Show-Me Cinema

Co-sponsored by Missouri Division 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.

Abbey Waterworth Performance with The Center of Nowhere

Sunday, November 4 at 6:30pm

This evening of film and music celebrates the sounds — and sundry other attractions — of Springfield, Mo. Dave Hoekstra’s documentary “The Center of Nowhere” is not just about music but about a sense of place: how atmosphere, environment, history, and even... Read more

An American Tragedy

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

In 1989, 17-year-old Kelli Hall was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in St. Charles by Jeffrey Ferguson and an accomplice. Ferguson was eventually caught and convicted, receiving a death sentence; he was executed nearly 25 years after the crime, in 2014. During the... Read more

The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic

Saturday, November 3 at 5:30pm

The Municipal Theatre of St. Louis, affectionately known as The Muny, has been a part of St. Louis life for generations. This summer marked the 100th season that The Muny has presented top-notch musical theater outdoors in St. Louis’ Forest Park, and “The Best of... Read more

The Big Lebowski

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

As part of our Tribute to John Goodman, SLIFF offers the Coen Brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and features one of the actor’s most indelible roles: Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak. A delightfully convoluted riff on... Read more

Big Muddy

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

After their mother dies, Bo convinces estranged brother Duncan to join him on a canoe trip down the Missouri River. Bo is unaware that the only reason Duncan accepts his invitation is because he needs a place to hide from the Chicago gangsters to whom he owes... Read more

Bisbee '17

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm

“Bisbee ’17” — by Sundance award-winning director Robert Greene, who teaches documentary at the University of Missouri — is set in Bisbee, Ariz., an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border. Radically combining... Read more

Branwell Brontë's Role-Playing Game with The Drunkard's Lament

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm

Experimental filmmaker Jim Finn — a native St. Louisan who receives the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award — returns to SLIFF (which screened his “Interkosmos” and “The Juche Idea” in 2008) with “The Drunkard’s Lament,” a strange, epistolary musical... Read more

The Center of Nowhere: The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, Mo.

Sunday, November 4 at 6:30pm

“The Center of Nowhere” is not just about music but about a sense of place: how atmosphere, environment, history, and even foodways inform the artistic muse around Springfield, Mo. At the heart of the film is the late performer and producer Lou Whitney, whose... Read more

The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital

Saturday, November 3 at 7:30pm

“The Color of Medicine” traces the rise and fall of St. Louis’ premier black hospital, Homer G. Phillips, which at one point in time trained the largest number of black doctors and nurses in the world. The film chronicles the unique history of the medical training... Read more

Day One

Saturday, November 3 at 7:00pm

“Day One” follows a group of teens from war zones in the Middle East and Africa as they are resettled in St. Louis and enrolled at Nahed Chapman New American Academy, a unique school in the St. Louis Public Schools system for refugees only. Traumatized on their... Read more

Destroyer

Thursday, November 1 at 8:00pm

Directed by native St. Louisan Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight,” “The Invitation”) — who receives SLIFF’s Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award — “Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Oscar® winner Nicole Kidman, who also... Read more

Dirty Laundry: The Asbestos Documentary

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 10 at 7:00pm

Why did a 90-year-old grandmother and housewife die from a rare form of cancer whose only cause is exposure to asbestos? The answer: asbestos dust on the clothes of her husband, who worked at Shell Oil’s Wood River Refinery in the Metro East’s Roxana, Ill. Her... Read more

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A diverse chorus of black voices addresses subjects both local and national.

Doc Shorts: Method M Films

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00pm
A collection of films from graduates of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.

The Drunkard's Lament

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm

Native St. Louisan Jim Finn’s “The Drunkard’s Lament” offers a strange, epistolary musical adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” as written by the consumptive brother Branwell Brontë. When Branwell — the ne’er-do-well, tubercular brother of the Brontë sisters —... Read more

Gateway Sound

Saturday, November 3 at 2:00pm

Commercial studios have been the mainstay of recorded music for decades. But what happens when the very foundations of the music business are shaken to the core? How are studios surviving in the face of streaming music, slumping sales, and cheaper, easily... Read more

