Music Spotlight

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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

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

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

Destiny

Saturday, November 5 at 8:00pm

This new restoration of Fritz Lang’s “Destiny (Der müde Tod)” is a dizzying blend of German Romanticism, Orientalism, and Expressionism. The film marked a bold step for Lang, away from conventional melodrama and into the kind of high-concept filmmaking that would... Read more

Dream Factory

Saturday, November 5 at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 6 at 4:15pm

An all too common phenomenon in India, power outages constitute a nationwide crisis. Although only a village-school dropout, Ezhil (Arun Chidambaram) is determined to find a solution to the persistent electricity problem. His efforts take a dramatic turn when he... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Sonita

Sunday, November 13 at 1:00pm

Two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner “Sonita” tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the time... Read more

The Star of Algiers

Wednesday, November 9 at 9:15pm

“The Star of Algiers,” a sexy, smoky, jazz-filled film feast, is the latest from Algerian director Rachid Benhadj. Moussa is a musician who dreams of becoming the Michael Jackson of Algiers. Displaying equal measures of talent and energy, Moussa pursues this... Read more

These C*cksucking Tears: A Night with Lavender Country

Saturday, November 12 at 8:30pm

Reprising the “Lavender Country” event that packed the house at Off Broadway in July, SLIFF offers a film-and-concert combo featuring country singer Patrick Haggerty backed by a band of local musicians. In 1973, Haggerty released the first and only gay-themed... 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

Waiting for B.

Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm

The charming “Waiting for B.” explores the outer reaches of fandom, profiling a hyper-devoted group of Beyoncé worshipers. Lacking the money to buy primo seats to a stadium concert in Sao Paulo, these Queen B. super-fans camp out for two months to edge as close as... 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

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