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Locally-made cinema adds to Boneyard flavor at fourth annual New Art Film Festival

From the press release:

The New Art Film Festival (NAFF) will proudly present its fourth annual showcase of locally and regionally-made independent films at the Art Theater Co-op. It will begin with introductions at 4 p.m. and conclude its final block of films at 11:30 p.m. The NAFF is presented by C-U Confidential and sponsored by ThirdSide and the Champaign-Urbana Film Society, and is also a part of the Boneyard Arts Festival organized by the 40 North 88 West arts council.

Highlights of the 2013 NAFF schedule include:

Art Theater 100th anniversary – Local theater historian Perry C. Morris will talk about the history and longevity of the Art, which will reach its 100th birthday in November, as well as upcoming special projects designed to mark the milestone.

The Actual, Authentic Version of Who You Say I Am – University of Illinois theater instructor Robert Anderson and Brooklyn filmmaker Mark P. Ring team up to tell the story of actress Karen Vaccaro’s one-woman show, “And I Remember,” and the three ladies with downstate Illinois ties who inspired it.

Once Upon a Time in 1977 – The scientists in loud outfits battle the robots in even louder outfits one final time in the third “retro Seventies transistorpunk” comedic opus from Chris and Anne Lukeman of Champaign’s Kill Vampire Lincoln Productions. Featuring a cameo by Champaign mayor Don Gerard!

Up the Creek: “Shotgun Wedding” – This popular Web series, about a winery staff and its hilarious misadventures, is produced by Sleepy Creek Films of Fairmount. In Episode 6, vintner Antonio matches wits against a beer-worshiping hillbilly for the hand of his daughter in marriage.

Beyond the Basement Door – Bloomington-Normal native Jason Huls returned downstate from Chicagoland to shoot this science-fiction drama starring Steve Christopher as a researcher miraculously cured of cancer due to forbidden knowledge that is barricaded downstairs.

Below is the complete schedule for the 2013 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 anniversary!


Austin McCann
General Manager, The Art Theater Co-op
(217) 979-9519

Jason Pankoki
Program Director, New Art Film Festival
(217) 418-5685

New Art Film Festival – Complete Schedule
@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
April 12, 2013, 4 p.m.
11:30 p.m.


4 p.m. – “NAFF Introductions”
+ Special Presentation:

“The Art Theater: 100 Years”
Presented by Perry C. Morris

5:00 p.m. – “Eclectic Sensations”

Jump Back (music video)
2012, 4 min., Directed by Lorene Anderson, Urbana, IL
Music by The Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra
It’s a garage-rock life as the Duke and his merry melody makers encourage you to shake that thing.

A Day With Woody (comedy)
2012, 4 min., Directed by Andy Due & Dustin Tylman, Rubber Chicken Films/RL3 Productions, Charleston, IL
Take a look at the life of Woody Allen, as he tries to get his latest project off the ground. Out of the mud.

The Giant Communist (retro sci-fi comedy)
2012, 10 min., Directed by Andrew Nygard, Jacob Dragyn Productions, Urbana, IL
Can Dr. John Johnston and his wife Jane save the very economic fabric of our great nation from a rampaging outsized president?

S & D in the City (animation)
2013, 4 min., Directed by David Huettner, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Two lost spirits gallivant in the city with sickles, trumpets, and skulls.

Once Upon a Time in 1977 (retro sci-fi adventure)
2013, 28 min., Directed by Chris & Anne Lukeman, Kill Vampire Lincoln Productions, Champaign, IL
In the probably-alternate 1970s, disco is king and tensions are high. Scientist heroes Jack and Sam try to balance normal family lives with ray guns, robots, and an ominous portal in time and space.

Finding Jane (comedy)
2012, 8 min., Directed by Alaric Rocha, Blue Bassoon Pictures, Chicago, IL
A man searches for his dream woman. When he can’t find her using modern means, he looks elsewhere.

His Own World of Colors (drama-fantasy)
2011, 37 min., Directed by Skye Marcía, Monticello/Champaign, IL
A reclusive artist deals with a tragic accident by retracting into the fantastical worlds his mind has created to numb the pain.

7:00 p.m. – “Real World Experiences”

Where the Earth and Sky Speak (travelogue)
2013, 2 min., Directed by Christopher J. Sotelo & Oliver Peng, Chris & Oliver Cinema, Champaign, IL
This piece combines film, time lapse, stop motion, and HDR photography to capture the beauty of Italy.

This Land is Mine (history/animation)
2012, 4 min., Directed by Nina Paley, Urbana, IL
This Land is Mine is a brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan.

Re:Cycling (documentary)
2011, 6 min., Directed by Gabe Przygoda, Blind Simon Productions, Charleston, IL
This short documentary highlights the restoration of an old 1970s ten-speed bicycle as well as the transforming physical and social image of cycling today.

