Coming Soon: Oct 2007 pt.2

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

We’re late! We’re late! However, please don’t think for one second that we’ll disappear down the hole like a hallucinogenic white rabbit. We’re for real! To prove it, we belately offer up this week’s cinema selections that are bound to satisfy a few, shall we say, appetites… 


Thursday, October 11, 7 p.m.: It may be odd to retroactively list an event, but I’ve already plugged this one for three weeks running and I appreciate these folks’ efforts. The fall Human Rights Film Series concludes with LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE, which edits together “video letters” from Mexico to the United States detailing the economic despair of low-income workers at the mercy of globalization. @ Illinois Disciples Foundation, 610 E. Springfield Ave., Champaign. Free. Click for more

Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13, Midnight: Who says you can’t do the “Time Warp” again? Get thee down to the Soy Capital for rare screenings of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) accompanied by a “shadow cast” of Millikin University students who will make sure you take a jump to the left, a step to the right, and chuck handfuls of rice at all the right moments. @ Avon Theatre, 426 N. Water St., Decatur. $5. Click for more

Sunday, October 14, 7 p.m.: The Food Film Fest will feature three shorts concerning food and farming as well as a meet-and-greet to discuss local crop sustinence with academics and professionals in the field. On the menu: YUM, YUM, YUM! (1990) from Floridian filmmaker Les Blank, the Oscar-winning THE ACCOUNTANT! (2001), and the Sierra Club production THE TRUE COST OF FOOD (2005). Primary sponsor: Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program, College of ACES, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. @ 180 Bevier Hall, UIUC, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. Free. Click for more

Monday, October 15, 7 p.m.: Screening of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) starring Lon Chaney, Sr., with live Wurlitzer Organ accompaniment by Warren York. While it’s always great to see this pre-talkies horror chestnut revived, is there any chance that something other than PHANTOM or NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF TERROR could receive the nod starting next fall? @ The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park St., Champaign. Free. Click for more 

Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m.: Screening of the feature-length documentary MUTINY: ASIANS STORM BRITISH MUSIC (2003) with producer/director Vivek Bald in attendance. Shot during a seven-year period, the film shows how South Asian electronica gained a foothold in the Nineties British music scene. 217 Noyes Lab, UIUC, 505 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. Free. Click for more

Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.: For the second time in a week, the crown jewel of downtown Decatur presents a classic movie with live accompaniment when The Alloy Orchestra adds its unique aural sheen to the venerable silent-era comedy, THE GENERAL (1927) starring Buster Keaton. @ Avon Theatre, 426 N. Water St., Decatur. $10/adults, $7/seniors & students. Click for more


Daaaaaamn! That’s a tasty little smorgasbord, isn’t it? Be sure to stop by next week and discover which delectible specials are “Coming Soon” to a theater near C-U!

~ Jason Pankoke

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