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The Art Theater Co-op to host tight and taut New Art Film Festival VII on October 30

(Champaign, Illinois) October 12, 2016: Illuminating how creative media production on the home front is a viable occupation that is here to stay, the New Art Film Festival brings their seventh collection of documentary and cinema to the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, on Sunday, October 30, 2016, for a free event starting at 6 p.m. and ending around 11 p.m. Presented by C-U Confidential and co-sponsored by ThirdSide, Shatterglass Studios, and the Art Theater, the NAFF will once again be emceed by co-founder Jason Pankoke.

Three shows will comprise the 2016 NAFF. The first will begin at 6 p.m. and share films that can be enjoyed by all ages, including a pair of animation treats created by a 9-year-old whiz kid and a Student Academy Award-winning graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. The second at 7:40 p.m. will debut for Champaign-Urbana the full-length drama BEFORE ‘I DO’, produced and directed by Springfield, IL, filmmaker and Champaign native Kimberly D. Conner, which stars Jensen Atwood (DANTE’S COVE), Omar Gooding (FAMILY TIME), and Thea Camara (CHI-RAQ).

Beginning at 9:25 p.m., the first half of the final block will thoughtfully address the difficult side of the human experience in terms of personal loss, self-doubt, violence, or societal divide, introducing protagonists who rise to their respective challenges. After a short break, the last segment will delve into “strange and weird” territory, no more appropriate than in this year when the NAFF treads perilously close to Halloween! This programming is recommended for mature audiences due to adult situations (BEFORE ‘I DO’), subject matter (ABANDON WINDOW through RISE), and thriller/horror themes (THE LAST through HELLO FEAR).

The NAFF dedicates this year’s festival to Trevor Alan Taylor, a Decatur native and former Champaign resident who passed away unexpectedly at age 34 earlier this summer. An installation artist, photographer, filmmaker, and Sundance Film Festival volunteer, Taylor recently adopted New Orleans as his home and helped establish their innovative new media collective, Cinema Reset. The NAFF celebrates Taylor’s memory at the Art, one of his hangouts and places of employment while living in Champaign-Urbana a decade ago.

Click here for the complete schedule for the 2016 NAFF. Journalists and editors may contact NAFF program director Jason Pankoke with interview or media requests, and Art Theater 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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NAFF VII announces Call for Entries to consider films for 2016 festival! Lucky you!

(Champaign, Illinois) July 26, 2016: Year after year, it is a veritable ritual for the filmmakers of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and outlying cities to anticipate the Call for Entries to the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) and they will be happy to learn their wait is over! The NAFF is now accepting films for possible inclusion in their seventh annual showcase, to be hosted once again by the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, on Sunday, October 30, 2016!

“The NAFF is happy to partner again with the Art Co-op and highlight the myriad work of area producers who use film, video, and new media to tell their stories,” relays co-founder and program director Jason Pankoke who also emcees the festival. He continues, “In 2015, the fall season served as a comfortable fit for the NAFF. Everything ran smoothly, audience members enjoyed the presentation, and new friends and movie artists joined us for the first time!”

This year, organizers are shifting gears with the Call for Entries process to accommodate entrants. First, they encourage filmmakers to submit their work on-line rather than in physical form, although non-returnable DVD screeners will still be accepted. Second, given the October show is scheduled to run from 6 to 11 p.m. on October 30 – this will make for the shortest NAFF to date – they recommend entries run 30 minutes or less to improve the odds of being selected.

To submit films, entrants should write the NAFF at NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com and include functional link(s) to on-line screener(s), password(s) to access the same, and the following: 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), and Print Source (i.e., Contact Information we can share with the public).

Entries on DVD or flash drive (not Blu-ray) may be delivered to The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, 61820, attn.: New Art Film Festival 2016 c/o Jason Pankoke, with the above information included as hard copy or electronic document; sending an e-mail of the same information to the NAFF is also acceptable. Deadline for all entries is WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016, 10 p.m. CST. As always, submission fees will not be charged!

The NAFF welcomes all genres and is interested in receiving short subjects, Webisodes, and trailers or excerpts from long-form pieces. Entries should have been produced within the last three years. Final selections will be announced on or near Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Further information can be found at www.NewArtFilmFestival.com. The NAFF is presented by the Art Co-op and C-U Confidential, the source for Champaign-Urbana film culture since 2006.

Jason Pankoke
Program Director
New Art Film Festival 2016
Champaign, IL


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CONTACT

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

Alicia Kozma
Acting General Manager, the Art Theater Co-op
manager [at] arttheater [dot] coop

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



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