Tuesday, December 23, 2008

GEORGE CLOONEY, JASON REITMAN FILM IN STL

It looks like Hollywood is taking advantage of the perfect available airport. Hats off to everyone that helped this happen. I know it has been in the works for a while. [CLICK HERE]

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

BARNSTORMING DOUBLE FEATURE AT HI-POINTE

Miss double features? Love indie film? Want to check some cinema out at the good ole Hi-Pointe? Yes, yes, and yes: [CLICK HERE]

Go check out that link to see trailers to the movies "Box Elder" and "On the Road With Judas." You may remember Judas to be that feature by J.J. Lask that played at Sundance in 2007. "Box Elder" is the brainchild of director Todd Sklar of Columbia, MO. Show your support. Check them out!

To show a little Columbia, MO love, also be sure to check out www.boxeldermovie.com.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

LOCAL BLOOD GETS GOLDEN NOD

Jon Hamm, of St. Louis origin, has received a 2008 Golden Globe nomination for his work on the hit series Mad Men. For the entire list of nominees, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: An Upside In Downturn

(St. Louis, MO: December 1st, 2008) Following several years of in-depth planning, St. Louis Cinematheque is poised to give a significant economic boost to the St. Louis regional arts community. The result of this two-year civic project will be a St. Louis region that competes head-on for jobs in the digital content market and offers more related jobs in the arts than ever before.

With the Regional Arts Commission as its Fiscal Sponsor, St. Louis Cinematheque has an ambitious yet conservative mission based on a fundamental premise: film (the only lasting medium able to contain all art forms), in the right context is a viable financial enterprise capable of delivering a sustainable economic surge.
The mission of St. Louis Cinematheque is to make St. Louis a go-to city for digital media production and related creative arts by employing the high calibre of creative professionals from here or currently practicing their craft here as visual, musical, digital, literary and performing artists. These creators along with our world class cultural institutions and host of businesses that support both non-profit and commercial creative services will, for the first time as a whole,
collaborate on a single project.

According to a World Association of Newspapers report, 50 percent of media consumption was digital in 2007. By 2010, that number will rise to 66 percent and to 80 percent by 2020. That 60 percent increase in digital-based media over a 10- year period along with the demand for original programming and the depth of St. Louis talent is a sound reason for St. Louis to invest time, talent and money in this growth-industry.

Made up of short films ranging from 15 seconds to three minutes long (156 minutes in total), St. Louis Cinematheque will result in an attention-getting digital film collection. Locally, beginning in 2010, three minutes of new film will appear each week on St. Louis Cinema’s 12 screens at The Moolah, Chase and Galleria theaters. By the end of 2010, St. Louis Cinematheque films will have reached more than one million in general audience attendance alone. The film collection will go on to help the St. Louis region advance its standings when compared with all the cities that compete to be on the short-list for original digital-media content and related
creative work.

Ultimately, proceeds from the project (DVD sales, merchandising, licensing etc.) will establish a fiscal sponsorship office for St. Louis—a funding mechanism that exists in every city St. Louis competes with as suppliers of creative services, talent and technology.

Look at any tough-times civic success story: it is not a matter of a person or a party magically triumphing over economic adversity. Rather, it is a matter of recognizing opportunity in adversity and coming together to seize that moment.
To find out more about how St. Louis Cinematheque wants to seize the moment for our creative professionals in the literary, performing and visual arts, filmmaking, music, digital-media, marketing and the industries that support them in the St. Louis region please visit: www.STLCinematheque.com

Monday, November 10, 2008

ST. LOUIS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL: THE LOCALS

Brian Jun, Darren Grodsky, Danny Jacobs and Jeremy Lasky are just some of the talented local natives who have work at this year's St. Louis International Film Festival. For more info on these SLIFF participants, check out this STLTODAY.com article: [CLICK HERE]

Thursday, October 02, 2008

SLIFF IS READY TO RUMBLE NOV. 13 - NOV. 23rd

Darren Aronofsky’s THE WRESTLER, Danny Boyle's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, Laurent Cantet’s THE CLASS, Paul Schrader’s ADAM RESURRECTED -- pretty damn exciting, eh?

