Calendar: June 21-27, 2019

June 22nd, 2019

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!

6/20: Bob Henne (actor/sound recordist, WEREWOLF CEMETERY)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoWeekend of Friday, June 5, 2009: Hairy monsters and human combatants tear up the neighborhood at both Meadowbrook Park and Caffe Paradiso in Urbana during the final round of location shooting for WEREWOLF CEMETERY Episode 4. Since relocating to Portland, Oregon, with his life partner Ann Fitzgerald, co-creator Jason Butler has flied back periodically to the area in order to film the remaining scenes for the sprawling comedy-horror series with familiar locations and friendly faces at his disposal. This included an informal residence at the former Orpheum Theatre in downtown Champaign last fall to stage a giant battle in the partly gutted auditorium, redressed to stand in for the werewolves’ lair, during off hours when the adjacent Orpheum Children’s Science Museum was closed. Returning regulars such as Steve Ucherek, Bob Henne, Bill Turner, Lacie Ucherek, Barney Joyce, Aaron Davidson, Owen Anderson, Mark Peaslee, Devin Atkins, Frank Peters, Jodi Hahn, Fitzgerald, and Butler could be seen filing in and out of the Orpheum’s rear entrance throughout September and October, while several of them are involved in the current activity. C-U Blogfidential editor Jason Pankoke has served as a set photographer and extra during this penultimate stretch. Other than random effects shots and an explanatory scene involving Butler’s character “Dixon,” the producer will turn his attentions to editing together the finale in what promises to upstage Episode 3 by far. A debut is planned for next year at Mike ‘n Molly’s as well as a homemade DVD release to be entrusted to close friends of the cause. As reported on 5/26/09, 6/5/09 at CUBlog.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
ALL IS TRUE (6/21 on), PASOLINI (6/21-6/25, 6/27), BOOKSMART (6/21-6/23, 6/26), Pride Month: TANGERINE (6/27, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ANNA, CHILD’S PLAY, THE DEAD DON’T DIE, TOY STORY 4, ALADDIN, DARK PHOENIX, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, LATE NIGHT, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SHAFT (6/21 on), ANNABELLE COMES HOME (6/25 on)

@ Boneyard Creek Crossing (corner of Race & Griggs), Urbana, IL
“Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights” feat. BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (6/26, 8 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
US, HOTEL MUMBAI, RUN THE RACE, NO MANCHES FRIDA 2, THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, THE BEACH BUM, UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, CRYPTO, SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ, I AM THE NIGHT (cs), more! (6/18 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ANNA, CHILD’S PLAY, TOY STORY 4, ALADDIN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, DARK PHOENIX, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, LATE NIGHT, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SHAFT (6/21 on), DIRTY DANCING (6/23, 6/26), Kinky Boots the Musical (6/25, 7 p.m., recorded)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. LITTLE, Anniversary Plaza (6/27, 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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Calendar: June 14-20, 2019

June 18th, 2019

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/18: Perry Morris (board member, Champaign County History Museum)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication (WILL-TV), UIUC, Urbana, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Foley Exercise” (6/18, 7 p.m., free, arrive promptly)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
NON-FICTION (6/14 on), TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG (6/14-6/18, 6/20), Membership Screening: BEFORE NIGHT FALLS (6/19, 7:30 p.m.), Late Night/Pride Month/John Waters tribute: POLYESTER (6/14, 6/20, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
LATE NIGHT, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, SHAFT, ALADDIN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BOOKSMART, DARK PHOENIX, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, MA, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 (6/14 on), EMANUEL (6/17, 6/19, 7 p.m.), ANNA, CHILD’S PLAY, THE DEAD DON’T DIE, TOY STORY 4 (6/20 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
CAPTAIN MARVEL, FIVE FEET APART, CAPTIVE STATE, THE MUSTANG, NO MAN’S LAND, LEPRECHAUN RETURNS, T-34, THE CONVENT, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (s6), more! (6/11 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
LATE NIGHT, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, SHAFT, ALADDIN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, DARK PHOENIX, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, MA, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 (6/14 on), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (6/16, 6/19), SMALLFOOT (6/17-6/19, 10 a.m.), EMANUEL (6/17, 6/19, 7 p.m.), TOY STORY 4 (6/20 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. SHAZAM!, Anniversary Plaza (6/20, 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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Calendar: June 7-13, 2019

