Target: St. Louis Vol. 1

Told through the eyes of then children now survivors, TARGET tells the story of the United States Government conducted secret experiments on unknowing residents of northern St. Louis by spraying toxic chemicals, specifically targeting in on the legendary Pruitt-Igoe complex and surrounding area. The targeted population were predominantly African American residents of low income and these residents within the area are the focus of this film.

Target: St Louis Vol. 1 shares the disturbing and tear-jerking story of how one of many Cold War experiments affected the lives of innocent people of color. The film examines the actions, or lack thereof, of the U.S. Military that extended beyond the guarantees of public safety promised to U.S. citizens under the guise of the Constitution.

  • Damien D. Smith
    Director
    Daddy's Big Girl
  • Damien D. Smith
    Writer
    About That...
  • Damien D. Smith
    Producer
    Daddy's Big Girl
  • Sinclair Sinner
    Producer
  • Emma Jackson
    Producer
  • Edwin 'EdVanz'd' Morrow
    Producer
  • Reesha L. Archibald
    Producer
  • Maria Chappelle Nadal
    Key Cast
    "Herself "
  • Ben Phillips
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Carolyn Perkins
    Key Cast
    "Herself"
  • Sarah M. Barnes
    Key Cast
    "Herself"
  • Chester Deanes Jr.
    Key Cast
    "Himself "
  • Dr. Lisa Martino Taylor
    Key Cast
    "Herself "
  • Reese Archibald
    Key Cast
    "Himself "
  • Elkin L. Kistner
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Willis Lloyd
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Benton Smith
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Tony Perkins
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Dennis Robinson
    Key Cast
    "Himself "
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Urbanworld World Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    September 30, 2021
    North American Premiere
    WINNER Best Feature Documentary
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis
    United States
    November 5, 2021
Director Biography - Damien D. Smith

Smith’s stage and television credits include the NAACP Theater Award-winning production of “12x9,” and most recently the television series “Snowfall” on Fx Networks and “The Purge”on USA networks. His directorial debut short narrative film entitled ABOUT THAT…, a powerful look at love through the eyes of a mentally disturbed young man won the Arts with Impact film Award.

Smith’s last short film Daddy’s Big Girl won the Gentleman Jack Daniel’s Reel to Real Filmmaker of the Year Awards.

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Target: St. Louis. Vol. 1
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
*WINNER*
Urbanworld Film Fest
2021