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12th and Clairmount

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

In July 1967, Detroit experienced one of America’s most violent civil disturbances. To tell that story in an emblematic way, this film — produced by the Detroit Free Press — fuses illustrations with rare archival footage from the era, including newsreel,... Read more

An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

A first-rate film biography of 10-term congressman Norman Mineta, “An American Story” is also a well-wrought indictment of the woeful treatment of persons of Japanese ancestry by our country. In early 1942, along with tens of thousands of other Japanese Americans... Read more

An American Tragedy

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

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 convicted, receiving a death sentence; he was executed nearly 25 years after the crime, in 2014. During the... Read more

Ask for Jane

Sunday, November 11 at 3:30pm

Based on a true story — and set less than 50 years ago, in 1969 Chicago — “Ask for Jane” might seem hard to believe for those who have grown up in the U.S. after Roe v. Wade. But in the world of “Ask for Jane,” abortion is punishable by prison, and getting birth... Read more

Bathtubs Over Broadway

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

When he started as a comedy writer for the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Steve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while gathering material for a segment on the show, Steve stumbled onto a few vintage record albums that would change his life... Read more

Ben Is Back

Friday, November 9 at 7:00pm

Charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges, Oscar® nominee for “Manchester by the Sea”), a 19-year-old with a drug problem, unexpectedly returns home to his family on a fateful Christmas Eve. Holly (Julia Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but she’s... Read more

The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic

Saturday, November 3 at 5:30pm

The Municipal Theatre of St. Louis, affectionately known as The Muny, has been a part of St. Louis life for generations. This summer marked the 100th season that The Muny has presented top-notch musical theater outdoors in St. Louis’ Forest Park, and “The Best of... Read more

The Big Lebowski

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

As part of our Tribute to John Goodman, SLIFF offers the Coen Brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and features one of the actor’s most indelible roles: Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak. A delightfully convoluted riff on... Read more

Big Muddy

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

After their mother dies, Bo convinces estranged brother Duncan to join him on a canoe trip down the Missouri River. Bo is unaware that the only reason Duncan accepts his invitation is because he needs a place to hide from the Chicago gangsters to whom he owes... Read more

The Biggest Little Farm

Sunday, November 11 at 3:30pm

When documentarian John Chester and culinary writer Molly Chester abandon urban living to start their own farm on a patch of depleted soil outside Los Angeles, John chronicles their efforts to create Apricot Lane Farms over eight eventful years. In addition to... Read more

Bisbee '17

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm

“Bisbee ’17” — by Sundance award-winning director Robert Greene, who teaches documentary at the University of Missouri — is set in Bisbee, Ariz., an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border. Radically combining... Read more

Black Memorabilia

Saturday, November 10 at 6:30pm

Black memorabilia continues to exert a problematic appeal, especially the putatively kitschy but undeniably offensive items that indulge in the most egregious kinds of racial stereotyping — what director Chico Colvard (“Family Affair,” SLIFF 2010) describes as “... Read more

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

“Blue Note Records” explores the vision behind the iconic American jazz label. Since 1939, Blue Note artists have been encouraged to push creative boundaries in search of uncompromising expressions. Through current recording sessions, rare archival footage, and... Read more

Boom

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

“Boom” tells the untold story of one of rock ’n’ roll’s wildest and most influential bands, the Sonics. For the first time ever, all five original members of the band tell the true story of how it all went down, beginning to end. “Boom” takes a deep dive,... Read more

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Thursday, November 8 at 7:00pm

“Boom for Real” tells the story of how New York City in the late 1970s formed the artist that the teenage Jean-Michel Basquiat eventually became. Using never-before-seen works, writings, and photographs, director Sara Driver, who was herself part of the same New... Read more

Boy Erased

Sunday, November 4 at 8:00pm

Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay-conversion-therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his... Read more

Bullitt

Saturday, November 3 at 12:00pm

Sen. Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn) is aiming to take down a mob boss with the help of testimony from the criminal’s hothead brother, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police Lt. Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen). When a pair of mob... Read more

Capturing the Flag

Saturday, November 10 at 7:30pm

“Capturing the Flag” chronicles the efforts of three old friends — Laverne Berry, Steven Miller, and Claire Wright — who in the fall of 2016 travel from New York to North Carolina to do voter-protection work at the polls. Laverne and Steve have been volunteering... Read more

The Center of Nowhere: The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, Mo.

