Gentlemen of Vision Gets World Premiere at St. Louis International Film Fest

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Extended Version of Film about Community Hope and Possibility Debuts November 10.

St. Louis, MO — November 2, 2016 — The St. Louis International Film Festival showcases some of the best films from around the world. The Nine Network’s Gentlemen of Vision has been invited to be part the festival this year. The young men in the film represent the best of our region and all of our hopes for youth in our community to reach their greatest potential.

A special feature film version, with never-before-seen footage, will be presented free of charge on Thursday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Ritenour Auditorium.

Directly after the film, the national championship team will perform and coach Marlon Wharton along with the film’s directors, Jim Kirchherr and Frank Popper, will be on hand for a Q&A session, moderated by Joanna Dee Das, assistant professor of dance, Washington University, St. Louis.

The film showcases the possibilities for our youth when given alternative choices in life.

It celebrates resilience and brotherhood, and demonstrates that caring, consistent adults can make a difference in the lives of teens. The competitive step team is based in the Riverview Gardens School District, but attracts members from all across North County. The team defies expectations as the teens’ focus on winning national competitions and achieving in school and life.

Their coach and champion, Marlon Wharton, insists that members consider and plan for a winning future as well. “The [GOV] process is so rigorous with us being in these guys’ ears about college, about life, about plans, about goals, that 100 percent of them have plans and goals. They enroll in college, and they’re doing great things,” Wharton said.

The Gentlemen of Vision documentary is part of the Nine Network’s American Graduate initiative, public media’s commitment to help local communities keep more students on the path to a high school diploma, college and successful careers.


About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life. Nine’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our vision of a strong and healthy community working together through public media and our mission of igniting the spirit of possibility.


About American Graduate

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help keep youth on the track to a high school diploma and beyond. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 128 public radio and television stations have joined forces with more than 1,700 partners and at-risk schools across 48 states and one territory. National partners include Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Alliance for Excellent Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Newman’s Own Foundation. With engagement of the community and content that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations are important resources in helping young people succeed in communities across the country.


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