NAFF 2018 | Year 9

Ukraine students march with a message in STREET TAPES



New Art Film Festival – Year 9Complete Schedule
@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
October 29, 2018, 7 – 10 p.m.

Presented by C-U Confidential

Co-sponsored by The Art Theater,
ThirdSide, and Shatterglass Studios

Free Admission!

Dedicated to Richard Alan Greenberg (1947-2018)
and Thomas Rickman (1940-2018)




7 p.m. – Introductions
+ Film Block 01 [Ages 13+ recommended]

THE CONTEST (comedy)
2018, 7 min., Directed by Andrew Stengele for Pens to Lens/CUFS, Champaign, IL
Starring Andrew Stengele and Bishop Stevens
Two men challenge each other to a lifting contest at the gym. Written by Rayane Marzouqi.

I’M NOT EVIL (comedy)
2018, 6 min., Directed by Andrew Nygard for Pens to Lens/CUFS, Champaign, IL
Starring Ryan Luzzo, Eve Foley, and Quinn Fisher
Death, otherwise known as the Grim Reaper, is a skeleton-like man who wears a long black cloak and is pure evil … or, is he? Written by Quinn Fisher.

THE CLOWN (comedy)
2018, 4 min., Directed by Andy Due, Rubber Chicken Films/RL3 Productions, Charleston, IL
Starring Andy Due, Jacque Crossett, and Toine Perry
A clown, a ballerina, a strongman, and the tale of unrequited love, insincerity, and juggling. A scene from the sketch comedy series, THE ANDY DUE SHOW.

2018, 17 min., Directed by Grant Czadzeck, New Orchid Productions, Champaign, IL
Written and hosted by Matt Candeias
DUNES is the story of ecological succession, how one plant community gradually replaces another. Join us as we explore the concept on the shores of Lake Michigan.


Neenah Williams in STUCK


STILL (drama | musical)
2018, 6 min., Directed by Nic Morse, Protagonist Pizza Productions, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Starring Ryan Luzzo and Danyelle Monson
When an ex-marine meets a wondering writer for the first time, they share a together a beautiful dream about love and dancing in its purest form.

2018, 10 min., Produced by Kaitlin Southworth, Tim Hartin, and Alison Davis Wood, Office of Public Affairs/DIA, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Featuring Endalyn Taylor
Professor of Dance Endalyn Taylor has toured the world with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and performed on Broadway in the original cast of “The Lion King.” Raised on the south side of Chicago, Taylor left home at age 16 to become a principal dancer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Recently, Taylor traveled back to New York with a group of her Illinois students to perform a piece she choreographed at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She encourages her students by telling them “never underestimate the power of you … never forget that what you have that no one else has is your unique perspective.”

2018, 8 min., Directed by David Gracon
This social project was conceived by the students of the International Relations Department at Precarpathian National University located in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. The aim was to present social problems and issues with ordinary citizens in the city center and to have a discussion. They discussed strategies to address community issues and to make the city more livable for its citizens.

STUCK (drama | fantasy)
2018, 11 min., Directed by Andrew Gleason and Thomas Nicol for Pens to Lens/CUFS, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Starring Neenah Williams, Silvana Bennardo, and Julia Robbins
A girl is being followed by a dark figure and tries to get help. Written by Gwen Kaiser.

2018, 6 min., Directed by John Isberg, Swede Films, Urbana, IL
Starring Stewart Michael, Tiffany Jolley, and John Isberg
A musician on the road has one last show before heading home.


8:30 p.m. – Intermission


8:45 p.m. – Film Block 02 [Ages 17+ recommended]

WHAT’S IN THE CARDS (teaser | thriller)
2018, 1 min., Directed by Colin Gabriel Price, Priceless B Movies, Champaign, IL
Starring Colin Gabriel Price, Michael Murphy, Melissa Price, Grant Morenz, Katherine Bokenkamp, CJay Wallace, and Cody Prough
A gritty and grounded take on an infamous character from DC Comics, WHAT’S IN THE CARDS serves as an origin fan film for The Joker.

WORDS (drama | experimental)
2017, 17 min., Directed by Jarrod Finn, Malachi Entertainment, Urbana, IL
Starring Kimmy Schofield, William Rose II, Dominique Allen, and Cara Maurizi
Focusing on Jordan, a twenty-something writer, WORDS is a deeply personal, emotional story that does not sugarcoat the everyday battle that is clinical depression and anxiety disorder.

LIFESAVER (drama | fantasy)
2018, 10 min., Directed by Dushan Ranasinghe, Illini Film & Video, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Starring Katherine Bokenkamp
A young, seemingly average woman realizes she has the power to save people’s lives through her dreams.

SOY BOY KWON-DO (comedy)
2018, 2 min., Directed by CJay Wallace and Cody Prough, Red Lens Productions, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Starring Cody Prough and CJay Wallace
Wilted Flower, a.k.a. Trent, is trying to fix the world one informational video at a time!

GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE KNIGHT (fantasy | animation)
2018, 4 min., Directed by Thomas Nicol for Pens to Lens/CUFS, Champaign, IL
Starring Eva Gleason, Nathon Jones, and Bishop Stevens
Lizzie’s father has given her a teddy bear to help ward off bad dreams. Written by Ozella Green.


Deneen Melody in PROJECTIONS


2018, 7 min., Directed by Andy Due, Rubber Chicken Films/RL3 Productions, Charleston, IL
Performed by Andy Due
A spoof of 1950s & 60s “How to” films, aimed at teaching you the flaws in your nocturnal habits. A scene from the sketch comedy series, THE ANDY DUE SHOW.

ESSENCE (teaser | horror | experimental)
2018, 5 min., Directed by Jeff Kacmarynski, Refractive Error Media, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Starring Pamela Adam and Jacob Ault
When a woman discovers a hidden, cosmic realm that grants desires, in her home, she helps those in need, and looks for a way to bring back her deceased son. A psychedelic sci-fi thriller in the tradition of STALKER, SOLARIS, NAKED LUNCH, and LOST HIGHWAY, also starring legendary cult movie actress Lynn Lowry.

SWAN SONG (thriller | experimental)
2016, 11 min., Directed by Max Pitchkites, Bloomington, IN
Starring Cliff Dennis, Seth Tucker, Bryan Ott, and Wynter Zabrina
A mentally unstable violinist is about to perform for the last time before moving on to a professional career in music. But right before the concert, he decides to become a completely new person.

PROJECTIONS (romance | experimental)
2015, 5 min., Directed by Paul A. Brooks, Into the Night Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA
Starring Phillip Kelly and Deneen Melody
A man and woman see each other for the first time and envision a life together. Director Paul Brooks is a native of Normal, IL.

GREEN AND HORNY (educational | musical)
2018, 3 min., Directed by Joe Taylor, Studio Extraño, WI
Starring Bill Kephart and Julia Megan Sullivan
GREEN AND HORNY is a cheesy music video about the larval stage of hornworms, a.k.a. manduca sexta. It was done for National Geographic to be used in a “late night” test show that ran on Nat Geo Wild. Director Joe Taylor previously lived in Oakwood, IL.


A malevolent prankster breaks through in SWAN SONG


As always, titles and sequence are subject to change without notice.

New Art Film Festival 2018 poster designed by Jason Pankoke.


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