Indie film Proximity coming to Illinois Theatre

By Ryne Turke on February 13, 2016 at 8:23am

An independent movie featuring an Illinois College graduate is hitting the big screen in Jacksonville next month.

Lead actress Jackie Manker says Jacksonville will be the third city to hold a premiere showing of Proximity. Manker says the shows in Centralia and Bellville last month were very successful.

Manker told WLDS/WEAI News she was “overjoyed” when she heard the news that Proximity would be shown in her home town.

“Oh my gosh this is fantastic and I am so excited. I’ve had a lot of my friends asking if they can see it, but it has always been to far of a drive. I’m excited and hope I get to see a lot of friends and family I haven’t seen in a while.”

Manker credits a strong buzz about the film on social media and a helpful push from Mayor Andy Ezard as the main reasons why the film made its way to Jacksonville.

The Illinois Theatre will host the event on March 19th at 5 p.m. Included in the premiere will be red carpet parade, a question and answer session with the cast and an after party at On The Rox.

Manker says this will be the only showing, unless there is a strong request for an additional date.

Tickets can be purchased online at