By Vicki Bennington – For the Telegraph
Little did Jason Contini know that working in a comic book shop as a teenager would later inspire the idea for a film.
But “Four Color Eulogy” was actually born from his memories of working at Comic Headquarters in St. Louis.
Opening Friday, April 8, at Wehrenberg Ronnie’s 20 Cine with a full-on red-carpet premiere event, it will include appearance by cast and crew, and viewing of the film, shot completely in the bi-state region. The film will run twice a day through Thursday, April 14.
In addition to “drone”-establishment scenes and cross-country landscapes shot in Illinois, locations in the St. Louis include Melrose Tavern on The Hill, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House on S. Kingshighway, Ss. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carondelet, Crane’s Country Store and Newcastle Comics in Maryland Heights, among others. The house used as the main character’s home is owned by one of Contini’s old family friends.
Contini and his father, John, are well-known St. Louis theater actors, and John directed drama at several area high schools. John appeared in the feature film, “Escape from New York”; Jason in vampire thriller “Shadowland.”
The entire “Four Color Eulogy” cast is made up of regional actors. Jason said the movie is very character-driven, and the town itself — The South Side — is its own character.