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New Art Film Festival 2014 schedule announced

The New Art Film Festival has announced their complete schedule for this year's fest. Check out all the info below, which came via their website:

Good afternoon, friends of the New Art Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois! We finally can share the information you’ve been longing to see in regards to next week’s NAFF – the complete schedule!

We thank every filmmaker and producer who thought the NAFF worthy enough to receive and review their work during our programming process. What we attempt to do, in building community through the arts and empowering the creative media-makers of our region, would be in vain without the pool of quality and diverse material they provide us to choose from each and every year.

Please find below our official press announcement regarding the NAFF 2014, introducing you to this year’s program. At the very end, you will find a link to the entire listing here on the NAFF Web site. We hope you will join us to view these works for free on Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 5 p.m. to Midnight at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign!

Building our indigenous filmography,

Jason Pankoke
Program Director
New Art Film Festival 2014



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

(Champaign, Illinois) April 2, 2014: The day of the week 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 DRUNK – Our 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.

SRIRACHA – Film-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 PULLING – This 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 CRIMSON – Andy 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 EMBRACE – Former 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.

Please follow this link for the complete schedule of 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!



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

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


C.V. Lloyde moving from downtown Champaign

Per The News-Gazette, it looks like longtime downtown Champaign music shop C.V. Lloyde will take their storefront elsewhere. Here are some portions of the N-G article with basic information:

The store, at 102 S. Neil St., C, plans to sell off its inventory of musical instruments over the next two months and move to the Lincoln Commerce Center at 702 Killarney St., U, President Stephen Morris said.


Morris said his partner in the business, C.V. Lloyde, will retire from the company June 30. He is the fourth generation of the Lloyde family to operate the business, established in 1867.


Morris said he does not know what will happen with the building at 102 S. Neil St., which the company leases. The company occupies the first and second floors, with the retail store and customer service department on the first floor and the audiovisual business on the second floor.

No word on what might move in there, but interesting news to say the least.

UPDATE (5 p.m.):

Here's some information posted on C.V. Lloyde's Facebook page:

To all our loyal customers, friends, and fellow musicians….

C.V. Lloyde has proudly served this market for over 147 years…..and we plan to continue for as long as we possibly can! With these recent years, we’ve experienced substantial growth and expansion within the audiovisual markets segments we serve. This growth demands a more suitable location to support our warehouse needs, design, programming, and customer service support. Although we’ve truly enjoyed our South Neil location for nearly 50 years now, its time to prepare for the next phase which includes a move into our new facility at 702 Killarney in Urbana. In tandem with this exciting move….we are also celebrating CV’s leadership and endless dedication to all the customers he’s enjoyed serving for all these years. At the young age of 71, C.V. has decided to retire and in support of this we are retiring the musical instrument retail business as well. Our retail moving sale officially begins today April 1st and will continue through May 31st when we plan to officially move to Urbana. All inventory is priced to move…and move it will…and very fast. More details to come on the transition of our rental and customer service departments…which will remain as critical and priority areas of service offered at our new location as well. Be sure to take advantage of our moving sale….and thank you again for the decades of sharing your passion, your talents, and sheer love of music with us! …And to all of our audiovisual customers…we’ll see you soon in Urbana!

Respectfully yours,

Stephen Morris, CTS-D, DSCE

C.V. Lloyde
102 S. Neil
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 352-7031
(661) 645-5161 mobile


C-U #5 Smart Growth Community according to Smart Growth America

The greater Champaign-Urbana region is among the least sprawling in the country according to a new report out today from Smart Growth America — and that’s great news for C-U’s families.

Measuring Sprawl 2014 examines development in 221 major metropolitan areas in the United States, and ranks each region’s development on a national index. With a score of 145.2, the greater Champaign-Urbana region ranks near the top of the list at number 5 out of 221.

 “Champaign-Urbana has been working for the last 14 years to encourage smart growth and new development that provides our citizens with choices in transportation, housing, and employment. The high level of transit service, improvements in sidewalks and infrastructure for bicycling have given residents the ability to live, work, and play without having to own a car if they choose. Studies show that the quality of life is a primary consideration for recruiting new residents and/or business to our community and being able to walk, bike or take transit is high on the list of factors.”

