Biopic

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

Becoming Astrid

Saturday, November 3 at 12:00pm
Friday, November 9 at 2:35pm

“Becoming Astrid” tells the moving true story of the formative years of world-renowned children’s author Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking. A nuanced exploration of parenthood, empathy, and artistry, the film follows the teenaged Astrid as she... 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

The Captain

Thursday, November 8 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 12:15pm

Based on the arresting true story of the “Executioner of Emsland,” “The Captain” follows a German army deserter, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the... 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Memoir of War

Friday, November 2 at 12:00pm
Sunday, November 4 at 12:00pm

In Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir,” the famed author of “The Lover,” “India Song,” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour” recounts an emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Promise at Dawn

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 2:30pm

“Promise at Dawn” tells the wildly romantic story of Romain Gary, one of France’s most famous novelists and the sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times (for “The Roots of Heaven” in 1956 and, under the pseudonym Émile Ajar, “The... 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

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

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

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

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm

Internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta (“The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum,” “Hannah Arendt”) takes a close look at Ingmar Bergman’s life and work on the occasion of his centennial year. Von Trotta explores Bergman’s film legacy with some of his... 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

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

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