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Saturday, November 11 at 4:30pm

Family owned since its inception in 1946, still produced from a Colonial house in small-town Pennsylvania, and never containing a single advertisement, Highlights stands alone in the magazine publishing world. From the baby-boom generation to the tech-savvy kids... Read more

8 Borders, 8 Days

Saturday, November 11 at 2:15pm

“8 Borders, 8 Days” chronicles one woman’s personal revolution in the context of one of the greatest human-rights crises of our time. Sham, a Syrian single mother, serves as moving proof of the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With... Read more

ACORN and the Firestorm

Sunday, November 5 at 4:15pm

If you felt doomed to being impoverished and politically voiceless, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) hoped to change your mind — and perhaps your life. For 40 years, the controversial community-organizing group sought to empower... Read more

All the Rage

Sunday, November 5 at 1:15pm

America is experiencing an epidemic of pain. For nearly 50 years, Dr. John Sarno has been facing that epidemic head on, but like a modern-day Cassandra (crossed with Don Quixote), he has been struggling to be heard. Sarno contends that chronic pain is a... Read more

AlphaGo

Saturday, November 4 at 6:00pm

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and AI collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-... Read more

And Then I Go

Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm

In the cruel world of junior high, Edwin (Arman Darbo) suffers in a state of anxiety and alienation alongside his only friend, Flake (Sawyer Barth). Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school on a daily basis, their fury simmers quietly until an... Read more

And Then They Came for Us

Saturday, November 11 at 4:30pm

After the Trump administration called for a Muslim registry and tried to enact an immigration ban against people from Muslim-majority countries, Trump surrogate Carl Higbie cited the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as the... Read more

Art of the Game: Ukiyo-E Heroes

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm

“Art of the Game” takes a highly enjoyable, fascinating look at an unlikely melding of two seemingly incompatible forms: the ancient Japanese woodcut art called ukiyo-e and illustrations inspired by modern video games. Jed Henry, a skilled American illustrator,... Read more

Ask the Sexpert

Saturday, November 11 at 5:30pm

“Ask the Sexpert” tells the story of Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex-advice columnist for a daily newspaper in India. Despite sex being a taboo topic in the country, Watsa’s brand of non-moralistic advice and humor emboldens many to write in... Read more

Atomic Homefront

Saturday, November 11 at 3:00pm

St. Louis has a little-known nuclear past as a uranium-processing center for the atomic bomb. Government and corporate negligence led to the dumping of Manhattan Project uranium, thorium, and radium, thus contaminating North St. Louis suburbs, specifically in two... Read more

Backroad Blues

Sunday, November 5 at 1:30pm

Over the past decade, SLIFF has screened a quartet of films by Northwest Missouri indie filmmaker Blake Eckard, a micro-budget master. In early 2018, Eckard’s entire body of work will be released in a DVD box set by cult specialist Synapse Films, and we’re... Read more

Bad Grandmas

Thursday, November 2 at 8:00pm

SLIFF’s opening night features the world premiere of “Bad Grandmas,” a St. Louis-shot comedy by co-writer/director Srikant Chellappa and co-writer Jack Snyder, the team behind such polished productions as “Ghost Image” and “Fatal Call,” which were based locally... Read more

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Saturday, November 11 at 6:00pm

Loyal, crotchety, and rarely taken seriously, Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) is a 63-year-old sidekick who’s ridden with Western legend Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) for his entire adult life. The newly appointed senator of Montana, Johnson plans to leave Lefty in... Read more

Battle on the Booming Grounds

Saturday, November 4 at 2:30pm

The center of the North American continent was once a vast sea of grasses. The eastern edge of the Great Plains — which includes Missouri and Illinois — evolved a rich diversity of life, including the greater prairie chicken, its signature species, which was... Read more

Beauty Mark

Saturday, November 11 at 4:15pm

Angie (Auden Thornton), a poverty-stricken young mother taking care of both her 5-year-old son (Jameson Fowler) and her alcoholic mother (Catherine Curtin), is told that the house they're living in is condemned, requiring the trio to move immediately. Her family... Read more

Becks

Saturday, November 11 at 7:00pm

Singer/songwriter Becks (Tony-winning and Grammy-nominated Lena Hall) gives up her Brooklyn apartment and heads across the country to join her long-distance girlfriend (Hayley Kiyoko) in LA. But a surprise early arrival has disastrous consequences, and Becks... Read more

