St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Summer Louis by David Rocco

July 16-20, 2017

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 16-20 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.

Awards Jury

Documentaries: Diane Carson, Dan Cross, Gayle Gallagher, Tiffany Greenwood, Ben Scholle

Narratives: Robert Hunt, Sam Smucker, Tom Stockman, Lynn Venhaus, Wyatt Weed

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

Doc Shorts 1

Sunday, Jul. 16 at 12:30pm

Experimental Shorts

Sunday, Jul. 16 at 2:30pm


Sunday, Jul. 16 at 4:45pm

Eugene, an inner-city teen, escapes the city streets and hides away on a Midwest city rooftop during the Fourth of July holiday. He is found by Holly, a widowed... Read More

Narrative Shorts 1

Sunday, Jul. 16 at 7:15pm

Tonight She Comes

Sunday, Jul. 16 at 9:30pm

After a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. They will... Read More

Narrative Shorts 2

Monday, Jul. 17 at 5:00pm

Narrative Shorts 3

Monday, Jul. 17 at 7:00pm

Narrative Shorts 4

Monday, Jul. 17 at 9:30pm

500: The Impact of The Reformation Today

Tuesday, Jul. 18 at 5:00pm

Renowned Luther scholars from around the world reveal how the Reformation affects us in multiple ways, with a lone monk’s actions 500 years ago continuing to... Read More

Atomic Homefront

Tuesday, Jul. 18 at 7:30pm

St. Louis has a little-known nuclear past as a uranium-processing center for the atomic bomb. Government and corporate negligence led to the dumping of Manhattan... Read More

Dev Diary

Wednesday, Jul. 19 at 5:00pm

Although St. Louis game designers the Coster brothers — Adam, Sam, and Seth — have a reputation for developing projects quickly, they have spent the last two years... Read More

Narrative Shorts 5

Wednesday, Jul. 19 at 7:00pm

Narrative Shorts 6

Wednesday, Jul. 19 at 9:15pm

Doc Shorts 2

Thursday, Jul. 20 at 5:00pm


Thursday, Jul. 20 at 7:30pm

No parent should have to bury their child, but that was the reality the Weils faced when their son Gabe was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Told he... Read More

Closing-Night Awards Party

Thursday, Jul. 20 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... Read More