The festival interviews multiple SLIFF alum Ryan Eslinger, who was born and raised in the St. Louis area, about his diverse career in film as a multi-hyphenate. Ryan’s debut film — made while he was still in school — was “Madness and Genius,” which starred Tom Noonan and was shot in 18 days on high-definition video for $20,000.
SLIFF holds a conversation with William Joyce, who has achieved worldwide recognition as an author, illustrator, and pioneer in the digital and animation industry. His most recent film, “Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat,” plays the fest in the SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 1 virtual program. Bill began his film career on “Toy Story” and has since been a producer/director/screenwriter/production designer in both animation and live action. In 2009, he founded Moonbot Studios, a multimedia storytelling company producing books, apps, films, and video games. Conducting the interview with Bill is former Cinema St. Louis Award honoree Brian Hohlfeld.
As part of the New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), SLIFF holds a conversation with the participating directors: Justin Blake Crum (“Papaw Land”), Hunter Hopewell (“Shellfish”), Paula Rhodes (“Delicate State”), Isabel del Rosal (“Walk with Me”), and Alana Waksman (“We Burn Like This”). The event is moderated by Andrea Sporcic Klund, the film commissioner at the Missouri Division of Tourism, who leads the discussion of both the directors’ five films and general issues related to American-independent filmmaking.
The fest talks with Sam Zvibleman about his ever-ascending career as an award-winning film and television writer/director. Sam is the co-creator and director of Hulu’s “Pen15,” Emmy-nominated for Best Comedy Series. Before that, Sam received the Canadian Screen Award for Best Director for the CBC limited series “The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island.”
This seminar will address issues related to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) documentary filmmakers, exploring such topics as the opportunities and specific challenges that exist in the doc world and examining the question of who should properly tell certain stories.
The festival comes to a conclusion with a free closing-night awards presentation. SLIFF presents both its juried-competition awards, which include the Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Award and its $5,000 cash prize, and audience-choice awards.