St. Louis International Film Festival screenings this month

Film & Media Studies to host screenings Nov. 5-21

John Marago as Paul and Willa Fitzgerald as Connie in "18 1/2," a Watergate-era satire by Washington University alumnus Dan Mirvish. (Photo: Elle Schneider/Waterbug Eater Films, courtesy of St. Louis International Film Festival)

Secret military experiments. A television star turned health-care activist. The yearslong battle to remove a Confederate statue in New Orleans. This month, the Film & Media Studies program in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis will screen more than 20 films as part of the 2021 St. Louis International Film Festival.

In all, the festival — which takes place in venues across the city — will feature more than 170 films showcasing the best in contemporary international, documentary and independent cinema.

Event highlights will include a conversation between documentarian Nina Gilden Seavey, who will receive the 2021 Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award, and St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fenske. Seavey, a 1978 Washington University alumna, is host of “My Fugitive,” a podcast examining the 1970 burning of the campus’ Air Force ROTC building. The conversation will take place at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in Brown Hall, Room 100. Read how materials in University Archives helped inform the project.

Dan Mirvish, a 1989 alumnus who received the Guggenheim Award in 2017, will host a screening of “18 ½,” his new Watergate-era satire, in the Tivoli Theatre Nov. 10. In addition, Mirvish will host a special student screening Nov. 11 in Brown Hall, Room 100. A panel discussion with Mirvish and WashU faculty will immediately follow.

The 10-film Divided City program, co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, will investigate racial and ethnic divides in St. Louis and beyond. Screenings will include “Target: St. Louis Vol. 1” (Nov. 5), “Ferguson Rises” (Nov. 6) and “The Kinloch Doc” (Nov. 6), all three of which will include a post-screening discussion with filmmakers and/or subjects.

Other highlights will include “The Neutral Ground” (Nov. 12), former “Daily Show” producer CJ Hunt’s examination of race in America, presented as part of WashU’s Henry Hampton Film Series; and “Film, the Living Record of Our Memory” (Nov. 20), with Andy Uhrich, curator of the Film & Media Archive at University Libraries.  

For a complete list of films and venues, or for information about virtual screenings, visit For more information about films being screened on campus, visit

WashU alumna Nina Gilden Seavey will discuss her podcast “My Fugitive,” about the 1970 burning of the campus Air Force ROTC building, Nov. 13.
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