IOW: GHOST musters Kucha nod

May 30th, 2015

It is rewarding for C-U Blogfidential to take notice of friends and neighbors gradually finding their footing in the movie-making ranks. Currently we have on our radar Urbana resident John Isberg, a special education teacher by trade who has a long history playing in Chicago and Champaign-Urbana groups such as The Firebird Band, Evil Tents, and Tigerbeat, for his name has appeared several times on recent media projects. Along with interning for the independent feature drama CONSUMED and volunteering on last year’s Pens to Lens offerings, Isberg has begun producing his own efforts under the name Swede Films. These include music videos for Motes and Rebecca Rego & the Trainmen as well as a six-minute profile of Exile on Main Street and owner Jeff Brandt released concurrently with last month’s Record Store Day. In progress is his largest D.I.Y. undertaking yet, the full-length documentary THE GHOST COWBOY, anchored by the story of stroke survivor and Champaign-Urbana Paranormal Society founder and investigator Bob Davies.

Profile: “Exile on Main Street” Records from Swede Films on Vimeo.

Isberg will share his observations in COWBOY wrangling later tonight when he participates in the 18th local edition of “PechaKucha Night,” presented by the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization (CUDO) and based on the appealing presentation format of “20 slides X 20 seconds” originated in Japan. The roster also includes Karen Carney, Mac Condill, Mamie Hobbs and Sophie Roney, Jack Marck, Terry Welker, fellow filmmaker Ed Glaser (PRESS START) on the surreal Italian re-edit of the original GODZILLA, and Eric Benson and Megan Diddie on experimenting with plant fiber use at their University of Illinois research lab, Fresh Press. The doors will open at 7:45 p.m. for the free event at the UI Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign, with speakers stepping up to the podium starting at 8:20 p.m.; sports reporter Drew Wilder of WCIA-TV is emcee. You can read further about the show in this buzz magazine article, complete with quotes from Damian Duffy Hates Everything co-host Benson.

Since the early COWBOY trailer we’ve seen is as fleeting on-line as the apparitions that Davies and his team seek in the real world, we instead share the Exile on Main Street vignette above. Watch later this summer for our interview with the affable Isberg about his documentary and what drives him to pursue “beautiful” experiences in the motion picture realm!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. The Aurora native explained to CUBlog that Swede Films is named so in honor of his grandfather and heritage as well as a nod to Michel Gondry’s offbeat comedy BE KIND REWIND (2008) in which Jack Black and Mos Def “swede” or recreate famous movies on pocket change budgets. It will be clear Isberg is not faking his love for cinema when our article goes live. As far as faking other peoples’ movies, we don’t think he has that in mind either but, if he ever wants to put together a GHOSTBUSTERS swede du C-U, consider us so there.

p.s.2 We didn’t have an official reason to name-drop Damian Duffy himself in this story until now. Please, DD, don’t hate us.


Calendar du C-U: May 29-June 4

May 29th, 2015

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
5/29/15-6/4/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toTuesday, June 2: Danny Hill (filmmaker, HOLLY) … Wednesday, June 3: Amanda Baker (programs and events coordinator, 40 North 88 West), Eleanore Stasheff (founder, Sine Fine Films) … celebrate!

PassingsTuesday, May 26: Dave Benton, 52 (news anchor, WCIA-TV 3 (CBS), Champaign) … you will be missed.

30 Years AgoSaturday, June 1, 1985: Geoff Merritt opened the Campustown media rental store, That’s Rentertainment, in Johnstowne Center. After bouncing around that building for their first decade, Rentertainment moved a half block east to their current location at 512 E. John St., Champaign. History


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD (5/29 on), WELCOME TO ME (5/29, 5/30, 6/4, 10 p.m.), Women on Top series: BORN IN FLAMES (6/3, 9 p.m.)

@ 129 N. Race St., Urbana, IL (north of Courier Café): Neutral Cycle, etc., present “Urbanalove Summer Movie Night Series” feat. THE BICYCLE THIEF (5/29, sunset, free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News-Gazette Film Series presents HIS GIRL FRIDAY (5/30, 1 & 7 p.m.)

@ Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: Champaign-Urbana Design Organization presents PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana Vol. 18 feat. Ed Glaser (DEJA VIEW), John Isberg (THE GHOST COWBOY) (5/30, 8:20 p.m., free)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. CINDERELLA (6/4, 7 p.m., free)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: SEVENTH SON, THE LOFT, BALLET 422, MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE & WORK OF ORSON WELLES, THE CONFESSION (Criterion), THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS (Criterion), MAJOR CRIMES (s3), RAY DONOVAN (s2), more! (5/26 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: SAN ANDREAS (3-D & 2-D), TOMORROWLAND (5/29 on), PITCH PERFECT 2 (5/29-6/3), SPY (6/4, 7 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents LEVIATHAN (2014; 5/28-5/31, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: PITCH PERFECT 2, FURIOUS 7, TOMORROWLAND, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (5/29 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: SAN ANDREAS (3-D & 2-D), TOMORROWLAND, POLTERGEIST (3-D & 2-D), PITCH PERFECT 2 (5/29 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: TOMORROWLAND (5/29 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (5/28-5/31)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation screenings feat. REVELATION ROAD (5/29-5/31)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: SAN ANDREAS, TOMORROWLAND (5/29-6/3)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: TOMORROWLAND, HOT PURSUIT (5/29-5/31)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: ALOHA, SAN ANDREAS (3-D & 2-D), AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (3-D & 2-D), MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (3-D & 2-D), PITCH PERFECT 2, POLTERGEIST (3-D & 2-D), TOMORROWLAND (5/29 on), ENTOURAGE (6/2 on), Carmike Classic Cinema presents THE ENGLISH PATIENT (6/2, 7 p.m.), The Royal Opera House presents L’elisir D’amore (6/3, 7 p.m.), SPY (6/4, 5 & 8 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: ALOHA, SAN ANDREAS (3-D & 2-D), AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, HOME, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, PITCH PERFECT 2, POLTERGEIST, TOMORROWLAND, WHERE HOPE GROWS (5/29 on)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival presents 2015 Female Filmmakers Night (6/2, 6 p.m.)

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VALIANT ode to Marine veterans

May 27th, 2015

While he may have chronicled the rock-and-roll lifestyles of old-guard musicians in a previous project, independent filmmaker Bob Zimmerman of R.A.Z. Films more recently engaged veterans of another stripe to help account for an episode in their lives when key doses of discipline, timing, and pure luck determined their very survival if not just success. Having fought in the intense Battle of Okinawa during mid-1945, six surviving members of the fabled Sixth Marine Division shared their memories with Zimmerman for his new documentary RISE OF THE VALIANT, available through Parasol Records, That’s Rentertainment, Exile on Main Street, and Amazon. The video combines these candid discussions with archival visuals to dramatize the soldiers’ experience in the last major United States military action of World War II prior to the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan that August.

The filmmaker attended a ceremony on Saturday, April 25, at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, to receive the Major Norman Hatch Award given annually by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the goal of which is “to recognize exemplary examples of creative art depicting Marine Corps culture and history.” Zimmerman was one of 18 honorees that day. “Getting an award that really is on a national level like this means a lot to me,” he told C-U Blogfidential in an e-mail exchange. “It is nice to be recognized for the film by the Marine Corps. To be on stage and presented the award with the top brass is really an honor.” Attendees included the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., currently a nominee for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

RISE OF THE VALIANT is the Tuscola native’s first military-themed video. “I decided to make [VALIANT] after I found some letters my dad wrote home from the war. It really inspired me to tell this story,” explained Zimmerman; his father also served in the Marine Corps at Okinawa during WWII. “The Battle of Okinawa [ranging across several small islands off the southern tip of Japan] that claimed the lives of 250,000 [soldiers and civilians] in 82 days is [a story] not often told … I started in March of 2014 and by October the film was completed.” The director and his wife Brenda traveled 6,000 miles to five states in order to meet the veterans – Dick Whitaker, Jim White, Bill Pierce, Junior Montgomery, Roy Wilkes, and Fred Westphal – as well as author Bill Sloan, who wrote the Okinawa history The Ultimate Battle.

ROTVTrailer7 from Bob Zimmerman on Vimeo.

A long-time member of the on-line media production forum DVXuser, Zimmerman recruited fellow poster Erik Wikström to provide original music while distinctive Champaign voice talent Eric Sizemore recorded narration. You can hear the former but not the latter in the trailer above, otherwise featuring material the filmmaker located through sources such as the USMC History Division and the National Archives. “It has been a real pleasure meeting so many great people making this film,” said Zimmerman, “and to talk with the WWII Marines was such an amazing experience. There are not many of these guys left. If you meet one, shake their hand and listen to what they have to say. You won’t be wasting your time.”

Zimmerman will continue to find avenues for showing RISE OF THE VALIANT and sharing the Okinawa legacy with audiences in the immediate future. A previous article appeared Memorial Day in the Champaign News-Gazette and the Decatur Herald & Review ran a comprehensive piece on Sunday, complete with quotes from Sloan and certain veterans.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. You can purchase OUT OF NOWHERE, Zimmerman’s Champaign-Urbana rock doc, at the same merchants mentioned earlier.


Calendar du C-U: May 22-28

May 22nd, 2015

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
5/22/15-5/28/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSunday, May 24: Stephanie Swearingen (music performer, REVOLTING), Dennis Belogorsky (alumnus, Illini Film & Video) … Monday, May 25: David Gracon (host, Hallways Microcinema) … Wednesday, May 27: Kevin DiNovis (director, SURRENDER DOROTHY, cover story of MICRO-FILM 2) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD (5/22 on), Secret Screening 001: [You must attend to learn the truth!] (5/22, 10 p.m.), EX MACHINA (5/23, 5/28, 10 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents WILD TALES (5/26-5/28, 7 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: AMERICAN SNIPER, STRANGE MAGIC, BEFORE I DISAPPEAR, THE BLUE ROOM, LEVIATHAN, THE ROSE (Criterion), ANGEL BABY (Kino), HOOP DREAMS* (Criterion Blu), CALL THE MIDWIFE (s4), ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (s2), more! (5/19 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: TOMORROWLAND, PITCH PERFECT 2, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (3-D & 2-D) (5/22 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: CADDYSHACK (5/21-5/24, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: TOMORROWLAND, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, HOT PURSUIT (5/22 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: TOMORROWLAND, POLTERGEIST (3-D & 2-D), MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (3-D & 2-D), PITCH PERFECT 2 (5/22 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: TOMORROWLAND (5/22 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE AGE OF ADALINE (5/22-5/24), PADDINGTON (5/23, 11 a.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation screenings feat. AMERICAN SNIPER (5/22-5/24)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: TOMORROWLAND, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, PITCH PERFECT 2, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (5/22-5/24)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: TOMORROWLAND, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, HOT PURSUIT (5/22-5/24)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: POLTERGEIST, TOMORROWLAND, THE AGE OF ADALINE, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, FURIOUS 7, HOT PURSUIT, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, PITCH PERFECT 2 (5/22 on), Carmike Classic Cinema presents BLUE VELVET (5/26, 7 p.m.), The Royal Ballet performs Manon (5/28, 7 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: POLTERGEIST, TOMORROWLAND, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, EX MACHINA, HOME, HOT PURSUIT, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, PITCH PERFECT 2, WHERE HOPE GROWS, WOMAN IN GOLD (5/22 on), UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier (5/23, 9 p.m., live simulcast), SAN ANDREAS (5/28, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)

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Calendar du C-U: May 15-21

May 15th, 2015

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
5/15/15-5/21/15

NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: EX MACHINA (5/15-5/18, 5/20-5/21), STARSHIP TROOPERS (5/16, 5/17, 5/21, 10 p.m.), MALCOLM X (5/19, 7 p.m. w/introduction)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Lenses” (5/19, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents AMERICAN SNIPER (5/19-5/21, 7 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, STILL ALICE, BLACKHAT, MORTDECAI, THE COBBLER, THE SLEEPWALKER, MAGICAL UNIVERSE, A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE, MY WINNIPEG (Criterion), MURDER IN THE FIRST (s1), more! (5/12 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (3-D & 2-D), THE WATER DIVINER, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (5/15 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents MR. TURNER (5/14-5/17, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: MONKEY KINGDOM, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, HOT PURSUIT (5/15-5/16)

@ Highland Room, Hilton Hotel, Springfield, IL: Central Illinois Film Commission meeting (5/21, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (3-D & 2-D), PITCH PERFECT 2, HOT PURSUIT, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (3-D & 2-D) (5/15 on), POLTERGEIST (3-D) (5/21, 8 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (5/15-5/17)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: FURIOUS 7 (5/14-5/16)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation screenings feat. STILL ALICE (5/15-5/17)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: PITCH PERFECT 2, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, HOT PURSUIT (5/15-5/17)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, FURIOUS 7 (5/15-5/16), AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (5/17)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: BOMBAY VELVET, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, PITCH PERFECT 2, THE AGE OF ADALINE, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, EX MACHINA, FURIOUS 7, HOME, HOT PURSUIT, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 (5/15 on), Carmike Classic Cinema presents 12 ANGRY MEN (5/19, 7 p.m.), POLTERGEIST (5/21, 8 & 10:30 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, PITCH PERFECT 2, WHERE HOPE GROWS, THE AGE OF ADALINE, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, EX MACHINA, HOME, HOT PURSUIT, WOMAN IN GOLD (5/15 on), Fathom Events and BY Experience present Antony and Cleopatra at the Stratford Festival (5/21, 7 p.m.), TOMORROWLAND (IMAX) (5/21, 7 & 9:50 p.m.)

