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

"Bodega"

Brian Billow, 15 min. A robber of a convenience store decides to work as a cashier for the night to make more money to steal. Produced by St. Louisan Nathan Brown.

"Chalk Race"

Miranda Summers, 4 min. Participants compete in the most important chalk race of their lives.

"Click-Click"

Aaron Coffman, 3 min. When a struggling writer finds an idea for his next project, the universe conspires to keep him from getting it out of his head.

"Early Retirement"

Matt Murphy, 5 min. Nearing retirement, Ted Cartwright works hard to support his family, but one more mistake may cost him his job.

"Fleshy Loves Kittens"

Jeremy Corray, 4 min. A freakish man-monster changes his lifestyle in an attempt to impress his beautiful captured victim. Wrote, shot and edited in one week as part of an "On the Lot" film challenge.

"Franz Kafka: The Happiest Man in Happy Town"

Shannon Lee, 8 min. This year's local winner of the 48 Hour Film Project, "Franz Kafka" explores a key metamorphosis in the writer's life.

"God's Eye View"

Jacob White, 5 min.

Featuring religion, sex and pirates, the film explores just how far one man will go in the name of God.

"The Gospel of Luke Matthews"

Ryan Doris and Sharif Musaji, 11 min.

Luke Matthews, an average, mild-mannered office worker, suddenly mutates after being fired and is forced to deal with the bizarre consequences.

"Hot Lovin'"

Seth Treptow, 3 min. James Murphy appears to be an ordinary guy, but he's in the midst of a torrid love affair with his toaster.

"Misfire"

Daniel Allen, 6 min. After embarrassing his community by letting a bank robber wipe the town clean, a sheriff must find the courage to earn back the respect he's lost.

"Mutual of Okinawa's Mild Kingdom"

Steve Werner, 4 min. In this parody of the television classic "Wild Kingdom," Tuna Perkins works to protect endangered wildlife in an exotic location.

"One Sharp Bum"

Kevin Brennan, 15 min. A shrewd panhandler teaches us the ins and outs of the business of asking people for money.

"Raising the Bar"

Jay Kelley, 20 min. After losing his girlfriend, Sam finds himself lost until he meets a self-serving womanizer.

"Spaced Out!"

Scott Helfrich, 10 min. Locked in a vicious competition over their favorite parking space, Cliff and Chet do battle to determine who will walk away the winner.

Wednesday, July 25

Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

All programs $8 to $10

5 p.m.: Shorts Program: Documentary 4

"500 Billion Plastic Bags"

Dickson Beall, 3 min. A visual commentary on the 500 billion plastic bags consumed annually.

"Eagles Fly"

Omar O'Hara, 6 min. This YouTube sensation offers a playful musical tribute to the St. Louis area's wintering eagles.

"March to the Arch"

Rich True, 11 min. A look at the March to the Arch, a 21-mile 9/11 memorial walk that concludes at the base of the Gateway Arch.

"Sea of Red"

Lindsey Weber, 12 min. As the St. Louis Cardinals compete in the World Series, one dedicated fan faces her own near-strikeout in an attempt to be part of the history-making action.

"Tour de Donut: Gluttons for Punishment"

Steve Kelly and Jim Klenn, 35 min. The Tour de Donut is a spoof on the Tour de France bicycle race. The rules are simple: For each donut eaten during the 30-mile ride, five minutes are subtracted from that person's time.

7 p.m.: Rhineland

Chris Grega, 104 min. A gritty war drama set in March 1945, during the battle known as "the last killing ground in the West," Rhineland tells the story of a young replacement thrown into an under-strength mine platoon. A burned-out lieutenant and a bitter sergeant are his only guides as he struggles to come to terms with the brutality of war during the final bloody months of World War II. Grega (whose Amphetamine highlighted the 2003 SLFS) shot Rhineland entirely in St. Louis environs.

9:30 p.m.: Not Dead, Just Grateful

Mark Errante, 80 min. This documentary chronicles the celebrated Grateful Dead tribute band the Schwag and explores the unique extended "family" of fans whose lives dance to the beats of the band.

Thursday, July 26

Blueberry Hill's Elvis Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

8 p.m.-midnight: Closing-Night Awards Party

Free, but donations are accepted.

KDHX DJ Rob Levy will spin music, and Cinema St. Louis will announce the SLFS films chosen for inclusion in the AT&T St. Louis International Film Festival in November. Awards for the best SLFS films will be given by the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association.

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