Show-Me Cinema

Sponsored by Missouri Department of Tourism, Missouri Film Office, and St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

Films with strong Missouri connections, many of which were shot in the St. Louis area or the state.

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

The 86

Saturday, November 5 at 4:30pm

Inspired by true events, "The 86" highlights the activities of a band of 86 Venezuelan street thugs who were an intimidating presence in Caracas during the 1980s. One of the drawbacks to leading a neighborhood gang is the level of infamy and attention that... 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

Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Moana

Thursday, November 10 at 7:30pm

St. Louis native Marlon West, a head of effects at Walt Disney Animation Studios, provides a behind-the-scenes peek at Disney’s upcoming animated feature “Moana,” which appears in theaters nationwide on Nov. 23. Offering a revealing look at the filmmaking process... Read more

Bob's Tour: Understanding What We See

Saturday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Washington University graduate Jun Bae profiles Bob Hansman, a beloved architecture professor at the school. In its portrait of a white man with a black son, the film provides an intimate look at Hansman and his insights into segregated St. Louis. The film follows... 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

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

Doc Shorts: Black Lives Matter

Saturday, November 12 at 7:00pm


Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm

Many St. Louisans likely have dim memories of the 2001 murder of Columbia (Mo.) Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. But for the Ferguson family, that tragic event has remained all too vivid. Convicted of the crime — which took place when he was a 17-year-old high... 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

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

Gentlemen of Vision

Thursday, November 10 at 7:30pm

In the world of competitive stepping, the Gentlemen of Vision are the ones to beat. Offstage, the teen members of GOV — as the team is known — are growing up in the struggling working-class suburbs of St. Louis. Although GOV is based in Riverview Gardens, its... 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

He Said, She Said

Sunday, November 13 at 6:30pm

SLIFF honors screenwriter Brian Hohlfeld with a Cinema St. Louis Award and screens his delightful 1991 feature “He Said, She Said,” which pleasingly evokes the classic screwball comedies of the ’30s and ’40s. The film’s clever hook is its two-part structure: The... 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

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

Kate Plays Christine

Sunday, November 6 at 1:00pm

A gripping, nonfiction psychological thriller, Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine” follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil (“House of Cards,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “Listen Up Philip”) as she prepares for her next role: playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida... Read more

Manchester by the Sea

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm

After the death of his older brother, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe (Kyle Chandler) has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave from his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-... Read more

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30pm

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” is the first feature documentary about the world-renowned writer, performer, and activist. This richly textured film provides a comprehensive look at Angelou’s life and work, including her St. Louis roots, her years in Ghana during... Read more

Men in the Arena

Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm

A touching story of friendship, struggle, and triumph, “Men in the Arena” follows the journey of two friends on the Somali national soccer team who face impossible odds to fulfill their dreams. After surviving two decades of war, Saadiq, 17, and Sa’ad, 20, the... 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

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

Sunday, November 6 at 2:45pm

In 1936, 18 African-American athletes — dubbed the “black auxiliary” by Hitler — participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, defying Nazi Aryan supremacy and Jim Crow racism. Despite their achievements, history forgot all except one, Jesse Owens. “Olympic Pride,... Read more

Opening-Night Reception and St. Louis Brews

Thursday, November 3 at 6:30pm

SLIFF kicks off our 25th anniversary with a beer blast: a suds-centric reception and a work-in-progress screening of “St. Louis Brews,” Bill Streeter’s celebration of all things hops-related in... Read more

Other People’s Footage: Copyright & Fair Use

Saturday, November 5 at 10:00am

The centerpiece of a free master class on fair use and copyright, “Other People’s Footage” explores the three questions crucial to determining fair-use exemptions. The film presents helpful illustrative examples from nonfiction, fiction, and experimental films... Read more

Out of the Box: Ending the Cycle of Incarceration

Friday, November 4 at 7:30pm

In the spring of 2000, the federal judges of the Eastern District of Missouri selected Doug Burris as the new chief probation officer and charged him with reversing a potentially dangerous trend: At the time, the district exceeded by 30 percent the national... Read more

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Saturday, November 12 at 4:30pm

An essential documentary, Brett Story’s incisive and wide-ranging “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” critically examines the prison system and its place — social, economic, and psychological — in American society. More people are imprisoned in the United States... Read more

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Sunday, November 6 at 12:00pm

It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous... 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

Searching for Home

Saturday, November 5 at 6:00pm
Saturday, November 12 at 6:30pm

A former exchange student at UMSL — his doc short “Harvard Man” appeared at the 2014 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase — director Hari Secic returns to St. Louis with his first feature, a vérité portrait of a man torn between two counties. A Bosnian Muslim, Sead... Read more

Show Me Democracy

Sunday, November 6 at 6:30pm

“Show Me Democracy” asks: Can a small group of young people make a difference in complex and imperfect systems? Following the advocacy and activist efforts of seven college students in the aftermath of events in Ferguson, the documentary chronicles their thoughts... Read more

The Slippers

Sunday, November 13 at 3:30pm

Cinephiles, Oz fans, and Garland groupies will delight in “The Slippers,” which traces the unbelievable history of the sparkly-red footwear sported by Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” There were actually multiple sets of the ruby slippers, and the movie tells the... Read more

St. Louis Brews

Thursday, November 3 at 8:00pm

SLIFF kicks off our 25th anniversary with a beer blast: a suds-centric reception and a work-in-progress screening of “St. Louis Brews,” Bill Streeter’s celebration of all things hops-related in the Lou. Streeter — an alum of the fest whose 2011 documentary “Brick... Read more

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler

Friday, November 4 at 7:15pm

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

Tribute to Kim Tucci and Harold and Maude

Wednesday, November 9 at 6:00pm

Cinema St. Louis pays tribute to longtime board chair Kim Tucci as part of SLIFF’s 25th-anniversary celebration. Kim’s service to the St. Louis region includes investing in the community, raising funds to fight disease, and enabling projects of civic pride. And... 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