Tosh.O Lampoons St. Louis Brick Documentary, Pleases Filmmaker

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St. Louis Brick: No laughing matter, see?
After nearly two years of work, Bill Streeter is finally concluding his documentary on St. Louis architecture, Brick By Chance and Fortune. And before its release, the the film is getting a lot more coverage than anticipated.

The national website BoingBoing mentioned the film twice this month, and Laughing Squid has also given it a nod. But perhaps the biggest notoriety thus far has come from Comedy Central's Tosh.O, which lampooned a trailer for the film on his website yesterday.

The site notes that Streeter "scored all the big interviews," including "some dorky guy from your high school social studies class" (presumably St. Louis preservationist Michael Allen) and "a black guy who knows a liiiiittle too much about brick stealing" (presumably Alderman Sam Moore).

Streeter tells Daily RFT that he thought Tosh.O's review of the trailer was hilarious. "Frankly, I didn't think this film would have legs outside St. Louis," says Streeter. "So, I'm glad to see that people elsewhere are taking an interest."

Of course, it was people from elsewhere who got Streeter interested in shooting a documentary on St. Louis brick in the first place.

"When I moved here from Chicago in 2001, I thought the city's brick architecture was pretty remarkable," says Streeter. "But it wasn't until a friend from the West Coast came to visit me and was blown away by all the brick that I really began looking into the subject."

And while reviewers thus far have only seen the trailer for the film, Streeter hopes to send out some screeners prior to the film's debut August 14 at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. In addition to "big interviews" with the likes of Allen and Moore, the film also includes commissioned works from local musicians Pokey LaFarge and Mat Wilson of the Rum Drum Ramblers.

Update: Michael Allen tells Daily RFT this morning that he's not surprised with Tosh.O's depiction of him as a "dorky guy from your high school social studies class."

"For that site, predictable," says Allen.



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RamenDrama
RamenDrama

Super stoked to see this tomorrow! 

dylanized
dylanized

Always knew Michael would hit the big time eventually :)

NYC Transplant
NYC Transplant

Bill, I cannot wait to see the documentary.  Thank you in advance for your research and attention to something that surrounds St. Louis citizens and visitors alike.  Congrats on the national attention

Guest
Guest

If you flip to STLToday and read the posts on almost any article, you'll see the extreme lack of STL pride of many of our residents.

Cordovablittering
Cordovablittering

I knew someone who compared STL to a battered spouse. I think that is actually a fair comparison - it's been neglected, exploited and pissed on over the past few decades. I think it needs to catch up and can use all the love it can get. Residents with lots of civic pride & love in their hearts is the LEAST of our problems. We need more STL-centric people, in my opinion. Also, this doc is very even-handed, as others in this thread have pointed out.

Anonymous
Anonymous

STL has its charms and is an easy city to live in, but yes, some people are a little too STL-centric for their own good. When you visit other cities, people's eyes do glaze over when you mention that you are from STL. It's just not on most people's radar at all.

On a better note--definitely looking forward to seeing the documentary.

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

Ah cool, two flyover cities having a pissing contest. 

Thescribiner
Thescribiner

Only a person from STL could be delusional enough about their city to make a documentary about the predominant building material found in their urban core. ATTN STL....you're not that special. I love the city, but most of it's residents have an inflated idea of the city. You're not Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, or Chicago.

Don't mean to be rude, but I just spent a weekend in your great city and had, as usual., a great time, but the people were a little too into bragging about STL. It's really the only thing keeping STL from being one of my favorite small cities.

I live in KC, a city with a unique history as well. (political machines, large mafia, interesting varieties of architecture, unique style of jazz and BBQ) but we don't talk about it all the time like STL residents do. In conclusion. Love your city, but you guys just need to cool it off a little.

Douglas Duckworth
Douglas Duckworth

St. Louis is a beautiful city. I don't think this film is saying it's better than KC, Chicago, or New York.

Why are people knocking someone who is trying to explain something about our history which most people don't know? St. Louis City has a unique style of brick and the degree of ornamentation will surprise if you leave then come back and observe.

thescribiner
thescribiner

Perfect. A person from STL admitting that they, too, are a flyover city. That's all it takes.

billstreeter
billstreeter

I also question if you even read this post (hint: I'm not from St. Louis)

billstreeter
billstreeter

If you are accutely sensitive to places with the slightest bit local pride then you'd hate Texas. I know you haven't seen the movie, but did you even watch the trailer? It's not all local boosterism. Also not sure how a large mafia figures into something you should brag on but, hey we all have to have something to be proud of I guess. Even New Jeresy has a TV show about their low lifes.

your mom's mom
your mom's mom

Maybe if people from KC talked about their city more, people wouldn't say "where?" every time it's mentioned.

Mike N.
Mike N.

Huh, that's weird...  Me and my friends always sit around dissing STL, dreaming of moving someplace better.   Then we go back to playing Xbox.

Phil
Phil

As an outsider living in STL... I can at least say it's better than being a flyover city AND a cow town.

That being said, I don't think you understand the point of "St. Louis Brick". It's not as if it's just tooting STL's horn... it's a style of brick that was in high demand elsewhere, hence, St. Louis brick.

Guest
Guest

And STL brick is a prized building resource, revered by people across the country. That's a big deal, and we have a right to be proud.

Guest
Guest

Whatever guys...why can't people enjoy where they live? If you enjoy something, you'll probably talk about it, so what's the deal? You're being ridiculous. Flyover city? Who fucking cares...no we not NYC, but we're not trying to be. 

thescribiner
thescribiner

Trust me if you mention STL to anybody on either coast "or even some people in Chicago" thef will say the same thing. But , again, I love the city.

TS
TS

What's even weirder is that I'm from St. Louis and I never once throught about reading KC's newspapers or websites.

stev0205
stev0205

He's probably referring to the large stretches of farmland located in between your northern suburbs, Liberty, Kearney, etc...

Theacribiner
Theacribiner

KC had stockyards. Chicagoland STL had stockyards (Chicago had the most). I never got the cowtown label from KC. It was an industrial city just like other Midwestern cities. I think it was a title given relatively recently due to "Kansas" being in the name.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Coming from a smaller city with a population of 500k to St. Louis (2.8m), StL has lots of larger city amenities without a proportionally hiked cost of living, it's near the same as my hometown. To add to the above, it's not Philly, NYC or Chicago, and I'm glad it's not.

GoogieLove
GoogieLove

Maybe you're bitter because your town has the word "Kansas" in it.  No seriously, KC is a nice little piss stop.

thescribiner
thescribiner

Friend from STL told me about this because he knew it would push my buttons.

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