Bernard and Huey

Sunday, November 5 at 6:00pm

With a screenplay by legendary Oscar®- and Pulitzer-winning author and cartoonist Jules Feiffer (Mike Nichols’ “Carnal Knowledge,” Robert Altman’s “Popeye”), “Bernard and Huey” is a comedy about two old friends who reconnect after 30 years apart. The film features... Read more

The Blood Is at the Doorstep

Sunday, November 12 at 2:00pm

Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy, “The Blood Is at the Doorstep” provides a behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s most pressing social issues. A roofer by day, Nate Hamilton juggled community college and fatherhood... Read more

The Blot

Sunday, November 12 at 7:30pm

The pioneering Lois Weber was one of the first women to direct films, and SLIFF honors the filmmaker by screening a recent restoration of her silent “The Blot,” which addresses the all-too-relevant issue of income inequality. The local Rats & People Motion... Read more

Brimstone & Glory

Saturday, November 11 at 12:00pm

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework-makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for 10 days. Artisans show off their technical... Read more

Call Me by Your Name

Friday, November 10 at 8:00pm

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend... Read more

A Chance in the World

Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 7 at 9:15pm

“A Chance in the World” tells the true story of Steve Pemberton, a wounded and broken boy destined to become a man of resilience and vision. From the day 5-year-old Steve is dropped off at his foster home, he suffers mental and physical abuse at the hands of... Read more

Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

Sunday, November 5 at 1:30pm

When St. Louis native Chuck Berry died earlier this year, the entire world mourned the passing of the rock ’n’ roll pioneer. SLIFF pays tribute to the legendary songwriter, singer, and guitarist with a screening of “Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll,” which... Read more

Copwatch

Sunday, November 5 at 1:00pm

In Ferguson, Michael Brown died after being shot by police. In New York, Eric Garner died after a chokehold by police. In Baltimore, Freddie Gray died being transported by police. The names of these men have been burned into our public consciousness, and the... Read more

Coyotes Kill for Fun

Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm

In “Coyotes Kill for Fun,” the latest from Northwest Missouri indie filmmaker and SLIFF favorite Blake Eckard, a backwoods babysitter agrees to help an abused mother of two escape her lunatic boyfriend, but his psychotic brother is headed back to the area, and he... Read more

Cradle of Champions

Sunday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Made with a dream team of documentary talent — the crew’s past films include “Citizenfour,” “Cameraperson,” “Queen of Versailles,” “Racing Dreams,” and “Cartel Land” — “Cradle of Champions” captures the epic story of three young people fighting for their lives in... Read more

Cries from Syria

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm

“Cries from Syria” is a cinematic monument and tribute to the Syrian people, whose bravery is an inspiration for all humanity. Five years ago, the Syrian people — inspired by events in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt — rose up against the dictatorial rule of President... Read more

Dabka

Monday, November 6 at 8:15pm

In 2008, when rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (former St. Louisan Evan Peters of the “X-Men” franchise and “American Horror Story”) has an inspiring chance encounter with his reporting idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia to look for the story... Read more

Different Flowers

Friday, November 10 at 9:15pm

On the day of her big Midwestern wedding, persnickety bride Millie (Emma Bell) jilts her fiancé (Sterling Knight) at the altar with the help of spunky younger sister Emma (Hope Lauren) and embarks on an unexpected journey. Produced by Shelley Long (“Cheers,” “... Read more

Doc Shorts: China Today

Monday, November 6 at 5:00pm
A look at education and social issues in modern China.

Doc Shorts: Facing Adversity

Thursday, November 9 at 5:00pm
Examinations of how subjects navigate difficult issues.

Doc Shorts: Family Drama

Friday, November 3 at 5:00pm
All families have issues, but some have more than others.

Doc Shorts: Kept Out

Wednesday, November 8 at 5:00pm
A look at immigration from the perspective of those who cannot enter the U.S.

Doc Shorts: Music & Art

Tuesday, November 7 at 5:00pm
Profiles of artists, musicians, and the communities they serve.

Doc Shorts: Queer Life

Sunday, November 12 at 3:30pm
A slice of the lives of trans and queer people.

Doc Shorts: The Unexpected

Friday, November 10 at 5:00pm
Unusual dispatches from around the globe.

