Cinema St. Louis (CSL) is thrilled to present the 31st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), November 3-13. The festival will feature a wide variety of films at several venues in the St. Louis area, in addition to two new locations in St. Charles and Edwardsville. A small selection of films will also be available online.
CSL’s new CEO, Bree Maniscalco, said, “We are thrilled to welcome back members of our community, however they choose to experience SLIFF. We still want our customers to feel safe at the festival this year, so we’ll continue to monitor new covid strains, but we also believe the film has the most impact when we experience it together. We all have a memory of being in a movie theater, whether it’s our first time in front of the big screen, sharing popcorn with a date, or laughing with a full house. And SLIFF offers local moviegoers a chance to travel the world, experience untold stories that inspire and transform.
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The festival is proud to offer 256 films, including more than 100 documentary and narrative feature films and 21 short film programs from the widest possible range of storytellers, representing 42 countries and more than 35 native languages. In addition to offering a variety of centrally located theaters, SLIFF strives to maintain accessibility by offering 32 free movie programs and all virtual programming at a discounted rate of $5 per program.
Star-filled highlights include the opening night movie, “Empire of Light” with Olivia Colman and Colin Firth, and the closing film, “Speaking Women” with Claire Foy, Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand. The SLIFF Centerpiece Spotlight is the powerful journalism film, “She says” with Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan. St. Louis’ favorite son, Jon Hamm, stars in “Corner desk” while writer/director Elegance Bratton’s “inspection” stars Jeremy Pope, Gabrielle Union and Bokeem Woodbine.
SLIFF guests will explore documentary subjects through a variety of thought-provoking films, including The Story of Lavar Burton and Reading Rainbow in “Butterfly in the Sky” gastronomic revolutionary chef, Charlie Trotter in “Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chief Charlie Trotter,” the voyage of the veteran interplanetary Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity in “Goodnight Oppy”, and “All That Breathes” winner of the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Over 150 films will be available to stream through Eventive during the festival at a discounted price of $5. Movies available online will be restricted to viewers in Missouri and Illinois only.
SLIFF will present three free master classes, thanks to a donation from the Chellappa-Vedavalli Foundation.
Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. (Virtual Live Stream): Missouri Stories Production Lab brings to life shorts set in the world of Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship winning scripts. The writers participate as producers and experiment with all aspects of the production. Completed films will be submitted to film festivals across the country to spotlight Missouri locations and talent. Andrea Sporcic Klundhead of the Missouri Film Bureauwill host a round table with the writers/producers and directors of the latest project filmed in Saint-Louis, “Hypothesis”: with writer/producer Peter Hanrahan, producer Michael Sweeney and director Alfredo De Villa.
Sunday, November 6 at 10 a.m. (Virtual Live Stream): Behind the Scenes (with casting directors, directors and actors) – Emmy Award-winning casting director, Deb Barylski will briefly discuss the process of a casting director and the responsibility for the director’s vision and actor’s creativity. Award-winning writer, director and local film teacher, Pierre-Carlos will discuss the importance of understanding an actor’s process to easily get performances and build trust, as well as highlighting techniques for solving problems on set. Award-winning actress Jessica Ambuehl will share how to stay prepared, create opportunities in the industry, and work with a director to bring a story to life.
Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. (In-person event at Capes Sokol): Investing in Cinema – Cinema is an art form, but it is also a business. Somewhat elusive subject, come and learn more about how investing in film projects works. Lawyer Pete Salsic with Cape Sokol and Casey Sunderland within the Media Finance department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) will share an overview of the process for those looking to invest and for creatives looking to work with investors.
Cinema St. Louis is pleased to honor former General Manager, Froehlich Cliff for his 19 years of leadership and his countless contributions to the local and national film world. Join CSL as we pay tribute to Froehlich, the Saturday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at Webster University. In addition to the tribute, a screening of one of Cliff’s favorite films will take place – “His girlfriend on Friday.”
The films will screen at the Contemporary Art Museum, Foundry Art Center, Galleria 6 Cinemas, Plaza Frontenac, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, St. Louis Public Library Central Branch, Washington University St. Louis and Webster University.
TICKET AND PASS INFORMATION
Individual tickets, for in-person or virtual screenings, are $15 for general admission and $12 for Cinema St. Louis members and students with valid, up-to-date photo ID. Prices are all inclusive; no additional costs will be added.
Passes can be used for in-person or virtual screenings and can be used to purchase multiple tickets to an in-person event.
Three pass formulas are available:
6 movie passes are $80/CSL members $6,010 – movie passes are $130 / CSL members $10,020 – movie passes are $250 / CSL members $2002022 SLIFF VIP Pass $350/CSL members $300; one ticket per film (simultaneous screenings not permitted) 2022 SLIFF All-Access Pass $500/CSL members $400; two tickets per film (concurrent screenings not permitted)
Title Sponsor: Whitaker Foundation
Supporting Sponsors: Albrecht Family Foundation, Arts & Education Council, Chellappa-Vedavalli Foundation, Coolfire Studios, Hawkins Foundation, Jane M. & Bruce P. Robert Charitable Foundation, Ward & Carol Klein, Nancy & Ken Kranzberg, MCM Group, Meridian Society, Missouri Arts Council , Missouri Division of Tourism, Missouri Film Office, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts Commission, Chip Rosenbloom & Lucia Rosenbloom, Mary Strauss, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, William A. Kerr Foundation
Presenting Partners: Center for the Humanities at Washington University, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Divided City, Eventive, Film & Media Archive at Washington University Libraries, Film & Media Studies Program at Washington University, Foundry Art Center, Simple DCP, St. Louis Public Library, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, St. Louis Public Radio, Webster University Film Series
For more information, the public is invited to visit cinemastlouis.org.