St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Friday, July 13, 2018 to Sunday, July 22, 2018

An annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, the 2018 Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase will serve 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 film programs that will screen from July 13-22 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. Programs with feature-length films include post-screening Q&As with filmmakers. The 2018 event will take place over two consecutive weekends in mid July at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. 

Tickets are on sale for all shows via Brown Paper Tickets. A small service charge will be applied per ticket.





Shorts in multi-film programs are listed alphabetically, not in the order screened. All programs are at Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium except for the closing-night awards party, which is held at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room.



Narrative Films

Best Costumes - Shutter, Nancy Eppert & Maude Vintage

Best Makeup/Hairstyling - East Plains Get Out, Jessica Dana

Best Use of Music - The Wedding Song, Ben Stanton, Thia Schuessler, & Will Dickerson

Best Sound - Strings, Ross Mercer, Ryan Kneezle, & Theo Lodato

Best Production Design/Art Direction - Parallel Chords, Gypsi Pate

Best Special/Visual Effects - Dawn of Man, Vlad Sarkisov

Best Editing - MLM, Benjamin Dewhurst

Best Cinematography - Parallel Chords, Kyle Krupinksi

Best Screenplay - Foxes, Tristan Taylor & Garrick Bernard

Best Actor - Ayinde Howell, Foxes

Best Actress - Jackie Kelly, Mother of Calamity

Best Direction - Richard Louis Ulrich, Steve

Best Animated Film - Tiffanys, Caitlin Chiusano, Sean Esser, & Zhara Honore

Best Comedy - Cabin Killer, Michael Rich

Best Drama - Saint Sinner, Brian Cooksey

Best Narrative Short - Foxes, Tristan Taylor

Best Narrative Feature - Parallel Chords, Catherine Dudley-Rose


Experimental Films

Best Experimental Film - Passages in Revisiting: I Hear Someone Playing Urheen, Xinyue Deng

Documentary Films

Best Use of Music - Busking on the Wagon, Randy Shinn & Drew Gowran

Best Sound - Such and Such, Cory Byers

Best Editing - Gateway Sound, Justin Fisher & Patrick Lawrence

Best Cinematography - Lingua Francas, David Christopher Pitt

Best Local Subject - The Man Behind the Merferds, Phil Berwick

Best Direction - Lisa Boyd, An American Tragedy

Best Documentary Short - For a Better Life, Yasmin Mistry

Best Documentary Feature - Gateway Sound, Justin Fisher

Showcase Films invited to the 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival


An American Tragedy - Lisa Boyd

The Best of Us: 100 Years of Muny Magic - Kathy Bratkowski

Dirty Laundry - Conor Lewis

Gateway Sound - Justin Fisher

Parallel Chords - Catherine Dudley-Rose


#thesocialmovement - St. Louis Artworks Digital Squad

The 610 Project - Jessica Ambuehl & Alvaro Aro

The Buck: Midwest Gully - Jun Bae

Crowning Change: The Erin O’Flaherty Story - Alexis Kadey (Cinema for Students)

Flags of Valor - Lou Cariffe

For a Better Life - Yasmin Mistry

The Joy of Doing - Ryan Fitzgerald & Jack Mulopulos

The Kinloch Doc - Alana Marie

Lingua Francas - Bret Hoy

The Man Behind the Merferds - Josh Herum

The Mountains That Made Me - Sharee Silerio

Movement Women: The Making of a Crew - Aziza Binti

Such and Such - Cory Byers & Ashley Seering

The Wave - Christopher Hill & Sean Loftin


2.0 - Shane Dioneda

Ashlock - Elliott Geolat

Birth Cycle: A Flip Book - Zak Zych

Blair Trump Project - Paul Hibbard

Cabin Killer - Michael Rich

Foxes - Tristan Hill

Fugue - Gabe Sheets

Geek Lounge: Going Solo - Larry Ziegelman

Love In a Vacuum - Jenna Anderson, Kyla Anderson, Paige Lockwood, Brent Uramoto & Lincoln Ward

Saint Sinner - Brian Cooksey

Steve - Richard Louis Ulrich

Story 2: Scenes 1-9 - Zlatko Cosic

The Stroke - Jessica Pierce

Tapeta Lucida - Zlatko Cosic

Tiffanys - Caitlin Chiusano, Sean Esser & Zhara Honore

The Wedding Song - Rex New & Thia Schuessler

Z-Grid - Van McElwee

Narrative Shorts: Films by Teens

Friday, Jul. 13 at 7:00pm
2, Diluted Fear, Farm 2029, Fugue, The Lullaby, The Reckoning (A "Star Wars" Fan Film), Valentine's Promise

