Calendar: May 25-31, 2018

May 25th, 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!

5/25: David Gracon (creator, ORDINARY VIDEO SERIES)
5/27: William Anthony Sebastian Rose II (actor, DAUGHTERS)
5/30: Cameron Counts (owner, Cam’s Comics)

 

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

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | [FI!O (For Informants! Only)]

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
RGB (5/25 on), THE ENDLESS (5/25-5/26, 10 p.m.), Stories from the City, Stories from the State: ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES (5/26-5/27, 12:30 p.m.), Essential Cinema – “Unruly Women”: CARMEN JONES (5/29, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BOOK CLUB, BREAKING IN, DEADPOOL 2, LIFE OF THE PARTY, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, SHOW DOGS (5/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GAME NIGHT, RED SPARROW, THE 15:17 TO PARIS, I KILL GIANTS, FAMILY OF LIES, NIGHT ZERO, FATAL CROSSING, SOFT MATTER, DAPHNE & VELMA, more! (5/22 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BOOK CLUB, BREAKING IN, DEADPOOL 2, LIFE OF THE PARTY, OVERBOARD, A QUIET PLACE, SHOW DOGS, GREASE (5/27, 5/30), A CHANCE IN THE WORLD (5/30, 7 p.m.), ANDY IRONS: KISSED BY GOD (5/31, 7 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. PETER RABBIT, Anniversary Plaza (5/31, 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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Art to present Chicago film series

May 22nd, 2018

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It has been apparent the staff of the Art Theater, led by interim programmer Dora Valkanova since the departure a few months ago of general manager Austin McCann, has a few new ideas to try out on their clientele. We’ve already seen films of a similar milieu pitted against one another, late night choices finally reflecting late night tastes, and a handful of big studio previews take up space on the schedule opposite the expected first-run selections, but you can imagine how their newest concept might grab our attention a few blocks down at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters. Once a month for the next four months beginning tonight, Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 p.m., the Art will introduce a current Illinois-produced work for viewing and discussion under the banner “Stories from the City, Stories from the State.” This evening, first-time feature filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope will appear to discuss issues underlying the story told by her documentary ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES, recounting a massive embezzlement scheme that was undertaken by Rita Crundwell, a former city official in the small town of Dixon, Illinois, allowing her to lead an extravagant lifestyle and horse-breeding business that went unchecked for two decades. In an interview between Pope and Nicole Anderson Cobb published yesterday on Smile Politely, she stresses the need for its audience to look past the sensational aspects and realize that all citizens are accountable to a degree for managing the behavior and actions of their elected leaders.

After repeats of HORSES on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, the series will continue on June 26 with ROGERS PARK, the only narrative selection, and then on July 16 with the shorter pieces GADGET GIRLS and ’63 BOYCOTT before wrapping it up on August 8 with the acclaimed MINDING THE GAP. Click on the titles in the press release below to access descriptions of these films and biographies of guests who will visit the Art in support of their work; it will be quickly apparent that all the non-fiction choices are associated with the great civic-minded Chicago production house, Kartemquin Films, and everything is anchored on people, places, and occurrences in far northern Illinois – Dixon in HORSES, Rockford in MINDING THE GAP, Chicago in the rest – hence the word choice of our headline. We vote for this particular program to succeed so the Art is encouraged to come up with future installments, the planning of which needs to cast a net wider than what can be caught off the shoreline of Lake Michigan. However, a good-to-great film is a good-to-great film, no matter its origin, so we put our trust in their hands to make smart and compelling selections.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. ROGERS PARK and MINDING THE GAP have also figured in a pilot program called “Illinois Film Tour,” a partnership between IFP Chicago and Full Spectrum Features with support from Illinois Humanities. The former played Springfield in January, the latter played Galesburg last week, and future visits to additional cities are presumably in the works.

p.s.2 Both of the above ventures feel more in line with a kind of film outreach we might have wanted to see in the past. During our sporadically ranty days on C-U Blogfidential, we groused about the Hollywood tendency to place its production focus on Chicagoland. This tack will make a demure return in a fresh Confidential Almanac entry set to appear in this week’s Calendar.

p.s.3 Since we regularly put our (non-existent) money where our mouths are, we have no problem with stressing the disparity of Chicago v. Rest of Illinois in film business and culture that persists to this day. Maybe that’s the only way we’ll ever know.

