IOW: Thus spoke Mike Trippiedi

August 29th, 2015

Despite the plethora of open-air festivals and influx of University of Illinois populace that have occupied the attentions of Champaign-Urbana these past few weeks, C-U Blogfidential has been staying the course indoors and incognito to make local movie magic! As the next New Art Film Festival draws ever closer on Sunday, October 4, we need to keep our on-line tidings to the point – well, with exceptions like our ab-Normal exercise in density from last Saturday – so we can handle putting out constant content and not go on Weblog hiatus! Therefore, we’re embracing the “show not tell” conceit behind our “Image of the Week” department more fully than we have in some time, allowing the evidence of our subculture’s productivity to speak for itself. Our offering today revisits the cable access interview program ART NOW!, a collaboration between Urbana Public Television (UPTV 6) and Urbana Public Arts Commission, in which host Virginia Waaler sits down with the one and only Mike Trippiedi to discuss his twin arts career on stage and screen. Topics they touch upon in Episode 58, which first aired a month ago, include Trippiedi’s long-standing association with the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre in Urbana, favorite plays and performers, the making of his Pens to Lens shorts including SUN BLACK AND THE CANNIBAL DWARF, GUYS GO GREEN, and SUPER DUPER LOW, thoughts on choosing film production over theatrical performance in the coming years, and a late left turn into Sam Oldham territory. As the video proves, 25 minutes is not nearly enough time to coherently present the wealth of Trippiedi’s experience and knowledge, but at least it provides newbies a primer on CUBlog’s number one fan!

For an extended ART NOW! experience, flash back to 2013 when the late Gregory Chew held court with Thomas Nicol, Bill Kephart, and Johnny Robinson to examine Champaign Movie Makers and the growing fascination with filmmaking du C-U in Episode 31, as well as lead a line-up featuring Lisa Cerezo, Luke Boyce, and your humble editor in Episode 32 to elucidate profoundly on the Art Theater centenary and the NAFF. Hopefully our movies and movie-makers will be a highlight of future shows!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Maybe this is the impetus we need to continue our Trippiedi epic started here and here, or even launch a Trippipedia if we get ambitious enough…

p.s.2 Maybe our big mouth, combined with the big mouths of others, can be the impetus for UPTV to consider an upgrade from their rinky-dink non-studio to something a bit more useful, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing. It makes our community look unkempt and broke, City of Urbana. Seriously.


Calendar du C-U: Aug. 28-Sept. 3

August 28th, 2015

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
8/28/15-9/3/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, August 28: Skip Huston (owner, The Avon Theatre) … Sunday, August 30: John Oak Dalton (screenwriter, SEX MACHINE) … Tuesday, September 1: Matt Wiley (title designer, THE THINKING MOLECULES OF TITAN) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Armory 101, Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL: Chinese Independent Film Society presents THE PEOPLE I LOVE* (8/28, 7 p.m., free)

@ Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, Champaign, IL: Entries now being accepted for sixth annual New Art Film Festival! (Deadline is 8/28, 11:59 p.m. CST) Details


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE END OF THE TOUR (8/28 on), LISTEN TO ME MARLON (8/28-8/30, 9/2-9/3), ROAD HOUSE (8/28, 8/29, 10 p.m.), SUNRISE (8/30, 7:30 p.m., free w/annual membership), UI Department of Dance presents the Flatlands Dance Film Festival feat. SHAKE THE DUST (9/1, 7 p.m.), TANGERINE (9/2, 9/3, 10 p.m.; 9/2, intro. by Toby Cason Beauchamp)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Films at the Union” feat. JURASSIC WORLD (8/28, 8/29, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: A Salute to Peter Sellers presents BEING THERE (9/1, 9/3, 7 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: MR. HOLMES, MAX (8/28 on), THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (8/28-8/30)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (8/27, 7 p.m.), Beyond Normal Films presents KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER (8/28, 8/29, 7 p.m.), Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin in concert (8/30, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., VACATION (Screen 1), PIXELS, RICKI AND THE FLASH (Screen 2) (8/28-8/29)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: NO ESCAPE, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, RICKI AND THE FLASH, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (8/28 on), TRAINWRECK (8/28, 8/29, 9:30 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (8/28-8/30, 9/2, 7 p.m.)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: VACATION (8/28-8/30)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: MINIONS, ANT-MAN (Screen 1), VACATION, TRAINWRECK (Screen 2) (8/28-8/30)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: TED 2, TERMINATOR: GENISYS (8/28-8/29)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, NO ESCAPE, WAR ROOM, WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS, AMERICAN ULTRA, ANT-MAN, THE GIFT, HITMAN: AGENT 47, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, SINISTER 2, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (8/28 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, JURASSIC WORLD (3-D IMAX), NO ESCAPE, WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS, AMERICAN ULTRA, ANT-MAN, HITMAN: AGENT 47, THE GIFT, INSIDE OUT, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MINIONS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, RICKI AND THE FLASH, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, SINISTER 2, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, TRAINWRECK (8/28 on), Fathom Events and Artist’s Den present “Artist’s Den Presents alt-J” (9/2, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: NO ESCAPE, AMERICAN ULTRA, HITMAN: AGENT 47, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., SINISTER 2, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: ALOHA, CITIZENFOUR, BIG GAME, THE RUNNER, WHERE HOPE GROWS, LILA & EVE, OCTOBER GALE, SKIN TRADE, PLAGUE, more! (8/25 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Closed through 9/7!