June 8th, 2019

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/10: Allen Richards (publisher, B-Independent.com)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign County History Museum, Champaign, IL
“Home of Their Own: Student Living on Campus 1920-1950” talk by Jessica Ballard feat. UIUC documentary A HOME OF THEIR OWN* (6/8, 2 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, HAIL SATAN? (6/7 on), CROOKLYN (6/12, 7:30 p.m.), Late Night: ALIEN (6/7-6/8, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BHARAT, DARK PHOENIX, LOOPERS: THE CADDY’S LONG WALK, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, ALADDIN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BOOKSMART, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, MA, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, ROCKETMAN (6/7 on), LATE NIGHT, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, SHAFT (6/13 on)

@ Broadway Food Hall, Urbana, IL
“Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights” feat. A CAT IN PARIS (6/13, 5:30 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL, GLORIA BELL, THE KID, J. T. LEROY, THE HAUNTING OF SHARON TATE, I’LL TAKE YOUR DEAD, JACK RYAN (s1), LOST IN SPACE (s1), more! (6/4 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
DARK PHOENIX, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, ALADDIN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, MA, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, ROCKETMAN (6/7 on), THE GOONIES (6/9, 6/12), PADDINGTON 2 (6/10-6/12, 10 a.m.), Rifftrax Live! feat. STAR RAIDERS (6/11, 7:30 p.m., simulcast), MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL (6/13 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. DUMBO, Anniversary Plaza (6/13, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

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URBANA sets off Freaky flashback

June 7th, 2019

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Greetings! I hope that you can still take up my call to empathic arms from last week, dearest readers, where I asked you to help support our friend Leslie in battling a financial pitfall as she fights a cancer scare for her life. Please go now to her GoFundMe campaign as this can wait. However, if you’re still here on C-U Blogfidential, then we might as well get down to freakin’ business by recalling the former Champaign-Urbana cultural event that she and I gave many volunteer hours, the Freaky Film Festival. We’ve talked about this cornucopia of left-field cinema once or twice or maybe even thrice in the past but, for today, I want to load you up with colorful weirdness because I’m simply in that kind of mood.

But, why this time? “Left field” is the closest point of origin any of us could come up with for the YouTube Premium series CHAMPAIGN ILL when it was first announced last summer. I still haven’t watched the non-free episodes of the set, which follows rap star entourage members played by Adam Pally and Sam Richardson as they attempt to find a footing back in Midwest society, and the Atlanta-as-Champaign-IL location shooting did not dampen my mild enjoyment of the first three. While many Facebook and Twitter voices who apparently know the C-U and its hip-hop quotient cried foul over inaccuracies, I decided to care less about it. The story wasn’t very dependent on geography. Since then, YouTube has nixed ILL as the service retools its original programming slate. Everyone can chillax.

Yet, my movie brain is not wired like other movie brains so I considered a more extreme comparison. “If people feel that CHAMPAIGN ILL is aesthetically ‘off,’” I had thought at one point, “their minds would melt down at the sight of URBANA.” Thanks to the miraculous algorithms of Google, I was able to quickly pull up the experimental short film URBANA made by San Francisco artist Brien Burroughs in 1994, a depiction of that city’s architecture as an alien landscape in reverse color photography. Its title is a derivation of “urban” and not a direct reference to Urbana, IL, yet it was chosen anyway for the first Freaky Film in 1997 and played back-to-back with another Burroughs venture into unusual technique, AQUAMORPHEUS (1996). You can replicate the sensation by pressing “play” below.

