Eugene (Olajuwon Davis), a black inner-city teen, escapes the streets and hides away on a Midwest city rooftop during the Fourth of July holiday. He is found by Holly (Libby Bibb), a widowed alcoholic, who lives in the secluded rooftop dwelling with her Boston terrier. Eugene eventually confesses to Holly that he’s ducking the police and tells her that the cops mistakenly think he was involved in a nearby crime. The odd couple commits to spending the day together above the city, waiting for a hopeful resolution to Eugene’s situation. As the long day passes, their friendship grows, but their personal realities begin to catch up with them. “Palacios” was shot in St. Louis by SLIFF alum Robert T. Herrera, whose documentary “The Gray Seasons” screened at the fest in 2011.