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: Closed

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IOW: STRANGE to see no BloNo

August 22nd, 2015

Four months after Roger Ebert’s Film Festival provided its audience with an early look at THE END OF THE TOUR, which retells the encounter between the late novelist David Foster Wallace and journalist David Lipsky following the publication of Infinite Jest some 20 years ago, the A24 Films release has finally opened in Champaign-Urbana courtesy of the Art Theater Co-op. As an accurate portrayal of Wallace the artist and enigma, we cannot say. As cinema, your humble editor found its earnest and spare qualities both a virtue and a detriment, albeit a satisfying watch on the whole buoyed by the performances of Jason Segal and Jesse Eisenberg. Feel free to read into the James Ponsoldt-directed effort what you will upon attending TOUR during its shelf life at the Art; former Wallace colleague Dr. Robert McLaughlin, professor of English at Illinois State University, will introduce the 7 p.m. show tonight, Saturday, August 22, a day after ISU professors emeritus Charles Harris and Victoria Frankel-Harris provided the honors. Those with piqued interest should turn the page to when we shared the official Web site and trailer, while the procrastinators in our audience can wait until the Virginia Theatre run from September 9 to 12.

We now take an off ramp into weird territorial, um, territory. Last October, we deliberated over the strange phenomenon – or, as industry professionals would probably tell us, “business reality” – of producers latching on to downstate Illinois stories but avoiding on-site filming and/or direct reference in their final product. Let’s take a brief look at recent features drawing from Bloomington-Normal history. To wit, TOUR barely name-checks Normal and genericizes ISU even though much running time is spent at Wallace’s home and classroom. In the underdog sports drama THE MIGHTY MACS (2011), starring Carla Gugino as an upstart women’s basketball coach at a tiny Catholic college, we only know they travel to Illinois for the 1972 national tournament; more specifically, Immaculata College’s Macs won it all in ISU’s Horton Field House. Although, in the inspirational biography HOOVEY (2015), plenty of BloNo nods are apparently worked into the dialogue and visuals as it relays the fight for life faced by Shirley, IL, teenager Eric “Hoovey” Elliott (played by Cody Linley) after suffering both a brain tumor and debilitating head injury. Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas served as the primary shooting sites for these films, respectively.

At the same time, the examples cited are dramatic interpretations of real-life events, not documentaries attempting to accurately portray the same with ephemera and testimonial. (When the latter happens, amazing tales like INCIDENT AT KICKAPOO CREEK are told.) There exists a third scenario and it involves BloNo and McLean County as inspiration for works of pure fiction produced elsewhere. Michael Laughlin, a one-time maverick independent best known for producing Monte Hellman’s back roads thriller TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, conceived a pair of distinctly Midwest genre films with an up-and-coming screenwriter named Bill Condon, eventually the director of such Hollywood fare as DREAMGIRLS, KINSEY, and this summer’s MR. HOLMES. Both STRANGE BEHAVIOR (1981) and STRANGE INVADERS (1983) draw upon Laughlin’s Bloomington upbringing and are set in Illinois, the former in a college town and latter in a small burg where time seems to have stood still. Neither hit big when first released in the United States but attained cult followings due to their loving humor and sci-fi homage. No joke, New Zealand and Canada served as the shooting sites for these films, respectively.

This finally brings us to our “Image of the Week” courtesy of novelist and illustrator Stephen Romano from Austin, TX, much in demand lately for his evocative movie poster artwork in the exploitation vein. We shared his commissioned rendering for the re-release of THE MANSON FAMILY last winter but here we’re embedding his imagined one-sheet for STRANGE BEHAVIOR, a film he wrote about on Dread Central back in April that he calls a “true classic” underserved by its original distributor due to “quite bland” promotional graphics, among other issues. Romano created BEHAVIOR as part of a “RETRO 13” portfolio; you can view these gonzo facsimiles as well as for-hire extravaganzas at his official Web site. From the latter category, we also have included below his key art for a new Roger Corman-Charles Band documentary called KINGS OF CULT, which has nothing to do with the C-U but we find it pretty damn neat and, to be honest, it shows off a much tighter command of technique than the “RETRO 13” menagerie. Any which way, Faux-No just got a little more “Oh, no!”

