Calendar du C-U: May 6-12

May 6th, 2016

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

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
5/6/16-5/12/16

FLICKER OF THE WEEK

The fact that your humble editor has already seen it twice in the past year on late-night Turner Classic Movies does not discourage us from banging the “FOW” drum in favor of THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (Spheeris Films), rocking the Art Theater Co-op for a solo “Women on Top” gig next Weds., May 11, 7:30 p.m. This first entry in Penelope Spheeris’ fabled and long out-of-circulation series, focused on Los Angeles youth as framed by hotbeds of music and underground culture, was filmed in 1979-80 during the apex of punk rock’s emergence as a feverish force. Genre stalwarts such as Germs, Circle Jerks, Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, and X appear in performance and during down times, while the filmmaker also interviews (and occasionally grills) a mix of semi-anonymous kids on a stage decorated only with a stool and a single dangling light fixture. Out of the mouths of tattered babes come hopes, dreams, fears, thoughts, aggression, and rebellion that we can empathize with, the spell broken on occasion by the off-color epithet that might be frowned upon today. CUBlog sincerely hopes a good turnout for DECLINE encourages the Art to book PART II: THE METAL YEARS – “the fun one” – and PART III – “the sobering one” – in the near future. We’d also like to mention a new release that looks promising, FRANCOFONIA (Music Box Films), which will debut at the Normal Theater tonight, Fri., May 6, 7 p.m. At first glance, it seems primed to do for the Louvre in Paris, France, what filmmaker Alexander Sokurov previously accomplished at the State Hermitage of St. Petersberg, Russia, in RUSSIAN ARK (2002) – use museum settings as a springboard for exploring the respective countries’ heritage and culture through the arts, captured with rich cinematography and a sense of grandeur.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (5/6 on), MILES AHEAD (5/6-5/9, 5/10-5/12), Women on Top series: THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (5/11, 7:30 p.m.), MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (5/7, 10 p.m.; 5/8, 11:30 a.m.; 5/11-5/12, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (5/6, 5/7, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/6 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: FRANCOFONIA (5/6, 5/8, 5/12, 7 p.m.), YOUNGBLOOD (5/6, 10:30 p.m.), Beyond Normal Films presents MY GOLDEN DAYS (5/7, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (Screen 1), KUNG FU PANDA 3, EDDIE THE EAGLE (Screen 2) (5/6-5/7)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE BOSS, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (5/6 on), MONEY MONSTER (5/12, 7:30 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/6-5/8, 5/11)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MOTHER’S DAY (5/6-5/8)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (5/6-5/8)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK, ZOOTOPIA (5/6 on),

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (IMAX 3-D, IMAX, 3-D & 2-D), GREEN ROOM, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, FINDING MR. RIGHT 2, KEANU, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK, ZOOTOPIA (5/6 on), Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment present 6th annual Grateful Dead “Meet-up at the Movies” event (5/11, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, SpectiCast, and Seventh Art Productions present “Art & Architecture in Cinema: Painting the Modern Garden – Monet to Matisse” (5/12, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/6 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: JOY, THE 5TH WAVE, THE CHOICE, REMEMBER, MOJIN: THE LOST LEGEND, HYENA ROAD, EMELIE, 400 DAYS, more! (5/3 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/6-5/7)

@ Columbia College, Chicago, IL: The Chicago International Film Festival presents 12th annual CineYouth (5/5-5/7, free, all ages)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Closed for the weekend!

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‘I DO’ to set HCA ablaze tonight

April 30th, 2016

“Sold out” is one of the operative phrases for the debut of the downstate Illinois film production BEFORE ‘I DO,’ set to enthrall a full house starting at 7 p.m. tonight, Saturday, April 30, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL, in the main auditorium. Director, writer, and executive producer Kimberly D. Conner will introduce her newest big-screen story at the premiere, following a year-and-a-half-long post production stretch during which her freshman feature effort, JUMP IN, received national distribution. In the past two weeks leading up to show time, Conner graciously engaged C-U Blogfidential in an e-mail exchange about all things ‘I DO’ and Predestined Arts & Entertainment, the media studio she co-founded with sister Candice, and we’d like to share a few highlights with you!

When asked about what viewers might experience from ‘I DO’ as they watch it for the first time, Conner hints that “audience members and supporters can expect a myriad of surprises, twists, and turns when a secret is revealed, as the story’s plot unfolds” and also describes the film as “being more action-packed than JUMP IN” given its firefighting angle. The filmmaker goes on to compare the successive features in that “both stories contain strong plotlines that force the characters to react” but differentiates the projects in terms of whom is front and center for audiences to empathize with, stating that “the stories are told from two different perspectives. JUMP IN is told from a female’s perspective; ‘I DO’ is told from a male point of view and differs greatly.”

She also reveals details about the premiere itself, saying “the majority of the cast [from ‘I DO’] will be in attendance. The film’s lead, Jensen Atwood [who plays fireman-by-day, artist-by-night ‘Caleb Abrams’] will be there, along with costars Andrea Kelly, Danielle Ward, Thea Camara, Harold Dennis, Lamar Barnes, Kathleen Purcell-Turner, and Michael Pittman.” Collaborators from behind the camera will also partake, according to Conner. “In terms of crew, our director of photography Mike Ware plans to attend, along with wardrobe [coordinator] Brandi Armstrong of Cabryl Breotti Designs. A couple of our producers will be attending also – producer David Anderson and associate producer Sunday Akinyemi.” While a VIP gathering and after party will be held mainly for members of the production team, Conner offers that “the red carpet event [before the screening] is open to the public to show our appreciation for their support!”

A second show has been set for May 28 at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, with many more certain to follow including, we hope, a local reprise for those who will not descend upon the Hoogland Center this evening. You can keep up with the progress of BEFORE ‘I DO’ by frequenting its Facebook page or checking in on its official Web site; once we receive concrete information on close-to-home developments, we’ll post them for you and watch the sparks fly! It simply warms our collective CUBlog heart to no end as we witness the tireless effort put towards a career in the cinema arts by this Capital City resident and Champaign native. Hurrah!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. “I write, produce, and direct my own films. I’m not waiting for permission.” ~ Kimberly Conner, posted March 5, 2016, with a photo on the BEFORE ‘I DO’ Facebook page

p.s.2 Consider the mic dropped.

p.s.3 That is, until the mic is picked back up and we continue our conversation with Conner in an upcoming article. Exercise those eagle eyes, dearest readers!


Calendar du C-U: April 29-May 5

April 29th, 2016

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

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/29/16-5/5/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, April 30: Matt Shivers (voice actor, SECRET AGENT SQUIRREL, Pens to Lens 2015), Eric Sizemore (voice actor, TEA TIME!, Pens to Lens 2015) … Wednesday, May 4: Andrew J. Rausch (editor, Conversations on Quentin Tarantino, BearManor Media) … Thursday, May 5: Chris Lukeman (director, THE WIZARD) … celebrate!

10 Years AgoMonday, May 1, 2006: Comedian and television writer Mark Roberts, a native of nearby Tolono and former resident of Urbana, begins production this week on his self-financed film WELCOME TO TOLONO. Based on the same-named play, written and directed by Roberts as an “artist-in-residence” production at the Station Theatre in Urbana the previous summer, TOLONO is filmed during a five-week schedule in its small town namesake. Much of the original stage cast appears including Brian Reedy, Mike Trippiedi, David Butler, Kay Bohannon Holley, Gary Ambler, and Barbara Evans, who are joined in this screen adaptation by Mike Harvey, Colleen Klein, Joi Hoffsommer, Anne Shapland Kearns, and Rien Rogers. A premiere of the darkly humorous drama, concerning disparate individuals who attend a weekly support group in the basement of a local church, would take place at the University of IllinoisFoellinger Auditorium in June 2007 after which it played a smattering of regional festivals. Not unlike WEREWOLF CEMETERY discussed in last week’s Calendar, TOLONO has yet to be issued on consumer formats or via streaming. As reported on 5/4/06, 5/14/06, 7/11/07, 8/19/07 at CUBlog.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Watch for a preview to appear tomorrow on CUBlog about the Kimberly Conner production, BEFORE ‘I DO,’ set for its first public screening at 7 p.m. the same night, Sat., Apr. 30, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. Conner, whose previous efforts THIS LIFE AIN’T PRETTY and JUMP IN have been covered on this forum, lives and works in the Capital City as well as channels her extra energies into a burgeoning cinema career of which ‘I DO’ is the latest example. Act fast if you would like to attend the premiere at Hoogland; less than 40 seats remain for the show according to a Facebook update from Conner posted yesterday. We’d also highly suggest STRANGE VICTORY (Milestone Film), a documentary-essay from 1948 directed by Leo Hurwitz that bravely holds the United States to task for racist and anti-Semitic tendencies in the wake of World War II; it plays a single show at the Art Theater Co-op on Mon., May 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for ‘I DO’


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL: Predestined Arts & Entertainment presents BEFORE ‘I DO’* red carpet premiere w/filmmakers (4/30, 7 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: UIUC National Center for Supercomputing Applications presents A BEAUTIFUL PLANET red carpet event w/discussion feat. Advanced Visualization Laboratory participants (IMAX 3-D) (5/1, 11 a.m. doors, 11:30 a.m. film)


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (4/29 on), The North End Breakfast Club and the Art present STRANGE VICTORY w/discussion (5/2, 7:30 p.m.), Champaign Urbana Public Health District presents SOMEONE YOU LOVE: THE HPV EPIDEMIC w/discussion (5/3, 6 p.m., free), UIUC Women’s Resources Center presents 7th annual Feminist Film Festival* (5/5, 7:30 p.m., free), PURPLE RAIN (4/29, 4/30, 10 p.m.; 5/1, 11:30 a.m.; 5/4, 10 p.m.; 5/5, 11 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. HOW TO BE SINGLE (4/29, 4/30, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Room 180, Bevier Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: UI Sustainability Living-Learning Community presents 2nd annual May Day Sustainability Shorts Film Festival (5/1, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/29 on), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/29-5/1), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D) (5/5, 7 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents MY GOLDEN DAYS (4/29, 5/1, 5/5, 7 p.m.), FRIDAY (4/29, 10:30 p.m.), ISU Clef Hangars a cappella performance (4/30, 2 p.m., free or donation), Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (4/30, 7 p.m.), THE RULES OF THE GAME (5/3, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Screen 1), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE BOSS (Screen 2) (4/29-4/30)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), THE BOSS, EYE IN THE SKY, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/29 on), PURPLE RAIN (4/29-5/4), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/5, 7 p.m. (3-D), 7:50 p.m. (standard))

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/29-5/1, 5/4)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE BOSS (4/29-5/1)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/29-5/1)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents “Music and the Presidents” performance by Elizabeth Doyle (4/30, 2, 4, & 6 p.m.)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), SPOTLIGHT, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), ZOOTOPIA (4/29 on), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/5, 7:30, 9, 10, & 11 p.m. (standard), 8 p.m. (3-D))

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: FINDING MR. RIGHT 2, GREEN ROOM, KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, PAPA HEMINGWAY IN CUBA, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (IMAX 3-D & 2-D), MILES AHEAD, ZOOTOPIA (4/29 on), A BEAUTIFUL PLANET (IMAX 3-D) (4/29-5/5, 11:30 a.m.), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (4/30-5/1, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera Live: Elektra (4/30, 11:55 a.m., live simulcast; 5/4, 6:30 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events and Eakin Films present “Come to the Garden – On Stage!” feat. Jennifer Wilder Morgan (5/3, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and RiffTrax.com present RiffTrax Live! TIME CHASERS (5/5, 7 p.m.), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/5, 7 & 10:10 p.m. (IMAX 3-D & standard))

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/29 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: KRAMPUS, RIDE ALONG 2, JANE GOT A GUN, SON OF SAUL, BACKTRACK, THE DRIFTLESS AREA, BURNING BODHI, more! (4/26 on)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival presents MAD w/filmmaker Robert Putka (5/3, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. Producers Panel, 7:30 p.m. screening)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE JUNGLE BOOK, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (4/29-4/30)

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Calendar du C-U: April 22-28

April 22nd, 2016

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

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/22/16-4/28/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, April 22: Chelsea Norton (co-host, Surfabilly Freakout show, WEFT 90.1 FM) … Sunday, April 24: Ron Bonk (filmmaker, SHE KILLS) … Monday, April 25: Marty McKee (contributor, 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die, ed. Stephen Jay Schneider) … celebrate!

PassingsWednesday, April 6: Flora Faraci, 77 (original owner, Jane Addams Book Shop, Champaign) … you will be missed.

