IOW: Good “Stuff” fuels benefit

July 23rd, 2014

Gang! We recently mused about the patchy history of Champaign-Urbana related music videos, wherein we failed to address … oh, hell’s bells, you heard that broken record already, didn’t you? At times we forget what we have or have not posted on C-U Blogfidential, such as accidentally neglecting to include Third Stone in the above-linked article due to their entertaining self-promotional shorts. Our topic of the second linked story, tuneful television in the C-U, brings us hope that our favorite local metal-heads will find fresh 21st century avenues through which to shred the souls of the masses. Currently they’ve branched out into creative merchandising, if the following commercial touting “The Stuff” hair care product is to be believed:

More importantly, they’ll brandish big hearts for a good cause when headlining the third night of Rod Sickler’s Red Hot Summerfest this Friday, July 25, 11 p.m., at Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St., Champaign. Join the guys – Bryce Johnson, Tom Grassman, David Ward, and Jeff Markland – along with opening act Brandon T. Washington (10 p.m.) as they rawk downtown to raise money for helping ease the medical and hospital bills of Dylan Lyons, an outgoing Danville teenager and budding sound engineer who suffered serious injuries after being struck by a pair of vehicles in January. Always consider lending a hand to the heirs apparent of our fine and performing arts legacy, dearest scenesters!

You can visit this Web site for more information about Dylan’s challenges and the other acts playing SOMA Ultralounge on Wednesday and the Monkey on Thursday and Saturday during Summerfest.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. For those sorely lacking in Third Stone street cred, The Stuff is their first album released by defunct Champaign label Hammerhead Records way back in 1993. Surf here for more on that action.

p.s.2 Obviously, the “Stuff” hawked by Grassman and Johnson is not the same as the parasitic desert in Larry Cohen’s consumerism horror-comedy THE STUFF (1985) starring Michael Moriarty (LAW & ORDER). We wouldn’t eat this “Stuff,” either! At the same time, Slick, slather on at your own risk…

p.s.3 The “Stuff” gag partly refers to Sickler’s career as a stylist and salon proprietor. One of his venues, frequented by your humble editor and fellow Champaign indie publisher-socialite Jason Croft of Bachelor Pad Magazine, is Clutch Cuts, fashioned as a garage-turned-man cave. While those in the know could easily surmise which decorations occupy Java’s eyeballs, it’s a little-known secret the main attraction for Mr. JaPan – apart from quality shearing and the friendly staff – is an autographed one-sheet from THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU hanging inside the front entrance. Jeal-ous!


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Calendar du C-U: July 18-24

July 18th, 2014

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
7/18/14-7/24/14

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, July 18: Brian Dolinar (co-programmer, U-C Independent Media Center Film Festival) … Saturday, July 19: Don May, Jr. (film restoration/DVD producer, Synapse Films) … Monday, July 21: Shawnee Tefteller (owner, Shawnee Studios) … Tuesday, July 22: Ryan Rogers (production assistant, Shatterglass Studios) … Wednesday, July 23: Randy Wheat (producer, Imagemaker Video Services) … Thursday, July 24: Colin Price (actor, THE FAMINE) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: FINDING VIVIAN MAIER (7/18, 7/20, 7/21, 7/23), SNOWPIERCER (7/18-7/20, 7/24), OBVIOUS CHILD (7/19, 7/20, 7/22-7/24), LIFE ITSELF* (7/20, 7/21, 7/24), Prosperity Gardens presents GROWING CITIES (7/22, 7:30 p.m., free), Late Night: BLUE VELVET (7/18, 7/19, 7/23, 7/24, 10 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Sing-a-Long FROZEN (7/24-7/26, 6 p.m.; 7/26, 1:30 p.m.)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: UNDER THE SKIN, JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, RIO 2, THE FACE OF LOVE, SX_TAPE, WRINKLES, SCANNERS (Criterion), BLACK DYNAMITE (s1), more! (7/15 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: BEGIN AGAIN, CHEF, TAMMY (7/18 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (7/17-7/20, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, TAMMY (7/18 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, SEX TAPE, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (3-D & 2-D), TAMMY, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (7/18 on), DR. SEUSS’ HORTON HEARS A WHO! (7/19, 7/22, 10 a.m.), HERCULES (3-D) (7/24, 9:45 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE (7/18 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: JERSEY BOYS (7/18-7/20)

