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Locally-made cinema adds to Boneyard flavor at fourth annual New Art Film Festival!

(Champaign, Illinois) March 31, 2013: The New Art Film Festival (NAFF) will proudly present its fourth annual showcase of locally and regionally-made independent films at the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., downtown Champaign, Illinois, on Friday, April 12, 2013! It will begin with introductions at 4 p.m. and conclude its final block of films at 11:30 p.m. The NAFF is presented by C-U Confidential and sponsored by ThirdSide and the Champaign-Urbana Film Society, and is also a part of the Boneyard Arts Festival organized by the 40 North 88 West arts council.

Highlights of the 2013 NAFF schedule include:

Art Theater 100th anniversary – Local theater historian Perry C. Morris will talk about the history and longevity of the Art, which will reach its 100th birthday in November, as well as upcoming special projects designed to mark the milestone.

THE ACTUAL, AUTHENTIC VERSION OF WHO YOU SAY I AM – University of Illinois theater instructor Robert Anderson and Brooklyn filmmaker Mark P. Ring team up to tell the story of actress Karen Vaccaro’s one-woman show, “And I Remember,” and the three ladies with downstate Illinois ties who inspired it.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN 1977 – The scientists in loud outfits battle the robots in even louder outfits one final time in the third “retro Seventies transistorpunk” comedic opus from Chris and Anne Lukeman of Champaign’s Kill Vampire Lincoln Productions. Featuring a cameo by Champaign mayor Don Gerard!

UP THE CREEK: “SHOTGUN WEDDING” – This popular Web series, about a winery staff and its hilarious misadventures, is produced by Sleepy Creek Films of Fairmount. In Episode 6, vintner Antonio matches wits against a beer-worshiping hillbilly for the hand of his daughter in marriage.

BEYOND THE BASEMENT DOOR – Bloomington-Normal native Jason Huls returned downstate from Chicagoland to shoot this science-fiction drama starring Steve Christopher as a researcher miraculously cured of cancer due to forbidden knowledge that is barricaded downstairs.

Click here for the complete schedule for the 2013 NAFF. Journalists and editors may contact NAFF program director Jason Pankoke with interview or media requests, and Art Co-op general manager Austin McCann with queries about the Art and its upcoming anniversary!


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CONTACT

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

Austin McCann
General Manager, the Art Theater Co-op
the.art.theater [at] gmail [dot] com


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Locally-made films to play fourth New Art Film Festival on April 12, 2013!

(Champaign, Illinois) February 19, 2013: Continuing their quest to heighten the experience of Boneyard Arts Festival patrons through cinema, organizers of the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) will present a new collection of Illinois-produced independent films during its fourth annual event at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, IL, on Friday, April 12, 2013. Submissions for the NAFF are currently being accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013.

As in years past, the NAFF will treat audiences to a mix of shorts, features, and presentations, all drawn from a homegrown film culture that has been on the rise in Champaign-Urbana and other nearby cities.“The NAFF took a step forward in 2012 by staging a historical talk about the late film sound pioneer, University of Illinois research professor Joseph Tykociner, thanks to Zak Boerger of UIUC Library Media Preservation,” said Jason Pankoke, NAFF Program Director. “It strengthened a program already bustling with quality work created by local filmmakers.”

“We plan to give Champaign-Urbana film and arts lovers an even better show with this year’s NAFF, as we hopefully add to their understanding of how valuable our ‘indigenous filmography’ really is,” Pankoke continued. “We will also continue our residence at the Art Theater, now the Art Theater Co-op, as we feel quite at home in the Twin Cities’ oldest surviving and operating single-screen theater. The idea of showing community-made cinema in a cinema now owned by that very same community is quite appealing on many levels!”

“The NAFF is a really popular event which our audiences look forward to all year long,” reported Austin McCann, General Manager of the Art Theater Co-op. “The event is a natural fit for us. As a cooperative, we derive our support from the community so we’re pleased to be able to offer programming generated within that same community.”

“Every NAFF shows the wealth of imagination we have in Champaign-Urbana,” McCann continued, “whether in music videos, documentaries, long-form sci-fi, short comedies … you name it!”

“Area filmmakers, including those who live and create in Decatur, Springfield, Danville, and other downstate Illinois cities, are invited to submit their work by March 8 for possible inclusion in the NAFF,” concluded Pankoke, who is also editor and publisher of the long-running titles C-U Confidential and C-U Blogfidential. “Please visit our Facebook page for further directions on entering. We can’t wait to see what our friends and neighbors have been up to lately!”

The final schedule will be announced approximately three weeks prior to the Boneyard Arts Festival, which takes place April 11-14.


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CONTACT

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

Austin McCann
General Manager, the Art Theater Co-op
the.art.theater [at] gmail [dot] com


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New Art Film Festival of Champaign, IL, announces 2013 Call for Entries!

(Champaign, Illinois) January 29, 2013: The premier community cinema event of Champaign, IL, has announced its Call for Entries! The New Art Film Festival, returning for its fourth consecutive year to the Art Theater Co-op on Friday, April 12, 2013, showcases the cinematic talents of creative filmmakers of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! The NAFF will consider features, shorts, and Webisodes of all genres, with preference given to work produced within the last three years.

Please drop off or mail a non-returnable DVD (not Blu-ray) screener of your work(s) to The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, 61820. Address it to “New Art Film Festival 2013, c/o Jason Pankoke, Program Director.” No submission fee! Include the following info as hard copy or e-mail to cuconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com: Year of Production, Running Time, Name of Director(s)/Producer(s)/Writer(s), Names of Primary Cast, Name of Production Company(ies), Plot Synopsis, Filmmaker Bio(s), Print Source (i.e., Contact Info we can share w/public). Deadline: FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013, 5 P.M.

At this time, the NAFF concentrates on showing the best in Illinois-made independent cinema with a stress on the local, given our association with the annual Champaign County Boneyard Arts Festival presented by 40 North 88 West. However, we *do* encourage artists from Chicago, Carbondale, Springfield, Decatur, et al, to consider the NAFF for their work!

If you have queries, please go directly to the source by writing cuconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com! Good luck, everybody!

Jason Pankoke
Program Director
New Art Film Festival


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CONTACT

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

Austin McCann
General Manager, the Art Theater Co-op
the.art.theater [at] gmail [dot] com


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