Eighth NAFF to be LE in scope

August 16th, 2017

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When in doubt, dearest readers, let your gut instincts be your guide! Case in point is our decision to continue forth with the New Art Film Festival in 2017 as opposed to giving it a rest as we had planned to announce. Who are we to deprive you the showcase of local and regional independent cinema you’ve come to expect from our humble editor and his merry band of collaborators when there is no particular reason to postpone? Ignore the lateness of our annual launch, then, and let’s summon the particulars you want to know! Sunday, October 29, 2017, is our eighth consecutive show date at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, and we must gather up some damn fine films created by you to fill the spread. NAFF Call for Entries began yesterday, Tuesday, August 15, and will last through Friday, September 15, with a target date of Sunday, October 1, to announce our picks to flicker on the Art’s silver screen. As before, we will not charge entry fees and, as with last year, we encourage producers to submit via newartfilmfestivalcu [at] gmail [dot] com for the sake of ease even though we’ll still look at physical screeners; you can review all the hard details in the official announcement over on the NAFF Web site. The primary change in the process this year is that we will only accept films that run 30 minutes or less. This is to help limit total viewing time for Mr. JaPan given his more-away-than-home lifestyle as of late, along with providing the flexibility to fit as many titles as we can into the ever-shortening block we’re allotted by the Art. That said, we do hope to bookend the selections with a couple of special features to illustrate milestones in Champaign-Urbana film culture history that led us down the path to NAFF nirvana. We promise they will be interesting add-ons of the likes you will not see at any other C-U cinema event! Stay tuned for the details to develop, friends, and best of luck to those who direct their work to our attention. Below you will find NAFF 2016 photographs by University of Illinois student Di Ye; look to the NAFF Facebook for the remainder of her shots to go on display shortly.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: August 11-17, 2017

August 11th, 2017

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

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MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana with Love

It has been a six-month slog for your humble editor, given his almost weekly travels back-and-forth between Champaign County and northern Illinois to help dear old Ma JaPan with an end not exactly within reach, but he made an eleventh-hour decision last week to continue the New Art Film Festival this year instead of pushing it into the future. The show will be a leaner affair than usual but get the job done all the same on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at the Art Theater in Champaign. Filmmakers should look for the first press release to circulate next week in regards to the NAFF call for entries; we’ll certainly make note of it here on C-U Blogfidential as a reminder. Cheers!


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

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
Shatterglass Films presents C-U premiere of THE POOKA* short film w/main feature, HARVEY (8/14, 7 p.m.)

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Pens to Lens Q&A,” Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B (8/15, 7 p.m., free)

@ Great News Radio (Lincoln Square Village), Urbana, IL
THE PHOENIX: HOPE IS RISING* homeless ministry documentary screening and discussion (8/16, 6:30 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Champaign Urbana Film Society presents the 5th annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala (8/12, 2 & 6 p.m.)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LADY MACBETH (8/11 on), LANDLINE (8/11-8/12, 8/16-8/17, 10 p.m.), THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (8/13, 12 & 7:30 p.m.), HARVEY w/THE POOKA* local premiere (8/14, 7 p.m.), “Shocktober 2017” preview feat. RAW (8/16, 10 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ANNABELLE: CREATION, THE NUT JOB 2, ATOMIC BLONDE, THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DETROIT, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, GIRLS TRIP, JAB HARRY MET SEJAL, KIDNAP, THE LION KING (re-release), SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (8/11 on), THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, LOGAN LUCKY (8/17 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
SNATCHED, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, THE DINNER, AMELIA 2.0, THE EXCEPTION, KUNG FU YOGA, GIRL ON THE EDGE, more! (8/8 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ANNABELLE: CREATION, THE GLASS CASTLE, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, THE NUT JOB 2, ATOMIC BLONDE, THE BIG SICK, THE DARK TOWER, DESPICABLE ME 3, DETROIT, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, GIRLS TRIP, KIDNAP, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (8/11 on), JURASSIC PARK (8/13, 8/16), BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN (8/14, 7:30 p.m.), Rifftrax Live: DOCTOR WHO, “THE FIVE DOCTORS” (8/17, 7 p.m.)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, Anniversary Plaza (7/17, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
5th annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala* (8/12, 2 & 6 p.m.), DUNKIRK in 70mm (8/15-8/20)