@ The Lorraine Theatre, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation Street Party (7/19, 12 p.m.-12 a.m., no movies)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (7/18 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, EARTH TO ECHO (7/17-7/20, 7/22)

@ Indianapolis Museum of Art, etc., Indianapolis, IN: 10th annual Indianapolis International Film Festival (through 7/26)

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Article du C-U: Ebertfest ’14, pt.3

July 18th, 2014

“Continuing the Campaign for Real Movies: On WADJDA”
After sending a battery of Confidential agents into the Ebertfest fold in April, we present their findings

by Sierra Marcum

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WADJDA, the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, deserves its excellent critical reception because it is warm, honest, funny, moving, and skillfully crafted. It’s difficult to find anything negative to say because this film was so engaging to watch (and writer-director Haifaa Al-Mansour, so admirable to hear) at the 2014 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. In all honesty, I’m reluctant to try. The pre-screening presentation quoted Ebert who wrote, “Empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” WADJDA is precisely the kind of film he valued because it can expand our experience and understanding by putting us in unfamiliar shoes.

The first thing we learn about Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is that she wears Converse sneakers with purple laces. They stick out next to her classmates’ Mary Janes. She also wears the modest black hijab worn by her classmates and all women in public, but listens to forbidden music and makes bracelets in football (i.e., soccer) team colors to sell to her classmates. (I found this detail especially relatable because my 12-year-old sister also makes bracelets and sells them to her friends.) Wadjda enters a Koran recital competition not because she’s particularly devoted, but because it’s the quickest way to earn the money for a beautiful green bicycle. She does this despite the fact that girls are not allowed to ride. Her irrepressible delight in this bike, along with her determination to earn and use it to win a race against her best friend Abdullah (Abdullrahaman Al-Gohani), drives much of the film’s optimism and emotional power. Her mission and her pluck in carrying it out consistently earned the “Ebertfest” audience’s most vocal reactions of appreciation and amusement.

During her post-screening interview and audience interaction, Al-Mansour emphasized two points that informed my own understanding and appreciation of WADJDA. First, she wanted to make an optimistic film that was emphatically not about victims or villains; by my reckoning, this goal contrasts sharply with the vast majority of on-screen depictions of the Middle East, or at least those common in the United States. In an interview with National Public Radio, Al-Mansour mentioned that a fellow Saudi’s response to the film was, “I understand, I feel how Americans feel now when they see an American movie.” WADJDA is important because, by resembling reality and being positive, it challenges dominant media messages about the Middle East and its culture.

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UI student films express feminism

July 17th, 2014

“Annual Collection of Feminist Films Honors Diverse Voices”
This fifth program, curated by the UIUC Women’s Resources Center, enables a safe haven for alternative voices in self-made media

by Lauren Laws

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CHI CITY YOUTH took top honors recently at the 5th annual University of Illinois Feminist Film Festival, winning three of six awards categories including the coveted Audience Impact Award. An excerpt from the longer piece ILL POETS SOCIETY, featuring former UI Kinesiology and Community Health student Jazmine McKinney reciting her spoken word piece “Chi City Youth,” was one of 13 shorts shown the evening of Thursday, May 8, at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign with numerous creators in attendance.

The evening opened with a welcome from Rachel Lauren Storm, Assistant Director of the UI Women’s Resources Center (WRC), with a brief message regarding the diversity of genres, topics, and artistic styles of the shorts. Their directors, producers, and actors, as well as film enthusiasts, crowded the theater to see the finished films. Before the awards were announced, the audience was given an opportunity to ask the filmmakers questions about their work after the viewing.