10 Years AgoSaturday, April 22, 2006: The University of Illinois students of Illini Film & Video premiere their feature length horror-comedy, THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VS. A MUMMY. Involving dozens of undergraduates and taking the better part of two academic years to finish, MUMMY plays at 7 and 9 p.m. in the lecture auditorium of Noyes Laboratory on the UI Main Quad, with an encore set for the following afternoon at the UI Spurlock Museum a few blocks away. The prerequisite DVD of this project, envisioned by IFV president Chris Lukeman as a way to encourage club members to work together as a team and try out multiple roles on a single production, would debut the next month and become a long-standing ice breaker for incoming freshmen unfamiliar with the group. In recent years, MUMMY has been in permanent late-night rotation on UI-7, the broadcasting service of the university. As reported on 4/15/06, 4/21/06, 5/14/06 at CUBlog.

10 Years AgoSunday, April 23, 2006: BrainSmart Productions, a townie collective led by lo-fi filmmakers Jason Butler and Mark Peaslee, unleashes “Episode 2” of their action-filled B-movie WEREWOLF CEMETERY. The program introducing this newest creation also features “Episode 1” of the “gravediggers vs. lycanthropes vs. normal folk from the big city” epic, the first installment of smaller-scale series THE ADVENTURES OF THE SCREAMING APE, and a music video for “Serrated Edge” by The Living Blue, playing both this night and the next at the stroke of midnight in the beer garden of Mike ‘n Molly’s in downtown Champaign. Four segments total of WEREWOLF would eventually be made by Butler and company, although one must be tight with participants to access the full episodes as they have never been formally released on home video or uploaded for on-line streaming. This is about as underground as it gets with the films of Champaign-Urbana! As reported on 4/15/06, 4/22/16 at CUBlog.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Emerging from this flashback haze filling MFHQ as of late, a couple of items have caught our eye and therefore become “FOW” for today! We receive another opportunity to watch contemporary Asian cinema with an audience on Mon., Apr. 25, at the UI Spurlock Museum’s Knight Auditorium, and Tues., Apr. 26, at UI Unit One/Allen Hall’s Main Lounge – both in Urbana and beginning at 7 p.m. – when South Korean actress and filmmaker Pang Eun-jin is welcomed to campus. She will introduce and discuss the wrongful imprisonment drama WAY BACK HOME (2013) on Mon. and the murder plot thriller PERFECT NUMBER (2012) on Tues. during a visit sponsored by the UI Center for Advanced Study and other departments. Elsewhere, the Art Theater Co-op is offering one of their patented smorgasbord schedules in which everything looks good, although the title intriguing us most is VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT (Zeitgeist Films) from the acclaimed filmmaker Ada Ushpiz. This documentary is an engrossing look at the life and idiosyncratic leanings of the German-born Jewish theorist whose controversial views on mid-20th century politics and society fueled such written works as The Human Condition (1958), which she preferred to call Vita Activa or “The Active Life.”


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

C-U Confidential #8 Issue Release: Friday, 4/15, across Champaign, Urbana, and the Cities Beyond! Via Paper Opteryx, Champaign, IL


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: MARGUERITE (4/22, 4/23, 4/27, 4/28), VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT (4/22-4/24, 4/27, 4/28), HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (4/24, 4/25, 4/27), Essential Cinema 022: MARNIE (4/23, 1 p.m.; 4/24, 4/25, 7 p.m.; 4/26, 7:30 p.m.), UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship presents “Jazz Without Borders” event w/vintage filmed performances, discussion, music demonstrations (4/26, 5:30 p.m., free), THE INVITATION (4/22, 4/23, 4/27, 4/28, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. RIDE ALONG 2 (4/22, 4/23, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Room 112, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illinifest*: University of Illinois Student Film Festival (4/24, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., free) Information

@ Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL: UI Center for Advanced Study presents “An Evening with Actress, Director, and Author Pang Eun-jin” feat. WAY BACK HOME (4/25, 7 p.m., free)

@ Main Lounge, Unit One/Allen Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: PERFECT NUMBER w/filmmaker Pang Eun-jin (4/26, 7 p.m., free)

@ Room 205, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (4/28, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Main Level, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Time/Image” modern art exhibition (free; exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ Lower Level, Classroom Studio B, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Documenting Equality” student video projects (free: exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/22 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: ISU Program in Arts Technology presents 2016 Arts Tech Film Fest feat. WARGAMES (4/21, 7 p.m.) and CREATIVE CONTROL (4/22-4/24, 7 p.m.; 4/22 w/filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson), WEIRD SCIENCE (4/22, 10:30 p.m.), Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (4/28, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Screen 1), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE BOSS (Screen 2) (4/22-4/23)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: EYE IN THE SKY, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), ZOOTOPIA (4/22 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/22 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (4/22-4/24), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (4/23, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/22-4/24)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE REVENANT (4/22-4/24)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, FAN, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/22 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, MILES AHEAD, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CHONGQING HOT POT, CRIMINAL, EYE IN THE SKY, THE JUNGLE BOOK (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/22 on), NORM OF THE NORTH (4/22-4/24, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Sony Pictures present ON THE WATERFRONT (4/24, 2 p.m.; 4/27, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/22 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE REVENANT, NORM OF THE NORTH, FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK, THE LADY IN THE VAN, MISCONDUCT, WHAT LOLA WANTS, IP MAN 3, ASSASSIN, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (s6), HAVEN (s5), more! (4/19 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE JUNGLE BOOK, KUNG FU PANDA 3 (4/22-4/23)

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Shadow play engulfs CUZine #8

April 18th, 2016

This moment is not a time for secrets to be revealed, a façade to be toppled, or sins to be repented a little too late, as whomever finds comfort at the local picture show will set their worries aside for a spell. Each individual sits quietly at full attention, a diverse crowd relishing their mutual respite…

When the house lights come up at wherever you may be, flip open the nearest copy of C-U Confidential for your education and enjoyment of the indigenous film culture we are lucky to share! Stacks began to appear ‘round the towns on Friday, April 15, so look fast for all the movie news fit to print and, if you can’t easily find us, play it cool and double check locations with our Facebook feed!

