A very special event is being held on May 2-3 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s funeral. For the first time since 1865, thousands of re-enactors, period carriages, visitors and dignitaries will convene in Springfield, Illinois, to pay tribute to our 16th President with a historical re-creation of the funeral procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Cinematographers and videographers are being sought to capture this historical event on film. If you are interested in joining the crew, you are invited to attend a meeting onThursday, March 26th, 5:15pm at Lincoln Library in downtown Springfield (7th & Capitol) in the conference room (behind the elevator).
In addition to filming, volunteers are also being sought to work at the event. If you are interested in helping with the filming but cannot attend the meeting – or would like to volunteer to work the event – please message us with your contact information and your area of interest, and we will forward it to the designated contact!
The 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Procession is being commemorated with a number of special activities planned in Springfield, starting NOW through May 2015. Members of the Central Illinois Film Commission are encouraged to support this historic event. Board member Leanne Unland is currently soliciting volunteers to assist. Click here for the online volunteer application.
For more information on this historical event, visit The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition website.
Independent film and video makers based in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are invited to apply for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. Innovative video projects intended for online distribution by established, emerging and young artists could qualify for cash grants of up to $20,000 toward the project’s production and completion. All genres will be accepted, but content must be aimed at advancing progressive social change and should be appropriate for youth (though not necessarily intended specifically for youth). Distribution plans must include free availability on the web by May 1, 2016 in order to reach the widest possible audience.
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.
During our December meeting, CIFC member and co-founder Jim Betts was inducted into the Central Illinois Film Commission Hall of Fame by President Dean Williams. Joining in the presentation was the first, and up until now only other inductee, Jim Conover.
CIFC membership dues for calendar year 2015 are NOW DUE. The CIFC Membership App can be found on our Membership Page. Download a copy, complete, and either mail or bring it to our next meeting. Dues are ONLY $25 annually ($15 for students).
The D Hudson Productions commercial, filmed in the Springfield area for Memorial Medical Center, has aired. “Choose Well. Choose Memorial.” features all talent from central Illinois. Congratulations to everyone involved with the project.
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