The event is sponsored by the WRC, a unit of the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations, and organized by Storm. According to their Web site, “The annual Feminist Film Festival is a grassroots event that uses art and alternative media to bring social issues to the fore. The goal of the festival is to showcase independent film spanning documentary, narrative, and experimental genres in order to explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture.”

WRC invited UI student filmmakers, both new and seasoned veterans, to submit pieces of up to 15 minutes in length. The Feminist Film Festival strives to cover topics concerning gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, and other dimensions of social inequality.

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Calendar du C-U: July 11-17

July 11th, 2014

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
7/11/14-7/17/14

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, July 12: Michael Wiese (publisher, Michael Wiese Books) … Monday, July 14: Griffin Hammond (director, SRIRACHA) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: LIFE ITSELF* (7/11 on), Habitat for Humanity presents THE WIZARD OF OZ (6 p.m., reception at Hyatt Place Hotel; 7:30 p.m., film at the Art; fundraiser), Late Night: JAWS (7/11, 7/12, 10 p.m.; 7/13, 11:30 a.m.; 7/16, 7/17, 10 p.m.)

@ Shatterglass Studios, Champaign, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “BYOG Lights and Lenses” (7/15, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News-Gazette Film Series presents MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935; 7/12, 1 & 7 p.m.)

@ Parking lot, Busey Bank, downtown Urbana, IL: Neutral Cycle presents “Free Summer Movie Night + Community Bike Ride” feat. BREAKING AWAY (7/11, 5:30 p.m. ride, 7 p.m. film, free) Details

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. 1 & 2, THE RAID 2, LE WEEK-END, BAD WORDS, STAGE FRIGHT, HALF THE ROAD, MAIDENTRIP, WATERMARK, more! (7/8 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE LOVE PUNCH, TAMMY, JERSEY BOYS (7/11 on), TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (3-D) (7/11-7/13, 4 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: CHEF (7/10-7/13, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, EARTH TO ECHO, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (7/11 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (3-D & 2-D), EARTH TO ECHO, TAMMY, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (3-D & 2-D) (7/11 on), THE NUT JOB (7/12, 7/15, 10 a.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (7/11-7/16, 7 p.m.)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (7/11-7/13), THE LEGO MOVIE (7/12, 11 a.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. WINTER’S TALE (7/11-7/13), GOD’S NOT DEAD (7/13)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, TAMMY, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST (7/11-7/13), DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, TAMMY (7/14 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (7/11-7/13, 7/15, 7/17)

@ Indianapolis Museum of Art, etc., Indianapolis, IN: 10th annual Indianapolis International Film Festival (7/17-7/26)

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Article du C-U: Ebertfest ’14, pt.2

July 11th, 2014

“Silence and Laughter: On LIFE ITSELF”
After sending a battery of Confidential agents into the Ebertfest fold in April, we present their findings

by Brian Paris

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When seeing a movie at a film festival, it is hard to separate the quality of the film from the experience of seeing it. That was especially true on the opening night of this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival that started with LIFE ITSELF, the documentary about the festival’s namesake. The film brought Roger Ebert back one last time to share the story of his life and it gave the audience a chance to collectively remember the man that they missed. The shared emotion of seeing this film in a packed Virginia Theatre was a special experience that goes beyond what was shown on the screen.

Before getting too far into the experience of seeing the film, let’s look first at LIFE ITSELF. Director Steve James’ documentary is based on Ebert’s published memoir of the same name. Ebert was interested in telling the real story, the good along with the bad, and James held true to the author’s vision by presenting us not only Ebert the loveable television star and on-line sensation, but also an Ebert with difficulties in his personal life. We learn about his early struggles with alcohol and womanizing tendencies, yet we also see his editorial leadership as a college student, his championing of young filmmakers, and his love for his wife Chaz and his family.

Former colleagues, filmmakers, other critics, and friends and family help tell this story. With a strong emphasis on Ebert’s past, the film does a good job presenting the facts of his life and the people he has touched, but what gives heart to the documentary are the sections in which James interviews Ebert in his hospital bed during those last few months. We see, in scenes that are sometimes graphic, how the sickness had taken its toll. Some of this footage is so hard to watch that I wanted to divert my eyes, yet there are also scenes where Ebert’s strength inspires us.

