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No fooling! New Art Film Festival brings fifth collection of local cinema to the Art!

(Champaign, Illinois) April 2, 2014: The day has changed, but our mission to present the best in locally made cinema remains the same! The Champaign-Urbana community is invited to converge at the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, for the fifth annual New Art Film Festival (NAFF), taking place alongside the Boneyard Arts Festival organized by the 40 North 88 West arts council of Champaign County! Festival director Jason Pankoke will guide audiences through four programs, comprised of more than 20 films, in this annual celebration of independent cinema! The NAFF, presented by C-U Confidential and co-sponsored by ThirdSide, Shatterglass Studios, and Champaign Movie Makers, is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, and wrap just before Midnight. As always, admission will be free!

Highlights of the 2014 NAFF schedule include:

THE DRUNKOur feature presentation this year is a drama with comedic overtones produced by Tanoos Fleschner Pictures of Los Angeles and filmed on location in Terre Haute, Indiana, with an assist from Champaign’s own Shatterglass Studios. This fictional tale concerns the battle of wills between Joe Debs (William Tanoos), the grandson of real-life Indiana radical labor leader Eugene V. Debs, and Bruce Frye (Tom Sizemore), a prosecutor who considers the younger Debs a drunkard and persistent menace to society.

SRIRACHAFilm-loving foodies will salivate over this unique half-hour piece by Bloomington, Illinois, producer and prolific Vidblog host Griffin Hammond! It examines the history and appeal of the curious hot sauce made famous in the United States by David Tran and Huy Fong Foods of California, eschewing traditional publicity for good old fashioned word-of-mouth.

THE ART OF PULLINGThis beautiful, dreamlike music video set to the song by Elsinore was produced by Chris & Oliver Cinema, a.k.a. Christopher Sotelo and Oliver Peng, of Champaign. The NAFF will play five music videos total in its fifth edition, our highest number yet!

THE HOBO & THE STORY OF FLOYD CRIMSONAndy Due and Dustin Tylman of Charleston return to the NAFF with two dryly humorous shorts. In HOBO, Due channels the whimsy of silent film performers. In FLOYD CRIMSON, Due gives peace a chance but is done in by a numbers game.

DEADLY EMBRACEFormer C-U resident Alaric Rocha directed this lush film noir in his current home, Chicago. A nebbish named Robert (Don Markus) encounters a fiery-tempered tango dancer named Elena (Elisa Dei) in an alley behind a high society club.

Click here for the complete schedule for the 2014 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 slate!


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CONTACT

Jason Pankoke
Program Director, New Art Film Festival
NewArtFilmFestivalCU [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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Call for Entries in effect for 5th annual New Art Film Festival!

(Champaign, Illinois) February 10, 2014: Festival number five is very alive as the New Art Film Festival once again seeks the best in Illinois-made independent cinema to present at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, Illinois! This showcase of the films made by community members in Champaign, neighboring Urbana, and numerous cities beyond will light up the Art on Sunday, April 13, 2014, the final day of this year’s Boneyard Arts Festival!

The NAFF will consider shorts, features, and Webisodes of all genres, with preference given to work produced within the last three years. Non-returnable DVD screeners may be mailed or hand-delivered to: The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, 61820, attn: New Art Film Festival 2014, c/o Jason Pankoke, Program Director. Filmmakers may enter as many pieces as they like and combine them on single DVDs. There are no submission fees.

Entrants should include the following information as hard copy with the screener and/or a text message to the brand-new NAFF e-mail address, NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com: Year of Production, Running Time, Name of Director(s)/Producer(s)/Writer(s), Names of Primary Cast Members, Name of Production Company(ies), Plot Synopsis, Filmmaker Biography(ies), Print Source (i.e., Contact Information we can share with the public). This year’s deadline to enter is FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014, 10 p.m. CST.

As always, the NAFF encourages artists from Chicago, Decatur, Springfield, Bloomington, Normal, et al., to enter! The NAFF’s core goal is to stress creative media by makers living and working in Champaign-Urbana, given the event’s scheduling opposite Boneyard Arts and their mission to globally promote all artists in Champaign (IL) County, but we’re happy to consider projects from our long-distance neighbors for the sake of programming variety. Further queries about our submission process can be sent to NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com, while the festival’s history and past selections can be seen at www.NewArtFilmFestival.com designed by ThirdSide of Champaign.

Pankoke and the NAFF team wish filmmakers the best of luck and invite the entire Champaign-Urbana community to congregate at the Art Co-op on April 13 for the show, beginning at 5 p.m.! The final selections will be announced to the world around Friday, March 28, 2014.

Jason Pankoke
Program Director
New Art Film Festival 2014


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CONTACT

Jason Pankoke
Program Director, New Art Film Festival
NewArtFilmFestivalCU [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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