Archive for the 'The Old School' Category

Virus fells Orpheum, shorts Avon

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Nationwide consensus is that small businesses and organizations will get raked over the coals before the pandemic is over. We look at how a first-run, mixed-use, and former movie theater are doing.

Don’t ever let the dust settle, C-U

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Self-restriction has been lifted as your humble editor rockets out the gate with fresh words on important topics and miscellany as well as dear old Dad. He might mention a few filmy things on top of that.

Let’s all go to the ‘Movies,’ C-U

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Once upon a time, next to no one in our society knew how to make movies. Traveling impresarios of a century ago made sure to tease the average citizen with the possibilities in programs like ‘Making Movies.’

UI ghosts linger on and off screen

Friday, May 29th, 2020

University of Illinois students a generation apart do their on-camera best to convince viewers that campus spirits drift among us. Their existence somewhat haunts your humble editor to this day.

Cicadas fashioned to fit allegory

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Once again, the archives at MFHQ trigger your humble editor into remembering times of a different creative energy. Herein we have evidence of his stab at fashioning attire for a lost short film project.

MWP volume sifts ‘Footage’ gold

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Our limited series on filmmaking books from the Michael Wiese Productions library continues with ‘Stock Footage + Everything under the Sun’ by James Forsher, reviewed by Jason Pankoke.

COUNTRY to encore on WILL-TV

Friday, March 6th, 2020

It has been a long while since a feature-length project has emerged from the WILL-TV studios in Urbana, so we welcome ILLINOIS COUNTRY with open arms. It airs tonight, March 6, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

URBANA sets off Freaky flashback

Friday, June 7th, 2019

On the lighter side, there are few film things we remember more fondly than the Freaky Film Festival of Champaign. Circa 2019, the internet allows us to revisit a few former Freaky movies, circa 1999. Indulge!

Freaky Film friend needs our help

Friday, May 31st, 2019

People are paramount over the places and things in MICRO-FILM Country. Agreed? Then, you won’t mind if we address how you can help ease the financial bind of a friend and mother due to a major health crisis.

One less haunt remains in the C-U

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Espresso Royale on Daniel Street in Champaign, IL, will be closed and torn down, but we’ll always have our memories and film evidence of the coffee spot. What film evidence, you say? It’s minor, but, it exists!