American Indie Spotlight

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

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

Branwell Brontë's Role-Playing Game with The Drunkard's Lament

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm

Experimental filmmaker Jim Finn — a native St. Louisan who receives the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award — returns to SLIFF (which screened his “Interkosmos” and “The Juche Idea” in 2008) with “The Drunkard’s Lament,” a strange, epistolary musical... Read more

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

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

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

NFF Coffee

Sunday, November 11 at 12:00pm

As part of the New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), SLIFF holds a conversation with the five participating directors: Phil Blattenberger (“Point Man”), Catherine Dudley-Rose (“Parallel Chords”), Zane L’Erario (“They Are Strangers”), Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson (“... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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