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: August 4-10, 2017

August 4th, 2017

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

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

8/5: Steve Scott (VR interactive designer, WESTWORLD)
8/6: Jason Cerezo (proprietor, ThirdSide)
8/6: Sam Ambler (producer, Ambler Video)
8/6: Don Kramer (artist, DC Comics)
8/7: Rachel Rebecca Berry (2016-17 president, Illini Film & Video)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
A GHOST STORY (8/4 on), THE HERO (8/4-8/6, 8/10), BEATRIZ AT DINNER (8/4-8/5, 8/8-8/10), DECONSTUCTING THE BEATLES’ “REVOLVER” (8/6, 12 p.m.), THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE (8/6, 7 p.m.), MONTEREY POP (8/7, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE DARK TOWER, DETROIT, JAB HARRY MET SEJAL, KIDNAP, THE LION KING (re-release), 47 METERS DOWN, ATOMIC BLONDE, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, GIRLS TRIP, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (8/4 on), ANNABELLE: CREATION, THE GLASS CASTLE, THE NUT JOB 2 (8/10 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GOING IN STYLE, THE CIRCLE, SLEIGHT, COLOSSAL, DON’T KNOCK TWICE, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, THE LOVERS, THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT, LEAGUE OF GODS, HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET, LITTLE BIG LIES (s1), more! (8/1 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE DARK TOWER, DETROIT, KIDNAP, ATOMIC BLONDE, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, CARS DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, THE EMOJI MOVIE, GIRLS TRIP, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (8/4 on), TROLLS (8/4), Newsies: The Broadway Musical (8/5, 8/9, recorded), TOP GUN (8/6, 8/9), SING (8/7-8/11), Dixie Chicks: MMXVI (8/7, 7 p.m., recorded), DCI 2017 “Big, Loud & Live 14” drum corps performance (8/10, 5:30 p.m., simulcast)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Paul Thomas Anderson: THE MASTER (8/8, 8/10)

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

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Calendar: July 28-Aug. 3, 2017

July 29th, 2017

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

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/29: Jimi Jones (doctoral student, School of Information Sciences, UIUC)
8/1: Cara Maurizi (actress, LISTEN, Pens to Lens 2016)
8/2: Satina Braswell (co-owner, Hybrid Performance Arts)
8/2: Jeff Kacmarynski (director, I WAS A TEENAGE NOSFERATU)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoJuly 1997: Location filming commences and wraps in Champaign County on the feature-length drama COYOTE’S HONOR, a project spearheaded by Urbana native Michael Wiese to experiment in micro-budget movie production. As an author and publisher at an imprint dedicated to instructing readers on various aspects of the filmmaking process, Wiese is using the opportunity to develop a screen story (with recent University of Illinois graduate Doug McCord) based on available resources and talent in the Champaign-Urbana area while also testing prosumer MiniDV video gear and post-production software that is relatively new to the marketplace. English literature major Eric Wippo plays the “coyote” of the title, a wily drifter who does his best to disrupt a nucleus of friends and frenemies in a Midwest college town; mostly drawn from the current pool of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts summer stock players, the cast also includes John Maclay, Mike Kuehl, Will Ransom, Kelly Cooper, Heather Saliny, Emily A. Parks, Heather Lamb, Dustin Wilkinson, and UI acting instructor Richard Barrows. WILL-TV producer Tim Hartin and Southern Illinois University cinema student Chris Dowell form part of the tiny crew. Although Wiese will soon chronicle the lessons learned with COYOTE in an article series for Videography magazine and as an appendix in the second edition of The Independent Film and Videomaker’s Guide (Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City, CA, 1998), COYOTE itself has remained lost in the cornfields and all but absent from the Internet wilds despite initial plans to set it free on the festival circuit.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ 129 N. Race St., Urbana, IL
Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights: WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (7/29, 8:10 p.m., free)

