Coming Soon: Oct-Nov 2008

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


Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5: The sixth AEMS Asian Film Festival presents current cinema about being “Young in Japan.” A revolving schedule includes the features TASTE OF TEA, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, HINOKIO, WINGS OF DEFEAT, TRAIN MAN, and JOSEE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH. Sponsored by the Asian Educational Media Service and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, UIUC. @ Boardman’s Art Theatre, 126 W. Church St., Champaign. Free. Click for more

Saturday, October 4, 7 p.m.: The acclaimed independent film THE VISITOR, about a retired professor who forges a relationship with illegal immigrants that have moved into his Manhattan apartment, afforded actor Richard Jenkins his first lead role after a long career of character work. Jenkins, a 1969 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, will attend this presentation with co-star Danai Jekesai Gurira, whose parents also attended IWU. The film will be shown again on Sunday, October 5, 7 p.m., sans the actors. @ The Normal Theater, 209 North St., Normal. Click for more

Thursday, October 9, 5:30 p.m.: The IPRH Film Series continues with a screening and discussion of HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE (1991), directed by Fax Bahr with George Hickenlooper and featuring Francis Ford Coppola, and how it relates to the year-long theme of “Disciplinarity: Films on Film.” The series will continue with ED WOOD (1994, Oct. 30) and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952, Nov. 13). Sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. @ KAM Auditorium (Room 62), Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign. Free. Click for more

Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, Midnight: Oh, how we love any excuse to use the word “midnight” at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters! Know why? Because it’s usually in conjunction with that rarest of deviant confections, the bona fide “midnight movie.” Leave it to the only area theater operator with enough balls to fulfill our deepest trash cinema desires by presenting THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) the way it should be presented … with live accompaniment at the top of the witching hour! Up-front shenanigans to be provided by the Millikin [University] Shadow Cast. @ The Avon Theater, 426 N. Water St., Decatur. Click for more

Friday, October 31 through Thursday, November 6: The fourth Tournees French Film Festival bookends a month of cinematic goodness in downtown Champaign. The contemporary slate includes BLAME IT ON FIDEL!, THE LAST MISTRESS, HER NAME IS SABINE, DANS PARIS, and DRY SEASON, while a two-fer of the vintage Albert Lamorisse featurettes THE RED BALLOON (1956) and WHITE MANE (1953) will be shown on Saturday, November 1, and Sunday, November 2, both at 2 p.m. Tournees is presented by the French American Cultural Exchange and sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland College. @ Boardman’s Art Theatre, 126 W. Church St., ChampaignClick for more


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~ Jason Pankoke

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