By Lindsay Toler
By Chad Garrison
By Brett Koshkin
By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
By Riverfront Times
By Danny Wicentowski
By Pete Kotz
This year's St. Louis International Film Festival — the nineteenth annual — takes on added poignancy with last month's unexpected death of George Hickenlooper. The local boy made good was scheduled to kick off the festivities with a cocktail reception Thursday, before the screening of Casino Jack, his buzzy take on the life and times of Jack Abramoff. But don't despair: Though Hickenlooper won't be here, his film will. There are plenty of other reasons to check out the festival, too. RFT's got the highlights covered.
Stacy Keach: An Appreciation
by Dennis Brown
The RFT theater critic on the career of Stacy Keach, a character actor of substance and hidden reserves — and this year's recipient of SLIFF's Lifetime Achievement Award
RFT writers tackle a dozen films in this year's festival with a special connection to St. Louis
November 21, 1:30 p.m. at the Hi-Pointe
A documentary about the St. Louis Arches — and using the circus arts to encourage change here and in the Middle East
November 18, 6:30 p.m. at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium
The inspiring, heartwrenching true story of East St. Louis' Gateway Guardians and the dogs who love them
Pennies for the Boatman
November 14, 2:30 p.m. at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium
A melodrama set in 1950s St. Louis, directed by Niyi Coker, a professor at University of Missouri-St. Louis
Percy Schmeiser: David Versus Monsanto
November 14, 2:45 p.m.
A German documentary about a Canadian farmer who dared to fight back against the St. Louis agricultural biotech giant
November 20, 8 p.m. at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium
A short documentary about local drag queens — what's not to like?
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, Shorts 1 and 2
November 15, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium
Short films from the city's up-and-coming auteurs
But Wait, There's More
Want to see James Franco amputate his own arm in 127 Hours? What about the OC's Rachel Bilson in a starring role? We've got reviews for a host of other films playing in this year's festival.