St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Friday, July 12, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019

An annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, the 2019 Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screened works that are written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis residents or films and filmmakers with strong local ties. The 2019 event took place over two consecutive weekends in mid July (12-14 and 19-21) at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The many film programs that screened there 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. A venue map to Brown Hall is below. Our lively annual closing-night awards party was, as always, held in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill. 

Here is a list of the juried awards presented at the closing night party: AWARDS

Here is a list of the films that have been invited to screen during the 28th annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival in November: SLIFF selections

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Doc Shorts 1

Friday, Jul. 12 at 7:00pm
Back to China
Dawn Dixon, 12 min.
Isabella Dixon, who was raised in St. Louis, returns to China for the first time after... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Drama 1

Friday, Jul. 12 at 9:15pm
The Burdens They Carry
Alyssa Andrews, 12 min.
A Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD struggles to overcome the burden of his... Read More

Path of the Past

Saturday, Jul. 13 at 1:00pm

The subject’s grandson tells the incredible true story of Pocahontas, Ill.’s Louis “Louch” Baczewski, a tank-crew member who miraculously survived the perilous... Read More

Docs Shorts 2

Saturday, Jul. 13 at 4:00pm
Bang the Drum: The Life and Death of a Small-Town Music Scene
Douglas Wicker, 19 min.
Using Farmington, Mo., as an... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Comedy

Saturday, Jul. 13 at 6:30pm
Burn It Down
Valerie Royer, 11 min.
A young pyromaniac must decide whether to burn down his “dream house” or spare the old... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Horror 1

Saturday, Jul. 13 at 9:00pm
Ashley Seering, 6 min.
An artist invites an especially harsh critic to her studio for an exclusive preview of her... Read More

Shorts by Expatriates

Sunday, Jul. 14 at 1:00pm
Holly Voges, 11 min.
A Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD is haunted by the events of the past and struggles to... Read More

Through the Cracks

Sunday, Jul. 14 at 3:15pm

In July 2002, Johnny Johnson was arrested and charged with the abduction and murder of 6-year-old Cassandra Williamson in Valley Park, Mo., and the effects of the... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Drama 2

Sunday, Jul. 14 at 6:15pm
Tanner Craft, 11 min.
A mother learns to deal with her son’s diagnosis.
Enough... Read More

Road to the Pros

Sunday, Jul. 14 at 8:30pm

“Road to the Pros” offers an inside look at the St. Louis amateur boxing scene. Providing a lively and informative overview, the film interviews past and current... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Drama 3

Friday, Jul. 19 at 7:00pm
Leonardo Panziera, 12 min.
Strange dreams of flowers inspire Milton to fulfill the ambition of his girlfriend to... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Sci-Fi/Thriller

Friday, Jul. 19 at 9:15pm
Abducted Anonymous
Nathan Karimi, 23 min.
The rich and powerful exploit the temptations of seven men.

A New Leaf: Reimagining Henry Shaw’s Museum

Saturday, Jul. 20 at 1:30pm

After more than a century of decline, Henry Shaws museum is once again open to the public at the Missouri Botanical Garden (MoBOT) following a multi-million-dollar... Read More


Saturday, Jul. 20 at 3:30pm

Talented photographer Lucas Wilson (Raymond Roberson) is still processing his emotions after the death of his father two years ago and marking time at an... Read More

Doc Shorts 3

Saturday, Jul. 20 at 6:00pm
Broken Windows
Mabel Gan, 10 min.
In the wake of the Ferguson protests, artists come together to help a St. Louis community... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Horror 2

Saturday, Jul. 20 at 8:30pm
The Boogie Man
Micah Deeken, 7 min.
A young, determined dancer finds herself mixed up in a showdown with a mysterious... Read More

Prison Performing Arts: The Voice Within

Sunday, Jul. 21 at 1:00pm

In “The Voice Within,” inmates at the women’s prison in Vandalia, Mo., participate in a two-week Prison Performing Arts (PPA) workshop and take an unforgettable... Read More

Experimental Shorts

Sunday, Jul. 21 at 3:30pm
Confound Acts
Katina Bitsicas, 4 min.
This three-channel video — which combines nature footage, metaphorical symbols, and... Read More

The Ghost Who Walks

Sunday, Jul. 21 at 6:00pm

Shot in St. Louis by former Showcase award-winner Cody Stokes, The Ghost Who Walks is a breathlessly paced ride through the hidden underbelly of the city. After... Read More


Sunday, Jul. 21 at 8:00pm

Cinema St. Louis announces the Showcase films chosen for inclusion in the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival in Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room,... Read More