Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Old North Film Series with Cinema St. Louis Starts Friday, May 28

Cinema St. Louis launches free Old North St. Louis Screening Series on May 28

Old North St. Louis Screening Series
A co-presentation of Cinema St. Louis and Old North St. Louis Restoration Group
What: Screening of film “American Streetballers”
When: 7 p.m. Friday, May 28
Where: Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, 2700 N. 14th Street
How much: Free
More info:, 314-289-4150 (Cinema St. Louis), 314-241-5031 (Old North Restoration Group)

Cinema St. Louis – in partnership with Old North St. Louis Restoration Group – launches the Old North St. Louis Screening Series, a free monthly program for neighborhood residents and interested members of the larger St. Louis community. The inaugural offering is “American Streetballers, ” which screens at 7 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, 2700 N. 14th Street.  Please note that the film contains adult content, including language, violence, and sexual situations which may not be appropriate for younger viewers.

A gripping urban drama about street basketball, “American Streetballers” tells the crisscrossing stories of two junior-college students – one black, one white – who find release and therapy while playing on one of the most competitive street courts in the U.S.  Written and directed by local hero Matthew Scott Krentz, who also co-stars, “Streetballers” reveals unexpected aspects of St. Louis. The Riverfront Times, which named Krentz a “MasterMind” at the paper’s inaugural arts awards, noted: “More enthralling than the movie’s story line, perhaps, is the cinematography and onsite filming of many of St. Louis’ unsung landmarks. The movie opens with a time-elapsed shot of O’Fallon Park in north St. Louis.” Krentz and others involved in the film’s creation will attend the screening and participate in a post-film Q&A.  Old North resident John Bratkowski, one of the actors in the film, will also be present.

The series will continue on Friday, June 25, with a work-in-progress screening of the documentary “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.”  Director Chad Freidrichs, the film’s producers, will attend, and several of the documentary’s subjects will also participate. Former residents of Pruitt-Igoe, which was located nearby, are particularly encouraged to attend and provide feedback.

Future films will include documentaries that focus on issues of concern or interest to the area; fiction films with particular appeal to neighborhood population; family-friendly films; and relevant locally produced works. In addition, Cinema St. Louis will offer special presentations of films from the St. Louis International Film Festival, both during the November festival and throughout the year. Whenever possible, guests will accompany the film, including both filmmakers and experts who will lead post-screening discussions of issues raised by the films.

The Old North Screening Series is made possible through a $10,000 grant from Kresge Arts in St. Louis, a partnership of the Kresge Foundation, the Arts and Education Council and the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation in St. Louis. The program challenges communities to use art and culture as a tool to address broader community issues and uses Baltimore, Detroit, and St. Louis as the pilot sites. Cinema St. Louis was one of 10 local organizations to receive grants for 2010.

For more information, contact Cinema St. Louis at 314-289-4150 or the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group at 314-241-5031.

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