American Indie Spotlight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Presentation: The Light of the Moon

Thursday, November 9 at 8:00pm

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

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

Master Class: 20 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Great Indie Film

Saturday, November 4 at 1:00pm

It has been said that wise people learn from their own mistakes but that smart people learn from the mistakes of others. In that helpful spirit, this humorous and informative presentation discusses 20 major pitfalls that tend to trip up beginning (and even more... Read more

Master Class: Directing an Indie Film

Sunday, November 5 at 1:00pm

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Mirvish will lead a master class in indie-film directing. In a fun, participatory workshop, Dan will focus on a wide range of relevant topics, including financing, casting, directing actors, working with cinematographers, production... Read more

Master Class: Suspense with a Camera

Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm

Film scholar Jeffrey Michael Bays — who attended Webster U. before earning his M.A. in cinema from La Trobe University — brings the secrets of suspense out of the shadows. This master class explores easy techniques for keeping a film’s audience in a state of... 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

NFF Coffee

Sunday, November 12 at 11:00am

As part of the New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), SLIFF holds a conversation with the five participating directors: Morgan Dameron (“Different Flowers”), Harris Doran (“Beauty Mark”), Nicole Franklin (“Title VII”), Robert T. Herrera (“Palacios”), and Daniel Powell and... Read more

Opening-Night Reception with Bad Grandmas

Thursday, November 2 at 6:30pm

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

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

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

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

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