetic curator at the Eugene V. Debs museum in small town Indiana. One day, Joe is arrested for drunk driving, the beginning of a wake-up call that stirs his longings for political justice and leads to a run for Indiana governor against a corrupt prosecuting attorney and old family rival, Bruce Frye.


8:30 p.m. – Narrative Shorts I

CARROT CORN (comedy/animation)
2014, 2 min., Directed by Thomas Nicol, QuantumCat Animation, Champaign, IL
Two friends try to enjoy a movie in spite of each other.

STARDUST (dark comedy)
2013, 4 min., Directed by Mike Trippiedi, Shut Up and Do It Productions, Champaign, IL
Allergens from outer space can give you the most curious sneezes.

TUNNEL TO GREENLAND (drama)
2013, 10 min., Directed by Anne Lukeman, Railsplitter Media/Pens to Lens, Champaign, IL
A young girl and boy try to dig a tunnel to Greenland to see snow and ice during the summertime.

IMAGINARY PANCAKES (drama)
2014, 3 min., Directed by Jeremiah Stanley, Two Beards Films, Champaign, IL
A man struggles to find solace without his love. Memories flood his mind as he is consumed by what was and what could have been.

THE HOBO (comedy)
2013, 16 min., Directed by Andy Due & Dustin Tylman, Rubber Chicken Films, Charleston, IL
A relatively silent comedy about the mishaps of a traveling hobo.

THE ART OF PULLING (music video)
2014, 4 min., Directed by Christopher J. Sotelo & Oliver Peng, Chris & Oliver Cinema, Champaign, IL
Music by Elsinore
“The Art of Pulling” is a wake-up call of a song. It’s about getting up and doing something.

DETACHMENT (comedy)
2014, 7 min., Directed by Robin Berthier, MBC Productions, Champaign, IL/Paris, France
Martin lives in a world where proximity is a necessity. After a particularly eventful day, however, Martin discovers the power of detaching himself from the crowd.

BETTER THAN YESTERDAY (music video)
2013, 5 min., Directed by Matt Harsh, HarsH Pro.Video, Urbana, IL
Music by Sun Stereo
A young man working a low-pay job at a burger joint dreams about escaping the daily grind.

FLUFFYSTEIN (fantasy)
2013, 8 min., Directed by Thomas Nicol, QuantumCat Animation/Pens to Lens, Champaign, IL
A little girl’s favorite stuffed animal is kidnapped and brought to life by her evil genius baby brother.

I SHOULD HAVE LOVED YOU (music video)
2013, 4 min., Directed by Chris Eitel, Seven by Six Design, Fernandina Beach, FL
Music by The Fights
“I Should Have Loved You” is a bar fight love story.

SILENT BUT DEADLY (dark comedy)
2013, 6 min., Directed by Andrew Gleason, Sleepy Creek Films, Oakwood, IL
Two very peculiar men build towards a very interesting confrontation, all set in motion by events in their pasts.


10:15 p.m. – Narrative Shorts II

Trailer: DEAD THERAPY (thriller)
2014, 1 min., short directed by Jeff Kacmarynski, Vision Test Productions, Urbana, IL
Five survivors … a broken world … grief can kill.

THE LIGHT (dark comedy)
2013, 5 min., Directed by Tim Meyers, Urbana, IL
A dying woman and her minister discover the light at the end of life.

SHIP YOUR FACE (horror)
2013, 1 min., Directed by Chris & Anne Lukeman, Champaign, IL
This infomercial is guaranteed to keep you awake at night.

A BEAR IN THE WOODS (comedy)
2013, 5 min., Directed by Thomas Nicol, QuantumCat Animation, Champaign, IL
Inspired by the true story of a little boy on his first camping trip, faced with an impossible choice.

SHOT ON SIGHT (music video)
2008, 5 min., Directed by Johnnie May, Tabletop Studios, Madison, WI
Music by Mad Science Fair
A boy and his former gal pal reunite over drinks.

THE STORY OF FLOYD CRIMSON (comedy)
2013, 8 min., Directed by Andy Due, Rubber Chicken Films, Charleston, IL
This documentary looks at the hippie culture of the late 1960s with the story of who “dropped out.”

DEADLY EMBRACE (drama/noir)
2013, 22 min., Directed by Alaric Rocha, Blue Bassoon Pictures, Chicago, IL
Robert’s dreary life is shattered by the Argentine tango and a dancer named Elena.

