Arts Tech Film Fest

The 2018 Arts Tech Film Fest: Video Games! - presented by the Program in Arts Technology at Illinois State University. Interactive demos and installations from students in the program will be set up in the theater before the show. The public is invited to interact with the installations starting at 6:30pm each night of the festival. These events are free to attend.

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The Last Starfighter

After finally achieving the high score on Starfighter, his favorite arcade game, everyday teenager Alex Rogan meets the game's designer, who reveals that he created Starfighter as a training ground for developing and recruiting actual pilots to help fight a war in space. Whisked away from the banality of his trailer park life to a distant alien planet, Alex struggles to use his video game-playing skills to pilot a real ship, with real lives at stake. PG / 108 min.

04/25  @  7:00pm

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Existenz

Video game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has created a virtual reality game called eXistenZ. After a crazed fan attempts to kill her, Allegra goes on the run with Ted (Jude Law), a young businessman who falls into the role of bodyguard. In an attempt to save her game, Allegra implants into Ted's body the video game pod that carries a damaged copy of eXistenZ. Allegra and Ted engage in a series of experiences that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Written & Directed by David Cronenberg. R / 97 min.

04/26  @  7:00pm

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Scott Pilgrim vs the World

As bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the problem is getting rid of them. But when Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) skates into his heart, he finds she has the most troublesome baggage of all: an army of evil exes who will stop at nothing to eliminate him from her list of suitors. PG-13 / 113 min.

4/27  @  7:00pm

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Wreck-It Ralph

Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph is tired of always being the "bad guy" and losing to his "good guy" opponent, Fix-It Felix. Finally, after decades of seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides to take matters into his own hands. He sets off on a game-hopping trip to prove that he has what it takes to be a hero. However, while on his quest, Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. PG / 120 min.

04/28  @  7:00pm

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ATK Live!

An evening of live music and visuals from the ATK Live! performance collective. Musicians include:

Say Lah Vee
Ranger Andy
Analog Planet

04/29  @  7:00pm