Cinema St. Louis Announces Lineup for 25th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival – Nov. 3rd-13th, 2016

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Cinema St. Louis Announces Lineup for 25th Annual Whitaker

St. Louis International Film Festival (Nov. 3-13, 2016)

SLIFF celebrates its 25th anniversary, and we’re sharing all of our glittering silver-screen presents with St. Louis moviegoers.

The 25th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival — held Nov. 3-13 — will screen 419 films: 111 narrative features, 73 documentary features, and 235 shorts. The fest also will feature 15 special-event programs, including four free master classes and the closing-night party. This year’s festival has 72 countries represented.

The fest will host more than 140 filmmakers and related guests, including Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Charles Burnett, Jerry Lewis, Gordon Quinn, and Kim Tucci, Women in Film Award honorees Karen Allen and Kimberly Steward, and Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award honorees Brian Hohlfeld and Marlon West.

The festival will kick off its 25th anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 3, with a beer blast: a suds-centric reception and a work-in-progress screening of “St. Louis Brews,” Bill Streeter’s celebration of all things hops-related in the Lou. The documentary will quench beer aficionados’ thirst for knowledge, and our opening-night reception will satisfy their actual desire to drink by serving complimentary product from local breweries, including selections from SLIFF’s official beer sponsor, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, and a half-dozen more fine purveyors.

Other prominent films at SLIFF include festival buzz movies “Elle,” “Jackie,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “A Quiet Passion,” and “Toni Erdmann” and such St. Louis-shot films as “Bob’s Tour,” “Gentlemen of Vision,” and “Show Me Democracy.”

In our continuing response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, SLIFF again will feature a stream of programming entitled Race in America: The Black Experience. The fest also features a new program, Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television, which addresses the persistent and vexing issue of segregation.

The fest schedule, ticket and venue information, and a complete list of films (with descriptions) are available at the Cinema St. Louis Web site (www.cinemastlouis.org).

For more information, the public should visit www.cinemastlouis.org or call 314-289-4150.

Program Overview

SLIFF’s stellar lineup features a constellation of cinema’s brightest lights:

  • Major awards to significant filmmakers:

o   Lifetime Achievement Awards: director Charles Burnett, comedian and filmmaker Jerry

  • Lewis, documentary director Gordon Quinn, and Cinema St. Louis chair Kim Tucci

o   Women in Film Awards: actress Karen Allen and producer Kimberly Steward

o   Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Awards: screenwriter Brian Hohlfeld and Disney animator Marlon West