Sunday, November 4 at 6:30pm

“The Center of Nowhere” is not just about music but about a sense of place: how atmosphere, environment, history, and even foodways inform the artistic muse around Springfield, Mo. At the heart of the film is the late performer and producer Lou Whitney, whose... Read more

The Chaperone

Saturday, November 10 at 12:30pm

Based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, “The Chaperone” reunites the writer (Julian Fellowes), director (Michael Engler), and star of “Downton Abbey.” Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous early 1920s, “The Chaperone” — the first feature film from PBS’... Read more

Chasing Portraits

Friday, November 9 at 7:15pm

Moshe Rynecki’s body of work reached close to 800 paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end in the Holocaust. In “Chasing Portraits,” great-granddaughter Elizabeth seeks to rediscover his legacy. The everyday lives of the Polish-Jewish... Read more

The City That Sold America

Saturday, November 10 at 5:30pm

At the threshold of the 20th century, a melting pot of adventurous immigrants, creative mavericks, and freedom-seeking African Americans shaped consumerism as we now know it. “The City That Sold America” explores how Chicago introduced ground-breaking, behavior-... Read more

The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital

Saturday, November 3 at 7:30pm

“The Color of Medicine” traces the rise and fall of St. Louis’ premier black hospital, Homer G. Phillips, which at one point in time trained the largest number of black doctors and nurses in the world. The film chronicles the unique history of the medical training... Read more

Crime + Punishment

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

Amid a landmark class-action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, “Crime + Punishment” chronicles the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest in New York City. With... Read more

Day One

Saturday, November 3 at 7:00pm

“Day One” follows a group of teens from war zones in the Middle East and Africa as they are resettled in St. Louis and enrolled at Nahed Chapman New American Academy, a unique school in the St. Louis Public Schools system for refugees only. Traumatized on their... Read more

Destroyer

Thursday, November 1 at 8:00pm

Directed by native St. Louisan Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight,” “The Invitation”) — who receives SLIFF’s Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award — “Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Oscar® winner Nicole Kidman, who also... Read more

Diane

Sunday, November 4 at 4:30pm

In this nuanced psychological portrait of a 70-year-old widow with a compassionate bent, Diane (Mary Kay Place, “The Big Chill”) spends her life in rural Massachusetts helping the homeless, caring for her sick friends, and attempting to reconnect with her 30-year-... Read more

Dirty Laundry: The Asbestos Documentary

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 10 at 7:00pm

Why did a 90-year-old grandmother and housewife die from a rare form of cancer whose only cause is exposure to asbestos? The answer: asbestos dust on the clothes of her husband, who worked at Shell Oil’s Wood River Refinery in the Metro East’s Roxana, Ill. Her... Read more

Doc Shorts: Animated Lives

Friday, November 2 at 5:00pm
A collection that demonstrates animation isn't just for fiction.

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A diverse chorus of black voices addresses subjects both local and national.

Doc Shorts: Complicated Families

Monday, November 5 at 5:00pm
A program that focuses on interpersonal conflict and the harrowing situations that families often face.

Doc Shorts: Coping with Hardship

Friday, November 9 at 5:00pm
Despite the challenges of disability or illness, the subjects of these films carry on and thrive.

Doc Shorts: Gay Elders

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A look back at those who dared to be out and proud in the past and who fought for LGTBQ lives.

Doc Shorts: Method M Films

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00pm
A collection of films from graduates of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.

Doc Shorts: Women Around the Globe

Thursday, November 8 at 5:00pm
A program that spotlights women who stand up and help other women.

The Drunkard's Lament

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm

Native St. Louisan Jim Finn’s “The Drunkard’s Lament” offers a strange, epistolary musical adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” as written by the consumptive brother Branwell Brontë. When Branwell — the ne’er-do-well, tubercular brother of the Brontë sisters —... Read more

Farmer of the Year

Saturday, November 10 at 3:40pm

When Hap Anderson (Barry Corbin, “Northern Exposure”), a widowed 83-year-old Minnesota farmer, sells his family farm, he finds himself adrift. Motivated by the possibility of showing up with an old flame and impressing his old Army buddies — Hap still still... Read more

