CUZine can haz nine lives, C-U?

November 30th, 2016

Welcome to the holiday season, dearest readers! With the New Art Film Festival genie bottled up for the winter after granting us yet another successful showcase of locally-made cinema at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, Illinois, it’s time for further wish fulfillment here at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters. We have been actively shaping up issue 9 of C-U Confidential digest since August and it is on track for completion by year’s end, but we need your participation to ensure it will see print! We are soliciting for advertisements beginning today, Wednesday, November 30, and ask interested parties to book space and submit artwork by Friday, December 23; all the information you need such as dimensions and prices is available at this Page as PDF downloads. We want to fill 12 pages in our upcoming 48-page publication, including three full-color covers, and can offer a special 20% discount on the final invoice of advertisers that place and pay for ads in both CUZine #9 and the upcoming CUZine #10 by Tuesday, January 10, 2017. We will soon tease the content in issue 9 so you can anticipate what will be gifted FOR FREE to the citizens of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond who want to soak up every single Confidential revelation we can muster! For fans who may not have reason to promote, we are always grateful for donations sent to cuconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com via PayPal; no amount is too small and every cent will go towards production costs, although, please keep in mind it is not tax deductible. Thank you, friends, for doing everything in your power to propel our unique media for homegrown film culture and history. We appreciate you!

~ Jason Pankoke

This announcement will remain at the head of C-U Blogfidential until further notice.

Calendar: December 2-8, 2016

December 3rd, 2016

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!

12/3: Greg Woods (guest contributor, C-U Confidential)
12/6: Andy Due (producer, THE ANDY DUE SHOW)


FLICKER OF THE WEEK | Suggestions in Full-Motion Arts

This week feels like a leftovers week to us – only one wide release, the exorcism yarn INCARNATE, opens today, Fri., 12/2, and it looks to be a turkey-in-the-making – so we’re pointing you in two constructive directions and calling it a Calendar. If you have a pre-Xmas road trip in you, consider attending the “Best of the Midwest Awards” at the Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, starting at 7 p.m. on Tues., 12/6; the annual ceremony gives props to the cream of the indie crop produced in the Flyover Zone and is organized by the folks behind the Midwest Independent Film Festival. You may not yet know the films, but any producer worth their salt can potentially gain mileage out of putting in the miles to hit the BMAs for some big-city networking! Runner-up attraction is a rare booking of the Japanese anime classic AKIRA (Funimation Films), which will play a handful of late-night shows at the Art Theater Co-op beginning tonight at 10 p.m. The innovative science fiction/political uprising/body horror epic from 1988 is directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, based on his own sprawling manga series, and involves a brash street teenager named Tetsuo whose psychic powers are inadvertently magnified to catastrophic proportions in an already devastated Tokyo. Not surprisingly, AKIRA is the perfect “bang” to kick off a short run of future-shock thrillers in the coming weeks – because, you know, the impending Trumpocalypse – that will include CHILDREN OF MEN and the “Black & Chrome Edition” of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. “FOW” is hereby fin and, hopefully, we are not.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
LOVING (12/2 on), AKIRA (12/2-12/3, 12/7-12/8)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL
INCARNATE, ALLIED, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, ARRIVAL, BAD SANTA 2, DOCTOR STRANGE, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, HACKSAW RIDGE, MOANA, RULES DON’T APPLY, TROLLS (12/2 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
DON’T BREATHE, PETE’S DRAGON, INDIGNATION, THE INTERVENTION, THE WILD LIFE, BAKED IN BROOKLYN, more! (11/29 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
INCARNATE, ALLIED, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, ARRIVAL,BAD SANTA 2, DOCTOR STRANGE, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, HACKSAW RIDGE, MOANA, MOONLIGHT, RULES DON’T APPLY, TROLLS (12/2 on), WHITE CHRISTMAS (12/4, 12/7), Metropolitan Opera performs The Magic Flute (12/3, recorded), SPIRITED AWAY (12/4 (dubbed), 12/5 (subtitled)), SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE (12/7)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 205 (12/6, 6 p.m.)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
13th (12/2, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, Pine Lounge (12/2, 12/3, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Reel Deals presents “Films of the Coen Brothers” feat. FARGO (12/2), THE BIG LEBOWSKI (12/3)

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: Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2016

November 25th, 2016

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!

11/28: Ryan Mitchelle (editor, A CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

100 Years AgoTuesday, November 28, 1916: Mayor Dan Dineen excitedly welcomes a capacity crowd to opening night at the Avon Theatre on Water Street in downtown Decatur, as retold in Flickering Images: The History and Haunting of the Avon Theatre by Troy Taylor. Unlike the month-old Lincoln Square Theatre located just three blocks away, the Avon is designed by owner/manager Joseph Allman and architect R.O. Rosen to be a motion picture house, first and foremost, with floor space allotted for a small orchestra to accompany certain films and a pipe organ scheduled for installation by year’s end. The debut attraction is THE FALL OF A NATION, a far-fetched war fantasia that is directed and written by the controversial minister, lecturer, and segregationist Thomas F. Dixon, Jr., whose novel The Clansman was adapted recently by D.W. Griffith as THE BIRTH OF A NATION.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK | Suggestions in Full-Motion Arts

