Thursday, December 16, 2004


Check out Film Threat's four star review of the short "Career Suicide." [CLICK HERE]

Monday, December 13, 2004


Here's a story about a smart film production that knew to come to town to take advantage of our tax incentive program. CLICK HERE to read on.

Saturday, December 11, 2004


Written by some strange local fellow, The Possessed should be hitting local stores March 1st. CLICK HERE to view the trailer of this nutty horror flick.


Brian Jun brought his film Steel City back within our reach. CLICK HERE to read an article that popped up in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Monday, December 06, 2004


Thanks goes out to Cinema St. Louis for another great year. This past SLIFF was a blast! Visit for this year's award winners.

Monday, November 08, 2004

LOLLILOVE - NOV. 20th, 6:30pm at the TIVOLI

"A group of poor Mexican children were singing to a group of white folks who sat back feeling good about themselves. It was insane. My only way to cope was to find the humor in the situation - and so LolliLove was born."

[CLICK HERE] for a few more words with Lollilove's director Jenna Fischer.

Sunday, November 07, 2004


Check out a few of the trailers for films showing at the 13th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival, [CLICK HERE]. If you would like to add your film to the page, e-mail me at or see me at the fest.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004


Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals permitted an entire movie film crew and cast members onto the infield of Busch Stadium following the final game of the National League playoffs last month to film the ending of the forthcoming Farrelly Brothers movie Fever Pitch. Bobby Farrelly told the Associated Press that he and his brother Peter wanted to change the final scenes of the movie so that it would end happily for the central character, a Red Sox fan played by Jimmy Fallon. The scenes, shot among the celebrating players and fans, "works brilliantly at the end," Farrelly said. "Red Sox Nation is going to be very, very happy with what we got."

Thursday, October 28, 2004


It would be absolutely insane for any aspiring filmmaker to not pounce on the opportunity to meet the many visiting industry professionals at this year's St. Louis International Film Festival. Need a nice starting point? Try checking I especially recommend you check the events link on their site. Need help finding the events link? [CLICK HERE]

Friday, October 22, 2004


Sienna Miller is in discussions to play Edie Sedgwick, a '60s icon and one of Andy Warhol's muses, in the indie feature Factory Girl, which George Hickenlooper is directing. Bob Yari Prods. is financing. Yari will take a producing credit along with Holly Wiersma and Richard Golub. The film revolves around an unconventional love triangle of sorts that developed among Sedgwick, Bob Dylan and Warhol. Sedgwick played a key role in Andy Warhol's Factory, an art studio/crash pad that became a home for Warhol's collection of self-proclaimed superstars. She became an underground film star, starring in several Warhol films, including Vinyl, Space, Chelsea Girls and Ciao Manhattan. At least two of Dylan's songs are believed to have been written about her. Miller is filming Casanova, in which she stars opposite Heath Ledger. She recently completed Alfie and Layer Cake. Hickenlooper's recent credits include the documentary The Mayor of Sunset Strip and the drama The Man From Elysian Fields. Miller and Hickenlooper are repped by Endeavor.

Thursday, October 21, 2004


It's coming to The St. Louis International Film Festival!
WHEN: November 20th at a wacky midnight showing
WHERE: The Tivoli Theatre
HOW MUCH: Ticket Info


Tuesday, October 19, 2004


Oscar buzz is already strong about this cinematic look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, the controversial pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication Sexual Behavior in the Human Male was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior. Closing night special presentation with Academy Award winning director Bill Condon in attendance.

Sunday, Nov. 21, 6:00 p.m. TIV [VIEW TRAILER]

Monday, October 04, 2004


Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:15 @ The Tivoli

Directed by Marc Rosenbush
USA, 2004, 71 min. [VIEW TRAILER]

In this dark, sad and hilariously funny mystery, a nameless detective, still mourning the loss of his wife, investigates a mysterious death in a Buddhist temple. His logical, left-brained crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen.
Director Marc Rosenbush will be in attendance.

Friday, October 01, 2004


The schedule for the 2004 SLIFF is up! Check it out! [CLICK HERE]

Friday, September 03, 2004


For those that do not know, a few months ago I was asked to write a bi-monthly column for Playback St. Louis. Well, my second contribution hits the streets in a day or three. Be sure to pick it up. Thanks to everyone for the terrific e-mails! For more info on me, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004


Well if you know DHTV, then you know Doug Whyte. What you may not know is that he's got a couple of things currently rolling in his direction.