STILL (music video)
2014, 3 min., Directed by Matt Harsh & Sam Ambler, HarsH Pro.Video/Ambler Video, Urbana, IL
Music by Megan Johns & Moonwish
Chiaroscuro emotions fill this void.

INTO THE GLASS (experimental)
2012, 3 min., Directed by Grant Czadzeck, Bad Winter Productions, Chicago, IL
Josh is a young man stuck in the repetitive cycle of everyday life. Eventually he cannot even escape the prison in which he lives.

ACROSS THE WAY (thriller)
2013, 23 min., Directed by Shan Peng, Urbana, IL
Across the Way tells the story of a young investigative journalist, Zhang, who sees something he might wish he hadn’t.

UP THE CREEK: Episode 9, “What We Drink” (“sipcom”)
2013, 5 min., Directed by Joe Taylor, Sleepy Creek Films, Oakwood, IL
The gang is whining after a long day of work at the winery and they let Grant have it the only way they know how … through song!

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As always, titles and sequence are subject to change without notice.

The 2014 New Art Film Festival is presented by C-U Confidential and sponsored by the Art Theater Co-op, ThirdSide, Champaign Movie Makers, and Shatterglass Studios.

NAFF logo design is by Midnight Oil Advertising, UIUC, Urbana, IL. NAFF poster design is by ThirdSide, Champaign, IL


IOW: A differing DRUNK history

April 12th, 2014

Ready to dig into the wonders of the Champaign-Urbana filmmaking contingent at the New Art Film Festival tomorrow evening, dearest supporters? We hope you will join us at the Art Theater Co-op for our fifth collection, a centerpiece of which is the new movie THE DRUNK directed and written by William Tanoos and Paul Fleschner of Tanoos Fleschner Pictures in Los Angeles.

Filmed not too far away from the C-U in Terre Haute, Indiana, THE DRUNK stars Tanoos as listless boozer Joe Debs, a relative of the radical United States labor leader Eugene V. Debs who decides to shape up and tackle prosecutor-slash-nemesis Bruce Frye (Tom Sizemore, BLACK HAWK DOWN) in the state political race. Debs talks long-time friend and promising young lawyer Paul Donegan (Fleschner) into helping run his campaign, while outgoing Governor Littleton (Jesse Ventura, PREDATOR) keeps an eye on this contest for personal reasons. In the heat of building up public presence, Debs meets wide-eyed Becky McKinney (Maura Kidwell), an assistant with another campaign who defects to our flawed hero’s venture. Needless to say, Debs’ platform opens up old wounds as much as it inspires new hope.

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Calendar du C-U: April 11-17

April 12th, 2014

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/11/14-4/17/14

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toWednesday, April 16: Joe Taylor (producer, UP THE CREEK), Tim Meyers (cinematographer, HEARTSHOT), Jan Militello (screenwriter, TELEMAFIA) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: C-U Confidential presents the 5th annual New Art Film Festival* co-sponsored by Thirdside, Shatterglass Studios, and Champaign Movie Makers, feat. local premiere of feature THE DRUNK (4/13, 5 p.m.-Midnight, free); visit http://newartfilmfestival.com/naff-schedule/ for full itinerary!

@ Shatterglass Studios, Champaign, IL: Champaign Movie Makers presents 2nd annual New Art Film Festival Talkback* feat. NAFF 2014 filmmakers (4/15, 7 p.m., free)

@ Phillips Recreation Center, Urbana, IL: Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition 2014: Acting auditions (4/12, 8 p.m.-4 p.m.) Contact: Jennifer Bechtel at jennifermbechtel [at] gmail [dot] com with inquiries about open time slots, etc.; by appointment only

@ Caterpillar Auditorium, State Farm Hall of Business, Illinois State University, Normal, IL: ISU Documentary Project presents The Documentary Film Festival* feat. SRIRACHA* (4/16, 7 p.m., free)

@ TBA, Springfield, IL: Indie film auditions for feature BEFORE ‘I DO’ (4/19) Contact: Kimberly Conner at kim [at] predestinedartsandentertainment [dot] com with resume/reel; by appointment only


