Art Theater draws strong crowd for NAFF 2017

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The headline says it all, NAFFanatics! A sizeable showing populated the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, IL, for the most recent iteration of the New Art Film Festival on Sunday, October 29, 2017. We finally believe our annual showcase of area-made independent movie shorts has taken hold in the fall season with the third consecutive go-round, and we will most likely inhabit this portion of the calendar year for the foreseeable future. We thank everyone – media artists, friends, supporters, community members – for turning out in solid fashion to see what stories and visions we had in store for you.

Preceding show time, our Radio Maria “meet-and-greet” session in the afternoon doubled in attendees from last year. We loved seeing a diverse mix of personalities browsing between tables and the bar to excitedly chat about their projects. Spotted in the mix were creators such as Jeff Kacmarynski and David B. Busboom (I WAS A TEENAGE NOSFERATU), Shea Kelly, Stephanie Kelly, and Brent Fitch (DOOZIES), Phil Mayall (WOMAN WITH A SHOVEL), Brian Robertson and Dave Domal (MONSTER), William Anthony Sebastian Rose II (THE SHERIFF’S CHILDREN, DAUGHTERS), and Keenan Dailey (GREENE), along with festival friends Cara Day, Dave Noreen, and Scott Kimble and a rare public appearance by podcasters Damian Duffy and Eric Benson.

Also present was editor and author David Logan, who kicked off our day with a post-lunch hour presentation on the late Springfield native Vachel Lindsay and his groundbreaking 1915 analysis, The Art of the Moving Picture. Held at the Champaign offices of NAFF co-sponsor and media manager Shatterglass Studios, the event attracted a sparse turnout and, frankly, those who did not show missed out on a lot of idealistic wonderment and food for thought; Logan’s fine effort explored Lindsay’s daring achievement by reviewing the latter’s passions and influences with modern insight. You can soon thank our friend Andrew Stengele of Forced Perspective Entertainment for preserving the occasion on video, which we will share in an upcoming post. The NAFF applauds all of the above as well as our collateral designers ThirdSide and the Art Theater for doing their part in making our eighth occurrence great!

With the spotlight powered down for the winter and our mission once again accomplished, we trust the photoplay purveyors of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond will consider joining us in 2018 to exclusively view the best of the latest in locally-made cinema on the big screen.


Be well and do good,

Jason Pankoke
Program Director
New Art Film Festival 2017


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