First off, his documentary Silver Spurs, a film about a western-themed group home for the mentally ill, was accepted as a work-in-progress to the IFP Market in New York this month. He will be showing his 13-minute trailer and pitching the project to industry professionals for a solid week. You can check out the website for the film here:

Also, his funeral director documentary, now titled "Pushing Up Daisies", has been picked up for distribution by Seventh Art Releasing ( Whyte is currently working on the final cut with them right now and Seventh Art will be helping to get the doc into festivals starting this fall.

Sunday, August 15, 2004


These last few months have been great for Technisonic. Not only did The World's Greatest Fair ( take St. Louis by storm, but earlier this summer, they also (teamed with Waylon Ad) had the honor of being recognized by The Hollywood Reporter's sister publication Shoot Magazine. For a little more info on that, CLICK HERE.

Friday, August 13, 2004


In preparation for the release of Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction, we sent out screeners to a few people in hopes of coming up with quotes that will allow us to help sell the movie. Be sure to check out the latest reaction. Here's what Joe Williams of the Post-Dispatch wrote: [CLICK HERE]

Piglet's Big Nomination

Special late congrats go out to subscriber Brian Hohlfeld of Kirkwood. His script for "Piglet's Big Movie" had been nominated for a prestigious PEN Center USA Literary Award. The winner of the award, however, was Brian Helgeland for "Mystic River". Other films nominated were "Seabiscuit," "Holes" and "House of Sand and Fog." Yes, he had some awesome competition -- which gives you an idea just how special his writing truly is. (Applaud, whistle, and cheer!)

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Local Profile: Srikant Chellappa

Playback St. Louis did a great profile on one of our good friends Srikant Chellappa. Visit their site and find out what he's been up to. CLICK HERE

Sunday, July 25, 2004


I have recently received an e-mail asking me to restore the website. Well, here it is. I hope everyone is doing well. I'm busy dealing with my next project -- a very interesting little screenplay. Speaking of projects, Studio 666 has officially been picked up for distribution and should be coming out on DVD sometime soon. I'm really happy with the company that took hold of it. It should get pretty decent exposure. Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction commentary has been recorded and it is making its way to DVD this fall. Be sure to check with Sub Rosa Extreme at I co-wrote that one. Sure, it is difficult telling people the title of the movie... and I am embarrassed about the characters I play in it, but make no mistake -- I still chuckle when I think about it. As stupid as it is, I am excited that it is finished. Eric Stanze dealt with a crazy post-production period. It got to a point to where he had to draw the line and call it finished. He's a great guy who endured a ton of our deadline madness. The guy should have his own personal theme music. Yes, he rules. Of course, the uber-talented Patrick Voss had to sacrifice some of the visuals to make the deadline, but I still think St. Louis will have a bunch of fun laughing at how stupid we are. It's good fun.

I am not subscribed to the wire at this time. In a few weeks, that might change. I'll try and keep you posted. Thanks to everyone for allowing it to continue! Take care!

If this is your first time visiting the site, be sure to subscribe to the wire. There really are some decent people on there. Hopefully I will be joining them again soon.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Wednesday, July 07, 2004


The St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase kicks total butt this year! The Tivoli Theatre has had a few electrical problems this week, BUT THEY ARE NOW OPEN! Yes, you can head on down to the Tivoli and buy your tickets now!

Steven shows a little St. Louis support. 
Visit for info!

Monday, June 21, 2004

Filmmakers: Want One Million Bucks?

The deadline is in August. The above headline says it all. Visit the following link to enter. CLICK HERE

Wednesday, June 16, 2004


Here's a special offer for you folk...

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES and CAMPUS CIRCLE invite you and a guest to an advance screening of NAPOLEON DYNAMITE on Tuesday, June 22 @ 7:30 PM in ST. LOUIS, MO (Creve Coeur) - AMC Creve Coeur

CLICK HERE for your free pass and details.

Print it out and bring it to the screening location.

Get there early!

What is the film about?

From Preston, Idaho comes Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder), a new kind of hero complete with a tight red 'fro, some sweet moon boots, and skills that can't be topped. Napoleon lives with his Grandma (Sandy Martin) and his 30-year-old, unemployed brother Kip (Aaron Ruell), who spends his days looking for love in internet chat rooms. When Grandma hits the road on her quad runner, Napoleon and Kip's meddling Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) comes to town to stay with them and ruin their lives.

