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NAFF announces first title to play 2011 film festival – PRESS START 2 CONTINUE!

(Champaign, Illinois) March 22, 2011: The Art Theater and C-U Confidential are proud to announce that the locally made comedy-adventure PRESS START 2 CONTINUE will play during the 7 p.m. block of the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) on Friday, April 8, 2011! This presentation of the brand new release from Champaign-based Dark Maze Studios will be its first public showing.

“I’ve had a long-standing tradition of doing premieres at the Art whenever possible,” says Dark Maze president Ed Glaser, who also directed, produced, edited, and photographed PRESS START 2. “It’s always my first choice to have a movie go public there. It’s great for the cast and crew, and hopefully the Champaign-Urbana crowd enjoys seeing what we’ve been up to.”

Like its 2007 predecessor PRESS START, the sequel makes creative use of talent, resources, and locations near and far to imagine a fantastic yet humorous world derived from decades’ worth of videogame culture. The new movie stars Al Morrison, Jenny Nelson, Joshua Stafford, Jennifer Zahn, and Peter Davis as the returning “big bad,” Count Nefarious Vile.

Written by Kevin Folliard, the story of PRESS START 2 combines elements of the first live-action movie and numerous episodes of the animated Webisode series, PRESS START ADVENTURES. Rogue ninja Lin-Ku (played by Morrison) teams up with sprightly Princess Xanna (Nelson) to take on a resurrected Count Vile, who has captured Lin-Ku’s former partners Zach (Stafford) and Sam (Zahn) while planning to infiltrate the world with a mind-control device disguised as a home security system called the “Vee.”

“We showed PRESS START at last year’s festival and it was one of the most entertaining pieces we had,” says Sanford Hess, owner of the Art. “People forget that local filmmakers also make comedies and videogame movies and, sometimes, videogame comedies.” Despite its micro-budget origins, the first PRESS START found a wide-ranging fan base due to favorable word-of-mouth, positive press coverage, gaming convention appearances, and a regular spot in the rotation of University of Illinois cable channel UI-7.

“I’m very excited about this year’s festival,” continues Hess regarding the NAFF, which will be a one-day event running from 5 p.m. to midnight on April 8 at the Art, 126 W. Church St., in downtown Champaign during the annual Boneyard Arts Festival. “Since the goal of Boneyard is to celebrate local arts, we’re happy to give these filmmakers a venue to show their work.”

Although scaled down from last year’s inaugural week-long edition, the 2011 NAFF will still show more than 10 quality pieces of Champaign-Urbana, Danville, and Chicago origin. “We’re about ready to announce a schedule,” concludes Hess. “The whole day is free admission, so we really hope that people will review the schedule and make plans to come for those films that sound interesting; our goal is to expose the films to as many people as we can.”


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CONTACT

Jason Pankoke
Programmer, New Art Film Festival
cuconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com
217-418-5685

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


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The New Art Film Festival returns to C-U on April 8 during Boneyard Arts Festival

(Champaign, Illinois) February 9, 2011: Once again the Art Theater and C-U Confidential are presenting the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) on Friday, April 8, 2011, at the Art in downtown Champaign, IL, in conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival of Champaign County.

NAFF highlights features and short films created in the greater Midwest with a high concentration of work made in downstate Illinois. “After much consideration, we’ve decided NAFF should return this year,” said Jason Pankoke, publisher and editor of C-U Confidential, a print and Web-based news source for filmmakers and movie fans in the Champaign-Urbana area. “We feel it’s a worthwhile opportunity to highlight local media artists in a proper theatrical setting. The Art is best suited for this in C-U.”

“We’re thrilled to host the New Art Film Festival again at the Art Theater,” added Sanford Hess, the Art’s operator. “As an independent theater, we have a lot in common with independent filmmakers. We’re all struggling to swim upstream in a business that’s geared towards Hollywood blockbusters.”

“Although this NAFF is scaled down from last year’s debut, we’re confident the Champaign-Urbana community will still come away entertained, informed, and hopefully inspired to make their own films and videos,” continued Pankoke, who will celebrate five years of on-line blogging by releasing a limited-edition “local filmography” during NAFF and the fifth issue of C-U Confidential digest at Ebertfest. “We can call these movies our own and they deserve to be presented like all other modes of artistic expression celebrated by the Boneyard Arts Festival each year.”

Hess and Pankoke are currently soliciting material to show at the NAFF. Filmmakers may submit short subjects and feature length films of any genre on standard definition DVD until Friday, March 11, 5 p.m. Central Time, for consideration. Submission fees are $15, for films running 20 minutes or less, and $25, for films longer than 20 minutes. Work must be primarily or completely produced in Illinois or the greater Midwest, including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Videos and entry fees (cash or check made payable to “The Art Theater”) may be dropped off at the Art during business hours or mailed to:

The Art Theater
126 W. Church St .
Champaign, IL 61820

The final schedule will be released prior to the week of Boneyard Arts.


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CONTACT

Jason Pankoke
Programmer, New Art Film Festival
cuconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com
217-418-5685

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


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