St. Louis International Film Festival Begins Today
With a grand total of 69 countries being represented in its screenings, the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, beginning Nov. 13, will be a week filled with global cultures. But before it branches out to the films from various countries, the festival starts off with a film that has local roots. “The Makings of You,” a film by Matt Amato, will be the first to premiere. Amato is a St. Louis native and filmed this love story in various locations of his hometown with a dynamic cast of stars including Sheryl Lee (“Twin Peaks”), Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”) and Grace Zabriskie (“The Grudge,” “Big Love”).
A wide variety of programs will be offered for a diverse audience. The Documentary Shorts Program offers six free screenings of documentaries that will be shown at Tivoli on the weekdays of the festival. For the younger audience, SLIFF offers the Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program that allows children and teens to view a selection of films at participating schools. A new series this year is “Race in America: The Black Experience,” placed in the schedule as a response to the events in Ferguson.
A total of 56 free events will be open to the public for this year’s festival. In addition to the documentary shorts that are offered, special tribute screenings and select films will be showing for free throughout each day of the festival.
SLIFF will run until Sunday, Nov. 23, with 389 films that will screen in different locations in the St. Louis area. These locations include Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Washington University and more. For more information, visit the Cinema St. Louis website.