Clients, Film, Production

We love being in the storytelling business – and what better way to celebrate Halloween than by treating our friends and clients to a silent-movie-themed bash? Costumed guests arrived at historic Glen Echo Country Club, where they were greeted by a photographer (who snapped shots on a vintage camera) and ushered into the spooky-yet-elegant ballroom. Thanks to flawless event execution by Coda, partygoers were transported back in time, as classic silent movies flickered on the walls, tuxedoed bartenders poured drinks, and a palm-reader told fortunes.


Outside, guests mingled by a roaring bonfire while waiting their turn to take a very haunted hayride through the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi. Hired actors turned into zombies for the evening, adding an element of surprise to the journey. All across the club’s acreage, performers from Circus Kaput juggled, breathed fire, and performed other feats.


Toward the end of the evening, all of the guests gathered to view So My Caddie’s an Axe Murderer, an original ten-minute silent film written, directed, and produced by First Rule and starring such notable St. Louisans as Delmar Loop developer Joe Edwards, Regional Arts Commission Executive Director Jill McGuire, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis director Tim O’Leary. A pianist provided live accompaniment for the film.


A combination of event-planning, performance art, filmmaking, and hospitality created one very magical evening – one that guests talked about long after October 31.