St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Friday, July 13, 2018 to Sunday, July 22, 2018

An annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, the 2018 Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase will serve as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films with strong local ties. The film programs that will screen from July 13-22 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. The 2018 event will take place over two consecutive weekends in mid July at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. 

Tickets are on sale for all shows via Brown Paper Tickets. A small service charge will be applied per ticket.


Shorts in multi-film programs are listed alphabetically, not in the order screened. All programs are at Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium except for the closing-night awards party, which is held at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room.

Narrative Shorts: Films by Teens

Friday, Jul. 13 at 7:00pm
2, Diluted Fear, Farm 2029, Fugue, The Lullaby, The Reckoning (A "Star Wars" Fan Film), Valentine's Promise

East Plains: Get Out

Friday, Jul. 13 at 9:15pm

In the small Midwestern town of East Plains, local television powerhouse Channel 29 reigns supreme, with the immoral station owners unfairly wielding their power.... Read More

A Song for Sarah

Saturday, Jul. 14 at 1:00pm

This heartwarming family musical answers the question, “Can music save the day?” Aspiring singer Sarah Caldwell, who was orphaned as a baby, and her estranged... Read More

Gateway Sound

Saturday, Jul. 14 at 4:00pm

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?... Read More

Tuesday Night and Wednesday Morning

Saturday, Jul. 14 at 7:00pm

Two broken-hearted lovers are dumped on the same day. When they meet each other, they realize that spending some time together is the best remedy for their... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Drama 1

Saturday, Jul. 14 at 9:30pm
99.5, Business Is War, I Hit Back Harder, Jane's Ritual, Mantis Shrimp, My Neighbor Addie, Slipping Away, Steve, The Train to Kansas City

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, Jul. 15 at 1:00pm
#thesocialmovement, The Buck: Midwest Gully, For a Better Life, An Injustice in Hartford: Racial Schooling Quotas, The Kinloch Doc, The Mountains That Made Me, Movement Women: The Making of a Crew, The Wave

Dirty Laundry: The Asbestos Documentary

Sunday, Jul. 15 at 3:15pm

Two cousins journey across the U.S. by bicycle, fueled by curiosity about their grandmother’s sudden passing from a rare cancer: mesothelioma. Through interviews... Read More

The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic

Sunday, Jul. 15 at 6:15pm

The Municipal Theatre of St. Louis, affectionately known as The Muny, has been a part of St. Louis life for generations. This summer marks the 100th season that The... Read More

Experimental Shorts

Sunday, Jul. 15 at 8:30pm
Ashlock, Birth Cycle: A Flip Book, The Boy with the Red Balloon, Dial Tone, Dream .Dot. Zip, Lovesong, Passages in Revisiting: I Hear Someone Playing Urheen, Story 2: Scenes 1-9, Sunday Night, Tapeta Lucida, Z-Grid

Parallel Chords

Friday, Jul. 20 at 7:00pm

In this long-awaited feature version of a short first screened at the Showcase in 2015, a young violinist struggles to assert her individuality amid the intense... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Drama 2

Friday, Jul. 20 at 9:30pm
Employee of the Month, Lit, MLM, Moochery, Saint Sinner, Shutter, Softie

Narrative Shorts: Expatriates

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 12:30pm
93 Miles, The Dryad Tree, Foxes, Hook It Up!, Sharks, The Wedding Song

Doc Shorts: Individuals

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 2:30pm
Busking on the Wagon, Crowning Change: The Erin O'Flaherty Story, The Joy of Doing, Lingua Francas, The Man Behind the Merferds, The Melting Pot: Unsung Heroes of the American Dream, Trad

Doc Shorts: Passion

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 4:30pm
Flags of Valor, Passenger, Pole Dancers, Such and Such, Turf Grass, Warrenton, Missouri

Narrative Shorts: Animation & Comedy

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 7:30pm
Bachelor's Party, Brothers in a Field, Farbon Kiber, Fools & Gold, Frankie Misbehaves, Geek Lounge: Down and Dirty, Geek Lounge: Going Solo, I Could Care Less, Jam-Bo-Ree, Love in a Vacuum, Space Town, Sugar Crash, Tiffanys

Narrative Shorts: Horror, Sci-Fi & Thrillers

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 9:30pm
Cabin Killer, The Closet, Dawn of Man, End of Daze, An Honest Confession, A Month Ago, Mother of Calamity, The Next Contestant, Outland, Singing Without Music, Strings, Til Death

Daniel Lord, S.J.: The Restless Flame — Thinking Big in a Parochial World

Sunday, Jul. 22 at 1:00pm

St. Louisan Daniel Lord (1888-1955) was one of the most influential American religious figures of the 20th century. He wrote 230 pamphlets — which sold 25 million... Read More

An American Tragedy

Sunday, Jul. 22 at 3:00pm

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... Read More

Narrative Shorts: Ladies Night

Sunday, Jul. 22 at 6:00pm
Badlaws, The Ball, Corporeal Creatures, Doe, Jane 1990, The Kite and the String, Lost, Love Unimagined: A Love Supreme, The Stroke, The Tide

Closing-Night Awards Party

Sunday, Jul. 22 at 8:00pm
Cinema St. Louis announces the Showcase films chosen for inclusion in the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, and a jury gives awards to the best Showcase... Read More