Coming Soon: February 2007

Every now and then, C-U Blogfidential will highlight limited-run screenings in the area which often receive little to no press in traditional news outlets. The following event is “coming soon” in February; please support this diverse film programming in our community by attending and spreading the word. Multiplexes and television sets are no substitute for a true cinema experience!

It’s about that time when we head indoors to escape the plentiful snow as special film events finally pop up like premature spring flowers, providing colorful interest amidst the Hollywood drift.

We only have one item to report today – we’ll certainly make up for it en masse next week – and it’s a curious diversion to be sure. The John Cusack Film Festival brings together four of the Chicago actor’s best-known movies: BETTER OFF DEAD (1985), SAY ANYTHING… (1989), GROSSE POINTE BLANK (1997), and BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999). Although the first two played last night, you can still catch the remaining two tonight, Friday, February 16, 6 p.m., on the campus of Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL. (But don’t ask us where on campus, because that little tidbit doesn’t appear in LLC’s press release; we’ll recommend that you contact Special Projects Coordinator Ron Sanderson for clarification.)

Presented by LLC’s Arts and Humanities Series and the Student Activity Board, “CusackFest” is free and open to the public. The festival’s namesake is apparently not scheduled to attend, according to a News-Gazette write-up, but you won’t have far to look for a photo op. Event emcee Greg Trumbold, a resident meteorologist at WAND-TV in Decatur, has also acted in a pair of recent Alaric Rocha films, MERRY CHRISTMAS! (see item: 11/15/06) and STOP ALICE.

~ Jason Pankoke

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