Sexy Scissors (documentary)
2012, 13 min., Directed by Angela Aguayo, Carbondale, IL
Gender and worker-client dynamics are explored in this portrait of a barber shop in Austin, Texas.

Legacy (personality profile)
2012, 5 min., Directed by Christopher J. Sotelo & Oliver Peng, Chris & Oliver Cinema, Champaign, IL
Mike Powell was a champion wrestler in high school and returned as head wrestling coach, building their struggling team into a powerhouse in the state of Illinois. But now, he’s facing the toughest match of his life.

The Actual, Authentic Version of Who You Say I Am (documentary/memoir)
2012, 61 min., Directed by Mark P. Ring & Robert Anderson, Lenten Entertainment, Brooklyn, NY
Three female artists with strong connections to Champaign-Urbana, IL, and the region share their life stories with actress Karen Vaccaro, who then portrays all three of them in a “verbatim-style” theatre production, “And I Remember.” The film juxtaposes the actual interviews of the women with the live production, revisiting major events of the past century from their perspectives.

9:00 p.m. – “Ode to the Hysterically Strange”

Movie Trailers:

The Graveyard Menace (horror)
2013, 1 min., feature directed by Chase Cavalera, Cavalera Evolution, Bloomington, IL
At the local cemetery in a small Midwestern town, a group of misfits accidentally unleash an ancient, other-worldly creature.

House of Thaddeus (drama/thriller)
2013, 2 min., feature directed by Mike Boedicker, Roselawn Productions, Danville, IL
After buying an old house, a couple learns about its dark history.

My Dog the Space Traveler (family/sci-fi)
2013, 2 min., feature directed by Robin Christian, Dreamscape Cinema, Champaign, IL
A young boy loses his dog to an anomaly in his backyard, a portal which leads to another dimension of our universe. He must rely on his friends and dysfunctional family to get the dog back and close the portal.

Scary Normal (comedy/drama)
2012, 2 min., feature directed by Jennifer Bechtel, Hot Diggity Productions, Champaign, IL
Chelsea, a teenager who just wants to be seen as normal, meets Danielle, a self-confident young lesbian who has been kicked out of her own family. Through their friendship, Chelsea starts to realize the true value of friends and family who love unconditionally.

Short subjects:

Something to Believe (music video)
2013, 6 min., Directed by Lorene Anderson & Claire Cannon, Urbana, IL
Music by The Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra
So, the Fool, the Joker, and the Queen of Swords walk into an ivy-covered chapel … and then their kaleidoscopic friends show up. Mischief ensues.

Up the Creek: Episode 6, “Shotgun Wedding” (“sipcom”)
2012, 9 min., Directed by Joe Taylor, Sleepy Creek Films, Oakwood, IL
A very special episode about love, tolerance, acceptance … and beer.

Winter (comedy)
2011, 7 min., Directed by Alaric Rocha, Blue Bassoon Pictures, Chicago, IL
A chain gang prisoner desperately dreams for a break in the heavy, meaningless work he and his gang endure. His wish (and more) is granted when his chain breaks.

The Famine (drama)
2013, 11 min., Directed by Johnny Robinson, Chase Todd, Tim Meyers, Mike Trippiedi, Thomas Nicol & Victor Miely, Champaign Movie Makers, Champaign, IL
The Famine is a dramatic examination of our culture’s love affair with coffee, set in a world where it has become a scarce commodity and told through six vignettes.

Beer Bread (comedy)
2012, 3 min., Directed by Jeremiah Stanley, Two Beards Films, Champaign, IL
Walter is left with bread-making duties when his wife, Bette, is called to attend to their son. The couple realizes that Walter can complicate even the simplest of tasks.

Rabbithead (animation)
2013, 3 min., Directed by David Huettner, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Two lost spirits meet a fluffy friend in a desert wasteland.

Beyond the Basement Door (drama/thriller)
2012, 26 min., Directed by Jason Huls, Ten Wing Films, Chicago, IL
Alistair, a genetic researcher, saves his own life from cancer by making a pact with dark and dangerous people. The secret lies with whatever is making the odd sounds in Alistair’s basement…

Anyway (dark comedy)
2012, 12 min., Directed by Gaël André & Robin Berthier, MBC Productions, Paris, France
Henry is a young man settled in a life that revolves around his two passions: classical music and lottery grids. His sudden encounter with a flowerpot will change the course of his existence.

Heartshot (science fiction)
2013, 32 min., Directed by Thomas Nicol & Joe Taylor, Sleepy Creek Films, Oakwood, IL
In a not-so-distant dystopian future, a scientist supports his drug habit by poaching genetically engineered unicorns.

The Unusual Case of Henry David Pierce (dark comedy)
2012, 3 min., Directed by Michael Bach, Urbana, IL
A new hire at Miskatonic University wises up to its literary heritage.

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



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For more information about the Art Theater Co-op, please visit their Web site.  

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The eleventh annual Boneyard Arts Festival is presented by the 40 North 88 West arts council of Champaign County.

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