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 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.

“Canceled due to Inclement Weather”

February 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Environment, Matthew Hurst, Rants, Webster Film Series, Winter | 5 Comments
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Five words you’ve probably heard more than once today, Or the post that might otherwise be titled “SNOW DAY!”  Of course one of the hurdles in becoming a grown-up person is getting past the fact that something so beautiful can also be so deadly (just ask Lauren Reid).  When you’re a little kid cancellations seem more like setting time aside for fun, instead of the logical protection of human lives that it actually represents.  Still, if you can figure out how to get to Art Hill alive, we can’t recommend it enough.

That is provided you have a great deal of newfound time on your hands, like students from these groups:

  • Dewey Decimal Drinks is being canceled tonight “due to the scary icy weather!”.  Curious Feet kindly requests you to “Please stay home, folks!” and promises to post more information about any replacement dates on that blog.
  • Webster University already closed their doors at 12pm, effective for their the main campus, the Old Post Office, WingHaven, WestPort, Scott AFB, IL and the Community Music School of Webster University.  And they have a cool SMS alerts system :P .
  • Also closed as a result is the Webster Film Series, who were scheduled to screen “The Magic Flute” and say they will try to reschedule the screening at a later date.  They would like you to consider coming to another screening of two different films on Friday and Saturday respectively.
  • Night classes have been canceled for both Sanford Brown College schools and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.
  • Chippewa Chapel @ Off Broadway has been cancled tonight.  Steve Pohlman thinks that “The weather outside is frightful…so stay home tonite!”, but also extends this invitation: “Off Broadway loves you…see you Friday for Jon Hardy.”
  • University of Missouri St. Louis campus classes have been canceled for Thursday.
  • Classes at Meramac Community College, St. Louis Community College, East Central College, have been canceled.
  • Maryville University has been closed all day.  They also have one of those fancy Text Message alert systems.  Missouri Baptist University, which is practically next door, has also decided to cancel.
  • For everyone who’s inner “mom” makes you run to the store when it snows to stock up on milk and bread, Local Harvest Grocery is making the most of it’s day old bread with a one-day sale on Friday February 22nd.  According to their website:

    Happy Snow Day, Everyone! To celebrate the day, we are inviting all of you in the neighborhood to come by and take advantage of some fresh baked treats and some great deals.

    They’ll stay open from 8am to 7pm with deals on coffee, pizza, and some fresh loaves of bread.

  • Fontbonne University has a cool website, which prominently displays their closing with a neat illustration.  But nearby…
  • Washington University bucks the trend and REMAINS OPEN on Thursday February 21st.  If anyone shows up for their classes is an entirely another question.  They must have a lot of data to go over still.

We’ll try our best to keep you updated on any relevant closings we hear about, or else please check MyFoxSTL for a more comprehensive list of schools and organizations “canceled due to inclement weather”.

Special Screening

January 31, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Movies, Webster Film Series, Webster University | 2 Comments

special noticeWhile we’re waiting for the release of the new film calender from the Webster Film Series, we found this notice posted around the campus of Webster University.  Upon contacting the individuals responsible for this special unscheduled screening (or at least its notice), we were unable to receive any additional information about the film(s) being screened or what makes them necessarily shrouded in secrecy.

What we do know from this document, is that this special screening will take place again at 8 PM this Thursday January 31st and Friday February 1st, as parts 2 and 3 of the undisclosed three-part series of films.  You must be over the age of 18 to Attend, and viewer discretion is advised because this is

“a show that epitomizes the unique aspects of a genre that is widely misunderstood by many people…we are not disclosing what the feature is in order for you to view it without preconceived notions.”

We suggest coming in with an open mind, although we cannot claim to know what exactly we’re getting you into right now. If you know anything about the screening, please let us know.

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.


(Check your local listings)

See you here, there, everywhere.

