CUZine drive starts Cyber Monday

November 15th, 2018

Due to the holiday stretch that is almost upon us and your humble editor’s desire to design our campaign as effectively as possible, we’ve decided to take advantage of the Small Business Saturday-to-Cyber Monday window for launching our effort to fund C-U Confidential issue 10. The GoFundMe drive will last from Monday, November 26, through Sunday, December 30, with the intent to place our mag around Champaign-Urbana for the browsing by the time spring semester begins at the University of Illinois. We’ll be asking for $1,000 or more from our dearest readers, colleagues, and friends to match an expected $1,000 in advertising sales so we can afford our printing budget. We’ll post once again when it’s live, don’t you worry! Until then, we’ll have two or three articles to share, Calendars that will come bearing knowledge gifts in the form of Almanac entries, and good tidings for all in the hopes that as a community, nation, and world we can start to turn around some of the idiocy and ills that plague us. Cheers!

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: November 9-15, 2018

November 10th, 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!

11/9: Andrew Nygard (director, I’M NOT EVIL, Pens to Lens 2018)
11/9: Andrew Stengele (director, THE CONTEST, Pens to Lens 2018)
11/9: Adam D. Jameson (author, I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: ‘Star Wars’ and the Triumph of Geek Culture)
11/11: William J. Wright (contributor, Exploitation Nation/Videoscope)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

5 Years agoTuesday, November 12, 2013: Local historian Perry C. Morris of Urbana unveils his long-in-the-works book, The Art Theater: Playing Movies for 100 Years, during the centennial celebration of the title venue in downtown Champaign, Illinois. Researched and co-authored with Joseph Muskin and Audrey Wells, the softcover volume is the first to be released under Morris’ Champaign-Urbana Theater History imprint and possibly the first publication of its kind devoted to the legacy and cultural impact of a single movie house in the region. It traces the origin of the Art from before its first day of business as the Park Theatre on November 12, 1913, to its current iteration as a cooperative funded by community members. C-U Blogfidential editor Jason Pankoke served as the layout designer for the book through his position at Adept Content Solutions in Urbana and contributed an afterword. Morris plans to move forward on additional entries keyed in to the upcoming anniversaries of the Orpheum Theater, opened in October 1914, and Virginia Theatre, opened in December 1921, based on the positive support given to The Art Theater. As reported on 11/12/13, 11/15/13 at CUBlog.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (11/12, 7 p.m.)

@ Wyndham City Centre Hotel, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission* meeting, “‘Taco Bell Ad Campaign’ with guest speaker Ron ‘RT’ McDonald,” Grill Breakfast Room (11/15, 7 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE GUILTY (11/9-11/11, 11/15), THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (11/9-11/12), FREE SOLO (11/10-11/11, 11/14), STUDIO 54 (11/10-11/11, 11/13, 11/15), Art Theater 105th anniversary show feat. SAVING BRINTON w/filmmaker Tommy Haines and subject Michael Zahs (11/12, 7 p.m.), GREEN BOOK preview (11/13, 8 p.m., free), BEFORE THE FLOOD (11/14, 7:30 p.m., free), Late Night: THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (11/9-11/10, 11/15, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB, THE GRINCH, OVERLORD, THUGS OF HINDOSTAN, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, HALLOWEEN, THE HATE U GIVE, NIGHT SCHOOL, NOBODY’S FOOL, THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM (11/9 on), FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD (11/15 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
INCREDIBLES 2, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, BLACKkKLANSMAN, DESTINATION WEDDING, PAPILLON, AN INTERVIEW WITH GOD, MARA, LOVING PABLO, more! (11/6 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BEAUTIFUL BOY, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB, THE GRINCH, OVERLORD, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, FIRST MAN, HALLOWEEN, THE HATE U GIVE, HUNTER KILLER, JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN, NOBODY’S FOOL, THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS, SMALLFOOT, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM (11/9 on), The Metropolitan Opera: Marnie (11/10, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 11/14, 6:30 p.m., recorded), PATTON (11/11, 11/14), BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM 25th Anniversary (11/12, 7 p.m.), Cirque du Soleil Cinema presents “KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities” (11/13, 7 p.m.), RESTORING TOMORROW (11/13, 7 p.m.), FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD (11/13, 7 p.m.; 11/15 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. CRAZY RICH ASIANS, Pine Lounge (11/9-11/10, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ McKinley Foundation, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“Movies at McKinley” feat. GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK w/discussion, Foundation Living Room (11/14, 7 p.m.)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music presents “Exploring the Unspoken Silences that Define Us through Silent Film and Music” feat. Reneé Baker of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, Knight Auditorium (11/14, 5 p.m., free)

