Show-Me Cinema

Co-sponsored by Missouri Division of Tourism, Missouri Film Office, and St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

Films with strong Missouri connections, many of which were shot in the St. Louis area or the state.

Joan Micklin Silver

In “Between the Lines,” at the offices of a Boston alternative newspaper, the staff members enjoy a positive and open-minded work environment.…

D.W. Young

Antiquarian booksellers — whose job requires the disparate skills of a scholar, a detective, and a businessperson — have personalities and…

A sampler of films from students in the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism, which applies…

Nonfiction standouts from the 2019 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Megan Wennberg

“Drag Kids” is an intimate journey into the lives of four child drag queens from around the world. As an art form, drag has always been about…

Fekri Baroshi

In “A Dream Before Dying,” Alan and his family — Kurds in Northern Iraq — have experienced more than their share of the horrors of war, and their…

John Presley

First-time Missouri filmmaker John Presley provides an illuminating profile of world-class bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland. Routinely hailed…

Cody Stokes

Shot in St. Louis by former St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase award-winner Cody Stokes, “The Ghost Who Walks” is a breathlessly paced ride through the…

Sean Mullin

In “Kings of Beer” — directed by Sean Mullin (“Amira & Sam,” the winner of SLIFF’s 2014 New Filmmakers Forum) — a diverse group of elite…

Aliza Rosen

This charming, droll, and sometimes moving documentary is built around the personality of comedian and podcaster H. Alan Scott, who is preparing…

Sylvia Nagel & Sonya Winterberg

“Made in Auschwitz” focuses needed attention on a little-known aspect of the Nazis’ ghastly experiments, detailing the efforts of gynecologist…

SLIFF presents a program surveying new and recent work by Van McElwee, including the world premieres of "The Map Is the Territory" and "Unnatural…

Chris Butler

“Missing Link” — the globe-trotting family adventure from the Oscar-nominated LAIKA Studios (“ParaNorman,” “Kubo and the Two Strings”) — stars the…

Small, delicate stories that are perfect for the big screen.

A potpourri of brain-warping comedies, animated films, and experimental shorts.

An evening of shorts with a musical theme is capped by a performance by the Opera Bell Band, creators of the film "Green Lemon Buggy."

A selection of some of the best narrative shorts from the 2019 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Uri Levi

In “Once Upon a Boy,” an Israeli family deals with the challenges of cerebral palsy, which affects one of their twin sons. Both ingratiatingly…

Lisa Rhoden Boyd

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…

Dan Steadman

Talented photographer Lucas Wilson (Raymond Roberson) is still processing his emotions after the death of his father two years ago and marking…

Melina León

Set in 1988, in a Peru wracked by political violence and turmoil, Melina León’s heart-wrenching first feature recounts what occurs after a newborn…

Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan's much-lauded short documentary (U.S., 2019, 28 min.) — which debuted at Tribeca and is one of the first films from…

Ben Scholle

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…

Michael Bertin

“Throw a Billion Dollars from the Helicopter” provocatively examines public financing of sports stadiums and arenas, a topic especially relevant…

Josh Aronson

“To Be of Service” shows the enduring costs of war through the lives of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan war veterans. The documentary — directed by…

Brian Rose

In November 2006, student Jesse Ross traveled to Chicago to participate in an academic conference. While attending a meeting, he rose from his…