CIFC Annual Oscar Night

oscarsCentral Illinois Film Commission will again hold its annual Oscar Night for members 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.

There is no cost to members for this event, but food and drink costs for the evening are members’ 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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In Memorium

DE1_0057The Central Illinois Film Commission lost a longtime, avid and very active member with the recent passing of T.J. Meyer. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the entire Meyer family on the loss of your loved one.

The local paper plans to do a story on T.J. in the near future to highlight his contributions to the local community. Obituary link below.

January CIFC Meeting

MonthlyMeetingThe January meeting of the Central Illinois Film Commission will be Thursday, January 21, starting at 7:00 p.m. The meeting kicks off the new membership year, so please join us to help get 2016 off to a strong start.

The meeting will again be held at Montvale Retirement Estates, 2601 Montvale Drive, Springfield.

See you there!

Film Dedicated to T.J. Meyer

A film shot in Springfield three weeks ago was dedicated to CIFC member, T.J. Meyer, December 17 during the monthly meeting. The Arch Films film  “I Can’t be Dead”  featured Meyer playing the role of doctor in charge.

Based in St. Louis, Arch Films, came to CIFC for assistance in finding a suitable shooting location and local actors and other personnel to help them during filming of the project. The film’s producer and director, Carlos Hagene,  brought his entire cast and crew from St. Louis to the December 17 CIFC meeting to honor Meyer for his role in the project.


T.J. Meyer (left) on the set of “I Can’t be Dead” a film by St. Louis-based Arch Films, which was shot in Springfield recently.

CIFC Shares Christmas Cheer

Members of the Central Illinois Film Commission shared some Christmas Cheer December 17 at a Christmas party following the monthly meeting at Montevale Estates. This is the second year CIFC has held the holiday season event to mark the conclusion of another successful year for the organization.

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Meyer Honored With CIFC Award

DEW_0063The Central Illinois Film Commission honored long-time member T.J. Meyer December 17 with its Hall of Fame Award in recognition of his many contributions and support to CIFC over the years.

The award recognizes sustained outstanding support by CIFC members that have contributed greatly to the mission, goals and objectives of the organization. Since it’s its inception, the Hall of Fame Award has only been given to three individuals, including Meyer.

Meyer joins Jim Betts and Jim Conover as a recipient of the award.














Penny Meyer accepts the award on behalf of her husband, T.J. from CIFC president, Dean Williams. The award was presented at the CIFC monthly meeting December 17.

Lincoln Funeral Reenactment Video Coming Soon!

The release of the much-anticipated video of the Lincoln Funeral Reenactment is coming soon!

The video captures the sights, sounds and experiences of the historic 3-day event commemorating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. Tens of thousands of people, including thousands of military and civilian reenactors, came to Springfield over the course of 3 days to watch and participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Watch this Web site for updates on the upcoming video release date and how you can purchase a copy of it on DVD. In the meantime, enjoy the pre-release video trailer below.

Meeting & Christmas Party

HOL0024The December meeting of the Central Illinois Film Commission will be Thursday, December 17, starting at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting will again be held at Montvale Retirement Estates, 2601 Montvale Drive, Springfield. During the meeting, we will elect members to fill any vacant or expiring Board of Director positions. You must be a current, paid member of CIFC to vote.

As a way to celebrate the end of another successful membership year and say thank you to our members, there will be Christmas party immediately following the meeting. In addition to Christmas music and food, the party offers CIFC members the opportunity to share a holiday cheer as 2015 draws to a close.