DriverX

Sunday, November 5 at 3:15pm

Skidding into middle age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like ride-share company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Leonard (Patrick Fabian of “Better Call Saul”), a middle-aged man living in the suburbs, has lost his mojo. It’s... Read more

The Experimental City

Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm

In the 1960s, visionary scientist Athelstan Spilhaus, alarmed by the growing environmental crisis in America, worked with a team of committed urban experts to plan a domed city whose futuristic technology and innovative design would eradicate the pollution and... Read more

Flock of Four

Friday, November 3 at 6:45pm
Monday, November 6 at 4:45pm

Set in 1959, “Flock of Four” — an expansion of director Gregory Caruso’s short — explores both jazz music and historic Central Avenue in South Central LA. Since Joey (Braeden Lemasters) was a youngster, jazz has been an integral part of his life: He plays it with... Read more

Food Evolution

Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Directed by Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker and SLIFF alum Scott Hamilton Kennedy (“Fame High”) and narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Food Evolution” is set amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust, and confusion... Read more

For Ahkeem

Saturday, November 11 at 7:00pm

Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in nearby Ferguson, “For Ahkeem” is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high... Read more

Free Speech Fear Free

Sunday, November 5 at 6:00pm

Begun when precocious filmmaker Ramsay Tarquin was 15 — he’s still only 20 — “Fear Speech Fear Free” includes some footage of his youthful attempts to explore the topic of free speech and its essential importance in democracy. But those early, haphazard man-on-the... Read more

Future '38

Friday, November 3 at 7:15pm
Saturday, November 4 at 2:00pm

A delightfully skewed view of the modern world through a 1930s lens, “Future ’38” is a “lost” classic from Hollywood’s golden age, recently rediscovered in a Tinsel Town attic. (That's the filmmakers’ story, and they’re sticking to it.) In this faux product of... Read more

Gabe

Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm

No parent should have to bury their child, but that was the reality that the Weils of St. Louis faced when their son Gabe was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Told he would not live past 25, Gabe made it his life goal to earn a college degree. Then,... Read more

Golden Exits

Sunday, November 12 at 6:30pm

In this powerful new work by Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip,” “Queen of Earth”) — which debuted at Sundance — Nick (former Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz) has settled into a safe existence in a small pocket of Brooklyn, where he currently toils on an archival... Read more

Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest

Thursday, November 9 at 6:00pm

In the American Southwest, a unique species of wolf unlike any other is making a comeback. Considered extinct nearly 40 years ago, the little-known Mexican gray wolf has — against all odds — slowly pulled back from the very brink. From a founding population of... Read more

A Gray State

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30pm

In 2010, David Crowley — an Iraq veteran, aspiring filmmaker, and charismatic up-and-coming voice in fringe politics — began production on his film “Gray State,” which was set in a dystopian near-future where civil liberties are trampled by an unrestrained federal... Read more

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Friday, November 3 at 5:30pm

At the dawn of the clean-energy era, filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey to meet the people and companies that are creating jobs, turning profits, and making communities stronger and healthier across the U.S. Unlikely entrepreneurs in... Read more

I Am Evidence

Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30pm

A powerful indictment of the criminal-justice system’s seeming indifference to the crime of rape, “I Am Evidence” exposes the shockingly large number of untested rape kits in the United States today. Despite the power of DNA to solve and prevent crimes, hundreds... Read more

In the Heat of the Night

Sunday, November 12 at 1:30pm

As timely and relevant as it was in 1967 — an especially fraught time in the civil-rights movement, when American cities were riven by race riots — “In the Heat of the Night” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. An Oscar® winner as Best Picture, the film was... Read more

Instrument of War

Sunday, November 12 at 3:30pm

In “Instrument of War,” American B-24 bomber pilot Clair Cline (Jack Ashton) is held at the German POW camp Stalag Luft I after being shot down over Nazi-occupied Holland during a bombing mission. Although one war ends for Cline, another begins — to keep hope... Read more

Intent to Destroy

Sunday, November 12 at 7:00pm

Pulling back the curtain on mass-murder censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, “Intent to Destroy” embeds with a feature-film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian genocide and the... Read more

Jackie Brown

Friday, November 3 at 8:00pm

As part of SLIFF’s “Tribute to Pam Grier,” the fest screens Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” which itself serves as a loving homage to the actress. A faithful adaptation of the 1992 Elmore Leonard crime novel “Rum Punch,” “Jackie Brown” details the efforts of... Read more

