Celebrating 20 Years of Beyond Normal Films!

20 Years of Beyond Normal Films

BNF Trivia Question 1: What was the very first BNF film shown at the Normal Theater? IL POSTINO.     Twenty years ago, Charline Watts and Colleen Farlee approached the management of the newly restored Normal Theater about the possibility of showing “art house” films at the Normal. Although she was somewhat skeptical, theater manager, Dawn Riordan, agreed to screen some movies selected by Watts and Farlee. The first film selected was “Il Postino,” an Italian film about a working class man who wanted to be a poet. The crowds to see this movie lined up around the block and filled two screenings of the movie in one night. The Beyond Normal Films non-profit organization became a driving force behind art films in Bloomington-Normal shortly thereafter. What followed was a 20-year and continuing association between the Normal Theater management and Beyond Normal Films.

BNF Trivia Question 2: Can you name two films shown in the first full year of BNF films at the Normal Theater, 1997?  Shanghai Triad, Burnt by the Sun, Lone Star, Big Night, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Microcosmos, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Kolya, Waiting for Guffman, Unhook the Stars, Ponette, Brassed Off, Everyone Says I Love You.  See the Film List of all BNF films  at the Normal Theater.  A sample of posters from BNF films is shown above.

BNF Cinema Arts Project Grant


Alejandro Fernández Moján, Director 
October 5th at 7 PM

Followed by commentary by Drs. Katie Sampeck and Logan Miller
Public invited.  No admission charge!

With sponsorship from the BNF Cinema Arts Project (CAP) this documentary  will be screened at the Normal Theater . The emotional documentary reconstructs the story of an Aché indigenous girl whose body becomes the object of scientific interest in the early 20th century. The film accompanies the Aché community in its effort to recover the girl’s remains and lay her to rest at last in the land of her ancestors. 

Screening will be followed by commentary by Dr. Katie Sampeck on the archaeology of conquest in Latin America and Dr. Logan Miller on legal issues of the repatriation of indigenous remains in the Midwest United States. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Cinema Arts Project of Beyond Normal Films, Latin American Latino/a Studies, and the Department of Languages and Literatures.

Beyond Normal Films Board

  • Glenn Block
  • Bruce Boeck
  • Lynne Chaddon, President/Graphic designer
  • Colleen Farlee, Vice President
  • Rochelle Gridley
  • Mary Hanson, Co-secretary
  • Tanja Mahner, Treasurer
  • JoAnna Mink, Liaison with the Normal Theater and Co-secretary
  • Joan Schuetz
  • Scott Sheridan
  • Mary-Margaret Simpson
  • David Williams, Electronic Secretary & Web administrator
  • Li Zeng
    Members of our board are elected to serve three-year terms
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