Father's Kingdom

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

In the early 1900s, an African-American man named Reverend M.J. Divine — the son of emancipated slaves — began a religious movement that would reach more than a million followers at its peak, crossing racial divisions and advocating for gender and economic... Read more

Fatherhood

Saturday, November 3 at 4:30pm

A marvelously raw and heartfelt film about absent fathers and at-risk kids, “Fatherhood” is part music-video anthology, part confessional anthropology, part urgent social-issues documentary. Director Ben Gregor showcases four groups of young composers, lyricists,... Read more

Fiddlin'

Saturday, November 3 at 7:30pm

If you’re a fan of Appalachia’s “good old-timey music” featured in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Fiddlin’” will exert a strong appeal. Largely focused on the 2015 Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, Va. — which is billed as the “world’s oldest and largest” and... Read more

The Front Runner

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm

Based on Matt Bai’s “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” “The Front Runner” is directed by SLIFF favorite Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”), who receives our Contemporary Cinema Award. Having lost the Democratic presidential nomination to... Read more

Gateway Sound

Saturday, November 3 at 2:00pm

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? How are studios surviving in the face of streaming music, slumping sales, and cheaper, easily... Read more

General Magic

Sunday, November 4 at 6:30pm

The side of Silicon Valley you never see, “General Magic” is a tale of how great vision and epic failure can change the world. Spun out from Apple in 1990 to create the “next big thing,” General Magic shipped the first handheld wireless personal communicator in... Read more

A Girl Named C

Saturday, November 3 at 1:00pm

“A Girl Named C” addresses one of the most pervasive and taboo subjects in the United States — child sexual assault. One in three girls before the age of 18 is sexually assaulted in America, and experts estimate up to 50 percent of their perpetrators are other... Read more

Green Book

Sunday, November 11 at 6:15pm

Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures”) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ “Green Book.” In his foray into powerfully... Read more

Hal

Sunday, November 4 at 6:00pm

Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s — “Harold and Maude,” “The Last Detail,” “Shampoo,” “Coming Home,” “Being There” — he’s often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation.... Read more

The Half Breed

Saturday, November 10 at 7:00pm

St. Louis’ Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra returns to SLIFF with an original score and live accompaniment for “The Half Breed,” a newly restored silent featuring Hollywood legend Douglas Fairbanks. In an attempt to brand himself as a serious actor, the... Read more

The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution

Monday, November 5 at 7:00pm

From grassroots cooking to haute cuisine, “The Heat” is a timely and illuminating journey into the culinary world from a female perspective. Restaurant kitchens are a pressurized stew of brutal hours, high stress, and sleep deprivation, and acting out goes with... Read more

The Hello Girls: The Story of America's First Female Soldiers

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. Like Joan of Arc before them, they wanted to save France. By World War I's end, these women, known affectionately as the Hello Girls, had connected more... Read more

The House the Hand and the Hatchet

Thursday, November 8 at 7:30pm

A lyrical portrait of American artist James Surls, best known for his massive wooden and metal sculptures, “The House the Hand and the Hatchet” opens a window on Surls’ worldview and artistic process as the venerable sculptor settles into his 70s and looks back on... Read more

I, Douglas Fairbanks

Saturday, November 10 at 7:00pm

During the peak of the silent era, the dashing Douglas Fairbanks was the first “King of Hollywood,” ruling the box office in a series of epic adventures — swashbuckling in “The Mark of Zorro,” dueling in “Robin Hood,” and soaring in “The Thief of Bagdad.” His... Read more

If Beale Street Could Talk

Saturday, November 10 at 5:30pm

Director Barry Jenkins follows his Oscar®-winning “Moonlight” with an adaptation of James Baldwin's classic novel “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple and their families. In early-1970s Harlem, wife-to-be... Read more

In the Wake of Ire

Saturday, November 3 at 3:15pm

In “In the Wake of Ire,” Benjamin Lovell (Gregory Sporleder) reunites with estranged daughter Rosemary (Whitney Morgan Cox) after a 20-year separation. A vicious attack during Rosemary’s childhood not only left her injured but also memory impaired, and she fails... Read more

In This Gray Place

Saturday, November 3 at 6:05pm

Aleksander Ristic gives a commanding performance in this meditative drama about love and consequences. Aaron (Ristic) is a petty criminal from the wrong side of the tracks. Wounded, out of breath, and hefting a sack of jewels, he breaks into a rest-stop bathroom... Read more