@ The Logan Theatre, Chicago, IL: 22nd annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (through 5/17)

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CUFF link to indie present, past

May 12th, 2015

These days, we at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters have precious little contact with our culture comrades up north in the Windy City, but it is not a confession that we pay no attention to what goes on well beyond Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. In fact, we regularly skim teasers and read stories posted to the likes of Reel Chicago, Hollywood Chicago, CINE-FILE, the Chicago Reader, Newcity Film, the Tribune, and the Sun-Times for clues on cinema making waves along the Lake Michigan shoreline. There is one particular event we always look forward to spying on from afar, we’ll admit, although it’s been too damn long since we’ve checked it out in person…

Now operating under the watch of IFP/Chicago, but primed since 1994 to unleash rambunctious non-mainstream filmmaking on their audiences, the Chicago Underground Film Festival will invade the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., between tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, and Sunday, May 17, with their 22nd collection. To the ongoing credit of long-time artistic director Bryan Wendorf and his merry movie brethren, the titles and primary creators in the CUFF line-up are not immediately recognizable to the general viewer with average taste, all but guaranteeing an element of intrigue or discovery. The full program and related asides such as 90-minute “bar talks” with visiting and local indie producers in the Logan’s lounge, a novel “prop art” exhibit of film ephemera at the next-door I Am Logan Square Gallery, and the prerequisite parties-come-bonding experiences are detailed on their official Web site. Same-old, same-old narrative cinema is not the CUFF stock in trade, suffice it to say.

Adventurous souls will get the most out of CUFF fare, of course, but we’ll encourage all of you to sample the wilds of low- to no-budget film expression if you happen to be in Chicago during the rest of this week. All the same, we are consistently puzzled as to why the C-U has never managed to sustain a modern-day equivalent to either CUFF or the beloved Freaky Film Festival of yore; we certainly can’t look to our own New Art Film Festival for a transgressive fix since, with all due respect, most submissions we receive would be classified as “sane” and “safe.” Some CUFF/Freaky style pieces of a social issue persuasion might appear in local events playing to that strength, and the fall Freeky Creek Short Film Festival books the horrific and darkly comic as a rule, but it’s really – and we mean, really – difficult to publicly view material in bulk that is effortlessly out there – and we mean, out there.

Can us prairie folk muster the skills or conjure the desire to sow seeds for a new underground rooted in our own backyard? Or, has personal on-line streaming and a diminished taste for the outré forever doomed its future presence du C-U?!?

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Fortunate as we are to have perennial events catering to various wavelengths in the filmmaking spectrum, their combined appeal and scope is understandably limited compared to the stacked calendar of a metropolis like Chicago. Here is a starter list courtesy the Chicago Film Office; creative word play in Google searches will probably reward you with links to many more subsets within the niche, particularly those based in the suburbs.

p.s.2 Bryan Wendorf has possibly addressed our questions well in advance, if this five-year-old video interview between him and prolific film journalist Ray Pride shared by the Underground Film Journal is any indication. Listen and learn, friends and neighbors…

p.s.3 Did we fail to mention we’ve reprinted the primary CUFF 2015 press release after the jump? We’re just in time, then. Jump!

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Calendar du C-U: May 8-14

May 8th, 2015

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
5/8/15-5/14/15

NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE SALT OF THE EARTH (5/8 on), ROAR (5/8, 5/9, 5/13, 5/14, 10 p.m.), GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE ANSALEM (5/9, 5/10, 5/11 w/discussion, 5/13)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents SELMA (5/12-5/14, 7 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: SELMA, BLACK OR WHITE, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, MR. TURNER, BLACK SEA, MISS JULIE, LOST RIVER, CONCERNING VIOLENCE, AMIRA & SAM, WHITE COLLAR (s6), BROADCHURCH (s2), HALT AND CATCH FIRE (s1), more! (5/5 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE WATER DIVINER, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (3-D & 2-D), THE AGE OF ADALINE (5/8 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS (5/7-5/8, 7 p.m.), THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS (5/9-5/10, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT, HOT PURSUIT, GET HARD (5/8-5/9)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: HOT PURSUIT, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (3-D & 2-D), THE AGE OF ADALINE (5/8 on), PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 (5/9-5/10), PITCH PERFECT 2 (5/14, 7:15 p.m.), MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (3-D) (5/14, 8 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (5/8 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE LONGEST RIDE (5/8-5/10), PUSS IN BOOTS (5/9, 11 a.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation screenings feat. BLACK OR WHITE (5/8-5/9)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, HOT PURSUIT (5/8-5/10)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, CINDERELLA (5/8-5/10)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE D TRAIN, HOT PURSUIT, THE AGE OF ADALINE, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, EX MACHINA, FURIOUS 7, GET HARD, HOME, THE LONGEST RIDE, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, UNFRIENDED (5/8 on), PITCH PERFECT 2 (5/14, 7 & 9:45 p.m.), Fathom Events and Broadway Near You present Driving Miss Daisy: On Stage (5/14, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE D TRAIN, HOT PURSUIT, THE AGE OF ADALINE, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, EX MACHINA, FURIOUS 7, HOME, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, UNFRIENDED, WOMAN IN GOLD (5/8 on), RiffTrax Live! feat. THE ROOM (5/12, 7:30 p.m.), Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of (5/13, 7 p.m.), PITCH PERFECT 2 (5/14, 7 & 9:35 p.m.), Fathom Events and Broadway Near You present Driving Miss Daisy: On Stage (5/14, 7:30 p.m.)

