CMM, CIFC meet Mar. 16, 18

Starting today, our monthly meeting reminder expands to embrace our friends to the west in the Capital City.

Firstly, Champaign Movie Makers meets at least once a month to afford area filmmakers and talent an opportunity to discuss and join forces on the making of independent cinema in the area. If you are interested in being more “in the loop” if not directly involved with CMM-related productions, please visit and join their Yahoo! Group.

The next meeting will take place tomorrow,  Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m., in the 4th floor conference room of the M2 Building, 301 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL. This month’s presentation will be by CMM founder Johnny Robinson about lighting techniques including a brief hands-on workshop; additional topics TBD.

Contact Johnny Robinson at johnny [at] johnnyrobinson [dot] com or Bill Kephart at billkephart [at] juno [dot] com for further information about Champaign Movie Makers.

And then, the Central Illinois Film Commission led by president Cameron Counts will get together Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m., at the Route 66 Hotel & Convention Center, 625 E. Saint Joseph St., Springfield, IL, in a room TBD according to Counts. CIFC seeks to connect industry professionals and educate up-and-comers via classes, social events, and Internet tools, along with plugging its members into working sets when opportunities arise.

You can read a bit more about where CIFC may be headed in this article posted today profiling the Illinois film industry, written by Jennifer A. Sheffield for The Independent Magazine.

Contact Counts at nmdcone [at] yahoo [dot] com for further information about the Central Illinois Film Commission; you can also visit their Web site or join their Yahoo! Group for CIFC news.

~ Jason Pankoke

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