Calendar: May 26-June 1, 2017

May 27th, 2017

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!

5/27: William Anthony Rose II (actor, THE SHERIFF’S CHILDREN)
6/1: Wm. R. Pace (co-producer/editor, THE HARROW)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Media that Hits Close to Home

@ The Logan Theatre, Chicago, IL
World Premiere of THE POOKA* at 24th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (6/1, 9 p.m.)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE LOVERS (5/26 on), YOUR NAME. (5/26-5/28, 5/31-6/1)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BAYWATCH, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, ALIEN: COVENANT, THE BOSS BABY, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED (5/26 on), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/1, 7 p.m.), CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, WONDER WOMAN (5/1 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
LOGAN, GET OUT, THE GREAT WALL, ROCK DOG, MAX 2: WHITE HOUSE HERO, XX, MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI, I AM HEATH LEDGER, OUTSIDERS (s2), more! (5/23 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BAYWATCH, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, ALIEN: COVENANT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED (5/26 on), E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (5/28, 5/31). IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/1, 7 p.m.), WONDER WOMAN (5/1 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Martin Scorsese: THE LAST WALTZ (5/26), The News-Gazette Film Series: CITIZEN KANE (5/27)

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: May 19-25, 2017

May 19th, 2017

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!

5/25: David Gracon (contributor, C-U Confidential)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
NORMAN (5/19 on), TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (5/19-5/20, 5/23, 5/25), WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (5/21, 5/22 w/discussion), COLOSSAL (5/24, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ALIEN: COVENANT, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, BAAHUBALI 2 (Hindi & Telugu languages), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, THE CIRCLE, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED (5/19 on), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/23, 7 p.m.), BAYWATCH (5/24 on), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (5/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, THE SPACE BETWEEN US, EXTORTION, THE OUTCASTS, more! (5/16 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ALIEN: COVENANT, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BORN IN CHINA, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED, THE WALL (5/19 on), MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (5/21, 5/24), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/23, 7 p.m.), BAYWATCH (5/24 on), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (5/25 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. POWER RANGERS, Anniversary Plaza (5/25, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Martin Scorsese: RAGING BULL (5/22-5/23), AFTER HOURS (5/24-5/25), THE LAST WALTZ (5/26)

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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REVIVAL at hand for C-U studio

May 18th, 2017

Potential big-ticket projects keep falling into place for Shatterglass Films, the narrative offshoot of media producer Shatterglass Studios in Champaign, and it’s becoming a bit harder for us to keep up with it all! To that end, we share below the announcement of one such venture, an adaptation of the recently-concluded comic book series Revival (Image Comics) by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton about a rather different kind of zombie apocalypse. Read through the copy to learn about other efforts currently in progress at Shatterglass Films; a link to the conceptual trailer for REVIVAL premiered last month at C2E2 in Chicago can be found at the end. C-U Blogfidential will keep watch for further news on what Luke Boyce, Brett Hays, and the Shatterglass team will be creating under their own roof as the company pushes forward.

~ Jason Pankoke

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From April 23, 2017:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IMAGE COMICS’ RURAL HORROR/NOIR TITLE REVIVAL GETS FILM ADAPTATION

CHICAGO, IL (April 23, 2017)Shatterglass Films announced they will produce a live-action feature-film adaptation of the critically-acclaimed comic series Revival by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton, who will also produce. The announcement was made at a panel at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) where the filmmakers showed a surprise “proof of concept” teaser trailer to the room of fans. Revival is a blend of mystery, thriller, and horror set in the winter stillness of rural Wisconsin where the recently deceased members of the community arise and return to their lives as if nothing happened. Caught up in the maelstrom of emotional and ideological turmoil the event brings to the town, Officer Dana Cypress struggles to maintain order at the same time she quietly investigates the murder of her younger sister Em, who is one of the recently “revived.” Production is slated to begin in early 2018 with Shatterglass Films co-founder Luke Boyce directing a script co-written by Revival co-creator Tim Seeley and Sarah Fischer.

