Archive for the 'Champaign Movie Makers' Category

Kids’ vids preserve Pens to Lens

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

When life hands you lemons, make the best movies possible with limited means! This is the lesson behind the children-led Pens to Lens show that premiered virtually at Facebook on August 15, 2020.

CMM to view 48-hour films tonight

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Handiwork by the teams who participated in this weekend’s 48-hour challenge will be shown tonight, February 24, 2020, during the monthly Champaign Movie Makers meeting at the Champaign Public Library.

C-U studio earning showbiz SLICE

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Little more than 10 years ago, Shatterglass Studios premiered their short film PRELUDE in a small-town theater. Today, the producers based in Champaign, IL, create on a much grander scale.

And another NAFF bites the dust…

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

We may have legitimacy, dependability, and a long track record, but we don’t have all the answers. Who does? It’s time to reflect on the need for the New Art Film Festival in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Art show marks CMM milestone

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Champaign Movie Makers is a grassroots institution and a necessary constant calm in our swirling on-off storm of film culture du C-U. Wish CMM a happy 10th birthday at their free show tonight at the Art Theater!

C-U Film Leader: 2.17.2016

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

In this edition of C-U Blogfidential’s all-purpose column, “The C-U Film Leader,” we talk about celebrity sightings to come, single-screen venues to preserve, and miscellany du C-U for all to behold!

Sept. 15 to be a lovely CMM day

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Champaign Movie Makers, a group dedicated to fostering independent and personal filmmaking in the Champaign-Urbana area, will next meet at the WILL-TV studios in Urbana, IL, on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Focus will be on evaluating CMM itself.

IOW: P2L kid films debut Aug. 15

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

From the “Images of the Week” Dept.: Before the students in your life go back to school, take them to the Pens to Lens Gala on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL. Good things will be learned!

Eek! No rest from the flickers!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

We’ve crammed so many film culture plugs in this post that it’s downright eerie! Beware that something Freeky, Drunken, Embarras, and International this way comes in the next week-plus, but don’t be shy in getting sexy with your cinema stuffs, either!

IOW: Our kids stay in the pictures

Friday, August 8th, 2014

From the “Images of the Week” Dept.: In this extra-length IOW, we flash you with Pens to Lens brilliance and then talk with short film organizer and director Thomas Nicol about this unique C-U activity.

Virginia hosts Pens to Lens gala

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The second annual Pens to Lens Awards Gala will take place Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Here is the line-up of all our children’s wild story ideas brought to life by the filmmakers of Champaign-Urbana!

CMM open to FOOD in May, June

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Champaign Movie Makers, a group dedicated to fostering independent and personal filmmaking in the Champaign-Urbana area, will next meet at Shatterglass Studios near downtown Champaign, IL, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Focus will be on useful pre-production skills and Pens to Lens film projects.

THADDEUS badass in C-U debut

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Champaign Movie Makers, a group dedicated to fostering independent and personal filmmaking in the Champaign-Urbana area, will next meet at Shatterglass Studios just south of downtown Champaign, IL, on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Focus will be on the makers of the feature HOUSE OF THADDEUS!

Events we RIYL DIY filmmaking

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Once again, we feel behind the times in our own reporting niche but that will not stop us from encouraging you last-minute to support Urbana Basement Sessions, engage in “Dinner and Bikes,” and revel in the success of Pens to Lens!

Scripting is the thing at CMM

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Champaign Movie Makers will meet during a special screenwriters’ session at Quality Beer in downtown Champaign, IL, later tonight, Thursday, May 2, 2013. We also discuss the Pens to Lens screenwriting competition for children and an unique screenplay collection at UIUC!