Archival Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra with The Blot

Sunday, November 12 at 7:30pm

The pioneering Lois Weber was one of the first women to direct films, and SLIFF pays tribute to 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... Read more

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

Tribute to Pam Grier with Jackie Brown

Friday, November 3 at 8:00pm

SLIFF pays tribute to the legendary Pam Grier, star of such blaxploitation classics as “Foxy Brown” and “Coffy,” and presents her with the fest’s annual Women in Film Award. Grier co-stars in the fest’s opening-night film, the locally shot “Bad Grandmas,” and she... 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