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Monday, September 10, 2012

Q&A with "Here is St. Louis" Filmmakers

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Are you surprised to see "This is St Louis" go "viral" (at least on a local level)? JP: Our goal was to provide a piece about St. Louis and for St. Louis. We were hoping that this video would inspire St. Louisans to love their city all the more. We also wanted the outside world to see St. Louis as we see it. We don't know if you know this or not, but apparently our city doesn't have the best reputation. We wanted to create a video that told the story as we see it. Did we think it would go viral? We hoped it would. We are thankful for those who live in and outside of St. Louis who have appreciated and shared this video. Thank you.

MS: Yes and no. We strove to make a beautiful video about a beautiful city, hoping that people would like it. But the response has been overwhelming! We're thrilled. We love the conversations that have started--and continued--about STL as a result of this little video that we made out of love. Thank you St. Louis for sharing the love for your city. It's well deserved...she's a beautiful place to live and visit.

I often hear people say that St. Louis is a "hidden gem" or under-appreciated by people who aren't from around these parts. Do you think that's true? JP: I heard a friend tell me that St. Louis is "secretly cool". We agree with that. I think it is under explored. There is a lot of fear that keeps people for exploring the city, but we believe it is a wonderful place to live, create, and be.

MS: Unfortunately it does seem to be true. But it is an incredible gem that needs to be shown for the marvel that it is. It's a great place to raise a family (my wife and I have two little ones) but it's more than that, it's a great place to live regardless of your place in life.

Check out the video, which includes shots of Bogart's Smoke House, Carlos' Hot Dogs, Cathedral Basilica, Cherokee Street Bikes, City Garden, City Museum, Climb So Ill, Firecracker Press, Fitz's, Gelateria Del Leone,, Kakao Chocolate, Kaldi's Coffee, La Vallesana, Moonrise Hotel, Pint Size Bakery, Pi Pizzeria, Schlafly, Soulard Farmer's Market, Spice Shop, Soulard Florist, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis City Hall, St. Louis Metro, St. Louis Zoo, Sump Coffee, Ted Drewes, The Mud House, Three Sixty Bar, Tivoli Theater, World's Fair Donuts and other locales.

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