“I am beyond ecstatic to be bringing this incredible work to life. Revival has consistently been one of the best titles from Image in the past few years and one of my absolute favorites since it debuted in 2012. Long before I ever met Tim and Mike, I dreamed of being able to adapt this story on film and I intend to do everything I can to realize it to its full potential,” said Boyce.

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CUZine #9 knocks back a reality

May 12th, 2017

Attempting to regroup as their challenging pursuit resumes, the partners in crime are forced to acknowledge the odds might be stacked against them in ways more mysterious than either one anticipated. Can they trust each other to enact a more effective plan before it’s too late?

We invite you to pair the exciting new issue of C-U Confidential – vintage 2015, bottled 2017 – with your favorite libation or other pick-you-up as the summer sets in! Keep a private (or public) eye on our Facebook page for reports from Confidential Agents as they disseminate our literature beginning on or after this Friday, May 12, for your FREE investigative pleasure!

Deep in the recesses of a local watering hole, our gallant gumshoe Eric Sizemore and resourceful informant Drea Abbas trade verbal notes only to find they have fumbled the ball and relinquished a lead most vital to their efforts. CUZine does its best to not leave you in the lurch like our discouraged duo, revealing everything it can about the cinema arts in Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! With the script selection and production process in full swing for 2017, Ye Ed visits with several adult participants to reflect on last year’s Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala as well as hint at what is in store for this student-centered program during the warmer months. He also double dips with anecdotes about the place of That’s Rentertainment in our lives and why its closure changes how the citizens du C-U might consume and communicate about the movies. Moving from future fears to the past tense, Springfield poet and performer Vachel Lindsay defined the kind of movie writing we consume and use to communicate with to this day in his landmark 1915 book, The Art of the Moving Picture; we share excerpts from it and ponder Lindsay’s place in the contemporary consciousness. Mr. JaPan then encourages our populace to actively reach outside their viewing comfort zone to discover films and film-going experiences both unique and challenging, while Jenny Southlynn conveys thoughts on Lindsay and fellow brilliant mind David Foster Wallace. Related summations of area activity fill out issue 9, of course!

Having now returned to our annual release pattern for C-U Confidential, even though we missed out on Roger Ebert’s Film Festival by necessity due to your humble editor’s family needs, we look forward to pushing our frequency to twice-a-year beginning this fall. Frankly, the current installment was a big pain to complete and get funded, but we’re suitably relieved to break on through to the other side with something tangible as a treat for loyal readers in our 10th anniversary year. Please shake the hands of our friends at Bachelor Pad Magazine, Barham Benefit Group, Cellar Dweller Films, Champaign Movie Makers, Cinema Gallery, C-U Adventures in Time and Space, Dreamscape Cinema, Elliott Counseling Group, Go Retro!, Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Heirship Records, Hobnobben Film Festival, Pens to Lens/C-U Film Society, Premier Print Group, R.A.Z. Films, Vachel Lindsay Association, and WEFT 90.1 FM for providing us with the advertising coverage necessary to kick out this issue. In addition, we ask you to raise a glass – martini or not, shaken or stirred – to the handful of generous and anonymous donors whose contributions helped us fulfill our budget goals. We thank you all, with honors!

~ Jason Pankoke

Calendar: May 12-18, 2017

May 12th, 2017

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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LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Media that Hits Close to Home

C-U Confidential #9 Issue Release: Friday, 5/12, across Champaign, Urbana, and the Cities Beyond! Via Paper Opteryx, Champaign, IL

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “THE SHERIFF’S CHILDREN* preview,” Robeson Pavilion Room A (5/16, 7 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
NORMAN (5/12 on), TWISTER (5/12-5/13, 5/18, 10 p.m.), The Seventh Art Stand: THE MULBERRY HOUSE w/KARMA HAS NO WALLS (5/16, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED, BAAHUBALI 2 (Hindi & Telugu languages), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, THE CIRCLE, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GIFTED, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, SLEIGHT, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (5/12 on), ALIEN: COVENANT, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING (5/18 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
FIFTY SHADES DARKER, THE VOID, FEAR INC., ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (s4), more! (5/9 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED, THE WALL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BORN IN CHINA, THE BOSS BABY, THE CIRCLE, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GIFTED, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THE LOST CITY OF Z, THEIR FINEST (5/12 on), The Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier (5/13, simulcast; 5/17, recorded), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (5/14, 5/17), ALIEN: COVENANT (5/18 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. GET OUT, Anniversary Plaza (5/18, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Rewind 92.5 Film Series: LEGALLY BLONDE (5/13)

