Marion’s beloved educator and “matriarch of the arts,” 93-year-old Yolonde Byassee Peterson bowed at 10:18 pm Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was escorted off the earthly stage with her step-niece, Linda Byassee, and dear neighbor, Jenna Fletcher, by her side. She was bornRead More →

TREMONT (Heart of Illinois ABC) – 40 volunteers hoisted around 400 flags Sunday in memory of Alan Sanders. Sanders was a United States Army veteran who also served the Tremont Fire Department for 50 years. The ceremony was led by “The Flagsman’s Mission Continues”, an organization that honors the sacrificesRead More →

The transition to an in-person semester during a pandemic is not easy, and requires flexibility not only on the part of Illinois State University students and faculty, but the ISU administration as well. Several members of the ISU administration appreciate their experiences and are proud of the resilience of theRead More →

Kirstin Benthaus-Gebauer has been appointed Managing Director of German production company Tower Productions, owned by All3Media, joining rival Imago TV Film- und Fernsehproduktion. Kirstin Benthaus-Gebauer When she takes up her post in early April, Benthaus-Gebauer will bring nearly 30 years of industry experience to Tower. She will replace Dietlinde StrohRead More →

Kirstin Benthaus-Gebauer Tower Productions, owned by All3Media, has appointed Imago TV Film’s creative director, Kirstin Benthaus-Gebauer, as managing director of the German company. Benthaus-Gebauer will join in early April and oversee all operations of Tower, which is behind remakes of formats such as undercover boss for RTL and Das GroßeRead More →

BY AGATHA CHUMAMidlands State University (MSU) arts and film department are in seventh heaven after winning first prize in the Hi5 and Smartphone short film competition at the recent Zimbabwe International Film Festival. The winning film, titled Tsvakai, is centered on the promotion of Zimbabwean culture with particular emphasis onRead More →

The new Disney animation “Encanto” features a magical adventure of an extended Native family. The Madrigals live in an enchanted city in the Colombian mountains. With the exception of one child, each member of the family has a unique magical power. For this film, the filmmakers worked with representatives ofRead More →

Seventh edition poster © Babylon Film Festival Seventh year of Babylon Film Festival, the first international film competition for a production that makes room for minority languages, promoted by the Humanitarian Society – Cineteca Sarda di Cagliari, in collaboration with the Sardegna Film Commission Foundation and the associations Babel, TerraRead More →

It looks like it was only yesterday when we were enjoying films from last year’s Tweetfest Short Film Festival, but only in an online form. Somehow the year has passed and Tweetfest has happened again, but much happier in its usual form in person. With screenings at the Hen andRead More →