Meet “For Out of the Heart” Movie Producers Bill & Bob Mayo

The Central Illinois Film Commission welcomes father-son movie producers William and Bob Mayo from Peoria IL for a special presentation during our meeting this Thursday night, September 18.

Bill and Bob, along with Bill’s brother Michael Mayo, recently released their full-feature film, “For Out of the Heart. They will be showing a clip from the movie and discussing the story line, film process, obstacles faced, and sharing some of the “back story” and their experiences with the project.

DO NOT miss out on this opportunity for an “insider’s look” into film making! Bring a friend and join us this Thursday, 7pm, Highland Room, Springfield Hilton Hotel.

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.

The Art of Fear Hosted by Heroic Age Art Center & Studios


The Art of Fear is being held Saturday, October 4th, at the Heroic Age Art Center in Mt. Zion, IL. The center is owned and operated by CIFC board members Eric Hector and Tim Lynn – and will be the future home of Heroic Age Studios. Free family activities are planned throughout the day, including a Halloween themed gallery showing, activities by Heroic Age artists, a silent auction, and panel discussions by celebrity guests:

James Betts – The Art of Fear in Film Set Design (30+ years as scenic/art painter in movie industry/Paramount Pictures Dept. Head)

Michelle Helmeczy – The Art of Fear In Film Acting (3 seasons “hero walker” on The Waking Dead, Scary Movie 5, Drop Dead Diva)

Scott Mitchell – The Art of Fear In Film Makeup & Special Effects (member of Kosart FX Team and Face Off Season 7 contestant)

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Laura Richter at


Filmmaking 101 – Saturday, November 1

SaveTheDateIt’s official! The Central Illinois Film Commission is presenting a special workshop on Saturday, November 1, 11am-3pm, at the Heroic Ages 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)

Program details and registration information will be posted soon!

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.

Jeep Commercial Filmed in Springfield

From Detroit to Utah…

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Jeep Motor Company made a special stop in Springfield on Friday, July 11, filming a commercial for their new vehicles using the State Capital of Illinois as their backdrop. The City of Springfield and The Central Illinois Film Commission worked with Jeep to make our community one of only a few stops to film their commercial . Special thanks to Mark Seger from Public Works/Street Department for working out all the details. Executive producer Marguerite Parise stated that without the outstanding co-operation of The Central Illinois Film Commission and The City of Springfield, namely Mark Seger, they would have filmed in Chicago instead. We were very proud to have Ten Eighty Productions Inc., filming here in Lincoln’s Home Town and look forward to seeing the finished production when it is released this fall.

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