@ Unit One/Allen Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU screening feat. writer/director Boots Riley (11/12, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (11/3, 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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…So we will rock you with CUZine

November 8th, 2018

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Hrmn. Since we have recognized the fact that our own film festival felt like a bust and our presence at a local art show was inconsequential, let’s go for the self-depreciating three-peat as we dare to revisit the elephant in the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters! You might have noticed that C-U Confidential has not come out lately. We’ve had material edited and visual assets collected for the oft-promised issue 10 for many months and, after two efforts in the past year to book advertisements fell on mostly deaf ears, we have not felt a great desire to get right back to it. Of course, we’d also hate to waste the total effort.

This is due in large part to the unusually strong showing CUZine received from guest contributors. They include David Gracon, a professor at Eastern Illinois University who talks about Hallways Microcinema wherein he presented alternative media programs in his home, along with James Hall, a University of Illinois junior in cinema studies who reports on the former UI undergraduate film journal MacGuffin, and Troy Michael, the publisher of Innocent Words Magazine who theorizes on what keeps him going in the lively world of independent journalism and fandom. Your humble editor also planned to present a “lost” (yet relatively recent) interview with Skip Huston, discussing the success of the Avon Theater in downtown Decatur, in addition to his scene-specific miscellanea that fills out every issue.

We know it would be easy to post this material on C-U Blogfidential and be done. It also would make us feel like heels since we intended for a tactile reading experience. Much more so than when we launched CUZine in 2007, the editorial appearing in its pages is drafted and designed to work in print. The same holds true for the aforementioned pieces and everything else we still need to finish for issue 10. We’d prefer to stick with our program, so we’re prepared to make a proposal to our Champaign-Urbana community that is not limited to the immediate purveyors of our film culture.

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And another NAFF bites the dust…

November 6th, 2018

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Welp. It should go without saying that we had fun while the ninth annual New Art Film Festival lasted on Monday, October 29, at the Art Theater in ghostly downtown Champaign. Unfortunately, it was “ghostly” less in terms of Halloween flavor than the relatively dead air of the blocks surrounding 126 W. Church Street, save for a handful of semi-populated bars. For those who checked out the NAFF and staffed the Art and helped us prepare for show time, we express our gratitude to you like always. It’s too bad that so few of our friends and neighbors cared to stop in and share the local cinema with us.

So, what happened with NAFF IX? Did it not appear on your activity radar, were you not in the mood for it leading up to today’s elections, would you have gone if it wasn’t on a Monday night and/or right after your boozy costume parties, was it simply not whetting your appetite? This year felt subpar even to our sixth year in 2015 when the NAFF moved from the spring to the fall season. We expected that one to dip in attendance, though, and rolled with it in the effort to reestablish our presence at the Art outside the Boneyard Arts Festival. Compared to that outing, which otherwise ran smoothly like the one we just wrapped, NAFF VII in 2016 was a smash hit and NAFF VIII in 2017 provided the goods even if braving a slight drop-off in your attentions. Here in 2018, we counted relatively few heads from the back row and felt a low ebb of energy throughout the evening. Everyone acted cordial and content. Is that enough?

