Calendar: April 19-25, 2019

April 20th, 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!

4/21: William Kephart (actor, GREEN AND HORNY)
4/22: Chelsea Norton (co-host. “Surfabilly Freakout,” WEFT 90.1 FM)
4/24: Ron Bonk (producer, DEADLY PLAYTHINGS)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoFriday, April 17, 2009: Participating in the annual Boneyard Arts Festival for the first time, C-U Confidential sponsors an event at Caffe Paradiso on the University of Illinois campus to share films by area filmmakers. “Local Cinema @ Paradiso,” or the “C-U Confidential Local Movie Show,” compiles more than 20 trailers, shorts, and Webisodes that pique the interest of a steady crowd. Luke Boyce of Shatterglass Studios provides the sound and projection, the UI student creators of ONE FINE DAY and A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW make an appearance to discuss their projects with host Jason Pankoke, and composer Todd Mazierski’s cuts from the soundtrack of the documentary HOOPESTON set the mood during intermissions. Attendee Sanford Hess would soon convince Pankoke that a similar event of larger scope made perfect programming sense for a venue he was looking to purchase, the Art Theater in Champaign. One year later, the New Art Film Festival era began. As reported on 4/16/09 at CUBlog.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (4/22, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
APOLLO 11 (4/19 on), GIANT LITTLE ONES (4/19-4/20, 4/23, 4/25), Latin American Film Festival: RETALBO (4/20, 5 p.m.), BIRDS OF PASSAGE (4/21, 5 p.m.), and RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME (4/21, 7:30 p.m.), C-U Comedy presents Jake “The Snake” Roberts (4/22, 7:30 p.m.), Member Screening: SATAN & ADAM (4/24, 7:30 p.m.), Late Night: MAXIMUM OVERDIRVE (4/19-4/20, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BREAKTHROUGH, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, KALANK, PENGUINS, AFTER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, HELLBOY, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, US (4/19 on), AVENGERS: ENDGAME (4/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GLASS, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING, REPLICAS, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA (cs), PROJECT BLUE BOOK (s1), more! (4/16 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BREAKTHROUGH, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, PENGUINS, TEEN SPIRIT, AFTER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, HELLBOY, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, THE MUSTANG, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, UNPLANNED, US (4/19 on), THE WORLD WE MAKE (4/19-4/23), PETER RABBIT (4/19-4/21, 10 a.m.), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (4/21, 4/24), BRIGHT ONES (4/22, 6:30 p.m.), OKKO’S INN (4/22-4/23, 7 p.m.), RiffTrax Live! feat. OCTAMAN (4/24, 7:30 p.m.), AVENGERS: ENDGAME Opening Night Fan Event (4/25, 5 p.m.), AVENGERS: ENDGAME (4/25 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. WHAT MEN WANT, Pine Lounge (4/19-4/20, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

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

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Patience trumps pile-up at MFHQ

April 17th, 2019

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Let’s review two of the prime directives here at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters. First, we’d rather take longer to do it right, and then, we always reappear after we disappear. Work factors, personal needs, and a C-U Confidential issue edging towards completion add up to a lack of blogging, but the floodgates will open soon enough to let content flow more freely than in the last few weeks. We promise it. You believe it. We appreciate you for sticking with us, dearest readers.

There have been fun asides, we’ll admit. Your humble editor was asked by interviewer Andrew J. Rausch to contribute a new essay to the follow-up book to Conversations on Quentin Tarantino that is titled My Best Friend’s Birthday: The Making of a Quentin Tarantino Film. Often excused from QT canon by scholars and fans, the ultra-low budget and unfinished comedy MY BEST FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY was made in the late Eighties by the future auteur and his collaborator at the time, Craig Hamann. The latter joins Rausch and several others in providing oral histories and juicy anecdotes about the project in this intriguing volume, while Mr. JaPan’s words will kick off the middle section about its production.

Ye Ed has also submitted a testimonial that will appear in a book called Red Light and Other Tales. It supports the Champaign screenwriter and B-movie reviewer Colin Gabriel Price who makes his debut as a published author with this release. Red Light is a collection of short stories on the dark and seamy side of recognizable genres like fantasy and Gothic horror, although “Red Light” itself is a slice of crime fiction about a sociopathic killer and his young female mark who only knows the dark side of good fortune. We’re elated to see Price persevere with his work after recent creative ups and downs in his world.