Intelligent Lives

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

“Intelligent Lives” corrects the misconceptions that many hold about people with intellectual disabilities — a population that is perhaps the most systematically segregated in America. Intellectual disability often means a life sentence of isolation, but the three... Read more

Into the Okavango

Monday, November 5 at 6:00pm

The Okavango River Basin provides a vital source of water to about 1 million people, the world’s largest population of African elephants, and significant populations of lions, cheetahs, and hundreds of species of birds. However, this once-unspoiled oasis is now... Read more

Inventing Tomorrow

Saturday, November 3 at 12:00pm

“Inventing Tomorrow” follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India, and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today — right in their own backyards. The student are preparing original scientific research... Read more

The Jazz Ambassadors

Saturday, November 3 at 4:00pm

In 1956, America announced a new Cold War weapon to combat the U.S.S.R.: Jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck, along with their racially integrated bands, would cross the globe to counter negative Soviet... Read more

Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story

Monday, November 5 at 7:30pm

The late Kevyn Aucoin arguably still stands as the highest-profile makeup artist of all time. One of the few makeup artists to become a celebrity in his own right, Aucoin was the sort of invaluable corner man whom models and stars insisted accompany them on shoots... Read more

Lemonade

Friday, November 2 at 12:10pm
Sunday, November 4 at 12:10pm

In “Lemonade” — produced by Palme d’Or winner Christian Mungiu (“Four Months, Three Weeks, and Two Days”) — 30-year-old Mara, a single mother from Romania working as a caretaker in the U.S. on a temporary visa, marries Daniel, an American she met only a few months... Read more

Letter from Masanjia

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

When a woman from Oregon finds an SOS note written by a Chinese prisoner stashed in a box of Halloween decorations from Kmart, she never imagined it would eventually lead to the closure of all of China’s labor camps. When her story went viral around the world, the... Read more

Little Woods

Saturday, November 10 at 3:00pm

A modern Western, “Little Woods” tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Tessa Thompson, “Creed,” “Sorry to Bother You”) and Deb (Lily James, “Downton Abbey”), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the... Read more

Living in Tents

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

“Living in Tents” explores homelessness in St. Louis, offering an intimate portrait of a half-dozen or so homeless men and women, and providing a wider view of the issue by interviewing several long-term volunteers and the city officials and professionals who set... Read more

The Long Shadow

Sunday, November 4 at 6:00pm

When filmmaker and investigative journalist Frances Causey, a daughter of the South, set out to explore the continuing racial divisions in the U.S., what she discovered was that the politics of slavery didn’t end with the Civil War. In an astonishingly candid look... Read more

Man on Fire

Saturday, November 3 at 4:00pm

​Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a disturbing history of racism — a legacy that the community prefers not to talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when Charles Moore, an elderly white preacher, self-immolated to protest the town’s racism in 2014... Read more

Mapplethorpe

Monday, November 5 at 8:15pm

Robert Mapplethorpe — arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century — discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City in the ’70s and ’80s. This biopic from Ondi Timoner (“Dig!,” “We Live in Public”) explores Mapplethorpe’s life... Read more

Medium Cool

Saturday, November 3 at 3:00pm

It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler (“In the Heat of the Night,” “Bound for Glory”) decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. “Medium Cool,” his debut feature, plunges... Read more

Minding the Gap

Sunday, November 4 at 7:30pm

“Minding the Gap” offers a multifaceted group portrait of filmmaker Bing Liu and two friends, Keire Johnson and Zack Mulligan, from his youth in Rockford, Ill. Although the documentary initially appears to focus on their shared passion for skateboarding — Bing’s... Read more

Modified

Sunday, November 4 at 4:00pm

In “Modified” — a celebration of the love of food, cooking, and gardening — filmmaker Aube Giroux and her mother embark on an investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and... Read more

The Most Dangerous Year

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

“The Most Dangerous Year” intimately chronicles the struggle for transgender rights, specifically focusing on the 2016 fight in Washington state over “bathroom bills” that would force transgender individuals, including children, to use their “birth gender”... Read more

Mr. Soul!