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: May 5-11, 2017

May 6th, 2017

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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CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoMonday, April 30, 2007: C-U Blogfidential editor Jason Pankoke joins the illustrious ranks of the “drinking fraternity” Pi Omega Omega. Following a marathon showing of projects from Jason “JB” Butler and BrainSmart Productions at Mike ‘n Molly’s in Champaign, several P.O.O. powers-that-be decide to induct Pankoke in the wee hours as “Lenscap.” Amazingly, he manages to write down this milestone and tuck it in a safe place for posterity. Who likes hops-fueled happenstance history? We do! We do! Ca-caw!!! Further information for the downtown disenfranchised…


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
COLOSSAL (5/5 on), FRANTZ (5/5-5/7, 5/10-5/11), ALIVE AND KICKING (5/7, 6 p.m.), The Seventh Art Stand: SONITA (5/9, 7 p.m.), THE ROOM (5/5-5/6, 5/10-5/11, 10 p.m.), Protagonist Pizza Productions presents “Pizza Party!” festival* (5/8, 8 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, SHOCK WAVE, SLEIGHT, BAAHUBALI 2 (Hindi & Telugu languages), BATTLE OF MEMORIES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, THE CIRCLE, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GET OUT, GIFTED, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (5/5 on), Chonda Pierce: “Enough” (5/9), KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED (5/11 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
A DOG’S PURPOSE, RINGS, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, THE COMEDIAN, THE RESURRECTION OF GAVIN STONE, THE FREE MAN, THE LAST SHIP (s3), more! (5/2 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
DINNER, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THEIR FINEST, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BORN IN CHINA, THE BOSS BABY, THE CIRCLE, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GIFTED, GOING IN STYLE, THE LOST CITY OF Z, LOVE OFF THE CUFF, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (5/5 on), THE BREAKFAST CLUB (5/7, 5/10), Chonda Pierce: “Enough” (5/9), National Theatre Live: Obsession (5/11, recorded), KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED (5/11 on)

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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BOOK to keep you AWAKE tonight

May 3rd, 2017

BLACK BOOK | Official Film Trailer from
Zakk Fairley Video Production on Vimeo.

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Production groups formed by creative young people will take center stage and screen this evening at the Normal Theater, 209 North St., Normal, IL, during a “Local Filmmakers’ Showcase” that will begin at 7 p.m. The headliner is a 40-minute featurette from Vigilant Studios of Normal called BLACK BOOK that is directed by Zakk Fairley and written by Ricky Punjabi, two of the group’s cofounders. Adam J. Rebora, Anastasia Ferguson, and Wes Melton star in a thriller about an engaged couple stressed by their move to the big city as well as opposite work schedules, keeping them separate on most days. As a spur-of-the-moment idea, Elisabeth (Ferguson) visits an antiquarian bookseller (Melton) to purchase a birthday gift for Skylar (Rebora), ultimately taking home an ancient Latin-language book that Skylar can translate thanks to his college studies. They receive no thanks, however, from the mysterious forces awakened by reading this cursed volume! Whereas most cast and crew of BLACK BOOK are Illinois State University students and recent alumni, we have to take the educated guess that lead-in drama AWAKE is the handiwork of an all-ISU crew since we can’t find any hard information about it other than the plot crunch provided by the Normal’s Facebook page. “AWAKE is a coming-of-age artistic exploration into the lives of a group of college juniors and seniors,” states the Event listing about the 70-minute-long story, “[and] takes realism and combines it with surrealism into one piece of art to take the audience into the dreams, nightmares, and the realities of being a young adult in today’s society.” Sounds like a pretty heavy-duty experience is in store for the audience, yes? We’re also presuming the show serves as a public premiere for AWAKE; BLACK BOOK received its own unveiling last Saturday, April 29, also at the Normal. Tonight’s showcase is free to attend and will conclude with a filmmaker question-and-answer session, while you can find links to additional BLACK BOOK coverage in Bloomington-Normal media on the Vigilant Web site.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Unbeknownst to us at posting time, the filmmakers had planned to release BLACK BOOK on Vimeo immediately after these shows. Hit the link and check out the short in its entirety!

