CHAMPAIGN — The fourth annual New Art Film Festival will showcase locally and regionally made independent films at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C, from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday.
It will open at 4 with introductions and conclude its final block of films at 11:30 p.m. The festival is presented by C-U Confidential and sponsored by ThirdSide and the Champaign-Urbana Film Society; it's also a part of the Boneyard Arts Festival taking place this weekend.
Among festival highlights:
— The Art Theater 100th anniversary: Local theater historian Perry C. Morris will talk about the history and longevity of the Art, which will turn 100 in November, as well as about special projects designed to mark the milestone.
— "The Actual, Authentic Version of Who You Say I Am," by University of Illinois theater Professor Robert Anderson and Brooklyn filmmaker Mark P. Ring will 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's "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.
For more information, visit http://newartfilmfestival.com/.