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Sliff 2017 Interview: Srikant Chellappa – Director and Writer of Bad Grandmas

Bad Grandmas will screen at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar, in ‘The Loop’) on Thursday November 2nd at 8pm. Tickets include a Sliff opening night reception. Ticket information can be found Here. Pam Grier, director/writer Srikant Chellappa, producer Dan Byington, and two of the film’s co-stars, Sally Eaton and Jilanne Klaus, will all be in attendance.

Sliff’s opening night features the world premiere of Bad Grandmas, a St. Louis-shot comedy by co-writer/director Srikant Chellappa and co-writer Jack Snyder, the team behind such polished productions as “Ghost Image” and “Fatal Call,” which were based locally but screened both nationally and internationally. Starring the late Florence Henderson (“The Brady Bunch”) in her final role and the legendary Pam Grier (“Jackie Brown”), “Bad Grandmas” recounts the misadventures of senior citizens Mimi (Henderson), Coralee (Grier), Bobbi (Susie Wall), and Virginia (Sally Eaton). The friends’ quiet life is upended when Bobbi’s son-in-law,
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Pam Grier, the Foxy Siren of Blaxploitation, to be Honored at This Year’s St. Louis International Film Festival!

The one and only Pam Grier will be honored by Cinema St. Louis with a ‘Women in Film Award’ when she’s in town for this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Pam’s iconic movie career began when she moved to Los Angeles in the late ‘60s from her native North Carolina at age 18. After a tiny role in Russ Meyer’s Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970), she landed a job as a receptionist for American International Pictures where she was discovered by Jack Hill, an Aip director who cast her in a pair of women’s prison films: The Big Doll House (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972). Soon she was known as the “Queen of Blaxploitation” at a time when film roles for African-American women were, as Grier puts it, “practically invisible, or painfully stereotypical”.

Sliff, which runs Nov. 2nd-12th will kick off with
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Fatal Exam Kicks Off the New ‘MadeInSTL Video Night’ Film Series September 2nd

Every other Saturday at 5pm in September, The Saint Louis Video Society will show a different action or horror film shot in St. Louis at the Tick Tock Tavern for Free! The venue is located at 3459 Magnolia Ave in St. Louis. The film series, which is being called ‘MadeInSTL Video Night‘, kicks off September 2nd with Fatal Exam. The film starts at 5pm and admission is Free

Before he made the fateful film Fatal Call, St. Louis-based filmmaker Jack Snyder (who’s since moved to La) made a forgotten slasher movie that also has the word ‘Fatal’ in the title (read my interview with Jack Here). Fatal Exam, shot on 16mm film was shot in its entirety in 1985, but due to budget constraints, post-production was not completed until 1990. Fatal Exam tells the tale of a group of university students who are invited by their parapsychology professor to investigate a haunted house for the weekend.
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Sliff 2016 – The Importance Of Doubting Tom Screens at Sliff November 8th

The Importance Of Doubting Tom screens Tuesday November 8th at 7pm at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here

Local actress and filmmaker Vanessa Roman presents her years-in-the-making feature debut The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic screwball comedy set against the backdrop of a dart league. It tells the story of Gwen, who is shaken and confused by a recent breakup from the guy she thought was the one, but something doesn’t seem right. In searching for the truth, mixed identities, comic hijinks, and lover’s games ensue in this. Roman based her original script both on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest and on her experience playing darts at St. Louis’ own Blueberry Hill, which is where she met her husband John.

Roman has assembled a first-rate cast and crew
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Sliff 2016 Interview: Griff Furst – Director of Cold Moon

Director Griff Furst’s Cold Moon screens Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Furst and Cold Moon screenwriter Jack Snyder will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here.

The supernatural crime thriller Cold Moon tells the story of Nathan Redfield (Josh Stewart), an arrogant man of great wealth who has either lost his mind or is being tormented by terrible forces beyond even the most paranoid of imaginings. In a sleepy Southern town, the Larkins have suffered a terrible tragedy, but the family is now about to face an even more grievous trial. As traffic lights blink an eerie warning, a ghostly apparition prowls the streets, and corpses erupt from the graves of the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror. And beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, vaguely human shape slowly takes form,
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The Importance Of Doubting Tom Screens Sunday at The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

The Importance Of Doubting Tom screens Sunday July 17th at 6:30pm at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater as part of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. Ticket information can be found Here

Local actress and filmmaker Vanessa Roman presents her years-in-the-making feature debut The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic screwball comedy set against the backdrop of a dart league. It tells the story of Gwen, who is shaken and confused by a recent breakup from the guy she thought was the one, but something doesn’t seem right. In searching for the truth, mixed identities, comic hijinks, and lover’s games ensue in this. Roman based her original script both on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest and on her experience playing darts at St. Louis’ own Blueberry Hill, which is where she met her husband John.