This week feels like a catalog title week to us, friends! If you’re able to break away from the onslaught of parades, football games, basketball tournaments, rerun marathons, and commercials for Christmas sales on the family television set, options await at theaters near you that sidestep the new Hollywood releases we discussed previously. Turner Classic Movies presents a two-day revival of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (Fathom Events/Paramount Pictures) that will play the Goodrich Savoy 16 on Sun., 11/27, and Weds., 11/30, at both 2 and 7 p.m.; Blake Edwards’ adaptation of the Truman Capote novella about New York City socialites turned actress Audrey Hepburn into a style icon, although the breezy 1961 drama co-starring George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, and Martin Balsam has lost style points in recent times due to Mickey Rooney’s unfortunate comic relief role as a highly caricatured Japanese man. At the other end of the table sits the cult comedy ALICE’S RESTAURANT (United Artists/MGM) from 1969 that is not exactly a holiday classic, so we applaud the gumption of the Normal Theater to dress their late show tonight, Fri., 11/25, 10:30 p.m., with some vintage anti-establishment garnish. Based on the same-named song by folk singer Arlo Guthrie and directed by Arthur Penn, the movie starts with a hippie-heavy Thanksgiving held in an abandoned church that is attended by Guthrie’s screen alter ego, who is subsequently busted by the police for littering and forced into the draft while bemoaning The Man! Finally, we give thanks to the Virginia Theatre for assembling a choice set of Joel and Ethan Coen hits the C-U can feast upon starting next Mon., 11/28; NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007), RAISING ARIZONA (1987), FARGO (1996), and THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) will run in succession between then and Sat., 12/3, all at 7 p.m., with a bonus LEBOWSKI at 1 p.m. on the final day. “FOW” is hereby fin, Donny.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
LOVING (11/25 on), THE HANDMAIDEN (11/25-11/27, 11/30), STARVING THE BEAST (12/1, 7:30 p.m., free)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL
ALLIED, BAD SANTA 2, MOANA, RULES DON’T APPLY, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, ARRIVAL, BILLY FLYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK, BLEED FOR THIS, DOCTOR STRANGE, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, HACKSAW RIDGE, TROLLS (11/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, HELL OR HIGH WATER, WAR DOGS, MECHANIC: RESURRECTION, YOGA HOSERS, HANDS OF STONE, THE LAND, I.T., more! (11/22 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ALLIED, BAD SANTA 2, MOANA, RULES DON’T APPLY, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, ARRIVAL, BILLY FLYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK, BLEED FOR THIS, DOCTOR STRANGE, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, HACKSAW RIDGE, MOONLIGHT, TROLLS (11/25 on), THE POLAR EXPRESS, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (11/27, 11/30), RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS, “Christmas Shorts-stravaganza” (12/1), Broadway’s Studio 54 performs She Loves Me (12/1, recorded)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 205 (11/29, 6 p.m.)

@ Quality Beer, Champaign, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (12/1, 8 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series presents HARVEY (11/26), Reel Deals presents “Films of the Coen Brothers” feat. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (11/28-11/29), RAISING ARIZONA (11/30-12/1), FARGO (12/2), THE BIG LEBOWSKI (12/3)

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: November 18-24, 2016

November 18th, 2016

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!

11/19: Carolyn Baxley (proprietor, The Cinema Gallery)
11/21: Melissa Merli (arts reporter, The News-Gazette)
11/24: Shauna Miller (actress, HOLLY)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoTuesday, November 19, 1996: The Normal Theater in downtown Normal, IL, offers two shows of the Italian drama IL POSTINO (THE POSTMAN), directed by Michael Radford and nominated for the “Best Picture” Academy Award earlier in the year. IL POSTINO is the first Normal presentation sponsored by Beyond Normal Films, a month-old society founded by Colleen Farlee and Charline Watts that plans to actively select and screen quality international cinema for the Bloomington-Normal public. A “BNF pick” has played the Normal nearly every month since, while the Farlee Film Festival provides audiences with a three-week-long fix of notable imports once every few months. The non-profit organization also hosts member-only gatherings and supports movie-related community projects.

100 Years AgoFriday, November 24, 1916: Forrest James Ackerman is born in Los Angeles, CA, to William and Carroll Ackerman. Apart from working odd jobs, attending college in Berkeley, and serving in the army during World War II, he would spend decades at the forefront of science fiction and Golden Age Hollywood fandom with his seminal contribution coming over a quarter century (1958-1983) as creator and editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. After final years filled with health and legal issues, Ackerman passed away in his Los Angeles apartment on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at age 92, preceded by his wife and companion Wendayne in 1990. Although no overt connection between “Forry” and Champaign-Urbana, IL, has been identified, his sense of wonder and innate love for divulging pop culture arcana did heavily inspire a budding Champaign writer to begin publishing his own titles.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK | Suggestions in Full-Motion Arts

