St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
The Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films with strong local ties. The 15 film programs that screen at the Tivoli from July 19-23 serve as the Showcase’s centerpiece. The programs range from full-length fiction features and documentaries to multi-film compilations of fiction and documentary shorts. Many of the programs with feature-length films include post-screening Q&As with filmmakers.
SHOWCASE JURIED AWARD WINNERS
Best Costumes - Scott Breihan, Sophie
Best Makeup/Hairstyling - Justice Kobusch, Sophie
Best Use of Music - Efi Da Silva, Four Way Stop
Best Sound - Michael Kadlubkiewicz, Parallel Chords
Best Production Design/Art Direction - Elizabeth Parker, Sophie
Best Special/Visual Effects - David Whatley, Incursion
Best Editing - Sean Mitchell, Witness 11
Best Cinematography - Hannah Radcliff, Four Way Stop
Best Screenplay - Jared & Kelly Gordon, Call to Darkness
Best Actor - Oleg Lipstin, Witness 11
Best Actress - Jenna McDonald, Conversations Over Dinner
Best Director - Sean Mitchell, Witness 11
Best Experimental Film - Van McElwee, Mexican Dream
Best Animated Film - Tim Craft, Nature Imagined
Best Comedy - Chris Ferguson, Call to Darkness
Best Drama - Michael Rich, El Tio
Best Narrative Under 20 Minutes - Michael Rich, El Tio
Best Narrative Over 20 Minutes - Efi Da Silva, Four Way Stop
Best Use of Music - Patrick Branson (director), America's Blues
Best Sound - Ashley Seering & Cory Byers, The Heroin Project
Best Editing - Jim Dreyer, The Swallows' Tale: The Story of Ozark Airlines
Best Cinematography - Dan Wang & Rhett Dupont, Feeling Wanted
Best Director - Tony West, The Safe Side of the Fence
Best Documentary Under 30 Minutes - Jim Dreyer, The Swallows' Tale: The Story of Ozark Airlines
Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes - Tony West, The Safe Side of the Fence
FILMS INVITED TO 2015 SLIFF
Feeling Wanted directed by Yasmin Mistry
The Swallows' Tale: The Story of Ozark Airlines directed by Jim Dreyer
America's Blues directed by Patrick Branson
The Heroin Project directed by Ashley Seering and Corey Byers
The Safe Side of the Fence directed by Tony West
Abhita directed by Lacey Turner
About That... directed by Damien D. Smith
The Basement directed by Bart Elfrink
Blameless directed by Robert Herrera
Daddy I Cut My Hair directed by Matt Amato
El Tio directed by Michael Rich
Future Wars directed by Chris Grega
Grow directed by Matthew Bryan
Late War directed by Chris Grega
Nature Imagined directed by Tim Craft
Out of the Basement directed by Benjamin Dewhurst
Parallel Chords directed by Catherine Dudley-Rose
Party Animals directed by Will Morris
Sophie directed by Alvaro Aro
Splatter directed by Hieronymous Cole
Trinity directed by Wyatt Weed
Whisper directed by Alec Wild
Witness 11 directed by Sean Mitchell
Zero Degree Overlap directed by Zlatko Cosic
Four Way Stop directed by Efi da Silva
Sleep With Me directed by Brian Jun
World War II’s Manhattan Project required the refinement of massive amounts of uranium, and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt took on the job. As a result, the chemical company’s employees would become some of the most...
The hobby of World War II re-enacting started in Weldon Spring, Mo., in the mid-1970s, and this documentary by “Rhineland” director Chris Grega takes a look at the origins of the event -- called Weldonkreig -- and...
“Sleep With Me” is a dark suburban drama focusing on Paul (Cliff Chamberlain) and Gabi (Danielle Camastra), a young couple unsuccessfully striving to start a family. Paul lives in the shadow of his overbearing father...
Addoley Dzegede, 3 min.
A chronicle of the small battles waged underfoot.
Anna Bruno, 4 min.
A reminder that we...
Transcending generations and racial barriers, the blues laid the foundation for pop culture and virtually all American music. Through interviews with musicians, historians, professionals, and activists, “America’s...
Corinne McAfee, 5 min.
Planting trees has long been a symbol of hope for the future, and that’s reflected in new growth in Ferguson.
Joshua McNew, 7 min.
Getting out of sticky situations requires only a simple call to 1-800-Escape for a wearable Escape Button (patent pending).
Feeding the Future
Matthew Rice, 18 min.
A revolutionary therapy involving a diet of nutrient-rich peanut-butter paste has been described as a silver bullet in treating...
Patrick Murray, 20 min.
The son of an abusive, alcoholic father, 18-year-old Sonny dreamed of running the Boston Marathon but was always told that he wasn’t good enough....
Evan Rein, 3 min.
A man receives a strange envelope.
Kristen Summerfield, 10 min.
A young woman’s upbringing...
“The Heroin Project” raises awareness about the devastating impact of heroin. Although focused on events in Madison County, Ill., the film documents a widespread but underdiscussed problem that affects not just the...
Chris Grega, 4 min.
Mike Tidwell and Ron McGovney are re-enactors of conflicts of the future.
John Finster Vs. Bobo the Clown
Damien Smith, 16 min.
Summer and Jonathan are in love -- their relationship can only be described as pure bliss -- but a series of events calls Jonathan’s mental...
Anthony E. Cabral, 5 min.
A bartender struggles to comfort a regular who’s trying to cope with the loss of her husband by playing their song on a jukebox that no longer...
A 17-year-old inner-city African-American, Allen (Paul Craig) is desperately trying to improve his life but lacks essential support from family: His absent father is a needy drug addict, and his seriously ill mother...
The Showcase concludes with a party: KDHX-FM DJ Rob Levy spins music, Cinema St. Louis announces the Showcase films chosen for inclusion in the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, and a jury gives awards...
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Free, but donations will be accepted at the door.