A smattering of patrons gaze at the flickering images of a bygone era, starring matinee idol Andy Due, to take their minds away from the daily doldrums and dastardly dealings of life. While they’re distracted, dearest readers, call dibs on a well-lit seat and dive headlong into what we’ve assembled just for you! CUZine friend Robin Christian submits a report from the American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA, summarizing the advice of entertainment industry professionals on what it takes to produce film and television for today’s audiences. Crossing the country and international borders, Greg Woods of Toronto acquaints us with the American experimental film pioneer Curtis Harrington in conjunction with a vintage review of his feature debut NIGHT TIDE, written a half century ago by the late University of Illinois languages and film professor Steven P. Hill. Elsewhere, Ye Ed praises the award winners in our milieu, ruminates on the uphill climb facing many independent producers with distribution, projects that eight might not be enough in our print history, and pulls a couple of personal tear sheets from his past to share in our present. Apart from all this, the expanded C-Universe awaits your inquiring minds!

Always feel free to take one C-U Confidential for yourselves and another to share with friends or colleagues who crave a primer on the movies of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! Plans are afoot to return sooner rather than later, so be sure to watch this space for details to come forth from the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters. And finally, we’d love to thank our advertisers whose support allows us to go analogue with our unique coverage. Accuraty Solutions, The Art Theater Co-op, Bachelor Pad Magazine, Champaign Movie Makers, Champaign-Urbana Theater History, Cinema Gallery, Damian Duffy Hates Everything, Dreamscape Cinema, Exile on Main Street/Dandelion, HD Productions Media, Premier Print Group, R.A.Z. Films, and Shatterglass Films should be commended for helping ensure CUZine is once again a (physical) thing here in 2016!

~ Jason Pankoke

Calendar du C-U: April 15-21

April 15th, 2016

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

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/15/16-4/21/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, April 16: Joe Taylor (co-organizer, Freeky Creek Short Film Festival), Tim Meyers (co-director, EBERTFEST 2016), Jan Militello (screenwriter, THE BAY LAUREL) … Monday, April 18: Mike Trippiedi (filmmaker, SISTER AND BROTHER) … Thursday, April 21: William Kephart (co-director/actor, THE FRIENDSHIP IS GONE, Pens to Lens 2015), Brian Paris (guest editorialist, C-U Confidential #8) … celebrate!

15 Years AgoFriday, April 20, 2001: Downtown Champaign establishments are adorned with the work of local artists for The Octopus Gallery Walk, a precursor to the Boneyard Arts Festival. Hosted by Southlynn Studios in the Octopus office space is a unique exhibit called “Zineophilia,” featuring paintings and mixed media pieces from the pages of The Ides of March as well as a table adorned with dozens of ‘zines for visitors to browse. Homegrown efforts include low hug by A.j. Michel, Silly Little Trouser Monkees by Brad Bugos, the aforementioned Ides by Dann Tincher and Damian Duffy, and our own flagship mag, MICRO-FILM.

15 Years AgoSaturday, April 21, 2001: Less than 24 hours later at The Highdive, located across Main Street from the Lincoln Building where “Zineophilia” reigned, Mr. JaPan emcees his first-ever film show. Dubbed “MICRO-FILM Vérité,” the “official programme” is comprised of eclectic low-budget cinema from near and far. Local selections include student shorts from the University of Illinois and Illinois State University, the early Mike Trippiedi “slasher in rhyme” BUCKY McSNEAD, and a trailer for Hart D. Fisher’s THE GARBAGE MAN. Filmmakers from across the nation, such as Cory McAbee (THE MAN IN THE MOON), Jim Sikora (STAGEFRIGHT CHAMELEON), Rusty Nails (SANTIAGO VS. WIGFACE), and Mike White (WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE FOOLING?), also represent.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

We’re taking the path of least critical resistance this week, gang. Whatever floats your individual boats will suffice nicely as “FOW” material. Except if it’s not the 2016 Asian Film Festival that is playing the Normal Theater in Normal from now to Sun., Apr. 17, because we miss attending the comparable showcases of modern filmmaking from China, Korea, Japan, et al., once offered in Champaign-Urbana. Or the 2016 Arts Tech Film Fest, also at the Normal between Tues., Apr. 19, and Sun., Apr. 24, since its thematic focus on human coexistence with computers and artificial intelligence reminds us of Cyberfest ’97, the UIUC sponsored event directly inspiring the launch of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. Or even the brand new C-U Confidential #8, if local film discourse may be considered for said honors; learn more about our latest print opus Monday on C-U Blogfidential or pick it up in the coming week to read, heed, and enjoy!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (4/15 on), UIUC Choral Music presents MISSISSIPPI BURNING (4/18, 7 p.m., free to UI students), ATTACK THE BLOCK (4/15-4/16 10 p.m.; 4/17, 8:30 p.m.; 4/20-4/21, 10 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: College of Media at UIUC presents the 18th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (through 4/17)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. ZOOLANDER 2 (4/15, 4/16, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Legacy Theatre, Springfield, IL: “The Doyle and Debbie Show” satiric musical revue starring Bruce Arnston and Jenny Littleton (EXISTO) (4/16, 8 p.m.; 4/17, 2 p.m.; $35/advance, $40/day of show)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Sound Gear (BYOG)” (4/19, 7 p.m., free)

@ Room 205, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (4/21, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Main Level, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Time/Image” modern art exhibition (free; exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), I SAW THE LIGHT (4/15 on), HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (4/15-4/17)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: ISU AsiaConnect presents 2016 Asian Film Festival feat. TREELESS MOUNTAIN (4/14, 7 p.m.), QUEEN (4/15, 7 p.m.), DEPARTURES (4/16, 7 p.m.), and COMING HOME (4/17, 7 p.m.), ENTER THE DRAGON (4/15, 10:30 p.m.), The Normal Humor (ISU) Open Mic Comedy Night (4/18, 9 p.m., free), ISU Program in Arts Technology presents 2016 Arts Tech Film Fest feat. DESK SET (4/19, 7 p.m.), ALPHAVILLE (4/20, 7 p.m.), WARGAMES (4/21, 7 p.m.), and CREATIVE CONTROL (4/22-4/24, 7 p.m.; 4/22 w/filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson)

NOW OPEN! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Screen 1), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, HOW TO BE SINGLE (Screen 2) (4/15-4/16)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), THE BOSS, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, HARDCORE HENRY, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/15 on), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/21, 7:30 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/15 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (4/15-4/17)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE BOSS (4/15-4/17)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE FOREST (4/15, 4/17), trivia night (4/16)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, CRIMINAL, FAN, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, HARDCORE HENRY, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/15 on), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/21, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, CRIMINAL, DEMOLITION, THE JUNGLE BOOK (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CHONGQING HOT POT, EYE IN THE SKY, HARDCORE HENRY, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/15 on), ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (4/15-4/17, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera Live: Roberto Devereux (4/16, 11:55 a.m., live simulcast; 4/20, 6:30 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events and World Entertainment present THIS IS WINTER JAM (4/19, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, SpectiCast, and Seventh Art Productions present “Art & Architecture in Cinema: Renoir: Revered & Reviled” (4/21, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), THE BOSS, HARDCORE HENRY, ZOOTOPIA (4/15 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE FOREST, FLIGHT 7500, ABOUT SCOUT, CHERRY TREE, STANDOFF, THE IGNORANCE OF BLOOD, more! (4/12 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE JUNGLE BOOK, ZOOTOPIA (4/15-4/16)

@ various venues, Madison, WI: 18th annual Wisconsin Film Festival (through 4/21)

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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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IOW: Spring awakens to CUZine!