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

On the heels of the civil-rights movement, one fearless black pioneer — Ellis Haizlip — reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national television stage. Haizlip contained Whitman-esque... Read more

My Country No More

Friday, November 9 at 5:00pm

Between 2011 and 2016, drilling for oil in America reached an unprecedented peak, setting off a modern-day gold rush in one of the most rural communities in the country: Trenton, N.D. Kalie Rider and her older brother Jed are both striving to rebuild farming in... Read more

N of 1

Saturday, November 10 at 8:00pm

An emotionally charged documentary, “N of 1” proves as thought-provoking as it is inspirational. Katye, a 26-year-old Floridian, is battling a rare and aggressive form of liver cancer. American doctors say they’ve done all they can and want the young woman to... Read more

Naila and the Uprising

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

Using evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage, “Naila and the Uprising” brings out of anonymity the courageous women who shook the Israeli occupation and put Palestinians on the map for the first time. “Naila and the Uprising”... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 1

Friday, November 2 at 9:40pm
Animated selections that will warm your heart and blow your mind.

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

Sunday, November 4 at 9:10pm
An animated sampler with a specific focus on international creations.

Narrative Shorts: Baring It All

Saturday, November 3 at 8:45pm
A program that exposes, both literally and figuratively, tenderness and vulnerability seldom seen onscreen.

Narrative Shorts: Comedy

Monday, November 5 at 7:30pm
Laughter is the universal language in this collection of comedies from around the globe.

Narrative Shorts: Dark Comedy

Sunday, November 11 at 9:00pm
A selection of dark and demented — but also funny — films.

Narrative Shorts: Drama

Sunday, November 11 at 3:00pm
A program in which things take a decided turn toward the dramatic.

Narrative Shorts: Experimental

Tuesday, November 6 at 9:15pm
Take a walk on the wild side in this program of mind-bending shorts.

Narrative Shorts: Fantasy

Thursday, November 8 at 9:15pm
A compendium of classic yarns and modern parables.

Narrative Shorts: Horror

Wednesday, November 7 at 9:15pm
A selection of blood-curdlingly scary stories.

Narrative Shorts: Music & Musicals

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm
Music plays an integral part in this collection of note-perfect shorts.

Narrative Shorts: Sci-Fi

Thursday, November 8 at 7:30pm
Exceptional tales of the future that portend a dark destiny for humanity.

Narrative Shorts: Stars in Shorts

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Big names in small films that feature Lisa Edelstein, Emily Mortimer, George Takei, and more.

On Her Shoulders

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

At only 23 years old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings — from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of... Read more

Once Upon a Time in the West

Saturday, November 10 at 2:00pm

Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” — a Western-to-end-all-Westerns — brings SLIFF Golden Anniversaries: 1968 retrospective to an appropriately rousing conclusion. Rail baron Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti) angles to claim the single piece of land around... Read more

One Toke Over the Line and Still Smokin'

Saturday, November 3 at 8:00pm

“One Toke Over the Line and Still Smokin’” by St. Louis filmmaker Kathy Corley celebrates the folk-rock duo Brewer & Shipley, whose Top 10 song “One Toke Over the Line” was a constant presence on the radio in the 1970s. The pair’s other hits include “Tarkio... Read more

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

Saturday, November 3 at 1:00pm

“Owned” is a fever-dream vision into the dark history behind the U.S. housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings to its unbridled commoditization, the documentary exposes a foundational story few Americans understand as their own. In 2008, the U.S.... Read more

Parallel Chords

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

The feature version of a short that first screened at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in 2015, “Parallel Chords” chronicles the struggles of young violinist Jacqueline (Rachel Ann) to assert her individuality despite the intense pressure of her controlling... Read more

Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

“Parallel Love” relates the unusual story of the band Luxury. The group’s four original members — including two brothers — all attended a small Christian college in Toccao, Ga., in the early ’90s, when the band was formed. Despite Luxury’s edgy, outré song lyrics... Read more

Patrimonio

Friday, November 2 at 5:00pm

In 2015, a mega-development is poised to engulf a small Mexican fishing village with a vast hotel/condo complex called Tres Santos. Although marketed to wealthy Americans as “green” and “mindful,” Tres Santos threatens to transform and overwhelm the idiosyncratic... Read more

