The Ground Beneath Our Feet

An American road movie spanning 250 years

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An Addition To Our Team

Joe Newberry

We are very pleased to announce that the famed musician Joe Newberry will serve as a musical consultant for The Ground Beneath Our Feet. Joe is a Missouri native and a North Carolina transplant, but he is first and foremost a scholar of the string music idiom in America and one of its finest practitioners. We are delighted that he will be part of the team making this film.

Here’s Joe in performance with Bill Evans and Noam Pikelny from the public radio program A Prairie Home Companion.

C’est Joe un live avec Noam Pikelny et Bill Evans sur la radio publique “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer que le célèbre musicien Joe Newberry servira de consultant musical pour The Ground Beneath Our Feet. Joe est originaire du Missouri où il y a grandi avant de déménager en Caroline du Nord, mais il est avant tout un expert des instruments à cordes et de la musique folklorique américaine, très réputé aux États-Unis et l’un de ses meilleurs représentants. Nous sommes ravis qu’il fasse partie de l’équipe du film.

Help Us Spread The Word

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Thanks to everyone who has taken an interest in our project. You can be a great help to us by first “liking” the film’s page on Facebook — and then “sharing” the occasional post with people in your social network.

phone-shareWe’re trying to reach as many people as possible as we raise funds to make the movie.

Your help in promoting the project and getting the word out means we can reach a wider circle of people interested in independent filmmaking, the history of Saint Louis and Southern Illinois, and the story we want to tell about moving on with your life after having the rug pulled out from beneath your feet.

You’ll find us on Twitter @TGBOF and on Instagram, too.

Thanks for your help!

RFT: Our Favorite Paper

(L-R) Interpreter Isabelle Heidbreder of Alliance Française de Saint Louis, Alex Fortineau, reporter Danny Wicentowski, Aurélien Loevenbruck, and Théo Reynal

(L-R) Interpreter Isabelle Heidbreder of Alliance Française de Saint Louis, Alex Fortineau, reporter Danny Wicentowski, Aurélien Loevenbruck, and Théo Reynal

RFT storyThe guys sat down with reporter Danny Wicentowski in the offices of The Riverfront Times last Thursday. We are really grateful Danny took an interest in the project. And thanks to Lindsay Toler and Jessica Lussenhop for making it happen.

You can read Danny’s story online, over and over again. We have. ^^

Goodbye St. Louis

Fin de coucher de Soleil dans l'Illinois

Fin de coucher de Soleil dans l’Illinois

Et voilà,

c’est terminé, enfin presque, cet après midi nous quittons St. Louis après 10 jours de repérages et de rencontres.

Ce séjour marque le véritable lancement de The Ground Beneath Our Feet. Durant ces 10 jours intenses, nous avons eu la chance de découvrir des endroits magnifiques, correspondant à nos attentes quant aux repérages (La maison construite par Bequette à Sainte Geneviève, Fort de Chartres, la Cahokia Courthouse, mais aussi la ville de St. Louis en elle-même), qui nous permettent de nous projeter dans le futur et de commencer à préparer techniquement le film.

Mais durant ces 10 jours nous avons aussi rencontré beaucoup de gens, qui ont tous été incroyablement chaleureux et accueillants. Merci donc à Jerry et Marty King pour nous avoir accueilli dans leur magnifique appartement à la soirée de lancement, Eric & Mary Thoelke à TOKY Branding + Design pour leur aide, merci à Andrew Wimmer and Carol Leslie, Barb Prosser & Phil Heagney, Jim & J’Ann Allen et Kent & Teresa Phelan pour leur hospitalité et leurs délicieux plats, à Gregg Goldman pour le matériel, à Hank Johnson pour la visite, le prêt de sa maison et pour l’excellent repas à La Chaumette, à Dany Wicentowski pour l’article dans le RFT, à Isabelle Heidbreder et Yara Holt pour leur travail d’interprète, à Sylviane Bonino, Kimberly Ady, Laura Newsham & Suzanne Renard, ainsi que leur étudiants pour leur accueil à Nerinx et à SLUH, à Gina Heagney & Jim Tobin, à Beryl Lemon pour son travail de traduction, à Chef Aaron Teitelbaum, à Marcus Watkins pour la visite de son immense gratte-ciel, et merci à tous ceux qui nous permettent de mettre ce film en route, à travers leurs généreux dons.

 

Mais avant tout, merci à Sean Collins sans qui tout ça n’aurait même pas été imaginable. C’est grâce à toi que nous sommes ici aujourd’hui, et qu’on a eu la chance de découvrir tous ces endroits, et rencontrer tous ces gens. Merci donc de croire en nous.

