MEET THE PROS is a lecture series featuring local heroes from the Champaign-Urbana creative community



Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014
Buvons Wine Bar, 203 N Vine, Urbana IL

The landscape of professional video production is changing.  Shots in Hollywood blockbusters and Superbowl commercials are being filmed with equipment that fits in the palm of your hand and costs less than $1,000.

At the same time, community initiatives like the K-12 student "Pens to Lens" screenwriting competition are making way for a dramatic increase in the already impressive local film production scene.

Chris and Anne Lukeman will speak about these trends, and how they affect all aspects of advertising, marketing, and the future of video. The Lukemans have been active filmmakers and video producers in the community for the past nine years.

The Lukeman Filmography
From directing the 2008 horror-comedy-musical feature film "The University of Illinois vs. A Mummy," to releasing a sci-fi web series "Once Upon a Time in the 1970s," to having spec commercials purchased by national brands like Dell Computers and CVS Pharmacy, the Lukemans have created content at almost all levels of production.

Their comedy short films have screened on VH1, Comedy Central, The Big Ten Network, PBS affiliates, and national film festival programs, while receiving Mid America Emmy, Hugo Television Award, and National Student Television Award recognition.

From UIUC to Film Society
The Lukemans work for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Chris manages the local access television channel, UI-7, and they both produce video for UIUC Public Affairs that brings the Illinois brand to a national market.

Chris and Anne are founding board members of the Champaign-Urbana Film Society, an organization dedicated to supporting film production and film appreciation in the community. One of CUFS's main initiatives is the "Pens to Lens" student screenwriting competition.

"Pens to Lens" is a K-12 contest that invites local students to submit short screenplays. Local filmmakers turn the screenplays into films, and local designers from CUDO turn them into movie posters. 

More information about the 2014 contest can be found at

More information on Chris and Anne's narrative comedy/horror/sci-fi films can be found at









(Download PDF poster of the event)
(Read an interview with Chris & Anne Lukeman on Smile Politely)




MEET THE PROS is presented by Fine & Applied Arts at Parkland College
and sponsored by CUDO and 40 North/88 West

For additional information, please contact Paul Young