St. Louis International Film Festival

Cityscape
1:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

'Through a Lens Darkly' Focuses On Black Photographers

'Through a Lens Darkly'
Credit Via Cinema St. Louis

Flipping through the nation’s family album, what’s missing? That question led director Thomas Allen Harris to create “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” a film that examines how photography shaped the identity and perceptions of blacks in America.

“In some ways, it is a history lesson, although it’s kind of a different take on history because we have a lot of contemporary artists in the film,” Harris told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. “In many ways, as they do this, they reshape the way in which we view history.”

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Cityscape
11:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

70 Years Ago: The World Premiere Of ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’

"Meet Me in St. Louis" movie poster
Credit (Used with Permission / Missouri History Museum)

On Nov. 22, 1944, a throng of St. Louis theatergoers packed Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue for the world premiere of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” 

Although filmed elsewhere, the musical told the story of the Smith family as it struggled with the prospect of leaving St. Louis for New York in advance of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Seventy years later, the film endures. Critic Roger Ebert once praised it as “one of the most artful, moving, and exquisitely designed musicals in film history.”

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St. Louis on the Air
1:33 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

German Immigrants Set Out To Build A Utopia in Missouri

In 1833, two men from Giessen, Germany, decided to immigrate to the United States where they hoped to create their own utopia with the freedoms and democracy they desired but did not have under an aristocracy. They recruited hundreds of others and formed the Giessen Emigration Society.

“It was the year 1834 when 500 Germans came over here to Missouri with the big idea of creating a German state as a new state within the United States of America,” Peter Roloff told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:42 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Mental Health Trek Documentary To Premiere At Film Festival

'Walking Man' will debut Monday night as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival.

In 17 days, Mark and Eric Norwine walked 200 miles across Missouri. They hope that the documentary about that trek will help change how people talk about mental health.

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Staff Picks
10:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

15 Mini Reviews For The St. Louis International Film Festival

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Updated 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 with new review.

The St. Louis International Film Festival is underway with enough options to ensure that almost everyone can find something of interest.

Some of us in the newsroom of St. Louis Public Radio checked out the list of offerings and asked to review films that caught our interest. As you check out our mini reviews, you should know that several of the movies we requested were not available and that some of us asked for more than time permitted. These are just a taste of what is available.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Meet St. Louis’ Forgotten King Of The Movies

King Baggot
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The St. Louis International Film Festival, which opens tonight, will pay tribute to the man considered to be the first movie star. Today, he's largely forgotten.

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Cityscape
11:19 am
Fri November 7, 2014

St. Louis Film Kicks Off Film Festival

'The Makings of You,' directed by Matt Amato, will open the St. Louis International Film Festival on Nov. 13.
Credit Courtesy of Matt Amato

The 23rd annual St. Louis International Film Festival opens next week with a very St. Louis love story.

“The Makings of You,” starring Sheryl Lee of “Twin Peaks” as Judy and Jay R. Ferguson of “Mad Men” as Wallis, tells the story of a romance between two lonely St. Louisans. Director Matt Amato, a St. Louis native, returned to St. Louis when he began working on the film in June 2013.

“It’s a genuine St. Louis product from top to bottom,” Amato told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday.

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Cityscape
3:20 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Louis Children's Film Festival Returns

LAIKA animation supervisor Brad Schiff displays two of the puppets used to film "ParaNorman." "We design the faces in the computer first, so it’s modeled in the computer, all of the expressions are built in the computer. Then they’re printed out on a 3-D printer.”
Credit Kyle Jacoby / St. Louis Public Radio

    

The St. Louis International Children's Film Festival not only showcases kid-friendly films, but teaches them how to create their own movies and shorts.

In its second year, the festival will feature 19 films over two weekends at six venues, with workshops throughout the week.

Humanities Festival
10:37 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Reflection: Vintage Wine Of ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’ Remains Fresh And Piquant

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From April 1-6, the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival will explore “Migration and Mobility.” A series of programs will examine connections among migration, immigration and culture, locally and globally. Most events are free. For more information, visit the festival website.

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Cityscape
6:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

St. Louis Artist Zlatko Ćosić On His Exhibition 'Still Adjusting'

“While Standing I Wonder If” by Zlatko Ćosić

For video artist Zlatko Ćosić, the concept of personal and cultural identity is a continuing evolving one. And he likes it that way.

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