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (4/11 on), C-U Confidential presents the 5th annual New Art Film Festival* (4/13, 5 p.m.-Midnight, free), Sing-a-Long SPICE WORLD (4/16, 10 p.m.), Late Night: NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME 1 (4/11, 4/12, 4/17, 10 p.m.), closed for private rental (4/17, 7:30 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, GRUDGE MATCH, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES, A TOUCH OF SIN, I AM DIVINE, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, more! (4/8 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: RIO 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (4/11 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: THE GREAT BEAUTY (4/11-4/14, 7 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: RIO 2, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, FROZEN, SAVING MR. BANKS (4/11-4/12)

@ Highland Room, Hilton Hotel, Springfield, IL: Central Illinois Film Commission meeting (4/17, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: RIO 2 (3-D & 2-D), THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (3-D & 2-D), GOD’S NOT DEAD (4/11 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (4/11 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: NOAH (4/11-4/13), CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (4/12, 11 a.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (4/11, 7 p.m.; 4/12, 4 & 7 p.m.; 4/13, 5 p.m.), WHAT IF… (4/13, 2 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: RIO 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (4/11-4/13)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, NEED FOR SPEED (4/11-4/13)

@ Cinemark Palace & Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Kansas City, MO: 18th annual Kansas City FilmFest (through 4/13)

POSTPONED: 3rd Buttered Corn on the Cob Film Festival @ Fluid Events Center, Champaign, IL

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Locally produced movies and events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Also find out what is “Coming Soon” by hitting the jump below. Go see ‘em, C-U!

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Sunday is a film festival funday!

April 10th, 2014

[Note: A scant few hours after the following article went live, we received word the Buttered Corn on the Cob Film Festival directors had decided to postpone their comeback event set for this Sunday, April 13, at Fluid Event Center in Champaign. It’s unfortunate but, sometimes, those mysterious forces beyond our control thwart best intentions. For now, we’ll leave our story up “as is” so you can learn about their plans for BCOC; assuming they reschedule in the near future, we’ll revise and repost at that time. Thanks! – ed.]

It seems that “pop-ups” are the Next Hip Thing in Champaign-Urbana. Small business owners who do not have a physical storefront take up temporary residence within existing spaces to sell their wares, be it arts, crafts, plants, food, or what have you. It is truly an “anything goes” concept if the space allows, so, why could that not apply to movies? We’ll let that thought percolate for a spell as we discuss a more formal arrangement between venue and event, the latter bouncing back from apparent obscurity after vacating the 2013 calendar…

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Schedule is a go for 2014 NAFF

April 5th, 2014

Good weekend, adventurous fans of the films made in Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! Little more than a week from now, C-U Confidential and friends will be enjoying the fifth annual New Art Film Festival at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, Illinois. Plan to make merry with our movie mavens on Sunday, April 13, from 5 p.m. to approximately Midnight, during which the NAFF will present almost 30 short films and the feature-length political dramedy, THE DRUNK. Please vote “yes” to experiencing and supporting our vital C-U cinema culture on the big screen!

Below you will find our press announcement issued earlier this week. A link at the end will take you to the complete 2014 schedule on the official NAFF Web site. Right before show time, we’ll update you again!

~ Jason Pankoke


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NO FOOLING! NEW ART FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS FIFTH COLLECTION OF LOCAL CINEMA TO THE ART!

(Champaign, Illinois) April 2, 2014: The day of the week has changed, but our mission to present the best in locally made cinema remains the same! The Champaign-Urbana community is invited to converge at the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, for the fifth annual New Art Film Festival (NAFF), taking place alongside the Boneyard Arts Festival organized by the 40 North 88 West arts council of Champaign County! Festival director Jason Pankoke will guide audiences through four programs, comprised of more than 20 films, in this annual celebration of independent cinema. The NAFF, presented by C-U Confidential and co-sponsored by ThirdSide, Shatterglass Studios, and Champaign Movie Makers, is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, and wrap just before Midnight. As always, admission will be free!


Highlights of the 2014 NAFF schedule include:

THE DRUNKOur feature presentation this year is a drama with comedic overtones produced by Tanoos Fleschner Pictures of Los Angeles and filmed on location in Terre Haute, Indiana, with an assist from Champaign’s own Shatterglass Studios. This fictional tale concerns the battle of wills between Joe Debs (William Tanoos), the grandson of real-life Indiana radical labor leader Eugene V. Debs, and Bruce Frye (Tom Sizemore), a prosecutor who considers the younger Debs a drunkard and persistent menace to society.