Napoleon is left to his own devices to impress the chicks at school and help his new best friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) win the election for Student Body President against the stuck-up Summer Wheatley (Haylie Duff); all the while making sure to feed Grandma's pet llama Tina, and avoiding association with Uncle Rico and the herbal breast enhancers he sells door to door. Napoleon and Pedro put their skills and knowledge of piƱatas, cows and drawing to good use, but it is a surprise talent that leads the two to triumph in the end.

More details and downloadable passes:

Thursday, May 13, 2004


WHAT IS THE STLMEDIAWIRE? The wire is a service that allows you to send and receive casting calls, crew calls, press releases, and other random bits of film/video information. It is free to subscribe to the wire. All you need to do is type in your e-mail address and click subscribe. does not own or moderate STLMEDIAWIRE. STLMEDIAWIRE is a new service that has taken on the effort to continue in the spirit of the original STLFILMWIRE.


The wire, founded by Adam Hackbarth in 2001, was created to allow you to send and receive casting calls, crew calls, press releases, and other random bits of St. Louis film-related information. Created prior to the sudden closing of the St. Louis Film Office, and the wire played a key role in filling that would-be void created by the absence of a city-based film office. Adam soon found himself on the phone with production companies from LA, Japan, Vancouver, TN, KS, and even Ireland, doing his best to help carry the torch.
The original list grew to over 700 members, but like all things, evolution must occur. KDHX so generously contacted Adam and offered to host the service on their server. Since joining KDHX and soon after Jay Kelley of DreamWelder took over as moderator, the wire experienced a growth of over 300 members, and with 1000+ subscribers on board, Mr. Kelley maintained a very steady ship. Then in August of 2008 Mr. Kelley had to reconfigure the wire as a Google Groups-supported service and redirect all original subscribers and encourage them to rejoin.

Yes! Look for even more growth to come! and STLMEDIAWIRE are separate entities.

If you have questions about the history of the wire or if you would like to submit articles, press releases, or bulletins to be posted on our blog, [CLICK HERE]

If you have questions about STLMEDIAWIRE, then [CLICK HERE]

Adam Hackbarth
producer/screenwriter and founder of

Friday, May 07, 2004


Cinema St. Louis is proud to present the Fourth Annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. This year's edition will once again feature film and video works created by individuals living in or near the St. Louis area, as well as those with strong local ties. Although most of the films will be directed and produced by current residents of the St. Louis region, we're always pleased to offer a few pieces by expatriates now working elsewhere.

Diverse in every respect, the films range across all genres and styles including comedies, dramas, narratives, documentaries and experimental works. Filmmakers themselves are all as unique as their cinematic visions. We strongly encourage people of all ages and backgrounds within a 120-mile radius of the greater St. Louis area to submit their films for consideration for this summer's event. Students of all grade levels are especially encouraged to submit. As a bonus to the local filmmaking community, all submissions are automatically entered into the upcoming world-renowned St. Louis International Film Festival, Nov. 11-21, 2004. CLICK HERE to grab your entry form!

P.S. - The St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase will be returning to the Tivoli Theatre. How cool is that?

Sunday, May 02, 2004


Joe Russell isn't the first to do so. He certainly won't be the last. But the one thing special about Joe's journey to CA is that he's actually telling us about his experience -- lame t-shirt and all. Some actors seem like they are above such honesty. Not Joe. Perhaps this is one of the qualities that gets him work. Hmm... CLICK HERE FOR Q&A with Joe Russell.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

It Came From Mt. Olive: Aquanoids Review subscriber (and everyone's friend) Eric Spudic has a new video out on the shelf. In the tradition of Jaws, it's one of those crazy "don't go in the water" type flicks. B-movie fans rejoice! It's a review of Aquanoids... [CLICK HERE]

Monday, March 29, 2004

Cinemaspoke Finalists Announced

Congrats to all the Cinemaspoke Finalists! Now that they've been announced, it's time to attend the readings. Each date will be held at HH Studios, 2500 Sutton in Maplewood at 7pm.

Tuesday April 27th
Mark Twain Returns- Val Teel
The Candle Room- Dan Bishop

Tuesday May 25th
Chasm- Jason J. Bollinger
Foreverland- Dan Bishop

Tuesday June 29th
Feeny's Bluff- Barrett L. Freeman
My Father's Father- Michael R. Pollard

Tuesday July 27th
Shirley- Daniel McGowan
The Secret of Carlsville- Joseph Haven III

Tuesday August 31st
Sir Roger Casement, Traitor- George L. Hickenlooper Sr.
The Christmas Computer- Sandra Olmsted

For more info on Cinemaspoke, CLICK HERE!