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From May 7, 2018:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE STATE: AN ILLINOIS FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT

CHAMPAIGN, IL (May 7, 2018): The Art Theater is excited to announce its new series, “Stories from the City, Stories from the State: An Illinois Filmmaker Showcase,” which spotlights five films made in Illinois and their directors. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director who will be in town for the screening. For more information about each film, click on the film titles below to read further at the Art’s Web site.

The series starts with the critically-acclaimed documentary, ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES, which tells the story of Rita Crundwell, city comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Illinois, who gained notoriety as the mastermind behind one of the largest cases of municipal fraud in U.S. history. The second title, ROGERS PARK, is a feature film that follows the lives of two couples in Chicago’s progressive neighborhood by the same name. The film recently received recognition as a New York Times “Critic’s Pick.” In July, we welcome the artistic director and co-founder of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn, with his latest film ’63 BOYCOTT, which documents the Chicago boycotts against school segregation of the same year. Mr. Quinn will be joined by Risé Sanders-Weir, whose short film GADGET GIRLS will precede ’63 BOYCOTT. Last but not least, MINDING THE GAP, an outstanding new documentary from Kartemquin Films and winner of the “U.S. Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking” at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of three childhood friends as they navigate the murky waters to adulthood and confront their personal demons and histories of abuse.

The “Stories from the City, Stories from the State” series is brought to you thanks to the Art Theater’s Annual Membership program. We thank all annual members for your continued support of the Art Theater. If you are not a member, please consider becoming a member today by visiting this page. Your membership directly supports the Art’s presentation of independent films like the ones featured in this series.

We hope you will join us in celebrating some of the best films made in Illinois in the last few years and their filmmakers.

The Art Theater is a program of the 501(c)(3) Art Film Foundation. We are a community-based, mission-driven, and member-supported organization.


CONTACT

Dora Valkanova
Interim Programmer
programmer [at] thearttheater [dot] org


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Calendar: May 18-24, 2018

May 19th, 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!

5/19: Lissa Massa (actress, untitled Colin Price crime film)
5/19: Gerry Kissell (artist, IDW Publishing)


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

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

50 Years AgoMay 16-17, 1968: Forty-one film shorts are presented to the public over consecutive evenings during the first Champaign-Urbana Film Contest at the McKinley Foundation on the University of Illinois campus. Although the programs for “Part I” on Thursday, March 15, and “Part II” on Friday, March 17, are dominated by student work, the organizers from the Champaign-Urbana Film Group solicited entries from all residents of Champaign County according to a Daily Illini article run on Thursday, April 4 – meaning, it is most likely the first true local film festival to be held in the Twin Cities. Cash prizes totaling more than $500 are handed out to several young directors by a judging panel of theater, literature, and film professionals from the area including Edwin Jahiel of the UI French Department and John Weir of the university’s Motion Picture Production Center. The “first place” award is given to CENTURY OF DESIGN by Robert Vollmer and Dean Alexander “for its imaginative use of documentary technique” per a DI follow-up report on Tuesday, May 21. One of the students in charge of the contest, Ron Epple, would become ubiquitous with movie promotions in the UI community for two decades; his other ventures included Aardvark Films, a C-U Film Group predecessor, Expanded Cinema Group, known for its underground and experimental focus, and Picture Start, a short film distributor with a sizeable roster of independently-made animation that booked non-theatrical showings across the United States.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “BYOG Light Modifiers”, Robeson Pavilion Room C (5/21, 7 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (5/18 on), ANNIHILAITON (5/18-5/19, 5/24, 10 p.m.; 5/20, 12 p.m.), Stories from the City, Stories from the State: ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES (5/22, 7:30 p.m., w/filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope), Brilliant Corners: EL MAR LA MAR (5/23, 7:30 p.m., w/co-director J.P. Sniadecki)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BOOK CLUB, DEADPOOL 2, DISOBEDIENCE, SHOW DOGS, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BLACK PANTHER, BREAKING IN, I FEEL PRETTY, LIFE OF THE PARTY, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE (5/18 on), SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (5/24 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BLACK PANTHER, SAMSON, SUBMERGENCE, THE FORGIVEN, APARTMENT 212, I AM MLK JR., PLEASE STAND BY, THE HONOR LIST, THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES (s2), more! (5/15 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BOOK CLUB, DEADPOOL 2, SHOW DOGS, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BREAKING IN, I FEEL PRETTY, LIFE OF THE PARTY, OVERBOARD, A QUIET PLACE, TULLY (5/18 on), CLUELESS (5/20, 5/23), Studio Ghibli Fest: PORCO ROSSO (5/20 (dubbed), 5/21 (subtitled)), GODSPEED: THE RACE ACROSS AMERICA (5/22, 7 p.m.), SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (5/24 on)

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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SEEDS, more sewn in busy spring

May 16th, 2018

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One-two-three-four! We’re making some noise this week on C-U Blogfidential to ensure you read about the premieres of four distinct projects with area ties as well as view their videos, despite the fact we’re trailing badly in the “timely news” department!

We’ll first recount a 24-hour cycle that began the evening of Wednesday, May 3, when the Avon Theater in downtown Decatur hosted the public debut of the documentary UNDERGROUND SOUND by media entrepreneurs Ben Harl and Adam Thompson of Dark Soul Entertainment. Between the two previews released in advance, one a rapid-fire introduction to the film’s interviewees and the other positing Big Questions about the worth of music in our lives and communities, it’s clear that UNDERGROUND serves as a loving overview of Decatur’s current music scene. Since those outside the Soy City won’t necessarily be familiar with their movers, shakers, and beat makers, the production is a welcome addition to the slowly growing stable of local rock docs. That said, we’re happy to see movie music composer Eric Watkins and versatile guitarist Michael “Guido” Estevez included in the mix.

DVD copies of UNDERGROUND sold out mere days after the show, which doubled as a benefit to raise funds for the Decatur chapter of the First Gig Rock N’ Roll Camp for Kids, so lucky for you it goes live on YouTube for free streaming on Monday, May 21. Also be sure to follow Dark Soul on Facebook and watch for future news on their first long-form narrative, STORY OF THE YEAR, scheduled to be shot this summer according to recent postings.

While the UNDERGROUND crowd and the rest of our Midwest slumbered that night, a cult film with a pieced-together reputation was finally reconsidered on the whole thanks to the efforts of Ed Glaser from Neon Harbor Entertainment in Champaign. Viewing groups in London, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, set up simultaneous “Star Wars Day” unveilings on their May 4 to bask in the glow of a new 2K transfer for the 1982 Turkish pulp adventure DÜNYAYI KURTARAN ADAM, or, THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD. Appearing in London to address the Remakesploitation Film Club at the Cinema Museum, Glaser certainly relayed his “holy grail” discovery tale in which he met a retired projectionist in Turkey who had in his collection a 35mm print of the opus, known colloquially as TURKISH STAR WARS due in part to the producers’ inclusion of permanently borrowed effects footage and soundtrack scores from Hollywood blockbusters of the era. Glaser purchased the print, believing it the only one still in existence, and had it digitized to share anew.

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Calendar: May 11-17, 2018

May 12th, 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!

5/17: Ben Harl (producer, UNDERGROUND SOUND)


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

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Wyndham Springfield City Centre Hotel, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission meeting, Grill Breakfast Room (5/17, 7 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LEAN ON PETE (5/11 on), BRAIN DAMAGE (5/11-5/12, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BREAKING IN, LIFE OF THE PARTY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BLACK PANTHER, BLOCKERS, I FEEL PRETTY, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRUTH OR DARE, TULLY, A WRINKLE IN TIME (5/11 on), DEADPOOL/DEADPOOL 2 double feature (5/17, 4 p.m.), DEADPOOL 2 (5/17 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
FIFTY SHADES FREED, FIRST WE TAKE BROOKLYN, BATMAN NINJA, PARADOX, WRAITH, COUNTY LINE, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (s1), more! (5/1 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BREAKING IN, LIFE OF THE PARTY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BAD SAMARITAN, I FEEL PRETTY, OVERBOARD, A QUIET PLACE, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRUTH OR DARE, TULLY, A WRINKLE IN TIME (5/11 on), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (5/13, 5/16), AMERICAN DREAM: DETROIT (5/15, 7 p.m.), National Theatre Live: Macbeth (5/17, 7 p.m., recorded), DEADPOOL/DEADPOOL 2 double feature (5/17, 4:30 p.m.), DEADPOOL 2 (5/17 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (5/12, 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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Calendar: May 4-10, 2018

May 5th, 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!