Stealing away from the keyboard for a bit with our friend, artist and CUZine #9 cover model Drea Aarons, we shared the Confidential love at this past weekend’s Small Press Fest at the Independent Media Center in Urbana. A solid turnout of professional imprints, ‘zine makers, alt-media collectives, and crafty types filled the Sun Room of the IMC’s main floor while we teased our next issue by giving out previous issues at a table just inside the Stage Room where speaking activities took place. CUZine sat alongside two other local mags that did not have representatives at the show: Activator, a music culture monthly from Springfield that now counts David Gracon of Hallways Microcinema as a contributor, and Comparisons, a science-as-art ‘zine created for the University of Illinois’ Institute for Genomic Biology by creative program manager Julia Pollack, once a member of Illini Film & Video while she was a UI undergraduate. Hopefully, this is a solid stepping stone for organizer Sarah Christensen and friends on which to build the event and complement other local efforts like the “Lit” arm of the Pygmalion Festival.

While both Red Light and My Best Friend’s Birthday should be available by this fall through Page Publishing and BearManor Media, respectively, you will be able to pour through C-U Confidential #10 much sooner! We can announce with certainty that the digest will go to press in the first half of May and appear at our favorite drop points du C-U soon afterwards. We’ll have the traditional cover reveal here on C-U Blogfidential and, for the first time, bonus articles that directly relate to what you’ll find inside the issue. Enjoy the spoils of our efforts while we return to our version of normal.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: April 12-18, 2019

April 12th, 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!

4/16: Sarah Christensen (co-organizer, Small Press Fest!)
4/16: Joe Taylor (creator/puppeteer, PATTY AND PAZ)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Script Reads,” Room 222 (4/16, 7 p.m., free)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Small Press Fest! feat. C-U Confidential, Sun Room & Stage Room (4/13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (4/15, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE AFTERMATH (4/12 on), NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF WIND (4/17, 7:30 p.m.), Agnès Varda tribute: THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (4/18, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
AFTER, HELLBOY, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, THE MUSTANG, THE BEST OF ENEMIES, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, FIVE FEET APART, HOTEL MUMBAI, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, US (4/12 on), BREAKTHROUGH (4/17 on), THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (4/18 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
A DOG’S WAY HOME, ON THE BASIS OF SEX, WELCOME TO MARWEN, HOLMES & WATSON, WE DIE YOUNG, PATRICK, I AM RICHARD PRYOR, CARGA, RAY DONOVAN (s6), more! (4/9 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
AFTER, THE BEST OF ENEMIES, HELLBOY, LITTLE, MISSING LINK, THE MUSTANG, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, FIVE FEET APART, HOTEL MUMBAI, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, UNPLANNED, US (4/12 on), BUMBLEBEE (4/12-4/14, 10 a.m.), Sight & Sound Theatres presents Noah (4/13, 12:55 p.m., recorded), WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (4/14, 4/17), BREAKTHROUGH (4/17 on), THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS (4/18, 7 p.m.), RiffTrax Live! feat. OCTAMAN (4/18, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. HOLMES & WATSON, Pine Lounge (4/12-4/13, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Parkland College, Champaign, IL
FREE CECE screening and discussion, Room C-118 (4/12, 1 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
UIUC College of Media presents 21st annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (through 4/13)

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: April 5-11, 2019

April 5th, 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!

4/4: Dakota Pruemer (filmmaker, ONLY IN IT FOR THE NEWS)
4/9: Nick Alonzo (filmmaker, DECAF DON)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (4/8, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE AFTERMATH (4/5 on), 2019 Jewish Film Festival: DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS (4/7, 4 p.m.), 21st annual Mountainfilm on Tour (4/9, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE BEST OF ENEMIES, P STORM, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, FIVE FEET APART, HOTEL MUMBAI, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, US, WONDER PARK (4/5 on), HELLBOY, LITTLE, MISSING LINK (4/11 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BUMBLEBEE, THE MULE, VICE, FREE SOLO, THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT, PROSPECT, UNTOGETHER, more! (4/2 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM!, THE BEACH BUM, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DUMBO, FIVE FEET APART, GLORIA BELL, HOTEL MUMBAI, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, UNPLANNED, US, WONDER PARK (4/5 on), JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (4/5-4/7, 10 a.m.), THE BLUES BROTHERS (4/7, 4/10), Studio Ghibli Fest: HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (4/7-4/8), Sight & Sound Theatres presents Noah (4/9, 6:30 p.m., recorded), THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE (4/10, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. MARY POPPINS RETURNS, Pine Lounge (4/5-4/6, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. FINDING KUKAN (4/9, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: METROPOLIS (1927; 4/6, 1 & 7 p.m.), UIUC College of Media presents 21st annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (4/10-4/13)

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: Mar. 29-Apr. 4, 2019

March 29th, 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!