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
A GHOST STORY (7/28 on), Smart Kids: THE KID (7/29-7/30, 11:30 a.m.), ENDLESS POETRY (7/28-7/29, 8/2-8/3, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ATOMIC BLONDE, THE EMOJI MOVIE, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, WONDER WOMAN (7/28 on), THE DARK TOWER, DETROIT, KIDNAP (8/3 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE BOSS BABY, GHOST IN THE SHELL, GIFTED, BLACK BUTTERFLY, NOCTURNE, THE FINAL MASTER, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (s7), more! (7/25 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ATOMIC BLONDE, THE EMOJI MOVIE, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, THE HOUSE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WONDER WOMAN (7/28 on), MONSTER TRUCKS (7/28), FOOTLOOSE (1984; 7/30, 8/2), TROLLS (7/31-8/4), 7th annual Grateful Dead “Meet-up at the Movies” (8/1, 7 p.m.)

@ Pizza M, Urbana, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (8/3, 8 p.m.)

@ Wyndham Garden Hotel, Urbana, IL
2017 Dark History and Horror Convention (7/28-7/29, free entry)

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

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Calendar: July 21-27, 2017

July 21st, 2017

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

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/21: Shawnee Tefteller (owner, Shawnee Studios talent agency)
7/21: Carter Boyce (filmmaker, DIE FLUCHT)
7/23: Randy Wheat (producer, Imagemaker Video Productions)
7/24: Colin Price (host, PRICELESS B MOVIES)
7/26: Epiphany Ayla Paris (producer, Epiphany Paris Productions)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

10 Years AgoFriday, July 20, 2007: Brandon Clayton, a recent graduate of the cinema and photography program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, premieres his horror-comedy featurette ZOMBIE MOVIE at the Lincoln Square Theatre in downtown Decatur, IL, according to the Herald & Review. A crowd of several hundred takes in the black-and-white film, serving as both spoof and homage to vintage science fiction thrillers, which Clayton produced on a shoestring budget some 30 miles away in his hometown of Taylorville, IL. The show also samples the budding filmmaker’s previous shorts created during his high school and college years. Following a move to Los Angeles, Clayton has since established a career in reality television including a current position as manager of operations at Lighthearted Entertainment of Burbank, CA. His on-set credits include Lighthearted’s LONE STAR LEGEND, PLASTIC WIVES, and ARE YOU THE ONE? along with DEADLIEST CATCH, ICE ROAD TRUCKERS, and DANCING WITH THE STARS prior to them. As reported on 7/18/07 at CUBlog.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE BIG SICK (7/21 on), Smart Kids: ZARAFA (7/22-7/23, 11:30 a.m.), THE LITTLE HOURS (7/21-7/22, 7/26-7/27, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, DESPICABLE ME 3, JAGGA JASOOS, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, WONDER WOMAN (7/21 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
KONG: SKULL ISLAND, FREE FIRE, THE PROMISE, BUSTER’S MAL HEART, PRAY FOR RAIN, RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA, THE 100 (s4), more! (7/18 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, WONDER WOMAN (7/21 on), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (7/21, 10 a.m.), NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (7/23, 7/26), Studio Ghibli Fest: KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (7/23-7/24), MONSTER TRUCKS (7/24-7/26), National Theatre Live: Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika (7/27, 7 p.m., simulcast),

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: THE GOLD RUSH (7/22), Films of Spike Jonze: ADAPTATION (7/24-7/25), Films of Alfonso Cuarón: Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN (7/26-7/27)

