American Indie Spotlight

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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 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

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

NFF Coffee

Sunday, November 13 at 11:00am

As part of the New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), SLIFF holds a conversation with the five participating directors: Thane Economou (“The Wedding Party”), Erica Fae (“To Keep the Light”), Christina Kallas (“42 Seconds of Happiness”), William Lu (“Comfort”), and Alicia... 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


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


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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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