For more info, head on over to Joe's Movie Lounge: [CLICK HERE]

For more information on Cinema St. Louis and the St. Louis International Film Festival, [CLICK HERE]

I am honored to serve on this year's Short Film Jury... to say the least.

Great work, Cinema St. Louis. Now let the madness begin.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

ST. LOUIS ALL OVER NEW TIM ROBBINS MOVIE

The Lucky Ones hits theatres this Friday. St. Louis plays a big role. How? [READ THE STLTODAY.com ARTICLE]

Friday, September 05, 2008

CINEMASPOKE/COFFMAN: TAKE TWO

Here's some news from Cinemaspoke:

Congratulations to the winner of our CinemaSpoke screenwriting competition Aaron Coffman, as well as all of the finalists in this year's competition.

The reading of Aaron's script, in its entirety, will be held on September 15th, 7pm, at the Cinema St. Louis offices.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

GOOD THINGS CAN COME FROM DISASTERS

OK, so the movie probably isn't an Oscar contender, but regardless, we still salute St. Louis comedian G-Thang for seizing the opportunity to do his thang on the big screen: [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

STL CINEMA REVIEW: THE ROCKER

THE ROCKER
Directed by Peter Cattaneo
Screenplay by Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky - story by Ryan Jaffe
Running time 102 minutes
Rated PG-13

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
We start of in the 1980's, where Robert 'Fish' Fishman (Wilson) is a rock drummer in an up-and-coming glam metal band. Well, one day a record company comes knocking and dangles a recording contract in the band's face -- with one stipulation: they gotta gut the Fish. Flash to present time as Fish has turned his back on metal music, and has been living a very unfulfilling life, all while his former bandmates have gone on to multi-platinum album success.

Things begin to roll forward when Fish's nephew's rock band needs a drummer for a special prom gig. As anticipated, they ask Uncle Fish. Well then (of course) the journey begins. That gig leads to other gigs, those gigs lead to touring... and so the story goes.

WHAT WILL AN AVERAGE AUDIENCE THINK?
They'll enjoy themselves, but by December they'll probably forget they saw it.

WHAT DID I THINK?
I'm still not certain if Rainn Wilson is leading man material. He's certainly a terrific supporting actor. But as of today he hasn't really shown us anything more than subtle variations of his "Dwight Schrute" character.

DID I LAUGH?
Yes. Actually there was one memorable scene involving an attic.

GEMS TO NOTE:
Josh Gad as Fish's nephew Matt. This kid had some terrific moments... especially the scene where Matt is sleeping. Another gem is Jason Sudeikis as the slimy David Marshall.

MISUSED GEMS:
Fred Armisen was there on the screen and ready to kick ass. However his character was given absolutely nothing to do. Will Arnett as Lex could have also been so much more than it was. Another wasted talent.

THEATRE, RENT, OR WATCH IT ON CABLE
Rent it, but only if you can check it out at the library or get it on discount.

COMPARISON TO SIMILAR WORKS:
Better than HOT ROD? Yes.
Better than GET SMART? No.
Better than Airheads? Yes.

Friday, August 15, 2008

DIRECTOR LONNY ZION'S GATEWAY TIES

An independent film with St. Louis ties. Seems like this is happening more and more. Eh? [CLICK HERE]

ST. LOUIS FILM RACE 2008 DEADLINE SEPT 4th

Interested in yet another fun film competition? [CLICK HERE]

Friday, August 01, 2008

MERCURY MULTIMEDIA, INC. GETS NATIONAL COVERAGE

Wow! These St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase winners really know how to get some media attention! Yet more showcase coverage: [CLICK HERE]

STREETBALLERS RECEIVES SI ATTENTION

Matthew Krentz, Jimmy McKinney and "Streetballers" gets the attention of Sports Illustrated's SI.com site: [CLICK HERE]

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

MR. WILLIAMS TALKS SHOWCASE

Here's a link to the STLTODAY.com article by Joe Williams about the 2008 SLFS. He goes down the list of all the critic awards, includes a few trailers, good stuff. [CLICK HERE]

Monday, July 28, 2008

COMING UP SHORTS IS... COMING UP

This in from KDHX:

Come join KDHX Community Media for a night of short films by local
filmmakers:

WHAT: KDHX "Coming Up Shorts" Screening and Awards Ceremony
WHEN: Tuesday, July 29, 8:00pm
WHERE: Webster Film Series (http://www.websteruniv.edu/filmseries/directions.htm)
HOW: Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

"Coming Up Shorts" is a program run by KDHX Community Media that
works with local filmmakers on making three-minute short movies.
Come check out the latest round of short videos produced in this
program on Tuesday, July 29 at 8:00pm at the Webster University
Film Series. This program is supported in part by the Regional Arts
Commission and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Here is the list of films that will be screening:

"Burnout" by Stephen Province
"Disconnected" by Mike Costello
"Frog Peptides" by Rhonda Husak
"Julius Petri's Favorite Dish" by Scott Thomas Smith
"Magnolia Bloom" by David Noble Dandridge
"Memorial Day" by Bryan Larimer
"Pounding Out The Swords" by David Lang
"Santa Smack Down" by Virginia Kelly
"Scalpel" by Erik A. Williams
"Take a Shot" by Lance Begnaud
"There's Something In The Basement" by Dale Ward
"Zone" by Kenny Kinds

Doug Whyte
Director of Media Arts Programs
KDHX Community Media
St. Louis, MO | Portland, OR
O: 503.493.4365
C: 314.397.9740
http://www.kdhx.org/mediaarts

Friday, July 25, 2008

STL SHOWCASE SHORTS GET SLIFF NOD

Chris Clark of Cinema St. Louis has just released the following information:

The staff and board of directors of Cinema St. Louis want to congratulate all of the participating filmmakers on their spectacular work this year. The following films have been invited to screen in the St. Louis International Film Festival in November.

Documentaries
American Pioneers by Bruce Marren
How It Is With Phooie by Mike Steinberg
St. Benedict's Rule by Jay Kanzler
That All May Be One by Karen Kearns

Short Subjects
i! by Nate Callaghan
101 Damnations by Daniel Allen
The Basement Room by Doveed Linder
Capdance by Sean Keough
Dog Park by Jennifer Stolzer
The Doubtful Martyr by James Martin
Everlasting Memory by Kaitlyn Paradis
Flapjacked by Matt Murphy & Chad Harris
Movie of Your Life by Chris Lawing
My Uncle Arnie by Jay Kanzler
Sorry to Miss the Affair by Aaron Crozier
Spotlight Subside by Lindsey Sundboom
Sugar by Alex Beh
The Ugly Turkey by David Essman
Veneer by Peter Bolte

Features
Advertising for the Mob by Scott Wibbenmeyer
Mosquito Kingdom by Brad Hodge & Derek Elz
Say Goodnight by David VonAllmen
Shadowland by Wyatt Weed
Sockville by James Gregson
Streetballers by Matt Krentz
Texas Snow by Aaron Coffman


He then went on to announce that The St. Louis Film Critics awards will be posted on Saturday the 26th. I'll post those award winners as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

SHOT LOCALLY: MEET BILL COMING TO DVD


Get the latest information on the upcoming release of Meet Bill! Get a special pre-order right now through our friends at Amazon.com. [CLICK HERE]

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

STL FILMMAKER SHOWCASE TICKETS ON SALE!

Want tickets to one of the biggest St. Louis film events of the year? [CLICK HERE]

ST. LOUISAN JEREMY LASKY: DP FOR WALL-E

Heard of some robot named WALL-E? Yep, St. Louisan Jeremy Lasky has been working hard for Pixar and company. Check out Joe William's article at stltoday.com: [CLICK HERE]

Thursday, June 19, 2008

ST. LOUIS JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

It's here. Check out Joe William's article at stltoday.com [CLICK HERE]

Thursday, June 05, 2008

HELP STLFILMWIRE.COM CONTINUE

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

STL FILMMAKER SHOWCASE SELECTIONS

A huge thank you goes out to Cinema St. Louis for keeping this local tradition alive! And here we go...

Cinema St. Louis is proud to announce the official list of films
selected for the 8th Annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.
Congratulations to all of the participating filmmakers and a sincere
thank you to everyone who submitted their work for consideration. The
schedule of events will be posted on the Cinema St. Louis website at
www.cinemastlouis.org. Tickets will go on sale July 1st at the Tivoli
Theatre box office during normal business hours. No phone or internet
sales.

1. 101 Damnations directed by Daniel Allen (comedy, 2008, 9 min.)
2. Advertising for the Mob directed by Scott Wibbenmeyer (comedy
feature, 2007, 82 min.)
3. American Pioneers directed by Bruce Marren (documentary short,
2008, 35 min.)
4. Anna directed by Brian Moncey (experimental, 2007, 4 min.)
5. Awaken directed by Nikki Roberts (drama, 2008, 7 min.)
6. Bad Folk Story directed by Zlatko Cosic (documentary short,
2007, 7 min.)
7. The Basement Room directed by Doveed Linder (thriller, 2008, 11
min.)
8. Bulbs directed by Zlatko Cosic (experimental, 2008, 5 min.)
9. The Bushman of San Francisco directed by Corinne McAfee
(documentary short, 2007, 7 min.)
10. Capdance directed by Robert Nolan Clark (drama, 2008, 18 min.)
11. China Today directed by Gavin Culbertson (documentary short,
2008, 15 min.)
12. Coffee directed by Andrew Ritter (comedy, 2008, 6 min.)
13. The Color of Justice, Episode 1: "The People Vs. The Dollar"
directed by Ronnell Falaq Bennett & Damon Davis (documentary, 2008, 66
min.)
14. Dog Park directed by Jennifer Stolzer (animation, 2008, 3 min.)
15. A Door of Hope directed by Jason Britton (drama, 2008, 4 min)
16. The Doubtful Martyr directed by James Martin (comedy, 2008, 7
min.)
17. Edgar Allen Poe's Ligeia directed by Michael Staininger
(dramatic feature, 2008, 90 min.)
18. Everlasting Memory directed by Kaitlyn Paradis (drama, 2008, 6
min.)
19. Fiddlin' Around: 13 Kids, 1 Dog and a Ladybug directed by Kriss
Avery (music video, 2008, 6 min.)
20. A Fisher's Journey directed by Corinne McAfee (documentary
short, 2008, 11 min.)
21. Flapjacked directed by Matt Murphy & Chad Harris (comedy, 2008,
12 min.)
22. Four Squares directed by Abby Hendren (comedy, 2005, 5 min.)
23. Full Time Ninjas trailer directed by Jeremy Corray (trailer,
2008, 42 seconds)
24. Glowers directed by Dan Solberg (experimental, 2008, 4 min.)
25. Gus Over Easy directed by Nathan Tolle (comedy, 2008, 6 min.)
26. Hit and Run directed by David Souza & Ben Malkey (drama, 2007,
16 mins)
27. How It Is With Phooie directed by Mike Steinberg (documentary
feature, 2007, 89 min.)
28. HyperSomnia directed by Trevor Wies (experimental, 2008, 6 min.)
29. i! directed by Nate Callaghan (experimental, 2008, 20 min.)
30. Just Friends directed by Bobby Kirk (comedy, 2008, 15 min.)
31. Love directed by Erin and Maddie Smith (music video, 2008, 5
min.)
32. Lunchbreak directed by Tim Venhaus & Tory Dahlhoff (comedy,
2007, 7 min.)
33. Magnolia Bloom directed by David Noble Dandridge (music video,
2008, 5 min.)
34. Marks directed by Dan Cross (drama, 2008, 11 min.)
35. Mosquito Kingdom directed by Brad Hodge & Derek Elz (dramatic
feature, 2007, 103 min.)
36. Movie of Your Life directed by Chris Lawing (music video, 2006,
5 min.)
37. My First Kiss Happened in a Dream directed by Gus Stevenson
(experimental, 2007, 4 min.)
38. My Uncle Arnie directed by Jay Kanzler (animation, 2008, 5 min.)
39. The Nightly Potato, Episode 5 directed by Chris Hayes (comedy,
2008, 5 min.)
40. No Faces directed by Daniel Williams (drama, 2007, 21 min.)
41. Persephone directed by Gwydhar Bratton (experimental, 2008, 18
min.)
42. Pornoland directed by Randy Shinn (drama, 2008, 18 min.)
43. Say Goodnight directed by David VonAllmen (comedy, 2006, 84
min.)
44. Scalpel directed by Erik Williams (comedy, 2008, 3 min.)
45. Shadowland directed by Wyatt Weed (dramatic feature, 2008, 95
min.)
46. A Small World directed by Tim Maupin (drama, 2007, 5 min.)
47. Sockville directed by Patrick Voss (animation, 2007, 60 min.)
48. The Soldier and the Prince directed by Gavin Culbertson (drama,
2008, 8 min.)
49. Sorry to Miss the Affair directed by Aaron Crozier (music video,
2008, 5 min.)
50. Spotlight Subside directed by Lindsey Sundboom (experimental,
2007, 5 min.)
51. St. Benedict's Rule directed by Jay Kanzler (documentary
feature, 2008, 75 min.)
52. Streetballers directed by Matt Krentz (dramatic feature, 2008,
110 min.)
53. Sugar directed by Alex Beh (comedy, 2007, 5 min.)
54. Ten Thousand Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid directed by
Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand (experimental, 2008, 9 min.)
55. Texas Snow directed by Aaron Coffman (dramatic feature, 2008, 74
mins)
56. That All May Be One directed by Karen Kearns (documentary
feature, 2007, 54 min.)
57. Theory directed by Alex Elmestad (experimental, 2008, 5 min.)
58. There's Something in the Basement directed by Dale Ward (comedy,
2008, 3 min.)
59. This Really Happened directed by David Noble Dandridge (comedy,
2007, 3min.)
60. Three Days, Spencer directed by E. Dias da Silva (comedy, 2008,
9 min.)
61. Tooth and Nail directed by Peter Carlos (drama, 2008, 8 min.)
62. Tuesday directed by Emily Curry (comedy, 2007, 9 min.)
63. Two Fine Gentlemen Find a Dollar directed by Sean Gartner
(comedy, 2007, 5 min.)
64. The Ugly Turkey directed by David Essman (animation, 2007, 5
min.)
65. Veneer directed by Peter Bolte (drama, 2007, 8 min.)
66. The War Within directed by Zia Nizami (documentary short, 2008,
11 min.)
67. Wasteland directed by Adam Huber (drama, 2008, 7 min.)
68. Zone directed by Ken Kinds (drama, 2008, 6 min.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

STL FILMMAKER SHOWCASE DEADLINE IS NEAR

The Eighth Annual SLFS will be held July 19-24, 2008. This event focuses exclusively on the work of local directors and filmmakers, as well as expatriates with strong local connections who have gone on to use their creative talents in other cities. Submissions will be accepted March 1 - May 31, 2008. Please [CLICK HERE] for rules, regulations and submission applications.

CINEMA ST. LOUIS HELPS BRING US A BLOG

STLBEACON.ORG and CINEMA ST. LOUIS have joined forces to bring you THE LENS. Visit www.stlbeacon.org/lens to check it out!

LOCAL FILMMAKERS AT TIVOLI THURS THRU SUN

Two films with Missouri ties will be screening over at that beautiful University City landmark. Check out this article: [CLICK HERE]

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

LOCAL SHOWCASE GETTING ATTENTION FROM MEDIA

Joe Williams and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch continues to cover our beloved St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase. [CLICK HERE]

Thursday, March 27, 2008

THE APA WANTS YOU TO CREATE A FILM

Calling All St. Louis Filmmakers!

Cinema St. Louis and the Animal Protective Association of Missouri
invite St. Louis-area filmmakers to create a short film that celebrates
the bond between people and their pets.

Finalists will be showcased on the APA website, the APA MySpace
page, YouTube and at the APA's Grand
Reopening Party.

Cinema St. Louis will then choose one of the films to screen as part of
its St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in July.

Contest Details
St. Louis-area filmmakers interested in participating must choose a
theme from the APA website and create a short that runs a maximum of 5
minutes based on their chosen theme. Some examples of possible themes:
the APA as a St. Louis landmark, adopt a pet instead of buying from a
pet store, pets can add seven years to your life, etc.

Experimental, narrative, animated and documentary approaches are all
acceptable. The shorts can be shot in any film or video format, in
either color or black-and-white.

Filmmakers must live within a 120-mile radius of St. Louis

All films must be submitted on DVD.
There is no entry fee.
Deadline is April 1st, 2008 .
Submission of short does not guarantee its use at the APA.

For questions about the contest, please contact Becky Kreuger (314)
645-4610 ext. 124. or education@apamo.org

DVD and ENTRY FORM should be sent to:

Animal Protective Association of Missouri
Attn: Film Contest
1705 South Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO 63105

[CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO]

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS COME TO WASH U.

The African Film Festival comes this week, and the Italian Film Festival comes next month. Check out this article on stltoday.com: [CLICK HERE]

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

CINEMA ST. LOUIS HAS SPOKEN

Cinema St. Louis, the presenters of the St. Louis International Film Festival, has announced the five finalists in its annual CinemaSpoke screenplay competition and workshop. The five screenplays will receive partial readings, one a month from April through August, with the winning script receiving a full reading on Monday, Sept. 15.


The finalists and the titles of their scripts, with the reading date:

April 7: Aaron Coffman's "The Drowning"
May 5: Vanessa Revard Roman's "The Importance of Doubting Tom"
June 2: Blair Dalton's "The Alien Dude"
July 7: Jean Whatley's "The Love You Need"
Aug. 4: Paddy Callahan's "The Valedictorian"

All readings will be held on a Monday at 7 p.m. in the Rialto Room on the fourth floor of the Centene Center for Arts & Education, 3547 Olive St. in Grand Center. The readings are free and open to the public.

On each evening, the first 30 pages of a script will be read by actors, with judges offering critiques and the author responding to questions from both the judges and audience members.

CinemaSpoke judges are TV writer/producer Paul Guyot ("Judging Amy," "Felicity"), screenwriter Richard Chapman ("Live From Baghdad"), producer Buzz Hirsch ("Silkwood"), St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams and St. Louis writer/producer Bobbie Lautenschlager.

For more information, contact Cinema St. Louis at 314-289-4150 or visit its Web site at www.cinemastlouis.org.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

ST. LOUIS FILMMAKER SHOWCASE 7/19 - 7/24

Cinema St. Louis continues to carry on a wonderful tradition. If you are a film lover, be sure to check out the 2008 St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase. If you are a filmmaker, you might want to download an application. Either way, all of it points to this glorious link: [CLICK HERE]

STL NEWS: SALACIOUS CRUMB BECOMES A SOCK!

I just received word that the Suburban Journal has done a terrific little article on the new Sockville DVD. Check it out! [CLICK HERE]

OFFICE STAR COMES BACK HOME TO VISIT

Nope. Not Jenna. [CLICK HERE]

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CINEMASPOKE NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

CinemaSpoke screenplay competition now accepting submissions

Cinema St. Louis is now accepting submissions for the 2008 CinemaSpoke Screenwriting Competition and Workshop. CinemaSpoke is an opportunity for St. Louis-area screenwriters to have their work read aloud in a public forum by professional and amateur actors and to receive feedback from a panel of film-industry experts experienced in producing, screenwriting, filmmaking, development, and criticism. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 29, 2008.

A committee of three selection judges read the first 30 pages of each submitted screenplay. Based on these 30 pages, the judges will then select five scripts for the competition. The five 2008 CinemaSpoke finalists will be announced on Monday, April 3.

The first 30 pages of each selected script will be given a public reading. Readings will be held at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month - April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, and Aug. 4 - at the Pulaski Performing Arts Atrium on the fourth floor of the Centene Center for Arts & Education, 3547 Olive St. in Grand Center. The winning screenplay will then receive a full reading on Sept. 15. All readings are free and open to the public.

Writers will be allowed to play a role in casting the actors who will do the live readings of the competition scripts. A panel of five film professionals will offer criticism and feedback based on these readings. The author will also respond to questions from both panelists and audience members and has the option to rewrite the script based on feedback from the panel. Once the panel has read the final versions of all five scripts in their entirety, a winning script will be selected from the five.

CinemaSpoke selection judges are St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critics Harper Barnes and Calvin Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Film at St. Louis Community College at Meramec Diane Carson, and Missouri Film Commission assistant director Andrea Sporcic. CinemaSpoke panelists are TV writer/producer Paul Guyot ("Judging Amy," "Felicity"), screenwriter Richard Chapman ("Live From Baghdad"), St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams, film producer Buzz Hirsch ("Silkwood"), and St. Louis writer/producer Bobbie Lautenschlager.

For more information, contact Cinema St. Louis at 314-289-4150 or visit its Web site at www.cinemastlouis.org.