Route 66 FF offers 10th event

C-U Blogfidential salutes the efforts of director Linda McElroy and her staff in perpetuating the Route 66 International Film Festival, which will present its 10th annual program of quality independent work from the world over beginning tomorrow, Friday, September 16, and wrapping up mid-evening Sunday, September 18. All screenings will take place in the LRS Theatre of the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., downtown Springfield, IL, including an opening night party with attending filmmakers! This includes the crew behind local comedy REVOLTING, the first of numerous Illinois-made features and shorts to represent throughout the schedule. You can access the complete itinerary in PDF form here or on Route 66’s Facebook page, while we provide a pared-down hit list after the jump below.

One off-site event will occur at the pre-Civil War house maintained in honor of early 20th century poet and author Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931), among whose works is a landmark in cinema discourse from 1915, The Art of the Moving Picture. Thanks to a timely FB status by Confidential agent Benjamin Stone regarding the passing of Project Gutenberg founder Michael S. Hart, we learned of a post on silent movie Weblog The Bioscope which links to several PG public domain e-books including Moving Image. This illustrates one major plus about Hart’s legacy despite our rant from last Friday – the wide availability of vintage writing that might not be considered salable in print form and otherwise lost forever.

So now the big question looms. “Do we road trip to the state capital for Route 66 and support our friends/honor the anniversary/have a grand time, or do we simply trek across the C-U for the IMC Film Festival and support our friends/volunteer our help/save gas/have a grand time?” Of course, CUBlog has only one answer. “Some way, somehow, attend both if you can swing it for the sake of local art, independent film, and general good will.” Go make your humble editor proud, dearest readers!

~ Jason Pankoke



Route 66 International Film Festival
September 16-18, 2011
Hoogland Center for the Arts
Springfield, IL

Friday, September 16

6:30 p.m.
Opening Night Gala

WRECKING BALL (Lyle Pisio, 6 min., Canada, animation)
REVOLTING (Mike Boedicker, 81 min., Danville, IL, Best Illinois Feature)
WHILE GOD IS WATCHING US (Stefano Cipani, 16 min., Italy/U.S.,
dark comedy)
STRINGS (Ben Foster, 98 min., Hollywood, CA, Best Thriller)

Join filmmakers after the show for snacks & cash bar.

Saturday, September 17

9:30 a.m.
Session 1 – High School Student Showcase

A FATHER’S GIFT (Bunee Tomlinson, Edmund, OK, 22 min.)
CONSEQUENTIAL LIES (Alex Fjellberg Swerdlowe,
Weston, CT, 17 min.)
MACK (Ben Kadie, Bellevue, WA, 23 min.)
PAPER AIRPLANE (Springfield Film Club, Springfield, IL, 66 min.)

12 p.m.
Session 2 – Debut Contest

RAINBOW RABBIT RELIANT (Kitt Lavoie, etc., CA, 19 min.)
BUON GIOMO SAYONARA (Karen Hope, UK, 9 min.)
THROUGH THE RED DOOR (Josh Johnson, Azusa, CA, 31 min.)
IMAGO WINGS (Jamie Fidalgo, Spain, 11 min.)
MARY’S FRIEND (John Roberts, WI, 4 min.)
PERHAPS TOMORROW (Sandy Garfunkel, New York, NY, 21 min.)

2 p.m.
Session 3 – Made in Illinois Contest

LEFT ALONE (Seth Boggess & Natasha Warloe, Chicago, IL, 15 min.)
THE SINGER (Josh Hope, Chicago, IL, 10 min.)
EMMETT’S LAST STAND (Brian Patterson, Chicago, IL, 21 min.)
BACK HOME (Tye Wilson, Taylorville, IL, 8 min.)
KEYCARDS (Russell Yaffe, Bethesda, MD, 16 min.)
THE LINE OF DEPARTURE (Folleh Tamba, Chicago, IL, 28 min.)
LIBBY GIRL: SURPRISE! (Janet Mayson, Bloomington, IL, 4 min.)
LEMONOMICS (Teresa Klaban, Los Angeles, CA, 11 min.)

4:15 p.m.
Session 4 – Illinois Dramas

THE FOREST (Steven Summers, Chicago, IL, 16 min.)
AMBER ROSE (Mike Trippiedi, Champaign, IL, 88 min.)

5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Free Reception
Vachel Lindsay State Historic Site, 603 S. 5th St., Springfield
Refreshments and raffle of Lindsay’s book
The Art of the Moving Picture, published in 1915.

7:15 p.m.
Session 5 – Double Session

Los Angeles, CA, 10 min.)
BENEATH THE SAME SKY (Dan Masucci, New York, 13 min.)
PAPER FLOWER (Brent Green, Oklahoma City, OK, 21 min.)
THE LIZARD KING (Joel LaFrance, Marco Sanchez, Marcus Terrazas, Mike Brown, Mike Nguyen, Emeryville, CA, 8 min.)
S. Korea, 22 min.)
SIREN (Andras Novak, Hungary, 11 min.)
TATTOO (Paul Helin, Finland, 20 min.)
POKE (Joshua Mullins, St. Louis, MO, 13 min.)

9:30 p.m.
Late Show

GOLIATH (Jaime Fidalgo, Spain, 6 min., experimental)
BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL (Christine Elise McCarthy,
Los Angeles, CA, 11 min., Comedy)
GOD’S EARS (Michael Worth, Valencia, CA, 116 min.,
Best Drama Feature)

Sunday, September 18

9:30 a.m.
Session 6 – Comedy Contest

4 PICTURES (Mike Madigan, Troy, MI, 15 min.)
I SAID SILENCE (Katie Chakkaphak & James Fontana,
Emeryville, CA, 10 min.)
France, 3 min.)
THE SQUASH (Bobby Young, San Francisco, CA, 17 min.)
LONG LIVE THE DUKE (Matt Brailey, Los Angeles, CA, 9 min.)
THE BIGGER PICTURE (Matt Young, UK, 10 min.)
PROM DATE (Jessica Schoen, Rockville Centre, NY, 15 min.)
(Manuela Moreno, Spain, 3 min.)
LOS FOUR MCNIFKOS (Tucker Davila Wood, Spain, 6 min.)

12 p.m.
Session 7 – Documentaries

Norman, OK, 3 min.)
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS (Joe Windish, Milledgeville, GA, 10 min.)
THE QUIET LIFE (Timothy Hittle, San Francisco, CA, 11 min., animation)
FLIGHT TO THE WALL (Bill Matson, San Jose, CA, 90 min.,
Best Documentary)

2:15 p.m.
Session 8 – Comedy Feature

OF FROGS AND GODS (Brad Pattullo, 8 min., animation)
SWING (Yen-Ting Kuo, Monterey Park, CA, 4 min., animation)
5 MINUTES EACH (Vojin Vasovic, Serbia/Montenegro & Canada,
10 min., animation)
DER SANDMAN (Peter Luisi, Zurich, Switzerland, 88 min.,
Best Comedy)

4:30 p.m.
Session 9 – Best of Fest Feature

KEENAN AT SEA (Jeremy Galante, Chagrin Falls, OH, 2 min., animation)
THE ITALIAN KEY (Rosa Karo & Seppo Toivonen, Helsinki, Finland,
and Tuomas Kantelinen, Santa Monica, CA, 99 min., Best of Fest)

6:30 p.m.
Session 10 – Awards & Winners

WORLDS APART (Michael Zachary Huber, Sunnyvale, CA, 9 min.,
Best Animation)
PILLOW GIRL (Ronnie Cramer, Denver, CO, 8 min.,
Best Experimental Film)
TIME FREAK (Andrew Bowler, Brooklyn, NY, 11 min.,
Best Comedy Short)
QUIRK OF FATE (Marco J. Riedl, Germany, 45 min.,
Best Foreign Language Film)
IN THE MIDDLE (Thomas Ward, Woodway, U.S., 8 min.,
Best Debut Short)
RITA (Antonio Piazza, Italy, 20 min.,
Best Drama Short)
IN VINO VERITAS (Joseph Taylor, Fairmount, IL, 8 min.,
Best Illinois Short)

Closing ceremony will follow the films.


Festival Pass: $65 includes all films and party
One-day pass: Friday, Saturday or Sunday: $30
Single session: $10
3 sessions: (Sat. or Sun.) $25


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