Ah, holiday seasons, those reoccurring stretches of time each year when new cinema pickings can range from a veritable cornucopia to lookalike lumps of coal. In the next 10 days, multiplexes and family-friendly locations will be offering an expected mix – one big-budget fantasy (FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM), one Disney animation (MOANA), one wartime epic of the Brad Pitt persuasion (ALLIED), one Old Hollywood period drama (RULES DON’T APPLY), one too-late sequel that nobody in the real world asked for (BAD SANTA 2), and the remainder – but we encourage you to look past the obvious for nonstandard fare. BILLY FLYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK (Film4/TriStar Pictures), the newest high-concept drama from ace filmmaker and University of Illinois favorite Ang Lee, stars Joe Alwyn as a young soldier receiving a hero’s welcome in the United States who flashes back to his overseas experiences in Iraq, attempting to justify its dangerous and compromised reality versus the home-grown perception of what takes place during modern combat. Based on the novel by Ben Fountain and also starring Kristin Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Chris Tucker, BILLY FLYNN receives limited tours of duty at both the Goodrich 16 in Savoy and Carmike 13 in Champaign starting today, Fri., 11/18, neither of which will truly demonstrate Lee’s technical ambitions; this production is reportedly the first to be photographed in 3-D, 4k resolution, and 120 frames per second, affecting a hyperreal sensation that can theoretically immerse an audience more fully than standard projection. If this doesn’t enlist your attention, then maybe LOVING (Focus Features) directed by naturalistic storyteller and “Ebertfest” favorite Jeff Nichols will appeal to you; Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play real-life couple Richard and Mildred Loving, whose union in 1950s Virginia lands them in jail before they fight back and sue the state, thereby enacting a challenge against laws prohibiting interracial marriage that makes waves all the way to the Supreme Court. The Art-Theater Co-op opens LOVING next Weds., 11/23, after an abbreviated run of MOONLIGHT (A24 Films) ends on Tues., 11/22; be sure to savor the poetic coming-of-age triptych brought to the screen by Barry Jenkins, a Florida State University film graduate and favorite FSU ex-classmate of Colleen Cook, before it moonlights elsewhere. “FOW” is hereby fin.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
MOONLIGHT (11/18-11/22), LOVING (11/23 on)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL
BLEED FOR THIS, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, DOCTOR STRANGE, HACKSAW RIDGE, SHUT IN, TROLLS (11/18 on), ARRIVAL, BILLY FLYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK (11/18-11/21), ALLIED, BAD SANTA 2, MOANA, RULES DON’T APPLY (11/22 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
FINDING DORY, CARDBOARD BOXER, ARMY OF ONE, DIRTY 30, CHRISTMAS EVE, REIGN OF ASSASSINS, BLOOD IN THE WATER, GAME OF THRONES (s6), BETTER CALL SAUL (s2), more! (11/15 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BILLY FLYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK, BLEED FOR THIS, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, MOONLIGHT, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, ARRIVAL, DOCTOR STRANGE, HACKSAW RIDGE, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, SHUT IN, TROLLS (11/18 on), A CHRISTMAS STORY (11/20, 11/23), ALLIED, BAD SANTA 2, MOANA, RULES DON’T APPLY (11/22 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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Calendar: November 11-17, 2016

November 11th, 2016

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!

11/15: Brian Hagy (producer, BUDDING ROMANCE)
11/16: Scott Jenkins (owner/sculptor, Evil Jinx Studios)


FLICKER OF THE WEEK | Suggestions in Full-Motion Arts

It almost feels de rigueur that we work Art Theater Co-op fare into this section of the Calendar nearly every week, yet we can’t help but acknowledge their consistency in booking the most interesting viewing choices. Case in point this time is the critically-lauded MOONLIGHT (A24 Films), directed by Barry Jenkins and starring Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali, and Naomie Harris in the gently mesmerizing story of a Miami youth who must navigate hardships, crime, and uncertain sexuality as he comes of age. Set in the recent past and told in three chapters, the beautifully-made drama reflects a complex reality for African-Americans that is not typically seen in contemporary films and may provide audiences across the board with a necessary jolt of perspective and empathy post-Election Day. Since MOONLIGHT will illuminate the Art for at least the next two weeks beginning today, Fri., 11/11, you can also clear a few moments for our other selections that qualify as “short run” and “offbeat.” We think the aesthetic qualities and historic value of DOCTOR WHO: THE POWER OF THE DALEKS (Fathom Events/BBC Worldwide), which plays the Goodrich Savoy 16 on Mon., 11/14, at 7 p.m., will supersede any hesitations one might have for spending good money on what amounts to a “very special episode” of a television series. More than 40 years after destroying the master elements of the six-episode arc “The Power of the Daleks,” which aired during the 1966 season of DOCTOR WHO and depicted the first regeneration of the Doctor from a grandfatherly type (William Hartnell) to a younger and more puckish guise (Patrick Troughton), the BBC has used ephemera such as stills and surviving audio tracks to retell the adventure as a feature-length animated movie! This presentation will include new and vintage interviews that will presumably address the creative path to rescuing “Power” from permanent extermination. On campus, the Penny Dreadful Players student theater group at the University of Illinois will stage an Obie Award– and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Flick by Annie Baker, at the Channing-Murray Foundation in Urbana at 7:30 p.m. both tonight, Fri., 11/11, and tomorrow, Sat., 11/12. First performed off-Broadway in 2013, the acclaimed character study involves a series of encounters and observations between employees of a run-down Massachusetts movie theater in line for a digital upgrade. Criticisms have touched on the often defeatist tone of the material, a relative lack of action or plot progression, and a two-act structure that somehow warrants a three-hour running time, so you have been warned if slow-burn introspection is not your bag. Attendees can judge if director Jon Murphy and his company pull off enough compelling moments to make the time investment and $7 ticket price worthwhile. “FOW” is hereby fin and almost qualifies as an anagram of “WHO,” but, not really.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
MOONLIGHT (11/11 on; 11/14, 7 p.m., w/panel discussion)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL
ALMOST CHRISTMAS, ARRIVAL, SHUT IN, THE ACCOUNTANT, BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, DOCTOR STRANGE, HACKSAW RIDGE, INFERNO, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, TROLLS (11/11 on), FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (11/17)