AQUAMORPHEUS (1996) from brien burroughs on Vimeo.

URBANA (1994) from brien burroughs on Vimeo.

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Calendar: May 31-June 6, 2019

June 1st, 2019

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!

5/31: Bill Yauch (owner, RiellyBoy Productions, Urbana, IL)
5/31: William Pace (writer/director, THIRD PARTY WITNESS)
6/1: DeShawn Hill (producer/director, DAWN)
6/3: Amanda Baker (owner, Five Foot Productions, Champaign, IL)
6/4: Jarrod Finn (owner, Malachi Entertainment, Urbana, IL)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

MAGNETIC FIELDS* U.S. Streaming Release: Saturday, June 1, via Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL/Swede Films, Urbana, IL | Internet Portal

@ Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission* meeting, “Navigating the Actor Roadmap” w/ Susan Collins (5/6, 7 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MEETING GORBACHEV (5/31-6/4), SHADOW (5/31-6/2, 6/4, 6/6), RED JOAN (6/1-6/3, 6/5-6/6), OKKO’S INN (6/1, 2:30 p.m.), ASK DR. RUTH w/panel discussion (6/5, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, MA, ROCKETMAN, A DOG’S JOURNEY, ALADDIN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BOOKSMART, BRIGHTBURN, THE HUSTLE, THE INTRUDER, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, LONG SHOT, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU (5/31 on), BHARAT (6/5), DARK PHOENIX, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 (6/6 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GRETA, CLIMAX, A VIGILANTE, GENERAL COMMANDER, A DARK PLACE, WHITE CHAMBER, NEAR EXTINCTION: SHANGRI-LA, TRICKSTER, ELEVEN, OUTLANDER (s4), more! (5/28 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, MA, ROCKETMAN, A DOG’S JOURNEY, ALADDIN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BOOKSMART, BRIGHTBURN, THE HUSTLE, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU (5/31 on), FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (6/2, 6/5), National Theatre Live “10 Years on Screen”: The Audience w/Helen Mirren (6/3, 7 p.m., recorded), PAVAROTTI Premiere Screening Event (6/4, 7 p.m.), DARK PHOENIX Opening Night Fan Event (6/6, 6 p.m., IMAX), Rifftrax Live! feat. STAR RAIDERS (6/6, 7:30 p.m., simulcast), DARK PHOENIX (6/6 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. CAPTAIN MARVEL, Anniversary Plaza (6/6, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

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Freaky Film friend needs our help

May 31st, 2019

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Wait a moment… Her face looked familiar in the Facebook post that scrolled into view. Do I recognize that name? The last time I stopped at MFHQ I had grabbed the old guides for research reasons, so I flipped through them to make sure I remembered it right. Sure enough! We knew each other during her college years as she peripherally brightened a part of my Champaign-Urbana world with her pleasant personality and helpful spirit. Like many young people who came to town and attended the University of Illinois, she soon moved away and moved on. It was refreshing to see her appear in my news feed, but there is more to the story. A mutual friend wanted to alert the C-U faithful to her plight. I’d like to do the same here.

If you know me, you know the Freaky Film Festival is a seminal (and increasingly singular) occurrence in my personal history. This includes all the individuals who volunteered to organize the event, whether or not we’ve kept in touch, and it can still be a gut punch when you learn any of them are in trouble. I’ll ask you to visit this GoFundMe campaign sooner rather than later to see how financial support might benefit a former Freaky Film staffer, Lesli Putman, and her daughter, Sterling. The page goes into clear detail on what is happening with Lesli and the red flags associated with her aggressive form of cancer, so, I won’t attempt to rephrase it. Please help me help a former cinema accomplice and her family.