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

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Calendar: July 14-20, 2017

July 14th, 2017

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

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/15: Charlie Kessler (director, LANCE LAWSON, Pens to Lens 2016)
7/15: Jill Van Voorst (owner, LIX)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoTuesday, July 15, 1997: As part of its tenth season on PBS, the nonfiction showcase POV airs a documentary produced by University of Illinois faculty member Jay Rosenstein, IN WHOSE HONOR? At its heart is Charlene Teters, a Native American belonging to the Spokane tribe who became alarmed by the presence of sports mascot “Chief Illiniwek” on the UI campus while attending for graduate studies in the late Eighties. Her subsequent efforts to alert the general public on the misuse of Indians as commercialized symbols, in particular for activities embraced largely by white audiences who otherwise ignore their racist and classist overtones, created a firestorm of opinion and emotion in Champaign-Urbana. HONOR presents the issue in a balanced and rational manner while illustrating a stubborn lack of empathy from “Chief” defenders who see the fictional warrior as a positive influence on the student body and iconic symbol embraced by alumni. More than one million viewers tune in to this episode of POV, according to Rosenstein, and HONOR has persisted as a catalyst in the discussion of cultural appropriation in America during conferences and film festivals, via community organizations, and within the classroom ever since. Following Teters’ lead and Rosenstein’s convictions, Indian activists and allies would accelerate their protests across the United States of similar imagery connected to sports teams. Original distributor New Day Films of Blooming Grove, NY, a specialist in social issue media, still offers HONOR to rent or purchase for educational use.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE BIG SICK (7/14 on), Smart Kids: LONGING AND BELONGING: LIVE ACTION SHORTS (7/15-7/16), STOP MAKING SENSE (7/19, 7:30 & 10 p.m.), A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (7/14-7/15, 7/20, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE BIG SICK, JAGGA JASOOS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HERO, THE HOUSE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (7/14 on), DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP (7/20 on)

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Lighting Recreation,” Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B (6/20, 7 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, THE LOST CITY OF Z, AMERICAN FABLE, LONDON HEIST, WHITE RAVEN, THE MAGICIANS (s2), UNDERGROUND (s2), more! (7/11 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE BIG SICK, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, 47 METERS DOWN, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (7/14 on), MAMA MIA! (7/16, 7/19), Discovery Channel: “Shark Week at the Movies 2017” (7/18, 7:30 p.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen (7/19, 7 p.m., recorded), National Theatre Live: Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (7/20, 7 p.m., simulcast), DUNKIRK (7/20 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, Anniversary Plaza (7/20, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Alfonso Cuarón: GRAVITY (7/18, 7/20)

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

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Calendar: July 7-13, 2017

July 11th, 2017

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

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/12: Michael Wiese (producer, TALKING WITH SPIRITS)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