@ Channing-Murray Foundation, Urbana, IL
Penny Dreadful Players presents The Flick by Annie Baker (11/11-11/12, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
SAUSAGE PARTY, MORRIS FROM AMERICA, PHANTOM BOY, KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE, THE LOST BLADESMAN, TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES (s3), BLACK SAILS (s3), BILLIONS (s1), more! (11/8 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ALMOST CHRISTMAS, ARRIVAL, MR. DONKEY, SHUT IN, THE ACCOUNTANT, BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, DOCTOR STRANGE, HACKSAW RIDGE, INFERNO, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, TROLLS (11/11 on), CASABLANCA (11/13, 11/16), SPACE JAM 20th Anniversary (11/13, 11/16), DOCTOR WHO: THE POWER OF THE DALEKS (11/14), National Theatre Live: Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch (11/15, recorded), FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (11/17)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 205 (11/15, 6 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, Pine Lounge (11/11, 11/12, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. ALL EYES AND EARS (11/16, 7 p.m., free)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Learning from Improv” (11/15, 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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Calendar: November 4-10, 2016

November 4th, 2016

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!

11/10: Andrew Stengele (director, HORRORS, Pens to Lens 2016)
11/10: Andrew Nygard (editor, BANANAS AND MR. SNAKE’S BIG ADVENTURE, Pens to Lens 2016)


FLICKER OF THE WEEK | Suggestions in Full-Motion Arts

After the conclusion of another successful New Art Film Festival, an extended Halloween weekend, and a gloriously epic win by the Chicago Cubs over the Cleveland Indians to seal their first World Series championship since 1908, the only other things we could possibly want this week at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters are rest and a big mound of peace and happiness. Therefore, we cross our fingers in the faint hope the makers of animated comedy TROLLS (DreamWorks/20th Century Fox), opening nationwide today, Fri., 11/4, were savvy enough to incorporate the only tuft-haired member of their tribe who could possibly satisfy our needs in contrast to the precocious and generic ones appearing in the ad campaign – Tiny Tim troll, an actual variation on the collectible dolls of Danish origin that was based on the late novelty singer of THE TONIGHT SHOW and “Tip-Toe Thru’ the Tulips With Me” infamy. All other mainstream concessions in the candy-colored adventure, featuring voice work by Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, and Russell Brand, can be (nearly) forgiven if that doe-eyed, dark-haired creature would cameo with his ukulele and otherworldly flower-power falsetto. We’re not sure if we’d be willing to fork over first-run prices to find out, however, so let’s instead consider the quiet contemplation of the newest Kelly Reichardt drama, CERTAIN WOMEN (IFC Films), starring Kristin Stewart, Laura Dern, and Michelle Williams, or the loud legacy wrought by Iggy Pop and The Stooges in the documentary GIMME DANGER (Magnolia Pictures/Amazon Studios) directed by Jim Jarmusch; both start week-long runs at the Art Theater Co-op today. If letting the idiocy loose pre-Election Day is what you need, check out the too-timely revival of IDIOCRACY (20th Century Fox) later tonight at either the Lincoln Square Theatre in Decatur at 8 p.m. or the Normal Theater in Normal at 10:30 p.m. This live-action satire from KING OF THE HILL co-creator Mike Judge bombed in its 2006 theatrical run but, not unlike its protagonist played by Luke Wilson, reawakens in a future of head-scratching cerebral attrition; Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepherd, and Terry Crews co-star. “FOW” is hereby fin.


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

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Festival passes for 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival now available (11/1 on) Purchase


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
CERTAIN WOMEN (11/4 on), GIMME DANGER (11/5, 11/7, 11/9-11/10, 10 p.m.), GENERATION FOUND (11/6, 7 p.m., free), 2016 election coverage “viewing party” (11/8, 6 p.m.), K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN (11/9, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL
DOCTOR STRANGE, HACKSAW RIDGE, TROLLS, THE ACCOUNTANT, AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL, BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, INFERNO, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (11/4 on), ALMOST CHRISTMAS, ARRIVAL (11/10)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
STAR TREK BEYOND, BAD MOMS, NINE LIVES, THE SEA OF TREES, ANTHROPOID, UNDRAFTED, IMPERIUM, BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS, more! (11/1 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
DOCTOR STRANGE, HACKSAW RIDGE, SOMEONE TO TALK TO, TROLLS, THE ACCOUNTANT, BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, INFERNO, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, MIDDLE SCHOOL, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, STORKS (11/4 on), MINIONS (11/4-11/6), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (11/6, 11/9), STEPHANIE MILLER’S SEXY LIBERAL COMEDY TOUR (11/7), JOE & CASPAR HIT THE ROAD: USA (11/10)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 205 (11/8, 6 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. JASON BOURNE, Pine Lounge (11/4, 11/5, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

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

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Illini Film & Video meets Nov. 1

November 1st, 2016

The Illini Film & Video club at the University of Illinois continues its series of meetings for the 2016-17 academic year later tonight, Tuesday, November 1, 6 p.m., in Room 205 of Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright St., Urbana. Meetings allow interested members of the student body to learn about and get involved in film-making projects, fund-raising events, video challenges, and volunteer or paid job opportunities outside of IFV. This year, guest speakers often stop in to talk about their expertise such as this evening, when Andrew Gleason of the UI Public Affairs department is scheduled to address techniques for on-set lighting and color correction in post-production. There are also the IFV Web page, through which you can track projects and other happenings, and YouTube channel, where you can watch examples of their work!

