Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) -- and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Featuring rare footage from his 1970s TV appearances (doing 3-card Monte with Steve Martin on The Dinah Shore Show) and told in Jay's inimitable voice, this is a remarkable journey inside the secretive world of magic and the small circle of eccentrics who are its perpetual devotees.
Ivan (John Cusack) and Josh (Tim Robbins) start a music video production company called "Video Aces" after losing their jobs as security guards. The pair devise a scheme to revive the careers of their childhood heroes, 1970s soul duo The Swanky Modes (Sam Moore and Junior Walker) by hijacking a Menudo concert and broadcasting the Modes performance across the country. The movie also features a fake ad spot for a real Los Angeles restaurant, Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles and cameos by Don Cornelius, Courtney Love, Fishbone, and Doug E. Fresh and more.
Presented in the lively atmosphere of Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood MO. There is ample parking and great beer on tap!
Driss (Omar Sy) a street smart, ex-con, brings excitement and energy into the life of Phillipe (Francois Cluzet), a quadriplegic aristocrat after he is hired to be the caretaker. “The Intouchables” is an uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility based on a true story. Lionel Cuillé, Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of French, Webster University Dept. of International Language and Cultures will lead a discussion following the screening. Admission is free.
Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six-year journey to compete in the Olympic Games in London. Setting out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. Executive produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker, this stunningly shot film follows Jock (the first American to compete in the Tour de France) and his Rwandan riders as they slowly but steadily learn what it means to be a professional cyclist - how to train, how to compete, how to live the life of a top level athlete. As they get better and better, the riders of Team Rwanda give their countrymen a vision of something greater then themselves and their history: hope for a future.
Ricky has a dream: to make Staff Benda Bilili the best band in Congo Kinshasa. Roger, a street child, more than ever wants to join these stars of the ghetto, who get around in customized tricycles. Together, they must avoid the pitfalls of the street, stay united and find the force to hope in music. Spanning five years, from the first rehearsals to their triumph at international festivals, Benda Bilili! (“beyond appearances”) is the story of this dream becoming a reality. Admission is free.
Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American folk music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz. In Search of Blind Joe Death combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a kinetic, musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist, author and provocateur. Interviewees include Pete Townshend, Joey Burns of Calexico, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and renowned radio personality Dr. Demento, aka Barry Hansen.
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Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country's Truth and Reconciliation Committee's efforts in overcoming years of enmity. Robi's thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible. The film is in English and Hebrew with English subtitles. A discussion will follow the screening.
Three Cairene women from different backgrounds join together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives. We begin on an overcrowded bus line, dreaded by Fayza as a daily site of humiliation and anguish. Responding to a self-defense talk by Seba, whose own assault has driven her marriage apart, Fayza fights back—and soon has a police detective searching for her amid public panic. Meanwhile, Nelly, an aspiring comic, faces pressure from family to drop a lawsuit against her attacker. Mohamed Diab’s deftly braided narrative tells a gripping, timely social tale through its patchwork of interconnected lives and deeds. Arabic, with English subtitles.
"Any Day Now" is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. A gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes in a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva), after being abandoned by his mother, and becomes the loving family he's never had. The men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities. Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, "Any Day Now" touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago. Co-sponsored by Webster University's LGBT Alliance. Admission is free.
The life of Benjamin Wagner is transformed when he meets the recently retired host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Fred Rogers. On the afternoon of their first meeting, Mister Rogers asked the young journalist about his job as an MTV News producer. Wagner felt exposed and embarrassed, a PBS mind in a jump cut, sound-bite MTV world. Mister Rogers said warmly, “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than complex.” Later, Rogers told Wagner, 'Spread the message, Benjamin.” The young producer set out on a quest to find depth and simplicity amidst a shallow and complex world through conversations with Susan Stamberg (NPR), Tim Russert (Meet The Press), and more. A discussion will follow the screening with Benjamin and Christofer Wagner.
A wealthy San Francisco socialite, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), pursues Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kind suddenly begin to attack people with increasing viciousness. “Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined!”
A group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss, whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theater director Mirko and his friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for the group’s Pride parade. It’s a tall order: previous attempts to march met with mass violence from right-wing skinheads. When Limun’s gang balks at the assignment, he recruits a band of former Balkan war combatants, now dear friends, who will stand up to the aggressors Seven Samurai style, in this rollickingly shrewd and humane comedic take on a vital human rights issue. Serbo-Croatian, with English subtitles.
The documentary "Scarlet Road" follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele - people with disability. Dr. Stacey Henning, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Webster University will lead a discussion following the screening. Admission is free.
Webster University School of Communications Invitational
Leila and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy, but fascinating to watch, as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud or indifferent. Will they push things too far? Are they losing sight of their mission? What exactly is their mission? Led by riveting performances from Taraneh Alidoosti and writer-director Mani Haghighi, this bold comedy-drama unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power, privilege and corruption. Farsi/Persian, with subtitles in English
Madeline (Madge Bellamy) and Neil (John Harron) are coaxed by an acquaintance Monsieur Beaumont (Robert W. Frazer) to get married on his Haitian plantation. Beaumont tries to convince Madeline to run away with him. Beaumont turns to the devious Legendre (Bela Lugosi), a man who runs his mill by mind controlling people he has turned into zombies, to help control Madeline.
Presented in the lively atmosphere of Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood MO. There is ample parking and great beer on tap!