60 Years AgoThursday, June 20, 1957: Per news items in Boxoffice magazine, the science-fiction double feature of BEGINNING OF THE END and THE UNEARTHLY is scheduled to open today on more than 200 screens in the South and Midwest through Los Angeles distributor Republic Pictures Corporation. Already, the bill appears to be a hit for a brand-new production studio, AB-PT Pictures, based on the response afforded its world premiere at the Roosevelt Theater in Chicago last night with BEGINNING stars Peggie Castle and Peter Graves in attendance. Possibly more appealing to the Roosevelt audience is the film’s scenario, placing the action almost entirely in the Land of Lincoln despite the yarn being shot in California locations and sound stages by producer-director Bert I. Gordon. (Chicago Daily Tribune reviewer “Mae Tineefalls into this camp.) BEGINNING recounts a rampage from downstate Illinois to the Windy City of ravenous locusts, enlarged greatly after consuming experimental seeds and grains developed by local agriculturalists. Castle’s wire reporter character detours from covering a jet fighter unveiling at the real-life Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul to net her big bug story, while the roll call of cities and towns referenced in the first two acts also includes Champaign, Decatur, Joliet, Ludlow, Paxton, Peoria, Pontiac, Springfield, and Urbana. Flights of geographic fancy are intermixed with the regional accuracy – “the Ludlow forest,” “suburbs of Paxton” – never mind the omnipresent SoCal hills in many an exterior frame! Nearly a half-century later in February of 2003, “Mr. B.I.G.” – nicknamed so due to the plethora of oversized men, women, and monsters in his output – would attend the annual Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois; an honorary slate paired Gordon’s EARTH VS. THE SPIDER (1958) and EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977) with BEGINNING.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE BEGUILED (7/7 on), Smart Kids: THE RED TURTLE (7/8-7/9), TERMINAL ISLAND (7/10, 8 p.m.), JURASSIC PARK (7/7-78, 7/12-13, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE HERO, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, 47 METERS DOWN, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, THE MUMMY, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (7/7 on), “Planet of the Apes Triple Feature” feat. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (7/12, 4 p.m.), THE BIG SICK, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON (7/13 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, DRONE, CAR DOGS, SUMMER OF DREAMS, ACCIDENTAL EXORCIST, SONG TO SONG, more! (7/3 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, 47 METERS DOWN, BABY DRIVER, BEATRIZ AT DINNER, THE BOOK OF HENRY, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THE HOUSE, MEGAN LEAVY, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (7/7 on), THE SANDLOT (7/9, 7/12), STORKS (7/10-7/12), Carole King: Tapestry (7/11, 7 p.m., recorded), “Planet of the Apes Triple Feature” feat. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (7/12, 4:30 p.m.),The Metropolitan Opera: Nabucco (7/12, 7 p.m., recorded), THE BIG SICK, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON (7/13 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE CIRCLE, Anniversary Plaza (7/13, 9 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: June 30-July 6, 2017

June 30th, 2017

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

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/1: Lindsey Gates-Markel (actress, WANDA & PICKLES DISCOVER THE EARTH, Pens to Lens 2016)
7/1: Michael Juvinall (editor, HorrorPatch.com)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE BEGUILED (6/30 on), Smart Kids: THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (7/1-7/2), Cinema Judacia: TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942; 7/2, 7 p.m.), THE BAD BATCH (6/30-7/1, 7/6, 10 p.m.), INDEPENDENCE DAY (7/5, 10 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BABY DRIVER, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, CARS 3, THE MUMMY, ROUGH NIGHT, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, TUBELIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (6/30 on), SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (7/6 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
POWER RANGERS, CHIPS, THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, T2: TRAINSPOTTING, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, CORRESPONDENCE, GREY LADY, BERLIN SYNDROME, LEGION OF BROTHERS, more! (6/27 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BABY DRIVER, BEATRIZ AT DINNER, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, 47 METERS DOWN, THE BOOK OF HENRY, CARS 3, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (6/30 on), JAWS (7/2, 7/5), ROCK DOG (7/3-7/5), SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (7/6 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, Anniversary Plaza (7/6, 9 p.m., free)

@ Pizza M, Urbana, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (7/6, 8 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Spike Jonze: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (7/5, 7/7)

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

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Calendar: June 23-29, 2017

June 24th, 2017

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

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MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana with Love