[Updated 5/17/17, 9:40 p.m. CST]

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In My Backyard: Year 11

May 1st, 2017

Apart from a few deep thoughts we strung together for your consideration eight, twelve, and fifteen weeks ago, dearest readers, it has been a long while since we officially addressed the residents of our Champaign-Urbana backyard, the same one in which we work a lot, play some, dream a little, and sporadically fizzle out when no one is looking. Although we last drafted a full “In My Backyard” from scratch back in 2012, there is probably not much use in forcing a massive MFHQ brain dump in 2017 so we can retro-write the missing annual summaries. Just the same, you are more than capable of reviewing C-U Blogfidential at any time for the names, titles, dates, and stories you need to know about our shared cinema culture. Consider this post a creative placeholder that gives us an excuse to revive old and obscure copy from various sources, flesh out past moments in the Confidential history, and lead us numerically towards a brand-new “Year 12” entry with our 11th anniversary in the books as of Saturday, February 25. Much of this material will appear on CUBlog for the first time, providing alternate takes on certain topics du C-U.

For this fourth dalliance into the “Backyard,” we pluck a handful of cuttings from its fertile fauna to cultivate. It should be obvious that not every single Confidential hunch, concept, or written composition makes it to press. We shape the content before release to make sure it provides our dearest readers with the engaging insight and accurate details that will hopefully make it worth a look today and possible reference tomorrow. At some moments in the process, however, legitimate material needs to be revised or deleted for any number of reasons. In this entry, we present fragments that have never or rarely been seen before and augment them with notes talking about how they were originally intended to be used. Since each excerpt requires its own lead-in to frame context, we’ll not tease them here.

With that foreshortened, it’s time to read on, MacDuff

~ Jason Pankoke

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In our final “Flicker of the Week” critic’s pick department that appeared in March, we made reference to one of the first “FOW” entries from a year ago. It described the character of a UI Krannert Art Museum exhibit called “Time/Image,” comprised of pieces that expressed in various mediums the concept of and human interaction with the passage of time. We adequately touched upon the main virtues of the collection without going too far in-depth and therefore out of our league; if you happened to read the report and wished the write-up had delved further, we now reveal our attempt to do just that!

Excised because we felt it would have given the impression we did not afford its companion works and their international artists the same consideration while browsing the gallery exhibit, yet saved because it is a fit of weird hilarity unlike the copy typically created for C-U Blogfidential, we present it to you in light of the recently-passed “Cyberfest” revival event. Although we made sure to include a brief reference to this particular art work at the end of our original post from February 2016…

p.s.2 Spend a contemplative moment or two, if you will, with Siemon Allen’s Screen II (edit), 2015, just inside the East Gallery entryway, and see if its resemblance to a certain famous science fiction monolith isn’t just the least bit eerie.

…we did jump the tracks at first because it provided a little too much ammunition to work with, given how analog retro-culture had been on your humble editor’s mind:

Ye Ed also hesitates to plunge further into the virtues of “Time/Image” after a single viewing, if only to not call undue attention to his rusty critiquing skills when it comes to art, but will briefly describe his experience with a particular piece to wit. In some weird fashion, he was taken by Allen’s Screen II (edit), a massive horizontal work filling nearly an entire wall in the gallery. Standing half a room away, one encounters what initially feels like a void that is threatening to swallow the reverse image of viewer and environment, reflected in dull fashion. Move in more closely, and one notices a more distinct reflection bouncing off a subtly woven surface. It becomes clear in this lack of visual clarity we are perceiving imagery as it is replicated in real time by this square pattern, quite passively if compared to how technicians in certain fields control tight matrices of pixels or ink dots to fool the naked eye into seeing any manner of shapes, colors, or tones. Is there anything before us? Or, does some intelligence reside within the grid? Only from reading the artist’s statement do we know the surface is created with magnetic tape removed from VHS videocassettes and stretched across a steel frame. Does the possible presence of “lost” signals on this tape, shielded from us by its interlocked density and our own (distracting?) reflection, further enhance or frustrate our relationship with it? Time spent moving about the piece, its ever-modulating sheen bending with each and every look, could eventually unlock an answer for the quizzical and patient. A loose resemblance to the equally ambiguous monoliths of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY may add mystery or baggage to one’s encounter with this particular unknown.