Sean always on the road

Sean always on the road


Keep out please

Keep out please


View from the top of the Arch.

View from the top of the Arch.


Sea Lion having fun.

Sea Lion having fun.


Mardi Gras Mugshots @ TOKY Branding + Design / credit: Geoff Story

Mardi Gras Mugshots @ TOKY Branding + Design / credit: Geoff Story


And so, it’s finished, almost.

This afternoon we leave St. Louis after 10 days of scouting and meetings.

This trip marks the real start of The Ground Beneath Our Feet. During these 10 intense days, we had the chance to discover beautiful places, meeting all our expectations (the house built by Bequette in Ste. Genevieve, Fort de Chartres, the Cahokia Courthouse, but also the city of St. Louis itself) which allow us to project ourselves into the future and begin to technically prepare the film.

But during these 10 days we met a lot of people who were all incredibly warm and welcoming. So thank you to Jerry and Marty King for hosting us in their beautiful apartment at the launch party, Eric & Mary Thoelke at TOKY Branding + Design for their help, thank you to Andrew Wimmer and Carol Leslie, Barb Prosser & Phil Heagney, Jim and J’Ann Allen, and to Kent & Teresa Phelan for their hospitality and delicious food, Gregg Goldman for his gear, Hank Johnson for the loan for his house and for the excellent meal at Chaumette Winery, Dany Wicentowski for the article in the RFT, Isabelle Heidbreder and Yara Holt for their work as interpreters, Sylviane Bonino, Kimberly Ady, Laura Newsham & Suzanne Renard and their students for their welcome at Nerinx Hall and SLUH, Gina Heagney & Jim Tobin, Beryl Lemon for her translation work, Chef Aaron Teitelbaum, Marcus Watkins for the visit to his huge skyscraper, and thank you to all those who allow us to put this film on its way through their generous donations.

But above all, thank you to Sean Collins, without whom all this would not have even been imaginable. It is thanks to you that we are here today, and we had the chance to discover all these places and meet these people. So thank you for believing in us.

Location Scouting Around STL

Here are a few still images we shot while location scouting this past week. Let us know what you think (in the comments, below) and if you’re able to help us make our movie please visit the support page on this website. We have a few little gifts to pass on to our generous donors. You would do us a great favor if you were to share this website with your friends on social media. (We’re trying to get the word out about the film.) Thanks for all the help.

Prairie du Rocher, Illinois

near Prairie du Rocher, Illinois

Fort de Chartres

Fort de Chartres

Cahokia Courthouse

Cahokia Courthouse

Bequette-Ribault House

Bequette-Ribault House

Bequette-Ribault House

Bequette-Ribault House

Bequette-Ribault House

Bequette-Ribault House

Bolduc House

Bolduc House

Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum

l'Arche from East Saint Louis

l’Arche from East Saint Louis

Arch

Arch

Salut du haut de l’Arche

At the top of the Arch

Greetings from the top of the Arch

After a nice breakfast with Andrew and Carol, the neighbors across the street, we went downtown to take a look at the area from the top of the Arch.

Louisiana Purchase

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Designed by the architect Eero Saarenin, the Arch commemorates the Louisiana Purchase in 1804. Saint Louis is often called “The Gateway To The West” and the full name for the Arch is the “Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.” (Whatup! Manifest Destiny)

Beneath the arch is a museum with many artifacts from the 19th century — household goods and agricultural tools, for example, an awesome bison who gave a challenge to the taxidermist, and some cute beavers.

We promise we have been working, but we’ve also been able to let off some steam, too. Take a look: French in Saint Louis — Part II. (Closed captioned in English.)

Après un bon petit déjeuner chez Andrew et Carol, les voisins d’en face, nous sommes allés dans le centre-ville pour admirer le panorama de St. Louis du haut de l’Arche.

Conçue par l’architecte Eero Saarenin, l’Arche commémore la Vente de la Louisiane en 1804. Saint Louis est souvent appelée « la porte de l’Ouest » et le nom complet de l’Arche est « Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. » (Whatup, Manifest Destiny !)

Sous le monument nous pouvons trouver un musée avec de nombreux objets du 19ème siècle – biens ménagers et des outils agricoles, par exemple, un bison génial qui a lancé un défi à la taxidermiste, et quelques castors mignons.

Nous vous promettons que nous avons travaillé, mais nous avons aussi été en mesure de se défouler. Jetez un oeil: Les français à Saint Louis – Part II.

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