Without writing a novella about it, we want our dearest readers to understand there is a distinct possibility that C-U Blogfidential summer posting may become a lot more spartan than usual in the coming weeks. Your humble editor’s dear old Ma JaPan has suffered a series of health setbacks since the beginning of February and those resilient Pankokes have a long journey ahead of them to sort through the situation. If we seem to drop off the Confidential cliff for a spell, this is the major reason as to why. We ask you to please have patience with us and keep Ma in your thoughts during this stressful process. Thank you.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
A QUIET PASSION (6/23-6/24, 6/29), I, DANIEL BLAKE (6/23-6/24, 6/26-6/29), Cinema Judacia: ONE WEEK AND A DAY (6/25, 4:30 p.m.) and KEEP QUIET (6/25, 7 p.m.), Brilliant Corners: THE ORNITHOLOGIST (6/26, 7 p.m., free), LOGAN NOIR (6/23-6/24, 6/28-6/29, 10 p.m.), BATMAN: THE MOVIE (6/28, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, TUBELIGHT, 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, CARS 3, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, ROUGH NIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (6/23 on), BABY DRIVER (6/27 on), DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE (6/29 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
LIFE, WILSON, RAILROAD TIGERS, EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY, ALTITUDE, more! (6/20 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE BOOK OF HENRY, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, CARS 3, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, ROUGH NIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (6/23 on), THE BLUES BROTHERS (6/25, 6/28), Studio Ghibli Fest: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (6/25-6/26), THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (6/26-6/28), The Metropolitan Opera: Macbeth (6/28, 7 p.m., recorded), HIRED GUN (6/29, 7:30 p.m.), DESPICABLE ME 3 (6/29 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: HIGH NOON (6/24), Films of Steven Spielberg: E.T THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (6/27, 6/29)

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

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Calendar: June 16-22, 2017

June 17th, 2017

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

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/18: Perry Morris (vice president, Champaign County Historical Museum)


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

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Sound Mixing,” Robeson Pavilion Room A (6/20, 7 p.m., free)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Benefit concert assisting Courage Connection, EMPOWERED* Web series (6/18, 7 p.m.)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ 129 N. Race St., Urbana, IL
Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights: JAWS (6/17, 8:30 p.m., free)

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
MY COUSIN RACHEL (6/16 on), A QUIET PASSION (6/16-6/17, 6/19, 6/21), INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (6/16-6/18), Cinema Judacia: ONE WEEK AND A DAY (6/18, 7 p.m.), WAREHOUSED benefit screening for refugee advocacy (6/20, 7 p.m.), BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (6/22-6/23, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, WONDER WOMAN (6/16 on), TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (6/20 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, TABLE 19, ALONE IN BERLIN, CHAPTER & VERSE, HEADSHOT, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (s8), AQUARIUS (s2), SHOOTER (s1), more! (6/13 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, WONDER WOMAN (6/16 on), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (6/18, 6/21), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (6/19), RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA (6/19), TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (6/20 on), Rifftrax Live: “Summer Shorts Beach Party!” (6/20, 7:30 p.m., recorded), The Metropolitan Opera: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (6/21, 7 p.m., recorded), DCI 2017 Tour Premiere: “Drum Corps at the Cinemas” (6/22, 7 p.m., simulcast)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, Anniversary Plaza (6/22, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Steven Spielberg: JAWS (6/20, 6/22, 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: June 9-15, 2017

June 13th, 2017

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

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CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

95 Years AgoFriday, June 9, 1922: A pet project developed in parallel with a remarkable early career in electrical engineering, University of Illinois professor Joseph Tykocinski-Tykociner demonstrates a “sound-on-film” projector for his colleagues and university officials in Room 100 of what is now the Material Science and Engineering Building on campus. His apparatus is capable of reading and amplifying a “sound track” encoded along the side of a film strip, thanks to photoelectric cells developed by UI physics professor Jakob Kuntz. Friction between the inventor and his employer over patent rights to the device, along with a chilly reception from the movie industry, would thwart his dreams of it being put into widespread use. Extensive collections of his papers and other ephemera, including schematic drawings of the projection system and video duplicates of the surviving film tests, have been stored in the UI Archives since Tykociner’s passing in 1969.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
MY COUSIN RACHEL (6/9 on), 18th annual “Animation Show of Shows” (6/10-6/11, 6/15), YOUR NAME. (6/10, 6/15, 10 p.m.), Cinema Judacia: STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE (6/11, 7 p.m.), Trivia Night (6/13, 8 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, WONDER WOMAN (6/9 on), 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, ROUGH NIGHT (6/15 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A CURE FOR WELLNESS, THE LAST WORD, A UNITED KINGDOM, THE ASSIGNMENT, ALL NIGHTER, LADY BLOODFIGHT, AFTERMATH, THE YOUNG POPE, more! (6/6 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, SNATCHED, WONDER WOMAN (6/9 on), FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (6/11, 6/14), THE WILD LIFE (6/12-6/15), “K-LOVE Fan Awards: ‘Ignite Hope’” (6/13, 7 p.m.), Rifftrax Live: “Summer Shorts Beach Party!” (6/15, 7 p.m., simulcast), 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT (6/15 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. LIFE, Anniversary Plaza (6/15, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Steven Spielberg: SCHINDLER’S LIST (6/13-6/15, 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: June 2-8, 2017

