Dynamic NAFF jolts static C-U


Sunday, October 30, will be a great day to turn down all devices of distraction – smart phones and laptops, desktops and computers, flat screens and boob tubes – so you can redirect your energies towards a walk, bike, or drive to the Art Theater Co-op for the seventh annual New Art Film Festival! Once again we have sights to show you, collected into a unique program that extends an ongoing timeline of media storytelling as created by those living in Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond and shone through the discerning lens of the NAFF! Expect us to be absent from C-U Blogfidential through the weekend as our final preparations lead right up to show time at 126 W. Church St. in downtown Champaign, Illinois, so be sure to check the event Facebook or Web site for any last-minute NAFFirmations. The festival is free admission for community members and visiting guests with shows beginning promptly at 6, 7:40, and 9:25 p.m. Bring many friends and model your Halloween best as you are entertained, impressed, challenged, and weirded out by the 22 films in our 2016 lineup! The complete schedule is repeated after the jump in this post, which will remain at the head of CUBlog through Monday for your convenience. We hesitate to break the huddle until we give high praise to our friends in the C-U whose contributions we never take for granted in the NAFF circle of life: Jason and Lisa Cerezo at ThirdSide, Luke Boyce at Shatterglass Studios, Austin McCann and staff at the Art Theater, David Spears at Radio Maria, and contacts in the area news media such as Melissa Merli at the News-Gazette and Jordan Kreie and Rebecca Knaur at Smile Politely. We also value greatly our friends, fans, and filmmakers of the NAFF. We’ll see you in two evenings, then, to investigate the current crop of indigenous cinema!

~ Jason Pankoke



New Art Film Festival – Complete Schedule
@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
October 30, 2016, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.


Dedicated to Trevor Alan Taylor (1982-2016)

6 p.m. – Introductions
+ Film Block 01 [Ages 10+ recommended]

HORRORS (comedy | puppetry)
2016, 13 min., Directed by Andrew Stengele, Forced Perspective Entertainment, for Pens to Lens/CUFS, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Monster kids act to save their world. Written by Fred Scher.

2016, 4 min., Directed by Andy Due, Rubber Chicken Films/RL3 Productions, Charleston, IL
A short film about chances, choice, and change.

VAN GO GO (documentary | music)
2016, 10 min., Directed by Chelsea Yang, Chicago, IL
Van Go Go is a Chicagoland music band created by a group of artists with and without disabilities. Their deep love for life, music, and arts united them into a unique community.

2015, 1 min., Directed by Ripper the Clown (Jake Aurelian), Danville, IL
Xaiver wants Ripper the Clown’s chair. Based on true events.

THE WEIRDER IT GETS… (comedy | animation)
2016, 3 min., Directed by Rowan Fisher for Pens to Lens Student Film Festival/CUFS, Champaign-Urbana, IL
James starts his day at the beach where he encounters strange sea life, and his day just gets even weirder.

DIE FLUCHT (drama | animation)
2015, 5 min., Directed by Carter Boyce, Champaign, IL
Die Flucht follows the story of a lonely figurine, traveling on a fixed track, trying to catch a red balloon. When the machine breaks down, the boy comes to life. Winner of a 2016 Student Academy Award for animated short film.

2016, 25 min., Produced by Kaitlin Southworth, Tim Hartin & Alison Davis Wood, UIUC Office of Public Affairs/Division of Intercollegiate Athletics for Big Ten Network, Urbana, IL
The documentary profiles University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos, Jr., a leading expert on Latino baseball history, and also examines issues faced by today’s Latino players.

7:40 p.m. – Film Block 02 [Ages 18+ recommended]

BEFORE ‘I DO’ (drama)
2016, 61 min., Directed by Kimberly D. Conner, Predestined Arts & Entertainment, Springfield, IL
A firefighter in search of his passion finds love. Starring Jensen Atwood, Andrea Kelly, Omar Gooding, Thea Camara, and Danielle Ward.

9:25 p.m. – Film Block 03 [Ages 18+ recommended]

ABANDON WINDOW (experimental)
2015, 3 min., Directed by Todd Applegate, Danville, IL
Inspired by Jon Hopkins’ “Abandon Window,” a doll makes a brave decision to face the unknown world outside her window.

2016, 6 min., Directed by Thomas Nicol for Pens to Lens/CUFS, Champaign-Urbana, IL
A little girl befriends a dead goldfish. Written by Katarina Blakeslee.

2016, 13 min., Directed by R.R. Berry for Pens to Lens/CUFS, Champaign, IL
In a town of racism and violence, a high school boy named Rodney is about to leave the streets to run track at college. Written by Gabriela Delisle Diaz.

LABYRINTH (drama | experimental)
2016, 8 min., Directed by Keenan Dailey, 7MovementsStudios, Champaign-Urbana, IL
David Stykes is an African-American activist who holds beliefs contradictory to what he speaks. The character study follows David and his inner struggle to find peace.

RISE (drama | experimental)
2015, 7 min., Directed by Kris M. Wilcox, ALT-TV, Champaign, IL
Rise is a story about a sexual assault against a young woman in her youth, where the pain and shame of what happened tries to trap her in her own mind.

ORDINARY VIDEO SERIES #8, “Between Borders” (experimental | documentary)
2016, 4 min., Directed by David Gracon, Champaign, IL
The Ordinary Video Series is a series of short haiku-like/minimalist observational documentaries that explore the intersection between nature, consumer culture, socially constructed spaces, and nothingness, shot on a consumer grade mobile Smartphone. Between Borders is a meditative drift between nations and mental borders. Sound by Obsolete Synthesis.

Intermission [5-10 min.]

ORDINARY VIDEO SERIES #46, “Snow Walk” (experimental | documentary)
2015, 3 min., Directed by David Gracon, Champaign, IL
The Ordinary Video Series is a series of short haiku-like/minimalist observational documentaries that explore the intersection between nature, consumer culture, socially constructed spaces, and nothingness, shot on a consumer grade mobile Smartphone. Snow Walk captures a late-night walk during a snowstorm that reveals mysterious nothingness. Sound by Brad Decker.

THE LAST (drama | science fiction)
2016, 7 min., Directed by Cody Prough, Red Lens Productions, Champaign-Urbana, IL
The Last takes place in the same post-apocalyptic, surreal world as the video game series, “The Last of Us.” A former Chicago police officer who joined the Fireflies in hope of finding a cure ends up alone.

SPEAKING IN TONGUES (science fiction)
2015, 7 min., Directed by Thomas Nicol, Sleepy Creek Studios, Champaign-Urbana-Oakwood, IL
Professor Prescott, head translator and curator of dangerous manuscripts, is having a very bad day.

2016, 1 min., Directed by Ripper the Clown (Jake Aurelian), Danville, IL
A beautiful British woman meets Ripper the Clown during a speed dating session.

IMAGINARY (drama | fantasy)
2015, 9 min., Directed by Jennifer Bechtel, Hot Diggity Productions, Champaign, IL
When a young girl is abducted, her imaginary friend is the only person who can save her.

DEMONS IN, DEMONS OUT (horror | dark comedy)
2015, 15 min., Directed by Shea Kelly, Seeping Light/Thousand Yard Stare Productions, Decatur, IL
A young, careless psychopath leaves an impassioned message for the police while battling his inner demons.

2016, 1 min., Directed by Jeff Kacmarynski, Vision Test Productions, Champaign-Urbana, IL
A woman finds herself plagued by grotesque images and one wish left to be granted. Divination appears in the upcoming anthology film 60 Seconds 2 Die.

HELLO FEAR (horror)
2016, 8 min., Directed by Andrew Gleason for Pens to Lens/CUFS, Champaign-Urbana, IL
A young boy becomes friends with a monster that lurks in the dark corner of his room. Written by Autumn Ellis.

As always, titles and sequence are subject to change without notice.

The 2016 New Art Film Festival is presented by C-U Confidential and sponsored by the Art Theater Co-op, ThirdSide, and Shatterglass Studios.

NAFF logo design (revised) is by ThirdSide, Champaign, IL


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