CIFC Monthly Meeting & Holiday Social


Our monthly meeting and holiday social is THIS Thursday, December 18, in the Highland Room of the Springfield Hilton Hotel. The meeting gets underway at 7pm – and we encourage your attendance as we have a very important and special evening in store, which includes:

- Election of 2015 CIFC Board Members
- Induction of Jim Betts into the CIFC Hall of Fame
- Special guest presentation from Chicago film agency

Additionally, we are hosting a “holiday social” following the meeting. Please dress in your holiday attire, and join us for Christmas/Hanukkah and early Kwanzaa cheer!

Making Dreams Happen – The Doritos Shoot

For several years, it’s been Joyce Hayes’ desire to enter her idea into the Doritos Super Bowl Commercial Competition. Last week members of the Central Illinois Film Commission banned together to make that dream come true!!! We are now asking your assistance in helping Joyce’s project make it into the finals.

Please click the link below – watch and rate the video! Then share the link on your page (either copy the video URL and post, select “share” from this post (add a comment), or hit the Facebook share icon on the Doritos page) – and ask your friends to do the same!!

Doritos Super Bowl Submission

Thank you to everyone who assisted with this project!!! We are very proud of the result!!!

Producer: Joyce Hayes
Director: Dean Williams
Location: Monica Broccardo
Actors: Lydia Ulsaker, Austin Knight, Cris Taylor
Camera & Post Production: Tony Johnson & Greg Nevitt
Sound, Editing & Post Production: Kerri Donovan
Makeup: Shannon
Crew: Linda Lou Long, Edgar Gregory, Liz Zalar, Laura Richter, Dana Williams, Leanne Unland

Filmmaking 101 Big Success!



CIFC’s “Filmmaking 101,” held on Saturday, November 1, was a big success!!!! Thank you to event coordinator Laura Richter; panelists Dean Williams, Eric Hector, Tim Lynn, and Shawnee Tefteller; our registration/set-up volunteers Jolene Vogel and Michael Lamb, our board members and everyone who attended!!!

Our gratitude is extended to our business sponsors Heroic Age Art Center for providing the facility and complimentary coffee, Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home Mt. Zion for loaning the chairs, and Midwest Office Supplies for giving us pens and notepads.

Filmmaking 101 was an interactive event – where attendees had the opportunity to interact and learn first-hand from people directly involved in the film industry, not only locally but nationally!!! The tips and resources shared were invaluable – and we are so excited to hear about the future plans of Heroic Age Studios. If you missed this event, you missed a lot!!!

Photos by Dean Williams

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