The St. Louis International Film Festival, which runs from [ November 3rd ] through [ November 12th, 2000, ] is gearing up for their New Filmmakers Forum, which takes over the Fest from [ November 10th to the 12th, ] and the forthcoming schedule of debut films, seminars, and an informal Coffee Hour, where the nervous, competing filmmakers will share their tales of budget woes, casting, and how much they’d really, really appreciate the audience’s vote for Best Feature.
Several of the St. Louis debut films have had particularly strong showings at other stops on the festival circuit. Clay Eide’s “Dead Dogs,” a self-described “gritty film noir,” has already snatched up top honors at the Seattle International Film festival, as well as the Best Feature award at the Chicago Alternative Film Festival. Also in competition is Stephen Reynolds’ “The Divine Ryans” – a dramedy about sex, religion, and hockey. The film is adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, and stars indie mainstay Pete Postlethwaite (“In the Name of the Father,” “The Usual Suspects”).
All St. Louis seminars, and the Coffee Hour, are $10 at the door. For more information on event tickets, call [ (314) 992-0609 ] or find details on the web at [ the St. Louis Festival website. ]