CIFC Members In The News

Kimberly Conner’s acclaimed debut movie, Jump In, has hit shelves in 832 stores across the US.



Bishop Stevens, whose acting career is escalating with a reoccurring role in the Fox blockbuster hit Empire and several movie projects in the works, is featured in the current issue of magazine.



Laura Richter is featured in the documentary, The Walkers Among Us, making its red carpet debut on Saturday, April 25, at the Hollywood Blvd. theater in Woodridge, IL.


Special Filming of Lincoln Funeral Procession

Lincoln Hearse
President Abraham Lincoln’s hearse in Springfield, Illinois, in 1865.


A huge thank you to the videographers who have volunteered their time to film the historic reenactment of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession, being held May 2-3 in Springfield. We are still seeking a few additional camera operators, as well as several production assistants, to join the crew. If you are interested, please contact Dean Williams at 217-529-1555 or email at

NOTE: Videographers must have have their own high end cameras. This operation is a combined effort of The City of Springfield and The Central Illinois Film Commission.


The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Re-enactment

The 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Procession is being commemorated with a number of special activities planned in Springfield, starting NOW through May 2015. Members of the Central Illinois Film Commission are encouraged to support this historic event. Board member Leanne Unland is currently soliciting volunteers to assist. Click here for the online volunteer application.
For more information on this historical event, visit The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition website

Call for Proposals: Chicago Digital Media Production Fund

Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

Independent film and video makers based in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are invited to apply for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. Innovative video projects intended for online distribution by established, emerging and young artists could qualify for cash grants of up to $20,000 toward the project’s production and completion. All genres will be accepted, but content must be aimed at advancing progressive social change and should be appropriate for youth (though not necessarily intended specifically for youth). Distribution plans must include free availability on the web by May 1, 2016 in order to reach the widest possible audience.

For complete guidelines, visit the Chicago Filmmakers website:

For more information, call Chicago Filmmakers at 773-293-1447 or email

Night At The Movies

The Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra and the Central Illinois Film Commission presented “Night at the Movies” on Sunday, March 1, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The concert featured the Civic Orchestra performing musical selections from the films Gladiator, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Saving Private Ryan, and Oklahoma!, while the audience was treated to viewings of scenes from the films as well as live performances from Film Commission actors.

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended this special evening. Please enjoy the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony performing the Barber of Seville, video courtesty of Dana Williams Productions.