Two late UI grads to be honored at New Art Film Festival

Two late UI grads to be honored at New Art Film Festival

CHAMPAIGN — C-U Confidential's Jason Pankoke doesn't need to live in Champaign to feel its pulse.

The movie guru said that despite living away from Champaign for more than a year, he has been able to organize the New Art Film Festival.

The festival will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C. Admission is free.

The festival honors two University of Illinois alumni from the film industry.

"For the first time, the festival is on a weeknight, and that constrains the show time to the prime-time hours," Pankoke said.

"Dramas, comedies, documentaries, dark fantasy and music-heavy pieces make up our ninth collection of film work," Pankoke said. "For most audience members, it will play like a mix tape for films in that they will experience something new and fresh throughout. Highlights include a quartet of 'Pens to Lens' entries and a video profile of UI dance instructor Endalyn Taylor."

The festival honors Thomas "Tom" Rickman, who died in September at age 78, and Richard Alan Greenberg, who died in June at age 71. Both graduated from the UI about 1970.

Greenberg became famous as a partner in the R/GA digital agency firm in New York and for his innovate typography and design work on the main title sequences of favorites like "Superman: The Movie," "Alien," "The World According to Garp," "Ghostbusters," "The Untouchables" and "Dirty Dancing."

Rickman wrote several high-profile movies, including "Coal Miner's Daughter," for which he was nominated for an Oscar, and "Tuesdays with Morrie."

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