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

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.

Smith’s documentary “Envisioning Home: The Jean King and Richard Baron Story” is part of the St. Louis International Film Festival November 14th.

King, Baron and Smith join host Don Marsh to discuss the film, as well as the history of public housing in the St. Louis region.

“Public housing is an important story - it gets at issues of race and poverty that really matter... [But] It’s not just high importance thematic stuff - it’s also characters... as a filmmaker, myself and the director Jason Epperson... we were blessed with two characters whose story and relationship we could follow through time,” Smith said.


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Cinema St. Louis's 2012 St. Louis International Film Festival Presents "Envisioning Home: The Jean King and Richard Baron Story"

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Hi Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland at Clayton Rd.
(314) 289-4150
Cinema St. Louis Website

With assistance from production intern Ariana Tobin

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Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.
Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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