Music, Films and Presentations at the Heart of the 12th Annual Imago Film Festival
(ELGIN, IL-March 16, 2016) The Imago Film Festival is set to launch its 12th film competition March 29 through April 2 on the campus of Judson University. The five-day extravaganza will include a red carpet event, star-studded presentations, music by Citizen Way and other local bands, a major movie preview and film shorts, including those by famed English director Sir Ridley Scott (of “Alien” and “Gladiator” fame) and one that received an Oscar nod.
More than 15 films will be showcased throughout the festival, beginning Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Performance Hall in the Thompson Center (1151 N. State St., Elgin).
Pixar Animation Studios story artist Matthew Luhn (who helped to create characters for 10 No. 1-rated films, including the “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Cars” series) will speak on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel. General admission for this event is $6. Admission for Judson faculty, staff and students is $3.
Blockbuster film producer Ralph Winter (who produced “X-Men,” “Star Trek,” “Fantastic Four” and “The Giver,” among other films) will accept the Imago Lifetime Achievement Award and sit for a retrospective interview on Saturday, April 2, starting at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Performance Hall in the Thompson Center. General admission is $10. Admission for Judson faculty, staff and students is $5.
“The work of Matthew Luhn as a story artist and Ralph Winter as a producer represent creativity that you don’t see often enough in film,” says festival director Dr. Terry Wandtke. “We’re happy to have them as guests this year alongside an array of creative, challenging and sophisticated films.”
Christian band Citizen Way, which got its start on the Judson campus, will perform at the festival on Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Performance Hall. The group is enjoying a meteoric rise up the music charts and released its latest CD, “2.0,” this month.
Friday night will also highlight the premiere of Judson professor and director Matt Bilen’s 10-minute sci-fi film, “The Return,” that features some Judson students and shots taken on the campus. The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Thulin Performance Hall.
There will also be an exclusive preview of Paramount Pictures and MGM Studio’s “Ben-Hur” on Friday, April 1, at 8:30 p.m. in the Thulin Performance Hall.
On Saturday, April 2, the festival finale, held in the Thompson Center, will include a Red Carpet Celebration with contests and food at 5:30 p.m.; performances by this year’s Battle of the Bands winning band, Raze the Darkness, at 6:30 p.m.; an interview with and an awards presentation to film producer Ralph Winter, starting at 7 p.m.; and the award ceremonies and screenings of this year’s winning films at 8:15 p.m.
Come out and support this unique festival. Get a festival pass for $20 for the entire week ($12 for Judson students, staff and faculty). Ticket information and a full festival schedule can be found here: http://www.imagofilmfestival.com/