5/4: Andrew J. Rausch (author, Fifty Filmmakers)
5/5: Chris Lukeman (co-director, THE DOUBLE MACHINE, Pens to Lens 2017)


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

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Indie Art Convention & Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 2/28; Regular: 3/31; Late: 4/14; Extended: 4/30


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

15 Years AgoFriday, May 2, 2003: TRIAD, the first University of Illinois student film of scope to emerge in the Illini Film & Video era, receives its premiere this evening at the Armory Building’s lecture space, Armory 101. Conceived by LAS candidate and musician Chris Folkens from a screenplay by Katharine Broihan, Ray Perry, and himself, the narrative featurette concerns a trio of undergraduate friends played by Evan Dollard, Hayley Maree Jannesen, and Adam Pasen who unwittingly learn more than they desire about a ghostly curse involving three academic buildings at their school. Slickly imagined in the style of visual Hollywood filmmakers like Michael Mann and Michael Bay on a shoestring budget, TRIAD is also scheduled for a reprise tomorrow, Saturday, May 3, during the end-of-semester IFV festival. Folkens is even planning to release prepackaged DVD editions and stock them on the shelves of Campustown merchants like T.I.S. College Bookstore and That’s Rentertainment. Before graduation and a move to Chicago to join the famed Leo Burnett advertising agency, the director-producer would follow TRIAD with the more assured bioweapon thriller TOXIN, also created in Champaign-Urbana. Both he and Dollard made subsequent inroads into the entertainment industry, the former as a promotional video producer for the ABC-TV network in Los Angeles and the latter as a winning contestant on the AMERICAN GLADIATORS revival and frequent competitor on AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR.

25 Years AgoThursday, May 6, 1993: The production crew behind WITH HONORS, an upcoming collegiate drama starring Brendan Fraser, Moira Kelly, Josh Hamilton, and Patrick Dempsey, utilizes the University of Illinois Main Quad to capture a climactic moment. It is one of several location shoots across the United States that will meld together on-screen to depict the settings for the story, Harvard University and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Numerous locals fill the need for extras, sitting about the young actors in the guises of fellow students, faculty, and family members, for a graduation ceremony scene staged at the south end of the Quad with a dressed Foellinger Auditorium as an architectural backdrop. Present for the faux festivities is the celebrated writer Gore Vidal, who plays a Harvard professor and faculty advisor to Fraser’s character Monty Kessler, while the popular comedic actor Joe Pesci, appearing as a wiseacre street person with a dreamer’s soul who becomes an unofficial mentor to Monty, is nowhere to be found. Activity is scheduled to wrap by this evening although, according to News-Gazette coverage at the time, several members of the WITH HONORS team will have spent most of the week in the immediate area before their visit is through. Warner Bros. would open the Spring Creek Productions film a year later almost to the day on Friday, April 29, 1994, at slightly more than 1,000 theaters nationwide. Quad footage can be seen briefly in the accompanying music video for the movie’s hit theme song, “I’ll Remember,” performed by Madonna; WITH HONORS director Alex Keshishian previously worked on the pop star’s concert tour documentary, MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE, as well as several of her other videos.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign County Historical Museum, Champaign, IL
CCHM Speaker Series – Perry Morris: “Vaudeville and the New Orpheum Theatre” (5/10, 7 p.m., free w/ticket)

@ Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana, IL
Open casting call for DEATH ON THE STREETS independent feature film, north hallway (5/6, call (210) 355-2439 to set audition time) | Information | Synopsis

@ Sipyard, Urbana, IL
CUDO Happy Hour: Pens to Lens 2018 poster design meeting (5/9, 5:30 p.m.)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LEAN ON PETE (5/4 on), THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2 (5/4-5/5, 5/9-5/10, 10 p.m.), AMADEUS: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (5/8, 7:15 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
A OR B, BAD SAMARITAN, TULLY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BLACK PANTHER, BLOCKERS, I FEEL PRETTY, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRUTH OR DARE (5/4 on)

@ English Building, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 160 (5/7, 7 p.m.)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
PETER RABBIT, 12 STRONG, WINCHESTER, IN THE FADE, THELMA, ALL I WISH, TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL, SHAMELESS (s8), ATLANTA (s1), more! (5/1 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BAD SAMARITAN, OVERBOARD, TULLY, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BLOCKERS, I FEEL PRETTY, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, READY PLAYER ONE, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRUTH OR DARE (5/4 on), MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (5/6, 5/9), THE BOXCAR CHILREN: SURPRISE ISLAND (5/8, 4 p.m.), Puffs: Filmed Live Off Broadway (5/9, 7 p.m., recorded), DIGIMON ADVENTURE TRI: COEXISTENCE (5/10, 7:30 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
THE HELP (5/8, 5/10, 7 p.m.)

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

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Calendar: Apr. 27-May 3, 2018

April 27th, 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!

