April Meeting

Please join us Thursday, April 22, for the monthly meeting of the Central Illinois Film Commission at Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave, Springfield (see map below).

The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Enter on the west side of the building.

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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.

CIFC Celebrates Oscars

Members of the Central Illinois Film Commission, joined by guests from the community, gathered at Dublin Pub in Springfield the evening to watch the Academy Awards at the organization’s annual Oscar Night Party.

In addition to watching Hollywood royalty on the 2016 Academy Awards telecast, the evening included its own Red Carpet with special guests such as Batman, the Joker and Marilyn Monroe.

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PHOTO ABOVE: Central Illinois Film Commission president Dean Williams is interviewed live by WICS News Channel 20 at the 2016 CIFC Oscar Night Party at Dublin Pub in Springfield.

Red Carpet Movie Premiere

“Before ‘I Do’”

“A Firefighter in search of his passion finds love.”


The Red Carpet Premiere of the film, “Before ‘I Do’”, will take place at Hoogland Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Before ‘I Do’ features a cast including Jensen Atwood, as the lead character, Caleb Adams. Atwood appeared in the film “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and the television show “Noah’s Arc”. Omar Gooding portrays best friend and fellow firefighter, Shelby Winters. He appeared in the films “Baby Boy” and “The Gospel,” and is currently on Bounce TV’s, “Family Time”. Andrea Kelly from VH1′s “Hollywood Exes” portrays Breanna. Danielle Ward of Springfield is also in the film, playing the character Imani. She appeared in the 2015 Danny Glover movie “Food.” Michael Pittman, also a Springfield resident, portrays Spoon Abrams.

Tickets are on sale now, so get yours today by following this link:

https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix e=63b62ea97b0f8bfdfe813066c3ae4d81

Go here to view Link to the official movie trailer.

“Before ‘I Do’” is aA Kimberly D. Conner Film, a Predestined Arts & Entertainment Production


Lincoln’s Funeral Premiere

Lincoln-Funeral-DVD-Disk-crThe Lincoln’s Funeral movie produced by the Central Illinois Film Commission and the City of Springfield will premiere with two public showings at  the Lincoln Home visitor’s center, 7th Street, Springfield, Friday, February 26. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

The showings are free to the public, but seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so if you plan to attend get there early for the best seating.

In addition to the two public showings of the movie, there will be an invitation only showing for those CIFC members who were involved with shooting, editing and production of the film. Contact CIFC president, Dean Williams for more information if you were involved in the project and plan to attend this special showing.

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.

CIFC Annual Oscar Night

oscarsCentral Illinois Film Commission will again hold its annual Oscar Night Feb. 28 at Dublin Pub starting at 6 p.m. As with past CIFC Oscar Nights, the evening will be filled with special oscar related activities and contests as the 2016 winners are revealed on the big screen.

The evening’s activities will include:

  • Red Carpet walk
  • Pictures  with stars like Batman and the glamorous Marilyn Monroe
  • Watch the Oscars live on large screen TV
  • Awards for male and female adult, teen and child costumes that most represent the Academy Award tradition of glamour and style
  • Special award for the person who gets the most 2016 Oscar winners right

There is no cost to members for this event, but food and drink costs for the evening is individuals’ personal responsibility. Last year, we had a strong turnout for the event despite the cold weather, so let’s see if we can have an even larger turnout  this year.

For more information about the special activities for the evening, contact event organizer Liz Zalar.

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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