Film Geek Week – The Return

June 3, 2008 at 2:46 am | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, summer | Comments Off on Film Geek Week – The Return
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Although the closure of the Hi-Pointe Theater has limited the options for great independent film in St. Louis, there are still plenty of great theaters and screenings of film to look forward to this summer. From the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in July and the return of the Midnight Reel to the return of Frontyard Features in your own neighborhood and the Webster Film Series continung, there should be plenty more Film Geek Weekends to come. Here’s a preview of films this weekend:

  • So far we have yet to find anyone who would dare defy the appeal of Frontyard Features, who is expanding their operation this summer statewide including their own new film series in an act of “Defiance“. It all begins with that aforementioned film this Tuesday June 3rd at 9pm, and continues with the support of Cinema Saint Louis every other Tuesday night in June and July. The screenings will take place on the parking lot outside the Schlafly Tap Room, although the events will surely be BYOB for those that dare defy the appeal inside the brew pub.
  • Care for an encore performance from Frontyard? The performers of Rocky Horror Picture Show seem to relish every encore screening, and they’ll get another chance this weekend. On the lake stage outside Union Station on Friday June 6th around dusk (9pm?), you can expect people living out their dreams, just as fans of this cult film have for the past 30+ years. You can leave your wallet at home for this free show, although you will require an open mind for the uninitiated.
  • Instead of taking a camping trip to the humid backwoods of Missouri and Illinois, why not enjoy your campfire stories of the Ozarks like “Shotgun Stories” from inside the comfort of the air-conditioned Winifred Moore Auditorium.  This film about a feud between brothers ought to get your mind of your own feuds since you moved back in with your folks, as part of the Webster Film Series and will run Friday-Sunday June 6-8th at 8pm.  And though like camping there will be a fee to grab your own grounds, students can still get in for $4 (free for Webster University students).
  • (Insert a Caddyshack joke here.)  If you have picked out one such line, you’re probably interested in seeing a screening of the film this weekend.  As part of the Midnight Brew & View series at the Moolah Theater & Lounge catch this flick on Friday and Saturday June 6-7th at what other time but midnight.  For $6 it’s cheaper than a day on the course, and if you bring your boss to this flick you won’t have to fake your losing game or contend with turf destroying varmints.

If you’re alright, we’ll let you know about more screenings this summer as we learn about them.  Until next Film Geek weekend (Fin).

Webster Student Film Festival

May 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Webster Film Series, Webster University | Comments Off on Webster Student Film Festival
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To be followed shortly by the Senior Overview Showcase on May 10th. Hosted by the Webster Film & Video Society in the Winifred Moore Auditorium on Webster University starting at 7pm. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Consider this as a Film Geek Weekend.

Film Festivals we know about

March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on Film Festivals we know about
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Sometimes you need to save the date or you’ll never get the time of day at all.  For that we have a calendar, but we ought to share some film festivals to look forward to this year.  Or at least these are the ones we already know about.

  • 3rd Annual African Film Festival: March 27-30th on Washington University, starting at 7pm every night in Brown  Hall, Rom 100.  Admission is FRE to each screening.
    In addition to screening these films, new this year is a Youth Program which will play in the Saint Louis Art Museum on Wednesday March 26th from 9:30am-noon and another screening on Thursday March 27th from noon-2:15pm.
  • The 3rd Anime St. Louis festival is taking place in Sunset Hillsthis year, from noon-5pm for three days starting on Friday March 28th-30th.  This year will mark their first independant celebration organzied by the Maryville Anime Club and Webster University Anime Society.  Here’s how their website explains this film festival of sorts.  More info soon.
  • Senior Overview Showing: For film students! Saturday May 1oth from 6:30pm-10pm in the Winifred Moore Auditorium on Webster University.  The organizers describe it thusly on Facebook: “The culmination of 4 years of hard work…and a whole lotta memories! These shorts (and capris) will rock your socks off, made by the Webster University Senior Film Production Majors.”  Right then.
  • IAFF and FYSTL: a review of the greatest hits of the first 3 years of the Idaho Avenue Film Festival, presented by Frontyard FeaturesSTL in the the Feasting Fox on May 31st.
  • 48-hour Film Project will begin on June 6th-8th, and screening will be announced later.  Of course, you’ll have to be there and then for your submission to be accepted at all.
  • St. Louis Filmakers Showacse will take place this year between July 19th-24th.  Submissions are being accepted between now and May 31st of 2008.
  • Idaho Avenue Film Festival is September 13th, 2008.  That is all we know.  They can tell you more.
  • St. Louis Int’l Film Festival starts on November 13th-23rd.  Submissions to this festival are being accepted from now until July 1st.