4/28: John Isberg (music video producer, The Great Crusades/SNST/Poster Children)
4/29: Sophie McMahan (poster artist, Shocktober at the Art Theater/Terror in the Aisles)


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

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Indie Art Convention & Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 2/28; Regular: 3/31; Late: 4/14; Extended: 4/30


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL
UNDERGROUND SOUND* documentary premiere and fundraiser for First Gig Rock N’ Roll Camp for Kids – Decatur (5/3, 6 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. Q&A, 7 p.m. film)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
4th annual Illinifest Student Film Festival*, Gregory Hall Auditorium (4/28, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., free)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Benefit concert assisting R.A.C.E.S., EMPOWERED* Web series (4/27, 7 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Golden Corn Film Festival* (IFV/Photon student films), Lincoln Hall Theater (5/2, 6:30 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
ISLE OF DOGS (4/27 on), SUPERMAN THE MOVIE (4/27-4/28, 10 p.m.; 4/29, 11:30 a.m.; 5/3, 10 p.m.), SUSPIRIA (5/1, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BLACK PANTHER, BLOCKERS, I FEEL PRETTY, ISLE OF DOGS, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, READY PLAYER ONE, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRAFFIK, TRUTH OR DARE (4/27 on)

@ English Building, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 160 (4/30, 7 p.m.)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE, PADDINGTON 2, DEN OF THIEVES, HOSTILES, FOREVER MY GIRL, MY FRIEND DAHMER, THE STRANGE ONES, BOMB CITY, DEAR DICTATOR, 7 GUARDIANS OF THE TOMB, more! (4/24 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BLOCKERS, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, I FEEL PRETTY, ISLE OF DOGS, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, READY PLAYER ONE, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRUTH OR DARE (4/27 on), The Metropolitan Opera: Cendrillion (4/28, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 5/2, 1 & 6:30 p.m., recorded), THE NOTEBOOK (4/29, 5/2), LIKE ARROWS (5/1, 5/3, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. FIFTY SHADES FREED, Pine Lounge (4/27-4/28, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

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

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Student fests to fill semester’s end

April 25th, 2018

We have a pop quiz today, dearest readers! Ready? First question: What is the title of the vintage University of Illinois student-made feature that will be given a second shot at domestic distribution by Vinegar Syndrome later this year? We revealed the answer, SHOT, in our post from last week. Second question: When did UIUC students publish the first issue of their film journal MacGuffin? It made its campus debut the very same day as SHOT back in March 1973 as recounted in our recent Confidential Almanac entry. Third and final question: Who are the undergraduates today filling the shoes of those who once acted upon their own interests to examine the art of cinema while schooling in Urbana, and how do we discover their doings? Why, keep reading this passage and you will learn about three opportunities taking place in the next week at which students will showcase contemporary shorts created by their peers from near and far, far away!

The first event is scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, April 25, as the UI Women’s Resources Center stages their ninth Feminist Film Festival at a new venue, the auditorium of Lincoln Hall. Filling in for departed guiding light Rachel Storm, who now works for the city of Urbana, interim WRC assistant director Sylwia Dutka and her volunteers will continue the show’s valuable outreach by presenting a set of works by current employees and enrolled students at UIUC that use unique voices and potent storytelling to tackle aspects of feminism and social justice in the current climate. A catered reception will begin at 7 p.m., providing audience members a chance to mingle with the evening’s filmmakers before the program begins.

On Saturday, April 28, the next collection of film shorts will be displayed in the auditorium of neighboring Gregory Hall as part of the fourth Illinifest Student Film Festival, organized by the classmates of the Media and Cinema Studies (MACS) 464 course taught by Dora Valkanova. They have curated more than 30 movie projects to share, split between those made by students from Midwest academia including Illinois (“Midwest Student” category) and others welcomed from across the globe (“World Competition” category). They will also facilitate two panels, one on sexual harassment in the media industry and another on emerging distribution platforms, populated by faculty and professionals with careers pertinent to the topics. You can become familiar with the films as well as a surprisingly seasoned roster of guests, including the judging panel, at their Web site. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and activities will run all day long.

Finally, the long-running Illini Film & Video club will partner with fellow RSO Photon Pictures to present the UI student body with a sampling of their best pieces. Their event collaboration, the Golden Corn Film Festival, will put on an “old Hollywood” air at the Lincoln Hall auditorium on next Wednesday, May 2, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and videos projecting from 6:30 p.m. on. Graduate student Rachel Berry and the rest of the IFV and PP board members are not only planning a big show with 13 shorts produced between the clubs, but they’re also cooking up goodies for a “movie-themed bake sale” to help cover Golden Corn costs; go find them on the UI Main Quad tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to show your support for their show. Yum!

