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35 Days

Thursday, November 10 at 9:15pm

The latest from longtime SLIFF favorite Chris Grega (“Rhineland,” “Game of the Year,” “Sound of Nothing”), “35 Days” is a mockumentary riff on a subject that the local filmmaker knows all too well: the scramble to complete a movie on a tight deadline and... Read more

42 Seconds Of Happiness

Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm

A circle of friends reunite for a weekend away to celebrate the same-sex wedding of a member of their group. Despite their best efforts to behave, a series of surprise plans, unexpected arrivals, and exposed secrets lead to an explosion of drama that cannot be... Read more

Agents of Change

Friday, November 4 at 7:30pm

As the civil-rights, Black Power, and anti-Vietnam War movements made national headlines in the late 1960s, another, less-known struggle for inclusion was taking place on college campuses. Exemplified by protests at San Francisco State and Cornell University (with... Read more

American Zealot

Sunday, November 13 at 3:00pm

Lucy is an unassuming Catholic schoolgirl — book-smart, quiet, devout. Two weeks before graduation, she discovers that her best friend recently had an abortion. As Lucy struggles with her friend’s decision, the morality problem she’s using as the basis for her... Read more

Among Wolves

Saturday, November 12 at 4:00pm
Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

Twenty years after the war, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to struggle with little help from those in power. In one small mountain town, however, an unorthodox leader has emerged, determined to help those around him finally escape from the shadow of war. A born... Read more

Art of the Prank

Saturday, November 5 at 5:30pm

“Art of the Prank” offers a hilarious and provocative profile of New York artist Joey Skaggs, the godfather of the media hoax. Famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, the Fat Squad, and the Portofess (a mobile confessional... Read more

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Saturday, November 12 at 6:00pm

Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bert Berns, the most important ’60s songwriter and record producer whose name you’ve never... Read more

Beijing, New York

Friday, November 4 at 6:30pm
Saturday, November 5 at 6:00pm

“Beijing, New York” is the stunningly beautiful directorial debut of renowned Chinese cinematographer Rain Li, who has shot films for Gus Van Sant (“Paranoid Park”), Scott McGehee and David Siegel (“Uncertainty”), and Stanley Kwan (“Showtime”). Named one of the “... Read more

Bob's Tour: Understanding What We See

Saturday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Washington University graduate Jun Bae profiles Bob Hansman, a beloved architecture professor at the school. In its portrait of a white man with a black son, the film provides an intimate look at Hansman and his insights into segregated St. Louis. The film follows... Read more

Bogdan's Journey

Sunday, November 13 at 3:00pm

“Bogdan’s Journey” is a story about conflict and reconciliation, about contemporary Poland and its Jewish past. Kielce, Poland, was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom. In 1946, townspeople killed 40 Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building,... Read more

Camden: Love/Hate

Saturday, November 12 at 3:00pm

“Camden: Love/Hate” follows six teenagers from Camden, N.J., as they document the story of their city, from the glory days of the postwar boom to today’s violent and fraught reality. After learning filmmaking skills at a last-chance high school, the Camden Center... Read more

Chi-Raq

Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm

Spike Lee's modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, “Chi-Raq” is set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. Beautiful Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) is in love with aspiring rapper Demtrius “Chi-Raq” Dupree (Nick... Read more

Cold Moon

Friday, November 4 at 7:00pm

The supernatural crime thriller “Cold Moon” tells the story of Nathan Redfield (Josh Stewart), an arrogant man of great wealth who has either lost his mind or is being tormented by terrible forces beyond even the most paranoid of imaginings. In a sleepy Southern... Read more

Comfort

Saturday, November 12 at 4:30pm

Lonely, mild-mannered Cameron (Christopher Dinh) is content racing around the dark streets of Los Angeles as a late-night courier for his slick boss, Eddie (Billy Sly Williams). Then one fateful night, an important client, Martin (Kelvin Han Yee), asks Cameron to... Read more

