After nearly two years of work, Bill Streeter is finally concluding his documentary on St. Louis architecture, Brick By Chance and Fortune. And before its release, the the film is getting a lot more coverage than anticipated.
The national website BoingBoing mentioned the film twice this month, and Laughing Squid has also given it a nod. But perhaps the biggest notoriety thus far has come from Comedy Central's Tosh.O, which lampooned a trailer for the film on his website yesterday.
The site notes that Streeter "scored all the big interviews," including "some dorky guy from your high school social studies class" (presumably St. Louis preservationist Michael Allen) and "a black guy who knows a liiiiittle too much about brick stealing" (presumably Alderman Sam Moore).
Streeter tells Daily RFT that he thought Tosh.O's review of the trailer was hilarious. "Frankly, I didn't think this film would have legs outside St. Louis," says Streeter. "So, I'm glad to see that people elsewhere are taking an interest."
Of course, it was people from elsewhere who got Streeter interested in shooting a documentary on St. Louis brick in the first place.
"When I moved here from Chicago in 2001, I thought the city's brick architecture was pretty remarkable," says Streeter. "But it wasn't until a friend from the West Coast came to visit me and was blown away by all the brick that I really began looking into the subject."
And while reviewers thus far have only seen the trailer for the film, Streeter hopes to send out some screeners prior to the film's debut August 14 at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. In addition to "big interviews" with the likes of Allen and Moore, the film also includes commissioned works from local musicians Pokey LaFarge and Mat Wilson of the Rum Drum Ramblers.
Update: Michael Allen tells Daily RFT this morning that he's not surprised with Tosh.O's depiction of him as a "dorky guy from your high school social studies class."