NAFF 2010 schedule in full

Yes, we’re already one day into the New Art Film Festival at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, but that means we’ve only just begun and five days’ worth of Midwest independent cinema remain! Please consult the schedule after the jump and plan on attending at some point to show Champaign-Urbana that our community can support a local showcase of locally made movies!

You can start your patronage tonight, when we will be showing Ed Glaser’s videogame movie parody PRESS START at 5 p.m., Robin Christian’s drama ACT YOUR AGE at 7:30 p.m., and MICRO-FILM friend Eric Stanze’s moody rural horror tale DEADWOOD PARK at 10 p.m. Admission will be $6.50 to all remaining shows of the NAFF; be sure to keep tabs at the Art’s Web site and get on their Mailing List to receive timely screening information!

~ Jason Pankoke

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The New Art Film Festival
@ The Art Theater
126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL

sponsored by
The Art Theater
& C-U Confidential

Thursday, April 15, 2010

5:00 p.m. ~ FREE SHOW!
“Non-Taxing Film Loop”
Appx. 90 min.

Main Attractions:
THE TRANSIENT
2009, 25 min., Horror/Comedy
Dir. Chris Lukeman
Kill Vampire Lincoln Productions, Carbondale, IL
http://www.killvampirelincoln.com/

• Filmed in C-U in 2007
• Conceived, produced & directed by UIUC alumni
• Starring professional Lincoln performer Michael Krebs

DR. ZOND CONTROLS THE WEATHER
2006, 9 min., Animation
Dir. Johnny Robinson
Urbana, IL
http://www.johnnyrobinson.com/

• Hand-crafted stop-motion animation produced in Rochester, NY
• Created by Johnny Robinson of Urbana

IT’S A PENGUINFUL LIFE
2010, 2 min., Animation

Dir. Thomas Nicol
Urbana, IL
tdnicol@gmail.com

• Lively stop-motion animation with surprise twist ending
• Created by UIUC graduate student Thomas Nicol

“SNICKERS” SPOTS
2009, 3 x 1 min., Comedy

Dir. Joe Taylor
Sleepy Creek Films, Fairmount, IL
http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com/

• Collaboration with Bill Kephart of Tolono and Thomas Nicol of Urbana
• “Share the Love” spot won $5K in PopTent.net contest

Previews:
PRESS START, 2007
ACT YOUR AGE, 2009
HOOPESTON, 2008
PRELUDE, 2008
DISPOSABLE, 2010
RETURN IN RED, 2006
PROCEED AND BE BOLD!, 2009
I AM CONCRETE, 2007
A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW, 2010
REVOLTING, 2010
LEADING LADIES, 2010
WAITING FOR GODOT, 2007

10:00 p.m. ~ FREE SHOW!
“MICRO-FILM by Midnite I” presents:
EXISTO
1999, 90 min., Musical/Comedy

Dir. Coke Sams
RuckusFilm, Nashville, TN
http://www.existo.com/

• Featured as cover story of MICRO-FILM 4 in 2001
• One of the last films starring Jim “Ernest” Varney

~With~

FALLING TO THE TOP
2008, 24 min., Comedy

Dir. Wes Edwards
RuckusFilm, Nashville, TN
http://www.ruckusfilm.com/

• HD black comedy about slacker looking for work

Friday, April 16, 2010

5:00 p.m.
“Dark Maze Studios Presents” featuring:
PRESS START
2007, 100 min., Sci-Fi/Comedy

Dir. Ed Glaser
Dark Maze Studios, Champaign, IL
http://www.darkmaze.com/

• Filmed in C-U and Monticello in 2005-6
• Parodies video games past and present
• Features several voice and motion-capture actors from video game industry

~With~

SPACE NINJA*, 2010, 3 min., Pilot Episode
PRESS START ADVENTURES, 2009, 3 min., Episode
RAMPAGE, 2009, 2 min., Trailer
ROBOGIRL, 2008, 2 min., Trailer

7:30 p.m.
ACT YOUR AGE
2009, 105 min., Drama

Dir. Robin Christian
Dreamscape Cinema, Champaign, IL
http://www.dreamscape.bz/
http://www.actyouragemovie.com/

• Filmed in Champaign County in 2005
• Fourth feature produced by Dreamscape Cinema
• Features character actors Max Gail, Eddie Jones, and the late Pat Morita

10 p.m.
“MICRO-FILM by Midnite II” presents:
DEADWOOD PARK*
2007, 117 min., Horror/Thriller

Dir. Eric Stanze
Wicked Pixel Cinema, St. Louis, MO
http://www.wickedpixel.com/

• Filmed in southeast Missouri
• From the director of cult horror films ICE FROM THE SUN and SCRAPBOOK
Wicked Pixel Cinema profiled in first MICRO-FILM from1999
• Released by Cinema Epoch video label in 2007

Saturday, April 17, 2010

2:30 p.m.
HOOPESTON
*
2008, 78 min., Documentary

Dir. Thomas Bender
Syndyne, New York, NY
http://www.synydyne.com/

• Tells tale of Witch School tenure in small town Hoopeston, IL
• Well-reviewed doc shown at New York and Chicago Underground Film Festivals

~With~

PRELUDE
2008, 32 min., Drama

Dir. Luke Boyce
Shatterglass Studios, Champaign, IL
http://shatterglassstudios.com/

• First in-house narrative production of Shatterglass Studios
• First RED One Digital Cinema narrative film shot in Champaign County

5:00 p.m.
“Illini Film & Video 10th Anniversary”
Appx. 90 min.

