The Bourbon Friday Show with Dan Parris and Bobby Herrera from the In Motion Conference

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On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Bobby Herrera, CEO of Gray Picture, and Dan Parris, Director of the In Motion Filmmaking Conference.

In Motion Conference—Bringing St. Louis Filmmakers Together

This year marks the first-ever In Motion Filmmaking Conference here in St. Louis.

With the goal of bringing together filmmakers of all skill-levels, backgrounds, and interests from across the city, the In Motion Conference is an event for any person interested in filmmaking. This day-long event features over 30 speakers, breakout sessions about a variety of filmmaking topics, as well as a pitch competition.

“If you look at the different speakers in our conference, most of them have St. Louis connections and most of them have done things that have hit a national or international level and people wouldn’t realize it because we don’t have this kind of gathering of all the different groups and filmmakers,” says Parris.

And since filmmakers of all levels are encouraged to join, Parris and Herrera are excited to see all of the interesting and insightful collaborations that follow as a result of the conference.

“It seems to be working really well to mesh kind of high end work that’s going on with people who want to just dive right into stories and films and concepts of that nature,” says Herrera.

While the event for this year has passed, there are still opportunities for St. Louis filmmakers to get involved.

Continuity, the company behind the In Motion Conference, aims to expand diversity and media production through skills based training, mentorship, and opportunities. To do that they offer a 36 week training program for adults in underrepresented communities who want to break into the film industry.

If you’re interested in learning more about the In Motion Filmmaking Conference or looking out for any upcoming events you can go to for more information.

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Bourbon Innovation

As always, the Bourbon Friday team does their best to choose a fitting drink for the occasion.

Since there were two guests, two bourbons were selected. First is JTS Brown Bottled-in-Bond. This bourbon, featured in the movie The Hustler, is a good example of how bourbon has become a very recognizable storytelling device in many films.

The second bottle is Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey. This brand, and it’s parent company Wild Turkey, are following a new trend in whiskey advertising. Wild Turkey, among several others, have been using documentary style productions to promote and advertise their products—this style not only educates customers about the brand, but can also tell a unique story about the whiskey and its history.

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Megan McDonnell is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Tenacity, an open source web development agency based in St. Louis. Originally from Kansas City, Megan graduated from St. Louis University in May 2017 with degrees in Communication, Marketing, Spanish, and Graphic Design. Besides managing all marketing and communication efforts for Tenacity, she also covers the Bourbon Friday Show hosted weekly by EQ, Tenacity, and Connect Marketing.