Former NPR Producer Brings Three "Crazy Talented" Young French Filmmakers To STL

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Theo Reynal, one of three French filmmakers who spent two weeks scouting locations in St. Louis
Seán Collins is a consummate veteran radio producer. The St. Louisan spent twenty years producing for NPR on national shows like All Things Considered, Morning Edition and This American Life.

But Collins never produced a film. Until now. In 2009, he became enamored with the talent of a sixteen-year-old French filmmaker, Aurélien Loevenbruck. Two weeks ago, Collins brought Loevenbruck and two other teenaged film prodigies to St. Louis to scout locations for an ambitious historical epic.

"They look youthful, they are youthful, but they're crazy talented," says Collins, who is co-writing the script for The Ground Beneath Our Feet. "They get how to tell this kind of story."

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Tivoli Marquee Honors Memory of Beloved Ticket Taker John Thompson

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The Tivoli Theatre marquee pays special tribute to John Thompson.
Since 1979, it was John Thompson's job to welcome moviegoers to his cherished Tivoli Theatre, and regulars often saw him out front changing the movie titles on the marquee with a smile on his face.

Now, Thompson himself is on the marquee. After he died of a heart attack last Wednesday, his coworkers kept his spirit alive with a touching tribute, which reads: "'All I ever really wanted to be was a kind person.' RIP John Thompson."

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RIP John Thompson: Tivoli Theatre's Beloved Ticket Taker Leaves Legacy of Kindness

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The Tivoli Theatre, where John Thompson became famous in St. Louis for his bright smile and kind heart.
The Tivoli Theatre experience will never be the same again.

The Loop's favorite ticket taker, John Thompson, died of a heart attack at the age of 74 Wednesday, devastating the film buffs and neighborhood regulars who came to know him as the kindest man in St. Louis.


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St. Louis Couple Wants Jason Segel at Their Wedding, Writes Poem: "Ode to Jason"

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The future Mr. and Mrs. Openlander.
Cake? Check. Dress? Check. Flowers? Check.

Getting Jason Segel to come to some strangers' wedding? Not yet -- but this St. Louis couple is doing its best.

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Filmmaker Nathan Sutton Comes Homes to Screen Debut Feature, Autumn Wanderer

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Nathan Sutton (R) and his wife Elisha Skorman in their feature film, Autumn Wanderer.
After seven years in California, Nathan Sutton is returning to his hometown to debut his award-winning first feature film Autumn Wanderer this weekend.

"I feel like St. Louis has always supported its own no matter what it is," says Sutton, who grew up in Affton, attended Lutheran South High School and graduated from Webster University. "I love St. Louis, and I wanted to bring my movie back and get some of that love."

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Stephanie Sanditz Revives '90s in Creve Coeur in Film Project About "Broken Heart, Missouri"

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When a teenaged Stephanie Sanditz learned that the English translation of her hometown Creve Coeur meant "Broken Heart," she totally flipped out. "I was like, 'Oh my god! I was born in Broken Heart, Missouri!' I'm going to tell that to every single guy my entire life," says Sanditz, adding, "It totally worked."

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St. Louis-Made Film Headed to Redbox, Netflix

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Arrives March 19 at a Redbox near you.
Perhaps unfairly, the term "straight to DVD" is often the source of ridicule in the movie business. People tend to think of those big-budget Hollywood flops that prove to be so unwatchable that the studio execs pull them from theatrical release in the hopes of avoiding additional embarrassment.

Then there are independent films like St. Louis' own, 23 Minutes to Sunrise.

For them "straight to DVD" is an accomplishment, which is why director Jay Kanzler is absolutely beaming about the release this month of his movie on Redbox, Netflix and Amazon.com. The film, starring Eric Roberts and a few lesser-known celebrities, was shot almost entirely in the metro East St. Louis town of Sauget in the summer of 2011.


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No Sweat: St. Louis Filmmaker Faces Obstacles for Documentary on Clothing Industry

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Tom Kavanaugh's "No Sweat" will trace five articles of clothing to the factory where they were made.
Tom Kavanaugh realizes his documentary on sweatshops in the clothing industry won't be an easy one to make. For starters, the companies he plans to profile -- Walmart and Nike, to name a few -- aren't likely to cooperate. Then there are the language barriers and other logistical challenges of shooting a documentary that will largely take place in Southeast Asia and Central America.

But the biggest hurdle, for the moment, is financial. The 35-year-old SLU grad estimates the movie will cost at least $150,000 to make. So last week the budding filmmaker turned to Kickstarter to help raise part of those funds.

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Contest: Pick the Oscars® Winners, Win a Night for Two in the Loop

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With the 2013 Academy Awards (Sunday, February 24) a month out, we've decided to hold this contest in conjunction with the benevolent Joe Edwards empire for our fellow movie geeks.

If you consider yourself a film expert (or even if you just think you could make a few winning picks), you could win what sounds like an excellent night out.

Here's the lowdown from our marketing department...

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New Downtown Movie Theater Is Fully Equipped to Destroy Your New Year's Resolutions

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The "luxury" seating at MX
Wanna shed some fat in 2013? Be more active? Spend less time gaping at a screen and more time in the bright sunshine?

Then stay clear of Washington Avenue and 6th Street next weekend. Because the new movie theater opening right there in the renovated Mercantile Exchange building is apparently designed to cater to the pasty blob-person you're trying not to be.

How are you going to make it to hot yoga when, according to MX Movies website, you'll be staring slack-jawed at one of "three screens with crystal clear digital projection"?

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