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St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 22

Musical duo Rusty and Clark Fairwood are a flashy act on the rise. With their smart suits (complete with bedazzled crosses and American flags) and massive coifs, they're entertainers in the Grand Ole Opry style. When they audition to be hosts on the talk show East Plains: Get Out, the Fairwood boys are faced with a dilemma. The TV station that broadcasts the show pretty much runs the town of East Plains, but the owners are immoral sinners. Will the Fairwood Brothers be stained by filthy lucre, or will they fight for justice? The feature film exploring that question, East Plains: Get Out (directed by Renior Fairwood), screens at 9:15 p.m. Friday, July 13, the opening night of this year's St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. In addition to twelve different programs of short subject films (including "Lingua Francas," a documentary about fine dining in Springfield, Missouri, which is featured in the RFT's Short Orders section this week), the festival also squeezes in eight feature films. Among them are the documentaries Gateway Sound and The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic. The former is an in-depth look at how a local recording studio has adapted to survive the transformation of the music industry. The Best of Us is an interview-intensive film about a more stable musical industry, the Muny. And then there’s writer/director Catherine Dudley-Rose's film Parallel Chords, which began as a short subject featured in the 2015 edition of the showcase. Dudley-Rose has expanded the story into a full-length film about a young female violinist struggling to maintain her individuality under constant pressure from her father (a pianist) and the industry's expectations for young women with talent. The director is a successful violinist in her own right, which no doubt informs the story. The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase continues Friday through Sunday for two weeks (July 13 to July 22). All screenings take place at Washington University's Brown Hall (Forsyth Boulevard and Chaplin Drive; Tickets are $10 to $13. $10-$13

Washington University-Brown Hall (map)
Forsyth Blvd & Chaplin Dr
University City
phone 314-935-5000
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Art Hill Film Series

Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 3

The Art Hill Film Series has become incredibly popular in just a few short years, and it's easy to understand why. A summer night out on Art Hill in Forest Park ( with a favorite movie and your favorite people and it doesn't cost anything to get in? That's a winner. The 2018 series takes its cue from the current exhibition, Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds. Dubbed "epic quests," this year's films are all about the search for something and should be familiar to even the most casual movie watcher. The series starts with Raiders of the Lost Ark on Friday, July 13, and continues on successive Fridays in order with Hidden Figures (July 20), Dr. No (July 27) and The NeverEnding Story (August 3). Films start at 9 p.m., but at 6 p.m. food and drink are available from the museum's cafe and the Panorama tent on the lawn. free admission

A League of Their Own

Sat., July 21, 1:30-3:45 p.m.
phone 314-535-1999

As America’s stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell co-star as two of the sisters’ teammates. $3 IPHF Members/$5 Non-Members

Seven Samurai

Sun., July 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
phone 314 504 7264

Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese Samurai epic co-written by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place during the Sengoku Period of Japanese history and follows 7 masterless samurai--or ronin as they are called--who are hired for the price of 3 meals a day by a small village of greedy farmers to defend their harvest from bandits. We will start by watching a video commentary and begin the discussion afterwards. Free
University City Public Library (map)
6701 Delmar Blvd.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-727-3150
Seven Samurai

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Sun., July 15, 1 p.m., Fri., July 20, 7 p.m., Sat., July 21, 12:30 p.m. and Sun., July 22, 1 p.m.
phone 314-289-4150

The 2018 Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase is an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, that serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films with strong local ties. The film programs that will screen from July 13-22 serve as the Showcase’s centerpiece. The programs range from full-length fiction features and documentaries to multi-film compilations of fiction and documentary shorts. Programs with feature-length films include post-screening Q&As with filmmakers. The 2018 event will take place over two consecutiv
Washington University-Brown Hall (map)
Forsyth Blvd & Chaplin Dr
University City
phone 314-935-5000
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Outdoor Summer Movie Series and Food Truck Frolic

Fri., July 20, 5-9 p.m., Fri., Aug. 24, 5-9 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 21, 5-9 p.m.
phone 636-922-8473
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WHAT: Outdoor Summer Movie Series and Food Truck Frolic WHEN: Sundown on Fridays, May 18, June 22, July 20, Aug. 24 and Sept. 21 WHERE: On the lawn outside the Technology Building at St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville COST: Free and open to the public CONTACT INFO: Mandi Smith, 636-922-8469 or or Betsy Schneider, 636-922-8473 or • Friday, May 18: “Coco” • Friday, June 22: “Sherlock Gnomes” • Friday, July 20: “Sing” • Friday, Aug. 24: “The Incredibles” • Friday, Sept. 21: “Incredibles 2” Movie titles are subject to change. Free
St. Charles Community College (map)
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
St. Peters
phone 636-922-8000
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