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Make sure to click on the posters. Just do it.

p.s.2 Laughlin and Condon had begun developing a third STRANGE movie that was never produced, THE ADVENTURES OF PHILIP STRANGE, a World War II era spy saga. Wonder if that script is laying around somewhere … and if it pays enough mind to Illinois (or a Chicago-style metropolis, at the least) that it could warrant actually being made here were it resurrected.

p.s.3 In essence, an unofficial STRANGE trilogy from the early Eighties can be argued if one includes a non-Laughlin/Condon fantasy film – SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983), the underrated Walt Disney Productions adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel directed by Jack Clayton (THE INNOCENTS) set in the fictional Green Town, Illinois. Of course, in the ultimate Hollywood tradition, Disney’s studio facilities in Burbank, CA, served as the shooting site for much of this film, augmented with exteriors photographed in lush Vermont.

p.s.4 Yes, we did think of STRANGE BREW (1983) but we passed on it because, other than revolving around lovable dunderheads, nonsensical tomfoolery, and Elsinore brand beer, it really has nothing to do with BloNo or the central Illinois lifestyle, eh.

[Updated 8/24/15, 7:30 p.m. CST]


Calendar du C-U: August 21-27

August 21st, 2015

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
8/21/15-8/27/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSunday, August 23: Luke Boyce (executive producer, THE ORIGINS OF WIT & HUMOR), Shannon Beranek (copy editor, Bachelor Pad Magazine) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, Champaign, IL: Entries now being accepted for sixth annual New Art Film Festival! (7/10-8/28) Details


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE END OF THE TOUR (8/21 on; 8/21, 7 p.m., intro. by Charles & Victoria Harris; 8/22, 7 p.m., intro by Robert McLaughlin), THE TERMINATOR (8/21, 8/22, 8/26, 10 p.m.), Neutral Cycle Workshop presents PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (8/27, 10 p.m., free)

@ 129 N. Race St., Urbana, IL (north of Courier Café): Neutral Cycle, etc., present “Urbanalove Summer Movie Night Series” feat. THE GOONIES (8/22, sunset, free)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. PITCH PERFECT 2 (8/23, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Best of the Summer Blockbuster Series: Disaster Edition presents EARTHQUAKE (8/25, 8/27, 7 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE GIFT, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MR. HOLMES (8/21 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: WBNQ presents NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (8/20, 7 p.m.), THE BLUES BROTHERS (8/21-8/23, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: PIXELS, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (Screen 1), FANTASTIC FOUR, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (Screen 2) (8/21-8/22)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, RICKI AND THE FLASH, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., TRAINWRECK, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (8/21 on), SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE (8/22, 8/23, 12 p.m., free)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: PIXELS (8/21-8/23, 8/26, 7 p.m.)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: PIXELS (8/21-8/23), TANGLED (8/22, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE GIFT, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (8/21-8/23)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: INSIDE OUT, ANT-MAN (8/21-8/22)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: AMERICAN ULTRA, HITMAN: AGENT 47, SINISTER 2, ANT-MAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE GIFT, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MINIONS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, PIXELS, RICKI AND THE FLASH, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, VACATION (8/21 on), Carmike Classic Cinema presents THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (8/25, 7 p.m.), WAR ROOM (8/27, 7 & 10 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: AMERICAN ULTRA, HITMAN: AGENT 47, SINISTER 2, ANT-MAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE GIFT, INSIDE OUT, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (IMAX & 2-D), MINIONS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (IMAX & 2-D), RICKI AND THE FLASH, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, TRAINWRECK, VACATION (8/21 on), Fathom Events, ESL, and BY Experience present “ESL Cologne 2015: Counter-Strike Global Offensive World Championship” (8/23, 12 p.m., live simulcast), NO ESCAPE (8/25 on)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: AMERICAN ULTRA, HITMAN: AGENT 47, SINISTER 2, THE GIFT, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: STRANGERLAND, LITTLE BOY, 5 TO 7, VENDETTA, CATCHING FAITH, GREY’S ANATOMY (s11), ONCE UPON A TIME (s4), THE BLACKLIST (s2), THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE (cs), more! (8/18 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Closed through 9/7!

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: Closed

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Calendar du C-U: August 14-20

August 14th, 2015

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
8/14/15-8/20/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toTuesday, August 18: Leslie Boedicker (producer, Roselawn Productions, Ltd.), Kayla Johnson (actress, HOUSE OF THADDEUS), Jeff Brandt (owner, Exile on Main Street) … Wednesday, August 19: Andrew Horng (alumni, Illini Film & Video) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Champaign-Urbana Film Society, et al., present the 3rd annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Awards Gala (8/15, 2 & 6 p.m.) Schedule

@ Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, Champaign, IL: Entries now being accepted for sixth annual New Art Film Festival! (7/10-8/28) Details


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: IRRATIONAL MAN, CARTEL LAND (8/14 on), THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (8/14, 8/15, 8/20, 10 p.m.), KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (8/16, 8/19, 10 p.m.)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Pens to Lens Debrief” (8/18, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Best of the Summer Blockbuster Series: Disaster Edition presents AIRPORT (8/18, 8/20, 7 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: Store inventory sale ongoing, $3.95/video (through 8/16) Sale terms