  • Oscar ® Contenders: Elle, Jackie, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, A Quiet Passion, and Toni Erdmann.
  • Free Events: SLIFF continues its tradition of offering a large selection of free events to maximize its outreach into the community and to make the festival affordable to all. This year, we offer 59 free events, which are detailed on our website. In addition, for the 13th year, we present the Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program, which provides free screenings (often with filmmakers in attendance) to St. Louis-area elementary, middle, and high schools. Films are offered both at our venues and for in-school presentation. Busing reimbursement is also available.
  • Show-Me Cinema Showcase (films with St. Louis and Missouri roots or connections): 35 Days, The 86, American Zealot, Bob’s Tour, Cold Moon, The Dark Knight Returns, Doc Shorts: Black Lives Matter, Dream/Killer, Enclosure, Eyes of Fire, Gentlemen of Vision, Gypsy, He Said, She Said, How to Tell You’re a Douchebag, I Love You Both, The Importance of Doubting Tom, It’s a Rockabilly World, Kate Plays Christine, Maya Angelou, Men in the Arena, No Good Heroes, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, Other People’s Footage, Out of the Box, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Robert Shaw, Searching for Home, Show Me Democracy, The Slippers, St. Louis Brews, St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler, Tim Timmerman, Tribute to Kim Tucci, Van McElwee, and Year by the Sea.
  • Mean Streets: SLIFF offers a new program in conjunction with Washington University’s Center for the Humanities’ The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation. Films include Bob’s Tour, Bogdan’s Journey, Camden: Love/Hate, Chi-Raq, Doc Shorts: Black Lives Matter, Doc Shorts: Kartemquin Films’ Gordon Quinn, Gentlemen of Vision, Killer of Sheep, Milwaukee 53206, Night School, No Crossover, The Peacemaker, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Southern Rites, and Two Trains Runnin’.
  • Race in America (films that address the black experience): Agents of Change, Bob’s Tour, Camden: Love/Hate, Chi-Raq, Daughters of the Dust, Doc Shorts: Black Lives Matter, Doc Shorts: Justice, Doc Shorts: Kartemquin Films’ Gordon Quinn, Everything But a Man, Free CeCe!, Gentlemen of Vision, How to Tell You’re a Douchebag, I Am the Blues, Killer of Sheep, Maya Angelou, Milwaukee 53206, Night School, The Nine, No Crossover, Off the Rails, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, Out of the Box, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Raising Bertie, The Sand Box, Show Me Democracy, Southern Rites, To Sleep with Anger, Two Trains Runnin’, When War Comes Home, and Within Our Gates.
  • Free Human Rights Showcase: A selection of 12 documentary programs focused on human-rights issues in the U.S. and the world, including Agents of Change, Among Wolves, Bob’s Tour, Bogdan’s Journey, Camden: Love/Hate, Doc Shorts: Kartemquin Films’ Gordon Quinn, Men in the Arena, Night School, No Crossover, The Peacemaker, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, and Raising Bertie.
  • SLIFF/Kids Family Films, including two days of free programming: Adama, Belle & Sebastian, Birds of Passage, Celestial Camel, The Eagle Huntress, Heidi, Oddball, Phantom Boy, SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 1, SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 2, and Winnetou’s Son.
  • Festival award-winners and critically lauded international films: #sugarwater, 40-Love, The 86, Adama, After the Storm, Among Wolves, Apprentice, Arianna, Autumn Fall, Banat, Beijing, New York, Belle & Sebastian, Birds of Passage, Blush, Body, Bogdan’s Journey, Brother, Celestial Camel, Chemo, The Children of the Noon, Cloudy Sunday, The Confessions, Cosmos, Delicatessen, Demimonde, Despite the Falling Snow, Destiny, Don’t Be Bad, Don’t Call Me Son, Drawing Home, Dream Factory, The Eagle Huntress, Elle, Enclave, Everybody’s Fine, A Family Affair, Fatima, The Fencer, Fever at Dawn, The Fitzroy, Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, Germans & Jews, The Half, Harmonium, Heidi, The Holly Kane Experiment, Home Care, Hotel Dallas, House of Time, Indivisible, Ixcanul, Jerry Lewis, Jules & Dolores, Kapo in Jerusalem, Klown Forever, Le Mirage, The Liberators, Lion, Liza the Fox-Fairy, Long Live Death, Mara’Akame’s Dream, The Measure of a Man, Men in the Arena, Moos, Mr. Gaga, My Life as a Film, Nana, Neither Heaven Nor Earth, The New Classmate, Oddball, Old Stone, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, One Night Only, Out of Innocence, The Peacemaker, A Quiet Passion, The Red Turtle, Sabina K., Santoalla, Searching for Home, Seed, She Remembers, He Forgets, She Started It, Sila Samayangalil, Sonita, The Star of Algiers, Staying Vertical, Story of Judas, The Tenth Man, Toni Erdmann, Trespass Against Us, Two, Two Worlds, Ville-Marie, Waiting for B., Winnetou’s Son, The Yatzkans, and You Are Everything.
  • Well-regarded American indies: 35 Days, 42 Seconds of Happiness, American Zealot, Cold Moon, Comfort, Coming Through the Rye, Creedmoria, The Dark Knight Returns, Daughters of the Dust, Enclosure, Everything But a Man, Eyes of Fire, The Father and the Bear, The Happys, How to Tell You’re a Douchebag, I Love You Both, The Importance of Doubting Tom, Killer of Sheep, No Good Heroes, NY84, Po, The Rendezvous, The Sand Box, Shared Rooms, Tim Timmerman, To Keep the Light, The Wedding Party, Wild Prairie Rose, and Year by the Sea.
  • More than 235 shorts from around the globe, including free family and documentary programs and a program featuring the best films from the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.
  • Major documentaries: Nine documentary-shorts programs and the features #sugarwater, Agents of Change, Among Wolves, Art of the Prank, Bang! The Bert Berns Story, Bob’s Tour, Bogdan’s Journey, Camden: Love/Hate, The Children of the Noon, Contemporary Color, Davi’s Way, Dream/Killer, The Eagle Huntress, Enlighten Us, A Family Affair, Feral Love, Free CeCe!, Gary Numan, Gentlemen of Vision, Germans & Jews, Girl on Girl, Gold Balls, Gypsy, Happy Film, Hotel Dallas, I Am the Blues, Indivisible, It’s a Rockabilly World, Jerry Lewis, Kate Plays Christine, The Last Laugh, Legs, The Liberators, Long Live the King, The Man Who Saw Too Much, Maya Angelou, Men in the Arena, Milwaukee 53206, Mr. Gaga, My Life as a Film, Nana, Night School, The Nine, No Crossover, Off the Rails, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, Other People’s Footage, Out of the Box, Ovarian Psycos, The Peacemaker, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Raising Bertie, Requiem for a Running Back, Robert Shaw, Santoalla, Screenagers, Searching for Home, Seed, She Started It, Show Me Democracy, The Slippers, Sonita, Southern Rites, St. Louis Brews, Tower, The Trans List, Two Trains Runnin’, Waiting for B., When War Comes Home, Who Is Lydia Loveless?, and The Yatzkans.
  • A strong selection of animation: four animated-shorts program, the special event Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Moana, and the features Adama, Phantom Boy, The Red Turtle, and Tower.
  • Revivals and restorations: Daughters of the Dust, Delicatessen, Destiny (with live accompaniment by the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra), Eyes of Fire, Harold and Maude, He Said, She Said, Killer of Sheep, King Kong, No Crossover, The Nutty Professor, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, To Sleep with Anger, and Within Our Gates (with live accompaniment by Stace England & the Salt Kings).
  • The New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), a juried competition for first-time American-independent filmmakers, with jury head Michael Beugg. The films, which will be accompanied by their directors, are 42 Seconds of Happiness, Comfort, Creedmoria, To Keep the Light, and The Wedding Party.