You should write illinifilmandvideo [at] gmail [dot] com to be added to their Mailing List and receive all the up-to-date news from IFV president Rachel Rebecca Berry and the other club officers!

~ Jason Pankoke

DEVOTION to fright is real deal

October 31st, 2016

Happy Halloween, dearest bleeders! We really haven’t cooked up seasonal topics for you this year, considering how much overall we need to share, but we’re happy to drop this occult-flavored slab on your plate and mark the ooky occasion! Once scheduled to world premiere at the Art Theater Co-op on October 19 but postponed at the last minute, DEVOTION is the first full-length narrative effort from Art Theater employee and independent filmmaker Jessie Seitz, whom we talked with early last year about her short subject FIVE. The Internet is pretty much devoid of tangible evidence about the Capricorn Rising Films production other than a few Twitter and Facebook posts as well as the dialogue-free teaser trailer we present to you right here. With scenes filmed in recognizable spots like the Art and the University of IllinoisAllerton Park in Monticello, but primarily shot in Decatur where Seitz grew up, DEVOTION sports a cast including Haley Madison (IN MEMORY OF), Erin Brown (SHADOW: DEAD RIOT), and Linnea Quigley (THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD) that may register far more to genre film fans than followers of local movies and theater. Certainly, we will report on the whereabouts of Seitz’s creation when more details arise! Her other recent activities include an acting role in the upcoming WOODSMAN: FOREST OF PAIN, co-directed by Louis C. Justin and Victor Bonacore, an interview in the latter’s Jim VanBebber documentary DIARY OF A DEADBEAT, available through Massacre Video, a directing stint on a segment of FACES OF SNUFF, coming out November 22 through Wild Eye Releasing, and a guest appearance this Saturday, November 5, at the Ax Wound Film Festival in Brattleboro, VT, concentrating on women in horror media. DEVOTION should not be confused with DIVINATION, the minute-long fit of gas mask creepiness that played last night’s New Art Film Festival; directed by Jeff Kacmarynski of Vision Test Productions from an idea by Colin Gabriel Price, the twisted “final wish” scenario with Marlene Mahon and David Busboom will appear in a different horror anthology, amusingly and redundantly titled 60 SECONDS 2 DIE: 60 SECONDS TO DIE 2. You can watch DIVINATION here while it’s available.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Devotion Teaser from Jessie Seitz on Vimeo.

Dynamic NAFF jolts static C-U

October 28th, 2016

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Sunday, October 30, will be a great day to turn down all devices of distraction – smart phones and laptops, desktops and computers, flat screens and boob tubes – so you can redirect your energies towards a walk, bike, or drive to the Art Theater Co-op for the seventh annual New Art Film Festival! Once again we have sights to show you, collected into a unique program that extends an ongoing timeline of media storytelling as created by those living in Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond and shone through the discerning lens of the NAFF! Expect us to be absent from C-U Blogfidential through the weekend as our final preparations lead right up to show time at 126 W. Church St. in downtown Champaign, Illinois, so be sure to check the event Facebook or Web site for any last-minute NAFFirmations. The festival is free admission for community members and visiting guests with shows beginning promptly at 6, 7:40, and 9:25 p.m. Bring many friends and model your Halloween best as you are entertained, impressed, challenged, and weirded out by the 22 films in our 2016 lineup! The complete schedule is repeated after the jump in this post, which will remain at the head of CUBlog through Monday for your convenience. We hesitate to break the huddle until we give high praise to our friends in the C-U whose contributions we never take for granted in the NAFF circle of life: Jason and Lisa Cerezo at ThirdSide, Luke Boyce at Shatterglass Studios, Austin McCann and staff at the Art Theater, David Spears at Radio Maria, and contacts in the area news media such as Melissa Merli at the News-Gazette and Jordan Kreie and Rebecca Knaur at Smile Politely. We also value greatly our friends, fans, and filmmakers of the NAFF. We’ll see you in two evenings, then, to investigate the current crop of indigenous cinema!

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2016

October 28th, 2016

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!

10/30: Michael Murphy (former owner, Mike ‘n Molly’s)
10/31: Jake Aurelian (creator, RIPPER THE CLOWN SHOW)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoSaturday, October 28, 2006: Opteryx Press of Champaign hosts a “MICRO-FILM Movie Show” of low-budget horror cinema for Halloween including DRAWING BLOOD, directed by the Wolinski Brothers, and SEX MACHINE, directed by Christopher Sharpe, in the upper level of Mike ‘n Molly’s in downtown Champaign. This is their fourth screening of the year at the popular bar, all curated and hosted by editor/publisher Jason Pankoke, and also the last standalone MF event to date.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK | Suggestions in Full-Motion Arts

Sure, we could have just taken a little NAFF and coasted on trumpeting our own event in this space, but that would have been a bit disingenuous. We’ll instead keep it short and sweet in picking the best of the rest! An acclaimed Swedish drama with both empathy and bite, A MAN CALLED OVE (Music Box Films), is directed by Hannes Holm and stars Rolf Lassgård in the title role as a stern widower who unexpectedly warms to new neighbors; it returns to the Art Theater Co-op for a one-week split run with Mick Jackson’s DENIAL (Bleecker Street) starting tonight, Fri., 10/28. Also showing this evening is the locally-made documentary THE PHOENIX: HOPE IS RISING* (Center Street Productions), which covers the last-minute move of the Phoenix Daytime Drop-in Center for the homeless to 34 E. Green St., Champaign, from its now-demolished Neil St. location; a talk about the plight of these individuals served by the Phoenix will follow the free 6 p.m. screening at the Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign. Lastly and certainly beastly, we revisit THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (20th Century Fox) to point out additional dates we neglected to share in the prior “FOW.” Students from Lincoln College will perform alongside ROCKY at the Lincoln Grand 8 in Lincoln tomorrow, Sat., 10/29, at 10:30 p.m., while the Effingham Performance Center in Effingham offers customers a complimentary goodie bag but no dancing troupe for its own 10 p.m. show, also on Sat., 10/29. Dr. Scott! Rocky! “FOW” is hereby fin!