Admission is free for all programs.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: April 20-26, 2018

April 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!

4/21: William Kephart (actor, THE SHERIFF’S CHILDREN)
4/24: Ron Bonk (director, HOUSE SHARK)
4/25: Marty McKee (writer, Johnny LaRue’s Crane Shot)


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

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Indie Art Convention & Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 2/28; Regular: 3/31; Late: 4/14; Extended: 4/30


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall Theater, UIUC, Urbana, IL
9th annual student Feminist Film Festival* (4/25, 7-9 p.m., free)

@ One Main Plaza (starting point), Champaign, IL
“Champaign Theater History” tour by Discover CU (4/22, 1 p.m., ticket required)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
ISLE OF DOGS (4/20), BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (4/20-4/21, 4/25-4/26, 10 p.m.), Essential Cinema: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (4/23, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
I FEEL PRETTY, SUPER TROOPERS 2, TRAFFIK, ACRIMONY, BLACK PANTHER, BLOCKERS, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, ISLE OF DOGS, THE MIRACLE SEASON, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, READY PLAYER ONE, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO, TRUTH OR DARE (4/20 on), AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (4/26 on)

@ English Building, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 160 (4/23, 7 p.m.)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE POST, THE COMMUTER, DEEP BLUE SEA 2, CONSUMED*, HONOR UP, THE TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES, MOHAWK, 4/20 MASSACRE, TRUE TO THE GAME, more! (4/17 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
I FEEL PRETTY, SUPER TROOPERS 2, BEIRUT, BLACK PANTHER, BLOCKERS, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, THE DEATH OF STALIN, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, ISLE OF DOGS, LOVE, SIMON, THE MIRACLE SEASON, A QUIET PLACE, RAMPAGE, READY PLAYER ONE, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO, TRUTH OR DARE (4/20 on), THE EMOJI MOVIE (4/20-4/22, 10 a.m.), WAYNE’S WORLD (4/22, 4/25), Studio Ghibli Fest: THE CAT RETURNS (4/22 (dubbed), 4/23 (subtitled)), FRAGMENTS OF TRUTH (4/24, 7 p.m.), “Cobra Kai Premiere Event” feat. THE KARATE KID (1984) and COBRA KAI (s1 ep1 & 2) (4/25, 7 p.m.), AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (4/26 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. DEN OF THIEVES, Pine Lounge (4/20-4/21, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
UIUC College of Media presents the 20th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (through 4/22)

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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VinSyn nabs UI film fugitive SHOT

April 18th, 2018

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Well, well, well. While the moviegoers of Champaign-Urbana will be flocking to the Virginia Theater later today, Wednesday, April 18, for opening night of the 20th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, during which University of Illinois alumnus and Hollywood director Andrew Davis will introduce his 1993 smash hit THE FUGITIVE, we relish the thought of welcoming home another movie runaway. Chicago area native Lee Jones has given us permission to share that his prolific boutique distributor and streaming service, Vinegar Syndrome of Bridgeport, Connecticut, will restore the UIUC student-made feature SHOT and release it on Blu-ray disc later this year!

Although not yet announced in any formal sense, the acquisition of SHOT was first teased on social media last July; eagle-eyed C-U Blogfidential friend Jeff Kacmarynski (DREAD FLUSH) caught this reveal via the film canister photograph seen above and below. The container’s label clearly sports the names of UIUC graduates Nate Kohn, the long-standing director of “Ebertfest and a professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, and Mitch Brown, a veteran lieutenant colonel in Civil Air Patrol training and son of the late novelist Dee Brown. They served respectively as producer and writer/director on SHOT, a massive undertaking for the student group Cinemaguild that premiered 45 years ago on March 28, 1973, at what is known today as Foellinger Auditorium.

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Calendar: April 13-19, 2018

April 14th, 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!

4/16: Tim Meyers (co-director, THE POTATO BOY, Pens to Lens 2016)
4/18: Mike Trippiedi (actor, THE WEREBANANA/THE LUCHADOR, Pens to Lens 2017)


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

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Indie Art Convention & Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 2/28; Regular: 3/31; Late: 4/14; Extended: 4/30


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Production Skill Share”, Robeson Pavilion Room A (4/17, 7 p.m., free)

@ Fell Hall, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
ISU COM Week presents “Upgrade from Amateur to Documentary Filmmaker” workshop w/Griffin Hammond, Room 280 (4/17, 5 p.m., free)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
ISU COM Week and ISU Documentary Project present student Documentary Film Festival* (4/18, 6:30 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
ISLE OF DOGS (4/13 on; “Science on Screen” showing: 4/16, 7:30 p.m.), BEFORE WE VANISH (4/13-4/14, 4/18-4/19, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ISLE OF DOGS, RAMPAGE, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO, TRUTH OR DARE, ACRIMONY, BLACK PANTHER, BLOCKERS, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, THE MIRACLE SEASON, PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST, A QUIET PLACE, READY PLAYER ONE, SHERLOCK GNOMES (4/13 on), SUPER TROOPERS/SUPER TROOPERS 2 double feature (4/19, 4:15 p.m.), SUPER TROOPERS 2 (4/19 on)

@ English Building, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 160 (4/16, 7 p.m.)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, MOLLY’S GAME, PHANTOM THREAD, PROUD MARY, BRAVEN, MY FRIEND DAHMER, OUTLANDER (s3), more! (4/10 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BEIRUT, ISLE OF DOGS, KRYSTAL, RAMPAGE, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO, TRUTH OR DARE, BLACK PANTHER, BLOCKERS, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, THE DEATH OF STALIN, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, LOVE, SIMON, THE MIRACLE SEASON, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, A QUIET PLACE, READY PLAYER ONE, SHERLOCK GNOMES, WONDER (4/13 on), The Metropolitan Opera: Luisa Miller (4/14, 11:30 a.m., simulcast; 4/18, 1 & 6:30 p.m., recorded), BACK TO THE FUTURE (4/15, 4/18), “Survival Sunday” feat. THE WALKING DEAD (s8 ep16, season finale) and FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (s4 ep1, season premiere) (4/15, 4/18, 7:30 p.m.), PHOENIX WILDER AND THE GREAT ELEPHANT ADVENTURE (4/16, 6 p.m.), THE DATING PROJECT (4/17, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Pine Lounge (4/13-4/14, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (4/14, 1 & 7 p.m.), UIUC College of Media presents the 20th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (4/18-4/22)

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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STRIPPER flick lets it rip tonight!

April 7th, 2018

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Even though clowns have once again been striking coulrophobia in the hearts of us regular humans, thanks to the hit revival IT and Stephen King’s famous shapeshifting metaphor-monster, we can still have some fun with them in the right context. Therefore, we’d like to introduce you to a downstate Illinois “it” boy who is in it to win guffaws from his audience rather than shrieks and scares, even though he regularly brandishes a bit of a knowing sneer instead of a smile. Ripper the Clown, a staccato-speaking huckster serving as an alter ego for creator Jake Aurelian of Danville, is a highly unique presence when he makes appearances in person and otherwise quite busy outside the limelight. An example of his offbeat output will be on display tonight, Saturday, April 7, at the Vintage Villains collector’s shop and performance venue in downtown Danville where he will present his current magnum opus and first of the feature-length stripe, THE STRIPPER RIPPER. Self-described as “a spoof of classic horror films and television shows” including HALLOWEEN and THE NIGHT STALKER, the final preview keeps much of its referential humor close to the vest, strangely enough:

Originally unveiled in December to a packed hometown crowd, STRIPPER seems of a kind with previous YouTube (er, ScrewYouTube) videos that place the poker-faced rapscallion in comedic situations; nearly all his self-depreciating schemes involve Danville locations and faces more familiar to Vermilion County than our own. The movie features the faithful Ripper posse – Shawn Hosseini, Albert King, Chris Purviance, Sarah Woodard, Hema Rishi, and so on – with dozens more as well as cameos by Chicago indie producer John Borowski, a specialist in serial killer documentaries, and Philo Barnhart, an Oak Park resident whose career involved animation work with Walt Disney Pictures and Don Bluth Studios. Presumably, the jokes will fly and bodies fall with many of the trailer’s colorful characters involved in both!