48 Hour Film Project Hits St. Louis

The first 10 teams for the 48 Hour Film Project have been decided. The
drawing to determine the remaining teams will take place the weekend of
April 16. Time is running out to sign up your team! CLICK HERE for an application.

Hickenlooper Talks About the Sunset

Check out this interview with George Hickenlooper (The Mayor of Sunset Strip). [CLICK HERE]

Sunday, March 28, 2004

HH Studio Classes Starting Soon

Another round of classes will be starting soon at HH Studio, with Carrie Houk teaching Acting for the Camera and Acting, a new session of My Life as a Movie: Beginning Screenwriting taught by Brian Hohlfeld, and Ed Reggi's Improv Class.

On May 8, we'll be offering a one-day seminar, Intro to Independent Filmmaking, taught by Brian Hohlfeld with guests Bobbie Lautgenschlager and Bobby Kirk.

Check out for details.

Friday, March 12, 2004


Tune in to Final Destination on Monday, March 15 at 7:00pm, when USA presents a television first: the first 10 minutes of the upcoming motion picture Dawn of the Dead - uncut, uncensored, and before it hits theaters. Although keep in mind that Final Destination starts at 7pm. Word is that the DOTD preview won't occur until like 9pm. But don't take my word for it.

Also be sure to check out James Gunn's interview in the latest issue of Fangoria.

Monday, March 08, 2004


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I'd like to thank Dan and Doug of, Scott at, The No-Limit Honkey, as well as several other cool folk. By the way, thanks to B.J. Lange and his cousin, we got even more up our sleeves!


Thursday, March 04, 2004

James Gunn: March Madness

Whether it's Dawn of the Dead, or Daphne and Fred, Hollywood seems like they cannot get enough of this writing talent. We decided to check in with man behind the penis monster, and ask him about the two films he has premiering in March. CLICK HERE

Monday, February 16, 2004

Mayor of the Sunset Strip - dir. George Hickenlooper

If you haven't yet seen The Mayor of the Sunset Strip, then feel free to watch a sample. Click the link below to watch the first eight minutes of the movie.

About the film "The Mayor of the Sunset Strip"

The list of bands and musicians who owe at least a part of their superstardom to Rodney Bingenheimer, aka Rodney on the ROQ (i.e., alternative L.A. radio station KROQ) could stretch from here to London: the Sex Pistols, David Bowie, the Beatles, Elvis, the Ramones, Coldplay, Elton John, Oasis, Sonny and Cher, Brian Wilson, No Doubt, Courtney Love, the Monkees, Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart and more. Bingenheimer has bathed and baked in pop culture since the '60s and became a major influence on the Los Angeles pop-music scene through his radio show and music clubs. Leaf through his life and see what it would be like to live on the fringes of rock stars' stage costumes. The film is directed by our very own local icon, Mr. George Hickenlooper.

Click Here to Watch the First 8 Minutes (Fast Connection Required)

Say Hello to Our Mayor

I don't know how you feel about the mayor of St. Louis, but it couldn't hurt to send him a greeting or two. Perhaps you can help show him how strong our St. Louis film community really is. Whether you approve of him or not, show your support of us by telling him just how much you care about filmmaking in St. Louis.

Please remember to be polite while expressing your opinions!

Click Here to E-mail Mayor Francis G. Slay.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Oscar Night in Saint Louis

Cinema St. Louis presents Oscar Night® America 2004 on Sunday, Feb. 29. This year’s event will be held at the Coronado Ballroom at the corner of Lindell and Spring in St. Louis. Cocktails and appetizers will be served before the show. A sit-down dinner will be served during the broadcast of the Oscar® telecast on several large screens placed throughout the ballroom. Tickets are $100 per person or patron tickets for $150 (includes Friends of Cinema St. Louis Producer level membership). Corporate tables are now available for $1500. Call 314.454.0042 ext. 14 for more information. This event benefits Cinema St. Louis. Visits DHTV

Well, a while back I was invited to appear on Behind the Lens. Unfortunately, I couldn't appear. Well, the wait is finally over. The time has come. I'll be taping my appearance on Thursday the 19th. I have no idea what they want to discuss. I'll keep you posted when the air date arrives. For more information on DHTV, visit their website:

Saturday, February 14, 2004


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