Sponsors

Title Sponsor: Whitaker Foundation

Sustaining Sponsors: Cheshire, City of St. Louis, Coolfire Studios, The Divided City, Mr. Jeffrey T. Fort, Gateway Foundation, Ward & Carol Klein, Nancy & Ken Kranzberg, Missouri Arts Council, Jane M. & Bruce P. Robert Charitable Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Chip Rosenbloom & Lucia Rosenbloom, Mary Strauss, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, Center for the Humanities at Washington University, Washington University Libraries

Supporting Sponsors: Albrecht Family Foundation, Arts & Education Council, Boeing Employees Community Fund, Chipotle, Clark-Fox Family Foundation, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago & New York, David Houlle/Sight & Sound Productions, Emerson, Missouri Division of Tourism, Missouri Film Office, Missouri Humanities Council, Monsanto Human Rights, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Saint Louis University, TV5MONDE, Wells Fargo Advisors

Presenting Partners: Center for Global Citizenship at Saint Louis University, Center for the Humanities at Washington University, The Common Reader, Delmar Hall, The Divided City, Film & Media Archive at Washington University, Film & Media Studies Program at Washington University, Institut Français, KDHX Community Media, Missouri History Museum, “ Painting for Peace in Ferguson,” Ritenour Auditorium, St. Louis Public Library, UniFrance Films, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Washington University Libraries, Webster University Film Series, .Zack

Media Sponsors: Diario Digital, OnSTL.com, The Riverfront Times, St. Louis American, St. Louis Chinese American News, St. Louis Public Radio

Film Category Sponsors: Albrecht Family Foundation, Center for the Humanities at Washington University, Centre Francophone at Webster University, Clark-Fox Family Foundation, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago & New York, Joni Tackette Casting, Diane & John Kalishman, Nancy & Ken Kranzberg, Missouri Division of Tourism, Missouri Film Office, Missouri Humanities Council, Monsanto Human Rights, Pasta House Co., Robert Pohrer & Donnie Engle, Jane M. & Bruce P. Robert Charitable Foundation, Chip Rosenbloom & Lucia Rosenbloom in honor of Georgia Frontiere, Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International and Area Studies at Washington University, Saint Louis University, St. Louis Chinese American News, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Mary Strauss, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, TV5MONDE, Washington University Libraries, Wells Fargo Advisors

