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

7 p.m.: Kurt Cobain About a Son

AJ Schnack, 96 min. Edwardsville, Ill., native Schnack offers an intimate, moving meditation on Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. Based on more than 25 hours of previously unheard interviews conducted by Michael Azerrad for his book "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana," the movie is essentially a first-person account of Cobain's life, with Schnack providing striking visual counterpoint with new footage shot in Aberdeen, Olympia and Seattle, Wash. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has played such prestigious fests as SXSW and Full Frame. Schnack will introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

9:30 p.m.: Ruzzian Roulette

Ronnell "Falaq" Bennett and Steven "Rukahs" Brownridge, 84 min. Through a series of interconnected stories, this drama explores the costs of irresponsible sexual behavior in the African-American community and honors the victims and survivors of the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Monday, July 23

Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

All programs $8 to $10

5 p.m.: Shorts Program: Documentary 2

"The Black Rep: 25 Years and the Best Is Yet to Come"

Clement Cann, 30 min. Featuring performance clips, interviews and photos, this tribute to the first 25 years of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company was filmed at a weekend-long celebration of its anniversary held at Washington University in 2002.

"Sanpachando (San Pancho Is for Revelers)"

Sean Ferry and Daniel Mosquera, 48 min. A documentary on an Afro-centric feast honoring St. Francis of Assisi in the region of Choco, on the Pacific coast of Columbia.

7 p.m.: Ghost Image

Jack Snyder, 100 min. This ambitious, St. Louis-shot psychological thriller features a cast that includes Elisabeth Rohm (Law & Order), Stacey Dash (Clueless) and Roma Maffia (Nip/Tuck, Profiler). When a young video editor (Rohm) loses her boyfriend in a car crash, she finds solace in watching video of him taken the night before he died. When he starts to communicate with her through that video, however, she must decide whether he's speaking from beyond or she's slipping into madness.

9:30 p.m.: Shorts Program: Drama


John Richter, 8 min. An imagining of the last night of John Wilkes Booth's life as told through the eyes of his accomplice David Herold.

"Breathe in Me"

Ben Zweig, 14 min. A man struggles to deal with the loss of his teenage son and the devastating effect that it has had on his distraught wife.


Wilson Wood, 4 min. A gentle old man proves a sadistic killer in this commentary on how society judges people based on their appearances.


Joey Stevenski, David Pitt, John Wilbers and Joe Ryan, 4 min. A young man has just proposed to his girlfriend when an ill-fated incident with a mugger threatens to change everything.

"Jacob's Room"

Ken Calcaterra, 7 min. Two young boys appear to have normal lives until one fatal night, when the monster in their closet invades their home.

"The Loneliest Place on Earth"

Cody Stokes, 13 min. Two lonely men in a cold and dark city need a human connection.

"Mornings Gone"

Emily Bires, 7 min. A young girl is getting ready for school when her drug-addicted mother enters into a vicious argument with a strange man at the door.

"The Quiet Place"

Jason Christ, 15 min. Based on the Rebecca Kennebeck poem "Her Soul Flies Free," this film traces the emotional downward spiral of a girl trying to escape the torment of a recent personal tragedy.


Alex Lotz, 8 min. An ethnobotanist living in space ponders the way humans have destroyed the uninhabitable Earth.

"The Shadow People"

Michael Trupiano, 20 min. When a young antiques dealer brings home a knife, something dark and ancient reawakens.

"Silence American"

Carson Minnow, 18 min. In this horror story for the electronic age, a young woman is monitored and stalked by a rogue FBI agent.

Tuesday, July 24

Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

All programs $8 to $10

5 p.m.: Shorts Program: Documentary 3

"buildbetterbarrel: nine events in new media"

Paul Guzzardo and Zlatko Cosic, 40 min. A series of short vignettes trace the rich and varied media heritage and folklore of St. Louis.

"The Capsule"

Zlatko Cosic, 2 min. A brief experimental work about an unusual medical treatment.

"The Journeys We Must Take"

Gerry Mandel, 30 min. The compelling story behind the Lewis and Clark sculpture on the St. Louis riverfront, featuring the internationally renowned sculptor Harry Weber and the people who made the project happen.

7 p.m.: Experimental Program

Blind Cat Black. Chris King, 62 min. A surrealist "silent movie" — with zombies — set to a musical performance of Turkish writer Ece Ayhan's poem by such local legends as Pops Farrar, Michael Cooney, Tom Hall, Fred Friction and Three Fried Men. The film stars rapper Toyy and Jason Wallace Triefenbach.


Trevor Fields, 4 min. The journey of man from creation to enlightenment through the elements of nature.

"White Wat"

Roy Zurick, 13 min. An abstract exploration of the Wat Rakhong site, built as a tribute to the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Chiang Rai, Thailand, by the national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Music by Fong Naam.

"With Amplesome Nimblenets"

Jacob White, 6 min. A man struggles for forgiveness in a surreal tale that weaves dream and memory.

9:30 p.m. Shorts Program: Comedy

"The Agonist"

Doc Crotzer, 10 min. For one guy, money doesn't grow on trees — it falls from the sky.

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