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Movie Poster for the Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Photograph courtesy of Daniel T. Magidson

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02 Written Materials / Reviews
03 Awards
04 Images and Stills
05 Video
06 Personnel / Credits

Running time: 83 minutes
720p, 16:9
Director: Chad Freidrichs
Written by: Chad Freidrichs, Jaime Freidrichs
Producers: Chad Freidrichs, Jaime Freidrichs, Brian Woodman, Paul Fehler
Original Score by: Benjamin Balcom

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American Historical Association:
2011 John E. O'Connor Film Award
"Recognizing outstanding interpretations of history through the medium of film or video."

Organization of American Historians:
2012 Erik Barnouw Award
"For outstanding programming on television, or in documentary film, dealing with American History."

International Documentary Association:
2012 ABCNews VideoSource Award
"For best use of archival footage in a documentary produced for television or film."

Written Materials
Film synopses in 50, 100, 250, and 1000 word lengths [PDF, Plain Text]

Variety review by Robert Koehler
New Yorker review by Michael Sragow
New York Times "Art & Design" section; by Michael Kimmelman
indieWIRE review by Eric Kohn
AMC review by Chris Barsanti
PopMatters review by Cynthia Fuchs
Icon review by Tim Maly

February 22, 2011 Press release announcing True/False Film Festival [PDF]
February 16, 2011 Missouri History Museum press release announcing St. Louis screening, April 9th [PDF, HTML]
January 12, 2011 Press release announcing Oxford and Big Sky Film Festivals [PDF]

Images and Stills
The following images are available in two sizes; "Large" images are around 1500px, and 350kB, "Very Large" images are around 3000px and 1200kB. All images are available at higher resolution TIFFs if needed, email us if you require them.

"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" Movie Poster [ThumbLargeVery LargePDF]
Iconic P-I Implosion Photograph [Thumb]
Aerial View of Pruitt-Igoe [ThumbLargeVery Large]
Half-Demolished Building [ThumbLargeVery Large]
Architectural Model of Pruitt-Igoe [ThumbLargeVery Large]
USGS Airphoto of Pruitt-Igoe and Environs [ThumbLargeVery Large]
Child Sitting in Pruitt-Igoe [ThumbLargeVery Large]
Site-Plan/Blueprints of Pruitt-Igoe [ThumbLargeVery Large]

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth - Promotional Postcard - Back

Large JPEG (Web)
Front (181kB jpeg)
Back (172kB jpeg)
Very Large JPEG (Print)
Front (1182kB jpeg)
Back (1292kB jpeg)

All film stills taken at native 720p resolution. Preview all film stills at our Flickr account or download all stills as a ZIP file (8.1mb ZIP). Here are a few:
Walking in Pruitt-Igoe
Walking in Pruitt-Igoe II
Make Pruitt-Igoe #1
Pruitt-Igoe Wide Shot
Unbreakable Items Designed for Pruitt-Igoe
Slum Clearance in St. Louis
Arch Construction with Pruitt-Igoe in Background
Children on Empty Pruitt-Igoe Site

Film Trailer:
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Press clips are available. Please contact Linnea Goderstad at First Run Features for more information.

Directed by
Chad Freidrichs
Produced by
Chad Freidrichs
Jaime Freidrichs
Paul Fehler
Brian Woodman
Script by
Chad and Jaime Freidrichs
Music by
Benjamin Balcom
Jason Henry
Sylvester Brown
Robert Fishman
Joseph Heathcott
Brian King
Joyce Ladner
Ruby Russell
Valerie Sills
Jacquelyn Williams

• Chad Freidrichs 01; 02
Paul Fehler
Jaime Freidrichs
Brian Woodman


Jason Henry
Narrator Jason Henry is an actor, voice talent and print model represented by the TalentPlus agency. Mr. Henry was born and raised in East St. Louis, IL, just across the river from the Pruitt-Igoe site. He is a loving husband and father of four.

(For info on Director Chad Freidrichs, please see Director's Bio page

"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" producer Paul Fehler Headshot (thumbnail)

Paul Fehler
Producer Paul Fehler and Chad Freidrichs became friends in Eighth Grade, when an alphabetical seating chart placed them in the same row in gym class. He has been helping Chad make films for almost as long.

He was a producer on Freidrichs’ previous two feature length documentaries, Jandek on Corwood and First Impersonator. Mr. Fehler lives in an apartment in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri and has one pet.

Jaime Freidrichs - Producer, Writer - the Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Jaime Freidrichs
Jaime Freidrichs served as an associate producer on Chad Freidrichs' previous two films, Jandek on Corwood and First Impersonator.

In addition to her role as a producer of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History, Jaime co-wrote the film's script.

"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" producer Brian Woodman Headshot (thumbnail)

Brian Woodman
Producer Brian Woodman received his Ph.D. in Film/Media Studies from the University of Kansas. He has worked with film collections in several archives around the U.S., and for the past few years he has served as the Documentary Co-Curator for the St. Louis International Film Festival.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is Brian's first film with Chad, Jaime, and Paul.

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