The new report also examines how sprawl relates to several quality of life factors. The researchers found that individuals in more compact, connected metro areas have greater economic mobility; spend less on the combined expenses of housing and transportation; have more transportation options; and lead longer, healthier, safer lives

“Smart growth strategies are about making life better for everyone in a community,” said Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America. “If policymakers are looking for ways to lower costs for their constituents, improve public health and support their broader economy, they need to be thinking about how to improve their development.”


Winemaking class at Sleepy Creek Vineyards

Our friends at Sleepy Creek Vineyards are holding a winemaking class Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (plus $2.37 processessing fee). You can register here. That's a sweet deal for all this information:

Learn how to make wine at a working winery!

Have you ever wanted to learn what it takes to make wine at home? Do you already make wine at home and want to learn more from a professional or how to do it on a bigger scale?

In this class you’ll learn the basics of home winemaking from Sleepy Creek Vineyards’ Director of Fermentation (AKA winemaker) Tony Jacobson. The class covers everything you'll need to know to sucessfully make wine. So bring your questions, a notebook, and some enthusiasm for making your own wine at home.

Topics covered will include:

• How to process different types of fruit
• Successful fermentation tips
• Demystifying wine ingredients
• Learning common wine faults
• Fining and finishing wine
• Bottling and storage

The class will be held on Thursday April 10 at 6:30pm at Sleepy Creek Vineyards.

Price is $25 per person. Each attendee will get a descriptive handout covering some of the topics in the class to take home and reference.

Make it vacation and stay the night in our Bed and Wine (vacation rental).  Book online at www.sleepycreekvineyards.com/lodging.php or call the winery at (217) 733-0330

Minimum of 10 students must sign up for the class. If we don’t reach our minimum we will cancel the class and refund everyone’s money.  No refund will be given for cancellations or failure to attend, although tickets are transferable.


Autumn Berry Inspired launches Indiegogo campaign

You might recall our feature on Autumn Berry Inspired in our first installment of Bonfire from last fall, which put Dustin Kelly and his project in focus. Now, they're looking for some help from the community.

They've launched an Indiegogo campaign to start up a forest farm for these Autumn Berries, and you can see all the information at the campaign page.

Check out the video below, taken from that page, and if you can spare a few bucks, this would be a very cool thing to happen here in Champaign-Urbana.


American Football to reissue self-titled debut album

Champaign-Urbana's own American Football, the highly influential emo outfit made up of Mike Kinsella (Cap'n Jazz, Owen, Owls), Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes, is reissuing their self-titled debut record in May on Polyvinyl.

Pretty awesome stuff. Check out the full track listing below, which features a bunch of live tracks on the second disc of the release.

Track listing:

  1. Never Meant
  2. The Summer Ends
  3. Honestly?
  4. For Sure
  5. You Know I Should Be Leaving Soon
  6. But The Regrets Are Killing Me
  7. I'll See You When We're Both Not So Emotional
  8. Stay Home
  9. The One With The Wurlitzer
  10. Intro [Live at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997]
  11. Five Silent Miles [Live at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997]
  12. Untitled #1 (The One With the Trumpet) [Boombox Practice Session, 1998]
  13. Untitled #2 [Boombox Practice Session, 1998]
  14. Stay Home [Boombox Practice Session, 1998]
  15. Untitled #3 [Boombox Practice Session, 1999]
  16. Never Meant [4-Track Album Prep, 1999]
  17. But The Regrets Are Killing Me [4-Track Album Prep, 1999]
  18. I'll See You When We're Both Not So Emotional [4-Track Album Prep, 1999]
  19. The 7's [Live at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997]
Here's an unreleased track they've unearthed as well:

Cursive’s Tim Kasher playing living room show tonight

I completely missed this in the Overture for the week, so hopefully I can make up for that fault by posting this for all to see. Cursive's Tim Kasher will be performing in C-U tonight, and there are still tickets available. This is a living room show — somewhere — and you can grab tickets here. Appears there are only about 15 left at the time this is being published, so get after it.


Saru Ramen pop-up March 26th

The latest Saru Ramen pop-up from Rhizome Productions is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th at Bunny's Tavern in downtown Urbana. 

Tori Paitan Ramen

Creamy Chicken Broth
Salt or Soy Taré
Housemade Noodles
Chicken Galantine Chashu
Schmaltz Caramelized Onions
Marinated Bamboo Shoots
Soy Marinated Hen Egg
Chile Oil

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Tickets are not required for this event, so show up early to get some delicious ramen.