4/2: Mike White (producer, The Projection Booth podcast)
4/2: Will Viharo (author, Vic Valentine: Space Cadet)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission* meeting, “Brandon Austin music video” (4/4, 7 p.m., free)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (4/1, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
TRANSIT (3/29 on), WOMAN AT WAR (3/29-3/31, 4/2-4/4), SLICE (3/29-3/30, 4/1), 2019 Jewish Film Festival: SHALOM BOLLWOOD: THE UNTOLD STORY OF INDIAN CINEMA (3/31, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
DUMBO, HOTEL MUMBAI, THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, CAPTAIN MARVEL, CAPTIVE STATE, FIVE FEET APART, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL, US, WONDER PARK (3/29 on), THE BEST OF ENEMIES, PET SEMATARY, SHAZAM! (4/4 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
AQUAMAN, SECOND ACT, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, STAN & OLLIE, KING OF THIEVES, AGAINST THE CLOCK, WHAT LIES AHEAD, 30 MILES FROM NOWHERE, more! (3/26 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE BEACH BUM, DUMBO, GLORIA BELL, HOTEL MUMBAI, LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT, MORE THAN BLUE, UNPLANNED, APOLLO 11, CAPTAIN MARVEL, FIVE FEET APART, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, US, WONDER PARK (3/29 on), HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 (3/29-3/31, 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Die Walkure (3/30, 11 a.m., simulcast; 4/3, 6:30 p.m., recorded), THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (3/31, 4/3), SHAZAM! (4/4 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. AQUAMAN, Pine Lounge (3/29-3/30, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

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

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Ebertfest 2019 films revealed

March 28th, 2019

Last Thursday, March 21, the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced the full slate of movies to be showcased at the twenty-first annual edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, scheduled for April 10-13, 2019:

Wednesday, April 10
7:00 p.m. AMAZING GRACE (1972/2019, 87 min, Dir: Sydney Pollack & Alan Elliott)

Thursday, April 11
1:00 p.m. THE FAITHFUL HEART (1923, 85 min., Dir: Jean Epstein) Accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra
4:00 p.m. RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (2008, 113 min., Dir: Jonathan Demme)
9:00 p.m. BOUND (1996, 108 min., Dir: Lana & Lilly Wachowski, as the Wachowskis)

Friday, April 12
10:00 a.m. COLD WAR (2018, 88 min., Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski)
1:30 p.m. CANE RIVER (1982/2018, 90 min., Dir: Horace B. Jenkins)
4:30 p.m. A YEAR OF THE QUIET SUN (1985, 106 min., Dir: Krzysztof Zanussi)
9:00 p.m. ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (1997, 92 min., Dir: David Mirkin)

Saturday April 13
10:00 a.m. MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE (2016, 113 min., Dir: Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack)
1:30 p.m. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (2018, 95 min., Dir: Morgan Neville)
4:30 p.m. ALMOST FAMOUS (2000, 123 min., Dir: Cameron Crowe)
9:00 p.m. SIDEWAYS (2004, 127 min., Dir: Alexander Payne)

Key festival guests this year include Gina Gershon & Jennifer Tilly (BOUND), Maja Komorowska (A YEAR OF THE QUIET SUN), David Mirkin (ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION), Morgan Neville (WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?), and Virginia Madsen (SIDEWAYS)

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL. The Ebertfest” Web site also features individual reviews and details of signings and panel discussions. Individual and bulk ticket sales will go on sale Monday, April 1, 2019, while a small number of festival passes are still available.

~ Jason Pankoke

Calendar: March 22-28, 2019

March 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!

3/22: Jonathan Culp (multimedia artist, Unpopular Arts)
3/24: Brian Krumm (lead singer/guitarist, The Great Crusades)
3/26: Jack Snyder (screenwriter, BAD STEPMOTHER)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (3/25, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR (3/22-3/26), THE HEIRESS (3/22-3/24, 3/26-3/27), DESTROYER (3/22-3/24), SPEAK UP (3/23, 3/28), Member Screening: BIRDS OF PASSAGE (3/25, 7:30 p.m.), Essential Cinema: KILLER OF SHEEP (3/27, 7:30 p.m.), THE UNITED STATES OF AUTISM (3/28, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
US, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, APOLLO 11, CAPTAIN MARVEL, CAPTIVE STATE, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, FIVE FEET APART, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL, NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE, WONDER PARK (3/22 on), CRUEL INTENTIONS 20th anniversary (3/22-3/26), DUMBO, HOTEL MUMBAI (3/28 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, THE FINAL WISH, DON’T GO, THE QUAKE, THEN CAME YOU, THE MERCY, 100 YARDS, more! (3/19 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
US, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, APOLLO 11, CAPTAIN MARVEL, CAPTIVE STATE, FIVE FEET APART, GREEN BOOK, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL, THE UPSIDE, WONDER PARK (3/22 on), CRUEL INTENTIONS 20th anniversary (3/22-3/27), THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK ON ITS WALLS (3/22-3/24, 10 a.m.), THE GODFATHER PART II (3/24, 3/27), MADE IN ABYSS: JOURNEY’S DAWN (3/25, 7 p.m., dubbed), DIANA ROSS: HER LIFE, LOVE AND LEGACY (3/26, 7 p.m.), DUMBO, UNPLANNED (3/28 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. ESCAPE ROOM, Pine Lounge (3/22-3/23, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Urbana Free Library, Urbana, IL
“The Magic Lantern” animation demonstration by EKAH, Lewis Auditorium (3/25, 6:30 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Rewind 92.5 Film Series: XANADU (3/25, 7 p.m.), Reel Deals: WONDER WOMAN (3/26, 3/28, 7 p.m.)

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

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Calendar: March 15-21, 2019

March 15th, 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!

3/19: Andrew Gleason (co-director, IRREPARABLE)
3/19: Brad Decker (composer/collaborator, Hallways Microcinema)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Pens to Lens Pitches and Set Safety,” Robeson Pavilion Room A (3/19, 7 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
JIMI HENDRIX: ELECTRIC CHURCH (3/15 on), ZAMA (3/15, 3/17, 3/20-3/21), THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (3/16-3/18), HOTEL BY THE RIVER (3/16-3/17, 3/19)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
APOLLO 11, CAPTIVE STATE, FIVE FEET APART, NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE, WONDER PARK, CAPTAIN MARVEL, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, GRETA, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL (3/15 on), PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE MOSES CONTROVERSY (3/16, 12:55 p.m.; 3/19, 6:30 p.m.), CRUEL INTENTIONS 20th anniversary (3/21, 7 p.m.), US (3/21 on)

@ Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, Doudna Fine Arts Center (3/20, 4-6 p.m.)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD, GREEN BOOK, MORTAL ENGINES, LONDON FIELDS, THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK, PIERCING, THE LAST MAN, WELCOME TO MERCY, A.I. RISING, ANCIENT ALIENS (s11 v2), more! (3/12 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
CAPTIVE STATE, FIVE FEET APART, WONDER PARK, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, APOLLO 11, CAPTAIN MARVEL, GREEN BOOK, GRETA, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL, THE UPSIDE (3/15 on), SMALLFOOT (3/15-3/17, 10 a.m.), THE QUIET MAN (3/17, 3/20), MADE IN ABYSS: JOURNEY’S DAWN (3/20, 7 p.m., subtitled), US (3/21 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. BUMBLEBEE, Pine Lounge (3/15-3/16, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

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

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Calendar: March 8-14, 2019

March 8th, 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!