If you know me, you also know that I’ve been more focused on health and well-being issues as of late. While this article is first and foremost about Lesli’s care and her child’s future, I can’t help but reflect on what I’ve witnessed while staying with and aiding Ma JaPan and my stepfather for the past two years. He has weathered Parkinson’s disease for nearly three decades and now resides in a VA retirement community. She has been stable for several months after moving past numerous hospital and recovery stays over a year-and-a-half-long period. I could stand to shave some pounds off, reduce the chance of recurring gout with diet, and sleep more soundly as we finally decide how to meet Ma’s daily needs.

The three of us have been lucky in financial terms, given the combined circumstances, and I’m not blind to how the lack of money and resources drastically hampers the health of many thousands of Americans every single day. This obviously is a major hurt on Lesli no matter how well she responds to treatment. This arguably played a role in the inadvertent passing 10 years ago last Friday, May 24, of Urbana musician Jay Bennett, who could only afford fentanyl patches to ease his pain instead of undergoing the hip replacement surgery he sorely needed. This possibly compromised the chances of my acquaintance J. T., a woman with a family who juggled retail and service industry jobs, to rise above a history of addiction that ultimately bested her at age 24. You have certainly heard about if not directly experienced a heart-rending episode like these. We want our fellow citizens to meet a better fate, yes?

The films, arts, hobbies, functions, vacations, work hours, and politics must be set aside at times to focus on family members, friends, and neighbors who need a positive push so they might weather their health-related storms. Be decent and compassionate at the very least and proactive as much as you can muster.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. I thought it not applicable to dress up this piece with goofy Freaky Film ephemera or press pictures of Bennett that I don’t have permission to use. Calm landscapes of the Illinois Valley farmland by yours truly will have to do. You can surely find an appropriate metaphor in them if you dig your spade in the earth.

p.s.2 After the image below, we provide links to various agencies and directories that could help you and yours with health needs.

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IDES in Champaign County
Champaign County Health District
Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Health Care directory
Champaign County Health Care Consumers
Planned Parenthood of Illinois in Champaign
Developmental Services Center

Carle Foundation Hospital
Christie Clinic
OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center

American Red Cross
Health Insurance Marketplace

Calendar: May 24-30, 2019

May 24th, 2019

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!

5/24: Dennis Belogorsky (director of production, Brand New Films, San Francisco, CA)
5/25: David Gracon, Ph.D. (associate professor of communication studies, Eastern Illinois University)
5/26: Lana Hinshaw-Klann (photojournalist, WBBM Channel 2 (CBS), Chicago, IL)
5/27: Kevin DiNovis (filmmaker, SURRENDER DOROTHY)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoMay 12, 1999: A tongue-in-cheek look at Greek life as exemplified by the system at the University of Illinois, WHATEVER! IT’S A WONDERFUL SORORITY LIFE, is broadcast on PBS stations across the United States for the first time. This half-hour exposé by first-time filmmaker John Chua emphasizes humor in its attempt to picture how a powerful social organization for young women can seemingly choose at will to be exclusive and secretive. Various interviewees who are identified only by their first names dish about the practices held sacred within sorority walls while an African-American undergraduate, Ajana, goes through the “rush” process to see if she can qualify for a “bid” from one or more houses. The surprise distribution of WHATEVER! to PBS affiliates for non-prime time play, arranged in large part by the NAATA (currently the Center for Asian American Media), follows a handful of regional broadcasts including on Chicago’s WTTW Channel 11 in January 1998 and Urbana’s WILL Channel 12 in the fall of 1997. WHATEVER! is another independent documentary made in recent years like IN WHOSE HONOR? to rile up segments of the UI community by critiquing and criticizing aspects of its campus culture; panel discussions open to the public involving Chua, field producer Edward Burch, faculty members, and the Panhellenic Council debated over the accuracy and merits of what is depicted in the film, such as the implications that sorority sisters might shy away from choosing students of color for their ranks and reflect a character that is more party-centric than philanthropic. Chua’s eclectic career has since involved earning a doctorate in comparative literature from the UI, teaching college courses and citizen journalism practices in several countries, producing much-improved programs with social justice aims like MARION’S TRIUMPH: SURVIVING HISTORY’S NIGHTMARE (2003) and CUT: EXPOSING FGM WORLDWIDE (2017), and earning story credits on a pair of SPACE DOGS animated films made in Russia.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
RED JOAN (5/24 on), THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE (5/24-5/28), “Bike Movie Night” fundraiser feat. FILM BY BIKE, R.S.* (5/29, 7 p.m.), Member Screening: LITTLE WOODS (5/30, 7:30 p.m.), Late Night: BRAZIL (5/24-5/25, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ALADDIN, BOOKSMART, BRIGHTBURN, A DOG’S JOURNEY, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, THE HUSTLE, THE INTRUDER JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, LONG SHOT, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, UGLYDOLLS (5/24 on), GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, MA, ROCKETMAN (5/30 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, THE UPSIDE, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, BIG BROTHER, TRADING PAINT, DRUNK PARENTS, VALENTINE: THE DARK AVENGER, 13 SEASONS WHY (s2), more! (5/21 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ALADDIN, BOOKSMART, BRIGHTBURN, A DOG’S JOURNEY, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, THE HUSTLE, THE INTRUDER, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, LONG SHOT, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, TOLKIEN, UGLYDOLLS (5/24 on), GREASE (5/26, 5/29), GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, ROCKETMAN (5/30 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, Anniversary Plaza (5/30, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: THE THIN MAN (5/25, 1 & 7 p.m.)

