Spike Lee presents: CRONIES a Michael J. Larnell Project -Encore Screening

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University City High School

7401 Balson Avenue

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CRONIES is set to have its St. Louis STL ENCORE SCREENING on Saturday, JUNE 18, 2016 (7:00pm) at University City High School (7401 Balson Ave University City, MO 63130).

*PROCEEDS ARE TO BENEFIT THE UNIVERSITY CITY HIGH SCHOOL PTO*

*CONCESSIONS SERVED BY UCHS STUDENTS*

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CRONIES is a new movie that was filmed in St. Louis, MO. This Spike Lee Exexective Produced film was written and directed by University City native and NYU graduate Michael J. Larnell.

Screenings for this film have SOLD OUT in STL at both the Premiere, and at the Wash U screening during the St. Louis International Film Festival. Now it's back, playing in a bigger venue and for the benefit of the youth.

CRONIES made its debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival and has since made waves at Tribeca Film Festival (New York), NEXTFEST (Los Angeles), BFI London Film Festival (London), St. Louis International Film Festival, The Chicago International Film Festival and several other festivals and screenings.

CRONIES is Larnell’s first feature film and on it he elected to employ a local cast comprised of first time actors to tell the story. As you may be able to guess from the title, CRONIES is a story about friendship. Larnell describes it as "a movie about a day in the life of 22 year old Louis, not knowing if his childhood friendship with Jack, will last beyond today." George Sample III stars as Louis, Zurich Buckner as Jack, and Belleville native Brian Kowalski as Andrew.

Louis and Jack are lifelong friends, bound together by a childhood tragedy. Now adults, Jack spends his days drifting angrily around the streets of St. Louis, while Louis yearns for something more. Enter Andrew, Louis’ new friend from work whose very presence threatens to upset the delicate balance of the already fragile friendship. Director Michael J. Larnell’s debut feature blends the comic and the tragic perfectly, examining the bonds of platonic relationships with a sharp perspective.

Shot entirely on location in St. Louis, the film pulses with energy, following a day in the life of these young men as they attempt to grow into something more than what is expected of them. Current NYU MFA candidate Larnell wears his influences on his sleeve, offering gorgeously stark black-and-white cinematography by Federico M. Cesca and a pseudo-documentary structure that echoes the early work of his mentor and Executive Producer Spike Lee.Cronies celebrates the joys and struggles of friendship beautifully, mixing elements of New Wave cinema and contemporary urban comedy to present a fresh depiction of St. Louis life.

—Loren Hammonds
FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2015
Length: 86 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT)

CAST & CREDITS

Director: Michael J. Larnell
Screenwriter: Michael J. Larnell
Producer: Michael J. Larnell
Editor: Michael J. Larnell
Cinematographer: Federico M. Cesca
Executive Producer: Spike Lee
Music Supervisor: Albert A. Smith
Associate Producer: Julius Pryor IV, Marttise Hill, Albert A. Smith
Cast: George Sample III, Zurich Buckner, Brian Kowalski

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