SRIRACHA – Film-loving foodies will salivate over this unique half-hour piece by Bloomington, Illinois, producer and prolific Vidblog host Griffin Hammond! It examines the history and appeal of the curious hot sauce made famous in the United States by David Tran and Huy Fong Foods of California, eschewing traditional publicity for good old fashioned word-of-mouth.

THE ART OF PULLING – This beautiful, dreamlike music video set to the song by Elsinore was produced by Chris & Oliver Cinema, a.k.a. Christopher Sotelo and Oliver Peng, of Champaign. The NAFF will play five music videos total in its fifth edition, our highest number yet!

THE HOBO & THE STORY OF FLOYD CRIMSONAndy Due and Dustin Tylman of Charleston return to the NAFF with two dryly humorous shorts. In HOBO, Due channels the whimsy of silent film performers. In FLOYD CRIMSON, Due gives peace a chance but is done in by a numbers game.

DEADLY EMBRACE – Former C-U resident Alaric Rocha directed this lush film noir in his current home, Chicago. A nebbish named Robert (Don Markus) encounters a fiery-tempered tango dancer named Elena (Elisa Dei) in an alley behind a high society club.

Please follow this link to the NAFF Web site for the complete schedule. Journalists and editors may contact NAFF program director Jason Pankoke with interview or media requests, and Art Co-op general manager Austin McCann with queries about the Art and its upcoming slate!


CONTACT

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

Austin McCann
General Manager, The Art Theater Co-op
the.art.theater [at] gmail [dot] com
217-979-9519


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Calendar du C-U: April 4-10

April 5th, 2014

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/4/14-4/10/14

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toMonday, April 7: Annelise Morris (model, C-U Confidential #5) … Thursday, April 10: Kristen Johns (videographer, Champaign Underground Video) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (4/4 on), Champaign Surplus presents Mountainfilm on Tour (4/8, 7:30 p.m.), Late Night: THE LEGO MOVIE (4/4, 10 p.m.; 4/5, 11:30 a.m. & 10 p.m.; 4/10, 10 p.m.)

@ Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL: AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary/Film Series presents THE REVOLUTIONARY (4/8, 7 p.m., free)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: ANCHORMAN 2, 47 RONIN, THE BAG MAN, AT MIDDLETON, FORGETTING THE GIRL, PSYCH (s8), BROADCHURCH (s1), more! (4/1 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (3-D & 2-D), THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (4/4 on), RIO 2 (4/10, 8 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: THE WIND RISES (4/3-4/7, 7 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: FROZEN, SAVING MR. BANKS, MUPPETS MOST WANTED, NEED FOR SPEED (4/4-4/5)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (3-D & 2-D), GOD’S NOT DEAD, NOAH, DIVERGENT (4/4 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (4/4 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MUPPETS MOST WANTED (4/4-4/6)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (4/4, 6 p.m.; 4/5, 2 & 6 p.m.; 4/6, 5 p.m.), THE ENCOUNTER: PARADISE LOST (4/6, 2 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, DIVERGENT (4/4-4/6)

NOW OPEN! @ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, THOR: THE DARK WORLD (4/4-4/6)

@ The Logan Theatre, Chicago, IL: 21st annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (through 4/6)

@ various, Madison, WI: 16th annual Wisconsin Film Festival (through 4/10)

@ Cinemark Palace & Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Kansas City, MO: 18th annual Kansas City FilmFest (4/5-4/13)

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Locally produced movies and events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Also find out what is “Coming Soon” by hitting the jump below. Go see ‘em, C-U!

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Calendar du C-U: Mar. 28-Apr. 3

March 28th, 2014

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
3/28/14-4/3/14

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, March 29: Christopher Sotelo (partner, Chris & Oliver, video production) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (3/28 on), Late Night: THE WIND RISES (3/28, 3/29, 4/2, 4/3, 10 p.m., subtitled)