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Article du C-U: Ebertfest ’14, pt.1

July 10th, 2014

“Goodbye ‘Solo’ (With a Little Help From Our Friends)”
After sending a battery of Confidential agents into the Ebertfest fold in April, we present their findings

by Jason Pankoke

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As we touched on briefly in last fall’s C-U Confidential digest, your humble editor found a somewhat renewed sense of enjoyment out of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival when attending the 2013 edition even though it took place mere days after the passing of its founder, the film critic and late-blooming social essayist Roger Ebert (1942-2013). I had decided to not only be a willing face in the expectedly dumbstruck crowd, but also a slightly vulnerable soul in search of that big-screen transcendence only the best cinema can provide. I debated about recounting the occasion serially on C-U Blogfidential, as we previously did for the 2001 and 2008 events, except that I did not know what to say regarding Ebert’s passing. Omitting mention of it from anecdotes otherwise fleshing out my five trips to the Virginia Theatre would simply have registered as a cheat. I backed away from the end of the proverbial diving board and, as a result, no festival coverage of substance appeared here.

Fast forward 12 months and a 2014 “Ebertfest” press pass arrived quietly in the mailbox of the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, courtesy of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, despite our failure to participate in the 2013 on-line conversation. Could we regain momentum in our Park Avenue presence? An entire year’s worth of interrelated chatter – unending Ebert accolades from the international entertainment world, a relentless flow of Ebert-centric stories across all media, timely buzz generated by key announcements such as Champaign appearances by Hollywood heavyweights Oliver Stone and Spike Lee – simply would not allow the popular 16-year-old event to drift out of sight or mind. Therefore, plenty of overarching incentive existed for us to pull together something constructive for CUBlog. I soon realized this would be a great opportunity to call up several Confidential rookies and send them into the field of (photo) play on our editorial behalf.

Unlike the analytical watermark reached by Anthony Zoubek in discussing Ebertfest 2008, or the wide-ranging mise-en-scène employed by yours truly in recalling Ebertfest 2001, this tandem was tasked with placing their individual spins on individual shows in regards to what makes Ebertfest-at-the-Virginia unique. Although we will not file reports on all screenings or satellite happenings, we hope you will enjoy the variety of directions we’ll take in characterizing the most recent Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. Look for our second installment and first guest essay tomorrow, Friday, July 11, in which Brian Paris will talk about the overwhelming reception given LIFE ITSELF on opening night. Next week, Sierra Marcum shares her thoughts on the lauded Saudi drama WADJDA, and further entries will follow on a weekly basis!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. LIFE ITSELF, the Roger Ebert documentary directed by Steve James (THE INTERRUPTERS, HOOP DREAMS), begins a single-week run tomorrow at the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., in downtown Champaign. Reference our weekly Calendar as a reminder and visit the Art for show times!


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Film integrated into FigOne show

July 8th, 2014

“Sitting on the Porch, Thinking About Film”
Opening up to the community at large, Rehema C. Barber and Figure One set aside a day on The Porch Project for Champaign-Urbana cinema

by Z

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“Art lives. Art isn’t dead.”

Written on the back door of the Art Theater Co-op in faded spray paint, these words can easily be ignored and overlooked as nothing more than average alley graffiti. For some in Champaign-Urbana, though, these words have a much more significant meaning.

One recent instance of the livelihood of Art in C-U was Heather Hart’s unique experiment, “Social Habitat: The Porch Project,” installed at the University of IllinoisFigure One art gallery, 116 N. Walnut St., Champaign, from February 21 to April 5. “The Porch Project,” a raised porch-like structure built inside the gallery itself, hosted several events such as “Connect + Create Porch Social,” “Porchapalooza,” “Read-in Wednesdays,” “Poems on the Porch,” and “Movies on the Porch.” Per the official show description, the idea of “The Porch Project” was to “present and bear witness to the shifting identities the porch will inhabit as different programming unfolds within, around, below, and above its surface.”

