Once Films


Cheerleaders for St. Louis since their inception, Once Films is a documentary-style commercial production company that champions the stories of both leaders and underdogs, locals, eccentrics, community-centric groups, passion-driven people, characters, companies large and small, nonprofits, and just about anyone willing to take a risk and forge their own path. With a studio in the heart of Midtown, their work exists at the crossroads of original content and advertising, blending the best of both worlds. Discover more at oncefilms.com.

Once Films Crew


Building the Future

Dream Builders 4 Equity aims not only to transform Hyde Park in the next five years, but also to serve…

The Courage to Dream

Dream Builders 4 Equity empowers young St. Louisans to achieve their goals.

Dreaming Big

Michael Woods and Neal Richardson knew a new approach was needed for real estate investment to make lasting change in…

What’s Possible

Marian Middle School students find inspiration for their future in the history-making election of the first Black female vice president, Kamala…

Preserving the Past, Shaping the Future

Michael Allen pushes back against the traditional view of preservation, and wants St. Louisans to embrace and appreciate all parts…

Starting Up

St. Louisans on why they chose to start their businesses here — and why they’ve flourished.

Into Existence

Nationally-recognized artist and St. Louis native Aaron Fowler shows his work in St. Louis for the first time in a…

In Full Bloom

At Oliver’s Coffee + Flower Bar in Maplewood, Olivia Ridgel's focus on creativity and inclusion have blossomed into a magical,…

Full Circle

Tru Kellman is improving health outcomes for Black women with a wraparound model of care at Missouri's first equal access…

Brewing Community

St. Louis brewers find new ways to connect with beer lovers and continue their businesses during the pandemic.

Novel Tees

In St. Peters, Shirt Kong is Screenprinting T-Shirts to Support Small Businesses throughout the Metro Area.

‘Round and ‘Round

For 50 years, Mathew and Niah Foggy have built community while circling the roller rink at Skate King.

Man and woman standing at skate rental counter

Home(Town) Brew

Here in one of the nation's top beer cities, St. Louis brewers are shaping the industry's future.

A man pulls a beer tap in a brewery

Making a Mark

In creating custom wood pieces through Mwanzi Co., Jermain Todd is taking the St. Louis maker movement around the globe.

Jermain Todd produces custom wood pieces at Mwanzi.

Call of the Wild

For Kari Musgrave, honing her veterinary skills at the world-class Saint Louis Zoo is a dream come true.

portrait of st. louis veterinarian

Urban Oasis

Theo Smith thought he’d become an urban planner, but Kennedy Forest in Forest Park beckoned.

Sweet Dreams

La Patisserie Chouquette co-owner and executive pastry chef Simone Faure has become the maven of macarons in St. Louis.


Masters of Light

Just as their great-great grandfather did, Aaron Frei and his siblings are coloring St. Louis with hand-crafted stained glass.

Emil Frei

Cool Rider

Sump Motorcycle owner and mechanic Mike Henneberry just might love your bike even more than you do.

Sump Motorcycles

Planting Seeds

Angi Taylor found meaningful work in St. Louis’s growing agriculture industry.

Barrelling Along

Creating barrel-aged beard oils helped Jeremy Allen Stanton rediscover his fire.

Family Matters

Angie Smart is an accomplished violinist with the St. Louis Symphony – a career her son Theo Bockhorst might want,…

Angie Smart and Theo Bockhorst rehearse in the green room at Powell Hall.