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Fall for the New Art Film Festival all over again this October at the Art Theater Co-op!

(Champaign, Illinois) September 25, 2015: No other art scene in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, can command the screen like our local film and media makers, so here comes the New Art Film Festival to do their part in proving it! The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, will play host for the sixth year running to this homegrown movie showcase on Sunday, October 4, 2015, during which festival director Jason Pankoke will guide hundreds of citizen-cineastes through a program boasting nearly 40 pieces. The NAFF, presented by C-U Confidential and co-sponsored by ThirdSide, Shatterglass Studios, and the Art Co-op, will begin at 5 p.m. on the 4th and end at approximately 11 p.m. Admission is free to all NAFFanatics who attend!

Highlights of the 2015 NAFF schedule include:

Pens to Lens – The pioneering short-film program organized by Champaign Movie Makers and the Champaign-Urbana Film Society is well represented at the NAFF this year! Look for WHAT’S THE PASSWORD?, THE MOOSE EMERGENCY, ZACK AND THE MOUNTAIN MAN, SUNSHINE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, and MR. SNUGGLES in the schedule; made by volunteer teams of C-U filmmaking’s finest, all are adapted from movie scripts written by K-12 students living in our immediate area.

UNA MUJER SIN PRECIO 1961 & LAS FIERAS 1969 – Mexican genre filmmaker Juan Francisco Moctezuma II ladled his low-budget productions with blunt metaphor and topical references. One by one, his flicks are being restored by NAFF alumnus Alaric Rocha of Chicago; let’s see how good they look – and, better yet, how well they play – today!

THE CROSSING – Fellow NAFF alumnus Johnnie May, who earned C-U movie street cred long ago as a veteran of the Freaky Film Festival, shares his latest hand-made, hand-animated film from Madison, Wisconsin! A scrap-collecting robot in a vivid wasteland happens upon the well-preserved remains of a cabin … and discovers it might not be deserted after all.

ART BTS – WILL-TV 12 in Urbana and producer Tim Meyers have been kind enough to lend us three episodes from their profile series on local artists. We’ll get to know a bit better the featured individuals whose work most fits the NAFF bill – Deke Weaver, Nina Paley, and Thomas Nicol – in a project co-conceived with the 40 North arts council of Champaign County.

THE THINKING MOLECULES OF TITAN – The NAFF proudly presents a rare, big-screen encore of the dramatic short based on the science fiction story by Roger Ebert, co-scripted by Andrew Stengele and Patrick Wang (IN THE FAMILY, Ebertfest ‘13) and directed by Stengele.

Click here for the complete schedule for the 2015 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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New Art Film Festival announces Call for Entries for 6th event in the fall!

(Champaign, Illinois) July 10, 2015: For the first time, the premier downstate Illinois event for locally-produced movies is set to inspire audiences in Champaign-Urbana during the autumn season! Organizers of the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) are now seeking films to play their sixth annual extravaganza at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign on Sunday, October 4, 2015, and invite everyone to help make their move across the calendar a success!

“We are not only happy the Art Co-op accommodated our shift this year from April to October for the NAFF,” says program director and co-founder Jason Pankoke, “but excited to find out how our ‘little fest that could’ might prosper amongst key arts-related programs in Champaign-Urbana such as the Ellnora and Pygmalion music festivals and Pens to Lens and Freeky Creek film events.” The NAFF will reveal details of their Art tenure and satellite functions closer to show time, until then encouraging filmmakers to heed their Call for Entries and submit work.

The NAFF will consider shorts, features and Webisodes of all genres, with preference given to work made 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 2015, c/o Jason Pankoke, Program Director. Filmmakers may enter early and often, combining works on single DVDs if desired, and links to on-line streaming are also acceptable if DVDs are not feasible. As always, submission fees will not be charged.

Entrants should include the following information as hard copy with the screener and/or a text message to the 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, AUGUST 28, 2015, 11:59 p.m. CST.

The core goal of the NAFF is to stress appreciation of and participation in creative media by makers living and working in Champaign, adjacent Urbana, and the immediate region beyond Champaign (IL) County. Organizers will also consider material from artists in Bloomington, Normal, Springfield, Decatur, Chicago, et al, for the sake of programming variety. Questions about the submission process can be forwarded via NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com while past history of the NAFF can be gleaned from www.NewArtFilmFestival.com.

Returning partners in the festival include Shatterglass Studios and ThirdSide, both based in Champaign. The final selections will be announced around September 15, 2015.

Jason Pankoke
Program Director
New Art Film Festival 2015


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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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New Art Film Festival of Champaign, IL, moving to fall season for 2015

(Champaign, Illinois) February 10, 2015: Discerning media makers and community arts supporters should plan to add one more special event to their fall 2015 calendar, as the New Art Film Festival is vacating its traditional April weekend date. The Art Theater Co-op in Champaign will continue to host the NAFF and its hand-picked roster of Illinois-produced independent cinema for its sixth go-round, the date for which will be announced by summer’s end.

“Being an all-volunteer, not-for-profit expression of any arts discipline can have its challenges,” says NAFF program director and co-founder Jason Pankoke about the seasonal shift. “We and the Art Co-op both recognize the NAFF has a solid foundation in the Champaign-Urbana arts landscape as well as a devoted following. Therefore, we hope this move from spring to fall, whether it is temporary or permanent, is not a deterrent to continued success.”

Rescheduling the NAFF will close its five-year run as the key film component of the annual Boneyard Arts Festival. “We have been fortunate to play a part in the Boneyard mission of educating our neighbors about the wealth of art and artists we enjoy in Champaign County,” continues Pankoke. “Kelly White, Amanda Baker, and 40 North | 88 West have given the NAFF their unbridled support since it launched in 2010, and we can’t thank them enough for including our festival in Boneyard. 40 North and the NAFF will most likely cross paths again!”

The core goal of the NAFF is to stress creative media by makers living and working in the general Champaign-Urbana area. Projects originating in other Illinois cities are also considered for the sake of programming variety. Most years, the NAFF will accept shorts, features, and Webisodes of all genres, with preference given to work produced within the three-year period leading up to the event date. The festival’s history and past selections are detailed at www.NewArtFilmFestival.com, designed and maintained by ThirdSide of Champaign.

“Please bear with us as we experiment with how the New Art Film Festival might benefit from taking place in the fall,” concludes Pankoke. “We always think in terms of what is best for this unique event, its loyal filmmakers, and its ardent fans, the ‘NAFFanatics’ of our audience. In an ideal world, NAFF outreach would be welcomed during any time of the year by our community. We can’t thank them enough for our incredible run so far!”

The previous edition took place on April 13, 2014, when 27 shorts and the feature-length production THE DRUNK were shown at the Art Co-op.


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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
217-355-0068


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