Each Saturday in March, for instance, Figure One invited the public to be part of the installation by sitting on the Porch, having some popcorn, and watching a film. On one particular Saturday, March 22, local films were showcased both as featured attractions and as the topic of discussion. The line-up included a selection of Pens to Lens shorts as well as two other shorts directed by Thomas Nicol, A BEAR IN THE WOODS and BEDTIME FOR TIMMY, and the documentary SRIRACHA by Bloomington, IL, filmmaker Griffin Hammond. The Danville-made feature HOUSE OF THADDEUS was also screened.

As mentioned in a previous post, C-U Blogfidential editor-in-chief, Jason Pankoke, and Eastern Illinois University professor in Communications, David Gracon, were asked to take part in an informal talk on the Porch about their personal connections to local and independent film during this “Movies on the Porch” event. The talk ended up reaching a bit deeper to discuss the community of filmmakers that exists in and around Champaign-Urbana.

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IOW: Music videos airing on UI-7

July 5th, 2014

We recently mused about the patchy history of Champaign-Urbana related music videos, wherein we failed to address the equally inconsistent methods through which one might actually view them. Apart from an on-again, off-again quest to corral those available on the Interwebs under the “Music Video” playlist on our own YouTube channel, we rarely come across conscious attempts to collect non-club footage of performers making their way through “the C-U scene.” A few examples aired by local television stations come to mind such as STUDIO X, for in-house concerts, and VIDEO DINER, for curated clips, both of which aired briefly on the University of Illinois PBS affiliate WILL-TV a decade ago, as well as X precursor NEW EXPRESSIONS taped at WILL in the early Nineties. There must have been others. Right? Hrm.

Currently, the UIUC College of Media television service UI-7 is rotating in its schedule the first five episodes of CU HEADPHONES, a half-hour local music digest created by recently graduated students Kevin McMahon and Adam Howarter that debuted in April. This effort has so far joined together live performances and conceptual cuts featuring the likes of Bones Jugs N Harmony, The Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra, Elsinore, Emily Otnes and The Weekdays, Feral States, The Fights, Grandkids, Shadows on a River, Single Player, Sun Stereo, and Withershins, many of these segments provided by Urbana Basement Sessions. UI-7 manager Chris Lukeman tells C-U Blogfidential that Howarter plans to produce “a few more episodes” should he receive enough content via submissions; feel free to contact Howarter through ui7television [at] gmail [dot] com if you have applicable material to offer. You can also read this interview with him at buzz magazine about the impetus for putting on HEADPHONES.

With the near-absence of Web presence for CU HEADPHONES at the moment, the only way you can watch episodes is when they hit the UI-7 airwaves. However, many parts that make up the whole can be found out there if one cares to look. Below is an example, the visually rich collage set to Elsinore’s sweeping anthem, “The Art of Pulling,” produced by C-U media artists Oliver Peng and Christopher Sotelo. Enjoy, dearest rock stars!

~ Jason Pankoke


Calendar du C-U: July 4-10

July 4th, 2014

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
7/4/14-7/10/14

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, July 5: Elena Levenson (cover model, C-U Confidential #5) … Thursday, July 10: Kyle Griffith (former president, Illini Film & Video) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (7/4, 7/5, 7/9, 7/10); CHINATOWN (7/4-7/6, 7/9); IDA (7/5-7/10), FED UP (7/6, 11:30 a.m.), FINDING VIVIAN MAIER (7/7-7/10)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, AFFLICTION, LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, VINYL, B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY, HELIX (s1), more! (7/1 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: TAMMY, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (3-D & 2-D), JERSEY BOYS (7/4 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (7/3-7/6, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, 22 JUMP STREET (7/4 on), EARTH TO ECHO, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (7/4-7/5, 7/7 on), Christian movie night feat. GOD’S NOT DEAD, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT (7/6), fireworks display (7/4, 9:30 p.m.)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: EARTH TO ECHO, TAMMY, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (3-D & 2-D), JERSEY BOYS (7/4 on), WALKING WITH DINOSAURS (7/5, 7/8, 10 a.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (7/5, 7/6, 7/9, 7 p.m.)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (7/5-7/6)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. INDEPENDENCE DAY (7/4-7/6), GOD’S NOT DEAD (7/6)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: TAMMY, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (7/4 on), “Harvest Moon Retro Birthday Party” feat. GREASE, AMERICAN GRAFFITI (7/9, 8:30 p.m.)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, EDGE OF TOMORROW (7/4-7/6), E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (7/10)

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Ebert now parked on Park Ave.