Fesitival in motion: Kinematifest 2008

March 21, 2008 at 1:47 am | Posted in exhibition, Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Webster University | 2 Comments
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kinecapAttention students of school, be you undergraduate, graduate, or still in high school (sorry doctors to be): You probably already have your own domain name, but now interactive media and animation students have their own festival.  Introducing the first annual Kinematifest, in which a Webster University chapter of SIGGRAPH have organized a juried collection of 2D and 3D animation, sequential art, digital compositions, and Interactive media.  Yes, that could mean you might submit your website (provided you’re still a student).

Although submission deadlines are fast approaching, the festival is on track to begin the weekend of May 2-4 at Webster University.  Since students for all schools are invited, there will be networking opportunities scheduled that weekend for students from various campuses (and off campus).  Of course all films will be screened on Webster University, most likely in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.  Check their website for further details, since it’s probably worth the LOL animation on the index page alone.

Film Student Showcases

March 17, 2008 at 5:18 pm | Posted in contest, Film Student Fridays, Lauren Reid, Matthew Hurst, Webster Film Series, Webster University | Comments Off on Film Student Showcases
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As a film students, I’m always looking for stories to tell and opportunities to get my work screened.  So when I got this message this morning from Highway 61 contributor Lauren Reid, I thought I’d pass it along not just to film students and geeks but animal lovers as well:

“Here’s something to do if you are a filmmaker: Cinema St. Louis and the Animal Protective Association of Missouri invite filmmakers living within a 120-mile radius of St. Louis to create a short film about the bond between people and their pets. Finalists will be showcased on the APA website, the APA MySpace page, YouTube and at the APA’s Grand Reopening Party. Cinema St. Louis will then choose one of the films to screen at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in July. The entry deadline is April 1, 2008…
Here’s something that would be cute, a story about you and James. Could be fun since you two don’t really have quite the typical relationship between pets and owners. He’ll claw you during the day and sleep with you during the night.”

Besides my passive-aggressive cat, which you’re either unlikely or just unlucky to meet, you can catch other Screwball Comedies this and every proceeding Wednesday this semester. “Topics in Film Studies: Screwball Comedy” will be screening a series of films as part of a class on this film genre.  It will start off at 7:15pm this Wednesday with the Frank Capra classic “It Happened One Night“. All of the films will be screened in the Winifred Moore Auditorium, and admission is FREE.  We expect you show up for class on time every week, that is unless you get lost in a series of seemingly disconnected misadventures which lead you to where you actually need to be that night.

Film Geek Week – Festival Edition

March 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Environment, Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Webster Film Series | 1 Comment
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This week more documentaries are heading our way than the True/False Film Festival was prepared to deal with.  Let’s get started right away (ie tonight) for a quick rundown of some films you might want to check out if you’re of the persuasion to call yourself a film geek.

  • KDHX recently ran a worldwide documentary challenge, and will screen some of the films from St. Louis for FREE tonight starting at 7pm.  They listed these details:

    Last week, 122 filmmakers from 16 countries set out to make a documentary in 5 days as part of the KDHX-produced International Documentary Challenge. They were assigned a documentary genre (character study, music, political, etc.) and the theme of “Change”. Tonight, we will present a free screening of the St. Louis area produced films (along with some other standouts) at the Webster Film Series.

    And with a theme like “change” you know Obama supporters are bound to show up in droves, so show up early.

  • In the Midwest, corn is a fact of life.  Enough so that addresses like MOCorn.com exist for a reason.  And besides being in pretty much everything we eat, it shows up in other products as well.  That’s the premise behind the film King Corn, which will be screened for FREE in the Missouri History Museum on Thursday March 13th starting around 7pm.  After watching a film they describe as “Two recent college graduates embark on a mission to see where America’s food comes from,” you might want to stick around afterwards for a panel discussion of the film which could inspire you to try doing the same.
  • Oh yeah, there’s a little film festival taking place this weekend called Q-Fest.  And with the exception of a film called Itty Bitty Titty Committee, it might be little but it’s also a big deal.  This film festival celebrating diversity of cultures and sexual orientation, starts Wednesday March 12th at 8pm in the Mad Art Gallery and continues all weekend in the Webster Film Series.  Not only is this probably your best bet if you rather wouldn’t watch any more documentaries this week, but you’ll also be supporting your neighbors and getting a perspective of storytelling seldom condensed into the same place.  Check their listings for the full list of films and times.

