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From Q&As to film debuts, your guide to the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Saturday, July 21

Centene Center for Arts and Education (3547 Olive Street; 314-289-4150 or www.cinemastlouis.org)

11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Filmmaking Seminars

Free, but reservations are requested and donations accepted.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Directorial Case Study. Jay Kelley conducts a workshop that examines the director's role by showing several directors' takes on the same scene and exploring the differences in their approaches to acting, staging and shooting. Participating directors and actors include Kenny Kinds, Tom Robinson and Travis Hill.

12:45-2:15 p.m.: Shooting in St. Louis: Ghost Image. Producer Srikant Chellappa and director Jack Snyder explore the ins and outs of making independent features in St. Louis.

2:30-3:30 p.m. Q&A: Screenwriter/novelist Scott Phillips. The author of The Ice Harvest discusses his work as both a screenwriter and novelist.

3:45-4:45 p.m.: Q&A: Documentarian AJ Schnack. The director of Kurt Cobain About a Son and Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns" talks about his career in documentaries and music videos.

5-6 p.m.: Q&A: Director George Hickenlooper. The director of Factory Girl, The Man From Elysian Fields, Mayor of Sunset Strip and Hearts of Darkness chats about his work.

7 p.m.: "This Is Lo-Fi Saint Louis"

Regular film-program admission ($8 to $10).

This Is Lo-Fi Saint Louis. Bill Streeter, 59 min. In 2005, Bill Streeter started a first-of-its-kind Internet video project to showcase music and underground culture in St. Louis. His site, Lo-Fi Saint Louis, has since gained an international audience. This program is a selection of shorts curated by Netherlands-based video artist Erik Nelson. Streeter will also discuss video blogging and online distribution of video.

Shown with the following shorts:

"Greedy"

David Noble Dandridge, 5 min. A music video for the Helium Tapes.

"Love for Want of a Lesser Word"

David Wilson, 4 min. A music video for the Gena Rolands Band.

"Recap"

Wyatt Weed, 6 min. Jason has died and his girlfriend Linda is having trouble coping. While visiting his grave, she falls asleep and dreams about their time together. A music video for Mile 48.

"The Stalls Are Alive"

Johnny Cathcart, 18 min. A look at latrinalia: the art of graffiti in the restroom.

Sunday, July 22

Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

All programs $8 to $10

Noon: Shorts Program: Documentary 1

A selection of films by St. Margaret of Scotland grade-school students:

"American Independence: The First Great Compromise"

Victoria Cacchione, 9 min. The story of how the Founding Fathers compromised in the signing of the Declaration of Independence by eliminating the "slavery clause."

"Annie Sullivan: Personal Tragedy to World-Renowned Teacher"

Stephanie Barker, 9 min. Annie Sullivan faced harsh tragedies as a child but overcame them to become one of the greatest teachers in American history.

"Biko: Fighting for a Cause"

Khalfani Mar'Na, 10 min. An exploration of the life, struggle and death of Stephen Biko, the South African freedom fighter.

"Let Me Win: Eunice Shriver and the Special Olympics"

Emily Mulligan, 8 min. The story of Eunice Shriver Kennedy and how she started the Special Olympics.

"Oscar Romero: I Will Rise in the People"

Sonya McCanna, 9 min. A chronicle of the life and death of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the civil war in El Salvador of the 1980s.

"Roanoke"

Sami Hantak and Olivia Isom, 9 min. A history of Roanoke, Va.

"September 11, 2001: View From a Firefighter"

Jackie Bittick, Moira MacDougal, Kim Greiner and Erin Kelleher, 10 min. A look at the firefighters who helped in the rescue and recovery of 9/11's victims.

2 p.m.: Shorts Program: Work by Expatriates

A selection of films by former St. Louisans:

"Actors"

Joe Leonard, drama, 22 min. Three unconventional stories set in Los Angeles whose characters literally act out their lives by encountering the world in a direct and fearless way.

"Forgiven"

Pete Vander Pluym, drama, 19 min. Mrs. Bell is in the depths of depression after eight years without her son, who was killed in a drunk-driving accident by his best friend, now paroled and attempting to make amends.

"High Traffic"

David A. Normand and Tim Benedick, comedy, 20 min. Two strangers discover the pitfalls of obsessing about the perfect lawn.

"I Love You, I'm Sorry, and I'll Never Do It Again"

Keith Snyder, comedy, 15 min. In this lively crime musical, thugs have shown up to collect, but Eddie's wife won't tell him what she did with the money. With cinematography by St. Louisan Dave Berliner.

"1001 Auditions"

Arun Singh, drama, 15 min. After years of ups and downs, countless auditions and struggling to make it happen in New York, Meera realizes her true karma. Produced by and stars St. Louisan Pooja Kumar.

"Some Assembly Required"

Angela Snow, drama, 10 min. After the loss of their mother, a brother and sister struggle to reconnect with their absent inventor father.

4:30 p.m.: Factory Girl: Director's Cut

George Hickenlooper, 100 min. St. Louisan Hickenlooper offers a new director's cut of "Factory Girl," his biopic of legendary Andy Warhol "superstar" Edie Sedgwick, played by an extraordinarily charismatic Sienna Miller. A beautiful, wealthy party girl, Sedgwick dropped out of Radcliffe in 1965 and became a real-life Holly Golightly, burning white-hot with fame before her light was permanently snuffed by drugs. The film co-stars Guy Pearce as an eerily effective Warhol and Hayden Christensen as the Musician (aka Bob Dylan). This cut of the film serves as the official DVD release by the Weinstein Company. Hickenlooper will introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q&A and DVD signing.

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