East Plains: Get Out

Friday, Jul. 13 at 9:15pm

In the small Midwestern town of East Plains, local television powerhouse Channel 29 reigns supreme, with the immoral station owners unfairly wielding their power.... Read More

A Song for Sarah

Saturday, Jul. 14 at 1:00pm

This heartwarming family musical answers the question, “Can music save the day?” Aspiring singer Sarah Caldwell, who was orphaned as a baby, and her estranged... Read More

Gateway Sound

Saturday, Jul. 14 at 4:00pm

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?... Read More11:17

Tuesday Night and Wednesday Morning

Saturday, Jul. 14 at 7:00pm

Two broken-hearted lovers are dumped on the same day. When they meet each other, they realize that spending some time together is the best remedy for their... Read MoreBlair Trump Project

Narrative Shorts: Drama 1

Saturday, Jul. 14 at 9:30pm
99.5, Business Is War, I Hit Back Harder, Jane's Ritual, Mantis Shrimp, My Neighbor Addie, Slipping Away, Steve, The Train to Kansas City

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, Jul. 15 at 1:00pm
#thesocialmovement, The Buck: Midwest Gully, For a Better Life, An Injustice in Hartford: Racial Schooling Quotas, The Kinloch Doc, The Mountains That Made Me, Movement Women: The Making of a Crew, The Wave

Dirty Laundry: The Asbestos Documentary

Sunday, Jul. 15 at 3:15pm

Two cousins journey across the U.S. by bicycle, fueled by curiosity about their grandmother’s sudden passing from a rare cancer: mesothelioma. Through interviews... Read More

The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic

Sunday, Jul. 15 at 6:15pm

The Municipal Theatre of St. Louis, affectionately known as The Muny, has been a part of St. Louis life for generations. This summer marks the 100th season that The... Read More

Experimental Shorts

Sunday, Jul. 15 at 8:30pm
Ashlock, Birth Cycle: A Flip Book, The Boy with the Red Balloon, Dial Tone, Dream .Dot. Zip, Lovesong, Passages in Revisiting: I Hear Someone Playing Urheen, Story 2: Scenes 1-9, Sunday Night, Tapeta Lucida, Z-Grid

Parallel Chords

Friday, Jul. 20 at 7:00pm

In this long-awaited feature version of a short first screened at the Showcase in 2015, a young violinist struggles to assert her individuality amid the intense... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Drama 2

Friday, Jul. 20 at 9:30pm
Employee of the Month, Lit, MLM, Moochery, Saint Sinner, Shutter, Softie

Narrative Shorts: Expatriates

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 12:30pm
93 Miles, The Dryad Tree, Foxes, Hook It Up!, Sharks, The Wedding Song

Doc Shorts: Individuals

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 2:30pm
Busking on the Wagon, Crowning Change: The Erin O'Flaherty Story, The Joy of Doing, Lingua Francas, The Man Behind the Merferds, The Melting Pot: Unsung Heroes of the American Dream, Trad

Doc Shorts: Passion

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 4:30pm
Flags of Valor, Passenger, Pole Dancers, Such and Such, Turf Grass, Warrenton, Missouri

Narrative Shorts: Animation & Comedy

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 7:30pm
Bachelor's Party, Brothers in a Field, Farbon Kiber, Fools & Gold, Frankie Misbehaves, Geek Lounge: Down and Dirty, Geek Lounge: Going Solo, I Could Care Less, Jam-Bo-Ree, Love in a Vacuum, Space Town, Sugar Crash, Tiffanys

Narrative Shorts: Horror, Sci-Fi & Thrillers

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 9:30pm
Cabin Killer, The Closet, Dawn of Man, End of Daze, An Honest Confession, A Month Ago, Mother of Calamity, The Next Contestant, Outland, Singing Without Music, Strings, Til Death

Daniel Lord, S.J.: The Restless Flame — Thinking Big in a Parochial World

Sunday, Jul. 22 at 1:00pm

St. Louisan Daniel Lord (1888-1955) was one of the most influential American religious figures of the 20th century. He wrote 230 pamphlets — which sold 25 million... Read More

An American Tragedy

Sunday, Jul. 22 at 3:00pm

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... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Ladies Night

Sunday, Jul. 22 at 6:00pm
Badlaws, The Ball, Corporeal Creatures, Doe, Jane 1990, The Kite and the String, Lost, Love Unimagined: A Love Supreme, The Stroke, The Tide

Closing-Night Awards Party

Sunday, Jul. 22 at 8:00pm
Cinema St. Louis announces the Showcase films chosen for inclusion in the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, and a jury gives awards to the best Showcase... Read More