Tuesday, December 27, 2005

TRYING TO CONTACT STLFILMWIRE?

I have finally updated the e-mail link on stlfilmwire.com! Can I get some applause? Thanks. If you have been trying to get a hold of me, feel free to do so at stlfilmwire@yahoo.com.

See you in 2006!
Adam

Monday, December 12, 2005

BRIAN HOHLFELD'S NEW POOH GIG MAKES SOME NOISE

Remember when our friend Brian went off to write new Pooh adventures? Well, it seems that Disney has taken heat for revamping the classic. [CLICK HERE]

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

BRIAN JUN AND STEEL CITY INVITED TO SUNDANCE

Congratulations to those of you who were involved in making the film Steel City. I hope you pack your bags and show your support for Brian Jun and his Sundance-worthy feature. Ryan, Nick, Bill and the rest of you all should feel proud. I'm beaming ear to ear... and I don't even know why.

Download Acrobat Reader and then [CLICK HERE].


Take care,
Adam Hackbarth
stlfilmwire.com

Friday, November 04, 2005

MORE ON THOSE MASKED WRESTLERS

Remember when Mils Mascaras Vs. The Aztec Mummy was shooting in MO? Well, here is an NPR interview with an expert biographer. I haven't heard it yet, but it should certainly give you a little info about the genre. Remember, this flick is the first Lucha Libre film to feature this many of those legendary masked Mexican icons! [CLICK HERE]

Also, for more info on Robot Monkey Lab's involvement with the project: [CLICK HERE]

Friday, October 21, 2005

SHELLEY WINTERS RECOVERING FROM HEART ATTACK

The next time you are standing near her star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame, give her a moment of thought. [CLICK HERE]

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

KILLSHOT TO SHOOT IN CAPE

Remember that Elmore Leonard novel that Quentin Tarantino had long expressed interest in directing? Well, John Madden will be sitting in the chair, but executive producer Quentin Tarantino and the rest of the The Weinstein Company folks are bringing Killshot to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For about 72 hours this winter, yet another film crew will enjoy the benefits of shooting in our scenic backyard.


Update:
[CLICK HERE] for a Post-Dispatch article on Killshot.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

MISSOURI FILM OFFICE MOVES TO MIZZOU

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Film Commission today approved an agreement between the Department of Economic Development and the University of Missouri-Columbia to transfer the Missouri Film Office to the university.

The need to move the Film Office, currently overseen by the Department of Economic Development, resulted from recent efforts to reduce state spending. As a result, the department began to look for ways to maintain the integrity of Missouri's efforts to attract filmmakers and help keep film production a viable part of the state's economy. The Missouri Film Commission will remain under the administration of the department, but will continue to work closely with the Film Office to promote the film industry in Missouri.

``This agreement is a positive step that will provide the Missouri Film Office with more extensive university resources as it strives to carry out its statewide mission of attracting film production to Missouri, along with the great economic benefits our communities reap as a result,'' said Greg Steinhoff, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. ``We look forward to our new relationship with the university and hope to see Missouri's name up in lights in the near future.''

The agreement, formalized through a memorandum of understanding approved by the nine-member Film Commission, will save the state $50,000 because the state budget for the office was originally $200,000 for the fiscal year that began July 1. The agreement requires the state to pay the university $150,000 annually for up to three years to manage the Film Office. After the agreement expires, state reimbursements would end and the film office will become the university's responsibility.

The Department of Economic Development will continue to administer the Film Production Tax Credit, which can provide tax credits to film productions equaling up to 50 percent of the company's expenditures in Missouri necessary for making the film. The tax credit is capped at $1 million per project.

The film office will have two staff members and be located in McReynolds Hall at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

OUR FILMY SUBSTANCE: AUGUST


I normally add something twice a month. Unfortunately, I have been rather busy lately. I'll tell you about that later.

Check out the latest issue of PlaybackSTL. It is a locally produced publication that happens to be available at finer stores all over the freaking country. [CLICK HERE]

FILM CAMP

PSAs written, directed, acted and produced by area teens are coming to the big screen. They are the product of the Support a Child-KDHX Summer Media Institute. A documentary about the camp will also be screened. 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chase Park Plaza Cinema, Kingshighway and Lindell Boulevard. $5 donation. 314-367-2385.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

SLITHER: THE FIRST PEEK


James Gunn's feature directorial debut looks like it packs a pretty nasty punch. Check out this photo of Michael Rooker.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

CinemaTech Directors Workshop

Local features coming to The Tivoli on a regular basis!? Cinema St. Louis has come up with yet another amazing program for filmmakers. Check it out! [CLICK HERE]

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase is Coming!