June 2nd, 2017

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

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/2: DeShawn Hill (filmmaker, DAUGHTERS)
6/3: Amanda Baker (producer, Five Foot Productions)
6/4: Jarrod Finn (screenwriter, HELPETHAN.COM)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE LOVERS (6/2 on), YOUR NAME. (6/2-6/4, 6/6-6/8), DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES’ “SGT. PEPPER” (6/3-6/4, 12 p.m.), Cinema Judacia: MR. GAGA (6/4, 7 p.m.), THE SON OF JOSEPH (6/5, 7 p.m., member screening), THE HANDMAID’S TALE (1990; 6/7-6/8, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, WONDER WOMAN, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, SNATCHED (6/2 on), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/6, 7 p.m.), IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY (6/8 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE SHACK, FIST FIGHT, BEFORE I FALL, RUPTURE, THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, I AM HEATH LEDGER, more! (5/30 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, WONDER WOMAN, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, SNATCHED (6/2 on), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (6/4, 6/7), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/6, 7 p.m.), THE MUMMY (6/8 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Anniversary Plaza (6/8, 9 p.m., free)

@ Pizza M, Urbana, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (6/8, 8 p.m.)

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Art to change from Co-op to NFP

May 31st, 2017

Well, that made headway rather quickly after becoming public knowledge! Remember all the dramatic superlatives our community bandied about a few years back when it was deemed an imperative to reorganize the Art Theater as a cooperative so shareholder purchases could possibly “save the independent cinema” in Champaign-Urbana? A shift in prerogatives and future goals has emboldened the Board of Directors (BOD), general manager Austin McCann, and participating shareholders to choose yet another operating path for the Art, agreeing by vote to allow a local and heretofore low-key organization called the Art Film Foundation (AFF) to bring the movie house under its wing. As a not-for-profit (NFP) group, the AFF will provide the theater with the means to pursue fundraising options, which had not been a possibility due to its prior co-op status, for beefing up its programming slate and building improvements.

Certainly, they are banking on the addition of grants and tax-deductible donations to regular ticket sales and annual memberships to provide the Art a better-than-before operating budget. This is all well and good – why wouldn’t we want the Art to continue its long-term recovery? – but we do wonder if this will give select tastemakers more latitude to become pickier with their scheduling and, even more so, suggestions to their new parent organization on which screenings and events to throw said moneys behind. Since we are at the very beginning of repositioning the Art as something inherently new, even with a pledge in the press release below to not change their daily business acumen, we should give them time to resettle. As the public conversations commence over this development, be vocal about what you want to watch at the Art and make sure to verbally support your local film festival for local film artists in the process. Yes, it’s an imperative.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Presumably, the URL to the Art’s Web site will be changed to remove “coop,” so Google them if you find the page links here to be broken. Thanks!

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From May 25, 2017:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE ART THEATER CO-OP APPROVES MERGER WITH LOCAL FOUNDATION

CHAMPAIGN, IL (May 25, 2017) – After a twenty-day voting period, the cooperative owners of the Art Theater have approved a merger with the Art Film Foundation (AFF). Owners overwhelmingly approved the merger, with 97 percent of the voting ownership pool approving.

