Tribute to Kim Tucci and Harold and Maude
Cinema St. Louis pays tribute to longtime board chair Kim Tucci as part of SLIFF’s 25th-anniversary celebration. Kim’s service to the St. Louis region includes investing in the community, raising funds to fight disease, and enabling projects of civic pride. And still, somehow, he finds time to enjoy the movies. While many cinephiles would be content with outings to the local multiplex, Kim has put his love of film to greater use by serving on the board of Cinema St. Louis for the past decade, chairing the organization since 2008. He also served for many years as chair of the Missouri Film Commission. His selfless work has both helped build the film industry here in Missouri and allowed Cinema St. Louis to bring some of the world’s best films to St. Louis. The evening — held at the recently opened Delmar Hall — begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and is followed by a program that includes a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation, a live auction to benefit Cinema St. Louis, and a short conversation about movies between Kim and Y98’s Guy Phillips. The night is capped with a screening of one of Kim’s favorite films, “Harold and Maude.” The tribute portion of the program is a fundraiser for Cinema St. Louis, but the screening of “Harold and Maude” — which starts at 8 p.m. — is free and open to all (though donations are encouraged).
Film CategoryShow-Me Cinema
Price includes 8 p.m. screening of "Harold and Maude."
6 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. - Program: Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation, J. Kim Tucci
Auction to Benefit Cinema St. Louis
8 p.m. - Screening of “Harold & Maude” (Kim’s favorite film)
Harold and Maude
At this year’s SLIFF, Cinema St. Louis honors our longtime chair, Kim Tucci, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his invaluable contributions both to our organization and the Missouri Film Commission. The program — see “Tribute to Kim Tucci” — will conclude with his hand-picked film selection, the 1971 black comedy “Harold and Maude.” A May-December romance at its most extreme, the film begins with its titular couple meeting cute at a funeral. Harold (Bud Cort), a rich, suicide-obsessed 20-year-old, finds a kindred spirit in Maude (Ruth Gordon), a lively 79-year-old who shares his penchant for crashing strangers’ funerals. But Maude’s optimistic, carefree approach to life contrasts sharply with Harold’s gloomily morbid outlook, and she opens up an array of new possibilities for him, including an incongruous interest in banjo-picking. Written by Colin Higgins (“Silver Streak,” “Foul Play,” “9 to 5”) and directed by the under-appreciated Hal Ashby — who helmed several of the 1970s’ most celebrated films (“The Last Detail,” “Shampoo,” “Coming Home,” “Being There”) — “Harold and Maude” helped usher in a vibrant new era in American filmmaking known as the Hollywood Renaissance. The tribute portion of the program is a fundraiser for Cinema St. Louis, but the screening of “Harold and Maude” is free and open to all (though donations are encouraged).