According to his autobiography on Amazon, Aurelian graduated from the University of Illinois in 2000 with a degree in Media Studies, Communication & Rhetoric. Apart from teaching and freelance writing, he has spent a good amount of effort spiraling Ripper and related efforts into a cottage industry of novels, children’s books, videos, and live events in Danville such as “Pop Goes the Culture Variety Show” and “Brouhaha! Stand Up Comedy Show.” You may have spotted him in Champaign-Urbana at the Dark History “true crime” convention and our own New Art Film Festival. Where might Ripper venture next? What might Ripper pull out of that tight-knit cap of his? Feel free to quiz him about origins, plans, and interactions with zombies and extraterrestrials this evening if you dare! He might even sign a STRIPPER RIPPER DVD for you if asked kindly. Doors open at 7 p.m., the movie begins at 8 p.m., and suggested donation at the door is $5. All ages are welcome.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. …lets the laughs rip tonight. Not the clothes. We think. (We hope?) Unless he gets into an impromptu wrestling match, anyway…

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Calendar: April 6-12, 2018

April 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!

4/10: Kristen Johns (videographer, Champaign Underground)


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

@ Savoy Recreation Center, Savoy, IL
Indie Art Convention & Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Early: 2/28; Regular: 3/31; Late: 4/14; Extended: 4/30

@ TBA, Champaign-Urbana, IL
UIUC Feminist Film Festival call for entries | Full Information
Regular: 4/4


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Vintage Villains, Danville, IL
THE STRIPPER RIPPER* reprise w/filmmakers (4/7, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. movie, free or donation)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LEANING INTO THE WIND (4/6 on), THOROUGHBREDS (4/6-4/7, 4/9-4/11), THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (4/6-4/8), FOOD EVOLUTION w/discussion (4/8, 1:30 p.m., free), TRUTH OR DARE preview (4/12, 7:30 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BLOCKERS, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, THE MIRACLE SEASON, A QUIET PLACE, ACRIMONY, BLACK PANTHER, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST, PETER RABBIT, READY PLAYER ONE, SHERLOCK GNOMES, A WRINKLE IN TIME (4/6 on), RAMPAGE (4/12 on)

@ English Building, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 160 (4/9, 7 p.m.)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY, FATHER FIGURES, LOVING VINCENT, BEAST OF BURDEN, LOOKING GLASS, SWEET VIRGINIA, BALLERS (s3), 13 REASONS WHY (s1), more! (4/3 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BLOCKERS, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, THE DEATH OF STALIN, THE MIRACLE SEASON, A QUIET PLACE, ACRIMONY, BLACK PANTHER, GAME NIGHT, GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, LOVE, SIMON, PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, READY PLAYER ONE, SHERLOCK GNOMES, TOMB RAIDER, A WRINKLE IN TIME (4/6 on), THE STAR (4/6-4/8, 10 a.m.), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (4/8, 4/11), THE AMENDMENT (4/12, 7 p.m.), RAMPAGE (4/12 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY, Pine Lounge (4/6-4/7, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. DRAWING THE TIGER (4/10, 7 p.m., free)

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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Ebertfest 2018 films revealed

April 3rd, 2018

On Monday, April 2, the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced the full slate of movies to be showcased at the twentieth annual edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival taking place on April 18-22, 2018:

Wednesday, April 18
7:00 p.m. THE FUGITIVE (1993, 130 min, D: Andrew Davis)

Thursday, April 19
12:00 p.m. INTERSTELLAR (2014, 168 min., 70mm, D: Christopher Nolan)
4:00 p.m. SELENA (1997, 127 min., D: Gregory Nava)
8:30 p.m. BELLE (2014, 103 min., D: Amma Asante)

Friday, April 20
12:00 p.m. COLUMBUS (2017, 104 min., D: Kogonada)
3:30 p.m. A PAGE OF MADNESS (1926, 73 min., D: Teinosuke Kinugasa)
Accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra
8:30 p.m. AMERICAN SPLENDOR (2003, 101 min., D: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini)

Saturday April 21
10:30 a.m. 13TH (2016, 100 min., D: Ava DuVernay)
2:30 p.m. DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1992, 112 min., D: Julie Dash)
5:30 p.m. RAMBLING ROSE (1991, 112 min., D: Martha Coolidge)
9:30 p.m. THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998, 117 min., D: Joel Coen)

Sunday, April 22
12:00 a.m. RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD (2017, 102 min., D: Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana)

Key festival guess this year include Andrew Davis (THE FUGITIVE), Amma Asante (BELLE), Ava DuVernay (13TH), and Julie Dash (DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST).

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL. The Ebertfest” Web site also features individual reviews and details of signings and panel discussions. Individual and bulk ticket sales went on sale Monday, April 2, 2018, while a small number of festival passes are still available.

~ Jason Pankoke