film & video

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:00pm, Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 7:00pm, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:00pm, Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm, Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:00pm, Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

Rated R (106 min) Don't miss this special return engagement of the movie that rocked audiences at the 2015 Roger Ebert's Film Festival! A magazine reporter (Jesse Eisenberg) recounts his travels and conversations with author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segal) during a promotional book tour for the best-selling novel, Infinite Jest.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Virginia Theatre

Come celebrate what would have been the great Peter Sellers’ 90th birthday with two marvelous films from this beloved comedic master.

9/1/2015 & 9/3/2015

Being There (1979) - A SALUTE TO PETER SELLERS

Tickets: $4 On Sale Friday, August 21, 2015 – 10am

Rated PG (130 min) From Jerzy Kosinski's popular satiric novella came this surprising, moving comedy. A simple, sheltered gardener becomes unlikely advisor to a wealthy businessman and Washington insider. Being There was perhaps Sellers' best performance and was his last film released during his lifetime. With Shirley MacLaine and Melvyn Douglas.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Virginia Theatre

8/25/2015 & 8/27/2015

Earthquake (1974) - BEST OF THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS: Disaster Edition

Tickets: $4 On Sale Now

Rated PG (123 min) With a score by John Williams and a screenplay Mario Puzo helped write, Earthquake was conceived after two disparate events: the 1971 San Fernando earthquake and the financial success of 1970's Airport. In this film, Los Angeles is destroyed by a monster quake, but Charlton Heston is on hand, so...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Virginia Theatre

8/18/2015 & 8/20/2015

Airport (1970) - BEST OF THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS: Disaster Edition

Tickets: $4 On Sale Now

Rated PG (137 min) A suicidal bomber, an airport nearly closed by snow, and a cast including Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster and Jacqueline Bisset. The originator of the modern disaster film, Airport earned over 100 million dollars at the box office and garnered Helen Hayes an Academy Award.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 7:00pm to Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Virginia Theatre

Rated PG (165 min) From the disaster pic's heyday! At the opening party of a colossal (if rather poorly constructed) office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it. With an all-star cast featuring Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire and more. The Towering Inferno is part of our Reel Deal- Best of the Summer Blockbusters: Disaster Edition; tickets are only $4 and are on sale now! For more information feel free to call our box office at 217-356-9063 or visit our website at Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 1:00pm
The Virginia Theatre

Rated R (159 min) Extraordinary epic musical drama and winner of numerous awards (and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry), Nashville is generally considered to be one of director Robert Altman’s best films. The movie takes a compelling snapshot of people involved in the 1970s country music and gospel music businesses in Music City. As part of our News Gazette Film Series tickets to Nashville are only $6 and are on sale now! For more information feel free to call our box office at 217-356-9063 or visit our website at Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 2:00pm
The Virginia Theatre

Rated G (44 min) In August we're all about butterflies! Join us for a special screening of the family-friendly Flight of the Butterflies, a scientific adventure story spanning thousands of miles and just as many generations. It tells the remarkable tale of the Monarch butterfly migration, the most incredible migration on Earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where butterflies mysteriously disappear when they fly south for the winter. We'll also show Plight of the Monarch (2013), a documentary made by Champaign county natives Kirby and Cindy Pringle, in an afternoon to include talk-back with the filmmakers and more! Tickets are only $4 and are on sale now! For more information feel free to call our box office at 217-356-9063 or visit our website at Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:15pm
Krannert Art Museum

Join us at Krannert Art Museum for an evening of diverse and engaging stories told in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. Topics and perspectives vary widely, but the high energy and creative ideas have undeniable appeal to all. You won't want to miss it!

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Krannert Art Museum (500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL)
Doors open 7:45 pm
Show starts at 8:20 pm
Admission: FREE
Possible Mature Content 18+

PKN C-U Vol. 18 will feature eight unique presentations:

Eric Benson & Megan Diddie: Pulp, Sweat, and Beers
Karen Carney: City Chickens
Mac Condill: Cucurbits In All Their Glory
Ed Glaser: The Psychedelic Version of "Godzilla" You’ve Never Seen
Mamie Hobbs & Sophie Roney: Embody Love: Changing The Way We Talk About Beauty in C-U
John Isberg: "The Ghost Cowboy" Documentary on Belief, Ability and Ghosts
Jack Marck: Why I Fly
Terry Welker: You Are Here

WCIA’s Drew Wilder will host as emcee for the night.

A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors: Anna Longworth Photography, Busey Bank, [co][lab], Crystal Entertainment, Dixon Graphics, Pens to Lens, Prosource, Urbana’s Market at the Square, and WPCD 88.7 Parkland.

Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing on Facebook!
Tweet to #pkncu during the night. Hope to see you there!

First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.

For additional information or if interested in presenting at a future PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana, please contact us at Check out the global website to get a sense of the magnitude of the event as well as our city page,

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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Pizza M, 208 West Main Street, downtown Urbana

Does copyright protect creative work? What impact does copyright have on censorship? And what would happen if we abolished copyright? Join us for a provocative conversation with two guests: artist and copyright abolitionist Nina Paley and UIUC law professor and activist Paul Heald.

Delicious snacks from Pizza M will be provided.

Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues and the short This Land Is Mine. Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to join as artist-in-residence, where she produced a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes. As half of PaleGray Labs, she develops techniques to combine animation with her other passions of quilting and embroidery. Nina is a former syndicated cartoonist, a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, and currently making a new animated feature called Seder-Masochism.

Paul Heald lectures on patent, copyright and international intellectual property law around the world. He is the University of Illinois Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Professor of Law and is currently a fellow and associated researcher at CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. He’s also the author of a recently released mystery novel Death in Eden.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Virginia Theatre

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – at 7:00 P.M. 17th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival Seating: General Admission Individual film tickets available 4/1/15 – at 10:00 A.M. – $14 Regular Admission – $12 Senior – $12 Student Additional per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only) (2014) A French film directed and written by pioneering filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Much of “Goodbye” is built around a young couple at a lake house, often arguing and often naked, but it’s essentially a feature-length montage.


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