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St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase:…..and the winners are:

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Wonder what those limousines were doing in front of the Tivoli last week? It was the10th Annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and congratulations to everyone who had a hand in the 65 films that were shown. The Cinema St. Louis event was held July 17-22 and focused exclusively on the works, both shorts and features, of St. Louis-based filmmakers, as well as expatriates with strong local connections who have gone on to work in other cities. Attendance was high, the audiences enthusiastic, and it was great to see so much local talent on display. A packed post-fest party was held at the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill Thursday night and awards were presented in various categories. It takes hard work and dedication to complete a film and every one of these St. Louis filmmakers involved is a winner. Here’s a list of what the judges at this year’s St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase deemed the best:

  • BEST ART DIRECTION – “The Magician” Directed by Dustin Maassen
  • BEST COMEDY SHORT (Five Minutes and Under) -“Short Stories” Directed by Chris Reams
  • BEST COMEDY SHORT (Five to Fifteen Minutes) -“Acorn Theory” Directed by Emily Hatcher and Whitney Gelnett
  • BEST EDITING -Emily Hatcher and Whitney Gelnett, “Acorn Theory” Directed by Emily Hatcher and Whitney Gelnett
  • BEST ACTOR – Aaron Walters, “You Shouldn’t Have” Directed by Larry Ziegelman
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Nancy Baird, “You Shouldn’t Have” Directed by Larry Ziegelman
  • BEST COMEDY SHORT (Over Fifteen Minutes) – “You Shouldn’t Have” Directed by Larry Ziegelman
  • BEST COMPUTER ANIMATION – “Horizons” Directed by Zlatko Cosic
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT (Thirty to Fifty Minutes) – “Royally Genderfucked: Drag Culture in St. Louis” Directed by Miya Norfleet-Aiken & Sarah Williams
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Drugs and Death at Bagram Directed by Shaun McCanna
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Andy Thayer, Additional Images, Drugs and Death at Bagram Director Shaun McCanna
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT (Under Thirty Minutes) – “To Dance Again: Parkinson’s Meets Tango” Directed by Kerstin Adelt
  • BEST DRAMATIC SHORT (Over Fifteen Minutes) – “D.N.R.” Directed by David Conley
  • BEST ACTRESS – Sharon Morris, “D.N.R.” Director David Conley
  • BEST DRAMATIC SHORT (Under Fifteen Minutes) – “Veterinary Medicine” Directed by Gregory Schmittel
  • BEST END CREDITS – Alan Helton, Titles, “The World Away” Directed by Thom Murray
  • BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT (Over Ten Minutes) – “Chicken and Waffles” Directed by Mike Pagano
  • BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY – Gary C. Warren, Best Laid Schemes Directed by Gary Warren
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Joe Moskus, Best Laid Schemes Directed by Gary Warren
  • BEST HORROR SHORT – “Play Dead” Directed by Vanessa Roman
  • BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE – Marissa Roman, “Play Dead” Directed by Vanessa Roman
  • BEST LOCAL HISTORY – “Pentimento Digital Storytelling Project,” Directed by Antonio Pulliam, CJ Hall, Tyrice Jenkins, John Kennedy, Kevin McLemore
  • BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE – Daniel and Abraham Directed by Ryan Eslinger
  • BEST PARODY – “Campus Cops” Directed by Nathan Brown and Matt Brown
  • BEST PERIOD PIECE – “An American Tragedy” Directed by Doug Meyer
  • BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY – “The Passenger” Directed by Franklin Oros & Tim Lane
  • BEST USE OF MUSIC – “The Factory” Directed by Elliott Geolat
  • BEST USE OF TITLE CARDS – Samantha Swafford, Production Designer, “The Big Snap” Directed by Lydia Lane
  • BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Chip Gubera, Director of Photography, “The Christmas Prayer” Directed by Chip Gubera
  • HUMANITARIAN AWARD – “Gateway Guardians” Directed by Rebecca Ormond
  • BEST DIRECTOR – FEATURE – Ryan Eslinger, Daniel and Abraham Directed by Ryan Eslinger
  • BEST DIRECTOR (Short Film Over Thirty Minutes) – David Conley, “D.N.R.” Directed by David Conley
  • BEST DIRECTOR (Short Film Under Thirty Minutes) – Chris Reams, “Short Stories” Directed by Chris Reams
  • BEST DIRECTOR – DOCUMENTARY – Shaun McCanna, Drugs and Death at Bagram Directed by Shaun McCanna
  • SPECIAL MERIT AWARD – Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture” Directed by Mark Smith

And here’s a list of the 25 films were invited to screen in the 19th Annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival in November:
1. The Adventures of Johnny Jett, Part 8 directed by Mike Rohlfing and Carey Keane
2. Air Doodler directed by Meatloaf Productions
3. The Auction directed by Gary Warren
4. Broken and Wonderful directed by Josh Rolens
5. Campus Cops directed by Nathan Brown & Matt Brown
6. Capitol of the Multiverse directed by Van McElwee
7. The Christmas Prayer directed by Chip Gubera
8. Daniel and Abraham directed by Ryan Eslinger
9. Engine directed by Sarah Worner
10. Gateway Guardians directed by Rebecca Ormond
11. Horizons directed by Zlatko Cosic
12. Inauguration Road: St. Louis Kids and the Obama Inauguration
directed by Lynelle White
13. Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture directed by Mark Smith
14. The Magician directed by Dustin Maassen
15. The Other Side directed by Shana Scucchi
16. The Passenger directed by Franklin Oros & Tim Lane
17. Pennies for the Boatman directed by Niyi Coker
18. Play Dead directed by Vanessa Roman
19. Psychological Sample directed by Wolfgang Lehmkuhl
20. Royally Genderfucked: Drag Culture in St. Louis
directed by Miya Norfleet-Aiken & Sarah Williams
21. Short Stories directed by Chris Reams
22. The Tao of Blake directed by Kathy Corley
23. Terrible Things directed by Stephen Jones
24. Welcome directed by Kate Fox
25. You Shouldn’t Have directed by Larry Ziegelman

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