We had debated about skipping this year due to seeming NAFF fatigue and your humble program director’s personal needs keeping him far, far away from the C-U. Of course, we had also debated about taking 2017 off yet decided the show must go on and we’re glad it did. That said, we’re not sure how to feel about the present outcome even if there were a hundred legitimate reasons for folks to stay away.

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Calendar: November 2-8, 2018

November 3rd, 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!

11/3: Wes Melton (actor, A SPECIAL JEWELL)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (11/5, 7 p.m.)

@ Vintage Villains, Danville, IL
THE STRIPPER RIPPER* reprise (11/3, 4 & 8 p.m., free or donation)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
FREE SOLO (11/2 on), Essential Cinema: BICYCLE THIEVES (11/5, 7:30 p.m.), Migrant Solidarity Series: TIME FOR ILHAN (11/6, 7 p.m.), Late Night: THE FOG (1980; 11/2-11/3, 11/8, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, THE HAPPY PRINCE, NOBODY’S FOOL, THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS, FIRST MAN, GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN, THE HATE U GIVE, HUNTER KILLER, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM (11/2 on), THE GRINCH, OVERLORD, THUGS OF HINDOSTAN (11/8 on)

@ Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, IL
17th annual Route 66 Film Festival (11/2-11/3)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES, SLENDER MAN, THE DARKEST MINDS, DEATH OF A NATION, MANDY, THE PADRE, OUR HOUSE, I AM VENGEANCE, more! (10/30 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, NOBODY’S FOOL, THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS, FIRST MAN, GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN, THE HATE U GIVE, HUNTER KILLER, INDIVISIBLE, JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN, MID90s, SMALLFOOT, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM (11/2 on), 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (11/4, 11/7), DRAGON BALL Z: BARDOCK/FUSION REBORN double feature (11/5, 7 p.m.), HYMN: SARAH BRIGHTMAN IN CONCERT (11/8, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. BLACKkKLANSMAN, Pine Lounge (11/2-11/3, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. MRS. B, A NORTH KOREAN WOMAN (11/8, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (11/3, 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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Oh, hell, have a Halloween treat!

October 31st, 2018

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Although we have at least two days in the next week that are guaranteed to creep us out in Champaign-Urbana and nationwide, let’s concentrate on the first one first and worry about the midterm elections when we get to them. (However, if the thought of braving the presumably testy crowds at the polls on Tuesday, November 6, makes your skin crawl, you can vote early between now and then at select locations.) Since today is Wednesday, October 31, we’re obviously late in providing you with a primer on the shape of screams to come, but that does not mean we’ve run out of time to haunt your souls with The Shape and other ghastly goodies! Embedded below are a handful of relevant videos to amuse you whether or not you hit the Twin Cities tonight for the big Halloween season finale. First is a modern trailer for the theatrical re-release of HALLOWEEN, which will play the Art Theater this evening at 10 p.m. and give fans a convenient point of comparison between John Carpenter’s slasher classic and what former Roger Ebert’s Film Festival guest David Gordon Green and his collaborators achieved with their “alternate timeline” sequel. Despite the recurring (if fictional) setting of Haddonfield, Illinois, we believe a Michael Myers rampage has yet to be filmed in the Land of Lincoln; location photography for the 1978 original took place in southern California. Speaking of our 16th president, the next teaser is for Chris and Anne Lukeman’s endearingly silly THE TRANSIENT, a locally-made horror/buddy movie that introduced the world to one Vampire Abraham Lincoln. Starring Dave Ruthenberg, Blake Stubbs, Michael Krebs, and Vanessa Prokuski, the convention circuit favorite began its undead life 10 years ago this past August when it premiered on the University of Illinois campus. Then, we have a vintage preview for an opus that supposedly takes place across the farm country that surrounds UIUC and the C-U despite its unmistakable Californian mountain ranges, BEGINNING OF THE END, in which Peter Graves and Peggie Castle join the United States Army in warding off a horde of locusts enlarged by radiated crops. (Yay to super-science and Midwest agriculture!) This sci-fi B-film from 1957 is surprisingly hard to find on home video or video-on-demand. Finally, we have the new short subject IRREPARABLE, directed by frequent partners Thomas Nicol and Andrew Gleason and featuring Cara Maurizi and Eric Beckley as parents grieving the loss of their infant child who inadvertently discover a way to reclaim fragments of their joy with unspeakable consequence. This C-U production has played several festivals and is eliciting a good amount of response from viewers about its gut-wrenching effectiveness. Happy Halloween!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Fellow former “Ebertfest” guest John Sayles lends his thoughts on BEGINNING OF THE END to an episode of “Trailers from Hell,” a fan-favorite series co-founded by his New World Pictures cohort, Joe Dante.

