4:12 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase

"EVT" is one of the films included in the showcase
Credit Mike Rohlfing

Cinema St. Louis’ 2014 St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 13, and runs through Thursday, July 17.

Each year, Cinema St. Louis gets about 120 submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers. Chris Clark, artistic director of the organization, says the most important criteria is whether the filmmakers have told a good story and told it in a cohesive way. 

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St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

St. Louis' Film History: The Actors, Moguls, Movies And Theaters With Ties To The Region

In the early 1970s the Tivoli operated under the name Magic Lantern Cinema. Present for the ribbon cutting in October 1969 were (l to r) Edward Arthur, Mayor Nathan Kaufman and James Scott of Cinema Art Educators who operated the theater.
Courtesy of The Archives of the University City Public Library

This year marks two anniversaries from St. Louis’ film history: it is the 90th anniversary of the Tivoli Theater, and the 70th anniversary of Meet Me in St. Louis, which is perhaps the film that most often comes to mind when St. Louis is mentioned. Though Meet Me in St. Louis was shot entirely outside of the city, many pictures, both before and after the Judy Garland classic, were filmed here. Today on St. Louis on the Air we discussed a few of them, and the people who contributed to the films we love.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:21 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Why ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ Still Means So Much, 70 Years After Its Debut

Fans of the film "Meet Me In St. Louis" gathered for a sing-a-long and screening on May 2.
(Amanda Honigfort/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Judy Garland classic Meet Me In St. Louis had its world premiere in St. Louis on Nov. 22, 1944, but it still draws a crowd. On May 2, the Missouri History Museum hosted a Meet Me in St. Louis film screening and sing-a-long in conjunction with the film’s 70th anniversary and their 250 in 250 exhibit. 

Listen to what the film means to some of the fans attending the sing-a-long:

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8:12 am
Fri February 14, 2014

John Thompson: Legendary Tivoli Theatre Ticket-Taker Dies At 74

John Thompson with his wife, Fran Sontag
Credit Family photo

People who attend the Tivoli Theatre, the majestic edifice that has graced the University City Loop since 1924, expect certain things. They expect nostalgic surroundings. They expect to see movies with purpose. They expect to be greeted by John Thompson.

For the past 35 years, Mr. Thompson did not disappoint. He died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. He was 74.

“It will be very sad the first time we walk through the doors (of the Tivoli) and John’s not there,” said Cliff Froehlich, executive director of Cinema St. Louis. “His absence will be very seriously felt.”

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5:30 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

St. Louis Natives Present Films At St. Louis International Film Festival

Actor Cary Elwes in Brian Jun and Jack Sanderson's "She Loves Me Not."
(Courtesy Cinema St. Louis)

Two of the film directors currently screening films at the St. Louis International Film Festival have closer ties than most to St. Louis. Peter Bolte and Brian Jun both grew up in the St. Louis region. Both are graduates of Webster University, and both shot their films on location in St. Louis and Southern Illinois.

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3:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

22nd Annual St. Louis International Film Festival Opens With Film About A Town Close To Home

Filmmaker A.J. Schnack
(Courtesy Cinema St. Louis)

The 22nd Annual St. Louis International Film Festival begins November 14th. More than 300 films will be screened over a period of ten days.

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5:43 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

New Movie 'Lake Windfall' Seeks To Entertain, Educate About Deaf Culture

The movie 'Lake Windfall' from Rustic Lantern Films centers on five friends who embark on a camping trip that turns disastrous. Of the five actors, three are deaf. Alexander Laferriere acts as Drew who is a CODA, or "child of deaf adults."
Courtes of Tony Nitko/Rustic Lantern Films

Local production company Rustic Lantern Films has recently released their debut movie called "Lake Windfall," about five friends on a camping trip that turns disastrous. 

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Film / Wash. U.
4:30 am
Tue February 19, 2013

After 60 Years, Guggenheim Film Unearthed At Washington University

(via Flickr/Teemu008)

Nearly 60 years ago this week, Washington University launched a 3-year, $20 million capital campaign – at the time, the second-largest by an American university.         

The fundraising effort included a short film called "The Second Century." Its director was Charles Guggenheim, who would later gain fame as a documentarian.

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Small Theaters
6:06 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Small Movie Houses Face Digital Change

Bobby Sinnett readies hundreds of feet of film in the projection room of the Senate Theater in Elsberry, Mo.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Tim Lloyd explores the digital challenges facing some small theaters.

"If it wasn't here, we wouldn't have anywhere to go."

About a dozen people mill around the small lobby of the Senate Theater in Elsberry, Mo., a little town about an hour north of St. Louis.

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Film/Spanish Lake
6:25 am
Fri March 30, 2012

New documentary asks 'What happened to Spanish Lake?'

(via YouTube screen capture)

Filmmaker Phillip Andrew Morton returned to the north St. Louis County community of Spanish Lake in 2007 to find his boyhood home abandoned and his elementary school empty.

He decided to make a documentary to explore what had happened to his hometown, including the underlying causes of “white flight” from the area.

Called simply “Spanish Lake," the documentary is expected to be released this summer.

A sneak peak of the film will be shown at the Open/Closed and Shuttered Flim Fest in April.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman spoke with Morton and we have a summary of their conversation - and a trailer of the film - for you here.

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