Triumph Of The Wild is a full-length multi-media performance by Thollem McDonas with films spanning Martha Colburn's career. Triumph Of The Wild comes from the title of a 10-minute film that represents their first collaboration. Thollem has performed with Colburn's films in major museums, festivals and universities internationally and is known as “an intense and virtuosic keyboard improviser.” (TimeOut, NY) “Known for her creative use of Super 8 stop-motion animations, Colburn crafts scenes somewhere between battle and ballet.” (HuffPost A&C). Thollem “welds elements of jazz, and classical music into a mighty tower of song, then shatters his construct with the breathless bull-rush of a mystic improviser.” (Riverfront Times)
Writer/Producer/Director John Russo has been called a "Living Legend." His books on movie making are known as Bibles of the Industry, and his spine-chilling novels have sold millions of copies worldwide. He co-authored NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and went on to create scary movies like MIDNIGHT, THE MAJORETTES and HEARTSTOPPER. Russo will share his experience with how he, George Romero, and Russ Streiner learned from scratch, developed their skills, and used commercial television as a stepping-stone toward the making of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Russo will focus on low-budget production in the digital age and how to put groceries on the table while working toward your ultimate goals.The workshop will be held in Room 123 of the Sverdrup Business & Technology Complex, 8300 Big Bend, Blvd. Admission is FREE.
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In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed “Night of the Living Dead,” a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day. The film shows how Romero gathered the Pittsburgh, PA community to shoot “Night” in a guerrilla, run-and-gun style. Romero and his team created a horribly chilling monster – one that was undead and feasted upon human flesh. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence at home combined with iconic music from the 60s invites viewers to experience how Romero’s tumultuous film reflected this period in American history. A discussion will follow the screening with writer and author, John Russo.
A Bottle In The Gaza Sea – Screened at the Jewish Community Center
17-year-old Tal Levine (Agathe Bonitzer) has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious "Gazaman," a young Palestinian named Naim Al Fardjouki (Mahmud Shalaby). Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. Carl & Helene Mirowitz Performing Arts & Banquet Center, Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive.
The dead come back to life and eat the living in this low budget, black and white film. Barbara (Judith O'Dea) flees to an isolated farmhouse after watching her brother attached and killed by a strange man. Barbara, Ben (Duane Jones) and a few others barricade themselves in the houses in an attempt to survive the night. Outside are hordes of relentless, shambling undead that can only be killed by a blow to the head.
More than one hundred lives lost. Thousands of lives changed. One community newspaper helps its town find hope in the aftermath of the EF-5 tornado that nearly destroyed Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. The tornado took the life of The Joplin Globe's page designer and one-third of the staff lost their homes. Still, The Globe rolled the presses on the night of the storm and has not missed a beat. Reporters examine their roles as community watchdog and residents see their newspaper as a vital source for mourning their losses and moving forward. Much like the hard-rock miners who settled Joplin, the long hours, difficult working conditions, and uncovering of stories from the disaster continues for The Joplin Globe. Journalism Professor Don Corrigan will moderate a panel discussion following the screening.
A plague has caused the reanimation of the dead, who prey on human flesh. Several survivors of the outbreak barricade themselves inside a suburban shopping mall while fighting against the undead and a vicious gang of militant bikers. David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger and Gaylen Ross are featured in the first sequel to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
A solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward the commission of a violent crime, spurred on by postmodern musings and a post-Soviet order characterized by growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ruthless ethic of “eat or be eaten.“ Inspired by Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, director Darezhan Omirbayev roots his nameless student in the losing segment of Kazakhstan’s new capitalist era, whose population watches the rich rise above common legal proscriptions and old-fashioned communal values. Omirbayev’s brooding protagonist may prove the willing student of the age, but he alone reckons with the consequences of his actions—a gesture strikingly at odds with a world losing a consistent concept of justice. Kazakh and Russian, with subtitles in English
Two guards investigate an abandon sailboat, the Antilles, when attacked by a zombie. Anne Bowles (Tisa Farrow), The daughter of the ships owner, searches for information about her missing father. She meets Peter West (Ian McCulloch), a journalist, and they travel to Matul Island to search for answers. They cross paths with Dr. David Menard (Richard Johnson), who conducts to find a cure to a disease and brings the dead back to life, turning them into zombies that eat human flesh.
German filmmaker Doris Dörrie turns her attention to Buddhism and that age-old saying, “you are what you eat.” In HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE, Dörrie enlists the help of the charismatic Zen Master Edward Espe Brown to explain the guiding principles of Zen Buddhism as they apply to the preparation of food, and to life itself. HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE teaches us to be attentive in our everyday dealings with the most mundane things, and also open our eyes to one of the most beautiful occupations: cooking. Followed by a discussion about compassion in action and the worldwide efforts of Buddhist Global Relief, as well as local activities by the Buddhist Council. (www.BuddhistCouncilstl.net)
The dead re-animate and go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, BRAINS, when a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air.
"It's just one of those days when you're feeling a little...dead."
An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is on a mission to get his neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise after he notices they stay on all day as well. Shyamal Uncle finds his sense of propriety upset by this wasteful expense of electricity. But finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo (and is just maybe a welcome distraction from his otherwise dull routine). Suman Ghosh’s vérité-style film is alive with the sights, sounds and personalities of this old Kolkata neighborhood, as his unlikely protagonist pursues a quest that adds up to a wry, revealing, highly original tour of modern India. Bengali, with subtitles in English
Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, both absurd and poignant, in this smart comedy about an unlikely friendship between a grieving cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. At work on a seriously schlocky, low-budget horror film, Gaspar is still reeling from the untimely death of his beloved older brother when he meets Alvaro at yet another premature funeral. A mildly sociopathic young man with an unyielding curiosity for the dark side, Alvaro soon coaxes Gaspar out of his shell in unexpected ways, in a debut film that pulses with a sure cinematic style as it channels a compassionate vision of frail, formidable, unforgettable lives. Spanish, with subtitles in English