Stop at Pipa’s for ‘Red Light’ event

July 14th, 2019

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We’d like to congratulate a friend of C-U Blogfidential, the writer and micro-filmmaker Colin Price, on the release last month of his first book, Red Light and Other Tales. He and wife Lissa will premiere it locally with an event later tonight, Sunday, July 14, 8 p.m., at Pipa’s Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign. Both hardcover and paperback are available from the imprint, Page Publishing of New York, NY, although they will only have the paperback edition for sale. Fans can still bring their pre-bought copies for signing and a photo with Price for a few extra bucks, while those who will not make it to Pipa’s can pick up Red Light from the Barnes & Noble off of Marketview Drive and e-tailers like Amazon. In other words, dearest readers, it’s time to support your local author!

Price took a few moments from booking appearances and developing projects to talk with CUBlog about Red Light and Other Tales, in particular the novella referenced in its title. “I worked really hard to treat the dynamics between certain characters as very harmful,” he explains with no irony; dark corners tend to surface in his otherwise escapist fare. “[The lead characters] are two quite different but quite damaged people, with one choosing to turn their back on their own humanity altogether. I have become sickened by certain books and movies lately that attempt to see abuse and abusive relationships through rose-tinted glasses.” Elements more aligned with the realistic grit of crime fiction and noir also have a place here.

“Red Light” concerns a reluctant prostitute named Mia, barely of adult age and weighed down by a tart cynical streak, who makes a break for it and runs smack dab into a stranger on the sidewalk. An awkward type with equal parts charm and arrogance worn on his sleeve, Dean offers to give Mia shelter at his late uncle’s house until she is ready to move on. Instead, Mia is ensnared by Dean’s twisted expectations in their nascent relationship to one another, resulting in a terse game of one-upmanship that could cost the lives of several in their not-exclusive circles. Bonus stories fill out the 168-page volume and push into disparate areas such as Gothic horror, romance, surrealism, and TWILIGHT ZONE-style metaphor: “The Midnight Show,” “In Your Dreams,” “Evening Mass,” “Six Cups of Water,” and “On the Mountain.”

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Calendar: July 12-18, 2019

July 13th, 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!

7/14: Griffin Hammond (co-host, Indy Mogul channel, YouTube)
7/14: Shane M. Dallmann (writer, SCREEM Magazine)
7/15: Charlie Kessler (graduate, Film and Television MFA program, DePaul University, Chicago, IL)
7/15: Jill Van Voorst (owner, LIX)
7/18: Brian Dolinar (author, The Black Cultural Front)

 

PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

7/6: Eddie Jones, 84 (actor, ACT YOUR AGE, DISCONNECT)
7/6: Milos Stehlik, 70 (co-founder, Facets Multi-Media, Chicago, IL)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MIDSOMMAR (7/12 on), Smart Kids: TITO AND THE BIRDS (7/13-7/14, 11:30 a.m.), THE RIVER AND THE WALL w/discussion (7/15, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
CRAWL, STUBER, SUPER 30, THE WHITE STORM 2, ALADDIN, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, MIDSOMMAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, TOY STORY 4 (7/12 on), THE LION KING (7/18 on)

@ Boneyard Creek Crossing (corner of Race & Griggs), Urbana, IL
“Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights” feat. HEARTS BEAT LOUD (7/17, 8 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
PET SEMATARY, LITTLE, AFTER, HIGH LIFE, THE PROFESSOR, MOJIN: THE WORM VALLEY, GOTHAM (s5), more! (7/9 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
CRAWL, STUBER, ALADDIN, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, MIDSOMMAR, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, TOY STORY 4, YESTERDAY (7/12 on), JURASSIC PARK (7/14, 7/17), SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (7/15-7/17, 10 a.m.), SOUND! EUPHORUM: THE MOVIE (7/15, 7 p.m., dubbed), THE LION KING (7/18 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. US, Anniversary Plaza (7/18, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: RED RIVER (7/13, 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: July 5-11, 2019

July 6th, 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!