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MR. HOLMES, FANTASTIC FOUR (8/14 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents ROSEWATER (8/13-8/16, 7 p.m.), WBNQ presents NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (8/20, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: PIXELS, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (Screen 1), FANTASTIC FOUR, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (Screen 2) (8/14 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., TRAINWRECK, FANTASTIC FOUR, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (8/14 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR (8/14 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MINIONS (8/14-8/16)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (8/14-8/16)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: ANT-MAN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (8/14-8/16)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: BROTHERS, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, ANT-MAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE GIFT, MINIONS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, PIXELS, RICKI AND THE FLASH, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, TRAINWRECK, VACATION (8/14 on), Carmike Classic Cinema presents SPACEBALLS (8/18, 7 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (IMAX & 2-D), STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, ANT-MAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE GIFT, INSIDE OUT, MINIONS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (IMAX & 2-D), RICKI AND THE FLASH, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, TRAINWRECK, VACATION (8/14 on), THE LEGO MOVIE (8/14, 10 a.m.), Turner Classic Movies presents GREASE Sing-a-Long (8/16, 8/19, 2 & 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE GIFT, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, VACATION (8/14 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: HOT PURSUIT, UNFRIENDED, POLICE STORY: LOCKDOWN, JACKIE & RYAN, BLACKBIRD, TEACHER OF THE YEAR, BURYING THE EX, NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA, [REC] 4: APOCALYPSE, HELL ON WHEELS (s4), THE KNICK (s1), more! (8/11 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Closed through 9/7!

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IOW: P2L kid films debut Aug. 15

August 13th, 2015

Whomever believes the summer season to be devoid of activity in these college town environs has no concept of the sheer will exhibited by the movie-makers of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! To celebrate the creativity of our upcoming generation, the Pens to Lens Awards Gala will take place at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL, this coming Saturday, August 15, showcasing 20 film shorts that culminated from the hard work put forth by local producers the past four months. At turns colorful, lively, heartwarming, and occasionally heart-rending, the screen stories were culled from more than 200 springtime submissions written by Champaign County students in kindergarten through grade 12, transformed into movie reality with an eye towards demonstrating to these children the powerful potential of their own ideas and words. The shorts will be split between two blocks at 2 and 6 p.m., with red carpet activities starting up at 1 and 5 p.m., the earlier set filled with all-ages films and later grouping packed with older-skewing cinema. In a twist, the bonus 21st short that will close the 2015 gala is not an official P2L effort but MARY, created independently by high school student Jessie Anne Denning, which will be dubbed “winner of the inaugural Pens to Lens High School Film Festival.” Photo opportunities, awards, guest emcees, and a custom movie poster gallery will fill out the third annual P2L Gala presented by the Champaign-Urbana Film Society, Champaign Movie Makers, Champaign Urbana Design Organization, and Champaign Park District; ticket cost will be $8 for each show and $12 for the duration, with those 18 years and under receiving free admission. Inspire the youth in your household!

Since we did not pull together a preview, flash back to one year ago when organizer Thomas Nicol talked with C-U Blogfidential about the Pens to Lens program or hop over to Melissa Merli’s interviews for the News-Gazette with filmmaker Anne Lukeman and Urbana High School freshman Lillian Hall about the 2015 entry ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. The full schedule, as well as formal details on both the P2L Gala and preceding P2L Screenplay Competition, can be found at the official Web site. Footage from several shorts is glimpsed in the teaser above while the t-shirt design by Matt Wiley Art appears below.

~ Jason Pankoke


IOW: A concept clearly projected

August 8th, 2015

Having entered August in Champaign-Urbana, dearest readers, we’re pretty certain you will be out and about this Saturday evening as friends come back for the academic year and weekend events increase exponentially around our fair twin cities. However, the next time C-U Blogfidential happens to be front and center on your browser, scroll down a touch for an “Image of the Week” you will find quite interesting! Bill Hammack, a professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois, has been producing books, radio segments, and instructional videos as “The Engineer Guy,” a guise through which he explains the fascinating world of man-made technology in everyday language. The most recent episode posted on YouTube last month, “The Mechanics of the Film Projector,” uses an engaging approach to detail how this machine throws a clean picture with synchronized sound; you will note upon viewing it below that crisp macro photography is combined with colorful graphics, animated overlays, and Hammack’s folksy narration to illustrate the process. Prior entries that skirt the CUBlog realm include “Kodak: How George Eastman Revolutionized Photography,” “Stores of Tech Failure: Betamax,” and “CCD: The Heart of a Digital Camera” while the truly inquisitive might also investigate “Light Bulb Filament: How to Make Tungsten Ductile” and “How the First Transistor Worked” to better understand the origins of inventions vital to film production and distribution. Content in the videos is derived from Hammack’s books such as Eight Amazing Engineering Stories, published by Articulate Noise Books in 2012, so brush up your knowledge pronto and be ready to impress the smartest people at the party!