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Calendar: May 17-23, 2019

May 17th, 2019

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 Price (actress, MARSHMALLOWS)
5/19: Gerry Kissell (cohost, Pop Culture Minefield vidcast)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Sound Gear Roundup” (5/21, 7 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY (5/17 on), Late Night: HAGAZUSSA (5/17-5/18, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
A DOG’S JOURNEY, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, THE HUSTLE, THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS (5/17 on), BOOKSMART Early Access Screening (5/17, 8 p.m.), BREAKTHROUGH (5/20, 5/22, 4:30 p.m.), ALADDIN (5/23 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
COLD PURSUIT, HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, APOLLO 11, TRIPLE THREAT, AMERICAN EXIT, NEVER GROW OLD, ASHES IN THE SNOW, BACKDRAFT 2, more! (5/14 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
A DOG’S JOURNEY, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, THE HUSTLE, THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS, TOLKIEN, UGLYDOLLS (5/17 on), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (5/19, 5/22), Studio Ghibli Fest: NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (5/20-5/21, 7 p.m.), THE COLD BLUE (5/23, 7 p.m.), ALADDIN (5/23 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. WONDER PARK, Anniversary Plaza (5/23, 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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One less haunt remains in the C-U

May 16th, 2019

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“Mildly resigned” is probably the best phrase to describe your humble editor’s reactions as he sees news items from afar about local businesses closing, opening, and changing hands. He knows this is standard phenomena in the life cycle of the ever-changing college town, but it can still feel like a gut punch when it comes to favorite places ceasing to be in the space of a blunt headline in a Web browser. Such is the case with current reports on the imminent shutdown of the Espresso Royale branch at 602 E. Daniel Street in Champaign after tomorrow, Friday, May 17, which he will not get to visit one last time.

Coffee, pastries, and companionship can still be had at the eight other ER locations in Champaign-Urbana and there is a potential for this one to reemerge in the mixed-use monolith rumored to be in the works for that corner of Daniel and Sixth. We will still be sad to see it, an agreeable non-major chain located in a unique two-level layout with a central stairwell, vanish from Campustown. ER was not Ye Ed’s first choice for spending down time with caffeine during his first years in town – The Daily Grind and Café Kopi filled the need – but he grew to enjoy its well-lit openness during slow weekends and the summer months. Now, it will join a laundry list of local establishments consigned to memory.