p.s.2 Ebertfest 21 passes go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, at the Virginia Theatre. This has been a public service announcement du C-U.

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Halloween from CineLife Video Showcase on Vimeo.

Irreparable from Thomas Nicol on Vimeo.

Calendar: Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2018

October 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!

10/30: Michael Murphy (actor, A BULLET’S WORTH)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana with Love … Shortly

Your humble editor will put on his emcee cap Monday night to guide you through the ongoing world of local filmmaking at the ninth New Art Film Festival, co-sponsored by C-U Confidential. He may only be in Champaign-Urbana for two days total during this jaunt, so make sure to greet him when you stop by the Art Theater to get your fill of original cinema produced on central Illinois soil. He’ll be glad you did!

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
C-U Confidential presents the 9th annual New Art Film Festival* (10/29, 7-10 p.m., free) Information

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (10/29, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (10/26 on), 9th annual New Art Film Festival* (10/29, 7 p.m., free), Migrant Solidarity Series: BISBEE ‘17 (10/30, 7 p.m., w/discussion), Shocktober 2018: THE BLOB (1988; 10/26, 10 p.m.), THE HOWLING (10/27, 10 p.m.), HALLOWEEN (1978; 10/31, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
FREE SOLO, HUNTER KILLER, MID90s, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, FIRST MAN, GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN, THE HATE U GIVE, NIGHT SCHOOL, SMALLFOOT, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM (10/26 on), HOCUS POCUS (re-release; 10/26-10/31), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (10/26-10/27, 10 p.m.; 10/31, 7:15 p.m.), NEVER HEARD (11/1, 7 p.m.), BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, NOBODY’S FOOL, THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (11/1 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW, AN ELEPHANT’S JOURNEY, SNAKE OUTTA COMPTON, PATIENT ZERO, BUYBUST, THE SCORPION KING: BOOK OF SOULS, more! (10/23 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
HUNTER KILLER, INDIVISIBLE, JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN, LONDON FIELDS, MID90s, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, FIRST MAN, GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN, GOSNELL: THE TRIAL OF AMERICA’S BIGGEST SERIAL KILLER, HALLOWEEN, THE HATE U GIVE, NIGHT SCHOOL, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, SMALLFOOT, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM (10/26 on), HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 (10/25-10/28, 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: La Fanciulla Del West (10/27, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 10/31, 6:30 p.m., recorded), THE SHINING (10/28, 10/31), Studio Ghibli Fest: SPIRITED AWAY (10/28-10/29), National Theatre Live: Frankenstein starring Jonny Lee Miller (10/29, 7 p.m., recorded), RUSS TAFF: I STILL BELIEVE (10/30, 7 p.m.), NEVER HEARD (11/1, 7 p.m.), BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (11/1 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, Pine Lounge (10/26-10/27, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Malachi Entertainment presents the 2nd annual ChamPain Indie Horror Festival* (10/28, 7 p.m.) Information

@ Museum on the Prairie, Mahomet, IL
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968; 10/27, 6:30 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: “5 Nights of Hitch!” feat. PSYCHO (1960; 10/26, 7 p.m.), Rewind 92.5 Film Series: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (10/27, 7 p.m.)

