CIFC welcomes Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout Illinois. Filming is scheduled for early July.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.

AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm ET on History.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: 855-old-rust.

See the American Pickers Ad to view a listing of items being sought!

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.


42 Members Captured Memories for “The Ages”

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Members of The CIFC Final Planning Session of Coverage

IMG_1952 (2)Photo from the final meeting of the 38 members of the Central Illinois Film Commission, who were asked by The City of Springfield to document by stills and high definition Video cameras  ”The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition”.  With 30 cameras, placed all along the route, a complete visual diary of every moment of the once in a life time event will be recorded for all time. We were honored to be asked to be part of such a momentous occasion  and are all looking forward to this weekend. So be looking for 38 members wearing the CIFC Clap Board tee shirts and give them your thanks.

Night At The Movies

The Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra and the Central Illinois Film Commission presented “Night at the Movies” on Sunday, March 1, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The concert featured the Civic Orchestra performing musical selections from the films Gladiator, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Saving Private Ryan, and Oklahoma!, while the audience was treated to viewings of scenes from the films as well as live performances from Film Commission actors.

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended this special evening. Please enjoy the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony performing the Barber of Seville, video courtesty of Dana Williams Productions.