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Special presentation to recall Tykociner sound film tests at the New Art Film Festival

(Champaign, Illinois) April 19, 2012: Ninety years ago this June, the late University of Illinois electrical engineering professor Joseph Tykocinski-Tykociner demonstrated his invention, a movie film strip with synchronized sound track, in Room 100 of what is now the Materials Science and Engineering Building on campus. At 4:30 p.m. this Friday, April 20, 2012, the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) will kick off its third annual local film showcase with a brand-new talk about Tykociner’s innovation and various aspects of media preservation.

J.T. Tykociner’s Sound on Film: A Preservation History” will be presented by Zak Boerger of the UIUC Library Media Preservation unit. “The Tykociner collection is housed within the UIUC University Archive,” says Boerger, “and the presentation will encompass several aspects of its preservation.” The materials left by Tykociner (1877-1969) to the university, where he served as faculty from 1921 to 1949 and later returned to teach classes exploring his “science of research” concept called “zetetics,” include audio-visual media dating back to the early 20th century.

“What we currently have,” continues Boerger, “are papers related to the subject [of Tykociner’s sound-on-film experiments]; recordings of a 1960s interview with Tykociner; 35 millimeter transfers of the original print; a 16 millimeter transfer from these; two video tapes of varying quality made from these prints; and the greatest mystery of all, a quarter-inch audio tape that appears to contain segments of the sound from the original film, which is badly synched to the dupes made for the video tapes. In essence, we have second, third, and even fourth generation transfers of Tykociner’s original presentation, but not the original prints and no clear sense of when these transfers were made.”

Tykociner is the first person on record to project a true “talkie” for an audience. His electrically recorded sound tracks, integrated onto the film strips themselves, provided a model for efficient projection and distribution of film prints which other inventors would later adapt and introduce to Hollywood. Boerger will show rare clips of the Tykociner tests, discuss their current condition, and describe how successive transfers of the same audio-video information over time can affect how we experience them today, let alone how much we can learn about their origins.

“We are ecstatic to have Zak Boerger and UI Library Media Preservation aboard for this year’s NAFF,” states Jason Pankoke, programmer of the NAFF and publisher of C-U Confidential magazine. “The festival’s mission is to reflect exemplary film, video, and new media work created in our communities, and that includes key milestones from the past. We’re happy to introduce a new generation to Joseph Tykociner’s unique achievement.”

The NAFF is presented by C-U Confidential and sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Film Society, and is also a part of the Boneyard Arts Festival organized by the 40 North 88 West arts council.


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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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Cornucopia of locally-made cinema chosen for the New Art Film Festival next week!

(Champaign, Illinois) April 12, 2012: On Friday, April 20, 2012, from 4:30 p.m. to 12 midnight, the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) will proudly present its third annual showcase of locally made independent films at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., downtown Champaign. The NAFF is presented by C-U Confidential and sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Film Society, and is also a part of the Boneyard Arts Festival organized by the 40 North 88 West arts council.

Some of the filmmakers are available for interviews and all have ties here to central Illinois. The filmmakers have good stories to tell and a passion for their work. Highlights of the NAFF 2012 schedule include:

Joseph TykocinerZak Boerger of the UIUC Library Media Preservation department will talk about the late University of Illinois engineering professor’s work – including his revolutionary sound-on-film tests first demonstrated on campus in June 1922 – and use his ephemera as a case study in describing how media assets are stored and migrated over time.

FINDING VIRGINIAA taut drama about a single mother and her captor, FV was filmed in Decatur and will make its downstate debut at the NAFF. Decatur native and New York City photographer Thomas C. Card directed the film, based on a true story and starring Jessica Alexandra Green, Jeff Kurysz, and Steve Christopher.

WALLS OF SOUNDThis meditative documentary illustrates the state of the independent music business through the eyes of the owners, employees, and customers of House of Records, a 40-year-old vinyl shop in Eugene, OR. Director David Gracon teaches at Eastern Illinois University and lives in Champaign.

FALLING UPThis heady story tells of a young man (John Hoffman) whose mother, a powerful corporate force in the field of digital memory archiving, plans to perpetuate his father’s presence in their lives. Ryan Marzolph is a filmmaker, digital artist, and University of Illinois graduate living in Champaign.

778 BULLETSAssistant professor Angela Aguayo of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale created this documentary short about a heavy gunfire exchange between law enforcement and purported Black Panther members at a dilapidated Carbondale house in December 1970.

Click here for the complete schedule for the 2012 NAFF. By this Sunday, April 15, the NAFF will have a media reference guide for your coverage needs, including contact information for all filmmakers. Journalists and editors may also contact NAFF program director Jason Pankoke with interview or media requests and he will be happy to assist!


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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 to showcase the best in local filmmaking on April 20, 2012!

(Champaign, Illinois) March 16, 2012: After a successful encore during last year’s Boneyard Arts Festival in Champaign County, the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) will return for the third time on Friday, April 20, 2012, to highlight Midwest-made independent cinema. NAFF will run exclusively at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, IL, and is co-sponsored by C-U Confidential.

This year’s edition will present feature films and short subjects from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., with much of the material produced in or near Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to reflect the micro-regional flavor unique to the Boneyard showcase. “The Art Theater and I are more than happy to bring back the NAFF,” said Jason Pankoke, publisher and editor of C-U Confidential, a print and Web-based news source for movie aficionados and filmmakers in downstate Illinois. “We appreciate the great turnout and feedback received last year and we’ll do our best to compile the best show that we can in 2012!”

“I absolutely cannot overstate how important the New Art Film Festival is to the community of Champaign-Urbana,” added Luke Boyce of Champaign firm Shatterglass Studios, which contributes animated titles and digital asset management to the NAFF and has worked on several Midwest film productions in the recent past including the shorts PRELUDE and SUGAR and features LEADING LADIES, FINDING VIRGINIA, and THE DRUNK.

“As a local professional producer in the area, I see the increasing availability of affordable filmmaking tools expand year after year, and year after year the content follows suit,” continued Boyce, who recently launched the Champaign-Urbana Film Society with Shatterglass partner Brett Hays to help increase screening and learning opportunities for area fans and producers.

“The New Art Film Festival remains the only locally-dedicated festival in our community to showcase the incredible talents of our local artists,” he elaborated. “That makes it completely invaluable, both for our artists to have [that outlet] and for our community to experience it. Digital filmmaking has become the dominant art form of our age.”

“Our early impression is that we will be showing a solid mix of narrative, documentary, and music video material,” offered Pankoke, who will introduce a new C-U Confidential issue exclusively at the NAFF for the first time, distributing it wide one week later when the venerated Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hits downtown Champaign.

The final schedule will be announced approximately two weeks prior to the Boneyard Arts Festival, which takes place April 19-22.


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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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