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Midrash loves film and acknowledges the important role of film as art and influencer in our culture. Thus we support the art of film by participating in the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) and supporting local film and filmmakers. Midrash has a proud history of granting the Midrash St. Louis Film Award at SLIFF each year to a St. Louis-related film that portrays, with honesty and artistry, the hope or need for redemption in our world.
We think these are some of the most important themes to explore and values to support, and encourage filmmakers to do so in their films. Recent winners of the Midrash St. Louis Film Award — and thus must-sees — are the following gems:
2013: 47 Views of Leslie Laskey: an artfully made documentary about a locally legendary artist. You’ll start to see things in new ways after seeing this film.
2012: Seeking Asian Female: the most entertaining documentary you’ll ever see, this is a fascinating look at race, love, relationship and marriage. Available on Netflix. Made into a PBS series, as well.
2011: We gave two awards this year. We awarded the Pruitt-Igoe Myth, a piercing documentary about an infamous housing project in St. Louis, as well as the social, political and cultural factors that contributed to its creation, and nationally-publicized destruction. Locally-made feature films are rather few and far between in St. Louis, and this year we awarded Joint Body as a worthy feature film with a gripping story, relatable characters and exploration of what what it takes to recover from mistakes. Both films are available on Netflix.
2010 : Circus Kids, a documentary that quickly pulls you into a story of culture clash, peacemaking, sex and circus acts. Available on Netflix.
2009 : Game of the Year, a smart and quirky mockumentary that follows several South St Louis LARPers who enter a high stakes tournament, relying on their passion, skills and solidarity for a winning edge. These strengths, however, become the backdrop for intrigue, arguments and challenges of all kinds as cracks in the team’s solidarity grow and they find themselves facing a powerful enemy:themselves. The film’s sly humor, creative storyline and true-to-life characters make Game of the Year an unexpectedly funny and engrossing experience.