Film/Special Event Sponsors: Barbara Abrams, African & African-American Studies Program at Washington University, Albrecht Family, American Culture Studies (AMCS) Program at Washington University, Claire Anderson, Anonymous, Best Friends Animal Society, Drs. Diane Carson & Willis Loy, Centre Francophone at Webster University, Delcia Corlew, East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University, Alison & John Ferring, Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Greensfelder, Marcia Harris/Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, David Houlle/Sight and Sound Production Services, Mike Isaacson & Joe Ortmeyer, Roy Kramer, Brown Smith Wallace, LLP, Jon Mendelson REALTORS, Joy Book Club, Ward & Carol Klein, Carlos Antonio Leon & Robert McNutt, Janet & Rob Levy, Lococo Fine Art Publisher, Luxco, Meshuggah Café, The Monthly Cycle, Movie Friends of Ethical Society of St. Louis, OnStL, Pittsburgh Pipe, Linda & Erv Rhode, Jane M. & Bruce P. Robert Charitable Foundation, Pat Scallet, Saint Ambrose Catholic School, St. Louis Chinese American, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Michael & Sue Wallace, RD Zurick

In-Kind Sponsors: Allied Integrated Marketing, Alpha Brewing Company, Aware Advertising/Scott Wibbenmeyer, Blueberry Hill, Brown Smith Wallace, LLP, Chipotle, Civil Life Brewing Company, Coolfire Studios, Delmar Hall, Earthbound Beer, Evil Prints, Joy Grdnic & Ron Stevens, Griesedieck Brothers Brewery, Holiday Inn at Forest Park, Kraftig, Mastermind Vodka, Pace Framing, Pasta House Co., Pi Restaurant, Robller Vineyard Winery, Schlafly Beer, Skyview Drive-In, Brett Smith, Southern Glazer’s, Sugarfire Smoke House, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Yellow Dog Baking

Main Venues

  • Hi-Pointe Backlot/Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1002 Hi Pointe Place
  • Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium at Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, 5700 Lindell Blvd.
  • Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Plaza Frontenac, Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road
  • Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington Blvd.
  • St. Louis University’s Center for Global Citizenship, Center for Global Citizenship, 3672 West Pine Mall
  • Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd.
  • Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium, Auditorium at Washington University’s Brown Hall, Forsyth Boulevard and Chaplin Drive
  • Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Winifred Moore Auditorium in Webster University’s Webster Hall, 470 East Lockwood Ave.
  • .ZACK , 3224 Locust Ave.

Special-Event Venues

  • Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd.
  • Family Arena, 2002 Arena Pkwy, St Charles, Mo.
  • Ritenour Auditorium, 9100 St Charles Rock Rd.
  • St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library, 1301 Olive St.
  • UM-St. Louis’ Gallery 210, 1 University Blvd.
  • Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave.
  • Washington University’s West Campus Library Conference Center A/B , 7425 Forsyth Blvd.

 

Ticket Info/Ticket Prices

Individual tickets are $13 each or $10 for Cinema St. Louis members and students with current and valid ID, except for the following special events:

  • Destiny (silent film with live musical accompaniment by Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra on Nov. 5 at Webster U.): $15 (no discounts or passes)
  • An Evening with Jerry Lewis (conversation and clips with Jerry Lewis on Nov. 9 at Family Arena): $50-$80 (no discounts or passes)
  • King Kong and Long Live the King (double bill on Nov. 6 at Webster U.): $15 (no discounts or passes)
  • St. Louis Brews (film and reception on Nov. 3 at the Tivoli): $25 (no discounts or passes)
  • These C*cksucking Tears: A Night with Lavender Country (film and concert on Nov. 12 at Stage at KDHX): $15 (no discounts or passes)
  • Tribute to Kim Tucci (cocktail reception and screening of Harold and Maude on Nov. 9 at Delmar Hall): $50 (no discounts or passes)
  • Within Our Gates (silent film with live musical accompaniment by Stace England & the Salt Kings on Nov. 12 at Webster U.): $15 (no discounts or passes)

Advance-Ticket Sales

Online and phone sales are limited to full-price tickets only; Cinema St. Louis member and student discounts can only be obtained in person because ID is required.

