• #STL Music Video Spotlight: "Till Morning Breaks" by @BrianOwensTV - Directed by Ben Kaplan

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    When we decided to start focusing on locally produced videos of music artists from St. Louis, we just knew that there would be some hidden gem that we'd uncover. Something so good and well done that we'd be upset at ourselves for not hearing of it previously. Today is the day that inkling comes true.

    Brian Owens, a soul-singer with a voice that absolutely demands you pay attention, makes a showing in this clever, well-choreographed video directed by Ben Kaplan of Act3 and I Heart Buffets. The song is a slow-burning soul journey of an ode to Brian's wife with vocals that give any classic soul singer a run for their money.

    Ben Kaplan said:
    "My unofficial motto when it comes to film is, “cause as many problems as you solve.” It speaks to the unpredictable and often chaotic nature of the medium. Cameras, actors, extras, props, locations are all variables that add complexity to a project. But that motto also peaks to the unrealistic search for perfection in the medium. Sometimes, you can never quite exactly manifest the image you have in your head. Too many things to control. But, sometimes it turns out better than you could have ever imagined. This is one of those stories."

    Brian had a great idea, “I want to show what it is like to have an affair with my wife,” he said. I nodded and stroked my beard— as I am want to do when thinking intently on an idea. I loved it, but how do we show that exactly?

    The end product is a great example of how community comes together to support authentic art. From Brian’s beautiful song to Amanda’s quick change behind a scrim at 4 months pregnant to the ENTIRE family— kids included—pitching in to Scott Smith and the entire Big Club Hall team constructing sets and shopping for just the right slinky little dress to the crew of enthusiastic “stage hands” who participated knowing full well that their roles would involve eight hours of choreographed manual labor, this piece came to life only because of ALL of those involved. Everyone had a sense of ownership over the piece and it was very clear from the level of enthusiasm throughout the day.

    Read the entire piece on Brian Owen's blog here.

    Behind the Scenes Videos

    Brian Owens performs Friday, April 18th at the Sheldon Concert Hall as Ray Charles in an ongoing Masters Series. Bad ass.

    Thanks to Scott Gericke for the heads up.

  • #LocalKick: Finally Publish "What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?" @WTHSTL

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    Back in August of last year, typewriter stations perched upon splatter-painted boxes were making their way around St. Louis in an attempt to capture the random thoughts of citizens from all walks of life. It started off simply and then expanded to include more diverse areas of the city. Now, they're ready to publish the collection but unfortunately, they've had no luck with local publishers.

    Currently, they are at $2,500 with a goal of $6,400 and 16 days left.

    From the RFT article:
    "The submissions from the project are loud as hell," Goldkamp posts on Reddit. "They are shrill, strange cries of virtue and pain. They are blunt advisors on how to live your life. They are baptized in beer. They are one thousand steeples peering down at you making you consider death on a beautiful spring day. They are inspiring and they are heartbreaking."

    Fund it on Kickstarter.

  • Now Hiring: Design Intern - @SpokeMarketing

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    Spoke Marketing is hiring: Design Intern.
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  • Kegs With Legs #13 @NewHonorSociety Recap

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    If you didn't make it out last Thursday for Kegs With Legs, you missed one of the best turnouts so far… as well as the chance to take home a carved vegetable in a jar. We found out last minute that the talent from the new SYFY show "Carvers" were going to be showcasing their unique talent set at the event. Here's a little background on how that came to be:

    "Scott Jenkins, who works at New Honor Society (NHS), is life long friends with the shows talent and brought the idea to the storytellers at NHS. The idea was cultivated and
    Coolfire brought the show to life. The backstory is a real StL marketing collaboration and is giving birth to the new New Honor Society."

    Take a look at the pics and if you haven't made it to a Kegs With Legs yet, do the right thing and clear your last Thursday evening for April.

  • #ShitToHit TONIGHT: #KegsWithLegs 13 - Make Friends or Drink Trying @NewHonorSociety

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    You know how this goes down. We throw a party and you come to it. That's the way it's been for the past 12 times and that's the way it will be with this, the baker's dozen of Kegs With Legs tonight (we started drinking already.)

    Come check out the new agency that has people buzzing around town, New Honor Society and see what they're all about. It's bound to be a good time and there is bound to be plenty of beer on hand. See ya there.

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  • New Agency Insider: Take a Look Inside @TOKYbd >>

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    We're proud to present the first in our Insider Series for 2014 with last month's Kegs With Legs host: Toky. Toky, who has been heavily featured on the Egotist in the past, is a stalwart in the community having been around since the nineties and surging forward ever since. Get to know a little bit more about them why don't you?

    Go ahead, step inside.

    Jealous of the spotlight? Well, we'd love to feature your agency & the work that isn't typically seen by the public eye. Email us at stlouis@theegotist.com for details.

  • #ShitToHit TONIGHT: STL: Stories Told Live @PerennialBeer - The @Coolfire Foundation

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    Every person has a story to tell. Join the Coolfire Foundation at Perennial Artisan Ales on Wednesday March 26th at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of stories about plot twists, surprises, and forks in the road as we hear personal stories from some outstanding St. Louisans.

    Tim Breitbach - Vice President of Story at Coolfire Studios
    Sue McCarthy - Founder of Women's Closet Exchange
    Ben Simms - Manager at MELT
    Khalia Collier - Owner & General Manager of St. Louis Surge Women's Basketball

    There will be a suggested donation of $5 at the door and 15% of Perennial's sales will benefit the #CoolfireFoundation, which provides opportunities for urban youth to find careers in St. Louis’ creative industries.

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  • #ShitToHit TONIGHT: @SamFoxSchool Lecture Series: Illustrator @NathanFoxy

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    Nathan Fox has done it all. He has created comics and graphic novels, like the acclaimed Snow Dogs and Florescent Black. He has also drawn Batman for DC Comics' Batman BLACK AND WHITE. His illustrations have appeared in just about every major publication you can imagine, including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Time. In addition to his comics and illustration, Fox is the chair of the MFA Visual Narrative Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He was recently commissioned to create a series of striking, large-format promotional posters for the School of Visual Arts' "What's Your Story" campaign.

    Tonight at 6:30 in the Steinberg Auditorium.

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