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Directed by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert

“9to5” is the latest film from heralded documentarians Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, whose “American…

Directed by Catherine Gund

“Aggie” explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist…

Directed by Joseph Puleo

“America’s Last Little Italy” explores the deep historic roots of the Hill, St. Louis’ iconic Italian…

Directed by Jim Finn

For four years in the 1860s, half of the United States was held hostage by an unrecognized white-…

Directed by Tom Dolby

Claire (Lena Olin) lives a domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson…

Directed by Jason Loftus & Eric Pedicelli

“Ask No Questions” offers a fascinating and damning investigation of the Chinese government’s concerted…

Directed by Matthew Rice

This ambitious documentary by St. Louis-based filmmaker Matthew Rice analyzes how an ex-slave became one…

Directed by Bryan Dematteis

The Black Artists’ Group of St. Louis (BAG) formed in the late 1960s as an arts collective devoted to  …

Directed by Steve James

In the five-part documentary series “City So Real,” Oscar-nominated documentarian Steve James (“America to…

Directed by Wayne Wang

Directed by Wayne Wang (“Chan Is Missing,” “The Joy Luck Club”) and based on a New Yorker personal essay…

Directed by Patrick Sammon & Bennett Singer

“Cured” illuminates a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBTQ equality: the campaign…

Directed by Tom Putnam

Based on the true story of renowned butterfly expert and nature writer Dr. Robert Pyle (David Cross), “The…

Directed by Emma Rappold

Change is never easy, even when the results are positive, and that’s never more true than when a young…

Directed by Maria Finitzo

“The Dilemma of Desire” explores female sexual desire and the powerful gender politics that revolve around…

Directed by Jonathan Wysocki

Cue the drama! It’s summer 1994, and a group of conservative, nerdy teens throw their final murder-mystery…

Directed by Zoë Kennison

In a story inspired by a real-life experience, 22-year-old college student Ivan (Zoë Kennison) is informed…

Directed by Ekwa Msangi

Forced to leave Angola and live in exile in New York City, Walter (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, “The Chi”)…

Directed by Jiayan "Jenny" Shi

“Finding Yingying” chronicles the search for Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old Chinese student who had only…

Directed by Darby Duffin & Adam Jones

“Fish & Men” explores the high cost of cheap fish in the modern U.S. seafood economy, exposing the…

Directed by Mark Bosco & Elizabeth Coffman

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress/Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, “Flannery” is a lyrical,…

Directed by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

As her small, blue-collar city struggles to emerge from the opioid epidemic and gets caught up in battles…

Directed by Donna Serbe-Davis

How can the endangered city of Venice be preserved? Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy’s most famous living…

Directed by Adam Knapp & Kenneth Linn

“God Save the Wings” offers a rousing, highly entertaining look at the brief history of Wichita’s MISL…

Directed by Justin Feltman & Razi Jafri

Hamtramck, Mich. — part of the Detroit area — is a place built by immigrants. The city thrived thanks to…

Directed by Rich Newey

Recently out of another stint in rehab, Natalie (Annika Marks) is hiding her persistent painkiller habit…

Directed by Noah Hutton

“Lapis” takes place in an alternate-present New York in which the quantum computing revolution has begun…

Directed by Carlos R. Betancourt & Oscar Ernesto Ortega

After risking his life crossing the Florida Straits on a raft, young Ernesto searches Miami for his…

Directed by Sabrina Bouarour

“Lights of Baltimore” tells the story of the war of images surrounding Baltimore in the aftermath of…

Directed by Chad Hartigan

Imagine waking up in a world where a pandemic has broken out. Imagine that it strikes with no rhyme or…

Directed by Sasie Sealy

In the heart of New York’s Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old grandma (Tsai…

Directed by Justin Krook

“Machine” examines artificial intelligence (AI) — the most radical new technology of our time — from…

Directed by Eric Schultz

Ethan Kochar (former St. Louisan Sathya Sridharan) is a reclusive young neuroscientist whose brilliance is…

