210 min. (approx.)
Fri, Nov 14 at 7:00pm
Fri, Nov 14 at 9:00pm

SLIFF pays tribute to the career of one of St. Louis’ unjustly forgotten heroes, actor and director King Baggot, who is considered the first movie star. Born in St. Louis in 1879, Baggot was tall and handsome, a blue-eyed Irish boy with a distinctive white streak through his dark hair. An almost immediate sensation, Baggot was the first actor... more

With an introduction and illustrated lecture by Tom Stockman, editor of the website We Are Movie Geeks, and live musical accompaniment by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra (“Ivanhoe”) and pianist Matt Pace (“Tumbleweeds”)


Special-event ticket price of $15 for double bill

120 min. (approx.)
Sat, Nov 15 at 10:00am

Documentarian Mary Dore conducts a master class that explores women in the film industry. The class covers early pioneers such as Mary Pickford, Mae West, and Dorothy Arzner; the impact of the 1960s feminist movement on women filmmakers such as Liane Brandon and Claudia Weill; the formation of women's film collectives such as New Day Films; and... more

With documentarian Mary Dore


 Co-presented by Webster University Film Series

In conjunction with Dance St. Louis -- and thanks to the generous underwriting of Mary Strauss -- SLIFF presents Dance on Film, a selection of seven free programs that explore dance from a variety of viewpoints. The films include the documentaries “Afternoon of a Faun... more

Nov. 16-22, multiple locations. Free. Co-presented by Dance St. Louis

Sun, Nov 16 at 2:30pm

Trailblazing Alice Guy-Blaché was the first woman to direct a motion picture. Born in Paris in 1873, Guy-Blaché was hired as a secretary by Léon Gaumont in 1894, but when he established the Gaumont Film Company two years later, she became the studio’s head of production. Over a 25-year career, Guy-Blaché was responsible for more than 700 works... more

Co-presented by University of Missouri-St. Louis


With an original score for "The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ" by Dr. Barbara Harbach and live musical accompaniment by members of the St. Louis Chamber Orchestra.

Sun, Nov 16 at 7:30pm

"Bob Reuter's Last Tape" presents a vivid and intimate portrait of the the late Bob Reuter, an iconic local artist, offering an homage to a gifted and much-missed St. Louisan. Director Josh Rolens discusses the film, and the evening is capped by a performance by members of Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost.

With live performance by Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost. Special-event ticket price of $15 for film and concert

SLIFF offers free daytime screenings for children and teens from participating St. Louis-area schools. This year’s selections – both classic and contemporary, with many accompanied by the filmmakers – include “The Amazing Catfish,” “American Cheerleader,” “Anina,” “Beginning with the End,” “Belle and Sebastian,” “Boxcar Children,” “Grand... more

Nov. 17-21, various locations. Free. Busing sponsored by Middle Fund.

Cinema St. Louis annually presents the Children’s Film Showcase, which features an array of family features. Every program in the event is free and open to the public, and children and adults are equally entertained. This year’s selections are “Amka and the Three Golden Rules,” “Belle and Sebastian,” “The Boxcar Children,” “Patema Inverted,” “... more

Nov. 21-23, Wash. U./Brown. Free.

The New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), a juried competition of works by first-time feature filmmakers, is an annual highlight of SLIFF. The featured films this year are “Amira & Sam,” “Druid Peak,” “I Believe in Unicorns,” “Listening,” and “Wildlike.” The filmmakers accompany the screenings at the Tivoli from Nov. 21-22, and a free NFF Coffee is... more

Nov. 21-23. Regular ticket price of $12/$10 per show.

180 min. (approx.)
Sat, Nov 22 at 1:00pm

Documentarian Doug Pray conducts a master class on proven techniques for obtaining great interviews. The class covers all aspects of the art of performing interviews for documentary films, including preparing interview questions and their wording; understanding the psychological dynamics of the director-subject relationship; maximizing dramatic... more

With documentarian Doug Pray


Co-presented by Webster University Film Series

Sat, Nov 22 at 6:00pm

The fabulous Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000), are among the greatest dancers of the 20th century. Despite racial hurdles, the self-taught African-American entertainers became one of the biggest musical acts of their time, headlining on Broadway, radio, and television and in vaudeville and nightclubs. But it was... more

With presenter Bruce Goldstein


Co-presented by Dance St. Louis