The tactile qualities of the piece made for an unusual “you had to be there” moment as it gave the effect of unfolding upon one’s initial approach, even without having a single moving part. We’re sure the curator of “Time/Image” knew well the kind of effect Screen II (edit) would have on unwitting visitors entering the exhibit for the first time and being drawn to its deceptive black hole of material intricacies. (Oops, we’re at it again, aren’t we? Be honest!) As it turns out, Screen II has taken multiple forms over its lifetime and is not the only piece by South Africa-born Allen to repurpose analog media, including a spectacularly faded print of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS. His portfolio Web site is neatly organized and detailed.

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Calendar: Apr. 28-May 4, 2017

April 28th, 2017

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!

4/28: John Isberg (filmmaker, WHERE IT BEGINS: 1977-2000)
4/29: Matt Shivers (voice talent, HORRORS, Pens to Lens 2016)
4/29: Eric Sizemore (voice talent, THE CODY CHRONICLES: MURPHY’S LAW, Pens to Lens 2016)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoWednesday, April 25, 2007: In an effort to expand awareness of their on-line forum, C-U Blogfidential, Opteryx Press of Champaign rebrands as Paper Opteryx and releases a companion digest, C-U Confidential. At 36 pages long, CUZine #1 provides a capsule look at downstate Illinois film culture for both Champaign-Urbana residents and patrons of Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, returning this evening to the Virginia Theatre with GATTACA as its opening selection. The free-to-keep publication features recent CUBlog bulletins as well as excerpts from interviews with local filmmakers Jason Butler, Chris Lukeman, Eleanore Stasheff, and Alaric Rocha.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE LOST CITY OF Z (4/28 on), SPACE JAM (4/28-4/30), RUKUS preview screening (5/1, 8:30 p.m.), The Seventh Art Stand: CAIRO IN ONE BREATH (5/2, 7 p.m.), The Art No-Movie Theater Series: “Erotica Showcase” w/Veronica Bleaus (5/3, 10 p.m.), UI Women’s Resources Center presents 8th annual Feminist Film Festival* (5/4, 7:30 p.m., free, information), Art Theater Co-op Owners Meeting – discussion of proposed resolution and merger agreement (4/29, 11 a.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BAAHUBALI 2 (Hindi & Telugu languages), BATTLE OF MEMORIES, THE CIRCLE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BORN IN CHINA, THE BOSS BABY, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GET OUT, GIFTED, GOING IN STYLE, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, THE PROMISE, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, UNFORGETTABLE (4/28 on), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (5/4)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
LA LA LAND, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, DETOUR, BOKEH, CATFIGHT, MEAN DREAMS, more! (4/25 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE CIRCLE, LOVE OFF THE CUFF, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BORN IN CHINA, THE BOSS BABY, THE CASE FOR CHRIST, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, FREE FIRE, GET OUT, GIFTED, GOING IN STYLE, THE LOST CITY OF Z, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, POWER RANGERS, THE PROMISE, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, UNFORGETTABLE (4/28 on), SING (4/28-4/30), DOUBLE INDEMNITY (4/30, 5/3), TED Cinema Experience: 2017 Highlights Exclusive (4/30, simulcast), Jonah: On Stage! (5/2), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY double feature (5/4, 4:30 p.m.), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (5/4 on)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 221 (5/2, 6:30 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. SPLIT, Pine Lounge (4/28, 4/29, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
College of Media presents 3rd annual Illinifest Student Film Festival (4/29, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.) Information

@ Pizza M, Urbana, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (5/4, 8 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: April 21-27, 2017