3/9: Meredith Dumyahn (producer/director, WSEC-TV (PBS), Springfield-Jacksonville, IL)
3/9: Jason Lindsey (commercial photographer, Jason Lindsey Photography)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (3/11, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
STAN & OLLIE, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (3/8-3/12, 3/14), SCIENCE FAIR (3/9, 3/13), 2019 Jewish Film Festival: THE CAKEMAKER (3/10, 7 p.m.), Member Screening: MEETING THE MAN: JAMES BALDWIN IN PARIS and ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (3/13, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
CAPTAIN MARVEL, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, GRETA, GULLY BOY, HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL (3/8 on), FIVE FEET APART event (3/13, 7 p.m.), PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE MOSES CONTROVERSY (3/14, 6:30 p.m.), CAPTIVE STATE, FIVE FEET APART, WONDER PARK (3/14 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
CREED II, INSTANT FAMILY, THE FAVOURITE, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, BEN IS BACK, VOX LUX, THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER, THE VANISHING, DON’T COME BACK FROM THE MOON, GUNPOWDER, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (s4), more! (3/5 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
APOLLO 11, CAPTAIN MARVEL, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, ARCTIC, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, GREEN BOOK, GRETA, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL, A STAR IS BORN, THE UPSIDE (3/8 on), SHERLOCK GNOMES (3/8-3/10, 10 a.m.), THE WIZARD OF OZ (3/10, 3/13), DOCTOR WHO: LOGOPOLIS (3/13, 7 p.m.), PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE MOSES CONTROVERSY (3/14, 6:30 p.m.), FATE/STAY NIGHT [HEAVEN’S FEEL] II: LOST BUTTERFLY (3/14, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, Pine Lounge (3/8-3/9, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Lincoln Ave. Residence Halls, UIUC, Urbana, IL
5th Sustainability Shorts Film Festival, Ballroom (3/9, 7 p.m., free)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. THE SONG COLLECTOR (3/12, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: GASLIGHT (3/9, 1 & 7 p.m.)

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

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Calendar: March 1-7, 2019

March 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!

3/2: Anne Lukeman (“chief adventurist,” C-U Adventures in Time & Space)
3/2: Kelly White (executive director, 40 North 88 West: Champaign County Arts Council)
3/3: Tariq A. Khan (entertainment reporter, Fox News)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoWednesday, March 3, 1999: Operating out of a studio-office situated near downtown Champaign, Illinois, Opteryx Press puts its spin on independent film discourse to paper for the first time with the release of MICRO-FILM: The Warning Shot. The letter-size, 12-page ‘zine is a copy shop creation with a teal cover that serves as a low-budget teaser for the upcoming MICRO-FILM, “The Magazine of Personal Cinema in Action.” Novice self-publisher Jason Pankoke draws the content from his recent interactions with participants in the American “film festival circuit” as well as science-fiction and horror fandom; interview subjects include Scary Monsters Magazine publisher Dennis Druktenis from the Chicago suburb of Highwood, Oregon-based stop-motion animator Suzanne Twining, and filmmaker and photographer Brien Burroughs of San Francisco. Short subjects created by the latter two were introduced to a Champaign-Urbana audience during the first Freaky Film Festival in 1997. “Many of the films in MICRO-FILM will be raw and unpolished,” writes Pankoke in a “Save the Mirth” editorial. “Some will be experimental and abstract. Most will be far from perfect, at least according to the standards of mainstream critics and cinema historians. However, all belong to the century-old history of motion picture making, and this history deserves to be fleshed out by recording what is going on in the grassroots, the backyards, and the underground. In this case, size doesn’t matter. Your films do.” A second “stepping stone” issue to be called MICRO-FILM 101 is promoted in The Warning Shot but never comes to fruition. As reported on 3/7/09 at CUBlog.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (3/4, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
ROMA (3/1-3/3), THE FAVOURITE (3/2-3/4, 3/7), COLD WAR (3/2, 3 /4), The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019: Animation (3/2, 3/5, 3/7), Live Action (3/5-3/6), and Documentary (3/6), 2019 Jewish Film Festival: AFTER AUSCHWITZ incl. Skype w/filmmaker Jon Kean (3/3, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
GRETA, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, GREEN BOOK, GULLY BOY, HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, RUN THE RACE, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, WANDERING EARTH, WHAT MEN WANT (3/1 on), CAPTAIN MARVEL (3/7 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE, BORDER, BLACK ’47, BETWEEN WORLDS, THE CHALLENGER DISASTER, BERNIE THE DOLPHIN, more! (2/26 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
GRETA, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, ARCTIC, COLD PURSUIT, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, GREEN BOOK, HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, THE PRODIGY, RUN THE RACE, A STAR IS BORN, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, THE UPSIDE, WHAT MEN WANT (3/1 on), TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (3/1-3/3, 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: La Fille du Régiment (3/2, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 3/6, 6:30 p.m., recorded), MOULIN ROUGE (3/3, 3/6), CAPTAIN MARVEL (3/7 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, Pine Lounge (3/1-3/2, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Reel Deals: BIG (3/5, 3/7, 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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