We don’t have to completely rely on our private and shared recollections, selfies, and ephemera to appreciate ER on Daniel and other nostalgic beats. Have you ever considered how the indigenous cinema “accidentally” records local history, culture, and architecture that can be plucked back out in the proper context years later? A recent marathon of work on C-U Confidential issue 10 by yours truly included the writing of a “Retro/Perspective” coda about what our film culture looked like in 2006, the year we founded C-U Blogfidential. It so happens that one of the old projects mentioned in the piece, which we also have been revisiting for another article to post here shortly, features an appearance by this ER.

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Calendar: May 10-16, 2019

May 11th, 2019

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CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years Ago April 21-25, 1999: The famed Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and television personality, Roger Ebert, hosts the inaugural Overlooked Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL, sponsored by the College of Communications at the University of Illinois. Ten films selected by Ebert, a native of neighboring Urbana and UI graduate in journalism, are shown between Thursday, April 22, and Saturday, April 24, to respectably-sized crowds at the 1,400-seat Virginia, which will receive a portion of the “Ebertfest” proceeds for its renovation needs. “There are countless festivals devoted to the premieres of new films,” writes Ebert in a welcome address that appears in the program, “but none dedicated to taking a second look at wonderful films that for one reason or another haven’t yet found the audiences they deserve.” For instance, the first movie shown is DANCE ME TO MY SONG, a recent Australian production with no American distributor that is being lauded for the uplifting and complex role played by Heather Rose, who wrote the screenplay with director Rolf de Heer and does not shy away from working her real-life cerebral palsy into the unconventional love triangle at its heart. Other picks in succession are AUTUMN TALE, SURRENDER DOROTHY, HAMSUN, MOBOROSI, HOUSEHOLD SAINTS, SHILOH, and THIRTEEN, while two well-known pieces represent forms as well as function: Sergei Eisenstein’s landmark epic BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, a silent film and a progenitor of modern editing techniques, and Steven Lisberger’s science fantasy TRON, the de facto debut of extensive computer graphics in a Hollywood feature to be shown in the uncommon 70mm format, although it has been replaced by a crisp 35mm print at the last moment. Panels on campus, discussions after each screening, casual access to guests including Ebert himself, and private parties round out this novel experience for local residents and visiting film fans alike. “Eberfest” is directed by fellow UI alum Nate Kohn, produced by Nancy Casey, and dedicated to Ebert’s longtime friend and contemporary in the Chicago media, Gene Siskel, who passed away two months ago at age 53. The on-line movie critic James Berardinelli, another Ebert colleague and “Ebertfest” guest, predicts this show will go on for years to come.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
RAFIKI (5/10 on), MARY MAGDELENE (5/10-5/12, 5/14-5/16), KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE (5/11, 2:30 p.m., free), AN AMERICAN HOME w/filmmaker Thomas Desch (5/13, 7 p.m., free),

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE HUSTLE, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, SHAZAM!, UGLYDOLLS (5/10 on), A DOG’S JOURNEY, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM (5/16 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, WHAT MEN WANT, THE PRODIGY, EVERYBODY KNOWS, ROOM FOR RENT, VIKING BLOOD, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: DÉJÀ VU, IMPOSSIBLE MISSION, BETTER CALL SAUL (s4), MR. MERCEDES (s1), more! (5/7 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE CHAPERONE, THE HUSTLE, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU, POMS, TOLKIEN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BREAKTHROUGH, CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE INTRUDER, LONG SHOT, UGLYDOLLS (5/10 on), The Metropolitan Opera: Dialogues des Carmélites (5/11, 11 a.m., simulcast; 5/15, 6:30 p.m., recorded), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (5/12, 5/15), WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND: LOOKING BACK AT ‘STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE’ (5/13, 7 p.m.), SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL: THE MOVIE (5/16, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, Anniversary Plaza (5/16, 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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