Seven Film Screenings Worth Seeing this December

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St. Louis is a great city for film-lovers with festivals like the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), outdoor film festivals in the warmer months and more, including various film series happening throughout December. This month, get out of the cold and into a cozy theater to check out some of the following film screenings around town:

Design is One film

Design is One: The Vignellis. Photo courtesy of

Webster University Film Series
Dec. 8: “Precious Life”
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is studied and then discussed in this thought-provoking film with different perspectives, challenging dialogues and more.

Dec. 15-16: “Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie”
This film documents and examines the life of sociopathic television talk-show personality Morton Downey Jr. who changed the format of his field.

Dec. 18-22: “Design is One”
Two designers, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, are followed in this film that points out the highlights of being influential masters of form and space.

Dec. 23-25: “A Classic Christmas: From 1950s Television!”
The 1950s take center stage during this nostalgic film with its clips and discussions of shows like “A Howdy Doody Christmas,” “Santa’s Surprise” and Betty White’s “A Date with the Angels.”

Schaflly Bottleworks Film Screenings
Dec. 4: “The Legend of the Drunken Master”
Catch this Jackie Chan film about a man trying to appease his pacifist father’s wishes while also stopping foreigners from stealing artifacts and precious items.

Dec. 5: “A Mad Monster Party
This late 1960s film featuring clay-created Halloween-like characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and Dracula, reveals the artsy filmmaking going on during that era.

Mad Art Gallery
Dec. 14, “Filmage: The Story of Descendants”
A punk-rock documentary, this film tells the history and story of The Descendants and their music. Band leader Bill Stevenson is a primary character in the film, which also features interviews with big-name musicians like Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and Mike Watt of Minutemen.

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