7/5: Paul Riismandel (co-host, Radio Survivor show)
7/7: Keenan Dailey (cover model, C-U Confidential #10)
7/8: Nathon Jones (actor, MAGNETIC FIELDS)
7/9: Jessie Seitz (writer/director, OBSIDIAN)
7/10: Paul Wood (staff writer, The News-Gazette)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MIDSOMMAR (7/5 on), Smart Kids: PADDINGTON 2 (7/6-7/7, 11:30 a.m.), Late Night: CLIMAX (7/5-7/6, 7/11, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
MIDSOMMAR, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, ALADDIN, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, CHILD’S PLAY, THE DEAD DON’T DIE, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, TOY STORY 4 (7/5 on), STUBER (7/11 on)

@ Broadway Food Hall, Urbana, IL
“Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights” feat. SHOW CATS (7/11, 5:30 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE BEST OF ENEMIES, ESCAPE PLAN: THE EXTRACTORS, AN ACCEPTABLE LOSS, THE PUBLIC, MIA AND THE WHITE LION, HER SMELL, A VIOLENT SEPARATION, DEAD TRIGGER, more! (7/2 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
MIDSOMMAR, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, ALADDIN, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, CHILD’S PLAY, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, TOY STORY 4, YESTERDAY (7/5 on), THE SANDLOT (7/7, 7/10), GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (7/8-7/10, 10 a.m.), National Theatre Live 10th Anniversary: Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet (7/8, 7 p.m., recorded), SOUND! EUPHORUM: THE MOVIE (7/11, 7 p.m., subtitled)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board Presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE BEST OF ENEMIES, Anniversary Plaza (7/11, 9 p.m., free, rain location: Pine Lounge (1st floor), Illini Union)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Rewind 92.5 Film Series: THE GOONIES (7/6, 2 p.m.), Animation Vacation: THE LITTLE MERMAID (7/9, 7/11, 6:30 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: June 28-July 4, 2019

June 28th, 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!

6/25: Aaron Polk (contributor, Three Nerds & a Movie weblog)
6/30: Drea Abbas (cover model, C-U Confidential #10)
7/1: Lindsey Gates-Markel (actress, CROP DUST)
7/1: Dan Boomgarden (content producer, Classic Tractor Fever TV)
7/1: Michael Juvinall (publisher, Horror Patch website)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Mendota with Love

Please do your best to love, respect, and protect your fellow human beings, even if “man,” “woman,” or “heterosexual” are not a part of their self-describing vernacular or conscious being. They belong, they matter, and they should have the opportunity to contribute greatly to our society just like everyone else. Give them the room to grow and tools to thrive, whether in the big cities or a small town near to you. Pride, ideally, is in the name of love and should not be limited to parade days like this Sunday. Cheers.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LATE NIGHT (6/28 on), PLUS ONE (6/28-7/2, 7/4), BOOKSMART (6/29-6/30, 7/3), Pride Month: TANGERINE (6/28-6/29, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ANNABELLE COMES HOME, ALADDIN, ANNA, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, CHILD’S PLAY, DARK PHOENIX, THE DEAD DON’T DIE, LATE NIGHT, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, SHAFT, TOY STORY 4 (6/28 on), MIDSOMMAR, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (7/2 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
DUMBO, THE POISON ROSE, THE LEGEND OF 5 MILE CAVE, ISABELLE, AVENGEMENT, FURIE, 13 GRAVES, SAVING JAWS, more! (6/25 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ANNABELLE COMES HOME, YESTERDAY, ALADDIN, ANNA, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, CHILD’S PLAY, DARK PHOENIX, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, LATE NIGHT, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, ROCKETMAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, TOY STORY 4 (6/28 on), THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART (6/28, 10 a.m.), JAWS (6/28, 7/3), HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION (7/1), Studio Ghibli Fest: WHISPERS OF THE HEART (7/1-7/2, 7 p.m.). SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (7/2 on)

@ Mahomet Public Library, Mahomet, IL
Laugh and Slash Film Festival (6/29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Animation Vacation: THE FOX AND THE HOUND (7/2, 6:30 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: 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

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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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)

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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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