This Sunday, November 21, is the eleventh and final day of the St. Louis International Film Festival, and there are plenty of last-minute movies to get in. One screening of note is that of “A Little Help”, a dark comedy that follows Laura (played by Jenna Fischer), a dental hygienist whose life changes drastically when her husband, with whom she was trapped in a loveless marriage, abruptly dies. Fischer herself will be present at the screening, where she will receive the SLIFF Cinema St. Louis Award.
At the end of the night, be sure to check out the festival’s closing night party at the Moonrise Hotel. Admission is free, and music will be provided by DJ Rob Levy. The audience-choice and juried-competition awards will also be presented at the party. In the meantime, the short films that win the juried-competition awards will be screened at Webster University. There will be nine winners in categories such as Best Animated Short, Best International Short, and Best of Fest.
All of the day’s events are organized below by venue. Click the links to find out more about each film.
- 1:00 PM: “A Time for Champions” (featuring an appearance by director Patrick Murphy)
- 1:30 PM: “Putty Hill”
- 3:00 PM: “Breaking and Entering” (featuring an appearance by director Benjamin Fingerhut)
- 3:30 PM: “Bag It” (featuring an appearance by director Suzan Beraza)
- 5:30 PM: Shorts 12: Comedy Shorts
- 6:00 PM: “Harvest”
- 8:00 PM: “Adrift”
- 8:30 PM: “Leo’s Room” (will be accompanied by the short “Heartland Transport”)
- 1:00 PM: “The Harimaya Bridge”
- 1:30 PM: “Prisoner of Her Past” (featuring an appearance by documentary subject Howard Reich; will be accompanied by the short “Return”)
- 3:30 PM: “Come Undone”
- 4:00 PM: “Summer in Genoa”
- 6:15 PM: “Chameleon”
- 6:30 PM: “A Brighter Summer Day”
- 8:30 PM: “How I Ended This Summer”
- 1:30 PM: “Circus Kids” (featuring appearances by director Alexander Lipsitz, members of the St. Louis Arches, and Circus Harmony found Jessica Hentoff)
- 4:00 PM: “A Little Help”
- 7:00 PM: “The Illusionist”
- 3:00 PM: “Kings of Pastry”
- 5:00 PM: “The Tao of Blake” (featuring an appearance by director Kathy Corley; will be accompanied by the shorts “Broken and Wonderful” and “Let Your Feet Do The Talkin'”)
- 8:00 PM: Award-Winning Shorts
- 8:00 PM: Closing Night Party/Award Presentation
Find ticket and venue information and a schedule of festival events for the SLIFF, and be sure to check back here for more updates on the day-to-day happenings.
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