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Now that the film is done, we had time to put together a new trailer for it. Next will be a redesign of this website and other promotional materials … almost as much work as making the movie! Here is the new trailer, if you like it please share with your friends, or on your blog or social site of your choice. Don’t forget our premiere at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase next Month: August 14th at the Tivoli Theatre at 4:30 PM.
So I realized that I haven’t posted to this site since October last year. That would have been about the time that I realized that I wasn’t going to finish this film within the timeframe that I originally intended. To be honest I ran into something like a writers block (editors block?) for a while. I think I just needed to step back from the material and let it ferment in my brain before I could just sit down and carve out the final cut. I’m not going to make excuses. It just came out when it was ready I guess.
So now to answer the frequently asked questions:
Question One: When can we see it?
Soon. If you were in the film or involved in the production you’ll see it very soon. I will plan an informal private screening for you before the end of the month. If you are in the press and would like a review screener let me know and I’ll be sending those out soon. The rest of you will have to wait to see it at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in August, info on that here–we’ll let you know as soon as we have a specific date.
Question Two: How long is it?
Well it seems after it’s all said and done, it runs about 70 minutes. I expected the final cut to be longer, but it just moves best at 70 minutes. So that’s what it is.
Question Three: What is it about?
This is the ‘I really haven’t been paying attention” question. But it’s valid. Some people think it’s just about the history of brick in St. Louis while others think it’s mostly about brick theft. It’s about both as well as historic preservation of our great brick buildings here.
Any other questions? Ask them in the comments below.
Oh and I’ll be doing a small presentation about the making of the film as well as showing a couple of clips at the Apple Store at the Galleria on Thursday evening this week at 6:00 PM. Come by and say hi!
Nice interview by Amy Burger for City’s Best.
Bill Streeter is best known as the creator of the popularLo-Fi St. Louis video blog, where he features local bands and artists. He explores new territory in his latest venture, a documentary feature titled “Brick by Chance and Fortune,” about the history of the brick industry and brick architecture in St. Louis. The completed film makes its public debut in July at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. I chatted with Bill about this fascinating project.
We went into the studio last week and recorded some songs for the soundtrack. We are humbled that Pokey LaFarge, Mat Wilson were willing to write original songs for our film. Irene Allen was also good enough to contribute one of her originals as well and we all convened on Jupiter Studios to record them last week. We recorded demos of these songs last spring, one of which “Brick By Brick” written by Mat Wilson and performed by him and Pokey can be heard in our Trailer. I gotta say … that it sounds much better with a full band, which is not to say that it sounded bad before. Special thanks to Doug Storm at Jupiter for doing a great job as engineer on this project.
But since we won’t be finishing the film by this month like we said we would, I thought I would throw something out for you to enjoy. Here is the rough mix of the Pokey LaFarge song “Brick Thieves” performed with his band The South City Three and written especially for this film. Enjoy! Brick Thieves, By Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three (click to download)
Here are some photos from the recording session:
St. Louis brick thieves made national news a couple of weeks back when the New York Times published this piece by Malcomb Gay. Of course this story is nothing new to us. Brick thieving is a big part of this project. It would be hard to do a film about St. Louis brick and not touch on this subject. It’s a devastating problem in some parts of the city. We told you earlier in this project that we spoke to Alderman Sam Moore and he is probably one of the few City officials who has long taken this problem seriously. The causes and lack of attention are complicated as most urban problems are. Of course it doesn’t help that the City of St. Louis is in the bizarre position of being one of the few American cities without direct control of it’s own police department. It was taken away by the state as punishment for the Mayors support of the Union during the Civil War over 100 years ago and has never been restored. Not that no one has attempted to reverse this injustice. All attempts have failed–the most recent was about a year ago. So yeah, in some ways in Missouri, the Civil War — a conflict the most of the country put to rest many many years ago, still haunts us.
The damage the brick thieves do is truly devastating. They remove the last hope of ever restoring the grandeur of neighborhoods that once stood tall. Of course they aren’t the reason those neighborhoods became the way they are today to begin with. In some ways they are just completing a process. Never-the-less it’s hearbreaking. Here are some photos we took while out shooting b-roll for the film:
We’ve been remiss on keeping updates on this blog. We’re sorry about that. We’re trying to wrap up the final bits of the film before we go full bore into post production. However we did get some nice press in the September issue of St. Louis Magazine. So thanks so much to Stefene Russell for writing this really nice piece.
So about our progress with the film. We’re a little behind or not depending on how you look at it. Our original goal (which was fairly ambitious) was to have the film completed by next month (October 15) in order for it to be screened in the St. Louis International Film Fest in November. But the summer wasn’t as kind or productive as we hoped it would be. The brutal heat made many days nearly impossible to shoot out of doors. And there were some personal set backs among two of our key crew members. So we made the decision to push back our expected completion date to December rather than October as we hoped. But on the bright side, we’re still on track for completing the film well in advance of our February deadline under the terms of our CALOP grant. So depending on how you look at it, we’re either ahead of schedule or behind.
Here is the official trailer for the film. Appearing in the trailer (in order of appearance are) Larry Giles, NiNi Harris, Toby Weiss, and Michael Allen.
This probably won’t be the only trailer we’ll release so stay tuned for more. We may even re cut this trailer as time goes by.
Right now, at this very moment, I’m busy trying to cut together a short two minute clip to screen this weekend at the Soulard Stable Hootenanny. Since I’ve last posted here we have recorded some music for the sound track with Pokey LaFarge and Mat Wilson (whom you might know from the Rum Drum Ramblers) and shot quite a bit of b-roll around town. So anyway if you want a tiny little peek at what we have done so far come to the event this weekend otherwise watch this space and you might get to see it in a week or two. This event is a fundraiser for the friends of the San Luis building to help settle their legal debt. Here are the details:
What: Anti-Wrecking Ball: Soulard Stable Hootenanny
Where: Stahl Stable, 2412 Menard Street
When: 8:00 p.m. this Saturday, May 22
Cost: $10 benefits the Friends of the San Luis and the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation