School of Communications Community Members Play Many Roles at International Film Festival | Webster University

School of Communications Community Members Play Many Roles at International Film Festival

From volunteer to executive director and panelist to filmmaker, community members of Webster University’s School of Communications will play many roles at the 22nd annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF).

SLIFF, one of the largest international film festivals in the Midwest, will kick off tonight, Thursday, November 14, and will run until Sunday, November 24. The festival will screen 330 films—75 features, 63 documentary features, and 192 shorts—from around the world.

Twenty of those films will screen at the Winifred Moore Auditorium located in Webster Hall on the Webster University campus. James Harrison, director of the Webster University Film Series and SLIFF juror for the shorts competition, is excited about the film festival. He noted, “It’s a great way to see wonderful national and international films that you may never have a chance to see theatrically again.”

Kathy Corley, chair of the Electronic and Photographic Media Department and professor of Film Studies in the School of Communications, is a member of the board of directors for Cinema St. Louis. She considers it part of her role to create community awareness for SLIFF. One of the ways she connects her teaching role with her volunteer role is by is by arranging field trips for students in her classes to screen films at the festival.

 Other roles School of Communications faculty, staff, students, and alumni will play in this year's festival include:


Chris Sagovac, filmmaker
US 2012, 3 minutes
Saturday, November 16, 1 p.m.
Tivoli Theatre

Zlatko Cosic, panelist
Twenty Years Later - Films from the Former Yugoslavia: Ghosts of the Past, Visions of the Future Panel Discussion
Wednesday, November 20, 4 p.m.
UM-St. Louis Gallery 210

Jorge Oliver, filmmaker
Free To Love
Puerto Rico/US 2013, 90 minutes
Thursday, November 21, 7:15 p.m.
Tivoli Theatre

Kathy Bratkowski, filmmaker
Something in the Water
US 2013, 80 minutes
Sunday, November 24, 6:30 p.m.
Wildey Theatre

Diane Carson, juror, New Filmmakers Forum (NFF) Emerging Director Award
Thomas Crone, volunteer
Mary Edwards, volunteer 
Cliff Froehlich, executive director, SLIFF 
Beverly Hacker, volunteer


Caitlin Zera, filmmaker
End of Line
US 2013, 8 minutes
Saturday, November 16, 4 p.m.
Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium


Alex Nezam, filmmaker
US 2013, 13 minutes
Saturday, November 16, 1 p.m.
Tivoli Theatre

Hannah Radcliff, filmmaker
US 2013, 13 minutes
Saturday, November 16, 1 p.m.
Tivoli Theatre

Kamau Bilal, filmmaker
What Kind of Man
US 2013, 12 minutes
Monday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Tivoli Theatre

Brian Jun, filmmaker
She Loves Me Not
US 2013, 91 minutes
Saturday, November 23, 9:30 p.m.
Tivoli Theatre
Sunday, November 24, 4 p.m.
Wildey Theatre
Q & A with writer/directors after each screening

Chris Benson, board of directors, Cinema St. Louis
Chris Clark, artistic director
Carson Minow, juror, NFF Emerging Director Award
Kat Touschner, festival registrar, tech/transportation supervisor

This is a great opportunity to support the creative work of your fellow Gorloks. Please be sure to let us know if you have a School of Communications connection to this year's St. Louis International Film Festival.

Other Media About Featured Film Screenings

Faculty Films Appearing in Festivals Around the World
Four SOC Student Films Featured on HEC’s ‘Frames’
Communications: Sagovac, Bratkowski, Zera in International Film Fest
School of Communications Faculty, Student, and Alumni Films to be in Filmmakers Showcase

To download a PDF of the SLIFF program book or to find more information.

The Webster University School of Communications prepares students in three academic departments to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communication. The School provides a hands-on approach to learning that is grounded in the University's liberal arts foundation and commitment to global education. Sixteen undergraduate degree programs, five graduate degree programs, 13 minors, and 14 certificates cover a wide array of communication specialties. They are taught by faculty who are theorists, artists, and practitioners. Students work with professional-grade media equipment, take courses at Webster's U.S., European and Asian campuses, participate in robust field experiences and internships, and, along with faculty and alumni, are frequently recognized for their academic and professional accomplishments.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University ( is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit US-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military, online and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.