Reception, live music by Gail Lennon, award presentation, and Q&A
Thu, Nov 14th at 6:00pm

The 2013 SLIFF kicks off with the local premiere of We Always Lie to Strangers, an extraordinary new documentary about Branson, Mo., one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. The screening features a Q&A with co-directors AJ Schnack and David Wilson (co-conspirator on... more

With Cinema St. Louis Award winner AJ Schnack
Reception begins at 6pm
Film begins at 7:30pm
Special-event ticket price of $15

Co-presented with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and New Music Circle
Fri, Nov 15th at 8:00pm

Brooklyn-based expanded-cinema artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder create slowly shifting abstract light sculptures made with film projectors and simple mechanical means, with noted composer, electronic musician, and sound artist Olivia Block providing a live soundtrack.

Doors open at 7pm

Ticket Price: $20... more

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 15-17

SLIFF annually offers a free weekend of documentaries focused on human-rights issues in the U.S. and the world. The 11 programs all feature accompanying directors/subjects and/or post-film discussions with experts. This year’s programs are The Abominable Crime, Doc Shorts: Human Rights... more

Friday, Nov. 15-Thursday, Nov. 21, UM-St. Louis/Gallery 210

With the University of Missouri-St. Louis, SLIFF co-presents “Twenty Years Later – Films from the Former Yugoslavia: Ghosts of the Past, Visions of the Future,” which examines cinema’s role in the newly independent countries of the former Yugoslavia. The program – curated by Dr. Rita Csapo-Sweet – presents a selection of films... more

Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., UM-St. Louis/Gallery 210

As part of the “Twenty Years Later – Films from the Former Yugoslavia” event at UM-St. Louis, SLIFF alum Arsen Anton Ostojic is honored with our Contemporary Cinema Award at a free screening of his first film, “A Wonderful Night in Split,” which played the fest in 2005. Ostojic’s latest film, “... more



Saturday, Nov. 16-Wednesday, Nov. 20, multiple venues

SLIFF is offering its five programs of documentary shorts as free screenings.

Doc Shorts: Human Rights
4pm Nov. 16 at Washington U.’s Brown Hall

Doc Shorts: Fashion
12pm Nov. 18 at Plaza Frontenac

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All programs are FREE.

Saturday, Nov. 16-Saturday, Nov. 23, Plaza Frontenac

In partnership with Craft Alliance’s Fashion Lab, SLIFF features a quintet of programs focused on fashion, including three documentary features – Material Success (Nov. 16), The Tents (Nov. 18), and Versailles ’73 (Nov. 23) – and a free sampling of... more

Sat, Nov 16th at 1:00pm

New Music Circle holds a free workshop and talk in which artists Olivia Block, Sandra Gibson, and Luis Recoder – who perform at the Contemporary on Nov. 15 – demonstrate their expanded approaches to film and sound.

Co-presented with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and New Music Circle


Sat, Nov 16th at 6:30pm

Bayou Maharajah explores the life, times, and music of piano legend James Booker, whom Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” Director Lily Keber participates in a post-film Q&A, and the film is... more

Sun, Nov 17th at 1:00pm

Writer/director Ron Judkins, whose Finding Neighbors screens at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Plaza Frontenac, has a parallel career as a sound mixer. Judkins has mixed sound for an array of major filmmakers (including Paul Thomas Anderson, Gus Van Sant, and Alan Rudolph), but he’s established an... more

Co-presented with the Webster U. Film Series