Members of the UCHS Broadcast Club created a short piece that has been accepted into the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase with a screening at the Tivoli on Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. before “The Rink,” a documentary history of roller skating in the African American communities in St. Louis and East St. Louis. The Showcase eliminated the young students’ screening this year due to space and administrative limitations, so it is of particular significance that their film was accepted.
The students’ piece, “Battle of the Sexes,” was created during after-school Broadcast Club sessions the second semester of the 2008-2009 school year. It is part of a larger documentary that students will complete in a Broadcast Journalism course, which is being offered for the first time at UCHS during the 2009-2010 school year. Mary Williams and Curtis Stuart are sponsors of the Broadcast Club and Curtis Stuart will be teaching the course. A grant for equipment and an instructor, Webster University Professor Kathy Corley, was provided by CALOP (Commission for Access and Local Original Programming) of University City. Mary Williams serves as the University City School District liaison to CALOP.
Hybrie Brownlee and Jarohn Johnson directed “Battle of the Sexes,” which features UCHS’s macho men and feline fashionistas in a spoof of TV wrestling matches. It includes UCHS wrestlers Justin Nicks and state qualifiers DeMarco Kemp and Chris Vaughn. Rounding out the cast are UCHS students Maya Foster, Aubrion Taylor, and Arriana Moore.
Here’s a link to PDF of the program guide: http://www.cinemastlouis.org/downloads/09SLFSprogram.pdf
Here is a link to the Filmmakers Showcase website: http://cinemastlouis.org/showcase.html
Below is part of the Filmmakers Showcase site.
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
July 18-23, 2009
The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase (SLFS), an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. With advances in affordable digital filmmaking, more and more movies are being made in St. Louis and environs, but opportunities for moviegoers to see that work are scarce, because few of the films ever screen commercially. SLFS frequently provides the only chance area filmmakers have to display their talents on the big screen. Participating filmmakers have included students, film hobbyists, and seasoned professionals.
Cinema St. Louis has presented the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase since 2002, taking over from the now-closed St. Louis Film Office, which inaugurated the event in 2001. During its existence, SLFS has shown nearly 500 films with St. Louis ties. SLFS is held at the Tivoli Theatre in the vibrant Delmar Loop entertainment district. A carefully renovated art-deco theater from the 1920s with a 440-seat main auditorium, the Tivoli is regularly voted St. Louis’ favorite theater in the Riverfront Times’ annual “Best of St. Louis” poll.
- SLFS screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or those with strong local ties.
- SLFS annually features 15-20 programs over five days, ranging from full-length fiction features and documentaries to multi-film compilations of fiction and documentary shorts.
- SLFS includes post-screening Q&As with filmmakers and offers lively seminars on the moviemaking process.
- SLFS hosts a closing-night party at Blueberry Hill that features announcements of SLFS films chosen for inclusion in the St. Louis International Film Festival and awards given by the St. Louis Film Critics.
Tickets for film programs at the Tivoli are $10 each; $8 for students with valid and current photo ID and for Cinema St. Louis members with valid membership cards. Advance tickets are on sale now at the Tivoli Theatre box office (5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday). Tickets are on a first-come, first served basis. No phone sales, but tickets can be purchases online (see below).
Online Ticket Sales: Tickets may also be purchases in advance at http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets/. There is a $1 per-ticket service charge. You must pick up your tickets at the Tivoli box-office window. Bring the credit card that you used to purchase the tickets and the confirmation number. Online sales are limited to full-price tickets only. Cinema St. Louis member and student discounts can only be obtained in person at the box office because ID is required.
For more information, call Chris Clark at 314-289-4152 or e-mail email@example.com.