July 3rd, 2014

The Champaign Park District and the Virginia Theatre further cement their investment in all things Roger Ebert later today when a formal dedication is held to introduce Bloomington, Illinois, artist Rick Harney’s life-size bronze sculpture of the late Chicago Sun-Times film critic, now permanently installed out front of the venue that hosts Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. The ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon, Thursday, July 3, as part of the Virginia’s “Ice Cream & Independence” Americana music concert and social event, according to The News-Gazette. Unlike its temporary display back in April during “Ebertfest,” the depiction of a thumbs-up Ebert sitting in the middle of three theater seats will rest on the northeast corner of the Virginia property, facing the intersection of Park Avenue and Randolph Street. Plaques noting Ebert as well as upper-level donors to the statue will also be unveiled.

Attending will be Harney, sculpture project coordinator Scott Anderson, and Chaz Ebert, who has been touring non-stop lately to promote the Ebert documentary LIFE ITSELF with its director, Steve James. As the world is wowed by his filmed life story at high-profile screenings and festivals, and distributor Magnolia Pictures prepares to release it commercially beginning tomorrow, Friday, July 4, the home front opportunities to watch LIFE ITSELF continue to multiply. In addition to the Art Theater Co-op’s run starting next Friday, July 11, the Virginia has booked its own run from Monday, July 28, to Thursday, August 1, as listed in their just-released 2014-2015 season schedule. No word yet as to whether other nearby theaters will play it, but – do we really have to vocalize this, dearest readers? – it would be best karma to spend your hard-earned dollars at our locally-owned cinemas to see this particular film.

We offer a word of caution to everyone, however, in advance of the seventeenth Ebertfest coming April 15-19, 2015, also confirmed by the Virginia announcement. Pankoke don’t selfie, or otherwise photograph, with $115,000 renditions of the recently deceased. Thanks.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Look for our Ebertfest 2014 review series to begin appearing on C-U Blogfidential next week! We’ll launch the set with Brian Paris’ impressions of LIFE ITSELF.

Calendar du C-U: June 27-July 3

June 27th, 2014

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
6/27/14-7/3/14

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, June 28: Gladys Kephart (actress, UP THE CREEK) … Tuesday, July 1: Lindsey Gates-Markel (actress, THE THINKING MOLECULES OF TITAN), Quizmaster Chris (co-host, Late Nights at the Art Theater Co-op) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE IMMIGRANT, IDA (6/27 on), Late Night: JURASSIC PARK (6/27, 6/28, 10 p.m.; 6/29, 11:30 a.m.; 7/2, 7/3, 10 p.m.)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents Summer Quad Cinema Series feat. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (7/1, 9 p.m., free)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, WINTER’S TALE, ENEMY, BLOOD TIES, ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, WOLF CREEK 2, PANDORA’S PROMISE, A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (Criterion), THE BOONDOCKS (s4), MASTERS OF SEX (s1), more! (6/24 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (3-D & 2-D), JERSEY BOYS (6/27 on), THE IMMIGRANT (6/27-6/30), TAMMY (7/1 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: DEAR MR. WATTERSON (6/26-6/29, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, 22 JUMP STREET (6/27 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (3-D & 2-D), JERSEY BOYS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (3-D & 2-D) (6/27 on), 22 JUMP STREET (6/27-7/1), TURBO (6/28, 7/1, 10 a.m.), TAMMY (7/2 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (6/27 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (6/27-6/29), PINOCCHIO (6/28, 11 a.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. GOD’S NOT DEAD (6/27-6/29)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, 22 JUMP STREET, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (6/27-6/29), TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (6/30 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (6/26-6/29, 7/1, 7/3)

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Locally produced movies and events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Also find out what is “Coming Soon” by hitting the jump below. Go see ‘em, C-U!