True-False quiz

February 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Movies | 4 Comments
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With there being an extra day this year (this Friday to be exact), we know you’ll be looking for something to do with all your new found time.  So in preparation for this upcoming Film Geek Weekend, in which the 5th annual True/False Film Festival will take place in Columbia (Missouri), we made a little True-False quiz of our own for you to take.

We’ll wait for the class to put your pens down before we grade papers.

For those who failed their quiz (or those not interested in taking it), let’s have a quick study session about this film festival.  True/False is an annual Film Festival taking place for the 5th year in Columbia, MO.  Unlike other film festivals this one is just for documentary films, attracting filmmakers from across the world.  This festival isn’t so much juried, but sometimes films show up here before making it to a larger release – past examples include films like Murderball, The Corporation, and last year’s breakout The King of Kong.

This year’s festival is going to be a little bit different since their largest venue, the Missouri Theater, is closed for renovations.  Also passes for the festival have already sold out, and ticket reservations have ended online, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be waiting in line to see films if you haven’t made plans already.  Even the events’ organizers consider this years’ fest a leap of faith.

In spite of these inconvenient facts, at least about 15,000 people make the trip each year.  We suspect attendance might be a bit higher for this year’ festival, which begins this Thursday February 28th and will continue through Sunday March 2nd in 2008.  Check their schedule for the details too numerous to list here.  And unless you’ve already made reservations for lodging, or have arrangements with a friend in Columbia, you’ll be losing your whole weekend in Columbia rather than gaining a day because of your own leap of faith this year.

Extra credit?  Check out the organizer’s blog, add your pictures to the group’s FlickR photo pool, or add this event (and others we cover) to your calendar.

There will be Oscars, Juno

February 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Movies, the loop | Comments Off on There will be Oscars, Juno
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Film is magic.  I’m not just saying this as a film student either.  Rather there is something special about this medium that attracts storytellers and magicians to try their hands at daft illusions.  The stories that can be told through this form affects us differently psychologically than any other method.  That being said, there is a big difference in storytelling that’s easy to over look; film goers sit in a dark room silently and begin to suspend their sense of disbelief as to what is happening on screen in a subjective environment.

Unlike any other medium, this magical form forces us to have a solitary experience.  So why then should millions of people celebrate this art form alone in their living rooms?  Cinema St. Louis is offering an alternative this Sunday February 24th with an Oscar party of their own.  Starting at 6pm you can join the festivities (for a cost), or at 7:30pm you can join other film fans on a budget (for FREE) downstairs for free in the Pageant.  More information is available on that event’s webpage.

Film Geek – Saint Louis Int’l Film Festival

November 9, 2007 at 12:45 am | Posted in Events, exhibition, Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Movies, Webster Film Series | 1 Comment
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Saint Louis International Film Festival

November 8-18 2007

‘Nuff Said.

http://www.cinemastlouis.org/fest.html

(Check your local listings)

See you here, there, everywhere.

Film Geek Weekend – Road Trip edition

October 18, 2007 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst | 1 Comment
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box art for Highway 61 filmRecharge your batteries overnight with a little “Robot Rock” or impress your date to inspire some “Digital Love”; Daft Punk’s “Electroma” is playing in the Reel Late film series at the Tivoli Theater.  As far as we know, this is the only road trip movie about French robots that takes place in America, so catch it this weekend only for it’s St. Louis Premier Friday-Saturday October 19-20 @ midnight and Sunday October 21st @ 10pm in the Tivoli Theater.  And as this box art suggests (albiet for a whole another film), when the robots take over “where else would you bury Rock’N’Roll?”

All is Quiet on the Western Front this weekend after Meramac Community College plays “Gallipoli” as part of the One Book/One College series.  It will play on Thursday morning October 18th @ 11am in the Kirkwood Public Library.

Open your weekend with a song and dance routine in “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag“, which will play Friday October 19th @ 9pm in the St. Charles 18 Cine thanks to our Bollywood connection through Seema Productions.

Sure none of them may have their own thrift-store Jackson Pollock painting, but the truck drivers in “Big Rig” do participate as accidental artists this documentary as part of the Webster Film Series .  You could call it the ultimate road trip movie this Friday-Sunday October 19-21 @ 8 PM in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.

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