@ The Logan Theatre, Chicago, IL: 22nd annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (5/13-5/17)

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Calendar du C-U: May 1-7

May 1st, 2015

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
5/1/15-5/7/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, May 1: Mark Rubel (owner, Pogo Studios/interviewee, OUT OF NOWHERE) … Sunday, May 3: Aaron Davidson (cast/crew, WEREWOLF CEMETERY) … Tuesday, May 5: Chris Lukeman (director, WHO BABYSITS ZOMBIES?, Pens to Lens 2014) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (5/1 on), THE ROOM w/audience participation (5/1, 5/2, 5/6, 5/7, 10 p.m.), Essential Cinema 012: ZORBA THE GREEK w/discussion (5/4, 7:30 p.m.), UIUC Women’s Resources Center presents 6th annual Feminist Film Festival* (5/7, 7:30 p.m., free)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Friday Night Films” feat. WITH HONORS* (5/1, 7 p.m., free)

@ Room 180, Bevier Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: UI Sustainability Living-Learning Community presents May Day Sustainability Shorts Film Festival (5/1, 7 p.m., free w/ticket) Schedule

@ Lincoln Hall Theater, Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: UI College of Media/MACS 464 present Illinifest: University of Illinois Student Film Festival* (5/3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.) Schedule

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: THE WEDDING RINGER, INHERENT VICE, PADDINGTON, THE GAMBLER, THE BOY NEXT DOOR, ACCIDENTAL LOVE, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM, LE SILENCE DE LA MER (Criterion Blu), CONVOY (Kino Blu), HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (Olive Blu), THE MENTALIST (s7), SUITS (s4), CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES (cs), more! (4/28 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (3-D & 2-D), THE AGE OF ADALINE, DANNY COLLINS (5/1 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: THE GODFATHER (4/30-5/3, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER, THE LONGEST RIDE (5/1-5/2)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (3-D & 2-D), THE AGE OF ADALINE, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 (5/1 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (4/30 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: HOME (5/1-5/3)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation screenings feat. PADDINGTON (5/1-5/3)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (5/1-5/3, both screens)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, CINDERELLA (5/1-5/3)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE AGE OF ADALINE, EX MACHINA, FURIOUS 7, GET HARD, HOME, LITTLE BOY, THE LONGEST RIDE, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, UNFRIENDED (5/1 on), HEAVEN ADORES YOU (5/7, 7 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE AGE OF ADALINE, CINDERELLA, EX MACHINA, FURIOUS 7, HOME, LITTLE BOY, THE LONGEST RIDE, MONKEY KINGDOM, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, UNFRIENDED, WOMAN IN GOLD (5/1 on), 5th annual “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies” (5/4, 7 p.m.), RiffTrax Live! feat. THE ROOM (5/6, 7 p.m.)

@ Prisco Community Center, Aurora, IL: Fox Valley Park District and the Premiere Theatre Company present the Illinois International Film Festival (5/2-5/3)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival presents UNCLE JOHN w/filmmakers (5/5, 6 p.m.)

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Global reach is key for AFM vets

April 30th, 2015

“Sweet Smell of a Trend”
The annual American Film Market reminds us that professional filmmaking is a business venture, typically requiring a talent for recognizing what some people want and other people can offer.

by Robin Christian

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Breaking my first rule of being a positive person, just for a moment, I will warn those starting out in this business that they will find rejection instead of satisfaction, more often than not. But, you need to be positive by far if you want to persevere and succeed!

