Coming Soon: October 2006

Every now and then, C-U Blogfidential will highlight limited-run screenings in the area which often receive little to no press in traditional news outlets. The following events are “coming soon” in October; please support this diverse film programming in our community by attending and spreading the word. Multiplexes and television sets are no substitute for a true cinema experience!

This outing, we drop you right into the action as the forecast for local movie-watching events heats up with equal waves of politics, intrigue, social commentary, romance, and of course, monsters!

One last time, Jason Butler takes over Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, 105 N. Market St., Champaign, IL, to show his recent output before heading off to the Pacific Northwest later this week. On Sunday, October 15, 9 p.m. (that would be tonight), JB will play in succession TEETH OF THE BOTTLE, ADVENTURES OF THE SCREAMING APE PART 1, and WEREWOLF CEMETERY EPISODE I. On Monday, October 16, 9 p.m. (that would be tomorrow night), he perpetuates the Brainsmart-ness with THORAXX II, SCREAMING APE PART 2, and WEREWOLF CEMETERY EPISODE II. Admission will be a measly $3 each night. Be there or risk the wrath of Murph’s M’n’M Nation.

Also, THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VS. A MUMMY stalks again just in time for All Hallow’s Eve. Head for the auditorum of the Natural History Building on the University of Illinois quad on Friday, October 27, 8 p.m. Admission is free; pencil tricks and potato shooters for ROCKY HORROR-style shenanigans are optional.

Continuing at Boardman’s Art Theatre, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, through Thursday, October 19, is the Tournees French Film Festival, which kicked off this past Friday with the Kino International release LITTLE JERUSALEM, directed by Karin Albou. As of this writing, filmgoers have at least two more chances to catch each of the festival’s six selections, which also include MONDOVINO, KINGS AND QUEEN, FAR SIDE OF THE MOON, WILD SIDE, and CLEAN with Maggie Cheung (HERO). You can find complete details at the Art’s Web site, including which shows will be introduced by guest speakers. The event is sponsored by the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and Boardman’s Art Theatre, and made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Culture (CNC), and the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE).

The Illinois Disciples Foundation, 610 E. Springfield, Ave., Champaign, IL, has two presentations left in its Human Rights Film Series for the fall semester. Launched in 2003, the bi-annual program brings international social issues to the public’s attention through the screening and discussion of pertinent documentaries. Upcoming are GHOSTS OF RWANDA on Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m., and SIR! NO SIR! on Thursday, October 26, also 7 p.m.; these films were preceded by BONHOEFFER and IRAQ FOR SALE. Topic summaries can be found right here; admission to each show is free.

Finally, look for the all-important MICRO-FILM Movie Show post in a couple of days!

– Jason Pankoke

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