Saturday, October 22, 2016

Screening Good Morning Vietnam next!

Looking forward to screening this as our November film as a salute to our Veterans and also as a tribute to Robin Williams.  I saw this one at the show when it first came out in 1987 and it made me laugh.  

Good Morning Vietnam
Barry Levinson
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran
An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam.

Run time 121 minutes
Rated R

Co-hosted by Tom Stockman

Admission $6
Doors open at 630 pm
Food and drink available for purchase from Schlafly.

All rights reserved

"Culture Shock" A Film Series is made possible with help from Schlafly, Real Living Gateway Real Estate, Cinema St. Louis , AUDP and YOU!   It is produced to raise funds and awareness for Helping Kids Together, a social project focused on promoting access to the arts, culture and active living through universal design. 
Thank you for your support~ or 314 221 3085

Thursday, September 22, 2016

On tap for Thursday October 6th is a silent horror classic from 1925! The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney...

The Phantom of the Opera
Rupert Jillian
Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry

Run time 93 minutes
No rating
All ages welcome
At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. 

This is a public domain film

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cheers to Family, Friends and Comic Books! Life really does imitate art!

We started Helping Kids Together as a way to use art and culture to bring people together to bridge a big social gap that exists between kids with and without disabilities.  

A few years later, when we started producing "Culture Shock" it was a way for us to bring cinematic art into the picture to help us continue HKT's mission while raising awareness among adults about what we were doing and hopefully inspire them to think differently about people with disabilities in the process.  

As we begin our Sixth year of publicly screening films I can honestly say ART WORKS because it is a universal communication tool and it does imitate life.    It brings people together and it builds confidence.  Mia was 11 when we started this and it has been fun to watch her grow with this series and play a role in choosing the films and getting the events to materialize.  She played a huge role in getting this all together and the confidence it has given her is not something that can be bought because it is priceless.  

Screening Four Color Eulogy as our anniversary event could not have been a better fit.  It wasn't just the subject of the film or the fact that it was locally produced either.  It was the people who made it and the people who made it to Schlafly to watch it.    It was awesome to say the least topped with an audience led Happy Birthday to Mia and a fabulous box of Four Color memorabilia for her from the cast and crew.   

Here is a timeline of proof that art works starting with the night Mia and I went to go watch Four Color when it was on the big screen at Ronnie's Cinema.  

Supporting local film makers!  

Mia and Jason Contini before the show!

Autographed souvenir from Jason Contini and Nicholas J. Hearne

 A starstruck girl outside after the movie...

 The night of our own big event is about to happen...

Cast and Crew!
 This place was buzzing!!

Even Mia's little cousin Max showed up wearing his Superman shirt! 

It's showtime!!

 Q & A with Producer Gayle Gallagher, Director Wyatt Weed and father and son John and Jason Contini

Very happy girl ending a night surrounded by family, friends and comic books!
Back row: Rob Abell, Josh from The Fantasy Shop, Gayle Gallagher, Bob Clark, Nicholas J. Hearne, Taylor Pietz, John Contini
Front row: Wyatt Weed, Mia Maksimowicz, Jason Contini, Jessica Winingham, Amber Winingham

Mia's Super Birthday Swag...

I have always maintained that Helping Kids Together is a group project 
and as corny as it sounds it is the truth.  WE are helping kids together!!  Thank you again SO MUCH to Gayle Gallagher and the Cast and Crew of Four Color Eulogy, Fantasy Comics and Schlafly Bottleworks for helping us keep this social project moving forward.  You guys ROCK!!

Most sincerely, 

Amy Barnes and Mia too

Saturday, August 6, 2016

For our 6th Anniversary, we proudly present Four Color Eulogy, another outstanding local production and it's cast of characters on Thursday September 1st

As we begin our sixth year of screening films, we celebrate the work of more St. Louis artists with this tale of an aspiring comic book creator who is uprooted and forced to face his mother's mortality and a nagging old childhood question: Who was his father, and why wasn't he around? With the help of his childhood buddy and a family friend, the artist will have to determine what is more important: The hero's origin, or his ongoing journey?

The Producer, Director and Actors will be present for a meet and greet as well as the film intro and Q & A.  They will be signing copies available for purchase.

Click the poster to see the trailer!

We will be sticking with the theme of this great production and presenting this screening with the help of The Fantasy Shop from beautiful downtown Maplewood.

See you on the 1st at the Bottleworks~

A & M

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Screening August 4th: Another cult classic from the public domain...

Reefer Madness
Directed by Louis J. Gasnier

Starring Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles

A cautionary tale features a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana.   A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

Running Time : 66  minutes

Friday, June 3, 2016

Rescheduling of Please Hold

Dear Audience,

We had to delay our screening of Please Hold because Jon Mabee, the Director could not be there. We will screening this all important film short a couple more times, one at Schlafly and another location TBD around St. Louis because the subject matter is so important for people to be aware of for many reasons.  It is about our soldiers who fight for our freedom and then come back to the US with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder only to have their medical needs unmet because people can't SEE what is going on with them.

I will keep you posted. Thank you for your support!


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

Monday, March 14, 2016

Up Next

The First Secret City
A locally produced film Directed by C.D. Stelzer and Alison Carrick
on radioactive waste in the St. Louis region.

First premiered at the St. Louis International Film Festival in 2015.
Intro and Q & A with Directors

Running Time : 131 minutes

All rights reserved.

Screens in The Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks
Co Hosted by Tom Stockman

$6 admission
Doors open @ 630
Food and drink available for purchase from Schlafly.

Brought to you by A Film Series, Schlafly Bottleworks, Real Living Gateway Real Estate, AUDP, Cinema St. Louis and YOU!