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

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
C-U Confidential presents 7th annual New Art Film Festival* feat. BEFORE ‘I DO’ (10/30, 6-11 p.m., free) Schedule

@ Quality Beer, Champaign, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (11/3, 8 p.m., free)

@ Stratford Park Bible Chapel, Champaign, IL
THE PHOENIX: HOPE IS RISING* w/discussion (10/28, 6 p.m., free)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
DENIAL (10/28 on), A MAN CALLED OVE (10/28-10/31, 11/2-11/4), 7th annual New Art Film Festival* (10/30, 6-11 p.m., free), “Shocktober 2016” feat. DAWN OF THE DEAD (1979; 10/28, 11/4, 10 p.m.) and “All Nite Movie Marathon” incl. DAWN OF THE DEAD, CREEPSHOW, additional films TBA (10/29, 10 p.m.)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL
INFERNO, THE ACCOUNTANT, BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, DEEPWATER HORIZON, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES, KEVIN HART: NOW WHAT?, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (10/28 on), AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL (10/28, 11/2), DOCTOR STRANGE (11/3)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
LIGHTS OUT, NERVE, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, SKIPTRACE, MR. CHURCH, PAPA: HEMINGWAY IN CUBA, COMPLETE UNKNOWN, FIGHT VALLEY, BEING CHARLIE, PHANTOM OF THE THEATRE, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, more! (10/25 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
DENIAL, INFERNO, THE ACCOUNTANT, BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, DEEPWATER HORIZON, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES, KEVIN HART: NOW WHAT?, MIDDLE SCHOOL, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, STORKS, SULLY (10/28 on), HALLOWEEN (1978; 10/30-10/31, 11/2), RiffTrax Live: CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962; 10/31, recorded), KIRK CAMERON: REVIVE US (11/1), NEWTOWN LIVE: A NATIONAL CONVERSATION (11/2, 6:30 p.m., documentary + live town hall meeting), RUSH: TIME STAND STILL (11/3, 7:30 p.m.), DOCTOR STRANGE (11/3)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 205 (11/1, 6 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. DON’T BREATHE, Pine Lounge (10/28, 10/29, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series presents “Five Nights of Hitch!” feat. PSYCHO (1960; 10/28, 7 p.m.)

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

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AFM advice enhances film output

October 26th, 2016

“Six Stages and 1,000 Hours to Success”
Building your feature film resume involves keen understanding of how a production comes together. Luckily, the American Film Market provides a wealth of insight and tools for achieving that dream.

by Robin Christian

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Although I consider myself a “creative,” every decision must be all business when I put on my producer’s hat. With so many movies being made every year, distributors look for any reason not to pick up your independent film. I’m afraid the pitfalls aren’t as clear as they could be; everyone is so busy that you will simply hear “it’s a pass from us” with no explanation as to why they passed.

Examples on how I’ve learned this lesson the hard way include having an opening scene that didn’t clearly lead into the protagonist’s story or several scenes with poor sound design. Those could have been corrected after the fact, but you get one chance to make a positive impression on the sales agent or distributor just as they get one chance to impress a buyer.

Listen to your instinct, your significant other, and your good friends. Weigh carefully each thing pointed out by them and never take negativity personally. You’re entitled to make mistakes, but don’t show the movie to your trusted circle and expect everyone to see past numerous gaffes or unfinished visual effects.

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Calendar: October 21-27, 2016

October 22nd, 2016

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!

10/23: Jennifer Bechtel (director, IMAGINARY)
10/25: Becca Whitaker (contributor, Bachelor Pad Magazine)
10/26: Frank Kurtz (co-director, CARNIVORE)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

100 Years AgoFriday, October 27, 1916: Proclaimed to be one of the grandest playhouses in Illinois and designed by local architectural firm Aschauer & Waggoner as a completely fireproof structure, the Lincoln Square Theatre opens for business in downtown Decatur and hosts a standing-room-only crowd that enjoys a touring production of the Broadway comedy, Hit-the-Trail-Holiday, as recounted in Lincoln Square Theatre by Jasper P. DeVidal. Although constructed to include a roomy backstage area, orchestra pit, and pitch-perfect acoustics for live performances, the Lincoln Square would be retrofit in the coming months to accommodate motion pictures. Managers eventually added a projection booth in June 1917 and played their first films, THE CALL OF HER PEOPLE and THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, the next month, following with the installation of a pipe organ in January 1919.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK | Suggestions in Full-Motion Arts

