Coming Soon: Sept-Oct 2007

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

Go on. Dodge those flittering, falling leaves and hole up in front of a movie … or at a discussion group … or in line to audition. Go people go! We’re counting on you.


Thursday, September 20, 7 p.m.: The fall Human Rights Film Series moves forward with TAXI DREAMS, about four immigrant cabbies establishing new lives in New York City. The series continues on consecutive Thursdays with 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

Friday, September 28 through Thursday, October 4: The Tournees French Film Festival returns to Champaign with a sextet of feature-length entries and one famous short subject. Each will be shown four times during a revolving schedule: PARIS JE T’AIME, PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES, DAYS OF GLORY, AVENUE MONTAIGNE, TIME TO LEAVE, and a pairing from Chris Marker, LA JETEE and THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT. Presented by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland College. @ Boardman’s Art Theatre, 126 W. Church St., Champaign. Click for more

Saturday, September 29, 4:30 p.m. :  A new team of student filmmakers called the Film Series Group is making a go of it according to a flyer posted around campus. The first general meeting will take place on the above date, to be followed by casting calls on Sunday, September 30, 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 7, 4:30 p.m. @ ISR Lounge, Illinois Street Residence Hall, UIUC, 1010 W. Illinois Ave., Urbana. Free. Contact producer Vincent Fulton with questions

Wednesday, October 3, 7 p.m.: The CU Video Group resumes its monthly meetings after skipping September. Led by Virginia Steffen of WILL-TV, the group informally discusses topics relating to video production. @ Rocks, 25 E. Springfield Ave., Champaign. Free. Contact Virginia with questions

Wednesday, October 3, 7 p.m.: At the very same moment, across the elevated tracks in downtown Champaign, Dark Maze Studios will premiere their new micro-production PRESS START on the big screen. Sponsored by Volition, Inc. @ The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park St., Champaign. $3. Click for more

Wednesday, October 3: Sometime earlier in the day, the experimental film portrait KURT COBAIN: ABOUT A SON will have its commercial theatrical debut at the IFC Center in New York City. Directed by Illinois native AJ Schnack (GIGANTIC), this meditation mates Cobain voice recordings with Pacific Northwest cinematography and a non-Nirvana soundtrack. ABOUT A SON rates a mention here because Chris Green, part-time Champaign resident and host/co-creator of C-U music video programs, is listed as a producer. He also earned an Associate Producer credit on the documentary FAVELA RISING, which played the Art Theatre during this year’s Latin American Film Festival (see item: 2/21/07). Elsewhere, Shout! Factory announced in a September 18 e-newsletter that it will release the DVD for ABOUT A SON in early 2008. Click for more


I bet you didn’t expect it to end that way, huh? This gives you all the more reason to take a peek every week to learn what’s “Coming Soon” to a theater near C-U!

~ Jason Pankoke

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