Chris Clark

Chris Clark (78)

As a lifelong St. Louisan, Chris is very proud of his place in the St. Louis arts scene. He graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1979 and with honors from Webster University in 1985. Drawing upon his background in film studies, mass media and public-event coordination he has been an integral part in many of the organizational and logistical changes that have led to the growth and expanded artistic direction of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF). His dedicated work is evident in the ever-increasing number of annual film-related events produced by Cinema St. Louis (CSL), including the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, Classic French Film Festival, SLIFF/Kids, the 48 Hour Film Project, and the LGBT film festival called QFest. This is a dream job for Chris and he plans to keep it indefinitely by living forever. So far, so good. He and his partner of nine years, plus two spoiled and feisty dogs live happily in Maplewood, MO. They hope to be married when Missouri catches up to the rest of the world.

Friday, 18 October 2013 17:00

I am not really sure what I am

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I am not really sure what I am. Although I was born and raised Catholic, the mascots of my high school and college are both mythical creatures. The St. Louis University High School's mighty Junior Billiken is the baby brother I suppose of SLU's Billiken. While I was attending Webster…
Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:57

The urban legend of Chinaman's Castle

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My high school years consisted of lots of team practices, some studying, wondering about boys, drinking beer and doing stupid things. I wanted other kids to like so sometimes I would do dumb things to hopefully impress them. Like the time I walked out of the men's room of the…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 19:16

It's grand in Grand Center

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It's going on 7:30 pm and I am still at my desk. Been here since 8:30 today. A lot going on this week preparing our St. Louis International Film Festival website and program book for the printer. SO much to do. It's cool though because I so very much love…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:53

The early bird catches the bookworm

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When we were growing up we always thought my mom was pretty goofy. Her jokes were terrible. I guess that's where I inherited that gene. We did all right by her though, my siblings and I, plus the 8 nieces and nephews spread amongst said siblings. Of the many things…
Monday, 14 October 2013 12:54

Donut Tread on Me

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St. Louis is a foodie town. No question about it. It's been a blast to see the rise of the young chefs at various upstart restaurants and the move towards local sourcing of ingredients. The food truck craze is way more than just that, it is an expectation and the…
Sunday, 13 October 2013 12:42

That Which Does Not Kill Us......

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....., makes us stronger. Blah blah blah. Sometimes these helpful, encouraging phrases do just that - help and encourage. Sometimes, depending which side of the conversation you are on, can be annoying at best. Like most well-meaning humans, I too am much better about dishing out sage advice than having…
Saturday, 12 October 2013 07:21

Leaf me alone

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Leaf me alone, won't you leaf me alonePlease leaf me alone now, leaf me aloneLeaf me alone, please leaf me alone, yes leaf meLeaf me alone won't you leaf me alonePlease leaf me alone, no leaf me aloneLeaf me along, just leaf me alone, oh leaf me It is now…
Friday, 11 October 2013 09:29

Fall makes me miss working at Cafe Balaban

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I put myself through college serving food and tending bar in a variety of restaurants and bars in midtown and the Central West End. The crown jewel of them all was the infamous Cafe Balaban, now known as Herbie's Vintage 72. Back in the early 80's this was THE place…
Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:42

The Clark Family represents Cardinal Nation

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While my father is a huge fan as well, the Cardinal gene comes mostly from my mother. My sisters, my brother, and my nieces and nephews are all huge Cardinals baseball fans. All of them have been going to games since they were babies. Every single one of them has…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:50

The Fall of Man

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Today already seems like a glorious day. I say that wistfully from my underground bunker office in Grand Center with no windows. When the STL gives good weather, it is generous and gorgeous like one of the working girls in the cat house in "Masters of Sex." It is absolutely…
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 20:51

The best job you will never have

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My day job, which I have had for the last thirteen years, is awesome. I may never get rich, but I will always be happy with my work. Plus I walked right into it without even knowing it existed. A friend of mine was the personal trainer of a board…
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