Thursday, September 24, 2009

FREE screening of Daniel Bowers' film GUS at the History Museum Thursday Night

Nothing to do tonight? Check out Gus, filmmaker Dan Bowers 2003 documentary about Gus Torresgrossa, a local business owner in Washington Avenue's Garment District. Gus is a character in every way, and Bowers' film serves not only to illuminate its characters, but to tell the story of St Louis as Washington Street changed from a business district to a neighborhood of upscale lofts and clubs.

You might know Dan Bowers' other film, A. (Anonymous), a pretty hilarious mockumentary about an addict support group. Gus shares that same love of individual quirks and an eye for the everyday turned into a story.

This is what the RFT had to say about the film when it first premiered in 2003,
"Take one ageless, earthy, generous-to-a-fault Italian-American owner; one diminutive, chain-smoking, costume-wearing roughneck employee (that would be Jimmy Doyle); and the neighborhood kids and young rappers who buy their gear (and occasionally perform) at Gus's Washington Avenue location, and you get a unique subject."

The film runs 23 minutes and admission is free. Stop by the History Museum and learn a little something about your city.

FREE Gus screening at the Missouri History Museum
7pm Thurs, Sept 24, Lee Auditorium

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