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Local Filmmakers

From left, Cody Stokes and Earl McWilliams Jr. joined Thursday's talk show.
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Six of the 113 films in the spotlight during the 19th Annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase are feature length. Collectively, they take viewers from the women’s prison in Vandalia, Missouri, to Henry Shaw’s Museum at the Missouri Botanical Garden, to World War II and more.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl discussed two of the films in depth – “Road to the Pros” and “The Ghost Who Walks” – with directors Earl McWilliams Jr. and Cody Stokes.

A documentary short by Joshua Kelley, 14, is among those in the spotlight at this year's Filmmakers Showcase.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

A total of 113 films will be in the spotlight during the 19th Annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, which gets underway Friday and continues through July 21. Ranging from narrative and experimental shorts to feature-length documentaries, this year’s lineup also includes a documentary short directed by 14-year-old Joshua Kelley.

Kelley, whose film “A Look Ahead: Our Energy Future in 20 Years” considers the future environmental state of St. Louis and the country as a whole, joined Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air for a conversation with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl. 

Also participating in the discussion was Chris Clark, who is the artistic director of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis. The organization presents the annual festival, which serves as the region’s primary venue for films made by local artists.