After several ups and downs serving in public office, Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. History doesn’t remember the elections he lost, even if the evidence is there. In your case or mine, fans will hopefully be watching our good movies 100, 500, or even 1,000 years from now, and not the bad ones.

That’s right! Much like we enjoy the work of composers from several centuries past, the digital age will enable our movies to far outlast us. I think it’s kind of cool to imagine and, being that positive person, I’d also like to think people a century from now will give my under-watched movies the justice they deserve. I’m talking about feature films, of course, which seem to stand the test of time better than television shows or film shorts.

So, here’s the point…

Please don’t rush into making your next movie. Give yourself a good shot at it by making something original, unpredictable, well-acted, well-told, and sporting high production values.

I am approached all the time by individuals with “the best movie idea ever.” I’ve always believed there are no bad creative ideas, so I listen and try not to judge hastily. I will then recap what they tell me. Finally, I ask if they are sure it would be worth 1,000 hours of each of their lives to make sure it gets made.

As a writer/director myself, I have fleshed out creative ideas that I believe will someday make me successful. This sage advice is something I have to remind myself to take heed as well.

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What should be the next movie made, then, by me or any of you? To assist us with that answer, let me refer to experts I met with or heard speak at the most recent American Film Market (AFM). More than simply the pulse of the indie film industry, the AFM this past November brought thousands of knowledgeable persons to Santa Monica, California, to investigate what is and is not working in today’s media landscape.

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Calendar du C-U: April 24-30

April 24th, 2015

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/24/15-4/30/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, April 24: Ron Bonk (owner, SRS Cinema) … Saturday, April 25: Marty McKee (writer, Johnny LaRue’s Crane Shot Weblog), Erika Lecaj (actress, USING) … Wednesday, April 29: Mia Conner (alumna, Illini Film & Video) … Thursday, April 30: Matt Shivers (voice actor/sound design, WHO BABYSITS ZOMBIES?, Pens to Lens 2014), Eric Sizemore (actor, HOUSE OF THADDEUS) … celebrate!

10 Years AgoFriday, April 22, 2005: Chris Folkens, an ambitious University of Illinois senior in LAS-Speech Communication and member of Illini Film & Video, premiered his second narrative featurette TOXIN during two shows at Armory 101 inside the Armory Building concurrent with that year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. Rumored to be in attendance was Hollywood producer Roy Lee (THE RING, THE GRUDGE), otherwise visiting campus to speak at the East Asian Languages and Cultures department. Folkens’ action-drama starred then-UI students Aaron Golden (FALLING OVERNIGHT) and Karla Strum (TERRI, LITTLE ACCIDENTS) along with genre film veteran Robert Nolan Clark (RHINELAND). Article


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: WHILE WE’RE YOUNG (4/24-4/26, 4/28-4/30), SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION (4/24-4/26, 4/29-4/30), HAIRSPRAY (1988; 4/24, 4/25, 4/30, 10 p.m.), The Prompting Theater presents WHO STOLE MY HOO-TO FOO-TO BOO-TO BAH?* (4/25, 12:30 p.m., $10 suggested donation), GIRLHOOD (4/26-4/28), UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship presents “Jazz Sirens” short film program (4/28, 5:30 p.m., free)

@ SoDo Theatre, Champaign, IL: The Prompting Theater presents WHO STOLE MY HOO-TO FOO-TO BOO-TO BAH?* (4/24, 10:30 a.m., $10 suggested donation)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Friday Night Films” feat. JUPITER ASCENDING (4/24, 7 p.m., free)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: TAKEN 3, CAKE, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, LITTLE ACCIDENTS, GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS 2, THE RIVER (Criterion Blu), more! (4/21 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE AGE OF ADALINE, DANNY COLLINS (4/24 on), WOMAN IN GOLD (4/24-4/29), AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (3-D & 2-D) (4/30, 7 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents ART AND CRAFT (4/23-4/26, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, HOME, FURIOUS 7, DUMB AND DUMBER TO (4/24-4/25)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: THE AGE OF ADALINE, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, WOMAN IN GOLD (4/24 on), DO YOU BELIEVE? (4/24-4/26, 4/28, 4/30), THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939; 4/24-4/27, 4/29), AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (4/30, 7:10 p.m. 3-D, 7:30 p.m. 2-D)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT (4/24-4/26, 4/29)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT (4/24-4/26), NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB (4/25, 11 a.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation screenings feat. THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (4/24-4/26)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, THE BREAKFAST CLUB (4/24-4/26)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: CINDERELLA, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER (4/24-4/25)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE AGE OF ADALINE, EX MACHINA, LITTLE BOY, CINDERELLA, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT, FURIOUS 7, GET HARD, HOME, THE LONGEST RIDE, MONKEY KINGDOM, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, UNFRIENDED (4/24 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE AGE OF ADALINE, EX MACHINA, LITTLE BOY, CINDERELLA, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT, FURIOUS 7, HOME, THE LONGEST RIDE, MONKEY KINGDOM, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, TRUE STORY, UNFRIENDED, WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, WOMAN IN GOLD (4/24 on), NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB (4/25, 4/26, 9 & 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (4/25, 11:30 a.m., live simulcast; 4/29, 6:30 p.m., encore presentation), Comedy Dynamics presents BILL HICKS: RELENTLESS (4/27, 8 p.m.), AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (4/30, 7 &10 p.m. 3-D IMAX, 7:15 & 10:15 p.m. 2-D)

