Programs have enticing titles such as “Life Lessons Shorts,” “Fantasy Shorts,” and “Identity Crisis Shorts.” The opportunity to participate in post-screening discussions with the filmmakers always enriches film festivals for me, and many Q&A sessions will follow these programs. Those films I previewed include the feature documentary, “Something in the Water: A St. Louis Rockumentary” that charts the “uniqueness of music in St. Louis” in the 60s and 70s. Celebrated DJs and musicians talk about K-SHE, the Mississippi River Festival, Superjam, and the amazing contributions of St. Louis to advancing and supporting famous groups in a golden age for music.
Many short works demonstrate masterful focus and creativity. For example, Chris Sagovac’s impressive black and white animated “newcaster/dragon/maggots” announces in the title its uniqueness. Manipulated images morph into and out of each other through mind-bending transitions with dramatic sound.
Also without dialogue, but live action and in color, director PJ Tamayo’s “Dresser Drawer,” written by and starring Patrick Delhougne, offers an intriguing, symbolic study of a couple’s broken relationship. And Chris King’s wonderfully wacky feature “Go South for Animal Index: A Fable of Los Alamos” playfully but ominously interweaves four stories leading up to the first atomic bomb test. These few note the range of films on offer, but there’s so much more than I can present here.
At the July 18th closing night party at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room, Cinema St. Louis will announce juried awards for the best films in several categories and those outstanding works moving on to the St. Louis International Film Festival in November. The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase is at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre from Sunday, July 14th through Thursday, July 18th. You may call 314-289-4152 for more information or go to the Cinema St. Louis website: www.cinemastlouis.org/st-louis-filmmakers-showcase.