Jackson

Sunday, November 5 at 3:00pm

“Jackson” is an intimate, unprecedented look at the lives of three women caught up in the complex issues surrounding abortion access: Shannon Brewer, the director of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi; Barbara... Read more

Last Flag Flying

Saturday, November 11 at 8:00pm

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with ex-Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young... Read more

The Leisure Seeker

Saturday, November 4 at 6:45pm

The first film in English by Italian director Paolo Virzi (“Human Capital”), "The Leisure Seeker" — which debuted at the Venice film fest — tells the story of a runaway couple going on an unforgettable cross-country journey in their vintage camper. Seriously ill... Read more

The Light of the Moon

Monday, November 6 at 2:30pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00pm

Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz), a young and successful Latina architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt (Michael Stahl-David... Read more

Long Live Benjamin

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm

While visiting his wife’s homeland of Venezuela in 1997, noted portrait artist Allen Hirsch unexpectedly fell in love. The object of his affection? A deathly ill, orphaned newborn Capuchin monkey named Benjamin. Nursing Benjamin back to health and sneaking him... Read more

The Maestro

Saturday, November 4 at 4:45pm
Sunday, November 5 at 7:45pm

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Xander Berkeley of “The Walking Dead”) was the composer of more than 200 Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s. Mario went on to mentor some of film music’s greatest composers, including John Williams, Randy Newman, Henry Mancini, Jerry... Read more

Marvin Booker Was Murdered

Friday, November 10 at 7:00pm

On July 9, 2010, Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher with mental-health issues, was killed by five sheriff deputies while being booked into the Denver Detention Center. The event was caught on tape and witnessed by more than 20 people. Yet the city of Denver... Read more

Mr. Handy's Blues

Sunday, November 5 at 7:00pm

“Mr. Handy’s Blues” chronicles the life of William Christopher (aka W. C.) Handy, known worldwide as the Father of the Blues. Handy’s trajectory to success is an against-all-odds odyssey that took him from a strict religious home in Northern Alabama, to a low... Read more

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

Saturday, November 4 at 8:00pm
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm

From acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw (“Bottomless Belly Button,” “Cosplayers”) comes an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high-school comedy, and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed-media animation style that incorporates... Read more

My Friend Dahmer

Friday, November 10 at 7:00pm

Before Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a teenage loner. Conducting grisly experiments in a makeshift backyard lab, Jeff was invisible to most, until his increasingly bizarre behavior unexpectedly attracted friends... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 1

Friday, November 3 at 9:30pm
An animated program that encompasses space, cats, and divorce.

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

Saturday, November 11 at 9:30pm
Animated explorations of war, mental trauma, and feuding bears.

Narrative Shorts: Comedy

Saturday, November 4 at 9:30pm
A program with a touch of love, a spot of the macabre, and a bit of criminality.

Narrative Shorts: Experimental

Monday, November 6 at 7:30pm
The perfect compilation to delight the eye and dazzle the brain.

Narrative Shorts: Feminist Agenda

Sunday, November 5 at 9:30pm
These women prove that strength is displayed in a variety of ways.

Narrative Shorts: Girl's Life

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
They may be young, but they are worldly.

Narrative Shorts: Horror & Sci-Fi

Friday, November 10 at 10:00pm
A mash-up of genre films that explore the future or provoke scares.

Narrative Shorts: I Do

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm
This program has marriage as a key feature — or a major stumbling block.

Narrative Shorts: Mixed Emotions

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Dramatic shorts that take you around the world and through the wringer.

Narrative Shorts: Music

Saturday, November 4 at 3:45pm
Music is an essential component of these shorts.

Narrative Shorts: Stars in Shorts

Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm
Little films with big stars, including Ann Dowd, Glenn Howerton, Melissa Leo, and Emily Mortimer.

