One Of Nation’s Most Prestigious Documentary Film Fests Selects St. Louis Film

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Nine Network documentary Gentlemen of Vision­ an official AFI DOCS film festival selection for 2017

St. Louis, MO — May 12, 2017Gentlemen of Vision, a film that documents the journey of a step team from North St. Louis County as they work toward high school graduation, will be screened at the Landmark E Street Theatre in Washington, D.C. on June 16 at 4 p.m. as an official AFI DOCS selection for 2017.

Gentlemen of Vision is a co-production of the Nine Network of Public Media and independent filmmaker and past AFI DOCS Audience Award Winner, Frank Popper (Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?). The documentary is part of the American Graduate initiative and was made possible with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and regional support from the JSM Charitable Trust, the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, the Missouri Humanities Council (in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities), Express Scripts, and Emerson.

The Nine Network’s Jim Kirchherr, co-director of the film, said it was important a broader audience knew about the trials and triumphs of the step team featured in the film now set to be screened in the nation’s capital this summer.

“These kids and their accomplishments weren’t even necessarily known in their own community, let alone in the broader community of the [St. Louis] metropolitan area, first of all, and certainly not the country as a whole,” Kirchherr said.

Popper and Kirchherr previously collaborated on the Nine Network series Homeland: Immigration in America, which aired on PBS in 2012.

AFI DOCS is a documentary film festival created by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel. It is held every year in Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Such recognizable documentary filmmakers as Ken Burns, Werner Herzog, Spike Lee and Errol Morris, among others, make up the AFI DOCS advisory board.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating 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 Network 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 PBS KIDS), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at 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.




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