@ Figure One, UIUC, Champaign, IL: UP in “Social Habitat: The Porch Project” by Heather Hart (3/29, 4 p.m., free)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illinois Public Media and ITVS present Community Cinema feat. MEDORA (4/1, 7 p.m., free)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: THE GREAT BEAUTY (Criterion), THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS, DELIVERY MAN, THE PUNK SINGER, ODD THOMAS, CALIFORNICATION (s6), VEEP (s2), more! (3/25 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, MUPPETS MOST WANTED, DIVERGENT (3/28 on), CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (4/3, 8 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: TIM’S VERMEER (3/27-3/30, 7 p.m.)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: NOAH, DIVERGENT, MUPPETS MOST WANTED, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (3-D & 2-D) (3/28 on), CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (4/3, 8 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: MUPPETS MOST WANTED (3/28 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, NON-STOP (3/27-3/30), Bland Family Fundraiser feat. MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (3/29, 11 a.m.)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (3/28, 6 p.m.; 3/29, 3 & 6 p.m.; 3/30, 5 p.m.), THE ENCOUNTER (3/30, 1 & 3 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: MUPPETS MOST WANTED, THOR: THE DARK WORLD (3/28-3/29)

@ Michigan Theater, etc., Ann Arbor, MI: 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival (through 3/30)

@ The Logan Theatre, Chicago, IL: 21st annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (4/2-4/6)

@ various, Madison, WI: 16th annual Wisconsin Film Festival (4/3-4/10)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: Season begins April 4!

UPDATE! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: Season begins April 4!

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Locally produced movies and events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Also find out what is “Coming Soon” by hitting the jump below. Go see ‘em, C-U!

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Ebertfest 2014 films revealed

March 24th, 2014

On Friday, March 21, the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced the movies to be showcased at the sixteenth annual edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival taking place on April 23-27, 2014:

Tuesday, April 22
7:00 p.m. THE TAKING OF PEHLAM ONE TWO THREE (1974, 124 min., D: Joseph Sargent)
Free pre-festival show hosted by Patton Oswalt

Wednesday, April 23
7:30 p.m. LIFE ITSELF (2014, 112 min., D: Steve James)

Thursday, April 24
1:00 p.m. MUSEUM HOURS (2013, 106 min., D: Jem Cohen)
4:00 p.m. SHORT TERM 12 (2013, 96 min., D: Destin Daniel Cretton)
9:00 p.m. YOUNG ADULT (2011, 93 min., D: Jason Reitman)

Friday, April 25
1:00 p.m. HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (1924, 85 min., D: Victor Sjöström)
Accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra
4:00 p.m. CAPOTE (2005, 114 min., D: Bennett Miller)
8:30 p.m. DO THE RIGHT THING (1989, 120 min., D: Spike Lee)

Saturday, April 26
11:00 a.m. WADJDA (2013, 97 min., D: Haifaa Al-Mansour)
2:00 p.m. A SIMPLE LIFE (2012, 118 min., D: Ann Hui)
5:00 p.m. GOODBYE SOLO (2008, 91 min., D: Ramin Bahrani)
9:00 p.m. BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989, 145 min., D: Oliver Stone)

Sunday, April 27
12:00 p.m. BAYOU MAHARAJAH (2013, 90 min., D: Lily Keber)

Key festival guests this year include Steve James (LIFE ITSELF), Patton Oswalt (YOUNG ADULT), Spike Lee (DO THE RIGHT THING), Haifaa Al-Mansour (WADJDA), Ramin Bahrani (GOODBYE SOLO), and Oliver Stone (BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY).

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL. The editors of RogerEbert.com have posted the official press release of the schedule. The Ebertfest” Web site also features individual reviews and details of signings and panel discussions. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

~ Jason Pankoke

CHLOE seeks crowd for concert

March 22nd, 2014

With so many local filmmakers in Champaign-Urbana, it’s not too difficult to get involved with their work in one way or another. Later this evening, behind-the-scenes enthusiasts and general movie lovers alike will get an opportunity to do just that!

THE GARDEN OF CHLOE, a feature-length film from the mind of Urbana director and cinematographer Johnny Robinson (CELESTE ABOVE, HOUSE OF THADDEUS) will be shooting today, Saturday, March 22, at the Independent Media Center (IMC) located in the downtown Urbana Post Office building. Performing for the scene will be several lead actors, including star Kelly Lynn Hogan, as well as The Almost “A” Quintet, a local gypsy jazz band featuring Dorothy Martirano, Chris Reyman, George Turner, Armand Beaudoin, and Ricardo Flores. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with filming beginning at 7:30 p.m. and the live, one-hour concert commencing at 8 p.m. Voluntary donations will be accepted to support the musicians.