Nat Bates for Mayor

Saturday, November 11 at 1:00pm

“Nat Bates for Mayor” tells the story of the outrageous 2014 mayor's race in Richmond, home to the second-largest refinery in California. In a brazen move, Chevron spends more than $3 million to back 83-year-old African-American stalwart Nat Bates. Bates makes a... Read more

Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity

Saturday, November 11 at 12:30pm

Following World War II, at the Nuremberg trials, members of the Nazi regime were convicted of crimes against humanity as a response to the widespread and systematic atrocities they committed against civilian populations during the war, especially the attempted... Read more

Never Been a Time

Sunday, November 5 at 7:30pm

“Never Been a Time” uses the 1917 East St. Louis race riot to unpack hidden facts that reveal the complexity of racism in all of America. The film links events separated by as much as a 100 years and as few as 20 miles, tracing the line between the East St. Louis... Read more

Never Say Goodbye: The KSHE Documentary

Sunday, November 12 at 6:00pm

Director Ron Stevens traces the unlikely beginnings of the world’s longest-running rock radio station, KSHE 95, which reached its 50th year of continuous rocking in 2017. Stevens, who was himself an integral part of KSHE as a DJ in the 1970s, interviews the very... Read more

The New Fire

Monday, November 6 at 6:00pm

As the effects of climate change become more and more apparent, a new generation of nuclear engineers is on the rise, hoping to help solve the greatest environmental challenge humanity has ever faced. Despite the huge growth in renewable energy and energy... Read more

No Man's Land

Saturday, November 4 at 12:00pm

Director David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protesters occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. After the leaders of the action — headed by Ammon Bundy — put out a call to arms via... Read more

Not Alone

Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Driven by a desire to understand why her best friend killed herself at 16, co-director Jacqueline Monetta — herself a recent high-school grad — gets suffering teens to share their struggles with mental illness and suicide attempts. Through Monetta’s intimate one-... Read more

Palacios

Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm

Eugene (Olajuwon Davis), a black inner-city teen, escapes the streets and hides away on a Midwest city rooftop during the Fourth of July holiday. He is found by Holly (Libby Bibb), a widowed alcoholic, who lives in the secluded rooftop dwelling with her Boston... Read more

Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream

Sunday, November 12 at 2:45pm

What is an immigrant’s typical experience in America? What does he sacrifice, and what does he gain? “Pizza Shop” provides one family’s answer to those questions, lovingly illustrating what it means for Charlie and Fred Osso, immigrant brothers from Calabria,... Read more

Poisoning Paradise

Friday, November 10 at 5:30pm

In seemingly idyllic Hawaii, communities are surrounded by experimental agricultural test sites that spray pesticides upwind of their neighborhoods. “Poisoning Paradise” details the ongoing struggle by native Hawaiians to advance bold new legislation governing the... Read more

Priced Out

Saturday, November 4 at 1:00pm

At a time of skyrocketing racial and class tensions in America, “Priced Out” is an investigative and personal look at how housing prices are displacing Portland's black community and working families all across the city. The documentary explores the complexities... Read more

The Rise and Fall of Books

Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm

Like many scholars in this increasingly digitized age, Buzz Spector spends a lot of time thinking about the fate of print culture. Unlike most of us, however, Spector transforms his thoughts about the future of the book into works of art. Spector, a professor of... Read more

River to the Heart

Saturday, November 4 at 1:00pm

Former St. Louisan Eddy L. Harris is the author of the lauded travel book “Mississippi Solo” (1988), which chronicled his canoe trip down the length of the Mississippi River, from its headwaters in Minnesota to its terminus in the Gulf of Mexico. In “River to the... Read more

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

Saturday, November 4 at 7:30pm

“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” is the first major documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. As Davis once stated: “I’m Puerto Rican,... Read more

Saving Brinton

Saturday, November 4 at 5:00pm

The tale of a gregarious Midwestern folk hero, “Saving Brinton” — a film by Tommy Haines, John Richard, and Andrew Sherburne — is at once a meditation on living small and a celebration of dreaming big. In a farmhouse basement in the Iowa countryside, eccentric... Read more

Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct

Sunday, November 5 at 7:15pm

“Seeing Is Believing” is an in-depth investigation into the challenges faced by women directors. The film focuses on the journeys of four articulate filmmakers — Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), Li Lu (“There Is a New World Somewhere... Read more

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 1

Saturday, November 4 at 12:00pm
A family-friendly program for kids ages 4-8.

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 2

Saturday, November 11 at 12:00pm
Our second SLIFF/Kids program — perfect for ages 8-12 — features films that are both fun and educational.