IDA Conversation Series: AJ Schnack

Saturday, November 10 at 3:30pm

With the International Documentary Association, SLIFF co-presents an entry in the IDA’s signature Conversation Series, which hosts discussions with prominent documentary filmmakers. This edition features multiple SLIFF alum AJ Schnack, a native of Edwardsville,... Read more

An Illustrated History of St. Louis Drive-In Movie Theaters

Saturday, November 3 at 6:00pm

During the heyday of drive-in movies — from the 1950s through the ’70s — St. Louisans flocked to outdoor theaters such as the 66 Park-in, the Airway Twin, and the Holiday. Sadly, those venues are long gone, but Tom Stockman, editor of the website We Are Movie... Read more

In the Wake of Ire

Saturday, November 3 at 3:15pm

In “In the Wake of Ire,” Benjamin Lovell (Gregory Sporleder) reunites with estranged daughter Rosemary (Whitney Morgan Cox) after a 20-year separation. A vicious attack during Rosemary’s childhood not only left her injured but also memory impaired, and she fails... Read more

Living in Tents

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

“Living in Tents” explores homelessness in St. Louis, offering an intimate portrait of a half-dozen or so homeless men and women, and providing a wider view of the issue by interviewing several long-term volunteers and the city officials and professionals who set... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Music & Musicals

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm
Music plays an integral part in this collection of note-perfect shorts.

NFF Coffee

Sunday, November 11 at 12:00pm

As part of the New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), SLIFF holds a conversation with the five participating directors: Phil Blattenberger (“Point Man”), Catherine Dudley-Rose (“Parallel Chords”), Zane L’Erario (“They Are Strangers”), Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson (“... Read more

One Toke Over the Line and Still Smokin'

Saturday, November 3 at 8:00pm

“One Toke Over the Line and Still Smokin’” by St. Louis filmmaker Kathy Corley celebrates the folk-rock duo Brewer & Shipley, whose Top 10 song “One Toke Over the Line” was a constant presence on the radio in the 1970s. The pair’s other hits include “Tarkio... Read more

Opening-Night Reception with Destroyer

Thursday, November 1 at 6:30pm

SLIFF’s opening night features “Destroyer,” directed by native St. Louisan Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight,” “The Invitation”), who receives SLIFF’s Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award. “Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin... Read more

Parallel Chords

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

The feature version of a short that first screened at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in 2015, “Parallel Chords” chronicles the struggles of young violinist Jacqueline (Rachel Ann) to assert her individuality despite the intense pressure of her controlling... Read more

The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra with The Half Breed

Saturday, November 10 at 7:00pm

St. Louis’ Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra returns to SLIFF with an original score and live accompaniment for “The Half Breed,” a newly restored silent featuring Hollywood legend Douglas Fairbanks. In an attempt to brand himself as a serious actor, the... Read more

Robert Campbell, Mountain Man

Saturday, November 10 at 1:30pm

The film relates the rags-to-riches tale of famous St. Louisan Robert Campbell (1804-79), a penniless Northern Ireland man who ultimately became the wealthiest man in Missouri. After arriving in St. Louis, Campbell became involved in the Rocky Mountain fur trade... Read more

Snapshots

Saturday, November 3 at 6:50pm

When a grandmother’s hidden past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter's angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to surmount decades of deceit? The story “Snapshots” tells is set in motion when a single roll of... Read more

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm
A selection of the best films from the 2018 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Tribute to Joe Edwards

Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00pm

SLIFF celebrates Joe Edwards, an iconic fixture of St. Louis, for his achievements in connecting cultures and communities since 1972, including the restoration of SLIFF’s signature venue, the Tivoli Theatre. The driving force behind the Loop’s renaissance, Edwards... Read more

Tribute to John Goodman with The Big Lebowski

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

SLIFF honors native St. Louisan John Goodman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute program that will include a clip reel of the actor’s career highlights and a conversation between Goodman and John Carney of KTRS (550 AM). Goodman grew up in Affton and... Read more

Where the Pavement Ends

Saturday, November 3 at 2:30pm

“Where the Pavement Ends” explores the charged relationship between the historically all-black town of Kinloch and its formerly all-white neighbor Ferguson. Kinloch is now essentially a ghost town, emptied of almost all of its residents when the nearby Lambert... Read more