Although we subconsciously handed out “FOW” honors to the “100th Birthday Bash” at the Lincoln Square Theatre in Decatur on Fri., 10/21, 7 p.m., and the “Movies under the Dome” show at the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington on Tues., 10/25, 7 p.m., in a previous post, we feel the need to drop one more vote since neither of the above directly involves the watching of a feature film. You could argue we’re still fudging our judgment to a degree, but we’re having our Transylvanian cake and eating it too by suggesting an interactive trip to the Frankenstein place for a “shadow cast” presentation of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (20th Century Fox) during the next week! The time-warping reputation of this mid-Seventies cult item directed by Jim Sharman and created by co-star Richard O’Brien precedes itself handily, so we’ll jump to the left and cut to the chase by noting it has been rare for multiple area groups to perform alongside the big-screen Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, and company in the same Halloween season. That is no problem in 2016 and we can thank the collegiate crowd for keeping the dream alive. University of Illinois students will do ROCKY at the Art Theater Co-op on 10/21, 10/22, 10/26, and 10/27, all at 10 p.m., Illinois State University students will do ROCKY at the Normal Theater on 10/27 and 10/29 at 7 p.m. as well as 10/28 at 10:30 p.m., and Millikin University students will do ROCKY at the Avon Theatre on 10/21 and 10/22 at the traditional stroke of midnight. Primp yourselves nicely and hold those props tightly as you seek out sugar and bi and everything not-nice at a participating movie theater! “FOW” is hereby fin, babies, so don’t you panic!

Note: There was no debate at MFHQ. We skipped the Fox Network remake, too.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
DENIAL (10/21 on), THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (10/24, 7 p.m., free), “Shocktober 2016” feat. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW w/Illini Student Musicals shadow cast (1975; 10/21-10/22, 10/26-10/27, 10 p.m.), NOSFERATU w/The Invincible Czars live accompaniment (1922; 10/23, 8 p.m.)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL
BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, THE ACCOUNTANT, DEEPWATER HORIZON, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, KEVIN HART: NOW WHAT?, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, MAX STEEL, MIDDLE SCHOOL, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, STORKS (10/21 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, CAFÉ SOCIETY, WILD OATS, OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS, THE WAILING, SATANIC, BATES MOTEL (s4), more! (10/18 on)

@ Fluid Event Center, Champaign, IL
2nd annual Dark History & Horror Convention (10/21-10/23)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, DENIAL, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, THE ACCOUNTANT, DEEPWATER HORIZON, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, KEVIN HART: NOW WHAT?, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, MAX STEEL, MIDDLE SCHOOL, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, STORKS, SULLY (10/21 on), PSYCHO (1960; 10/23, 10/26), THE SHINING (1980; 10/23, 10/26), KIRK CAMERON: REVIVE US (10/24), National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (10/25, encore), Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni (10/26, encore), RiffTrax Live: CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962; 10/27, live)

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 205 (10/25, 6 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. SUICIDE SQUAD (10/21, 10/22, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Sipyard, Urbana, IL
JURASSIC PARK (10/25, 6:30 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
USS INDIANAPOLIS: THE LEGACY (10/22, 7 p.m.), The News-Gazette Film Series presents “Five Nights of Hitch!” feat. VERTIGO (10/23, 7 p.m.), THE BIRDS (10/24, 7 p.m.), NORTH BY NORTHWEST (10/25, 7 p.m.), REAR WINDOW (1954; 10/26, 7 p.m.), PSYCHO (1960; 10/28, 7 p.m.)

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

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Museum, theater note film history

October 20th, 2016

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Thanks to a local cultural legacy that keeps on giving, two upcoming events will separately recall how Bloomington-Normal connects to the entertainment world and Decatur serves as home to one of the great downstate palaces! Second instance first, a new board of directors led by Adam White and Jake Bonnett is striving to revive the fortunes of the Lincoln Square Theatre, 141 N. Main St., Decatur, IL, a semi-restored space originally designed for theater and vaudeville that has weathered sizeable ups and downs in the 36 years since it last served as a first-run movie house in 1980. Rebuilding a customer base with a modest mix of live events and film revivals that began early last year, White and company plan to celebrate the survival and revival of the Lincoln Square with a “100th Birthday Bash” tomorrow, Friday, October 21, from 7 to 11 p.m., serving also as a fundraiser to aid their efforts. The gathering involves a birthday cake, complimentary snacks, a cash bar, party games and favors, birthday video cards, and live music provided by the band Shovelhead; tickets will cost 21-and-over Lincoln Square supporters $25 each. Future attractions on their calendar, including ones for all ages like a recent and well-attended BEETLEJUICE reprise, include horror film favorites, comedy by Gallagher, and a concert by Asleep at the Wheel. The very first show to be hosted by the Lincoln Square, a performance of the Broadway play Hit-the-Trail-Holiday by George M. Cohan, took place on Friday, October 27, 1916, when a well-coiffed crowd numbering more than 1,300 filled the seats to capacity; Gallagher’s gig on Friday, October 28, is being considered the centenary equivalent.

We now head north along Route 51 from downtown Decatur to the McLean County Museum of History at 200 N. Main St. in downtown Bloomington, IL, where a second “Movies under the Dome” program will occur next Tuesday, October 25. The debut presentation in July centered on the feature film RING OF FEAR and its direct correlation to circus performers who frequented B-N, while this outing eyes the small screen for season-appropriate episodes written by Jerry Sohl (1913-2002), a former resident of the other twin cities who balanced careers as a newspaper man and science fiction author – often credited under an alias – before heading to Hollywood in the late Fifties. Museum staff will greet attendees starting at 6 p.m., when refreshments can be purchased and faces painted by a make-up artist, prior to the screening at 7 p.m. in the Governor Fifer Courtroom. First on deck will be “The Corbomite Maneuver” from the first season of the original STAR TREK, aired in November of 1966 and directed by television journeyman Joseph Sargent, in which the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise engages with a mysterious alien craft. After a short talk by museum librarian Bill Kemp about Sohl, “Queen of the Nile” will transport viewers into THE TWILIGHT ZONE circa March 1964 and during the Rod Serling anthology’s final season; Ann Blyth stars as a seemingly ageless actress in this entry, directed by prolific television mainstay John Brahm. Artifacts from the museum’s collection in the Halloween and science fiction milieu will also be on display for this evening, free and open to the public in the best “treat but no trick” sense!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Considered lost is a 1918 film version of Hit-the-Trail-Holiday starring Cohan himself as lead character Billy Holiday, an expert mixologist who is swayed to join the prohibitionist cause. Ouch.