~ Jason Pankoke


Calendar du C-U: August 7-13

August 7th, 2015

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
8/7/15-8/13/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toMonday, August 10: Geoff Merritt (owner, That’s Rentertainment & Parasol Label Group) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, Champaign, IL: Entries now being accepted for sixth annual New Art Film Festival! (7/10-8/28) Details


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: IRRATIONAL MAN (8/7 on), THE THIRD MAN (8/7, 8/8, 10 p.m.; 8/9, 11:30 a.m.; 8/10, 7:30 p.m.; 8/13, 10 p.m.), Women on Top series: TANK GIRL (8/12, 9 p.m.), closed for private rental (8/8, 2:30 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News-Gazette Film Series presents NASHVILLE (8/8, 1 & 7 p.m.), Best of the Summer Blockbuster Series: Disaster Edition presents THE TOWERING INFERNO (8/11, 8/13, 7 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: Store inventory sale ongoing, $4.95/video (6/15 on) Sale terms

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, VACATION (8/7 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: WJBC presents THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (8/6, 7 p.m.), Beyond Normal Films presents THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED (8/7-8/9, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR, MINIONS (Screen 1), MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, TRAINWRECK (Screen 2) (8/7 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, VACATION (8/7 on), THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER (8/8, 8/11, 10 a.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR (8/7 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MAGIC MIKE XXL (8/7-8/9), HOME (8/8, 11 a.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT (8/7-8/9)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (8/7-8/9)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, PIXELS (8/7-8/9)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR, THE GIFT, RICKI AND THE FLASH, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, ANT-MAN, MINIONS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, PAPER TOWNS, PIXELS (3-D & 2-D), SOUTHPAW, TRAINWRECK, VACATION (8/7 on), DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (8/8, 8/9, 11:30 a.m.; 8/11, 4 p.m.; 8/12, 7 p.m.), SRIMANTHUDU (8/8, 6:30 p.m.; 8/9, 3 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR, THE GIFT, IRRATIONAL MAN, RICKI AND THE FLASH, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, ANT-MAN, INSIDE OUT, MINIONS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (IMAX & 2-D), MR. HOLMES, SOUTHPAW, TRAINWRECK, VACATION (8/7 on), PADDINGTON (8/7, 10 a.m.), DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (8/8, 11 a.m.; 8/11, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and Valve present the International Dota 2 Championships (8/8, 4 p.m., live simulcast), Fathom Events and BBC Earth Films present ENCHANTED KINGDOM (3-D) (8/10, 8/11, 7 p.m.), THE LEGO MOVIE (8/10, 8/11, 8/12, 10 a.m.), THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (8/13, 7 & 9:40 p.m. (IMAX), 7:15 & 9:55 p.m. (2-D)), STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (8/13, 8 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: FANTASTIC FOUR, THE GIFT, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, PIXELS (3-D & 2-D), SOUTHPAW, VACATION

ADDED! @ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT, TRUE STORY, FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD, MADAME BOVARY, A LITTLE CHAOS, ADULT BEGINNERS, DO YOU BELIEVE?, BARELY LETHAL, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (s1), THE COMEBACK (cs), more! (8/4 on)

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IOW: Our first TABLOIDS headline

August 1st, 2015

A sunny afternoon to you, citizens of C-U Blogfidential! Just as you are pining to read more from us again than the weekly Calendar, we are revving up our editorial engine to bring you fresh posts on the movies of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! Today, we’d like to point you towards the upcoming animated Web series TABLOIDS, created by double-majoring University of Illinois junior Andrew Ambrose Lee, for which a $6,500 Indiegogo goal was successfully achieved this past Thursday, July 30. Moneys will cover production and promotion costs for a six-episode Season One, to be premiered at the Art Theater Co-op as detailed in the campaign and then released on-line later this year according to a recent Daily Illini article, as Lee has engaged a remarkably large crew of ambitious young people from across the Midwest to help. Based on Lee’s personal experiences working on his high school newspaper shaded by a would-be staff romance that didn’t quite work out, TABLOIDS follows the comedic pursuits of five friends: Nathan (Derek Schneider), Shannon (Jenna Conway), Robby (Peter Cowley), Chelsea (Erin Kaufman), and Greg (Justin Klett). On the team is Dan Drake, a semi-regular at Champaign Movie Makers meetings and a Pens to Lens director who also holds the distinction as the only active filmmaker du C-U to have ever lived adjacent to the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters. (Hopefully, he’s honored the “secret” tenet of our home base like we have!) You can meet the entire cast and crew at this Web site and keep your nose for TABLOIDS news turned to this Facebook page; below, we share their proof-of-concept short “Truth or Dare” wherein the gang passes a little classroom time rather awkwardly.

~ Jason Pankoke


Calendar du C-U: July 31-Aug. 6

August 1st, 2015

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
7/31/15-8/6/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, July 31: Lacie Ucherek (actress, WEREWOLF CEMETERY) … Saturday, August 1: Cara Maurizi (actress, THE LIFE OF FLORENCE RAE) … Sunday, August 2: Jeff Kacmarynski (director, THE LIFE OF FLORENCE RAE) … Thursday, August 6: Jason Cerezo (graphic designer, New Art Film Festival), Sam Ambler (proprietor, Ambler Video) … celebrate!