April 14th, 2016

With the long-delayed eighth issue of C-U Confidential digest being assembled as we speak by our loyal friends at Premier Print Group in Champaign, we address the anticipation of its release by compiling what has gone before. Strangely, the distinctive CUZine covers have never been paraded in order on C-U Blogfidential, even though albums providing the same experience have been available on Facebook for a while, so let’s get ‘em together right now! Here appears the entire run, going backwards in time from the most recent edition dropped in late 2013 to the original “local-zine” that mysteriously appeared all around Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond in early 2007 to the delight of an unsuspecting public. Of course, this technically is an incomplete set if one counts no. 8 but we’re saving the cover reveal for Monday, April 18, in the traditional hyperbolic vein. (We have linked to all our previous attempts at introductory dramatics after each graphic below.) Our private eye menagerie will soon be moved to its own CUBlog Page, with contents added for your reference, while the physical incarnation of CUZine #8 should infiltrate your favorite establishments du C-U beginning this weekend! Feel free to tote along copies as you make the rounds, educating friends in due course and jostling reactions from fellow audience members at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. More CUZine shall be discussed shortly because, given the publishing monkey that is finally off our backs, we have designs on fast-tracking the equally late issues 9 and 10 to completion in advance of the digest’s 10th anniversary in April 2017. Can we pick up the scent of fresh Paper Opteryx ink and follow it through to the desired end?

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Boy, that 10th anniversary thing sounds damn familiar. Oh, right

p.s.2 Please do not expect CUZine to appear at the Virginia Theatre this year during “Ebertfest.” We can’t guarantee its placement on site although we will deliver stacks to adjacent businesses in downtown Champaign as soon as is reasonable. Now, if you fancy yourself a true Confidential Agent who might volunteer to smuggle in some local film contraband for the cause, we’d be ecstatic if you could message us pronto at cuconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks in advance, Best Dearest Reader Ever!

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C-U Confidential issue 7, October/November 2013

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C-U Confidential issue 6, April/May 2012

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C-U Confidential issue 5, April 2011

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TV special takes CENTER stage

April 13th, 2016

The opening session of the eighteenth annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, presented by the College of Media at the University of Illinois, will ensure a packed house at the Virginia Theatre later tonight, Wednesday, April 13, as it features director Guillermo del Toro in person and his period supernatural romance CRIMSON PEAK on the silver screen. Marking the occasion is yet another documentary-slash-promotion about the popular Champaign event, this one directed by Lisa Bralts and Tim Meyers for WILL/Illinois Public Media and titled EBERTFEST 2016: CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. New interviews recall the genesis and philosophy behind “Ebertfest” as well as preview the selections and goals for the current year with a stress on diversity and inclusiveness. Speaking on behalf of the big show are executive producer and host Chaz Ebert, assistant festival director Casey Ludwig, Media dean Jan Slater, Virginia Theatre director Steven Bentz, “long time” attendee Ellen Warmbrunn, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and film critic Richard Roeper, and UI Public Affairs video producer Anne Lukeman. Meyers and Bralts add visual flair to the special with select film clips and sweeping crowd shots recorded at prior festivals by Shatterglass Studios.

WILL-TV premiered EBERTFEST 2016 last week on Monday, April 4, and subsequently uploaded it for free Internet viewing, so we embed it below for your convenience and enjoyment; Bralts and Meyers discuss the creation of the program with WILL Radio’s Jeff Bossert in a short audio clip linked to this post.

Eleven additional features and five panel discussions follow CRIMSON PEAK through midday on Sunday, April 17, after which Ebertfest will wind down for the spring.

~ Jason Pankoke


Ebertfest 2016 from Illinois Public Media on Vimeo.

Panels set for Ebertfest 2016

April 12th, 2016

Starting on Thursday, April 14, special guests of the eighteenth annual edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Media will speak at academic panel discussions held on campus in the Illini Union, 1401 Green St., Urbana, IL:

Thursday, April 14

9–10 a.m.
“Challenging Stigma through Love, Mercy & the Arts”
Moderated by Eric Pierson
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

10:15–11:15 a.m.
“Creating Empathy on the Big Screen”
Moderated by Nate Kohn
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

Friday, April 15

9–10 a.m.
“#oscarssowhite: Diversity in Hollywood”
Moderated by Chaz Ebert
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

10:15–11:15 a.m.
“Women in Film”
Moderated by Chaz Ebert
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

Saturday, April 16

9–10:30 a.m.
“Filmmaker Workshop: Story Writing and Screen Writing for Short Films”
Presented by Don Tingle
General Lounge, 2nd Floor

Admission for all panels is free. The screenings of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13. The official “Ebertfest” Web site features the complete film schedule, individual reviews, and details of other related events. Festival passes and tickets for the majority of individual shows are possibly still available, while you can stand in a “rush line” prior to each show in case seating is available.

