I am back after a 14 Months Hiatus

DSC03169DSC_0005DSC_0169 DSC_0184From the President! Wow what a year! First of all we came in 1st place at The Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade. Thanks to Steve Giddings (Construction Foreman) Jim Betts (Float Designer) Dean Williams (All Props & Posters) Crystal Page (assistant to All) Linda Lou Long and Harry Long(Production Assistants). With four days of heavy construction after just getting word we were in the Parade, we all started to build the float at Linda Lou Longs home at the lake. The float was parked under an old dead oak tree for shade in the 100 plus temperatures. Jim Betts noted to Harry that the tree was about to fall down and Harry said he would get around to it after we build the float. The float was built and the rest is History, 2nd place last year and 1st. place this year. They forecast rain for Friday and we quickly moved the float to Linda’s home and would meet at 11:00 Friday morning to dismantle it.  Steve got a call they need the trailer he borrowed ASAP. He arrived at 9:30 a.m. and began the dismantle process and needed a crow bar to remove the steps and called Dean for help. I called Jim and said we need help with a pry bar. With brute strength Steve tore it apart and left at 10:50 with the trailer. Harry and I left to drop off the contents of the float to my home. Jim arrived at 10:55 a.m. to find all of us gone. We called him to tell him we didn’t need the pry bar, but it went to Voice Mail. I left Harry back at the float site to pick up the the staples and nails out of the yard.DSC_0026DSC_0038DSC_0214 (2). Time 11:06 a.m. part of the tree fell right where the float should have been and all of us on it. Harry was pinned beneath part  of the tree branches with just scratches..  That afternoon 5.5 Inches fell! Noah has spoken!  A tree fell where we would have been, The Lord has spoken! Steve, Jim and Dean have spoken. NO MORE FLOATS!!!

Local Author Fair

Jim Conover will be signing books at the Peoria Library’s Local Author Fair on Saturday, November 5th, from 2-4pm.  His books, Black Robe Killings, Lynch Law and Greenhorns and Killer Mountains will be on sale.

CIFC Monthly Meetings

The meeting scheduled today 8/18/2016, has been cancelled due to State Fair.


The Central Illinois Film Commission meets the third Thursday of every month. Meetings are open to anyone interested in the local film industry. There is no fee to attend. Topics include current commission activities, local film productions, movie news, and more.

Our current meeting location is Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave, Springfield. Meetings start at 7pm and normally last one hour, followed by social networking.

For a list of meeting dates, visit our Calendar.

CIFC Store Now Open

The new CIFC store feature for this Web page is now live and open for business. Click the CIFC menu button at the top of the page to access the store and purchase CIFC items and related merchandise through PayPal.

Lincoln’s Funeral DVD

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In May 2015 the City of Springfield played host to tens of thousands of visitors, including thousands of military and civilian reenactors who all gathered in Abraham Lincoln’s home city to mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s funeral.

This  video captures the sights, sounds and experiences of that historic 3-day event which recreated Lincoln’s funeral. For just $24.95 plus shipping and handling you can own a copy of this DVD which chronicles this once-in-a-lifetime event.

New Monthly Meeting Location

The Central Illinois Film Commission has a new meeting location for its upcoming February meeting, as well as future meetings. We will now be meeting at Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave, Springfield (see map below).

The next monthly meeting of CIFC will be at the church Feb. 18 starting at 7:00 p.m. Enter on the west side of the building.

See there Feb.18.

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Lincoln Funeral Procession Trailer

Again we thank everyone involved in the filming of the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Procession Reenactment, commemorating the 150th anniversary of our beloved president’s death. We are proud to partner with the city of Springfield on this documentary, which is scheduled for release in 2016. Here is a trailer, produced byGreg Nevitt, giving you a sampling of the powerful impact this event had on our community.