The merger will dissolve cooperative ownership, bringing the Art into the fold of the AFF and conferring onto the theater tax-exempt charitable status. The Art’s programming, staff, membership program, and daily operations will remain unchanged, but it will now be legally capable of soliciting tax-deductible funding from individuals, businesses, local and state foundations, and national non-profit arts funding organizations.

“The Board and I are very excited for the merger,” says Austin McCann, the theater’s general manager. “The Art has always found innovative ways to remain vital to the Champaign-Urbana community. I’m very thankful for the owners’ support for the merger and their dedication to the positive transformations that make the Art such a crucial cultural space.”

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Fresh CUZine ink is best aroma

May 29th, 2017

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Allies in film and cultural expression made by the citizens of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond, be sure to pick up the latest issue of C-U Confidential digest this extended weekend if you take a breather from spending time with family and close friends! Below is a current listing by alpha of locations where we’ve placed issue 9 with a valuable assist from our bespectacled man in Danville, Ripper the Clown; we highly suggest you pluck a copy today as stacks in certain locations are being whittled down faster than we can replenish them! (Supplies are limited, of course.) We hope you enjoy our current fit of cinema lit this Memorial Day or whenever you can work it into your Twin Cities lifestyle. Also, we have finally revised our former “Zine of Our Scene” Page here on C-U Blogfidential and it is now a fully illustrated and better detailed counterpart, “Periodicals du C-U.” Take a look and make sure you have in hand every edition. That said, don’t forget to surf CUBlog this summer for first news on CUZine #10. Let’s hang ten, gang!

More importantly, let’s remember the individuals who served in this country’s Armed Forces, perished in the line of duty, and by default helped shaped the world we live in today. We need to do this despite our individual feelings and rationalization over the continued reliance of military might and weaponry on behalf of “preserving the standing” of the United States of America. These people are and were human beings – husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, parents, uncles, and aunts – with souls and histories and triumphs and failings just like the rest of us so they should be considered as such. This weighs a bit heavily in the personal sense on your humble editor right now because a relative who is a veteran, even one who was able to live out his life unlike many other service men and women, is no longer with us. After more than a year of battling a brain tumor, Robert J. Gurzynski passed away at home in Florida last November and was laid to rest earlier this month on Monday, May 8, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with full honors. He spent two decades enlisted in the U.S. Navy and completed his career as a mid-ranking officer, after which he worked as a contractor at the Shades of Green resort for active military personnel and their families at Walt Disney World in Orlando before retirement. Surviving is his wife, Sandra, three children, Robert, Dawn, and Scott, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sister Patricia, mother to Mr. JaPan. We thank you, Uncle Bob (1949-2016), for your time on Earth and your contributions. Rest in peace.

~ Jason Pankoke

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C-U Confidential #9 locations

Champaign-Urbana
Aroma Café | Café Kopi | The Blind Pig | Blind Pig Brewery | The Brass Rail | Caffe Paradiso | Champaign Public Library | Cinema Gallery | The Courier Café | Elliott Counseling Group | Espresso Royale Café – Goodwin & Oregon, U. | Espresso Royale Café – Neil & Kirby, C. | Espresso Royale Café – Windsor & Duncan, C. | Espresso Royale Café – Sixth & Daniel, C. | Exile on Main Street | Flying Machine Coffee | Furniture Lounge | Hammerhead Coffee | Jane Addams Book Shop | Jupiter’s Pizza & Billiards – Main St., downtown C. | Merry Ann’s Diner – Main St., downtown C. | Quality Beer | Radio Maria | Urbana Free Library | WEFT 90.1 FM studios

Danville
Café 13 | Danville Public Library | Vintage Villains

Coming soon to Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, and more!

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