PassingsTuesday, July 28: Janice Rothbaum, 90 (actress, DOGS IN QUICKSAND, MERRY CHRISTMAS!) … you will be missed.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, Champaign, IL: Entries now being accepted for sixth annual New Art Film Festival! (7/10-8/28) Details


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: INFINITELY POLAR BEAR (7/31 on), Secret Screening 003: [No hints this time. Attend to know!] (7/31, 10 p.m.), MAGIC MIKE XXL (8/1, 8/2, 8/5, 8/6, 10 p.m.), National Theatre Live and BY Experience present Everyman starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (8/2, 11:30 a.m.; 8/3, 8/4, 6 p.m.; 8/5, 2:30 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Butterfly-themed event feat. FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES, PLIGHT OF THE MONARCH* (8/1, 2 p.m.)

@ Figure One, UIUC, Champaign, IL: Resident artist Sue Kay Lee presents select shorts by the Brothers Quay (8/1, 5 p.m., free)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: Rentals discontinued after 7/31; store inventory sale ongoing, $5.95/video (6/15 on) Sale terms

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, VACATION (7/31 on), PAPER TOWNS (7/31-8/5), FANTASTIC FOUR (8/6 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: WBNQ presents HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (7/30, 7 p.m.), Beyond Normal Films presents THE WRECKING CREW (7/31-8/2, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, ANT-MAN (Screen 1), MINIONS, JURASSIC WORLD (Screen 2) (7/31-8/6)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, VACATION, PIXELS ANT-MAN (7/31 on), MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (8/1, 8/4, 10 a.m.), FANTASTIC FOUR (8/6, 8 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: ANT-MAN (7/31 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MAX (7/31-8/2)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents HOME (7/31-8/2)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, PIXELS (7/31-8/5), Throwback Thursday: GREASE, AMERICAN GRAFFITI (8/6)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: PIXELS, MAX (7/30-8/2)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, VACATION, ANT-MAN (3-D & 2-D), INSIDE OUT, JURASSIC WORLD, MINIONS, PAPER TOWNS, PIXELS (3-D & 2-D), SOUTHPAW, TRAINWRECK (7/31 on), DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (8/4, 8/5, 4 & 7 p.m.), PADDINGTON (8/6, 10 a.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (IMAX & 2-D), VACATION, ANT-MAN, INSIDE OUT, JURASSIC WORLD, MINIONS, MR. HOLMES, PAPER TOWNS, PIXELS, SOUTHPAW, TRAINWRECK (7/31 on), PADDINGTON (8/3, 8/4, 10 a.m.), DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (8/4, 8/5, 7 p.m.), FANTASTIC FOUR (8/6, 8 & 10:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, VACATION, MINIONS, PAPER TOWNS, PIXELS (3-D & 2-D), SOUTHPAW, TRAINWRECK

ADDED! @ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: HOME, THE WATER DIVINER, GLASS CHIN, SHE LOVES ME NOT, MR. RIGHT, more! (7/28 on)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival presents World Premiere of FULL FRAME w/filmmakers (8/4, 6 p.m.)

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Calendar du C-U: July 24-30

July 25th, 2015

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
7/24/15-7/30/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, July 24: Colin Price (host, Priceless B Movies vlog) … Sunday, July 26: Epiphany Paris (production manager, BERNADETTE) … Monday, July 27: Chris Green (producer, BEAUTIFUL LOSERS) … celebrate!

Next WeekFriday, June 31, 2015: The best dedicated film Calendar in town will have posted for five years straight on C-U Blogfidential!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, Champaign, IL: Entries now being accepted for sixth annual New Art Film Festival! (7/10-8/28) Details


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: AMY (7/24 on), ALIENS (7/24, 7/25, 7/29, 7/30, 10 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: TANGERINES, and … no more. (7/21 on), store inventory sale ongoing, $7.95/video (6/15 on) Sale terms

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: PAPER TOWNS (7/24 on), LOVE & MERCY (7/24-7/27), MINIONS (7/24-7/29), VACATION (7/28 on), MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (7/30 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: DOPE (7/23-7/26, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: ANT-MAN, INSIDE OUT (Screen 1), MINIONS, JURASSIC WORLD (Screen 2) (7/24-7/29), THIS IS SPINAL TAP, ANT-MAN (Screen 1), MINIONS, JURASSIC WORLD (Screen 2) (7/30)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: PIXELS (3-D & 2-D), ANT-MAN (3-D & 2-D), MINIONS (7/24 on), RIO 2 (7/25, 7/28, 10 a.m.), VACATION (7/28 on), MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (7/30, 8:15 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: MINIONS (7/24-7/26, 7/29, 7 p.m.)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: TED 2 (7/24-7/26), DESPICABLE ME 2 (7/25, 11 a.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (7/24-7/26)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: MINIONS, PIXELS (Screen 1), ANT-MAN, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (Screen 2) (7/24-7/26), PIXELS, ANT-MAN (7/27-7/29), Throwback Thursday: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, THE LOST BOYS (7/30)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: PIXELS, MINIONS (7/23-7/26)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: PAPER TOWNS, PIXELS (3-D & 2-D), SOUTHPAW, ANT-MAN (3-D & 2-D), BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, THE GALLOWS, INSIDE OUT, JURASSIC WORLD (3-D & 2-D), MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), TRAINWRECK (7/24 on), Carmike Classic Cinema presents WEST SIDE STORY (7/28, 7 p.m.), THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER (7/30, 10 a.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: AMY, MR. HOLMES, PAPER TOWNS, PIXELS (3-D & 2-D), SOUTHPAW, ANT-MAN (3-D & 2-D), INSIDE OUT, JURASSIC WORLD, MAGIC MIKE XXL, MINIONS, TRAINWRECK (7/24 on), THE NUT JOB (7/27, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events, BY Experience, MailChimp, and Audible.com present “Cast Party: Podcast Festival” (7/28, 7 p.m., live simulcast), VACATION (7/28 on), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera Summer Encores: Aida (7/29, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events presents “All Work All Play: The Pursuit of eSports Glory” (7/30, 7:30 p.m.), MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (IMAX) (7/30, 7 p.m.)

