Welcome to the Embarras Valley Film Festival (pronounced “Am-brah”). The EVFF is a yearly event honoring a person or theme relevant to the Embarras Valley, which encompasses much of East Central Illinois. This year’s theme is documentaries, featuring award-winning films by EIU and SIU faculty members, southern Illinois film makers, and a duo of British film makers. The festival includes screenings with panels featuring the films’ directors and producers, film critic led introductions, a stop motion workshop and film screenings for youths, and a short documentary competition for area students. Sponsored by the Eastern Illinois University College of Arts & Humanities along with community support from the Coles County Arts Council and City of Charleston Tourism Funds.
2013 EVFF Films
Between Two Rivers (2012)
Between Two Rivers is a new documentary film about Cairo, Illinois, a historic town with a dark and troubled past, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, in the heartland of America.“Cairo should have been the biggest city in the United States, but look at it!” Filmed, edited and directed by artists Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan, Between Two Rivers offers a remarkable insight into a community struggling with severe economic, social and environmental pressures. 98 minutes. Trailer
778 Bullets (2010)
In November 1970, university, state and local police shot 778 Bullets into an off campus rental house in Carbondale, IL. The residence was rented to a handful of university students -- some were assumed to be associated with the local Black Panther Party. Unlike other police raids of known Black Panther residences across the country, the Carbondale Panthers shot back. Using archival material, newspaper accounts, witness testimony and experts in the field, 778 Bullets recovers a little known history of resistance and resilience of the human struggle for self-determination. The dominant memory of the Black Panther Party would have us believe that the Panthers existed only in major urban cities; this story documents a more rural presence of radical politics and the struggle for civil rights. 18 minutes. Trailer
Thursday, November 7 at 3:30 pm in the Doudna Lecture Hall, EIU
Expedition Nature's Realm:
The Anthropocene Era (2007)
EXPEDITION NATURE'S REALM is an eight part documentary series directed and produced by Cameron Douglas Craig that explores the coexistence between humanity and nature that is Earth. Throughout the series, issues that concern the future of the natural environment are presented with vivid images of nature at work in the past and present with the hopes that viewers make their own decision what is to be done for the future. After all, we are all equal and temporary inhabitants of this precious but fragile dot in a very large universe.
In the second episode, "The Anthropocene Era," we explore the the positive and negative influence humans have on the natural environment. 24 minutes.
Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm in the Doudna Lecture Hall, EIU
Walls of Sound: A Look Inside the House of Records (2012)
Walls of Sound — A Look Inside the House of Records is a feature length documentary video that explores the House of Records, a brick and mortar independent record store based in Eugene, Oregon. The store has been in operation since 1972 and it currently struggles to exist in the midst of digital downloading (both legal and illegal) and the practices of corporate retailers (in terms of corporate big-box and online stores and their selling practices). 63 minutes.
Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 pm in the Doudna Lecture Hall, EIU
Piedra Roja (2011)
Piedra Roja is a two-hour, close-up look at how a music festival -- often referred to as Chile's Woodstock -- profoundly affected Chilean society during a time of social and political upheaval -- the inception of Salvador Allende's socialist government and the subsequent military coup d'etat. Emotional interviews with some of the festival's organizers illustrate how their involvement with the festival changed the courses of their lives as they dealt with backlash from both conservative Chileans and outraged government forces. 124 minutes.
Friday, November 8 at 7:00 pm in the Doudna Lecture Hall, EIU
Confidence Man (2012)
Confidence Man explores the life, art and legal troubles of Hugh DeNeal, co-founder and primary songwriter for The Woodbox Gang (Alternative Tentacles Records). It features band, fan, family and Postal Inspector interviews; concert footage; road footage; music videos and over 2 dozen of Hugh's songs as it traces his influences and journeys with him from the Kennedy Center stage to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. Part artist's biography, part cautionary tale; Confidence Man reflects Hugh's dark humor, his gambling spirit and his long descent into the madness of hosting High Yield Investment Programs on-line. This doc is rockin', tragic and funny, set in southern Illinois but international in scope, and the songs are integral to the telling of the tale. 92 minutes.
Saturday, November 9 at 6:30 pm in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium, EIU -- Following a preview performance of "America, Illinois" by Stace England and the Salt Kings
The full schedule of events is available on the Schedule page.