Film Geek – “Last” Week edition

October 12, 2007 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Webster Film Series | Comments Off on Film Geek – “Last” Week edition
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Whereas I could not give you a Film Geek post last week, this weekend is actually the Last Weekend for some of the film series we’ve been following.  From near the onet of this blog we’ve been following these series, which will close for the season.  Good thing SLIFF is coming up (more on that later).

This is also the last weekend for the Kompletely Keaton series in the Webster Film Series, which follows the films of master film director/actor Bust Keaton.  Ironically for this master of silent story telling, this last weekend will go out with a bang, crash, and other associated sounds provided by a live folley artist.  To say nothing of the live, authentically scored musical accompaniment, Kompleting an accurate re-Kreation of the original screenings of these Keaton films.

STL Community Arts & Media Project will run a few films of their own, including “Paris is Burning” next weekend.  It opened it’s new film series last Thursday, but intends to take place at the CAMP building on Cherokee every other Thursday around 7:30 for the indefinite future.

Frontyard Features has ended in Septmeber.  Cinemania @ Grand Center has also finished its run.

Altman Tuesdays @ WFS

September 10, 2007 at 3:08 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Webster Film Series, Webster University | Comments Off on Altman Tuesdays @ WFS

Robert Altman, film deirector seen listening to the soundtrack of a film he is editingEalier this month we tried to get the word out about a special series on films of the late Robert Altman in the Webster Film Series.  These films (which are otherwise unmarked on the WFS calendar) are screened every Tuesday in conjunction with a course this semester on that director.  Although the films are free screenings that are open to the public, thus far it has been difficult to obtain a list of the films. 

That changed this afternoon when the WFS sent out an e-mail, so in the interest of public consumption we decided to make that information accessible here and through our Upcoming events calendar. We added the events ourselves to give you IMDB descriptions, maps, and the ability to add each film to your own calender in each of the links below, though of course we encourage you to see them all.

Of course all these films will be screened for free on a Tuesday night in the Winifred Moore Auditorium on Webster University.

Double Feature

August 27, 2007 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Webster Film Series | 2 Comments

Although you won’t find it on the Webster Film Series calendar just yet, there will be a free screening this and the next 6 Tuesday nights.   Why?  In the grand tradition of film students, this semester’s film studies topics class is “the Films of Robert Altman” will require public screening.  This week’s film, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, is described thusly in a film series e-mail:

Set in winter in the Old West. Charismatic but dumb John McCabe (Warren Beatty) arrives in a young Pacific Northwest town to set up a whorehouse/tavern. The shrewd Mrs. Miller (Julie Christie), a professional madam, arrives soon after construction begins. She offers to use her experience to help McCabe run his business, while sharing in the profits. The whorehouse thrives and McCabe and Mrs. Miller draw closer, despite their conflicting intelligences and philosophies. Soon, however, the mining deposits in the town attract the attention of a major corporation, which wants to buy out McCabe along with the rest. He refuses, and his decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town.

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24-hour film fest (or: Coming Up Short)

August 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm | Posted in contest, Matthew Hurst, Media, Webster Film Series | 1 Comment

kdhx tv logoJust because the next couple weekends in Saint Louis will be jam packed with outdoor Festivals, midnight bike-wrangling cowgirls and boys, and lord only knows what else on Labor Day weekend, doesn’t mean you need to come up short this week.  For those inclined to stay indoors due to inclement weather (or just us film geeks), the Webster Film Series and KDHX have teamed up for a local filmmaker showcase screening of sorts.  Under the moniker of “Coming Up Shorts” and playing this Thursday, August 23rd @ 8 PM in the Winifred Moore Auditorium (where else?), this is how the Film Series describes the show:

KDHX Community Media presents the results of their filmmaking competition,
Coming Up Shorts. The program showcases the 3-minute videos made by local
media artists with KDHX TV providing the selected artists with all the
resources necessary to make their shorts, trailers or a stand-alone short
films. These videos will screen on KDHX TV as “Bumpers” between their scheduled

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