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In My Backyard: Year 12

October 22nd, 2018

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It has once again been a long while since we formally addressed the residents of our Champaign-Urbana backyard, the same one in which we work a lot, play some, dream a little, sporadically fizzle out when no one is looking, and even live once in a blue moon. In fact, it has been almost a year and a half since we began tying current notions with past attempts at discussing the nuances of what we consider our movie culture du C-U. We have not even drafted a completely original “In My Backyard” since 2012 – the pedagogical drought will finally end next February – although we’ve abstained form retro-writing the missing annual summaries because, hell, you’re more than capable of searching C-U Blogfidential for the names, titles, dates, and stories you’d love to catch up with. Consider this post yet another placeholder that gives us an excuse to revive old and obscure copy from various sources to aid us in fleshing out Confidential history and point us towards a future when things will not be quite the same as you’re used to in this corner of MICRO-FILM Country. Much of the material appears on CUBlog for the first time.

With the fifth element in place, we secure the foundation upon which we’ve built our “Backyard” premise, stating that we need to chew over the past a little before moving proactively into a present state where we need to be. Our continuation of the series involves a misguided response from your now-humble editor that appeared as a letter to other editors in buzz magazine, the Daily Illini’s arts and culture weekly, 15 years ago this month in their October 9, 2003, edition. At first glance, it seems to cover similar ground to a local film defense appearing three years earlier in The Octopus by siding with community creators, Jason Butler and Mark Peaslee of WEREWOLF CEMETERY infamy in this case. Ye Ed all but dismissed a feature article written by University of Illinois student Matt Pais on the duo’s then-current monster-piece, the lovably low-rent comedy/sci-fi/musical THORAXX II: THE BREEDING. He felt it deliberately tacky in the way Pais described their projects and working method using a dismissive tone, not exactly helped by the cover illustration teasing it, and the effort rubbed this Local Film Fan the wrong way.

In hindsight, I missed the contextual “on ramp” when handing down my criticism. Whereas my Octopus editorial sprung from a legitimate concern – the removal of film classes and gear from UIUC well before digital tools became the norm in coursework – the buzz rebuttal kind of glossed over what Pais had actually done in his feature. It appeared a few years into the MICRO-FILM era when I felt the need to explain the low-budget, shot-on-video-before-it-was-standard-course arena to everyone as a junior investigator as well as a self-appointed herald of their very existence. Coupling this stance with my ongoing annoyance in regards to the paucity of coverage given local films in local media, I could feel a sense of insider superiority at times even though it did not surface often in my own writing. I was intent on making sure Butler, Peaslee, and their beer-reimbursed brethren received a fair shake in buzz’s pages despite the non-classic nature of THORAXX II. Although I attempted to justify my concerns with pragmatic examples from elsewhere in Champaign-Urbana, they really didn’t apply to Pais’ effort.

Simply put, the student journalist had a good ol’ time telling the Brainsmart Productions story in a manner that he probably wouldn’t have gotten away with in most of his other film or television reporting in buzz. He latched onto both the Peaslee/Butler wavelength – wry humor, self-depreciation, and complete lack of pretense – as well as the sketchy lo-fi veneer of THORAXX IIan expanded version of a college class project for costar Ann Fitzgerald – and ran with it. The interviews (and movies themselves) provided the amiable ammo. Pais did his job and captured the flavor of something unique happening near campus. I should have done my job and simply thanked buzz for giving them a cover story. Nobody at the Illini Media Company ever responded directly to me and Pais obviously took it in stride; he eventually built a body of his own media criticism and journalism in Chicago after graduation, so, good for him.

We sometimes get things wrong even if we believe ourselves in the right. This particular situation is rather benign when compared to the host of head-spinning issues facing our persons and society today, but we can at least feel empowered in taking our Champaign-Urbana cinema scene seriously enough to make it a point to others. That is a lot truer today than 15 years ago when THE BREEDING infested our dark alleys and dank bars. Now that the lascivious Humant is off our backs, it’s time to read on, MacDuff.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Happy 20th anniversary, buzz!

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Calendar: October 19-25, 2018

October 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!

