film

Obituary
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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Cityscape
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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Cityscape
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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Cityscape
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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A Good Year St. Louis
6:35 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Grab some popcorn: it was a good year for local documentaries

A title-screen snapshot of several of the local documentaries that had "a good year" in 2011.
(Screen captures/press kits/ compiled by Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

It’s been a good year for documentary films focused on issues in St. Louis and for local filmmakers. “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth,” about the urban housing complex of the 1950s and 60s; “Brick by Chance and Fortune,” which looks at St. Louis’ architectural heritage; “The Gray Seasons,” about a four-year span with the Saint Louis University women’s basketball team; and "Give a Damn?," the story of three St. Louisians who explore the issue of poverty across three continents; have all been popular at film festivals in 2011.

As part of St. Louis Public Radio’s series, “A Good Year”, Bill Raack spoke with Cliff Froehlich, the executive director of Cinema St. Louis. Here's a summary of their conversation: 

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Youth Film Festival
11:06 am
Thu March 17, 2011

Suburban St. Louis district features film festival

(via Flickr/Ryan Baxter Photography)

An upcoming film festival in suburban St. Louis will offer something a little bit different.

The filmmakers are all students in the Parkway School District. Their works will be shown April 27 at Logan College.

The shortest of the films are under a minute. One features a day in the life of a first-grader.

In another, a third-grader tells the story of bumping into a snake while bobbing in the water. He narrates the story while his pictures scroll across the screen.

Top Movies of 2010
2:28 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

St. Louis film critics reveal their top picks of 2010

Natalie Portman, a "Best Actress" nominee in the "Best Picture"-nominated film, "Black Swan."
(Flickr Creative Commons User John Steven Fernandez)

Film critics in St. Louis are getting a jump on the foreign journalists that decide the Golden Globe award winners. While the nominees for 2010 Globes will be announced tomorrow, the St. Louis Film Critics have announced their list today.

The St. Louis nominees for Best Picture are:

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network

Best Actor nominees are:

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