Coming Through the Rye

Sunday, November 6 at 12:30pm

Inspired by events from the filmmaker’s own life, “Coming Through the Rye” is the poignant and funny story of 16-year-old Jamie Schwartz (Alex Wolff), who in 1969 has landed at an all-boys boarding school for all the wrong reasons. Ostracized by nearly everyone,... Read more

Contemporary Color

Saturday, November 5 at 8:30pm

In “Contemporary Color,” 10 of the country’s elite color-guard teams — the flag-flipping, sequin-studded crème de la crème of the “sport of the arts” — sync-step with musical luminaries for a bacchanalia of beats, sabre-spinning, and glitter cannons. The organizer... Read more

Creedmoria

Saturday, November 12 at 7:00pm

Loosely based on filmmaker Alicia Slimmer’s life growing up in 1980s Queens, “Creedmoria” chronicles the attempts of 17-year-old Candy (Stef Dawson) to inject some “fun” into her dysfunctional life. Given her crazy-making troubles, the proximity of Candy’s home to... Read more

The Dark Knight Returns: An Epic Fan Film

Monday, November 7 at 9:30pm

Inspired by Frank Miller's seminal 1986 graphic novel, local filmmaker Wyatt Weed (“Shadowland,” “Four Color Eulogy”) offers his unofficial fan’s take on the Batman mythos. Following the death of Robin at the hands of the Joker, Bruce Wayne (Weed) hung up the cowl... Read more

Daughters of the Dust

Sunday, November 13 at 8:00pm

As a nod to our past on SLIFF’s 25th anniversary, the fest spotlights a freshly restored edition of “Daughters of the Dust.” Julie Dash’s widely hailed classic — the inspiration for Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” — helped inaugurate the fest in memorably grand fashion... Read more

Davi's Way

Sunday, November 6 at 4:00pm

Legendary character actor Robert Davi has appeared in more than 130 films, including beloved cult classic “The Goonies” — as the opera-singing villain — and Bond film “License to Kill.” Almost inevitably typecast as the bad guy because of his rugged looks, Davi... Read more

Drawing Home

Thursday, November 10 at 6:30pm

In 1920s Boston, East Coast debutante Catharine Robb (newcomer Julie Lynn Mortensen) is dating the most eligible bachelor in the world, John D. Rockefeller III. Her future seems set: a dream life in the upper echelons of society. But Catherine finds her careful... Read more

Dream/Killer

Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm

Many St. Louisans likely have dim memories of the 2001 murder of Columbia (Mo.) Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. But for the Ferguson family, that tragic event has remained all too vivid. Convicted of the crime — which took place when he was a 17-year-old high... Read more

The Eagle Huntress

Thursday, November 10 at 6:45pm

In “The Eagle Huntress,” 13-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first girl in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. Many old Kazakh eagle hunters vehemently reject the idea of a woman taking part in their ancient tradition, but... Read more

Enclosure

Saturday, November 5 at 3:20pm

In this terrifying twist on the locked-room mystery, an adventurous woman who’s hiding a secret from her husband insists they reconnect by going on a romantic camping trip. But when a mysterious — perhaps supernatural — creature in the woods kills a nearby group... Read more

Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray

Saturday, November 5 at 3:00pm

“Enlighten Us” relates the cautionary tale of motivational star James Arthur Ray, tracing his meteoric rise and fall, and focusing on his return to the lucrative world of self-help after a negligent-homicide conviction. At his career’s height, Ray was overwhelmed... Read more

Everything But a Man

Sunday, November 6 at 4:00pm

Vanessa is sexy, smart, successful … and still single. “Everything But a Man” follows the story of a lonely career woman who, despite all her material success, is a failure when it comes to love. The film explores the paradox many modern women face: Required to... Read more

Eyes of Fire

Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30pm

A few years back, SLIFF by chance came into possession of a print of “Eyes of Fire,” an unjustly forgotten horror film shot more than three decades ago in the backwoods of Missouri. On our 25th anniversary, SLIFF felt duty-bound to give a respectful nod to our... Read more

The Father and the Bear

Saturday, November 12 at 12:00pm

Byron Temple (Wil Love), a retired character actor with diagnosed dementia, longs to perform at his beloved summer theater one last time. Against the wishes of his daughter (Dendrie Taylor), he accepts a role from the newly installed artistic director (David... Read more

Feral Love

Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm

World-class violist Dorian Rence, who has performed with the New York Philharmonic for 40 years, has devoted her life to playing music, but she’s just as passionately committed to caring for a small colony of feral cats in the railroad tunnels of New York City.... Read more

Free Cece!

Saturday, November 12 at 2:30pm

On her way to the store with a group of friends, trans African-American woman Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald was verbally insulted — with both racial and trans-phobic slurs — and then brutally attacked outside a bar. In the altercation that followed, a man was... Read more

Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

Friday, November 11 at 9:00pm

In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Gary Numan, the godfather of electronic pop music, took the sound of early electronica and fused it with an white-faced, black-eyed “android” alter ego, creating a unique sound and inspiring a legion of admiring Numanoids. Topping... Read more

Gentlemen of Vision

Thursday, November 10 at 7:30pm

In the world of competitive stepping, the Gentlemen of Vision are the ones to beat. Offstage, the teen members of GOV — as the team is known — are growing up in the struggling working-class suburbs of St. Louis. Although GOV is based in Riverview Gardens, its... Read more

Germans & Jews

Sunday, November 13 at 2:30pm

Provocative and enlightening, “Germans & Jews” offers a new perspective on a complex history. Today, Europe’s fastest-growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of... Read more

Girl on Girl

Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30pm

“Girl on Girl” provides an illuminating group portrait of six women struggling with feminine-lesbian invisibility. Indistinguishable from straight women, feminine lesbians find that their day-to-day experience is plagued by interrogation and by society’s... Read more

Gold Balls

Tuesday, November 8 at 4:30pm

Tennis has long been associated with high-profile stars and young phenoms, but a growing number of active senior tennis players continue to compete long after athletes in other sports have hung up their cleats. For players age 80 and older, this is the world of... Read more

Gypsy: Rock & Roll Nomads

Saturday, November 5 at 2:00pm

One of the bedrock bands on which KSHE built its foundation as a progressive-rock powerhouse, Gypsy has a long and deep relationship with St. Louis. Although the band never quite achieved widespread fame on the national level, the band became a KSHE favorite and... Read more

The Happy Film

Saturday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Famed Austrian graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he’s fabulously successful in his work, which includes designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, and the Talking Heads. But in the back... Read more

The Happys

Saturday, November 12 at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 13 at 3:30pm

When 21-year-old Tracy (Amanda Bauer) walks in on boyfriend Mark (Jack DePew), a newly minted movie star, having sex with a man, she immediately decides to leave him. But after assessing her limited options, Tracy returns with a deal: If he agrees to marry her,... Read more

Harold and Maude

Wednesday, November 9 at 8:00pm

At this year’s SLIFF, Cinema St. Louis honors our longtime chair, Kim Tucci, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his invaluable contributions both to our organization and the Missouri Film Commission. The program — see “Tribute to... Read more

He Said, She Said

Sunday, November 13 at 6:30pm

SLIFF honors screenwriter Brian Hohlfeld with a Cinema St. Louis Award and screens his delightful 1991 feature “He Said, She Said,” which pleasingly evokes the classic screwball comedies of the ’30s and ’40s. The film’s clever hook is its two-part structure: The... Read more

Hotel Dallas

Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm

By turns ethereal, meditative, and surreal, “Hotel Dallas” — a frequently funny, consistently experimental hybrid of fiction and nonfiction — premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Blurring the lines between memoir, documentary re-enactment,... Read more

How to Tell You're a Douchebag

Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00pm

Debuting at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, this absolutely of-the-moment African-American romantic comedy tells the story of a misogynist who falls in love. Sexy, smart, and funny, “How to Tell You're a Douchebag” follows Brooklyn-based relationship blogger Ray... Read more

I Am the Blues

Friday, November 4 at 7:30pm

“I Am the Blues” celebrates the elder statesmen (and women) who continue to make music down in the Delta, from impromptu jams in living rooms to performances in grand concert halls. Embarking on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana bayou, the juke... Read more

I Love You Both

Saturday, November 5 at 6:00pm

This charming first feature by St. Louis native Doug Archibald stars the director and his real-life sibling, Kristin, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Twins Krystal and Donny, now in their late 20s, remain hopelessly codependent, still living together in a... Read more

The Importance of Doubting Tom

Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00pm

Local actress and filmmaker Vanessa Roman’s years-in-the-making feature debut provides a screwball-comedy take on Oscar Wilde’s classic play “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The film gives the story a distinctly modern twist by setting it in the world of darts,... Read more

Indivisible

Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

Providing moving proof that love knows no borders, “Indivisible” chronicles the very real plight of the people at the heart of our nation’s immigration debate. Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were young children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search of... Read more

It's a Rockabilly World

Saturday, November 12 at 9:00pm

SLIFF alum Brent Huff (“Cat City”) — a native of Springfield, Mo., and a Mizzou grad — returns to the fest with a lively documentary on rockabilly, both the music and the burgeoning subculture that’s grown up around it. Performers such as relative newcomer Drake... Read more

Jackie

Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

Directed by Pablo Larraín (“No,” the upcoming “Neruda”), “Jackie” is a searing and intimate look at one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, as seen through the eyes of the iconic first lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman).... Read more

Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown

Saturday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Since his earliest days, SLIFF Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Jerry Lewis had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches, and signature slapstick humor. But Lewis was far more than just a funny performer. After the breakup of his famed... Read more

Kate Plays Christine

Sunday, November 6 at 1:00pm

A gripping, nonfiction psychological thriller, Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine” follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil (“House of Cards,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “Listen Up Philip”) as she prepares for her next role: playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida... Read more

Killer of Sheep

Sunday, November 6 at 1:30pm

SLIFF honors legendary filmmaker Charles Burnett with a Lifetime Achievement Award and screens a pair of his finest works — “Killer of Sheep” and the new restoration of “To Sleep with Anger” (see separate film listing). Burnett’s “Killer of Sheep” focuses on... Read more

King Kong

Sunday, November 6 at 8:00pm

SLIFF bows down to the King — Kong, that is — with a double bill of “Long Live the King” and the 1933 classic that introduced the giant gorilla to the awestruck world. Directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack helped pioneer... Read more

The Last Laugh

Sunday, November 13 at 3:00pm

Offering fresh insights into a frequently examined subject, “The Last Laugh” asks a deliberately provocative question: Is the Holocaust an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy? History shows that the victims of the Nazi concentration camps used humor as a means... Read more

Legs: A Big Issue in a Small Town

Friday, November 4 at 7:30pm

Set in Sag Harbor, a small, frozen-in-time village in the tony Hamptons, “Legs” recounts the controversy that results when a local gallery installs Larry Rivers’ large sculpture of a woman’s legs. Because the artwork is attached to the side of a building, local... Read more

The Liberators

Monday, November 7 at 7:30pm

Medieval art treasures seized by the Nazis go missing at the end of World War II. Were they destroyed in the chaos of the final battles? Or were these 1,000-year-old masterpieces — worth an estimated $350 million — stolen by advancing American troops? For more... Read more

Lion

Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30pm

In this inspiring true story, 5-year-old Saroo (the remarkable Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles distant, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the... Read more

Long Live the King

Sunday, November 6 at 6:00pm

“Long Live the King” explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars — both literally and figuratively — in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning “... Read more

Manchester by the Sea

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm

After the death of his older brother, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe (Kyle Chandler) has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave from his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-... Read more

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30pm

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” is the first feature documentary about the world-renowned writer, performer, and activist. This richly textured film provides a comprehensive look at Angelou’s life and work, including her St. Louis roots, her years in Ghana during... Read more

Men in the Arena

Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm

A touching story of friendship, struggle, and triumph, “Men in the Arena” follows the journey of two friends on the Somali national soccer team who face impossible odds to fulfill their dreams. After surviving two decades of war, Saadiq, 17, and Sa’ad, 20, the... Read more

Milwaukee 53206

Sunday, November 13 at 12:00pm

The stories that “Milwaukee 53206” tells reflect a common way of life for millions of households across the nation — the tragic result of a uniquely American era of mass incarceration. The United States now has the most prisoners of any nation in the world, both... Read more

My Life as a Film

Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00pm

When Eva Vitija came of age, her father gave her a feature-length film about her life. Far from pleasing Eva, the film infuriated her. Her father, filmmaker Joschy Scheidegger, documented his family obsessively, and his daughter had vainly attempted to get away... Read more

Nana

Sunday, November 6 at 12:30pm

At 22, filmmaker Serena Dykman had always known that her maternal grandmother, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant, was an Auschwitz survivor, but she never dared or cared to inquire more about the Nana she had lost at 11. But after witnessing the terrorist attacks in... Read more

Night School

Saturday, November 5 at 1:00pm

“Night School” examines adult education and the dropout epidemic plaguing inner-city America. The film provides an inside look at a cutting-edge high school located in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in America and the brave students who attend it.... Read more

The Nine

Saturday, November 12 at 6:30pm

“The Nine” is an intimate and unflinching portrait of a ravaged community living on Modesto's South Ninth Street — "The Nine” — a barren, forgotten street in California’s Great Central Valley (the setting for “The Grapes of Wrath” and Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant... Read more

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

Sunday, November 6 at 7:00pm

On Valentine's Day 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Va., with five high-school friends. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson's young life. A quarrel soon... Read more

No Good Heroes

Friday, November 4 at 9:30pm

As a child, Wyatt witnessed a group of peaceful aliens survive the military’s attempt at mass extermination. Ever since, he’s taken a sympathetic interest in the aliens and exhibited a particular fascination with their young queen. Now an adult, Wyatt (Tim O’Leary... Read more

The Nutty Professor

Saturday, November 12 at 2:15pm

SLIFF celebrates the comic genius of Jerry Lewis with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Family Arena in St. Charles hosts the major event, “An Evening with Jerry Lewis”, which features the comedian discussing his long,... Read more

NY84

Wednesday, November 9 at 5:00pm
Thursday, November 10 at 7:00pm

“NY84” follows the adventures of three young artists in New York’s early-'80s downtown scene, providing an intimate glimpse into the creative and emotional lives of Kate (Sam Quartin), Anton (Chris Schellenger), and Keith (Davy J. Marr). Young and carefree, the... Read more

Off the Rails

Saturday, November 5 at 1:00pm

“Off the Rails” tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. As a... Read more

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

Sunday, November 6 at 2:45pm

In 1936, 18 African-American athletes — dubbed the “black auxiliary” by Hitler — participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, defying Nazi Aryan supremacy and Jim Crow racism. Despite their achievements, history forgot all except one, Jesse Owens. “Olympic Pride,... Read more

Other People’s Footage: Copyright & Fair Use

Saturday, November 5 at 10:00am

The centerpiece of a free master class on fair use and copyright, “Other People’s Footage” explores the three questions crucial to determining fair-use exemptions. The film presents helpful illustrative examples from nonfiction, fiction, and experimental films... Read more

Out of the Box: Ending the Cycle of Incarceration

Friday, November 4 at 7:30pm

In the spring of 2000, the federal judges of the Eastern District of Missouri selected Doug Burris as the new chief probation officer and charged him with reversing a potentially dangerous trend: At the time, the district exceeded by 30 percent the national... Read more

Ovarian Psycos

Thursday, November 10 at 7:30pm

The Ovarian Psycos gear up and ride out into the night, fanning out in pairs of two, four, and six. In constant motion, cruising up and down the storied streets of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, and Lincoln Heights, they call out to new riders to join them in a... Read more

The Peacemaker

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm

This inspiring documentary profiles international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film captures Padraig's isolated life in Cambridge, Mass., and follows him over five years to some of the most... Read more

Po

Sunday, November 13 at 1:00pm

Based on a true story, “Po” tests the bonds of love between a grieving father and son. When David Wilson’s young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his autistic son. Patrick (Julian Feder), who... Read more

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Saturday, November 12 at 4:30pm

An essential documentary, Brett Story’s incisive and wide-ranging “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” critically examines the prison system and its place — social, economic, and psychological — in American society. More people are imprisoned in the United States... Read more

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Sunday, November 6 at 12:00pm

It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous... Read more

Raising Bertie

Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm

“Raising Bertie” is an intimate portrait of three African-American boys coming of age in rural North Carolina. Set in Bertie County, a rural African-American-led community in Eastern North Carolina, the documentary takes audiences deep into the emotional lives of... Read more

The Rendezvous

Friday, November 11 at 7:15pm

The Jordan-shot “The Rendezvous” places a developing romance between Jewish-American doctor Rachel (Stana Katic of “Castle”) and Arab-American government bureaucrat Jake (Raza Jeffrey of “Homeland”) against a vivid backdrop of intrigue and adventure. After Rachel'... Read more

Requiem for a Running Back

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm

Director Rebecca Carpenter’s father, Lew Carpenter, was a world-championship running back for Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers. When he dies, her family receives a surprise call from Boston University’s brain bank, which asks for Lew’s brain for study. BU’s... Read more

Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices

Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30pm

Largely self-taught, with only scant formal musical training, the remarkable Robert Shaw defied expectations by emerging from the world of pop music to achieve near-godlike status as a maker of choral music and to establish himself as a major conductor with the... Read more

Sabina K.

Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30pm

Inspired by a true story, “Sabina K.” follows the title character, a divorced mother of two small children, as she reconnects with Saša, a man who served with her in the Bosnian army during the war. Saša and Sabina fall deeply in love and plan to marry, but there’... Read more

The Sand Box

Friday, November 11 at 6:30pm

In commemoration of Veterans’ Day, SLIFF offers a double bill of films — a narrative and a documentary — that address the devastating effects of PTSD on returning soldiers and their families. Told through the eyes of 10-year-old Finn (Sayeed Shahidi), “The Sand... Read more

Santoalla

Sunday, November 6 at 1:00pm

A pitch-perfect rural mystery, “Santoalla” chronicles what happens when a progressive Dutch couple, Martin Verfondern and Margo Pool, escape the constraints and complications of the city by decamping to the Spanish countryside. Exhausted after a fight against... Read more

Screenagers

Saturday, November 12 at 4:15pm

Today’s children and teens, with their rapid-fire thumbs and six-second attention spans, sometimes appear to be scrolling through life. Recognizing the symptoms in her own kids, physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston researched the problem and discovered that the... Read more

Searching for Home

Saturday, November 5 at 6:00pm
Saturday, November 12 at 6:30pm

A former exchange student at UMSL — his doc short “Harvard Man” appeared at the 2014 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase — director Hari Secic returns to St. Louis with his first feature, a vérité portrait of a man torn between two counties. A Bosnian Muslim, Sead... Read more

Seed

Saturday, November 12 at 12:15pm

“Seed” chronicles the David-and-Goliath battle now being fought to ensure the diversity of the Earth’s seed stock.The stakes couldn’t be higher. Few things are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Like tiny time capsules, they contain the songs, sustenance, memories... Read more

Shared Rooms

Friday, November 4 at 9:00pm
Saturday, November 5 at 6:00pm

A holiday-themed romantic comedy, “Shared Rooms” explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. In one of the story strands, a married couple takes in... Read more

She Started It

Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30pm

Following five women over two years as they pitch venture capitalists, build teams, bring products to market, fail, and start again, “She Started It” takes viewers on a global roller-coaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, from France to Vietnam. Along the... Read more

Show Me Democracy

Sunday, November 6 at 6:30pm

“Show Me Democracy” asks: Can a small group of young people make a difference in complex and imperfect systems? Following the advocacy and activist efforts of seven college students in the aftermath of events in Ferguson, the documentary chronicles their thoughts... Read more

The Slippers

Sunday, November 13 at 3:30pm

Cinephiles, Oz fans, and Garland groupies will delight in “The Slippers,” which traces the unbelievable history of the sparkly-red footwear sported by Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” There were actually multiple sets of the ruby slippers, and the movie tells the... Read more

Southern Rites

Saturday, November 12 at 12:00pm

“Southern Rites” highlights the entrenched racial divides and vestiges of racism that stubbornly persist in Montgomery County, Ga. The film follows filmmaker Gillian Laub as she returns to Mount Vernon, where she once photographed the town’s segregated proms. When... Read more

St. Louis Brews

Thursday, November 3 at 8:00pm

SLIFF kicks off our 25th anniversary with a beer blast: a suds-centric reception and a work-in-progress screening of “St. Louis Brews,” Bill Streeter’s celebration of all things hops-related in the Lou. Streeter — an alum of the fest whose 2011 documentary “Brick... Read more

Tim Timmerman, Hope of America

Sunday, November 6 at 7:00pm

Mount Vista High's student-body president Tim Timmerman (St. Louis native Eddie Perino) — class of 1994 — has aspirations of attending Yale and becoming a famous politician. Although derided and snubbed by the cool kids in school, Tim manages to beat head... Read more

To Keep the Light

Saturday, November 12 at 2:15pm

In 1876 Maine, Abbie (writer-director Erica Fae) tends the lighthouse on a remote island for her ailing husband. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, secrets buried in deep waters come to light, and Abbie is forced to navigate an unforgiving new world... Read more

To Sleep with Anger

Sunday, November 6 at 8:00pm

The fine new restoration of director Charles’ Burnett’s “To Sleep with Anger” concludes SLIFF’s two-part tribute to the Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, which begins with an afternoon screening of “Killer of Sheep.” Burnett's... Read more

Tower

Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

Fifty years ago, the nation’s innocence about gun violence was lost. On Aug. 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced,... Read more

Two Trains Runnin’

Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

“Two Trains Runnin’ — featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr. — both pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians and cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in America. In June of... Read more

The Wedding Party

Friday, November 11 at 9:30pm

A recently heartbroken groomsman finds himself tasked with running his best friend’s wedding reception after a slew of wedding-day disasters create chaos. Vainly striving to prevent his unruly friends from completely ruining the reception, he’s simultaneously... Read more

When War Comes Home

Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm

A documentary complement to “The Sand Box,” “When War Comes Home” focuses on the lives of three soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The men soon discover that post-traumatic stress affects not only their own lives but also those of their wives... Read more

Who Is Lydia Loveless?

Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

Gorman Bechard’s entertaining documentary profile “Who Is Lydia Loveless?” thoroughly explores the titular question. Is she a singer/songwriter, an alt-country queen, a cow punk, or a hard rocker? The second coming of Hank Williams or Patti Smith? Or just a... Read more

Wild Prairie Rose

Sunday, November 13 at 5:30pm

In 1952, Rose Miller returns to her rural hometown of Beresford, S.D., to care for her ailing mother. Once there, she falls in love with a deaf man and must decide if she has the courage to follow her heart. “Wild Prairie Rose” explores the changing roles of women... Read more

Within Our Gates

Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm

As part of our 25th-anniversary celebration, SLIFF reprises a special event from our 2009 edition by screening “Within Our Gates,” writer/director Oscar Micheaux’s impassioned response to D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation.” The film shines a revealing light on... Read more

Year by the Sea

Saturday, November 12 at 8:00pm

After 30 years as a wife and mother, empty-nester Joan Anderson (Karen Allen) retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her relocated husband (Michael Cristofer) to Kansas. Intent on rediscovering herself, but plagued with guilt, she questions her decision until... Read more