~ Jason Pankoke


Calendar du C-U: April 8-14

April 9th, 2016

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

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/8/16-4/14/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, April 9: Nick Alonzo (filmmaker, SHITCAGO) … Wednesday, April 13: Damon Foster (filmmaker, SHAOLIN VS. TERMINATOR) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

On what other event can we bestow “FOW” honors this coming week but Roger Ebert’s Film Festival? Fantasy auteur Guillermo del Toro will introduce a screening of his recent Gothic drama CRIMSON PEAK to help launch the 18th edition on Weds., 4/13, 7 p.m., at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, while a special presentation of the new Richard Linklater comedy EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! will warm up the “Ebertfest” masses the night before on Tues., 4/12, 7 p.m., at Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus. Core schedule and ticket information can be found at the official Web site as one would expect. Our next two regular posts will highlight a few non-film details of interest, so be sure to peruse them as you gear up for the annual descent of cineastes and community members upon Park St. Enjoy, Ebertfest fans!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: EYE IN THE SKY (4/8 on), Brilliant Corners Film Series: THE PEARL BUTTON (4/12, 7:30 p.m., free, discussion w/Claudia Lagos), THE DARK CRYSTAL (4/8, 10 p.m.; 4/9, 12 & 10 p.m., 4/14, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. DIRTY GRANDPA (4/8, 4/9, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “A Salute to Meryl Streep” feat. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (4/8, 4/9, 7 p.m.), College of Media at UIUC presents the 18th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (4/13-4/17)

@ Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL: AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary/Film Series presents MY FAIR WEDDING (4/12, 7 p.m., free)

@ Foellinger Auditorium, UIUC, Urbana, IL: College of Media at UIUC presents the 18th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival pre-show: EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! w/filmmakers (4/12, 7 p.m., free)

@ Bar M, Urbana, IL: “Free Beer Tasting and THE BIG LEBOWSKI” event (4/14, 5:30 p.m.)

@ Main Level, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Time/Image” modern art exhibition (free; exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (4/8 on), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (4/8-4/13), THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/14, 7 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: The Normal Humor Comedy Showcase (4/8, 7 p.m.), ARMY OF DARKNESS (4/8, 10:30 p.m.), “dress up event” feat. PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (4/9, 1 p.m., free), WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (4/9, 4/10, 7 p.m.), ISU AsiaConnect presents 2016 Asian Film Festival feat. TREELESS MOUNTAIN (4/14, 7 p.m.), QUEEN (4/15, 7 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: ZOOTOPIA, THE FINEST HOURS (Screen 1), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, DADDY’S HOME (Screen 2) (4/8-4/9)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: THE BOSS, HARDCORE HENRY, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/8 on), THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D) (4/14, 7 p.m.), CRIMINAL (4/14, 7:20 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (4/8-4/10, 4/13)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (4/8-4/10), MINIONS (4/9, 11 a.m., free)

NOW OPEN! @ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE BOSS, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (4/8-4/10)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (4/8-4/10)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE BOSS, HARDCORE HENRY, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), DEADPOOL, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, MEET THE BLACKS, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/8 on), THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/14, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE BOSS, CHONGQING HOT POT, DEMOLITION, HARDCORE HENRY, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, EYE IN THE SKY, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, I SAW THE LIGHT, MEET THE BLACKS, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/8 on), MAX (4/8-4/10, 10 a.m.), THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/14, 7 & 9:30 p.m. (IMAX 3-D), 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. (standard))

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE BOSS, HARDCORE HENRY, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, ZOOTOPIA (4/8 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, MOJAVE, STEALING CARS, TUMBLEDOWN, THE MASKED SAINT, THE GREAT HYPNOTIST, DIXIELAND, more! (4/5 on)

NOW OPEN! @ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: DEADPOOL, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (4/8-4/9)

@ various venues, Madison, WI: 18th annual Wisconsin Film Festival (4/14-4/21)

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Calendar du C-U: April 1-7

April 1st, 2016

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

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/1/16-4/7/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, April 2: Mike White (filmmaker, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE FOOLING?) … Monday, April 4: Trevor Taylor (visual artist/filmmaker, New Orleans, LA), Sara Benson (closet “super fan,” Damian Duffy Hates Everything podcast) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Cabin fever be gone! “FOW” alternately stands for “fresh outdoor weather” this week as we encourage you to rekindle patronage of your friendly neighborhood drive-in theaters since they have awakened from their winter slumber! Early-season programming is usually heavy with also-rans, but, will you and/or your family and/or your friends and/or your romantic partner care very much with the windows cracked open and car seats dropped back? The closest in proximity to the C-U is the Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in in Gibson City, which plays ZOOTOPIA and BATMAN V SUPERMAN for the second straight frame on April 1-3 at dusk. Farther out is the Route 66 Twin Drive-in on the Springfield outskirts, where the double features on April 1-2 will be ZOOTOPIA (8:10 p.m.) with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (10:10 p.m.) on Screen 1 and BATMAN V SUPERMAN (7:55 p.m.) with GODS OF EGYPT (10:40 p.m.) on Screen 2. Finally, Indianapolis citizens should visit nearby Martinsville where the Centerbrook Drive-in, operated by our friend and columnist Tyler Tharpe, is now open for big-screen fun with BATMAN V SUPERMAN (8:25 p.m.) and DEADPOOL (10:25 p.m.) on April 1-2. Go ozoner, film fans!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: EYE IN THE SKY (4/1 on), Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America presents LIVING FOR 32 (4/4, 7 p.m., free, w/discussion), Land Conservation Foundation presents KING CORN w/BIG RIVER (4/5, 7:30 p.m., free, w/discussion), Women on Top series: THE HITCH-HIKER (4/6, 7:30 p.m., discussion w/Veronica Paredes), THE ‘BURBS (4/1, 4/2, 4/7, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. SISTERS (4/1, 4/2, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News-Gazette Film Series presents SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (4/2, 1 & 7 p.m.), Reel Deals presents “A Salute to Meryl Streep” feat. SILKWOOD (4/4, 4/5, 7 p.m.), SOPHIE’S CHOICE (4/6, 4/7, 7 p.m.), THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (4/8, 4/9, 7 p.m.)

@ Room 205, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (4/7, 7:30 p.m.)