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IOW: Our cup once Freaketh over

April 19th, 2015

To complete our week of connecting dots between the present day and our primordial motion picture past, when the Paper Opteryx had barely evolved from the Champaign-Urbana mire, we share this house ad from page 31 in the October 2000 program of the final Freaky Film Festival designed by our pal Ted Veatch. Shrouded in a darkness that can only be affected by dense ink on newsprint, the trophy pictured here never had a chance to become universally iconic like the Academy Award statuette or uniquely referential as is the “Golden Thumb” given to guests of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. However, in our minds and hearts, mad props have always gone out to ace artisan Michael Schwegmann for creating the hand built, one-of-a-kind tokens given to that last set of winning FFF filmmakers. The craftsmanship typifying Schwegmann’s work today is certainly leaps and bounds classier than his crazy vessels with FFF co-founder Eric Fisher’s “Film Guy” poking its cartoony mug out the side, but we know those recipients absolutely loved inheriting works of art instead of assembly-line mantle fillers.

Of all things local since the FFF folded after that year, the super-awesome custom cakes designed by MeMe’s Treat Boutique of St. Joseph for that other freakin’ event, the Freeky Creek Short Film Festival, are the closest descendants. We don’t know what exactly Joe Taylor and Bill Kephart bestow upon the Freeky Creek entrants who win their event’s various audience awards but maybe, just maybe, MeMe owners Eric and Patty Woller could transfer their three-dimensional ghoulies from an edible to displayable form in the previous Schwegmann mold. If we’re dreaming big in the weirdest way possible right now, please give us at least that pleasure on a dreary, drippy, post-“Ebertfest” afternoon.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar du C-U: April 17-23

April 18th, 2015

Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/17/15-4/23/15

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, April 18: Mike Trippiedi (director, GUYS GO GREEN, Pens to Lens 2014) … Monday, April 20: Brandon Baranowski (production assistant, TRIAD) … Tuesday, April 21: Brian Paris (contributor, C-U Blogfidential), William Kephart (director, THE TIME WILL COME, Pens to Lens 2014), Dan Drake (animator/director, THE BRAIN STORM, Pens to Lens 2014) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: WHILE WE’RE YOUNG (4/17 on), DUNE (4/17, 4/18, 4/23, 10 p.m.), A ROYAL HANGOVER (4/20, 7:30 p.m., $10), The Prompting Theater presents WHO STOLE MY HOO-TO FOO-TO BOO-TO BAH?* premiere w/filmmakers (4/21, 7:30 p.m., $10 suggested donation)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: UIUC College of Media presents 17th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (through 4/19) Schedule

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Friday Night Films” feat. THE WEDDING RINGER (4/17, 7 p.m., free)

@ Exile on Main Street, Champaign, IL/Error Records, Urbana, IL: Record Store Day 2015 (4/18-4/19)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Working with Kids” (4/21, 7 p.m., free)

@ Allen Hall/Unit One, UIUC, Urbana, IL: UI Women’s Resources Center presents THE MASK YOU LIVE IN (4/23, 7 p.m., free)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: THE BABADOOK, BIG EYES, THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2, GOD HELP THE GIRL, YOU’RE NOT YOU, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN, THE IMMIGRANT, THE VOICES, THE KING OF MASKS, MAD AS HELL, Pens to Lens* 2014 shorts collection, THAT MAN FROM RIO/UP TO HIS EARS (Cohen Media), KING OF THE HILL (s9/10), MANH(A)TTAN (s1), more! (4/14 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, WOMAN IN GOLD, THE LONGEST RIDE (4/17 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (4/16-4/19, 7 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, HOME, FURIOUS 7, DUMB AND DUMBER TO (4/17-4/18)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, WOMAN IN GOLD, THE LONGEST RIDE, FURIOUS 7 (4/17 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: FURIOUS 7 (4/17-4/19)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: CINDERELLA (4/17-4/19)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation screenings feat. INTO THE WOODS (4/17-4/19)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, FURIOUS 7 (4/17-4/19)

NOW OPEN! @ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER, FURIOUS 7 (4/17-4/18)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: DisneyNature: MONKEY KINGDOM, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, UNFRIENDED, CINDERELLA, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT, FURIOUS 7, GET HARD, HOME, IT FOLLOWS, THE LONGEST RIDE, WOMAN IN GOLD (4/17 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: DisneyNature: MONKEY KINGDOM, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, TRUE STORY, UNFRIENDED, WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, CINDERELLA, DANNY COLLINS, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT, FURIOUS 7, GET HARD, HOME, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, THE LONGEST RIDE, WOMAN IN GOLD (4/17 on), PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (4/17, 4/18, 9 & 10 a.m.), Turner Classic Movies presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50th Anniversary (4/19, 4/22, 2 & 7 p.m.), FRIDAY 20th Anniversary Director’s Cut (4/20, 7:30 p.m.)

@ various venues, Chicago, IL: Lake FX Summit + Expo (through 4/19)

@ Cinemark Palace on the Plaza, Kansas City, MO: 19th annual Kansas City FilmFest (through 4/19)

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Stout HONOR still among thieves

April 15th, 2015

Making mention in our last post of our friend and former Urbana indie short filmmaker John May, we remind ourselves of a pre-Millennium era sans C-U Blogfidential and MICRO-FILM when locally-based movie projects of significance appeared relatively far apart. Very few efforts in the unofficial Champaign-Urbana canon from then or now have sustained as much notoriety as IN WHOSE HONOR?, the Jay Rosenstein documentary from 1997 about Spokane Indian activist Charlene Teters and her (somewhat fulfilled) quest to see the University of Illinois sports mascot “Chief Illiniwek” removed from the fields of play and related merchandising. It still has resonance today as when it aired on the PBS showcase program P.O.V. nearly 20 years ago, but for reasons the open minded would call frustrating.

Among many qualities etched into United States sports culture is a bullheaded resistance to proactive change, washing over its organizers, athletes, and fan base with narrow attitudes and suspect agenda. This includes the retirement of team identities that arguably trade on real-life or embellished Native American history for the sake of superficial “entertainment value.” Emblems falling in this niche, along with trademarks referencing other non-white ethnicities, have been very slow in disappearing from grade school, high school, and club teams. At the same time, various colleges and big-ticket franchises such as the Washington NFL organization have not responded kindly to mounting criticism that such iconography might register as outdated, vulgar, or racist to the surviving Indian tribes and their allies.

In Whose Honor? – open from Jay Rosenstein on Vimeo.

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NAFF VI to pick no bones Oct. 4

April 12th, 2015

If all had gone expectedly, the sixth New Art Film Festival would have kicked off right around now at the Art Theater Co-op as part of this weekend’s Boneyard Arts Festival. Our decision to postpone the event, an ongoing survey of indigenous cinema-making in the loose radius centered by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, came about because of two main factors: our lag in launching the planning process, and the need of your humble editor-slash-programmer-slash-fellow human being to simply take a break after six straight spring seasons of putting together film shows primarily on his own. With that now said and already done, we are happy to announce a make-up date of Sunday, October 4, 2015, for the NAFF at the Art; whether it moves forward as a fall event or reverts back to a Boneyard Arts staple remains to be seen.

With the NAFF temporarily out of the picture, dearest readers, we invite you to instead attend several alternate events coming up during the next few weeks. We’ve already touched upon the student-run Illinifest (Sunday, May 3 @ UIUC Lincoln Hall Theater) and the UI Feminist Film Festival (Thursday, May 7 @ Art Co-op) but two additional special events have since come to light. The May Day Sustainability Shorts Film Festival on Friday, May 1, 7 p.m., at Bevier Hall, has been organized as a function of the UI Sustainability Living-Learning Community by program coordinator Jennifer Bechtel (SCARY NORMAL). As well, the Dr. Seuss-inspired WHO STOLE MY HOO-TO FOO-TO BOO-TO BAH? will premiere on Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Art; directed by Thomas Nicol (HEARTSHOT) and coordinated by Brian Hagy, the hour-long fantasia was co-produced by a troupe of disabled individuals who make up The Prompting Theater, based at Developmental Services Center in Champaign. If we learn of more eleventh-hour opportunities, they will appear on the Calendar post haste!

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