April 23rd, 2017

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, BUMPS IN THE NIGHT, Pens to Lens 2016)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE LOST CITY OF Z (4/21 on), THE VOID (4/21-4/22, 4/27), International Jazz Day 2017 event (4/25, 5:30 p.m., free), SPACE JAM (4/26)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BORN IN CHINA, GIFTED, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, THE PROMISE, UNFORGETTABLE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, THE CASE FOR CHRIST, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GHOST IN THE SHELL, GOING IN STYLE, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, LIFE, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (4/21 on), Chonda Pierce: “Enough” (4/25), THE CIRCLE (4/27)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
SPLIT, SLEEPLESS, THE FOUNDER, THE WATCHER, YOUTH IN OREGON, BIGGER FATTER LIAR, more! (4/18 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BORN IN CHINA, FREE FIRE, GIFTED, THE LOST CITY OF Z, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, THE PROMISE, UNFORGETTABLE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, THE CASE FOR CHRIST, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GET OUT, GOING IN STYLE, LIFE, LOGAN, POWER RANGERS, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (4/21 on), ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (4/21-4/23), The Metropolitan Opera: Eugene Onegin (4/22, simulcast; 4/26, recorded), AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (4/23, 4/26), TED Cinema Experience: 2017 Opening Event (4/24, simulcast), Chonda Pierce: “Enough” (4/25), TED Cinema Experience: 2017 Prize Event (4/25, simulcast)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 221 (4/25, 6:30 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. TBA, Pine Lounge (4/21, 4/22, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
College of Media at Illinois presents the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (through 4/23)

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 14-20, 2017

April 15th, 2017

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!

4/18: Mike Trippiedi (actor, THE POTATO BOY, Pens to Lens 2016)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
[As of 4/13, the Art is temporarily closed due to projector malfunction. Please check their Facebook or Web site for news on when shows will resume. – ed.] T2 TRAINSPOTTING (4/14 on), SPACE JAM (4/14-4/16, 4/19-4/20)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE CASE FOR CHRIST, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, GHOST IN THE SHELL, GOING IN STYLE, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, LOGAN, THE SHACK, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (4/14 on), THE PROMISE (4/20)

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Lighting Gear Roundup,” Robeson Pavilion Room A (4/18, 7 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
HIDDEN FIGURES, LION, MONSTER TRUCKS, WAR ON EVERYONE, CLAIRE IN MOTION, BRIMSTONE, SWORD MASTER, AMERICAN MOONSHINE, MARS (s1), more! (4/11 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, THE CASE FOR CHRIST, GET OUT, GHOST IN THE SHELL, GOING IN STYLE, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, LIFE, LOGAN, POWER RANGERS, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (4/14 on), TROLLS (4/14-4/16), HELLO, DOLLY! (4/16, 4/19), DOCTOR WHO Season 10 Premiere (4/17, 4/19), RiffTrax Live: SAMURAI COP (4/18, 7 p.m.), BOSTON: AN AMERICAN RUNNING STORY (4/19, 7:30 p.m.), THE GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE 40th Anniversary Fan Meet-up (4/20, 7 p.m.)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 221 (4/18, 6:30 p.m.)

@ Henry Administration Building (outside), UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video t-shirt sale & fun booth (4/18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. SING, Pine Lounge (4/14, 4/15, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: DUCK SOUP (4/15), College of Media at Illinois presents the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (4/19-4/23)

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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FOW: Discover CONRAD on April 9