@ University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, ISU, Normal, IL: “Soldier Shepherd Prophet Martyr: Videos from 1998-2013” exhibition of work by Terry Adkins (free; exhibit runs through 4/3)

@ Main Level, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Time/Image” modern art exhibition (free; exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (4/1 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (4/1, 4/3, 4/7, 7 p.m.), SPACEBALLS (4/1, 10:30 p.m.), FIELD OF DREAMS (4/2, 7 p.m.), The Normal Humor (ISU) Open Mic Comedy Night (4/4, 9 p.m., free), THE GREAT DICTATOR (4/5, 7 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: ZOOTOPIA, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (Screen 1), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, GODS OF EGYPT (Screen 2) (4/1-4/2)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, THE YOUNG MESSIAH, ZOOTOPIA (3-D & 2-D) (4/1 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (4/1-4/3, 4/6)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: ZOOTOPIA (4/1-4/3)

NOW OPEN! @ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, ZOOTOPIA (4/1-4/3)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 (4/1-4/3)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, MEET THE BLACKS, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), DEADPOOL, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/1 on), THE BOSS (4/7, 7 & 9:30 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: EYE IN THE SKY, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, I SAW THE LIGHT, MEET THE BLACKS, THE WITCH, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (IMAX 3-D, IMAX, 3-D & 2-D), DEADPOOL, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/1 on), HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 (4/1-4/3, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera Live: Madama Butterfly (4/2, 11:55 a.m., live simulcast; 4/6, 6:30 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events and GI Films present “GI Film Festival: A Cinematic Salute to the Troops” (4/7, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and STX Entertainment present HARDCORE HENRY “Ultimate Fan Experience” (4/7, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/1 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE HATEFUL EIGHT, CONCUSSION, POINT BREAK, FORSAKEN, THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ, more! (3/29 on)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival presents BEAVER TRILOGY PART IV w/filmmaker (4/5, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. Producers Panel feat. Mark Roberts (MIKE & MOLLY), 7:30 p.m. screening)

NOW OPEN! @ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, DEADPOOL (4/1-4/2)

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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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Ebertfest 2016 films revealed

March 28th, 2016

On Wednesday, March 23, the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced the movies to be showcased at the eighteenth annual edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival taking place on April 13-17, 2016:

Tuesday, April 12
7:00 p.m. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! (2016, 116 min., D: Richard Linklater)
Free pre-festival screening hosted by executive producer Stephen Feder

Wednesday, April 13
7:00 p.m. CRIMSON PEAK (2015, 119 min, D: Guillermo del Toro)

Thursday, April 14
1:00 p.m. GRANDMA (2015, 79 min., D: Paul Weitz)
4:00 p.m. NORTHFORK (2003, 103 min., D: Michael Polish)
8:30 p.m. THE THIRD MAN (1949, 104 min., D: Carol Reed)

Friday, April 15
1:00 p.m. DISTURBING THE PEACE (2016, 86 min., D: Stephen Apkon & Andrew Young)
4:00 p.m. L’INHUMANIE (1924, 122 min., D: Marcel L’Herbier)
Accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra
8:30 p.m. EVE’S BAYOU (1997, 109 min., D: Kasi Lemmons)

Saturday April 16
11:00 a.m. FORCE OF DESTINY (2015, 92 min., D: Paul Cox)
2:00 p.m. RADICAL GRACE (2015, 86 min., D: Rebecca Parrish)
4:30 p.m. LOVE & MERCY (2015, 122 min., D: Bill Pohlad)
9:00 p.m. BLOW OUT (1981, 108 min., D: Brian DePalma)

Sunday, April 17
12:00 p.m. BODY AND SOUL (1925, 79 min., D: Oscar Micheaux)
Accompanied by Renee Baker and Chicago Orchestra Project

Key festival guests this year include Guillermo del Toro (CRIMSON PEAK), Paul Weitz (GRANDMA), Michael Polish (NORTHFORK), Kasi Lemmons (EVE’S BAYOU), Paul Cox (FORCE OF DESTINY), Rebecca Parrish (RADICAL GRACE), and Nancy Allen (BLOW OUT).

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL. Smile Politely has posted the official “second wave” press release of the schedule. The Ebertfest” Web site also features individual reviews and details of signings and panel discussions. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale Friday, April 1, 2016, while a small number of festival passes are still available.

~ Jason Pankoke


Calendar du C-U: March 25-31

March 25th, 2016

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
3/25/16-3/31/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, March 26: Jack Snyder (filmmaker, FATAL CALL) … Monday, March 28: Nina Samii Frye (actress, PANDORA’S BOX) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

We go off the beaten theatrical path in today’s “FOW,” first to remind you a month remains for the “Time / Image” show at the UIUC Krannert Art Museum in Champaign that we wrote about, due to its inclusion of video installations, and then to share brief details about two other comparable shows within driving distance. On display at the University Galleries of the College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, is a survey of a dozen pieces by ISU alumnus Terry Adkins (1953-2014) called “Soldier Shepherd Prophet Martyr: Videos from 1998-2013” running through Sun., Apr. 3. The exhibition notes describe the output of musician and multimedia artist Adkins as “commanding works about revolutionary spirits who triumphed over adversity and effected meaningful change” including heralded individuals like John Brown and Bessie Smith as well as obscure figures like Arctic explorer Matthew Henson. A bit more time remains to visit the Art Institute of Chicago and experience the trio of slide projection pieces making up “Dennis Oppenheim: Projections,” on display in Gallery 186 until Mon., May 30. Hailing from the early 1970s, they “used performances for the camera to explore the theme of mourning and to model an intergenerational transfer of psychic or creative energies” per the Institute, apparently breaking new ground for the versatile Oppenheim (1938-2011) who also experimented with video in the same decade.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: KNIGHT OF CUPS (3/25 on), National Theatre Live and Royal Court Theatre Productions present Hangmen by Martin McDonagh (3/26, 3/27, 1:30 p.m.; 3/30, 4 p.m.; live simulcast), 45 YEARS (3/26, 3/27, 5 p.m.), Champaign Surplus presents 19th annual Mountainfilm on Tour (3/29, 7:30 p.m.), MAD MAX (3/25, 3/26, 3/31, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. SECRET IN THEIR EYES (3/25, 3/26, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ ???, Champaign, IL: Hallways Microcinema Vol. 17, “‘Contra,” feat. documentary PIEDRA ROJA by Eastern Illinois University faculty member Gary Fritz (3/25, 8:30 p.m., free, BYOB) Facebook

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “A Salute to Newman & Redford” feat. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (3/29, 3/31, 7 p.m.)

@ Room 205, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (3/31, 7:30 p.m.)

