Halloween continues into the weekend with Dead in Decatur film fest

Halloween continues into the weekend with Dead in Decatur film fest
There are very few things I miss about Chicago since moving away more than two years ago. One of them is definitely the 24-hour horror marathon I used to attend every October at the Music Box Theater. Thankfully, I've found a local alternative to keep the horror hound in me satisfied: The Dead in...

Second Big Picture Film Festival to bring global cinema to the River City

Big Picture Film Festival
Peoria's second annual Big Picture Film Festival is a two-day event that celebrates local, national, and international filmmakers of all ages. The event is part of the Big Picture Initiative, which aims to highlight Peoria’s artistic potential through art education and festivals. Friday, Oct. 11 5 pm - 9 pm: Film...

Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium to highlight inclusion in media

Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium to highlight inclusion in media
The Illinois Ballroom of Champaign's I-Hotel and Conference Center is hosting the 2nd Annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium on Friday, Sept. 27. This year's topic, "Creating an Inclusive Media and Cinema Ecosystem," grew out of Ebert's vision of movies as a tool for generating empathy among those of different genders,...

Binge this science-y teen web series from Illinois MSERC

Binge this science-y teen web series from Illinois MRSEC
Acting goofy is a popular way to make science appealing to kids. But Nadya Mason, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) physics professor, took a whole different route on a recently released web series. "I and Brian Demarco (another physics professor) came up with the basic concept of...

A royal 'Downton Abbey' premiere event at Bloomington's Ewing Manor

The Ultimate Downton Abbey Premiere Experience
Celebrate the Downton Abbey film premier in royal style with a lavish dinner and wine pairings atop a finely set 1920s English table at Bloomington's Ewing Manor. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest period fashions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu3mP0c51hE After the dinner, enjoy a private screening of the Downton Abbey...

The lowdown on every movie showing at Ebertfest 2019

The lowdown on every movie showing at Ebertfest 2019
The biggest event of the year for Central Illinois film buffs is almost here! Alas, most of us will only be able to squeeze a handful of screenings into our busy schedules, so here's a handy Roger Ebert Film Festival cheat sheet to help you narrow down your choices with info on the films, special guests and...

Ebertfest 2019 coming into the picture

Ebertfest 2019 coming into the picture
The roster for the 21st edition of Roger Ebert's Film Festival, slated for April 10-13, has yet to be released, but Chaz Ebert — wife and steward of the legacy of the iconic critic (and pop culture figure) — disclosed some details today. Ebertfest 2019 will celebrate the on-air partnership my husband Roger shared with his good friend, Chicago Sun-Times columnist-turned-head...

Junior filmmakers to shine in CU Film Society’s annual competitions

Junior filmmakers to shine in CU Film Society's annual competitions
The Champaign Urbana Film Society is accepting submissions for its 7th Annual Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting Competition, as well as the 5th Annual Pens to Lens Student Filmmaking Competition. Both comps are open to K-12 students students of any East Central Illinois school. Screenplay submissions close Feb. 28, while film submissions will be accepted until June 30. The winning...