It's no secret that many St. Louisans are just scraping by, paycheck to paycheck. But for those whose jobs are seasonal or uncertain, the gaps in between are more familiar than the paychecks. Tony Monaghan came to America from Ireland to escape the classism and prejudice of his homeland but found a subtler, more pernicious form of class warfare here. He runs a St. Louis construction company that employs workers with criminal records and drug problems who live in persistent poverty. Both shocked and intrigued by his employees' combination of obvious craftsmanship and inability to escape their conditions, Monaghan joined forces with filmmaker Christopher Gibbs to document their lives. The film Rednecks + Culchies (an Irish term equivalent to redneck) shows how the working class lives in a city that ignores them at best and dismisses them at worst. Rednecks + Culchies screens again at 7 p.m. tonight at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.facebook.com/rednecksandculchies). Admission is a suggested $12 donation, which benefits Sisters Helping Each Other Reach a Higher Height and its mission of assisting low-income women.
Price: $12 suggested donation