~With~

THE TRANSIENT
2009, 25 min., Horror/Comedy

Dir. Chris Lukeman
Kill Vampire Lincoln Productions, Carbondale, IL
http://www.killvampirelincoln.com/

7:30 p.m.
“Sneak Preview”
DISPOSABLE*
2010, 104 min., Thriller

Dir. Robin Christian
Dreamscape Cinema, Champaign, IL
http://www.dreamscape.bz/
http://www.dispmovie.com/

• Filmed in Champaign County in 2007
• Fifth feature produced by Dreamscape Cinema
• Stars Skye Peters as foster home teen pursued by criminals

10:00 p.m.
“MICRO-FILM by Midnite III” presents:
RETURN IN RED*
2006, 102 min., Drama/Thriller

Dir. Tyler Tharpe
Innerworld Pictures, Indianapolis, IN
tylertharpe@yahoo.com

• Filmed in northeast Indiana
• From the director of cult horror film FREAK
• Subject of MICRO-FILM article series in issues 5-7
• Released by Image Entertainment video label in 2006

Sunday, April 18, 2010

2:30 p.m.
PROCEED AND BE BOLD!
2009, 95 min., Documentary

Dir. Laura Zinger
20K Films, Naperville, IL
http://www.20kfilms.com/

• Directed by UIUC and Illini Film & Video alum Laura Zinger
• Photographed by C-U Confidential columnist Michelle Kaffko
• Inspiring story of how one man followed his muse to make art

~With~

CELESTE ABOVE
2009, 16 min., Drama
Dir. Johnny Robinson
Urbana, IL

THE HEART OF TANGO
2007, 19 min., Drama/Music

Dir. Johnny Robinson
Urbana, IL
http://www.johnnyrobinson.com/

• Two films by Johnny Robinson, founder of Champaign Movie Makers
TANGO dramatizes the dance as we watch a duo practice and perform
CELESTE is Robinson’s first local film after relocating from New York

5:00 p.m.
“Chicago Filmmakers”
SEVEN SIGNS*
2008, 52 min., Documentary/Music

Dir. Todd Tue, J.D. Wilkes, Blake Judd
Milk Products Media, et al, Chicago, IL
http://www.milkproductsmedia.com/

• Portrait of the “old south” not infringed upon by modern urban living
• Several music interludes add flavor to the film
• Creator J.D. Wilkes is a musician and connoisseur of Southern culture

~With~

THE LIFELINE: TRILOGY*
2008, 18 min., Music Video

Dir. Chris Folkens
Mystic Films, Chicago, IL
http://www.mystic-films.com/

• Filmed in Chicago area and Monticello in 2007
• Directed by UIUC and Illini Film & Video alum Chris Folkens
• Stars Evan Dollard, a winner on the AMERICAN GLADIATORS revival

I AM CONCRETE*
2007, 43 min., Drama/Experimental

Dir. David Schmüdde
Chicago, IL
http://www.iamconcrete.com/
http://www.schmudde.net/

• Stream-of-consciousness dialogues set in Chicago loft
• Jackson (Barret Walz) attempts to rationalize failed relationships
• Features Jacquelin Zook, daughter of Illini football coach Ron Zook

7:30 p.m.
A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW
*
2010, 60 min., Thriller/Experimental

Dir. Derek Klein
Premonition Pictures, Santa Monica, CA
http://www.premonitionpictures.com/

• Created by the makers of popular UI set show, ONE FINE DAY!
• A murder spree connects the lives of several characters
• Shot on UIUC campus during Spring Break 2009

~With~

THIS LIFE AIN’T PRETTY
2009, 38 min., Drama

Dir. Kimberly Connors
Predestined Arts & Entertainment, Springfield, IL
http://www.predestinedartsandentertainment.com/index.html
http://www.thislifeaintprettythemovie.com/

• Filmed in Springfield area in 2009
• Director Kimberly Connors is Champaign native
• Story involves young African American woman coming to terms with contracting AIDS

Monday, April 19, 2010

7:30 p.m.
THE SCIENTIST
*
2010, 88 min., Drama

Dir. Zach LeBeau
Polynation Pictures, Council Bluffs, IA
http://thescientistmovie.com/
http://www.gypsyhouse.com/

• Directed by Carbondale native and industry professional Zach LeBeau
• Stars veteran actor Bill Sage as widowed scientist investigating secrets of life
• Filmed in Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

7:30 p.m. ~ FINAL PRESENTATION!
“Best of Festival”
Appx. 120 min.

• Reprise of favorite films from the New Art Film Festival
• Prefaced by short filmmakers’ discussions about creating cinema in C-U

Items noted with an asterisk (*) are public premieres in C-U.

CONTACT:

Sanford Hess
Operator, the Art Theater

the.art.theater@gmail.com
217-979-9519

Travis Alber
Marketing Director, the Art Theater

Public Relations, The New Art Film Festival
562.394.2873

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