The production is also looking for extras to take part as audience members for the evening. “Come dressed for summer. Light colors, short sleeves, sundresses, open-toed shoes, sneakers, casual but not too casual,” posted assistant director Cara Day to the CHLOE Facebook “Extras” group. “No logos or bright colors. Feel free to bring a friend/spouse.” Individuals who cannot make this “open call” IMC shoot may join the group to be kept up-to-date on future needs; be sure to scroll down for links to a brief “virtual casting” survey that will help the production get to know you quickly.

Robinson is also fundraising for CHLOE itself through Indiegogo. “We have this idea of an artist as somebody who expresses something that is real to them,” said Robinson in his “Director’s Statement” video on the Indiegogo page. “I don’t think about if the rest of the world wants to see it, because there is a micro-macro thing that, if it is meaningful to someone, other people are going to resonate. You just have to count on that.” As of yesterday, March 21, $1,360 of his $4,000 goal has been raised for the film with 21 days left.

A summary of CHLOE on Indiegogo reads, “Chloe, a free-spirited performing arts teacher, and her companions move to a small town – her childhood home. But their eclectic, bohemian life seems at odds with the small-town community. These conflicts and contentions reignite Chloe’s fears of expression, disclosure, and even the performance of her art. Chloe’s hopes and plans for the future are threatened.”

More information on the cast, crew, themes, and production needs for THE GARDEN OF CHLOE can be located on this Web site or their primary Facebook page. A “proof of concept” scene created prior to the beginning of production can be viewed below that will give you an idea of the filmmakers’ approach.

~ Lauren Laws, with Jason Pankoke


HOUSE, shorts to play on Porch

March 21st, 2014

What’s that you say, dearest readers? You can’t wait to get your New Art Film Festival fix? Why not tide yourself over by revisiting a winning set of local film favorites – including one hot project playing its first public show in Champaign-Urbana – with an engaged audience and impassioned hosts this weekend!

Dr. David Gracon, the Eastern Illinois University professor in Communications who organized the recent “Cut & Paste” Zine Symposium, and Jason Pankoke, your humble editor and game “C&P” participant, team up to talk indigenous cinema tomorrow, Saturday, March 22, at the University of Illinois’ Figure One art gallery, 116 N. Walnut St., downtown Champaign. The show is a featured event of “Social Habitat: The Porch Project,” curated by Figure One faculty coordinator Rehema C. Barber and designed by Brooklyn, New York, environment artist Heather Hart. Essentially a raised wood floor with crawlspace emulating the open-air gathering places often found on the front or back of houses, Hart’s Porch is an installation piece occupying most of the square footage at Figure One that provides a platform, of sorts, for myriad events exploring themes of reclamation and transformation.

The Saturday event will have three distinct segments. At 2 p.m., Barber will introduce a local shorts program including two directed by Thomas Nicol, A BEAR IN THE WOODS and BEDTIME FOR TIMMY, several culled from last year’s Pens to Lens set such as FLUFFYSTEIN, SUPER DUPER LOW, INTO THE MINE, THE DEVIL USES PURELL, EVEN AND ODD, and UNEXPECTED TRIP, and the lively hot sauce documentary SRIRACHA created by Bloomington filmmaker Griffin Hammond. At 4 p.m., Pankoke and Gracon will join Barber in discussion about these works and the bigger picture of independent film culture in the C-U. To conclude, Figure One will screen the Danville-made feature HOUSE OF THADDEUS at 6 p.m., possibly followed by an informal talkback with attending cast and crew members.

We hope to see many of you pop a squat on the Porch and participate, especially if not working on the sets of THE GARDEN OF CHLOE or THE THINKING MOLECULES OF TITAN. It is a good opportunity to see the Figure One space while encouraging Barber and her student organizers, by our collective presence, to schedule more showcases in the near future. Let’s make the most of it!

“Social Habitat: The Porch Project” by Heather Hart is sponsored by the UIUC School of Art + Design, School of Architecture, School of Art + Design Visitors Committee, the Jerold Ziff Fund, George Grubb, and Robert Ballsrud. Admission is free. The exhibit closes after Saturday, April 5.

~ Jason Pankoke


IOW: Groove to a 1970s ‘bot beat!