@ IMC Gallery, Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL: “Fires in the Sky” exhibit feat. movie themed art by Derek W. Clem (free; exhibit runs through 3/26)

@ University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, ISU, Normal, IL: “Soldier Shepherd Prophet Martyr: Videos from 1998-2013” exhibition of work by Terry Adkins (free; exhibit runs through 4/3)

@ Main Level, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Time/Image” modern art exhibition (free; exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (3/25 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: BNF Farlee Film Festival presents 45 YEARS (3/25, 3/27, 7 p.m.) and TOM AT THE FARM (3/26, 7 p.m.), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (3/25, 10:30 p.m.), B104 FM presents THE SANDLOT (3/31, 7 p.m.)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, THE YOUNG MESSIAH, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, ZOOTOPIA (3-D & 2-D) (3/25 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3/25 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: ZOOTPIA (3/24-3/26), HOP (3/26, 11 a.m., free)

NOW OPEN! @ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, ZOOTOPIA (3/25-3/27)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents Matt Griffo (3/26, 5:30 & 7 p.m., live “music-comedy” performance)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, DEADPOOL, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, LONDON HAS FALLEN, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, THE PERFECT MATCH, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, ZOOTOPIA (3-D & 2-D) (3/25 on), GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 (3/31, 7 & 10 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (IMAX 3-D, IMAX, 3-D & 2-D), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, DEADPOOL, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, LONDON HAS FALLEN, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, ZOOTOPIA (3/25 on), PAN (3/25-3/27, 10 a.m.), STINK! (3/29, 5 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, SpectiCast, and Nexo Digital present “Art & Architecture in Cinema: Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius in Milan” (3/31, 7 p.m.), GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 (3/31, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, ZOOTOPIA (3/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2, DADDY’S HOME, THE LETTERS, 11TH HOUR, COWBOYS VS. DINOSAURS, TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES (s2), more! (3/22 on)

NOW OPEN! @ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, HOW TO BE SINGLE (3/26)

UPDATE! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: Season begins April 1!

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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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Enter the Land of 1,000 JaPans

March 18th, 2016

We have absolutely no idea how many bylines your humble editor has racked up on C-U Blogfidential since the beginning. It is probably safe to imagine he has composed the vast majority of our 1,070+ posts, while we can vouch for the Mr. JaPan touch having been applied to every single one in terms of proofreading, editing, and formatting. This was not his original intention, of course, as a plan to maintain a steady roster of neighborhood contributors never came to pass. It is one of several reasons we would like to begin our second decade hosting the quintessential movie coverage of Champaign County with new voices crossing our dedicated path. What would you add to the mix if given a chance? Shortly, we will find out once we call for guest writers to submit their best to us for possible publication on this forum!

We realize this invitation might only appeal to a small percentage of supporters and colleagues, for many of you will be content to quietly follow along and enjoy how CUBlog unfolds throughout 2016. At the same time, a new guard will hopefully join the dearest readership in response to our outreach efforts. Therefore, we’re designing a 10th anniversary “series” with useful pointers about our site and scene, the antithesis of the Hollywood factory saturating our nation’s media markets, for newbies and veterans alike. This should make immersion in our world a little less daunting! Consider it a “numbers game” of intrigue, devoid of obvious film business tropes such as box office standings or international gross earnings, in which you join us to add up the movie culture du C-U and investigate what makes it tick.

The first entry is an exercise in controls and variables, based on a sidebar that appeared in the central “mini-‘zine” of C-U Confidential issue #5 from 2011. Our list samples CUBlog every 100 posts through #1000, providing random entry points that illustrate our range in coverage and versatility in presentation. You will handily learn about local films and film events, a University of Illinois graduate-turned-filmmaker, a well-known character actress, a CUBlog publication that is not CUZine, and much more … even if you stick with just these 11 posts. Although, this group is so jam packed with references to people, places, and things making up the “indigenous cinema” of the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, region that you’re a single site search away from eye-opening discovery. Take our word for it and explore.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Post #1000June 12, 2015
“Calendar du C-U: June 12-18”
This first flashback is of the most nuts-and-bolts editorial that we publish. Without the activity listed in the trusty weekly Calendar, CUBlog has little reason to exist.

Post #900July 23, 2014
“IOW: Good ‘Stuff’ fuels benefit”
CUBlog editorial tangents will usually grow outward from the local cinema sphere. Here, a cheeky video leads to notes on a generous benefit concert, a favorite rock band, and a preferred hair salon.

Post #800October 6, 2013
“Fred Marx visits the UI this week”
Film can be a powerful agent for better understanding our lives or inspiring social change, as evidenced by the career of UIUC alumnus Frederick Marx.

Post #700October 31, 2012
“Get horror, freaky C-U fiends!”
Overarching themes often drive CUBlog posts that are carefully written to deliver the compact details about many subjects. None are more fun to compile than those involving Halloween!

Post #600December 23, 2011
“C-U Biz-en-scéne: 12.23.2011”
For a time, we ran a comprehensive scene column of which this is a stellar example; topics include holiday gift ideas, festival deadlines, Heroic Age Studios news, and a HOUSE OF THADDEUS update.

Post #500March 14, 2011
“Share the news of CUBlog’s 5th!”
Our official press release announces the five-year anniversary of CUBlog; timing was coincidental up until a week beforehand and then … we just couldn’t help ourselves.

Post #400March 7, 2010
“Givin’ Lynskey a little love”
We fawn over distinctive character actress Melanie Lynskey, featured in several films and television shows with MICRO-FILM Country connections such as THE INFORMANT!

Post #300March 12, 2009
“CineMicroGraph 1.2 is out now!”
This was our second (and last) attempt to release a low-cost, low-run freebie in between CUZine issues; Chris and Anne Lukeman’s THE TRANSIENT made the cover.

Post #200February 27, 2008
“In My Backyard: Year 3”
One goal highlighted in the annual CUBlog address claimed we would be “hitting Ebertfest 2008 hard with [CUZine #2] to show that the first time around was no fluke.” Indeed!

Post #100February 21, 2007
“Coming Soon: Feb 2007 pt.2”
This edition of our early calendar series previews the Latin American Film Festival, the Insect Fear Film Festival, and a UI-sponsored “Lebowski Fest.”

Post #001February 25, 2006
“In My Backyard”
Your humble editor states “with C-U Blogfidential, we intend to make a minor splash creating a community history through cinema.” Have we abided, dearest readers?

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p.s. Yes. Like Dieter on “Sprockets,” we dance!

p.s.2 No. We don’t know what Post #1100 will be.

p.s.3 Maybe. Pitch us your prose when it’s time!

p.s.4 So? April is a great month to issue CUZine #8. Finally.


“Post #500″ through “Post #001″ material originally appeared as
“Milestone Posts on CUBlog” in C-U Confidential #5, April 2011, p.C-4.


[Updated 3/23/16, 8:30 a.m. CST]