Coming Soon: Sept 2007 pt.2

The following special events are “coming soon” to the area in September. Please support this diverse film programming by attending and spreading the word!

The movies march forth in central Illinois, with a couple of return engagements amongst a few surprises:


Thursday, September 20, 7 p.m.: The biannual Human Rights Film Series kicks off its fall run with WETBACK: THE UNDOCUMENTED DOCUMENTARY, about Nicaraguan migrants who attempt to cross through North America to reach Canada. The series continues on consecutive Thursdays with TAXI DREAMS (Sept. 27), FARMINGVILLE (Oct. 4), and LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE (Oct. 11). Discussion and refreshments follow the screenings. @ Illinois Disciples Foundation, 610 E. Springfield Ave., Champaign. Free. Click for more

Thursday, September 20, 7 p.m.: The Springfield and Central Illinois Film Commission meets once a month to provide networking opportunities and highlight local achievements. @ Banquet Room, Kicks Family Entertainment Center, 2744 S. Sixth St., Springfield. Click for more

Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23: If you can’t wait for the Beatles-inspired ACROSS THE UNIVERSE to reach a theater near you, why not go for the real deal? Skip Huston will roll out one of the greatest rock movies ever, A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1964), for three nights only: 9/21, 8 p.m., 9/22, 8 p.m., and 9/23, 5 p.m. Go see John, Paul, George, and Ringo larger than life in silvery black-and-white; it’ll make you feel all right. @ Avon Theatre, 426 N. Water St., Decatur. Click for more

Sunday, September 23, 5:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.: So mysterious that its only Web mention (until now) is the cryptic entry linked here, the Moving Images festival presents “submissions from the undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni” of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. News to me. Now, it’s news to you, too. @ Armory 101, Armory Building, UIUC, 505 E. Armory Ave., Champaign. Free. Click for more

Tuesday, September 25: Local micro-budget posse Dark Maze Studios will finally release the DVD of its videogame-inspired action-fantasy PRESS START (2007) on this date, featuring three commentaries, three “Bonus Level” cartoons, and other extras. Score! Watch C-U Blogfidential for additional news about the PRESS START premiere @ Virginia Theatre and an exclusive interview with director/producer Ed Glaser. Click for more


When you’re finished seeing the sights, stop by next week to learn what’s “Coming Soon” to a theater near C-U!

~ Jason Pankoke

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