  • Delmar Hall: Advance tickets for Tribute to Kim Tucci at this venue are for sale online through Brown Paper Tickets: brownpapertickets.com. In the “Search Events” box, enter either the name of the film or SLIFF. There is a service charge of approximately $2.75 per ticket. Print your receipt and present it at the box office to obtain tickets.
  • Hi-Pointe Backlot: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale at the Hi-Pointe box office. Box-office hours are 4-10 p.m. MondayThursday and 1-10 p.m. FridaySunday. No phone sales. For tickets online, visit online hi-pointetheatre.com. There is a $1-per-ticket service charge. Pick up your tickets from the box-office attendant. Bring the credit card that you used to purchase the tickets or the confirmation number.
  • KDHX: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale online through Brown Paper Tickets: brownpapertickets.com. In the “Search Events” box, enter either the name of the film or SLIFF. There is a service charge of approximately $1.50 per ticket. Print your receipt and present it at the box office to obtain tickets.
  • Plaza Frontenac: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale at the Plaza Frontenac box office. Box-office hours are 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. SundayThursday and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. FridaySaturday . No phone sales. For tickets online, visit tickets.landmarktheatres.com. There is a $1-per-ticket service charge. Pick up your tickets from the box-office attendant or use an automated kiosk at the box-office counter. Bring the credit card that you used to purchase the

tickets or the confirmation number.

  • Tivoli: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale at the Tivoli box office. Box-office hours are 4-10 p.m. MondayThursday and noon-10 p.m. FridaySunday. No phone sales. For tickets online, visittickets.landmarktheatres.com. There is a $1-per-ticket service charge. Pick up your tickets at the box-office window. Bring the credit card that you used to purchase the tickets or the confirmation number.
  • Webster U./Moore: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale online through Brown Paper Tickets: brownpapertickets.com. In the “Search Events” box, enter either the name of the film or SLIFF. There is a service charge of approximately $1.50 per ticket. Print your receipt and present it at the box office.
  • .ZACK: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale through MetroTix: online at metrotix.com, in person at the Fox Theatre box office, or by phone at 314-534-1111. Online, in the “Search” box, enter either the name of the film, SLIFF, or .ZACK. There is a service charge of $2 per ticket for online or phone purchases; tickets are available by mail, will call, or print at home.

Day-Of-Show Ticket Sales

Hi-Pointe Backlot, KDHX, Plaza Frontenac, Tivoli, and Webster U. will open a half-hour before the first show; .ZACK box office will open an hour before the first show. The free events offered at KDHX, Missouri History Museum, Ritenour Auditorium, SLU, St. Louis Public Library, UM-St. Louis, Urban Chestnut, Washington U. (both Brown and West Campus Library Conference Center), and Webster U. require no ticket. The free events offered at Hi-Pointe Backlot, Plaza Frontenac and Tivoli require a complimentary ticket that should be obtained at the box office on the day of show; advance tickets to free shows at Plaza Frontenac and Tivoli can be obtained online, but a $1.01 service charge applies.

Festival Punch-Passes

  • Festival Punch-Passes are available at two levels: 6-ticket pass for $75 or 10-ticket pass for $110.
  • Festival Punch-Passes are not valid for these special events: Destiny on Nov. 5 at Webster U.; An Evening with Jerry Lewis on Nov. 9 at Family Arena; King Kong and Long Live the King double bill on Nov. 6 at Webster U.; St. Louis Brews on Nov. 3 at the Tivoli; These C*cksucking Tears: A Night with Lavender Country on Nov. 12 at Stage at KDHX; Tribute to Kim Tucci on Nov. 9 at Delmar Hall; and Within Our Gates on Nov. 12 at Webster U.
  • Festival Punch-Pass-holders are required to obtain a ticket for each film attended, either in advance or day of show; a hole will be punched in the pass for each ticket purchased.
  • Festival Punch-Pass-holders can be used to purchase multiple tickets for the same show and to obtain tickets for screenings at all venues.
  • Festival Punch-Passes are available at Hi-Pointe, Tivoli, and Plaza Frontenac box offices in advance and at Hi-Pointe, KDHX, Tivoli, Plaza Frontenac, Webster U., and .ZACK on day of show.

 Festival All-Access Pass

Festival All-Access VIP Passes (good for two admissions to every SLIFF program, including special events) are available for $400. Pass-holders are required to obtain a ticket for each film attended, either in advance or day of show. All-access passes are available by phone only though Cinema St. Louis: 314-289-4153.