Cinema at Citygarden – a biennial program organized by Cinema St. Louis (CSL) and funded by the Gateway Foundation – is pleased to announce the winners of its sixth juried competition. The competition was open to St. Louis-area filmmakers. Participants created short works that incorporated Nature as a key element.

The program debuted on Citygarden’s video wall on Friday, May 31, 2019. The videos played on a loop from 5-10 p.m. daily through the end of June. The video wall is set within a limestone wall that arcs across two blocks.

The three-person jury for the competition consisted of Kamau Bilal, a documentarian (“Baby Brother,” “Crown Candy,” “What Kind of Man”) and an assistant professor of film studies at UM-Columbia; native St. Louisan Jim Finn, an avant-garde filmmaker (“The Drunkard’s Lament,” “The Juche Idea,” “Interkosmos”) and an associate professor of film and video at the Pratt Institute; and native St. Louisan Jane Gillooly, a filmmaker of experimental documentaries and narratives (“Where the Pavement Ends,” “Suitcase of Love and Shame,” “Today the Hawk Takes One Chick”) and a professor of media arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

The three winning works, whose filmmakers receive cash prizes, are the following:

First-Place Award ($1,500): Word Play 

By Brittanie A. Goldsby, Jon Taylor, DOA Ron G., Ackurate, Carleone Carle, Terrell Blaze, Tank the Machine, Kyarra L.A., Viva La Fame, and Mazzy Talks

Second-Place Award ($1,000): Green Lemon Buggy

By the Opera Bell Band and co-directors Jess Adkins and Shane Devine

Third-Place Award ($500): The Exchange Student

By Nathan Bowman and the Hazelwood North Middle School Filmmaking Club

In addition, seven other competition films were featured as part of the video-wall presentation:

Art Hill, by Patrick Delhougne

GroundLess, by Jerod Welker

Instar, by Coalfather Industries

Menagerie, by Ken Koste

Nature of Sound, by Jon Alexander

Pizzicato, by Zlatko Ćosić

St. Louis, by Dylan Kuehner

Cinema St. Louis also screened the three competition winners — as well as other Cinema at Citygarden competition entries chosen by CSL — as part of the Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, held July 12-14 and 19-21, 2019, at Washington U.’s Brown Hall.

Among the most beloved public spaces in St. Louis, Citygarden is a two-block oasis of plants and trees, water, and internationally renowned sculpture in the heart of downtown’s Gateway Mall. Opened in 2009, the garden is free and open to the public 365 days a year. It’s been a hit since the day it opened, and the garden continues to attract visitors from all over the St. Louis area, the nation, and the world with its blend of beauty and serenity and fun. In 2011, it received one of the nation’s most prestigious honors in urban planning, the Urban Land Institute’s Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award.