Is there really anything more to say? This year looks fantastic. St. Louis is definitely growing! [Click Here for Details]

48 Hour Film Project: The St. Louis Award Winners

This was my first year participating, and I had a blast. Congrats goes to KDHX for really dishing out the goodness. [CLICK HERE] to view the award winners.

Friday, June 03, 2005

The Filmy Substance Has a Little Twang

To make room for a special Twangfest packet, The Filmy Substance is only available this month in its online format. Here's the article: [Click Here]

Please Note: There will be no July column. I will be busy as a film I wrote goes into production. See you in August!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

FESTIVALS SOON TO BE EVEN COOLER

Landmark looks to be breaking out the brew: [CLICK HERE]

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

A FEW CHOSEN WORDS ABOUT SITH

Is it better than the first two movies? Yes. Is it better than Return of the Jedi? Yes, but only "from a certain point of view."



Poor George just can't seem to please everybody. He really gives everything he's got in this one -- even his own youngling/son Jett. He's got so much going on during the action sequences that even the action-loving fans might feel a little bloated due to the FX overload. But do not get me wrong, it's still a pretty decent bridge from the annoying Attack of the Clones and the historic A New Hope. Is the ride a fun one? Sure. Is the movie seeping with anti-Bush commentary? Yep -- just as much as M Night's The Village did. Did it bother me? No. Was I disappointed that he didn't save his political views for the next Indiana Jones installment? Yeah... a little bit. I mean, this is Star Wars. I fell for this series back when I was five. It's supposed to be my escape to a galaxy far far away. I don't want to sit around and debate the whole force/religion thing when I see a Star Wars movie,and the same goes with politics. As a matter of fact, it was politics that had me choking during my first screening of The Phantom Menace. All that "necessary" trade federation nonsense had me ready to puke in boredom.

Yet, overall, did Lucas succeed? Yes. Will some of the effects bother you? Yes. Will you care? Probably, but you'll still have some fun. Will you still wonder how R2 started as a pimped out droid and ended up as a wobbling trash can with a little person inside? Yep.

Final Quick Comments:
1. Hayden is allowed to show he really can act... (just in case you have never seen Shattered Glass or Life As a House)
2. Ian McDiarmid revives the evil. Great performance.
3. Padme carries twins REAL well. Was she nine months along? Couldn't be.
4. Jimmy Smits must be George's neighbor. It was completely unnecessary to cast him.
5. My favorite lightsaber battle is still Luke Vs. Darth in ROTJ.
6. Steve Oedekerk is THE CHOSEN ONE.

As a movie: 2.5 out of 5. As a Star Wars movie: 4 out of 5.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

NELLY AND CO-STARS HIT U. CITY

Another charity event for Nelly: [CLICK HERE]

Thursday, April 07, 2005

ST. LOUIS FILM EVENTS: PLAYBACKSTL

Be sure to check out the latest issue of PlaybackSTL. It's FREE and available at finer stores everywhere. For an online link to their local film column, [CLICK HERE] or visit www.playbackstl.com.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

ST. LOUIS HAS GOT GAME IN APRIL


That St. Louis-lensed soccer flick is coming to town in April. Visit their official website: [Click Here]

Thursday, March 24, 2005

LARVA TO HIT DVD ON APRIL 26



Host, Missouri is a quiet ranching community where everyone knows everyone, and almost everyone earns their living from Host Tender Meats. This is where veterinarian Eli Rudkus decides to call home when his predecessor decides to retire. When Eli is called to the home of the local rancher Jacob Long, little does he know this routine house call will uncover a danger that could annihilate this small town. - SHOT IN MISSOURI AND COMING tO DVD APRIL 26!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY

I am sure you have noticed just how busy we all seem to have become. Isn't it sweet? At any rate, I hope you submit something to this year's St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase. It's a great place to mingle, shop for future contacts, and watch some good stuff. For submission info, visit www.cinemastlouis.org.

The Possessed (2005 - Creative Light Worldwide) just went to replication earlier this week. Obviously it is hitting the shelf a little later than originally previously listed. It's all good to me.

Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction has become an amazing seller for Sub Rosa Studios. This low budget feature of "Freddy Got Fingered" proportions has been breaking all kinds of records over at the b-movie studio. The critics are right! The movie will make you dumber -- and b-movie fans have been lining up to see just how stupid it could possibly be. It has already become one of the studio's top 25 all-time best sellers and is on the fast track to be in the top 2 by the end of 2005. Odd, eh? Visit www.b-movie.com for more information.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

LARVA TO PREMIERE ON SCI-FI CHANNEL

The Sci-Fi Channel will premiere the Missouri-made Lava in two weeks. Tune in Jan. 15 to see some of the Missouri featured locations.