The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) honored three documentaries featured in the program “Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television” at its awards presentation on November 13, 2016.
“Bogdan’s Journey,” directed by Michal Jaskulski and Lawrence Loewinger, won best documentary feature in the Interfaith Awards. “Gentlemen of Vision,” directed by Jim Kirchherr and Frank Popper received the Midrash St. Louis Film Award. The Midrash award “celebrates St. Louis-related films of honesty and artistry that portray the need or the hope for reconciliation or redemption.”
“Black Brunch,” directed by Dennis Desai, was given an honorable mention in the Local Short category. It was shown in the Shorts Program Black Lives Matter.
Gordon Quinn, artistic director and founding member of Chicago’s Kartemquin Films, received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the festival. As part of the“Mean Streets” programming, the festival screened a trio of Quinn’s shorts.
As part of SLIFF, Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive, WU’s Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture, Cinema St. Louis, and the Missouri History Museum collaborated to present “Mean Streets.” The six-day program included narrative and documentary works that address the strong relationship between racial divisions and urban spaces.
“Mean Streets” is part of “The Divided City” initiative, a joint project of Washington University’s Center for the Humanities and the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design. “The Divided City” is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support for “Mean Streets” was provided by American Culture Studies.