Roman has assembled a first-rate cast and crew
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The Importance Of Doubting Tom Filming in St. Louis – Wamg Coverage

It’s always exciting when there’s a new feature film being shot in St. Louis! We Are Movie Geeks was recently on the set of The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic comedy set in the world of dart throwing where the “competitions play out echoing and mirroring the games that lovers play”. It’s loosely based on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Importance Of Doubting Tom is written and directed by Vanessa Roman, who has been actively working in the local theater and film industry for 15 years. Her first film, Play Dead, won Best Horror Short and Best Juvenile Actress at The St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase and her second, The Inheritance won Best Experimental film at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival.

Vanessa has assembled a first-rate cast and crew for The Importance Of Doubting Tom.

Director of Photography Chris Benson has shot many commercials,
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Fatal Call – Sliff Review

Review by Dana Jung

Film noir. Femme fatale. American cinema has borrowed these expressions and made them into a unique style of storytelling all its own. The new thriller Fatal Call relies on many of the conventions of these genres to tell its tale of greed, betrayal, lust, and phone calls. Shot in and around the bi-state region of St. Louis, Missouri, the film uses its location budget well with muted cinematography and shots of the cityscape giving it a Midwestern Blood Simple. vibe.

Veteran actor Jason London (who was Jason of the Argonauts in the TV version) is Mitch, an average laid-back white collar guy out for drinks with a few friends. While there, he meets Amy (Danielle Harris), who seems to share some of his interests. They click and start dating, but after their first romantic interlude her angry husband shows up. Things spiral downward from there, and
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Wamg Interview – Jack Snyder, Director of Fatal Call

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman November 5th, 2012

Jack Snyder is a St. Louis-based writer and director with two feature films under his belt. Ghost Image was a 2007 supernatural thriller starring Elisabeth Rohm and Stacey Dash that has aired over 250 times on the Showtime Network and The Movie Channel. It is available on DVD, and is distributed overseas through 20th Century Fox and NBC/Universal. Jack Snyder’s newest feature is the thriller Fatal Call starring Kevin Sorbo and Danielle Harris. It was filmed last year in the St. Louis area and will be playing at the Tivoli Theater Sunday night, November 11th at 8:30pm as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Jack took time out of his schedule to talk to We Are Movie Geeks about his films and his upcoming projects.

We Are Movie Geeks: Are you from St. Louis originally?

Jack Snyder: Yes, I am.
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Sliff 2012: The St. Louis International Film Festival Begins November 8th

The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (better known to local movie buffs as Sliff) is presented by Cinema St. Louis and opens Thursday, November 8th. The fest looks like another exciting event for film buffs. Now in its 21st year, Sliff is one of the largest international film festivals in the Midwest. This year’s event will be held Nov. 8-18. Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il. Sliff showcases the best in cutting-edge features and shorts from around the globe. The majority of the more than 400 films screened – many of them critically lauded award-winners will receive their only St. Louis exposure at the festival. We Are Movie Geeks.com will be posting reviews of many of the films in advance of
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2012 Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Lineup Announced

The annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase is a great way to support the many local filmmakers who practice their art in our area. Cinema St. Louis, our city’s non-profit cinema-related event planning group, will present The Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase July 8-12. This is the 12th annual presentation, which serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films with strong local ties. The 16 film programs that screen at the Tivoli from July 8-12 serve as the Showcase’s centerpiece. The programs range from full-length fiction features and documentaries to multi-film compilations of fiction and documentary shorts. Many programs include post-screening Q&As with filmmaker. It all ends with a closing-Night Awards Party Thursday July 12th sponsored by Stella Artois from 8 p.m. to midnight at Blueberry Hill‘s Duck Room,
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