ADDED! @ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: PAPER TOWNS, PIXELS (3-D & 2-D), SOUTHPAW, ANT-MAN (3-D & 2-D), MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), TRAINWRECK

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Calendar du C-U: July 17-23

July 18th, 2015

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
7/17/15-7/23/15

MILESTONES

10 Years AgoFriday, July 22, 2005: On “Collector’s Day,” That’s Rentertainment launched the arduous task of purging approximately 16,000 VHS cassettes from their library to make way for DVD replacements and fresh stock. After dropping prices daily through that weekend, the sale racks would linger for another two years until the remainders vanished. Approximately 100 tapes remain in a token VHS section … but not for long. Promo


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, Champaign, IL: Entries now being accepted for sixth annual New Art Film Festival! (7/10-8/28) Details


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: AMY (7/17 on), THE OVERNIGHT (7/17, 7/18, 7/22, 7/23, 10 p.m.), BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN w/live accompaniment by Andrew Alden Ensemble (7/21, 8 p.m.)

@ 129 N. Race St., Urbana, IL (north of Courier Café): Neutral Cycle, etc., present “Urbanalove Summer Movie Night Series” feat. SPIRITED AWAY (7/18, sunset, free)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Open Screen Night” (7/21, 7 p.m., free)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (7/23, 7 p.m., free)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: EX MACHINA, THE LONGEST RIDE, PALL BLART: MALL COP 2, WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, IT FOLLOWS, CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, more! (7/14 on), store inventory sale ongoing, $9.95/video (6/15 on) Sale terms

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: LOVE & MERCY, MINIONS (3-D & 2-D) (7/17 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: THE WOLFPACK (7/16-7/19, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: ANT-MAN, INSIDE OUT (Screen 1), MINIONS, JURASSIC WORLD (Screen 2) (7/17 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: ANT-MAN (3-D & 2-D), MAX, MINIONS (3-D & 2-D) (7/17 on), THE BOOK OF LIFE (7/18, 7/21, 10 a.m.), PIXELS (3-D) (7/23, 8:15 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: MINIONS (7/17 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: INSIDE OUT (7/17-7/19)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents the 2nd annual Lorraine Street Party fundraiser (7/18, 12 p.m.-12 a.m., no movies)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: MINIONS, ANT-MAN (7/17-7/22), Throwback Thursday: MINIONS, DAZED AND CONFUSED (7/23)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: MINIONS, INSIDE OUT (7/16-7/19)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: ANT-MAN (3-D & 2-D), BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, TRAINWRECK, THE GALLOWS, INSIDE OUT, JURASSIC WORLD (3-D & 2-D), MAGIC MIKE XXL, MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), SELF/LESS, TERMINATOR GENISYS (7/17 on), Carmike Classic Cinema presents THE USUAL SUSPECTS (7/21, 7 p.m.), THE TOOTH FAIRY (7/23, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events presents La Fille mal gardée performed by The Royal Ballet (7/23, 7 p.m.), PAPER TOWNS (7/23, 9 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: ANT-MAN (3-D & 2-D), TRAINWRECK, THE GALLOWS, INSIDE OUT, JURASSIC WORLD, MAGIC MIKE XXL, MAX, MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), SELF/LESS, SPY, TERMINATOR GENISYS (7/17 on), Turner Classic Movies presents DOUBLE INDEMNITY (7/19, 7/20 2 & 7 p.m.), ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (7/20-7/23, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events presents “All Work All Play: The Pursuit of eSports Glory Live” (7/21, 7:30 p.m.), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera Summer Encores: The Merry Widow (7/22, 7 p.m.), 20th Century Fox presents “Night on the Towns” event feat. PAPER TOWNS advance screening and live simulcast w/talent (7/23, 7:30 p.m.)