April 7th, 2017

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While your humble editor is on the road dealing with stressful family business – it’s the eighth consecutive week for him to stray from the friendly Champaign-Urbana confines, so be kind when he actually materializes before you – and the eager elves at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters hammer away at C-U Confidential #9 – the struggle is quite real to finish up and then release it two weeks from today on Friday, April 21 – we’d like to call brief attention to an upcoming screening. (You will understand shortly why we felt the need to designate this event as “Flicker of the Week” despite hanging up the critic’s cap.) Our do-it-yourself culture confidant David Gracon has finally brought his Hallways Microcinema series out into the open with Vol. 19 taking place this Sunday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign. Local improvisational quartet SUNSAT IV opens with a mini-concert after which Hallways will present a new documentary on the nonconformist media icon Tony Conrad, who passed away on the same date a year ago at age 76. Tyler Hubby’s film, TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT, spans his life and career to explore a “playfully radical approach to art-making” that encompassed a true passion for blasting through established genres, formats, and pretensions. His signature experimental film, THE FLICKER (1966), is a black-and-white minimalist journey while his most famous movie association, FLAMING CREATURES (1963), involved soundtrack contributions to the seminal Jack Smith short subject. Also opening this evening at 6:30 p.m. is the Art’s entry in the Boneyard Arts Festival, an exhibit featuring works by Art staff members Lainey Waugh and Jessie Seitz; the reception is free for the public although Hallways 19 will cost a reasonable $8 to attend. The TONY CONRAD preview embedded here does a good job teasing at Conrad’s eclectic achievements in music composition, video production, university instruction, and overall lack of regard for the establishment. On the other hand, we simply could not pass on sharing the tongue-in-cheek(s) show flier below. The event is a personal tribute to Conrad by Gracon, who was a student under the late provocateur while attending the University of Buffalo-SUNY.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: April 7-13, 2017

April 7th, 2017

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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NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE (4/7 on), DONNIE DARKO (4/7-4/8, 4/12-4/13), Boneyard Arts Festival art opening – Lainey Waugh & Jessie Seitz (4/9, 6:30 p.m., free), the Art and Hallways Microcinema present TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT w/pre-show concert by SUNSAT IV (4/9, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
GOING IN STYLE, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, CHIPS, THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, GHOST IN THE SHELL, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, LIFE, LOGAN, POWER RANGERS (4/7 on), BEFORE I FALL (4/7-4/13, 12 p.m.), FACING DARKNESS (4/10, 7 p.m.), THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (4/13)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, PATERSON, THE BOOK OF LOVE, RUNNING WILD, TANK 432, DON’T HANG UP, THE EVIL WITHIN, more! (4/4 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE CASE FOR CHRIST, GOING IN STYLE, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, GET OUT, GHOST IN THE SHELL, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, LIFE, LOGAN, POWER RANGERS (4/7 on), KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (4/7-4/9), THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (4/9, 4/12), FACING DARKNESS (4/10, 7 p.m.), RiffTrax Live: SAMURAI COP (4/13, 7 p.m.), THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (4/13)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 221 (4/11, 6:30 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE FOUNDER, Pine Lounge (4/7, 4/8, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN (4/11, 7 p.m., free)

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 2017 films revealed

March 31st, 2017

On Thursday, March 30, the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced the full slate of movies to be showcased at the nineteenth annual edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival taking place on April 19-23, 2017:

Wednesday, April 19
7:00 p.m. HAIR (1979, 121 min, D: Milos Forman)

Thursday, April 20
1:00 p.m. HYSTERIA (2012, 99 min., D: Tanya Wexler)
4:00 p.m. TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (1990, 102 min., D: Charles Burnett)
8:30 p.m. THE HANDMAIDEN (2016, 145 min., D: Park Chan-wook)

Friday, April 21
1:00 p.m. THEY CALL US MONSTERS (2016, 82 min., D: Ben Lear)
With: JULY AND HALF OF AUGUST (2016, 12 min., D: Brandeaux Tourville)
4:00 p.m. VARIETÉ (1925, 72 min., D: E.A. Dupont)
Accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra
8:00 p.m. ELLE (2016, 131 min., D: Paul Verhoeven)

Saturday April 22
11:00 a.m. MIND/GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW (2015, 57 min., D: Rick Goldsmith)
1:30 p.m. PLEASANTVILLE (1998, 124 min., D: Gary Ross)
4:30 p.m. NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU (2016, 92 min., D: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady)
8:30 p.m. BEING THERE (1979, 130 min., D: Hal Ashby)

Sunday, April 23
11:00 a.m. DE-LOVELY (2004, 125 min., D: Irwin Winkler)

Key festival guess this year include Charles Burnett (TO SLEEP WITH ANGER), Isabelle Huppert (ELLE), Gary Ross (PLEASANTVILLE), Norman Lear (NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU), and Irwin Winkler (DE-LOVELY).

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 tomorrow, Saturday, April 1, 2017, while a small number of festival passes are still available.

~ Jason Pankoke