Many film enthusiasts are familiar with the work of award winning director Ang Lee, but many may not know that Lee studied at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the early stages of his career. The Taiwanese born director graduated with a…

“When we began, Ronald Reagan was in office, materialism was rampant, and insect movies were terrible; today, there's a democratic president in Washington, environmental awareness and volunteerism are more fashionable, and insect movies are still…

Roger Ebert has said that he was born in a town that was the center of the universe (Ebert 2011). In his blog and memoir he spoke lovingly of Urbana and Champaign, and of all the good fortune that he was afforded in his lifetime. Ebert was a small…

In April each year, a film festival is held at the Virginia Theater in Champaign that is dedicated to lesser-known and under-appreciated films. Organized by the University of Illinois’ College of Media, the festival began in 1998 and was…

MICRO-FILM is an independent press magazine for independent cinema. It printed one self-printed issue and seven full glossy issues between March 1999 and October 2005. These issues focused on information for all independent filmmakers, including…

Born in Urbana in 1899 to Dr. and Mrs. F.O. Sale, Virginia Sale was the younger sister to Charles “Chic” Sale, a famous comedian. Her exact date of birth is unknown, as it was not required in Champaign County during this time to record a birth…