March 21st, 2014

Pimpbots breaking in their boogie shoes, because Friday! You’re welcome:

Since that pretty much spoke for itself, we probably should deliver a witticism or two to justify the inclusion of Bruce and Stumpy in today’s “Images of the Week” entry besides their sheer lo-fi awesomeness…

As of yesterday, Thursday, March 20, the kooky creatives behind Kill Vampire Lincoln Productions of Champaign have finally completed the on-line release of their “transistorpunk” opus, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE 1970s, as a seven-part Web series plus bonus larks such as the above. Anne and Chris Lukeman of Kill Vampire Lincoln have expressed interest in continuing the adventures of Spring Heeled Jack (Jonathan Harden), Susan (Maggie Gottlieb), Sam (Thomas Nicol), and Janet (Stephanie Swearingen) but no word yet on who else would return, including the Man on Roof (Peter Davis) hiding atop The Disco Pit or ill-fated Bud (Matt Fear) who transformed from restaurant manager to robo-lobotomized henchman. We’d gather anything cybernetic and Seventies-appropriate would be fair game to reemerge and pester our heroes unless the next timeline traverses the Eighties and all that concept implies. Be sure to visit their YouTube channel to watch the full episodes or this Web site for further details.

We’d like to point out the major music cuts featured in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE 1970s are original pieces composed by local musicians. Those of you who’ve already played the robot video probably realized after about the first two seconds their “King Kong” song is not your parents’ “King Kong Song” as performed by ABBA in the real-life Seventies. Michael “Guido” Esteves and Andy Moreillon wrote the tune, with the latter providing vocals and backed by Estevez, James Jones, Joe Funderburk, and Rory Grennan. On the other hand, we also share the series trailer featuring an exciting instrumental theme by composer Eric Watkins of Decatur.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Don’t let the early IOW fool you. We have two more stories regarding Saturday film culture in Champaign-Urbana before we’re wrapped for the week!

Calendar du C-U: March 21-27

March 21st, 2014

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
3/21/14-3/27/14

LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Figure One, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Film Double Feature” in “Social Habitat: The Porch Project” by Heather Hart feat. CUFS Pens to Lens short films*, BEDTIME FOR TIMMY*, A BEAR IN THE WOODS*, SRIRACHA* (2-4 p.m.), discussion with Dr. David Gracon and C-U Blogfidential editor Jason Pankoke (4-5 p.m.), HOUSE OF THADDEUS* (6-8 p.m., all free)

@ YouTube.com: ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE 1970s, Episode Seven: 1977, part 3* (3/20 on, free streaming)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL: THE GARDEN OF CHLOE feature film production during The Almost “A” Quintet performance (3/22, 7-10 p.m., numerous extras needed) Contact the production through the Web site with name, e-mail address, cell phone number if interested


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE WIND RISES (3/21 on), Late Night: THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (3/21, 3/22, 3/27, 10 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: AMERICAN HUSTLE, SAVING MR. BANKS, INSIDE LLEWELYN DAVIS, FROZEN, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, CONTRACTED, SPARKS, TORTURE: MADE IN USA, more! (3/18 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: MUPPETS MOST WANTED, DIVERGENT, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (3/21 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: HAUTE CUISINE (3/20-3/23, 7 p.m.)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: DIVERGENT, MUPPETS MOST WANTED, NEED FOR SPEED (3-D & 2-D), MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (3-D & 2-D) (3/21 on), NOAH (3-D) (3/27, 8 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: MUPPETS MOST WANTED (3/21-3/23, 3/26)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE MONUMENTS MEN (3/21-3/23), DESPICABLE ME 2 (3/22, 11 a.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. FROZEN (3/21, 5 & 7:15 p.m.; 3/22, 3 & 5:15 p.m.; 3/23, 5 p.m.), IRON MAN 3 (3/22, 1 p.m.; 3/23, 1 & 3 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: MUPPETS MOST WANTED, FROZEN (3/21-3/22)

@ Michigan Theater, etc., Ann Arbor, MI: 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival (3/25-3/30)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: Season begins April 4!

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: Closed for the season!

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Locally produced movies and events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Also find out what is “Coming Soon” by hitting the jump below. Go see ‘em, C-U!

