Below is information regarding the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival. The 2017 festival will take place Nov. 2-12, 2017. Submissions are now open.

#sugarwater

Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1:00pm

The documentary “#sugarwater” provides a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking Graeae (pronounced Grey Eye) Theater Company, whose mission emphasizes the integration of deaf and disabled performers into its productions. The documentary records Graeae’s preparations and rehearsals for Jack Thorne’s “The Solid Life of Sugar Water” at England’s prestigious National Theatre, whose embrace of the company provides a major validation for its inclusive approach. (Thorne’s name may be familiar to fans of J.K. Rowlings’ boy wizard — his latest work is the celebrated play and bestselling book “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”) In “The Solid Life of Sugar Water” — a searing two-person drama about a miscarriage and its ramifications in a couple’s relationship — the charismatic performers are a deaf woman and a man with a congenitally damaged arm. The film offers both a generous sampling of the play — which features some frank sexual content — and highlights the innovative means that the company employs to make its work accessible to all audience members.

2016
55 min.

Directed by

Jo Lewis

Country

U.K.

Film Category

International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight

Subject

Disabilities Theater

The screening will feature closed captioning.

Film Website

Official Website

Shown with

Jonah Stands Up

Jonah Stands Up

Hannah Engelson

An artist, disability activist, and comedian faces his mortality.

2016
21 min.