Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase 2018

Parallel Chords, directed by Catherine Dudley-Rose, and “Foxes,” directed by Tristan Hill, won the top prizes at the 18thAnnual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, with Parallel Chords being selected as Best Narrative Feature and “Foxes” as Best Narrative Short.

Cinema St. Louis presents the Showcase, which screens works with strong local ties or which were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis residents. This year the Showcase screened 107 films at Washington University’s Brown Hall on July 13-15 and 20-22, 2018.

The following films were selected as Showcase Juried Award Winners:


Best Use of Music: Busking on the Wagon, Randy Shinn & Drew Gowran

Best Sound: Such and Such, Cory Byers

Best Editing: Gateway Sound, Justin Fisher & Patrick Lawrence

Best Cinematography: Lingua Francas, David Christopher Pitt

Best Local Subject: The Man Behind the Merferds, Phil Berwick

Best Direction: Lisa Boyd, An American Tragedy

Best Documentary Short: For a Better Life, Yasmin Mistry

Best Documentary Feature: Gateway Sound, Justin Fisher


Best Experimental Film: Passages in Revisiting: I Hear Someone Playing Urheen, Xinyue Deng


Best Costumes: Shutter, Nancy Eppert & Maude Vintage

Best Makeup/Hairstyling: East Plains: Get Out!, Jessica Dana

Best Use of Music: The Wedding Song, Ben Stanton, Thia Schuessler, & Will Dickerson

Best Sound: Strings, Ross Mercer, Ryan Kneezle, & Theo Lodato

Best Production Design/Art Direction: Parallel Chords, Gypsi Pate

Best Special/Visual Effects: Dawn of Man, Vlad Sarkisov

Best Editing: MLM, Benjamin Dewhurst

Best Cinematography: Parallel Chords, Kyle Krupinksi

Best Screenplay: Foxes, Tristan Taylor & Garrick Bernard

Best Actor: Ayinde Howell, Foxes

Best Actress: Jackie Kelly, Mother of Calamity

Best Direction: Richard Louis Ulrich, Steve

Best Animated Film: Tiffanys, Caitlin Chiusano, Sean Esser, & Zhara Honore

Best Comedy: Cabin Killer, Michael Rich

Best Drama: Saint Sinner, Brian Cooksey

Best Narrative Short: Foxes, Tristan Taylor

Best Narrative Feature: Parallel Chords, Catherine Dudley-Rose

The following films were selected to be screened during the Saint Louis International Film Festival, to be held Nov. 1-11, 2018.


An American Tragedy, Lisa Boyd

The Best of Us: 100 Years of Muny Magic, Kathy Bratkowski

Dirty Laundry, Conor Lewis

Gateway Sound, Justin Fisher

Parallel Chords, Catherine Dudley-Rose


#thesocialmovement, St. Louis Artworks Digital Squad

The 610 Project, Jessica Ambuehl & Alvaro Aro

The Buck: Midwest Gully, Jun Bae

Crowning Change: The Erin O’Flaherty Story, Alexis Kadey

Flags of Valor, Lou Cariffe

For a Better Life, Yasmin Mistry

The Joy of Doing, Ryan Fitzgerald & Jack Mulopulos

The Kinloch Doc, Alana Marie

Lingua Francas, Bret Hoy

The Man Behind the Merferds, Josh Herum

The Mountains That Made Me, Sharee Silerio

Movement Women: The Making of a Crew, Aziza Binti

Such and Such, Cory Byers & Ashley Seering

The Wave, Christopher Hill & Sean Loftin


2.0, Shane Dioneda

Ashlock, Elliott Geolat

Birth Cycle: A Flip Book, Zak Zych

The Blair Trump Project, Paul Hibbard

Cabin Killer, Michael Rich

Foxes, Tristan Hill

Fugue, Gabe Sheets

Geek Lounge: Going Solo, Larry Ziegelman

Love in a Vacuum, Jenna Anderson, Kyla Anderson, Paige Lockwood, Brent Uramoto & Lincoln Ward

Saint Sinner, Brian Cooksey

Steve, Richard Louis Ulrich

Story 2: Scenes 1-9, Zlatko Cosic

The Stroke, Jessica Pierce

Tapeta Lucida, Zlatko Cosic

Tiffanys, Caitlin Chiusano, Sean Esser & Zhara Honore

The Wedding Song, Rex New & Thia Schuessler

Z-Grid, Van McElwee

Further information about the Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and the Saint Louis International Film Festival is available from the Cinema St. Louis website. | Sarah Boslaugh


  1. Thank you Sarah for this great coverage! Just returned from screening Parallel Chords feature at 27th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod, MA, and the film festival of Columbus at Gateway Film Center. Looking forward to screening Parallel Chords locally here in November. Cheers! ~Catherine

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