Sunday, May 8, 2016

Screening June 2nd:: Two film works post-Memorial Day to remind us to take care of our Military Service men and women because of what they endure for our freedom.

Please Hold
A locally produced film by  Navy Veteran 
and Saint Louis University Professor Jon Mabee

This is a film short about an Afghanistan and Iraq Combat Veteran trying to pursue the next chapter in his life post-military service and finding it incredibly difficult to get the help he needs in dealing with his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

After four tours as a US Marine in the Middle East;  he returns home to find an apathetic society who seems almost oblivious to the true trials and tribulations that he and his fellow veterans experience in these seemingly never-ending wars.

An Official Selection of the 2015 St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase.

Jon Mabee will be at the screening to introduce his work and do a Q & A

Running Time : 26 minutes

Rated R

The Hornet's Nest
Directed by David Salzberg & Christian Tureaud

Armed with only their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.

There are no actors in this film. It is real footage.  
Thank you to the Military personnel for their roles.

Running time 93 minutes

Rated R

These two films are very powerful and could evoke strong emotions.  
We are not screening them to cause disturbances, 
we are screening them together because we need to remember the people 
who fight for our rights as citizens of the United States of America.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

We are proud to announce another local production "America's Blues" a documentary by Patrick Branson screens @ Schlafly Bottleworks on Thursday May 5th!

What is America’s Blues?

America's Blues is a feature length documentary that explores the tremendous impact that the Blues has had on our society, our culture, and the entertainment industry. The Blues has influenced nearly every form of American Music and sadly, aside from its part in the birth of Rock and Roll, it's influence often goes unrecognized. Beyond its musical impact, it has reached into so many other art forms, such as paintings, sculpture, literature and even television and film. It has even become the culture of entire cities and helped to put them on the map. If music were a color, it would be Blue.

Why is this film so important? 

From Charlie Patton’s roots in the rural south to Bob Dylan’s 1998 performance at Madison Square Gardens, Blues music has transcended generations and racial barriers. It has laid the foundation for pop culture and American music. Blues is a time-honored art, influencing musical genres like jazz, country and rock n’ roll as well as helping to tear down walls of segregation and create social acceptance of cultural diversity.

America's Blues takes a new angle on an established narrative, focusing on the evolution of American music and the impact that Blues music has had on our society, popular culture, and the entertainment industry. Through interviews with musicians, historians, artist, professionals, activists, and others, a compelling story of the music’s significant historical contribution unfolds. We explore, not only the musical impact it has had on all forms of Popular American Music, but also the influence it has had on art, fashion, language, film, literature and more.

Written and Directed by Patrick Branson, a native of St. Louis and graduate of Lindenwood University's Cinema Arts Program.

First premiered at the St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase in 2015.

We are very proud to have America's Blues as part of our history as a film series because breaking down social barriers and stereotypes through the arts and culture is what we are trying to accomplish with all of our social projects.  This is a perfect fit. 

We thank Patrick for sharing his time and talent and hope to see all the local Blues lovers at The Bottleworks on the 5th!  

A & M