St. Louis Brews is a feature length documentary currently in production that connects St. Louis brewing history with the local modern craft brewing movement. It’s meant as a companion film to the popular book of the same title published by Reedy Press (authors: Henry Herbst, Stefene Russell, Don Roussin, Kevin Kious.) The film is directed by Bill Streeter, best known for Brick by Chance and Fortune (2011) a popular film about the history of brick in St. Louis. Our goal is to have the film completed by the fall of 2016 with a premiere at the St. Louis International Film Festival in November.
St. Louis was an industry town for many years. And for many people that industry was brewing. And thanks to one brewer in particular, St. Louis became synonymous with beer because of the words “Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, Missouri” that came at the end of every one of their ads.
This documentary will explore the history of brewing in St. Louis, and connect that history to the modern craft brewing movement today.
Today, brewing in St. Louis looks more like it did in the mid-19th century than it did when Anheuser-Busch dominated the industry for most of the 20th century. Modern craft brewing is not that different from how brewing began in St. Louis over 200 years ago, and with the sale of “The Brewery” to a foreign conglomerate, the industry has returned to its roots of small- and medium-sized enterprises making traditional styles of beer and creating some new styles of their own.
This year St. Louis will surpass the highest number of breweries historically operating in the region. So in addition to history, we’ll explore this insurgent craft brewing culture by following one small brewery, founded by three young entrepreneurs, through its first two years of growth and its eventual expansion into the last remaining building of a brewery that closed about 100 years ago. And we'll feature several other craft breweries in St. Louis.
Currently in production with a completion date of fall of 2016. We are about 75% through production right now. Our goal is to complete postproduction over the summer and we will premiere at the St. Louis International Film Festival in November of 2016.
Budget and Expenses
We will use the funds raised for this project to hire professionals to help out with:
- Final audio mix
- Color correction
- Motion graphics and titles
- Legal expenses and rights clearances
- Festival submissions and travel
- Graphic design
We've put together some nice reward packages to thank you for helping us to make this film possible, most of which include either a digital or DVD copy of the film. All of the reward packages priced at $75 or above include an invite to a special preview screening as well as early release DVDs, and a poster. All the packages above $150 include all of that plus a copy of the St. Louis Brews book published by Reedy Press.
Also Earthbound Beer, Schlafly and Urban Chestnut have all donated schwag and/or tours for some of the reward levels.
Risks and challenges
There's always the chance that we could run out of funds before we finish the film. But we are being careful to budget our resources to make sure that doesn't happen.
Time is also an issue. We could run into issues where we miss our deadline for completion. But we are working hard to stay on target to make sure that we complete on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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