St. Louis is a city with a lot of character. The neighborhoods each have their own personality.
One thing we are proud of with FOUR COLOR EULOGY is how much of a character St. Louis plays in the film. It is set in South St. Louis, and the film depicts aspects that are unique to that part of the city. There are things that make sense to those who grew up elsewhere (a guy walking down the street eating a Ted Drewes concrete, sitting on the front porch steps, breakfast at Uncle Bill’s) and those more subtle things that only those who grew up in South City would pick up on (Step Ball, cutting through the alleys to get from the neighbor’s house to yours, hanging by the fire pit on the back yard ) are woven into FOUR COLOR EULOGY.
Jason Contini and his father John Contini (who created the story of FOUR COLOR EULOGY and both star in the film) grew up in South St. Louis. John taught at Rosati-Kain High School (yes, that John Contini) and his brother Rich Contini (who John’s character in the film is named after) taught at St. Mary’s High School for nearly 30 year. Both Jason and John attended St. Mary’s High School and Jason grew up just down the street from the house that is featured in the film. When creating this movie, the writers really wanted to capture the special feel of life in St. Louis.
Another thing that we did to keep the strong St. Louis ties was to represent St. Louis people. All of the actors in the film are theatre actors from the St. Louis area. We knew that this city is full of incredibly talented actors and since Jason has been doing theatre since he was three, and John is a full-time actor and director, their connections to the theatre community are strong and they were able to help connect us with the talent in the area.
FOUR COLOR EULOGY begins screening at Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine on April 8. Tickets are on sale now!