C-U Film Leader: 11.12.2015

The C-U Film Leader appears sporadically on C-U Blogfidential to point our readers towards interesting cinema activity relevant to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and the surrounding area. Please support the artists and their work, attend screenings and events, and otherwise become active in our wondrous little world!



Featuring: Ebertfest passes on sale,
Art Coop memberships are live, & more!

It’s yet another C-U Film Leader, opening your eyes to what we’re seeing come down the pipeline by presenting our findings in an abbreviated format you can read and heed easily!


Ardent fans of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival probably had Monday, November 2, circled on their calendars for some time, as festival passes to the 2015 show were slated to go on sale that day through the Virginia Theatre box office. Presuming they have not sold out by the time you read this, head to the Virginia Web site and reserve your own passes today if having discounted access to all films during the 18th annual “Ebertfest” is important to you. Of more immediate interest to the University of Illinois student body was a campus appearance by Chaz Ebert two weekends ago on Sunday, November 1. According to the Daily Illini, Ebert discussed her relationship with the late Roger Ebert in accordance with stories told in his autobiography Life Itself, a “summer reading” choice for high-achievement UI undergraduates belonging to the Campus Honors Program, during an address made at the Illini Union. Ebert also talked about the Chicago stage production about their lives, The Black White Love Play directed by Jackie Taylor for the Black Ensemble Theater, and the upcoming Roger Ebert Center in the College of Media among other topics. Look for C-U Blogfidential to complete a few Ebertfest thoughts of our own by the New Year!


We can’t thank enough our fine film friends at the Art Theater Co-op for providing another rock-solid foundation for our local cinema-maker showcase, the New Art Film Festival, back on Sunday, October 4. Nary a hitch was to be had! Now, we encourage all of you who enjoy the NAFF in its current home to step up your support for Champaign-Urbana’s one true “art house” by investigating their “Annual Membership” program launched in August. This is a different manner of fundraising from the original “purchase shares in the cooperative” initiative that originally funded their move to a more democratic business model; memberships help offset recurring operational costs as well as fund special programs, speakers, and performers that only the Art will bring to town. In return, members receive discounts and other privileges that shareholders and other customers do not. Visit this dedicated page at the Art Web site for further details that will better explain membership goals and perks than we can in 200 words or less! Besides, would you not want to further enhance the mission of the Art, one of only 23 theaters nationwide selected in July as a member of the upstart Sundance Institute Art House Project? Thought so.


Recorded with absolute imperfection at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters in Champaign, the “irreverent pop culture podcast” Damian Duffy Hates Everything has been dissecting entertainment topics in a sarcastic half-hour flurry since November 2012. DDHE stars comics historian and artist Damian Duffy, graphic design professor and environmental reuse activist Eric Benson, and your humble editor as they hash over media interests. In Episode 27 released on Halloween, for instance, Duffy reveals why he avoids THE WALKING DEAD talk and dismisses the recent hashtag controversy related to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Roundtable discussions with fine arts instructor Tammie Rubin, analyzing modern television (DDHE #26) and the early BATMAN V SUPERMAN trailer (DDHE #25), filled out preceding entries, while all episodes to date have been augmented with segments such as “Talking about Other Shit” rants, “Two Minutes of Love” catharses, and commercials of very dubious origin. Watch for future show announcements and extraneous nonsense to litter their Facebook page as you stream a little Hate from either iTunes or Google Play apps or via non-Firefox browsers. It will vibrate your ear holes!

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That’s it for today, friends. The Leader has spoken!

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Compiled by Jason Pankoke


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