Silent nights a no-go at MFHQ

Who says life slows down due to winter break on campus and nasty weather all around here in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois? Unlike this time last year when we willfully dimmed the lights at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters and took a breather, we’re scrambling greatly in the present to share our news, views, and discoveries with you because our culture simply won’t quit! We’ve lit up C-U Blogfidential for your reading pleasure 17 times in the past eight weeks compared to three during the same period last year, and we have yet to enter our traditional springtime frenzy leading up to both the New Art Film Festival and Roger Ebert’s Film Festival in April. Yet, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Apart from organizing the fifth annual NAFF and issuing the landmark eighth issue of C-U Confidential digest in the months ahead, your humble editor has multiple literary irons in the fire to keep our dearest readers’ minds warm and toasty while visiting CUBlog! Upcoming pieces we can tease include new columns from our Indianapolis man Tyler Tharpe, a fresh field report by Champaign film producer Robin Christian, an update to the “five film challenges” posed to our community-at-large back in CUZine #5, our annual “In My Backyard” address, belated musings on the late Roger Ebert and his local legacy, a peek at the recently published memoir by Urbana native and book publisher Michael Wiese, rare Art Theater pictures from our fearless leader’s personal collection, updates on several MICRO-FILM Country productions such as the indie features WE HAD THIS BAND and THE GARDEN OF CHLOE, and more!

Do you know what might be the most exciting development? We’ve begun talks with interested citizens du C-U about coming aboard the good ship Confidential as contributors to our cinematic cause! We will happily introduce them to you as their work begins to appear across our outlets. By the same token, what are you waiting for? Contact us at cuconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com about which areas of our strange little universe you would be interested in applying your time, hard work, and talent. The much-improved, multi-faceted C-U Blogfidential of the near future thanks you in advance!

~ Jason Pankoke

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