“The Art of Fear” Big Success

Congratulations to Eric Hector and Tim Lynn, owners of Heroic Age Studios, for presenting “The Art of Fear”  at their new Heroic Age Art Center in Mt. Zion. The family event featured a Halloween themed gallery showing, activities by Heroic Age artists, a silent auction, and “The Art of Fear in Film” panel by celebrity guests – actress Michelle Helmeczy, SFX/make up artist Scott Mitchell, and scenic/art painter James Betts. The Central Illinois Film Commission is looking forward to future events and wish Eric and Tim the best of luck as they begin the second phase of their project – constructing their new, state of the art film studio.

Eric Hector, Scott Mitchell, Jim Betts, Michelle Helmeczy, Tim Lynn

Eric Hector, Scott Mitchell, Jim Betts, Michelle Helmeczy, Tim Lynn

Filmmaking 101 Registration Open


The Central Illinois Film Commission is presenting a special workshop on Saturday, November 1, 11am-3pm, at the Heroic Age Art Center in Mt. Zion, IL. Format for the program is an open panel with representatives from the local film community, presenting various subject matters of interest to our members. Following will be roundtable breakouts, where attendees can discuss specific topics with the presenters. A networking hour will follow.

$10 per person for current CIFC members
$35 per person for non-members (includes CIFC membership for 2015)

CLICK HERE for program details and registration information!

Thank You to Movie Producers Bill & Bob Mayo

Members of the Central Illinois Film Commission were treated to a special presentation at our September meeting when father-son movie producers William and Bob Mayo shared an insider’s look at their newly released full-feature film, “For Out of the Heart.” We wish them, along with Michael Mayo, the best of luck as they move forward with promotion and distribution of their project.

Following the apparent heart attack and death of a controversial radio talk-show host, a cynical detective’s nagging hunch that sinister forces are at play drives him to doggedly pursue a killer only he is convinced exists. A savvy and compassionate priest ultimately helps the detective unravel a series of mysteriously coded numerical clues, leading to the detective’s discovery of a murderous plot, while in the process also discovering something far more significant to believe in.

Midwest Hustler Films Movie Trailer in Central IL

The independent movie, “Midwest Hustler,” filmed a trailer in Central Illinois to be used in a fundraising campaign for the film. Thank you to writer/director Zaine Bray for crediting CIFC for assisting him with the project. We wish Zaine and the crew the best of luck!

Click here to view the coverage the film received on news station WICS Channel 20.

The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition


The 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Procession will be commemorated with a number of special activities planned in Springfield during April and May 2015. Observation will begin on April 14, 2015 with “Our American Cousin,” and scholarly symposia will take place throughout the month. Benedictine University at Springfield will present a poetry, visual arts, and musical event on May 1, 2015; a special concert by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra will take place the evening of May 2, 2015; and the commemoration will conclude with a two-day historic reenactment of the 1865 memorial procession and ceremony for President Abraham Lincoln on May 2-3, 2015.

On May 2, 2015, a funeral train accurate to the period will arrive at the current Springfield Amtrack Station carrying current dignitaries, historic officials, representatives, as well as the replicated coffin of President Lincoln. A procession will follow the historic route from the train station to Washington and 6th Street. Dignitaries, Color Guard, Civic War reenactors, and direct descendants of the original Honorary Pallbearers will participate in the opening commemorative ceremony.

On Sunday, May 3, local churches will invite Civil War era musicians to provide music during workshop. The funeral vigil ends mid-morning to facilitate the funeral procession, which will follow the historic route to Oak Ridge Cemetery. Local schools, clubs and organizations are invited to march and participate.

Members of the Central Illinois Film Commission are encouraged to support this historic event. Board member Leanne Unland will be soliciting volunteers to assist (more details to come). For more information, visit The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition website