April Membership Meeting

The Central Illinois Film Commission meets the third Thursday of every month. Our next meeting is this Thursday, April 17, at 7:00pm in the Highland Room of the Hilton Hotel (lobby level). Join us for an evening of networking and information exchange.

Production Assistant Training Seminar


The Central Illinois Film Commission is proud to present, “Film Crew Fundamentals,” a Production Assistant Training Seminar presented by SAG director and accredited P.A.T.S. Instructor Kenny Chaplin. The class will be held June 6-8 at the Hilton in Springfield.

Kenny brings to you 18 years of experience in the Hollywood film industry. He has worked hand in hand with directors David Mamet, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, and Ridley Scott. He has had to ‘wrangle’ the likes of Dustin Hoffman, John Cusak, Woody Harrelson, Sean Penn, Eva Longoria and many more. Kenny will share the information he learned to get to the top of Hollywood, so you, too, can:

• Identify the film position that suits you best
• Start a career in the film business
• Walk onto any film set and know what is expected of you
• Understand the culture of film sets and the ‘magic’ of movie making

Cost is $150 for early registration. Class size is limited, so call 1-800-579-1590 to make reservations or register online at the P.A.T.S. website.

For more information, you can download the PA_Seminar_Flyer-0614, visit the P.A.T.S. website, or contact Liz Zalar at ,217-836-8066 or lelifilms@yahoo.com

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

Photos from the ScareFest Road Trip


The Central Illinois Film Commission hosted an exhibit booth at The ScareFest Road Trip, April 12-13, 2014, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. The free event featured celebrity guests, costume party, vendors, and other various activities and was filmed by a major television network. Thank you to our members who hosted our booth, as well as everyone who stopped by to learn more about CIFC.

Photos from the convention are posted on the Central Illinois Film Commission Facebook Page.

Selling Stupid-The Movie | SAG-AFTRA | Casting Call

Casting for the movie, “Selling Stupid,” is taking place now. Talent must be available for filming in May and willing to work as a local hire in Saginaw/Bay City, MI. Submit H/R to SellingStupidTheMovie@yahoo.com if you are interested. Union and pre-union actors are welcome to submit.


MAXAMILLION BARKER: Male, 40′s-60′s, Open Ethnicity. Big Presence, Magnetic Personality, Warm, Friendly, Snazzy Dresser. Maxamillion’s scene, which contains two paragraphs of uninterrupted dialogue, will be filmed live (in one take) on stage in front of a real audience of 200 people. Talent must be available for filming May 17 and May 18, 2014.

HOT GUY – Male, 27-37, Open Ethnicity. Hot Guy delivers a speech with passion in one scene. Day Player. (date: TBA)

GRAMMA VIRGINIA – Female, 70+, Caucasian. Gramma dresses “pretty.” She is the only sane voice in a family of pretty colorful characters. Talent must be available for filming May 20, 2014.


Production of “22 AFTER”, an independent film being produced in Springfield, is well underway. With almost all of the principal scenes cast/shot, the project is now moving into ‘phase two’ which will require approximately 20-30 ‘extras’. Men and women, boys and girls of all ages are being sought, but for this role YOU MUST BE ABLE TO CONVINCINGLY PLAY SLIM, UNDERFED, OR STARVING CHARACTERS!!!!! The shooting will require only a couple of hours of your time for only one day.

Interested? Check out the film’s website at www.22after.com or visit their Facebook page.