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler

Monday, November 6 at 7:30pm
A selection of the best films from the 2017 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Stormy Weather

Saturday, November 4 at 4:00pm

One of the rare classical Hollywood movies with an all-black cast, “Stormy Weather” is also the highest-profile film with a performance by East St. Louis’ dance legend Katherine Dunham and her troupe. Washington U.’s Joanna Dee Das recently released a lauded new... Read more

Street Fighting Men

Saturday, November 11 at 3:30pm

In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. “Street Fighting Men,” which celebrates dogged... Read more

Stumped

Saturday, November 4 at 8:00pm

Young Will Lautzenheiser had moved from Boston to Montana to teach, and his future looked bright. But when he began to feel pain in his arms and legs, an examination revealed that he was being attacked by flesh-eating microbes, and his lower arms and legs were... Read more

Surviving Home

Saturday, November 11 at 12:30pm

In honor of Veterans Day, SLIFF offers a free screening of “Surviving Home,” an intimate documentary that follows four veterans over an eight-year period as they rebuild their lives after war. Interwoven with their stories are veterans' voices from across the... Read more

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm

“Tell Them We Are Rising” explores the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity. Today, more than half of all African-American professionals are graduates of HBCUs. The... Read more

This Cold Life

Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00pm

“This Cold Life” takes an intimate look at the colorful characters who choose to live in the isolation of the world's northernmost town, Longyearbyen, which is situated high above Norway, 300 miles from the North Pole. Living with three months of total darkness... Read more

Thoroughbreds

Saturday, November 4 at 6:00pm

“Thoroughbreds,” which premiered at Sundance, is the film debut of Cory Finley, an acclaimed playwright with St. Louis roots. Childhood friends Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily... Read more

Title VII

Friday, November 10 at 7:00pm

She’s powerful, black, and female. But at her firm, blacks need not apply. The highly successful Hillary Kelsey (Chicava Honeychild) is the CEO of Sanger International, an IT consulting firm. Kelsey is a black woman with no black employees, and no one can figure... Read more

Tonight She Comes

Wednesday, November 8 at 9:30pm

When a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. As events unfold, they will laugh, they will drink, they will kiss, they will make love — and most of them will... Read more

The Tree

Saturday, November 4 at 4:15pm
Sunday, November 5 at 6:45pm

Inspired by the friendship between the director's mother and her best friend, “The Tree” is a poignant, heartwarming story about 88-year-old widow Dorothy Thorp (Joicie Appell), who takes a road trip from Wamego, Kan., through Missouri, to her hometown of Terre... Read more

True Conviction

Sunday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Christopher Scott was released from prison after serving 13 years of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit. That nightmare scenario is far too common: More than 30 people like Chris have been exonerated in Dallas County, Texas. Most of them are black men... Read more

The Upside

Thursday, November 9 at 8:00pm

A loving remake of the French hit “The Intouchables” — which was based on a true story — “The Upside” chronicles the unexpected friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and ex-con... Read more

Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World

Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras — murder capital of the world — orphaned girls find their voices in poetry as they heal traumas of their past and prepare to transition into an uncertain future. Founded 25 years ago in San Pedro Sula, a Central... Read more

Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm

“Waking the Sleeping Giant” chronicles the building of a 21st-century progressive movement in the United States. Against the backdrop of an extraordinary 2016 presidential race, five remarkable individuals wrestle with persistent racial injustice, growing economic... Read more

Walking Out

Wednesday, November 8 at 8:30pm

An estranged father and son are forced to rely on one another to survive an unforgiving wilderness in this riveting, richly emotional thriller. Once a year, 14-year-old David (Josh Wiggins) travels from his mother’s home in Texas to visit his loner father, Cal (... Read more

Wanda

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm

In 1970, the actress Barbara Loden wrote, directed, and starred in “Wanda,” a much admired but too little seen American indie. “Wanda” has recently been celebrated in the well-reviewed book “Suite for Barbara Loden,” which was published by the St. Louis small... Read more

The Weight

Saturday, November 4 at 8:30pm

When a farmer's dog digs up two dead bodies in small-town Missouri, all hell breaks loose in the noir thriller “The Weight.” Julie (M.J. Brackin), who’s recently divorced, searches for traction in her life after marriage. Julie’s distress is amplified when ex-... Read more

Whose Streets?

Sunday, November 12 at 6:00pm

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe the Black Lives Matter movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it... Read more

Working in Protest

Sunday, November 5 at 7:00pm

Filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky have documented protests for more than 30 years. “Working in Protest” collects footage they’ve captured over those decades, offering a largely chronological compilation of protests from both the right and the left: Klan... Read more