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Plethora of local movies to pique interest at New Art Film Festival VIII on October 29

(Champaign, Illinois) October 19, 2017: Twenty-three short subjects and two sneak previews fill out the itinerary of the eighth annual New Art Film Festival (NAFF), a recurring presentation of media productions made by storytellers living in or near Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, which will be presented at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Hosted by co-founder Jason Pankoke and sponsored by C-U Confidential, ThirdSide, Shatterglass Studios, and the Art, the NAFF will begin at 6 p.m. and wrap by 11:30 p.m. Admission is free for the community.

Three programs at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:20 p.m. have been chosen to run the gamut from comedy to tragedy, realism to fantasy, and traditional narrative to experimental expression. Highlights include: THE POOKA, a lovably strange fable from Shatterglass Films of Champaign that is directed by Luke Boyce and stars Chris Sullivan and Lily Rains; THE SHERIFF’S CHILDREN, a Civil War-era drama with timely implications from Roselawn Productions, Ltd., of Danville that is directed by Michael Boedicker and stars William L. Kephart, William Anthony Sebastian Rose II, and Ellen E.K. Magee; and GREENE, a mature exploration of a gallery owner’s internal implosion that is directed by University of Illinois undergraduate student Keenan Dailey and stars himself, Danielle Ward, Theresa Okuwobi, and Rose.

Additional NAFF events will enlighten and entertain on the afternoon of October 29 in downtown Champaign. A meet-and-greet with festival filmmakers and friends will gather between 3 and 5 p.m. at Radio Maria, 119 N. Walnut St., while a presentation by guest speaker David Logan, a prose editor at Quiddity International Literary Journal, will characterize the life of the late Springfield, Illinois, poet Vachel Lindsay and his landmark cinema analysis from 1915, The Art of the Moving Image, after the lunch hour. Attendees for the latter will be admitted on a first come, first served basis as seating is limited; please write NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com for time and location. The NAFF hopes to make available a video recording of Logan’s talk on the official Web site, www.NewArtFilmFestival.com, before the end of the year.

Click here for the complete schedule for the 2017 NAFF. Journalists and editors may contact NAFF program director Jason Pankoke with interview or media requests, and Art Theater artistic director 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
Artistic Director, the Art Theater
the.art.theater [at] gmail [dot] com


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Brevity is key as New Art Film Festival launches 2017 Call for Entries period

(Champaign, Illinois) August 15, 2017: For one month, the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) will accept submissions to consider for its eighth annual program at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, Illinois, scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2017. The Call for Entries begins today, Tuesday, August 15, and ends after Friday, September 15. Creative media makers in the greater downstate Illinois region and central Midwest are welcome to participate.

“After a deliberation about taking 2017 off and returning in 2018, we’ve decided that ‘the show must go on’,” says NAFF director and co-founder Jason Pankoke. “Our community event is still the only true showcase for our friends and neighbors to experience a wide range of locally-made films produced by their fellow residents. As well, we want to use the occasion this year to mark previous Champaign-Urbana movie milestones that pointed to the NAFF we enjoy today.”

For submitting films, entrants should write the NAFF at NewArtFilmFestivalCU@gmail.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 non-returnable DVD or flash drive (not Blu-ray) may be delivered to The Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, 61820, attn.: New Art Film Festival 2017 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. For 2017, organizers will only accept pieces with a run time of 30 minutes or less, but there is no cost to enter as before.

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 Sunday, October 1, 2017. Further information can be found at www.NewArtFilmFestival.com. The NAFF is presented by the Art Theater and C-U Confidential, the source for Champaign-Urbana film culture since 2006.


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CONTACT

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

Austin McCann
Artistic Director, the Art Theater
the.art.theater [at] gmail [dot] com



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