Bread and Roses sponsoring Labor Day weekend film festival


TrumboBread and Roses Missouri, an arts organization merging the arts and social justice, is partnering with The Saint Louis Labor Council, SAG/AFTRA and the Communication Workers City Council to offer three FREE film screenings on September 2 and 3, the weekend just prior to Labor Day.

  • The first film, Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren, tells the story of Dalton Trumbo, one of Hollywood’s top screenwriters until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs in 1947.
  • The second film, Sing Faster, the Stagehands’ Ring Cycle, tells the story of Wagner’s epic masterpiece entirely from the point of view of the opera’s unsung heroes –the union stagehands.

Both films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Lewis Room at Fontbonne University. Trumbo will be screened on Friday, Sept. 2, and Sing Faster on Saturday evening, Sept. 3. Refreshments will be available.

  • singThe third film is Chicken Run, a matinee, screening at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Graphic Arts Union Hall in Maryland Heights. Chicken Run is a family entertainment for folks from ages six to seventy. Families should come for an afternoon of real and animated fun, including live music, storytelling and face painting.

The Film Festival is free and open to the public but RSVPs are strongly encouraged through the group’s Facebook page, via email at, or by calling 314-380-0174.


Bread and Roses Missouri is a non-profit with the mission of organizing arts and humanities projects for and about workers and their families, provides artist-led workshops for children in five city community centers and two immigrant and refugee venues. Products of the summer youth camps will be on view at Fontbonne.

Chicken-RunThe name of the organization, Bread and Roses, is commonly associated with labor activist Rose Schneiderman who, during the historic Lawrence, Massachusetts textile strike in 1912, argued that workers needed both “bread and roses,” fair wages as well as better conditions on and off the job that would allow workers the time and leisure to enjoy a life that provided sustenance beyond basic necessities. The term has become iconic, enshrined in a poem, a song and a 2000 film and has spawned organizations and groups nationwide dedicated to the belief that one does not live by bread alone, and committed to the concept that art has the capacity to both enrich lives and effect meaningful social change.


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