St. Louis Stories (19)
St. Louis-based production company Red Fist Productions is collaborating with both local and out-of-state talent on "Batman: Master of Fear", an original, fanmade web series that is planned to begin production in the area next spring. With a cast that includes Raw Leiba (last year’s award-winning "Bone Tomahawk" with Kurt Russell) and Seth Michaels (this year’s "Pelé: Birth of a Legend"), as well as concept and storyboard art by St. Louis-based Shannon Peterson, "BMOF" has been building quite a buzz online.
by Mke Matney
In an attempt to capture as many of the birthday cakes being put out in the region for the city's 250th birthday I headed down to the Arch grounds. I'm always trying to find an angle on the Arch that doesn't look like a typical tourist shot so I brought along my fish eye lens. I was able to get this one with the birthday cake in the foreground. A bit of processing in Photoshop was required to give it the look I wanted and I'm happy with the result.
Hey all! My name is Shannon Schindler...I am a MOM on a MISSION!
I am committed to women knowing their GREATNESS!!
The reality is this...I am no different than you...and...if I can do it...YOU TOTALLY CAN!! I applaud you for being HERE in this moment. The mere fact you are still reading this tells me something about you. You have an eager want for something totally radical in your life!! YOU HAVE COURAGE!!
If You Can Do 3...You Can Do 13...This is what my friend told me mid May 2010 when she asked me if I wanted to train for the Lewis & Clark half marathon October 3rd....are you nuts??!! She had ran one half marathon in her life but was naturally athletic and worked out regularly... simply gorgeous. She had recently had a baby and was ready to shed the weight...with a goal in mind, surely it would be easier.
by Mike Matney
The Bald Eagles are back. As I drove up the Great River Road between Alton and Grafton I saw plenty of them floating on the ice in the Mississippi River or soaring from the bluffs overhead.
by Lisa Constance
Award winning St. Louis video production and digital marketing company, StoryTrack is offering non-profit organizations the chance to win a free fundraising video in the StoryTrack Season of Stories Video Contest.
“Our team’s mantra is grateful, humble and hungry,” says CEO, Lori Dowd. “And one of the things that we are grateful for is our ability to tell amazing stories through video. So we want to use that to help organizations who are doing such important work for those who need them. That’s how we can give back in our own unique way.”
Story and photos by Karl Lund
For years Phillip had talked about getting a classic Chevrolet truck. Prior to his deployment to Afghanistan he vowed to find and restore one when he returned home.
Phillip was killed in Afghanistan 16 days into his deployment on 10-13-2010.
His heart broken family, friends and community sought to make Phillip's dream a reality. Phillip's memory would live on in this beautifully restored 1951 Chevrolet 3100 pick up truck with 28,000 original miles on it. All parts are original and rust-free. The original "Stovebolt" 216, 6 cylinder engine is in perfect running condition. This 62 year old American masterpiece was exactly what Phillip would've wanted.
The restoration began with the help of friends, family and contributed goods or services from numerous sources. It took 18 long months to bring this Chevrolet to the unbelievable condition you see it in today.
The Chevy with the "fallen hero's" theme in honor of Phillip will be used in parades, car shows and military events to raise awareness for all who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Three other United States Marines died with Phillip.
If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause please visit
Story and photos by Karl Lund
It's not even Halloween yet and assembly of the Winter Wonderland holiday attraction at Tilles Park has already begun. The long and tedious task of proper placement, testing of light bulbs and selling sponsorship spots has begun and is in full swing at the famous family park.
Hard Road Theatre Productions, in association with the Alfresco Art Center in Granite City and sponsored by TheBANK of Edwardsville, will be performing The Rocky Horror Show for only three performances: Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m. All performances will be performed at the Alfresco Art Center, 2041 Delmar Ave., Granite City, IL. Seating is limited and due to the high demand patrons are strongly urged to order tickets ahead of time online at hardroad.org.
The Rocky Horror Show is a musical satire of the science fiction B horror films of the late 1940s – 1960s. Written by Richard O’Brien, the show tells the story of a newly engaged couple who become trapped in a storm and arrive at the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank N. Furter, who is in the midst of unveiling his new creation. The couple are seduced by Frank N. Furter and become involved in his twisted plans. The Rocky Horror Show was adapted into a movie in 1975 and that film has the longest-running theatrical release of any film in history.
Director Evan Fifer said, “The cast, crew, and band have worked their tails off to create an original theatrical production that still acknowledges the movie. However, there are some differences (this is a stage show after all). Granted, the story is the same, the songs are the same, and the characters are the same, but if you are expecting to see the film on stage, you are in for a surprise! We’ve created a new take, but one that you will thoroughly enjoy.” The show is assisted directed by Tom Varner and includes musical direction by Ritch Alexander.
Seating is limited. Therefore, patrons are strongly urged to order tickets ahead of time online at hardroad.org. Tickets are $15 each.
by Karl Lund
From an early age we are asked to make excuses for our actions. "Why did you do that?" was a staple question growing up in my home. I was forced to make an excuse for things that I did wrong and was never asked to state alternative choices that would yield more favorable or less destructive results. As a direct result...my childhood and very young adult life was an endless string of excuses for my actions which were often selfish. Thankfully I grew up!