St. Louis International Film Festival

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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St. Louis on the Air
5:14 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Journalism And The Public Trust: The Recurring Role Of Jayson Blair

Jayson Blair from the documentary "A Fragile Trust."
(Courtesy Cinema St. Louis)

The systematic plagiarism and fabrication of then-New York Times reporter Jayson Blair a decade ago represents one of the most flagrant and grievous breaks in journalistic trust in modern times. It was a black mark against one of the World's flagship newspapers when his deception was revealed, prompting a detailed retraction from the Times and internal restructuring within the organization.

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Cityscape
4:51 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Actress Susan Claassen Embodies Costume Designer Edith Head

Actress Susan Claassen in the role of costume designer Edith Head.
Tim Fuller

Actress Susan Claassen has had the same look for years. But it wasn't until she saw a show on Edith Head one night on the Biography channel that Claassen realized her appearance was very similar to costume designer Edith Head, whose Hollywood career spanned from 1923 to her death in 1981.

"She [Edith Head] really was an executive woman before there was such a thing," said Claassen. "It was a boy's club when she came in in 1923. And the films are as timeless as her designs."

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St. Louis on the Air
4:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

New Films Examine Role Of Public Defenders, St. Louis Ex-Con Turned Court Worker

Image from Gideon's Army, one of the films being screened during the 2013 St. Louis Internationl Film Festival
(Courtesy Cinema St. Louis)

Two new documentary films showing at the St. Louis International Film Festival are taking on the perception and work of public defenders in the criminal justice system.

“I think the biggest public misconception about public defenders is that we don’t care and we are poor attorneys, poor meaning we don’t do a very good job and we don’t know how to try cases,” said Brandy Alexander, assistant public defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Florida.

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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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St. Louis on the Air
2:18 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

New Films Document Devastation, Hope In Aftermath Of Joplin Tornado

An American flag blows in the wind, attached to a downed limb, near a home that has been destroyed in Joplin, Missouri on May 23, 2011. A massive tornado hit the small southwestern Missouri town on May 22, 2011.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

The EF-5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri in May 2011 killed 161 people and a left city and its residents devastated.

Two filmmakers - Beth Pike and Erica Tremblay - have created films documenting the disaster, the fallout, and what they call a “remarkable recovery.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:57 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Envisioning Home: Film Details History Of Public Housing In St. Louis

Daniel Blake Smith and Richard Baron talk outside the former Pruitt-Igoe public housing project
Jason Epperson

Jean King and Richard Baron first met in 1968, when the two joined forces to protest conditions and rent hikes in St. Louis public housing.

Together, they earned a reputation as “imaginative leaders” and community advocates, attracting the attention of author/filmmaker Daniel Blake Smith.

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Cityscape
4:56 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Between Two Rivers: Cairo, Illinois

Between Two Rivers movie poster
(Courtesy: The Filmmakers)

One of the films at this month’s St. Louis International Film Festival is about the history of Cairo, Illinois, the southernmost town in the state.

Host Steve Potter talks with co-directors and filmmakers Nick Jordan and Jacob Cartwright of “Between Two Rivers.”  Potter is also joined by Stace England, the lead singer of Stace England and the Salt Kings.

England calls Cairo the most fascinating town in America, and a few years ago, came out with a CD highlighting the town.  

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Cityscape
5:02 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

St. Louis International Film Festival

The upcoming comedy-drama film "Silver Linings Playbook" will be shown as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival
(Courtesy: Cinema St. Louis)

The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the Midwest. 

In the coming weeks, more than 400 films will be screened and many of them will receive their only St. Louis exposure at the festival.

Host Steve Potter talks with Cliff Froehlich, the Executive Director of Cinema St. Louis, and filmmaker Frank Popper.

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