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SOC Filmmakers Screen Work at St. Louis International Film Festival

ST. LOUIS (November 1, 2018) – The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival kicks off today, and it features the work of several School of Communications filmmakers. Invited students, alumni, and faculty screen their films at this prestigious event.

First up, Justin L. Fisher, an alumnus of and adjunct professor for the School of Communications (BA 2003, Audio Production), screens his documentary, Gateway Sound.

The film explores how changes in technology are affecting commercial recording studios and how engineers, musicians, and music-industry veterans are redefining their roles in light of those changes. St. Louis recording companies and audio engineers are highlighted. The film also looks at the issues from a wider perspective by including interviews with producers and performers who are well known in the recording industry.

Producers include Steve Lillywhite and Vance Powell, both Grammy Award-winners. Performers include guitarist Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses and singer-songwriter Kristeen Young, who lists David Bowie among the artists with whom she has performed. After the screening, Fisher and some subjects of the film will be available for questions.

Gateway Sound previously won Best Documentary Feature and Documentary Films Juried Best Editing awards at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. See the film at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington Ave in St. Louis.

The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic, a film directed by alumna Kathy Bratkowski (MA 1990, Marketing), also screens on Saturday.

Summer 2018 marked the 100th season the Municipal Theatre of St. Louis, otherwise known as the Muny, presented musical theatre productions in Forest Park. Bratkowski used archival footage and interviews with performers, fans, stage crew and staff to craft a story about the uniqueness of the Muny to mark the centennial season.

See the trailer for The Best of Us.

See the documentary at .ZACK, 3224 Locust St, St. Louis, at 5:30 p.m. Bratkowski and some of the subjects of The Best of Us will be available for questions after the screening.

Kathy Corley with folk rock duo Brewer & ShipleyWrapping up Saturday, Nov. 3, School of Communications professor Kathy Corley debuts her 90-minute documentary, One Toke Over the Line and Still Smokin,’ at the festival. It is the story of Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley. Brewer and Shipley are an American folk rock duo whose song, “One Toke Over the Line” was a Top 10 hit in the 1970s.

The documentary is a project almost seven years in the making that includes archival footage Corley collected and interviews with people from across the country. Brewer and Shipley still perform. In October, they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of their first album, Down in LA.

Dan Grey of KTVI Fox 2 News interviewed Corley about the documentary earlier this week.

See One Toke Over the Line and Still Smokin’ at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis. Corley, Brewer and Shipley will be available after the screening to answer questions.

Other SOC students, alumni, and faculty have screenings later in the program.

Schedule of Screenings by School of Communications students, alumni, and faculty*

Saturday, Nov. 3

2 p.m. Gateway Sound, by alumnus and adjunct professor Justin L. Fisher, at the Stage at KDHX

5:30 p.m. The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic, by alumna Kathy Bratkowski, at .ZACK

8 p.m. One Toke Over the Line and Still Smokin,’ by alumna and professor Kathy Corley at the Tivoli 1

Tuesday, Nov. 6

7 p.m. St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler at Tivoli 3 featuring:

  • The 610 Project, by alumni Jessica Ambuehl and Alvaro Aro
  • The Joy of Doing, by student Ryan Fitzgerald and alumnus Jack Mulopulos
  • The Stroke, by student Jessica Pierce
  • Z-Grid, by professor Van McElwee

9:15 p.m. Narrative and Experimental Shorts featuring:

  • Story 2: Scenes 1-9 and
  • Tapeto Lucida, by alumnus and adjunct associate professor Zlatco Cosic, Tivoli 3

Sunday, Nov. 11

6:30 p.m. Documentary Shorts: Black Voices featuring:

  • The Mountains that Made Me, by alumna Sharee Silerio, Missouri History Museum (free)


The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival runs from November 1 through 11, 2018. Events and screenings span 14 venues including Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, the Tivoli Theatre, the stage at KDHX, and. ZACK.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level as well as five master’s degrees in diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

*Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information provided, it's possible that errors or omissions may have inadvertently occurred.