Directed by Sam Pollard

“MLK/FBI,” the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin…

Directed by Steven Oritt

“My Name is Sara” tells the true life story of Sara Goralnik, a 13-year-old Polish Jew whose entire family…

Directed by Conor Allyn

This modern Western — which pointedly addresses contemporary immigration issues — is inspired by the real-…

Directed by Oren Jacoby

In “On Broadway,” directed by Academy Award nominee Oren Jacoby (for the short “Sister Rose’s Passion”),…

Directed by Cam Cowan

In Buenos Aires at the age of 16, Pedro Opeka declined an opportunity to become a professional soccer…

Directed by Alex Bayer, Jonathan Mann & Mary Anne Rothberg

In “The Oratorio,” filmmaker Martin Scorsese helps tell the story of an 1826 performance that forever…

Directed by Inon Shampanier

In this bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of mental illness, all Melanie (Stefania LaVie…

Directed by William J. Saunders

The twisty, head-spinning investigative thriller “The Penny Black” begins when Will, the estranged son of…

Directed by Karla Murthy

Although a portrait of the troubled Rust Belt city of Youngstown, Ohio, “The Place That Makes Us” offers a…

Directed by Michelle Grace Steinberg

A work of timely urgency, director Michelle Grace Steinberg’s “A Place to Breathe” toggles between…

Directed by Rachel Reichman & Deborah Shaffer

At 88 years old, Audrey Flack — feminist, rebel, mother, painter, sculptor, and teacher — holds a unique…

Directed by Amy Geller & Gerald Peary

Yes, there are Jews in Montana! There’s an evangelical strand of Hasidic Judaism — Chabad-Lubavitch —…

Directed by Ben Rekhi

“The Reunited States” — both heartwarming and heartening — provides a much-needed balm in a time of…

Directed by Josefina Rotman Lyons

The charming “Revival” documents a program by a New York City nonprofit — the interestingly named Dances…

Directed by Anne Flatté & Marlon Johnson

For nearly three decades, Edward “Nardie” White has led an after-school community drum corps (River City…

Directed by Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel

“The Road Up” follows four Chicagoans on the daunting journey from rock bottom to stable employment. Their…

Directed by Nick Brandestini

On the Georgia barrier island of Sapelo — accessible only by boat —  preteen brothers JerMarkest and…

Directed by Aimee Long

After accidentally shooting an innocent Black man through a wall in Brooklyn, young Chinese-American cop…

Directed by Yoruba Richen

As the country was embroiled in a divisive election and racial tensions flared, civil-rights activist and…

Directed by Niav Conty

“Small Time” takes an empathetic and at times darkly humorous look at life, faith, and childhood. Though…

Directed by Mark Lewis

Few protagonists are more compelling than the underdog sports hero, and “Strider” adds a new icon to the…

Directed by Shatara Michelle Ford

“Test Pattern,” the gripping and powerful first feature by Shatara Michelle Ford, chronicles a young Black…

Directed by Abel Ferrara

In his first dramatic feature since 2014’s “Pasolini,” Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant,” “King of New York…

Directed by Sharon Liese

Filmed over five years in Kansas City, “Transhood” follows four transgender kids — beginning at ages 4, 7…

Directed by Ashley O'Shay

“Unapologetic” vividly captures a community of millennial organizers confronting an administration…

Directed by Abby Ginzberg

Directed by Peabody Award winner Abby Ginzberg — a two-time SLIFF alum with “And Then They Came for Us” in…

Directed by Nate Townsend

In June 2014, Ryan Candice, a high-achieving student at the University of Missouri, took his life days…

Directed by Aaron Matthews

Called “the best American writer of his generation” and “our poet laureate of war,” Tim O’Brien is one of…

Directed by Deirdre Fishel

“Women in Blue” offers an unprecedented window on the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department…

Directed by Hique Montanari

“Yonlu” incorporates animation, music, and video clips to tell the story of an extraordinarily creative…

Directed by Alex Winter

Far from a typical music doc, “Zappa” is a multifaceted narrative that brings a complex artist to vibrant…