The lights are about to go down, and the stars are getting ready to shine.
The 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) screens 389 films: 89 narrative features; 76 documentary features; 224 shorts. The festival has 239 screenings/programs, with 69 countries represented and more than 125 filmmakers and related guests.
The festival opens with the premiere of “The Makings of You,” a St. Louis-set and -shot drama by Matt Amato. An award-winning director of music videos and commercials, Amato returned to his hometown of St. Louis to shoot his feature debut, which stars Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”) and Sheryl Lee and Grace Zabriskie (“Twin Peaks”) – Ferguson and Zabriskie are attending.
SLIFF features a stream of programming entitled Race in America: The Black Experience. To maximize outreach, about three-quarters of those programs are free. Also, SLIFF is partnering with Dance St. Louis for Dance on Film, an entirely free slate of seven dance-related programs.
The fest schedule, ticket information, and a complete list of films (with descriptions) are available at the Cinema St. Louis website.
SLIFF’s primary venues are (not the address shown above).
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Plaza Frontenac, Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road
- Stage at KDHX, Washington Blvd.
- Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd.
- Washington University, Brown Hall Auditorium, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards
- Webster University, Webster Hall’s Moore Auditorium, 470 East Lockwood Ave.