Hi friends! I hope you’ve been enjoying all of the Asia fun on here over the past few weeks. There is much more to come, but I wanted to take a little break to tell you about two new and excellent documentaries about one of my favorite places to adventure in: St. Louis, Missouri.
The first is filmmaker Bill Streeter’s Brick: By Chance and Fortune, which chronicles St. Louis’ history as a true brick city, the unique urban landscape those bricks helped build, and the desperate fight to save many of these beautiful structures from falling at the hands of brick thieves. Here’s a preview:
The film is showing all summer long at the Missouri History Museum if you’re in the St. Louis area (there are also additional screenings here). If you’re not close by, you can download it directly from the website.
The next film is The Pruitt-Igoe Myth by filmmaker Chad Freidrichs. I stumbled across this one on Netflix by accident, and I’ve been singing its praises ever since. For those of you not familiar with Pruitt-Igoe, it was a large urban housing project in St. Louis that has become, as Wikipedia puts it, “an icon of urban renewal and public-policy planning failure”. The film explores the real history of Pruitt-Igoe and tells its story through a group of residents that called it home.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is screening at various theatres around the U.S., and, as I mentioned, is on Netflix as well. For more information on the screenings, check out the website.
I really hope you enjoy these two different looks at a great American city. If you do catch one or both films, please drop me a line and let me know what you thought!