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21 Film Project no. 7 underway

June 25th, 2014

From June 9, 2014:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE 21 FILM PROJECT IS BACK FOR 2014!

DECATUR, IL (June 9, 2014) – It’s lights, camera, action, win! Land of Lincoln Credit Union in Decatur, Illinois, is excited to announce its seventh annual movie contest! Enter a movie into our 21 Film Project Short Film Contest, occurring June through July 2014, and you have a chance to win $1,500 or other great prizes! Even better, your film could be seen by thousands at the Decatur Celebration!

The rules aren’t very complicated. Simply film a four-minute movie (or less) about anything or in any genre you wish (it does not have to be about the credit union), make sure to mention or represent our name (“Land of Lincoln Credit Union”) and our tagline (“Bank on learning more”) in the movie, and send it in before the Monday, July 14 deadline. You don’t have to bank at the credit union to participate.

A few other rules and restrictions do apply. You can find out more at the 21 Film Project Web site.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for all the latest news and updates about the film contest and screenings! And, visit our YouTube channel to see winning films from previous years! Also tag us in all your social media! (Just use #21filmproject whenever you post about your film or the awards show.) And don’t forget, if you get an auto loan at LLCU in June or July, you’ll be automatically entered to win a MacBook Pro and a pair of Beats by Dre headphones!

We look forward to seeing this year’s films, and seeing everyone at the Decatur Celebration on August 1-3!


CONTACT

Marketing Department
Land of Lincoln Credit Union
4850 E. Prosperity Place
Decatur, IL 62521

(217) 864-3030
(217) 864-3021 fax

https://www.llcu.org/



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Calendar du C-U: June 20-26

June 20th, 2014

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
6/20/14-6/26/14

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toThursday, June 26: Matt Fear (actor, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE 1970s) … celebrate!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE IMMIGRANT (6/20 on), FED UP (6/22, 11:30 a.m.), 5th annual Reel It UP LGBT Film Festival presents SUCH GOOD PEOPLE (6/24, 7:30 p.m.) and INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR (6/24, 9:30 p.m.), Late Night: THE DANCE OF REALITY (6/20, 6/21, 6/25, 6/26, 10 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News-Gazette Film Series presents THE MALTESE FALCON (6/21, 1 & 7 p.m.), Reel Deals presents MUPPETS MOST WANTED (6/24, 6/25, 7 p.m.; 6/26, 1:30 & 7 p.m.)

@ Memphis on Main, Champaign, IL: 2nd annual Brew and View Fundraiser for the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival feat. THE BLUES BROTHERS (6/20, 7 p.m. doors/8 p.m. movie)

@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, THE LEGO MOVIE, ERNEST & CELESTINE, JOE, ALMOST HUMAN, THE MACHINE, THE FINAL MEMBER, JUDEX (Criterion), PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (Criterion Blu), HOUSE OF CARDS (s2), more! (6/17 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: JERSEY BOYS, THE IMMIGRANT, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (6/20-6/25), TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (3-D & 2-D) (6/26, 9 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (6/19-6/22, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, MALEFICENT, EDGE OF TOMORROW (6/20 on)

@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: JERSEY BOYS, 22 JUMP STREET, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (3-D & 2-D), THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (6/20 on), THE CROODS (6/21, 6/24, 10 a.m.), TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (3-D) (6/26, 9:30 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (6/20 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: GODZILLA (6/20-6/22)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. THE LEGO MOVIE (6/20-6/22)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, 22 JUMP STREET (6/20 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, MALEFICENT (6/20-6/22, 6/24, 6/26)

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Locally produced movies and events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Also find out what is “Coming Soon” by hitting the jump below. Go see ‘em, C-U!

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