Personal Statement

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

Karoline, Christine, and Enoch are Brooklyn high-school students who are determined to get their entire senior class to college, even though they aren't sure they’re going to make it there themselves. “Personal Statement” follows this inspirational trio through... Read more

Point Man

Friday, November 9 at 9:30pm

Set in Vietnam in April 1968 — three months after the tide-turning Tet Offensive and one month after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. — “Point Man” is the story of a U.S. Army fire team fractured by racial tensions, moral crises, and the crushing... Read more

Point of No Return

Thursday, November 8 at 7:00pm

“Point of No Return” chronicles one of the most suspenseful and pioneering scientific adventure stories of the 21st century, following two pilots in their attempt to circumnavigate the globe in an airplane fueled exclusively by sunlight. Their mission: to prove... Read more

Pretty Poison

Saturday, November 10 at 11:00am

Part of SLIFF’s Golden Anniversaries: 1968 program, director Noel Black’s cult classic “Pretty Poison” is a darkly comic thriller about Dennis (Anthony Perkins), a disturbed young arsonist recently released from a mental institution. When Dennis falls for radiant... Read more

The Providers

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, "The Providers" follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the... Read more

The Push

Sunday, November 11 at 3:00pm

Just five months after marrying the love of his life, Grant Korgan burst-fractured his L1 vertebrae while filming a snowmobiling segment in the Sierra Nevada backcountry. In an instant, this Lake Tahoe native, nanoscientist, and extreme athlete had added spinal-... Read more

The Pushouts

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

“I was in prison before I was even born.” So begins the story of Dr. Victor Rios, who, by 15, was a high-school dropout and gang member with three felony convictions and a death wish. But when a teacher's quiet persistence, mentor Martin Flores' moral conviction,... Read more

The Rainbow Experiment

Saturday, November 10 at 9:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 3:15pm

Things spiral out of control in a high school in Manhattan when a terrible accident involving a science experiment permanently injures a teen. A whodunit that features a multiplicity of perspectives, “The Rainbow Experiment” — directed by New Filmmakers Forum alum... Read more

Robert Campbell, Mountain Man

Saturday, November 10 at 1:30pm

The film relates the rags-to-riches tale of famous St. Louisan Robert Campbell (1804-79), a penniless Northern Ireland man who ultimately became the wealthiest man in Missouri. After arriving in St. Louis, Campbell became involved in the Rocky Mountain fur trade... Read more

Rodents of Unusual Size

Thursday, November 8 at 6:00pm

“Rodents of Unusual Size” examines the environmental impact of nutria, an invasive, highly destructive species of oversized rodents from South America, on Louisiana. Nutria were inadvertently introduced to the swamps of Louisiana in the 1930s — the original intent... Read more

Rosemary's Baby

Sunday, November 4 at 1:30pm

Horrifying and darkly comic, “Rosemary’s Baby” — part of SLIFF’s Golden Anniversaries: 1968 program — served as Roman Polanski’s memorable Hollywood debut. This wildly entertaining nightmare, faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s bestseller, stars a revelatory Mia... Read more

Samantha's Amazing Acrocats

Saturday, November 3 at 3:30pm

“Samantha’s Amazing Acrocats” profiles 42-year-old Samantha Martin, who runs a traveling cat circus that struggles mightily to survive. Samantha has been training animals — dogs and cats, but also wild and exotic critters such as raccoons, lizards, alligators,... Read more

Satan & Adam

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

One day in 1986, Adam Gussow, a white, Ivy League-educated harmonica player, found himself nursing a broken heart and walking down the street in Harlem, a block from the Apollo Theater. There, he came on a one-man band: Sterling Magee. Better known as Satan, Magee... Read more

Saviors

Friday, November 9 at 7:00pm

In “Saviors” — audaciously shot in a single, continuous take — Blaze (Megan Johnson) embeds herself in a white-power group in an effort to find her adoptive African-American mother (Carol Payton). But one night, after the group returns from a rally, the members... Read more

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Sunday, November 4 at 4:30pm

In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Though ruled a suicide, her death sparked... Read more

The Sentence

Friday, November 9 at 7:00pm

First-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s “The Sentence” — which won an Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — offers a searing look at the consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing. The documentary tells the story of his sister Cindy Shank, a mother... Read more

Shampoo

Sunday, November 4 at 6:00pm

“Shampoo” recounts an especially eventful day in the life of George (Warren Beatty), a Beverly Hills hairdresser and lothario who frantically runs around town on the eve of the 1968 presidential election trying to sort out his many financial and romantic... Read more

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 1

Saturday, November 3 at 11:00am
A delightful program geared toward kids ages 3-8.