p.s.2 Indeed, your humble editor did not skim all that Lincoln Square Theatre lore off the top of his own head. Self-published by Jasper P. DeVidal in 2001, Lincoln Square Theatre is an impressive 200-page volume that is possibly only sold at the venue itself 15 years on; not unlike the spirits rumored to haunt the joint, DeVidal and his book have a decidedly cryptic non-presence on the Interspiderwebs.

p.s.3 Costumes, everybody, costumes! It’s Halloween! Thrill us!

[Updated 10/21/16, 7:30 p.m. CST]

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Fear not, NAFF VII lands Oct. 30

October 16th, 2016

Fourteen days from right about now, the New Art Film Festival will commence for the seventh time at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, Illinois, and we trust wholeheartedly that you will find it in your best interest to join us! Since we need to spend quality time over on the NAFF Web site along with hunkering down on other topics here in the C-U Blogfidential news flow, this may be the last big NAFF update we provide before yours truly begins announcing the opening film block at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign. The NAFF, a selection of films made by area producers and artists, is free admission to everyone in the Champaign-Urbana community and out-of-town guests! This is our most public method in which we demonstrate to you, dearest viewers, how movie making is a vital activity in our arts culture and should be enjoyed, supported, and promoted by all. Our 2016 program includes pieces hailing from Charleston, Chicago, Danville, Decatur, and Springfield, continuing an effort to direct your collective attention to media creators outside of town along with the familiar faces and upcoming names from within city limits. We dedicate our humble happening to an individual whom we lost earlier this year – Trevor Alan Taylor, discussed lovingly in yesterday’s remembrance – and believe he would approve of all this NAFF activity! Since we just released the official NAFF VII announcement on Wednesday, October 12, there is no reason to be any more repetitive. Pertinent details for the NAFF proper immediately follow and bonus revelations will be made apparent over on Facebook. Please add us to your calendars and incorporate us into your entertainment plans!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Given the date, we don’t mind if you feel inspired to dress in your Halloween best as long as you do not impede other audience members in viewing the films. It would also behoove those with embellished aliases to dial it down during the first half of the third block, which briefly addresses horrors of a real-world sort that might be touchy subjects for certain attendees. Thanks for your consideration!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE ART THEATER CO-OP TO HOST TIGHT AND TAUT NEW ART FILM FESTIVAL VII ON OCTOBER 30

CHAMPAIGN, IL (October 12, 2016) – Illuminating how creative media production on the home front is a viable occupation that is here to stay, the New Art Film Festival brings their seventh collection of documentary and cinema to the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, on Sunday, October 30, 2016, for a free event starting at 6 p.m. and ending around 11 p.m. Presented by C-U Confidential and co-sponsored by ThirdSide, Shatterglass Studios, and the Art Theater, the NAFF will once again be emceed by co-founder Jason Pankoke.

Three shows will comprise the 2016 NAFF. The first will begin at 6 p.m. and share films that can be enjoyed by all ages, including a pair of animation treats created by a 9-year-old whiz kid and a Student Academy Award-winning graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. The second at 7:40 p.m. will debut for Champaign-Urbana the full-length drama BEFORE ‘I DO’, produced and directed by Springfield, IL, filmmaker and Champaign native Kimberly D. Conner, which stars Jensen Atwood (DANTE’S COVE), Omar Gooding (FAMILY TIME), and Thea Camara (CHI-RAQ).

Beginning at 9:25 p.m., the first half of the final block will thoughtfully address the difficult side of the human experience in terms of personal loss, self-doubt, violence, or societal divide, introducing protagonists who rise to their respective challenges. After a short break, the last segment will delve into “strange and weird” territory, no more appropriate than in this year when the NAFF treads perilously close to Halloween! This programming is recommended for mature audiences due to adult situations (BEFORE ‘I DO’), subject matter (ABANDON WINDOW through RISE), and thriller/horror themes (THE LAST through HELLO FEAR).

The NAFF dedicates this year’s festival to Trevor Alan Taylor, a Decatur native and former Champaign resident who passed away unexpectedly at age 34 earlier this summer. An installation artist, photographer, filmmaker, and Sundance Film Festival volunteer, Taylor recently adopted New Orleans as his home and helped establish their innovative new media collective, Cinema Reset. The NAFF celebrates Taylor’s memory at the Art, one of his hangouts and places of employment while living in Champaign-Urbana a decade ago.

Below is the complete schedule for the 2016 NAFF. Journalists and editors may contact NAFF program director Jason Pankoke with interview or media requests, and Art Theater general manager Austin McCann with queries about the Art and its upcoming slate!


CONTACT

Jason Pankoke
Program Director, New Art Film Festival
NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com
217-418-5685

Austin McCann
General Manager, The Art Theater Co-op
the.art.theater [at] gmail [dot] com
217-979-9519

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