ADDED! @ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: ANT-MAN (3-D & 2-D), TRAINWRECK, JURASSIC WORLD (3-D & 2-D), MAGIC MIKE XXL, MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), TERMINATOR GENISYS (3-D & 2-D),

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Calendar du C-U: July 10-16

July 11th, 2015

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
7/10/15-7/16/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, July 10: Kevin Lindenmuth (author, How to Make Movies) … Saturday, July 11: Mark Colegrove (producer, Dire Wit Films) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, Champaign, IL: Entries now being accepted for sixth annual New Art Film Festival! (7/10-8/28) Details


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (7/10 on), THE WOLFPACK (7/10-7/12, 7/14-7/16), WHEN MARINE WAS THERE (English dubbed: 7/11-7/13, 7/15), Women on Top series: DAISIES (7/15, 9 p.m.), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (7/10, 7/11, 10 p.m.; 7/12, 2 p.m.; 7/16, 10 p.m.)

@ Institute 4 Creativity, SoDo Theatre, Champaign, IL: DITHER: THE DIY SOUND*, WALLS OF SOUND* (7/16, 8 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: WOMAN IN GOLD, MAGGIE, SLOW WEST, DELI MAN, more! (7/7 on), store inventory sale ongoing, $12.95/video (6/15 on) Sale terms

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), TERMINATOR GENISYS (7/10 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (7/9-7/12, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: MINIONS, JURASSIC WORLD (Screen 1), INSIDE OUT, TERMINATOR GENISYS (Screen 2) (7/10 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), MAGIC MIKE XXL, TERMINATOR GENISYS (3-D & 2-D) (7/10 on), EARTH TO ECHO (7/11, 7/14, 10 a.m.), ANT-MAN (3-D) (7/16, 9:20 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: MINIONS (7/10 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: JURASSIC WORLD (7/10-7/12), THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER (7/11, 11 a.m.)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation screenings feat. WOMAN IN GOLD (7/10-7/12)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: MINIONS, INSIDE OUT (Screen 1), TERMINATOR GENISYS, JURASSIC WORLD (Screen 2) (7/10-7/12), MINIONS, TERMINATOR GENISYS (7/13-7/15), Throwback Thursday: LABYRINTH, DIRTY DANCING (7/16)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: MINIONS, INSIDE OUT (7/10-7/12, 7/14, 7/16)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE GALLOWS, MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), SELF/LESS, INSIDE OUT, JURASSIC WORLD (3-D & 2-D), MAGIC MIKE XXL, MAX, TED 2, TERMINATOR GENISYS (3-D & 2-D) (7/10 on), BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING (7/11, 6:30 p.m.; 7/12, 3:30 p.m.), Carmike Classic Cinema presents SOME LIKE IT HOT (7/14, 7 p.m.), The Royal Opera House presents Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny (7/15, 7 p.m.), MARMADUKE (7/16, 10 a.m.), TRAINWRECK (7/16, 8 p.m.), ANT-MAN (7/16, 8 p.m. (3-D), 9 p.m. (2-D))

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE GALLOWS, MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), SELF/LESS, INSIDE OUT, JURASSIC WORLD, MAGIC MIKE XXL, MAX, SPY, TED 2, TERMINATOR GENISYS (3-D & 2-D) (7/10 on), HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (7/13-7/16), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera Summer Encores: La Fille du Régiment (7/15, 7 p.m.), ANT-MAN (3-D IMAX) (7/16, 7 & 9:50 p.m.), Fathom Events, IGN, and RiffTrax.com present RiffTrax Live! SHARKNADO 2 (7/16, 7:30 p.m.)

ADDED! @ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: MINIONS (3-D & 2-D), INSIDE OUT, JURASSIC WORLD (3-D & 2-D), MAGIC MIKE XXL, MAX, TERMINATOR GENISYS (3-D & 2-D),

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Sport a little NAFFtitude in 2015!

July 10th, 2015

One day, in some way, we are going to take full advantage of that wily acronym for it is the grammatical gift that keeps on giving. (We could seriously emblazon those four letters on no small amount of swag such as t-shirts, bumper stickers, temporary tattoos, beer coasters, and the like…) Until such a time, film folk of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond, we request you take full advantage of the just-opened Call for Entries window that will help us determine what will play the sixth annual New Art Film Festival! Get your locally-made cinema flowing to the Art Theater Co-op by following our instructions in the press release after the jump, which by now is a well-worn script for all the NAFF veterans in the audience. Art general manager Austin McCann and his trusted staff have a direct line to the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters and will regularly alert us on all the goodies deposited at or mailed to 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, until the deadline chimes at midnight at the end of Friday, August 28. A final schedule will then be announced mid-September as to what the NAFF will bring audiences on Sunday, October 4.

As this is obviously a transition year for the NAFF, at least in the sense of calendar placement, we will do our best to uphold the tenets you expect from our show: professional presentation by the Art, clean compilation by Luke Boyce and Shatterglass Studios, prescient promotion by Lisa and Jason Cerezo of ThirdSide, and engaging entertainment produced by people like you! We have ideas about modest bells and whistles we might add starting as early as this year, so watch for updates and details right here at C-U Blogfidential, on the NAFF Facebook page, or at the official NAFF Web site so you hear about them first. We look forward to seeing the independent film community’s most current visions on our screen!

~ Jason Pankoke

This announcement will remain at the head of C-U Blogfidential until further notice. Please hit the jump for the official NAFF 2015 Call for Entries or scroll down for the most recent posts!

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