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 2

Sunday, November 4 at 3:00pm
A children's program with a sophisticated touch that's perfect for kids ages 8-12.

Snapshots

Saturday, November 3 at 6:50pm

When a grandmother’s hidden past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter's angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to surmount decades of deceit? The story “Snapshots” tells is set in motion when a single roll of... Read more

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm
A selection of the best films from the 2018 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Stay Human

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

In a quest to find a path to stay human in an increasingly crazy world, musician Michael Franti (Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead) goes on an experiential journey, traveling the globe to tell the stories of people who have chosen to overcome cynicism... Read more

Support the Girls

Thursday, November 8 at 7:15pm

Lisa (Regina Hall) is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side “sports bar with curves,” but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely... Read more

They Are Strangers

Saturday, November 10 at 6:30pm

When writer Rebecca Thayer’s latest book gains recognition worldwide, she’s quickly contracted to write another novel. But the author has a sizable distraction: Rebecca (Emily Krause) discovers that boyfriend William (Tom Schmitt) may be having an affair.... Read more

This Changes Everything

Saturday, November 3 at 8:00pm

A fleet and comprehensive review of the issue of gender discrimination in Hollywood, “This Changes Everything” takes an incisive look into the male-dominated film industry to examine those forces — both conscious and unconscious — that continue to foster the... Read more

This One's for the Ladies

Tuesday, November 6 at 8:00pm

“This One’s for the Ladies” takes an affectionate look at black male strippers and their most passionate fans, offering profiles of about a half-dozen extremely buff performers and a roughly equal number of their devoted acolytes. Every Thursday night, hundreds of... Read more

Thy Kingdom Come

Sunday, November 4 at 2:30pm

A fascinating hybrid of documentary and fiction, “Thy Kingdom Come” is a unique and deeply personal rendering of life in small-town Oklahoma. Acclaimed photographer Eugene Richards was asked by Terrence Malick to shoot interviews with residents of Bartlesville,... Read more

Time for Ilhan

Sunday, November 4 at 4:00pm

On Nov. 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness... Read more

The Unafraid

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

“The Unafraid” follows three Dreamers — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients — in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualified them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college... Read more

United Skates

Saturday, November 3 at 8:00pm

For more than a half-century, African Americans have gathered at roller rinks to perfect elaborate dances on skates, with cities across the U.S. developing styles unique to their communities. The roller rinks were especially vital to the growth of hip-hop. As Pepa... Read more

Vox Lux

Saturday, November 10 at 8:15pm

“Vox Lux” follows the rise of Celeste from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop superstardom. In 1999, teenaged Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) survives a violent tragedy and, after singing at a memorial service, transforms into a burgeoning pop star with the... Read more

Where the Pavement Ends

Saturday, November 3 at 2:30pm

“Where the Pavement Ends” explores the charged relationship between the historically all-black town of Kinloch and its formerly all-white neighbor Ferguson. Kinloch is now essentially a ghost town, emptied of almost all of its residents when the nearby Lambert... Read more

Where the Wind Blew

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:15pm

“Where the Wind Blew” tells the story of how the Cold War superpowers spent 40 years developing weapons capable of wiping out entire nations while sacrificing their own vulnerable populations in the name of national security. Using archival footage and testimony... Read more

Widows

Sunday, November 11 at 5:35pm

In contemporary Chicago, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Veronica (Viola Davis) lives an idyllic life in... Read more

Wildlife

Friday, November 9 at 7:05pm

With “Wildlife,” actor Paul Dano makes an impressive debut as a filmmaker and — with co-writer Zoe Kazan — elegantly adapts Richard Ford’s novel of the same name. Fourteen-year-old Joe (Ed Oxenbould) is the only child of housewife Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and... Read more

Yamasong: March of the Hollows

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

An all-puppet fantasy feature, “Yamasong: March of the Hollows” — whose original short version screened at SLIFF in 2010 — is executive-produced by Heather Henson and Toby Froud, the children of Muppets creator Jim Henson and fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, whose... Read more