Rob Levy is a native St. Louisan freelance writer who has been published in several print and online publications including St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Business Journal, The Riverfront Times, Playback, Noisy Paper and The Beacon. Since 1995 he has has hosted Juxtaposition on KDHX. He also is a co-host of The Sound Board music podcast and Weekend Justice podcasts for needcoffee.com. He also has written about music, film and pop culture for need coffee.com, anglotopia.net and several other online publications.
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The last day of the 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival ignores the fact that festivities are ending tonight with a full throttle victory lap of amazing films, free programs, a filmmaker’s coffee and a closing party.
With Day 10 comes the realization that if you’d be gobsmacked if you didn’t find a selection of films to see today. The SLIFF schedule is massively deep with all hands on deck for showings at most of venues.
The day brings both big budget films and small indie films as well. The result is a smorgasbord of flicks so large it’s hard to get you head around it.
The home stretch is here and Day 9 brings a nice collection of documentaries, shorts and free programs about important issues. There are also some terrific feature films screening as well.
Sometimes the trickiest days to see movies at SLIFF are the weekdays. Today is an example of that as the fest features a massively loaded block of programming in the afternoon and evening.
Getting bigger emans that the fest has to show some really good flicks in the afternoon. To that end do not dismiss the afternooon and rush hour films. there's some really depth here.
There’s some good news on this overcast day of the Whitaker St. Louis St. Louis International Film Festival, Delmar is open unimpeded for traffic and this means getting to the Tivoli is easier and there’s more parking!
The big deal for tonight is The Search, which screens at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli. This remake of a 1948 film from Fred Zinneman boasts an all-star cast lead by Annette Bening and Berenice Bejo. Director Michel Hazanavicius has set the film in contemporary Chechnya, using the crisis there as a commentary on the folly of war and the victims it leaves in its wake. The movie follows a 9 year-old orphan named Hadji who wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His fortunes change when he comes across a Red Cross aid worker.'
With Day 6 we have turned the corner of the halfway mark of the 24th annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival.
From here it gets really interesting in that more shows will sell out, more tickets will be in demand and larger lines will form in theatres.
Here are a few quick thotughts on today's offerings.
Day Five of the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is another cramped day of excellent movies and programming with a little something for everyone.
Downloaded, The final installment of Alex Winter related programming screened yesterday, This documentary about the rise of Napster and music downloading played to a capacity theatre yesterday. Winter hosted a final Q&A with Winter.
Day Two is in full effect. With it comes the fundamental issue of not being able to be in two or three places at once. So the best you can do is pick a film you really want to see or one that you think may not play on local screens here. Either way you should be in decent shape since the lineup this year is strong. Also, don't be afraid to ask volunteers or Cinema St. Louis staff for suggestions. They are passionate film lovers who have a way of finding the right fit for folks.