10/20: Lana Wildman (volunteer, Route 66 Film Festival)
10/22: John May (filmmaker, THE LAST SQUIDFISH)
10/22: Bob Dignan (media resources coordinator, CITL, University of Illinois)
10/23: Jennifer Heaton (director, THE RED SCARF, Pens to Lens 2018)
10/23: Blake Stubbs (personality, “The Matt Bubala Show,” WGN Radio)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (10/22, 7 p.m.)

@ Museum on the Prairie, Mahomet, IL
“Caught on Film: Our Story in Central Illinois, 1968”* hosted by Matt Metcalf (10/21, 2 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (10/19 on), ANITA: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER (10/22, 7 p.m., free, w/discussion), Migrant Solidarity Series: MI VIDA DENTRO (10/23, 7 p.m., w/discussion), Shocktober 2018: PHANTASM (10/19-10/20, 10 p.m.) and BONES (10/25, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
HALLOWEEN, THE HATE U GIVE, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, FIRST MAN, GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, NIGHT SCHOOL, SMALLFOOT, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM (10/19 on), HUNTER KILLER (10/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB, ARIZONA, REPRISAL, DOWN A DARK HALL, BONEHILL ROAD, WHITNEY, BOUNDARIES, more! (10/16 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
HALLOWEEN, THE HATE U GIVE, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, COLETTE, FIRST MAN, GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN, GOSNELL: THE TRIAL OF AMERICA’S BIGGEST SERIAL KILLER, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, NIGHT SCHOOL, A SIMPLE FAVOR, SMALLFOOT, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM (10/19 on), TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (10/19-10/21, 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Samson et Dalila (10/20, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 10/24, 6:30 p.m., recorded), BEETLEJUICE (10/21, 10/24), National Theatre Live: Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch (10/22, 7 p.m., recorded), TWILIGHT 10 Year Anniversary (10/23, 7 p.m.), RWBY Volume 6 Premiere (10/25, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, Pine Lounge (10/19-10/20, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
NOT IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD screening w/filmmaker Kurt Orderson (10/22, 6 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
RETURN TO IWO JIMA (10/20, 1 p.m., free), Rewind 92.5 Film Series: HOCUS POCUS (10/21, 2 p.m.), The News-Gazette Film Series: “5 Nights of Hitch!” feat. SUSPICION (10/22, 7 p.m.), NOTORIOUS (10/23, 7 p.m.), ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (10/24, 7 p.m., four episodes), DIAL ‘M’ FOR MURDER (10/25, 7 p.m.), and PSYCHO (1960; 10/26, 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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NAFF IX to pack work week punch

October 17th, 2018

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Unlike the past couple of years, even though you know exactly where to head and find all the pertinent information, we’re actually sharing with you the schedule for the ninth annual New Art Film Festival in plenty of time for you to see who’s whats will be appearing – where else? – at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., in downtown Champaign, IL, on Monday, October 29. And, unlike the entire history of the NAFF up until now, this edition will play like a single two-and-a-half hour marathon with a 15-minute break built into the program courtesy of content manager Luke Boyce of Shatterglass Studios in Champaign. Your humble editor will step up to the mic and speak his peace at the beginning and end of the evening, of course, when he is guaranteed to thank all those who help anchor the NAFF in place every year for our neighbors and film artists to enjoy. They include our new Art contacts, head programmer Dora Valkanova (a past NAFF photographer) and Art Film Foundation executive director Porshé R. Garner, as well as our old friends Jason and Lisa Cerezo of ThirdSide in Champaign, for providing upkeep on our Web presence and cool graphics to enhance our public presence. Look and listen closely for NAFF cameos to surface very soon in our lovely local media and make sure you have us marked on whatever you use to save the dates these days for our free community event. Are you in, dearest viewers? Well, then! Expect to shake off your Monday blues from 7 to 10 p.m. on the 29th while we celebrate the cinema that we produce in Champaign, Urbana, and beyond. Onward!

~ Jason Pankoke

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