“About Films” Festival ALL Winter Celebration

The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) invites you to a special event, free and open to all adults:

“About Films” Festival
January 30, 2015
Trutter Center, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield IL

The Illinois Humanities Council will speak on two different types of films: the subject of World War II in the movies and three 1967 films that showed us change in society and in film making. Several clips of movies will be shown throughout each presentation.

While there is no fee to attend this event, you are asked to RSVP to the Community Education/ALL office at (217) 786-2477.

For more information, view the ALL Winter Celebration Postcard.




Hoogland Center for the Arts presents “Lighting Artistry- Building creative relationships between designers & directors” on Sunday, January 25, from 2-5PM. This seminar features Matt Albrecht, Professor of Theatre/Lighting Design at Millikin University, and a host numerous directors and designers from around the Central Illinois area.

This seminar is FREE of cost and will be hosted at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. Visit their website for details.

Highlights from January Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our January meeting. Here are highlights of current projects and upcoming events that were presented.


CIFC member and local filmmaker Zaine Bray has launched a campaign to fund his movie, Midwest Hu$tler: Dead Mans Hill. Find out how you can support this project by visiting the Midwest Hu$tler Indiegogo website. Also be sure to like the Midwest Hu$tler Facebook page to keep updated on merch sales, upcoming events, movie news, and more!

EmpireHave you checked out the new hit television series, Empire, which airs on Fox on Wednesday nights? CIFC members Steven Bishop and Lindsay Harmon are recurring extras on the show!

TheOscarsMark your calendar for Sunday, February 22, when the Central Illinois Film Commission hosts its annual Oscars Party. The event, coordinated by CIFC Board member Liz Zalar, will be held at Dublin’s Pub in Springfield. Additional details to come!


CIFC Board member Laura Richter serves as the Sponsorship and Hospitality Manager for Walker Stalker Con, a national pop culture convention for fans of the AMC hit series, The Walking Dead. Chicago is one of seven cities hosting the con this year, which is being held on Navy Pier February 21-22. In addition to The Walking Dead, cast members from Lost and Breaking Bad are also attending. For information and to purchase tickets, visit the Walker Stalker Con Website.

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