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WHAM’s big hit is Feminist Fest

March 18th, 2014

We here at C-U Blogfidential try our best to be well-rounded, as Champaign-Urbana centered film enthusiasts proud to embrace non-mainstream ideals such as feminism. This is why, in honor of the national Women’s History Month, we bring your attention to the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival (CIFFF) taking place now through Thursday, March 20, at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Now in its seventh year, CIFFF is presented by the EIU Women’s Studies Program in March as part of the school’s annual Women’s History and Awareness Month (WHAM) programming. The festival is meant to promote the mission of Women’s Studies and an understanding of how issues related to gender, age, race, economic status, sexual identity, and nationality affect women’s lives and the communities in which they live. This year’s WHAM theme is “Wo(men) in Nature and Nurture,” and the curated feature films playing alongside festival submissions coincide with this theme.

The CIFFF continues later this afternoon, Tuesday, March 18, with BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO, produced as well as written and directed by Jessica Oreck. It is Oreck’s first feature-length film and is about Japan’s love of insects. In the Director’s Statement on the film’s official Web site, Oreck explains, “In making [this film] I am striking a new and unconventional approach to science education. My goal is to reach children and adults alike, and to help reframe their relationship with the natural world.” The film, winner of “Best Documentary” at the East Oregon Film Festival in 2010, plays today at 3:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall.

The second feature of CIFFF’s Day Two is REFRIGERATOR MOTHERS, a documentary by David E. Simpson, J.J. Hanley, and Gordon Quinn produced through Kartemquin Films (STEVIE, LIFE ITSELF) of Chicago. It talks about the mothers of autistic children who faced discrimination from the 1950s through 1970s for the mistaken belief their own faulty parenting had caused the developmental disorder that their children suffered from. REFRIGERATOR will begin tonight at 7 p.m. in the Coleman Hall Auditorium.

Following this screening will be a roundtable discussion to address the multiple issues surrounding autism and its diagnosis and causes. The panelists will be Kristen Gharst, Family Resource Coordinator for the Autism Program of the Charleston Transitional Facility-Illinois; Dr. Gail Richard, chair of the CDS Department, future home of EIU’s Autism Center; and Marjorie Hanft, instructor in the EIU Department of Psychology who has professional and personal experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

On Wednesday, March 19, the festival will announce and then screen the winning films submitted by aspiring filmmakers and directors from all over the United States as well as Canada, Israel, and the Philippines. The CIFFF committee received more than 20 pieces on topics relating to gender and/or social justice issues; films that link local and global issues; and films created by people underrepresented in the media field: women, people of color, queer/transgender people, or people with disabilities. The first place, second place, and honorable mention winners in “Documentary” and “Fiction” categories, as well as a select student film, will be shown beginning at 4 p.m. at Coleman.

The CIFFF comes to a close on Thursday, March 20, with a screening of STORIES WE TELL, a documentary by Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley (AWAY FROM HER, DAWN OF THE DEAD) who acts as both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. STORIES will play Coleman at 7 p.m.

The festival kicked off yesterday, Monday, March 17, 3 p.m., at Lumpkin Hall Auditorium with SERVICE: WHEN WOMEN COME MARCHING HOME, a documentary by Marcia Rock and Patricia Lee Stotter. The film “…portrays the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives. We see the horrific traumas they faced, their invisible as well as physical injuries, and all their challenges in receiving benefits and care,” per the official Web site.

All screenings and associated events are free to attend and open to the public. For up-to-date notices about CIFFF 2014, please visit their Facebook page.

~ Z, with Jason Pankoke

Ad buys available for CUZine 8

March 17th, 2014

We’re guessing some of you have been wondering, given the atypical release date of our annual C-U Confidential print digest last fall season, when we intended to deliver the follow-up edition. Well, dearest business-minded readers and Confidential philanthropists, guess no more!

Let’s reclaim our traditional April street date, synonymous with Roger Ebert’s Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, next month. As usual, our best intentions and diligent efforts do not ensure final product when it comes to affording those pesky bills, so we invite you to purchase advertising space in the pages of C-U Confidential #8 which will be distributed for free April 23-27 during “Ebertfest.” Each issue is a compact summation of movie activity in Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond, comprised mainly of all-new material not appearing on C-U Blogfidential. Can we make this happen and show the citizens of the C-U what we’re up to, sooner rather than later?

Click here for our “short form” advertising rates, comparable to what we offered in CUZine #7, and scroll to the bottom for links to downloadable PDFs you can easily share with colleagues or collaborators. Please consider promoting your media and cultural pursuits in C-U Confidential! Final deadline to place is Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5 p.m.

~ Jason Pankoke

[Updated 3/25/14, 11:45 p.m. CST]

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