2 Specialized happy hours to spice up your snow day eve

January 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Posted in activism | 1 Comment
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Two events for anyone looking for something to do (and willing to brave the weather) tonight:  


Smoke Free Stl is having a happy hour and fundraiser at the Royale tonight, going from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.  Admission is a $10 donation, which provides free appetizers, and the first ten in the door get free t-shirts.   I’m a supporter of theirs, and might be stopping by tonight.


In other news, there’s an open invitation for members of the Saint Louis film/video community to come to HOME Nightclub inside Ameristar Casino.  Admission is free, and there’s cheap drinks, so if you’re a filmmaker looking for something to do tonight, check it out


News About Other Films, and Human Rights

December 8, 2008 at 2:54 am | Posted in activism, Chris Maue, film, stl, Theater | 2 Comments
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In keeping with the constant stream of film review posts that Brian has been faithfully putting up for the last few days, I’ve got a few events you might want to keep your eye on as well –

Doerr Center for Social Justice Education is sponsoring a showing of Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “What Would Jesus Buy.”  The event is at 1:30 in the Carlo Auditorium of Tegler Hall, 3550 Lindell Blvd.  The Showing is free, and open to the public.

Also, don’t miss Amnesty International’s Sponsored Showing of “Invisible Children.”  at  Lafayette High School from 6pm until 8pm, on Thursday the 11th.  If you haven’t seen this film yet, make a point to – it’s a real eye opener.

December 10th is International Human Rights Day, as well as A Day Without Gay – a day to protest discrimination based on sexual orientation, by not showing up to work and calling in ‘Gay’.

There are some pretty cool events going on in town, including a Day Without Gay Teach-in hosted on December 10th at the Tivoli Theater in the Loop.  The event starts at 9am, and Concludes around 4pm, with a free screening of “Milk.”  More details can be found at http://showmenohate.blogspot.com/

Finally, The Webster Film Series will be showing “Christmastime On Mars,” the psychadelic freak out Christmas feature, made over the course of six years by the Flaming Lips.   The film features amazing performances by the band, especially Wayne Coyne as the alien superbeing that saves Christmas.   The film shows December 12th, and 13th at 9pm, and the 14th at  7pm.  General admission is $6.

More info on many of these events, as well as other happenings this week in St. Louis, can be found at the Show Me Progress Blog

SLIFF 2008: A Tour Guide

November 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Brian Vacek, Movies, SLIFF | 1 Comment
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The St. Louis International Film Festival is a great time to enjoy yourself and take in a new film or two. That is, if you happen to be a casual movie-goer. If you’re a fanatical cinephile, its a stressfully delightful gauntlet run through an international smorgasbord of films that consumes your every waking hour and drives your loved ones to insanity. I walk the latter path.

I’m new here at Highway 61, but I’ve been blogging for some time now over at The Film Walrus where I babble incoherently about movies when I should probably be cooking, cleaning and socially interacting. I’m going to babble about movies here, too. With good reason: there’s so many films at SLIFF that no single person could see them all.

So you’ll probably be seeing a sustained spurt of my reviews over the next few weeks as I dash between the Tivoli, Plaza Frontenac and Webster making my sleepless eyes bleed and belatedly typing up my opinions. While these will be too late to do you any immediate good, most of these films are already available on DVD or in theaters or will be soon. I encourage you to seek out any films that sound interesting and, of course, you should do your own exploring of SLIFF’s offerings while the festival rages on.

If you need a quick tour guide, though, to sift through the many, many choices, I offer some advise: be eclectic. See features, documentaries, shorts, etc. See films from countries you know nothing about. Take a chance on a new director. Take in a mix of genre fluff and art house.

And keep an eye out for me! Here’s my schedule for this year:

Fri the 14th: Vanaja, Interkosmos with The Juche Idea, Shadowland

Sat the 15th: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Slumdog Millionaire, Alone

Mon the 17th: All for Free, Special

Tues the 18th: Opera Jawa, Heartbeat Detector

Wed the 19th: The Pope’s Toilet, Stranded

Thurs the 20th: Of Parents and Children

Fri the 21st: The Custodian, Timecrimes

Sat the 22nd: The Trap, The Class, Yesterday Was A Lie

Sun the 23rd: Little Heroes, From Inside, The Wrestler

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.

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.

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.

A last minute first…

January 2, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Books, Chris Maue, Events, exhibition, Media | Comments Off on A last minute first…
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For all those looking for a last minute Wednesday night activity, Legacy Books and Café in the Loop is hosting a (presumably free) showing of No Volverán – The Venezuelan Revolution Now! Tonight at 7pm. After the screening, a panel (including Webster University’s resident socialist political science professor Dan Hellinger) discussion will follow.

However, for those not interested in an evening of modern socialist theory, swing by meetup.com to find out what else might be happening in the city tonight.

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.


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