St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

July 19, 2015 to July 23, 2015
Tivoli Theatre

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.

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2015 SLFS Program


Narrative Films

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

Documentary Films

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




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


Sunday, July 19 at 1:00pm
Director: Tony West
108 min.

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...

Sunday, July 19 at 4:00pm
Director: Chris Grega
83 min.

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...

Shown With:
Late War
Sunday, July 19 at 6:30pm
Director: Brian Jun
90 min.

“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...

Sunday, July 19 at 9:00pm
Director: various
73 min.

As Loucas
Addoley Dzegede, 3 min.
A chronicle of the small battles waged underfoot.

Ballet Art
Anna Bruno, 4 min.
A reminder that we...

Monday, July 20 at 5:00pm
Director: Patrick Branson
85 min.

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...

Monday, July 20 at 7:15pm
Director: various
97 min.

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.


Monday, July 20 at 9:45pm
Director: various
114 min.

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).


Tuesday, July 21 at 5:00pm
Director: various
90 min.

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...

Tuesday, July 21 at 7:15pm
Director: various
98 min.

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....

Tuesday, July 21 at 9:30pm
Director: various
112 min.

3:00 AM
Evan Rein, 3 min.
A man receives a strange envelope.

The Audition
Kristen Summerfield, 10 min.
A young woman’s upbringing...

Wednesday, July 22 at 5:00pm
Director: Ashley Seering & Cory Byers
54 min.

“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...

Shown With:
Pedaling to Stop Pushing
Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00pm
Director: various
89 min.

Future Wars
Chris Grega, 4 min.
Mike Tidwell and Ron McGovney are re-enactors of conflicts of the future.

John Finster Vs. Bobo the Clown

Wednesday, July 22 at 9:15pm
Director: various
114 min.

About That...
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...

Thursday, July 23 at 5:00pm
Director: various
97 min.

Broke Juke
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...

Thursday, July 23 at 7:15pm
Director: Efi da Silva
85 min.

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...

Shown With:
Thursday, July 23 at 8:00pm
At Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room.

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.