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.
PLAYING THIS WEEK
Happy Birthday to … Friday, April 22: Chelsea Norton (co-host, Surfabilly Freakout show, WEFT 90.1 FM) … Sunday, April 24: Ron Bonk (filmmaker, SHE KILLS) … Monday, April 25: Marty McKee (contributor, 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die, ed. Stephen Jay Schneider) … celebrate!
Passings … Wednesday, April 6: Flora Faraci, 77 (original owner, Jane Addams Book Shop, Champaign) … you will be missed.
10 Years Ago … Saturday, April 22, 2006: The University of Illinois students of Illini Film & Video premiere their feature length horror-comedy, THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VS. A MUMMY. Involving dozens of undergraduates and taking the better part of two academic years to finish, MUMMY plays at 7 and 9 p.m. in the lecture auditorium of Noyes Laboratory on the UI Main Quad, with an encore set for the following afternoon at the UI Spurlock Museum a few blocks away. The prerequisite DVD of this project, envisioned by IFV president Chris Lukeman as a way to encourage club members to work together as a team and try out multiple roles on a single production, would debut the next month and become a long-standing ice breaker for incoming freshmen unfamiliar with the group. In recent years, MUMMY has been in permanent late-night rotation on UI-7, the broadcasting service of the university. As reported on 4/15/06, 4/21/06, 5/14/06 at CUBlog.
10 Years Ago … Sunday, April 23, 2006: BrainSmart Productions, a townie collective led by lo-fi filmmakers Jason Butler and Mark Peaslee, unleashes “Episode 2” of their action-filled B-movie WEREWOLF CEMETERY. The program introducing this newest creation also features “Episode 1” of the “gravediggers vs. lycanthropes vs. normal folk from the big city” epic, the first installment of smaller-scale series THE ADVENTURES OF THE SCREAMING APE, and a music video for “Serrated Edge” by The Living Blue, playing both this night and the next at the stroke of midnight in the beer garden of Mike ‘n Molly’s in downtown Champaign. Four segments total of WEREWOLF would eventually be made by Butler and company, although one must be tight with participants to access the full episodes as they have never been formally released on home video or uploaded for on-line streaming. This is about as underground as it gets with the films of Champaign-Urbana! As reported on 4/15/06, 4/22/16 at CUBlog.
FLICKER OF THE WEEK
Emerging from this flashback haze filling MFHQ as of late, a couple of items have caught our eye and therefore become “FOW” for today! We receive another opportunity to watch contemporary Asian cinema with an audience on Mon., Apr. 25, at the UI Spurlock Museum’s Knight Auditorium, and Tues., Apr. 26, at UI Unit One/Allen Hall’s Main Lounge – both in Urbana and beginning at 7 p.m. – when South Korean actress and filmmaker Pang Eun-jin is welcomed to campus. She will introduce and discuss the wrongful imprisonment drama WAY BACK HOME (2013) on Mon. and the murder plot thriller PERFECT NUMBER (2012) on Tues. during a visit sponsored by the UI Center for Advanced Study and other departments. Elsewhere, the Art Theater Co-op is offering one of their patented smorgasbord schedules in which everything looks good, although the title intriguing us most is VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT (Zeitgeist Films) from the acclaimed filmmaker Ada Ushpiz. This documentary is an engrossing look at the life and idiosyncratic leanings of the German-born Jewish theorist whose controversial views on mid-20th century politics and society fueled such written works as The Human Condition (1958), which she preferred to call Vita Activa or “The Active Life.”
LOCAL FILMS, ETC.
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@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: MARGUERITE (4/22, 4/23, 4/27, 4/28), VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT (4/22-4/24, 4/27, 4/28), HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (4/24, 4/25, 4/27), Essential Cinema 022: MARNIE (4/23, 1 p.m.; 4/24, 4/25, 7 p.m.; 4/26, 7:30 p.m.), UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship presents “Jazz Without Borders” event w/vintage filmed performances, discussion, music demonstrations (4/26, 5:30 p.m., free), THE INVITATION (4/22, 4/23, 4/27, 4/28, 10 p.m.)
@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. RIDE ALONG 2 (4/22, 4/23, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)
@ Room 112, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illinifest*: University of Illinois Student Film Festival (4/24, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., free) Information
@ Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL: UI Center for Advanced Study presents “An Evening with Actress, Director, and Author Pang Eun-jin” feat. WAY BACK HOME (4/25, 7 p.m., free)
@ Main Lounge, Unit One/Allen Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: PERFECT NUMBER w/filmmaker Pang Eun-jin (4/26, 7 p.m., free)
@ Room 205, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (4/28, 7:30 p.m.)
@ Main Level, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Time/Image” modern art exhibition (free; exhibit runs through 4/23)
@ Lower Level, Classroom Studio B, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Documenting Equality” student video projects (free: exhibit runs through 4/23)
@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/22 on)
@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: ISU Program in Arts Technology presents 2016 Arts Tech Film Fest feat. WARGAMES (4/21, 7 p.m.) and CREATIVE CONTROL (4/22-4/24, 7 p.m.; 4/22 w/filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson), WEIRD SCIENCE (4/22, 10:30 p.m.), Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (4/28, 7 p.m.)
@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Screen 1), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE BOSS (Screen 2) (4/22-4/23)
@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: EYE IN THE SKY, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), ZOOTOPIA (4/22 on)
@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/22 on)
@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (4/22-4/24), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (4/23, 11 a.m., free)
@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/22-4/24)
@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE REVENANT (4/22-4/24)
@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, FAN, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/22 on)
@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, MILES AHEAD, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CHONGQING HOT POT, CRIMINAL, EYE IN THE SKY, THE JUNGLE BOOK (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/22 on), NORM OF THE NORTH (4/22-4/24, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Sony Pictures present ON THE WATERFRONT (4/24, 2 p.m.; 4/27, 7 p.m.)
@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/22 on)
@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE REVENANT, NORM OF THE NORTH, FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK, THE LADY IN THE VAN, MISCONDUCT, WHAT LOLA WANTS, IP MAN 3, ASSASSIN, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (s6), HAVEN (s5), more! (4/19 on)
@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE JUNGLE BOOK, KUNG FU PANDA 3 (4/22-4/23)
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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