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The New Art Film Festival concludes Tuesday, April 20, with Best of Fest and Filmmaker Talk!

(Champaign, Illinois) April 19, 2010: The first-ever New Art Film Festival at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, IL, will close this week with two final programs, the first on Monday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., featuring the Midwest-made dramatic feature THE SCIENTIST, directed by Zach LeBeau of Carbondale and starring Bill Sage as a widowed researcher looking to solve the mysteries of life. Then, the “Best of Fest” program will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20.

The “Best of Fest” will start with a brief discussion by area filmmakers about their present and upcoming work; speakers may include Robin Christian of Monticello, director of ACT YOUR AGE and DISPOSABLE, Luke Boyce of Champaign, director of PRELUDE, and Johnny Robinson of Urbana, director of THE HEART OF TANGO and CELESTE ABOVE.

The show will then continue with a selection taken from previous blocks in the festival. Starting with exclusive trailers to upcoming local features, REVOLTING (directed by Mike Boedicker of Danville) and LEADING LADIES (directed by Erika Randall Beahm of Colorado, by way of C-U), the show will then present the animated short films IT’S A PENGUINFUL LIFE (directed by Thomas Nicol of Urbana) and DR. ZOND CONTROLS THE WEATHER (directed by Johnny Robinson) and the feature documentary PROCEED AND BE BOLD!, directed by University of Illinois alumna Laura Zinger of Naperville.

“Response to the New Art Film Festival has been great,” said Jason Pankoke, festival programmer. “We’ve successfully established a film festival concept focusing on independent work made in our region that we hopefully can build on and improve in the future for the enjoyment and education of the Champaign-Urbana community.”


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CONTACT

Sanford Hess
Operator, the Art Theater
the.art.theater [at] gmail [dot] com

Travis Alber
Marketing Director, the Art Theater
Public Relations, The New Art Film Festival


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The New Art Film Festival showcases local and Midwest independent filmmaking from April 15 to 20, 2010!

(Champaign, Illinois) April 2, 2010: In conjunction with the 2010 Boneyard Arts Festival, the Art Theater and C-U Confidential are introducing The New Art Film Festival (NAFF). The NAFF will take place from Thursday, April 15, through Tuesday, April 20, at the Art Theater. The Art Theater is located in downtown Champaign at 126 W. Church St.

Since the purpose of the Boneyard Arts Festival is to connect and highlight the larger arts community of Champaign County, the NAFF will present selections filmed and produced in Illinois, along with work created in the greater Midwest. The program, lasting six days and including more than a dozen shows, includes documentaries, short films, music videos, and full-length features.

“We are thrilled to host the New Art Film Festival,” said Sanford Hess, operator of the Art. “Our audience loves movies and is very involved in our community, so we’re excited to showcase some of the great films that are being made in the area.”

To introduce the NAFF and coincide with the Boneyard Arts Festival’s downtown Champaign festivities on Thursday, April 15, the Art Theater will show a loop of trailers and shorts beginning at 5 PM. Audience members can come and go easily while getting a taste of the films to come. Admission for the Thursday night event will be free of charge.

From Friday, April 16, to Monday, April 19, the NAFF will take over the Art Theater and all regular showtimes will feature NAFF selections. Matinee admission fees will apply throughout the festival.

On Tuesday, April 20, the NAFF will close with a “Best of the Fest” presentation at 7:30 p.m., along with a brief filmmakers’ discussion about making creative media in a location like Champaign-Urbana. After this show, the celebration will continue at a local tavern.

“The vibrant society of independent and professional filmmakers here in Champaign-Urbana and at the University of Illinois, let alone the central Midwest, now has the New Art Film Festival to celebrate their work,” said Jason Pankoke, festival organizer and editor/publisher of C-U Confidential digest and C-U Blogfidential Weblog. “We hope that our community will embrace this long-overdue showcase of non-Hollywood cinema and regard it a worthy warm up to this year’s ‘Ebertfest,’ which starts on Wednesday, April 21, the day after NAFF concludes.”

Highlights of the festival will include:

A sneak preview of the new feature-length thriller DISPOSABLE from Dreamscape Cinema of Champaign;

The belated downstate premiere of the documentary HOOPESTON, produced by Synydyne of New York, NY about the town of Hoopeston, IL;

Local theatrical premieres of the atmospheric Midwest horror films DEADWOOD PARK and RETURN IN RED in recognition of the 10th anniversary of local independent film journal MICRO-FILM.

A full festival lineup is available on the NAFF’s own Facebook page.

The eighth annual Boneyard Arts Festival is presented by the 40 North 88 West arts council of Champaign County.


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CONTACT

Sanford Hess
Operator, the Art Theater
the.art.theater [at] gmail [dot] com

Travis Alber
Marketing Director, the Art Theater
Public Relations, The New Art Film Festival


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