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QCS 2023

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Welcome to the Queen City Shout 2023! With films from both local and non-local film makers alike, there's a little bit of everything for anyone looking to celebrate the arts and support poverty relief. Remember to Groove Safe!


Reese Reissig and Marcel Melanson

Delivering Hope is a feature film documentary that tells the ultimate story of people coming together for something bigger than themselves. On November 16, 2019, eight days before his 50th birthday, ultra-runner Kevin Kline set out to become the first person in history to run the northernmost 300 miles of Alaska's dangerous Dalton Highway, in winter, to raise awareness for children battling pediatric cancer. Traversing the world's 10th most dangerous road Kline and his crew face a hostile environment of -40F temperatures on a road made of ice in near total darkness to run an 8lb backpack full of childhood cancer names to the virtual top of the world. When Kline's body shuts down after 200 miles, the crew is faced with a life-changing dilemma.



The Center of Nowhere (The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, Missouri) illustrates how culture influences the country, folk, gospel, blues, rock and roots music from Springfield, Mo—America’s most overlooked regional music scene.  Springfield created a fiercely independent sound that has influenced artists all over the world. The film features interviews with musicians Dave Alvin, Brenda Lee, Dan Penn, punk rockers The Del Lords, the pop rock band Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Jonathan Richman, Robbie Fulks, Syd Straw and the final on camera interviews with Merle Haggard and Springfield music avatars Bobby “Lloyd” Hicks and Lou Whitney.

Springfield’s unique sense of community provides the bass line for the region’s profound beat, Music is everywhere: in the hills and the lakes of the Ozarks, the churches, the birthplace of Route 66 and even in weird food ways such as “Springfield Style Cashew Chicken.” The songs of Springfield, Mo. create a chorus of passion, adventure and connection. If you listen to American music, you have heard the spirit of Springfield, Mo. But have you been there?

-excerpt from

'Described as "one of the most talented and stylish newspaper writers of his generation,"'

-Springfield News-Leader


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Join us for 2 hours of student films. This is a great opportunity to see films, shorts, and animation by the future creatives of the world. A series of student work created byt Springfield's very own Missouri State University. With an array of themes, this series is a must-see for any Queen City Shout attendee!



Music video/experimental short film

Written and directed by Julia Rhea

Logline: A woman struggles with the death of her partner. 

Baby Shoes, Never Worn


Music video/experimental short film

Written and directed by Ellora Bultema

Logline: A woman and her friends go on a drunken escapade around town which leads to unexpected infatuation.

Castleway Road


Narrative short film

Written and directed by Jamie Hamill 

Synopsis: "Castleway Road" is a short dramatic film that follows the story of Donna Remmie and her 18-year-old daughter Amy, as they are starting the process of moving out of their comfortable small-town home to live in a bigger city. When Amy is faced with leaving the only life she knows behind, she finds her mother’s old beauty pageant memorabilia.

Food is Medicine


Short documentary

Directed by Lija Fonner

Synopsis: A short documentary about VanDeli, a small farm-to-deli located in Ava, Missouri. Their unique menu is made using organic, ethically farmed, and locally sourced ingredients. The deli is run by Kaycee and Travis Barry. Their mission is to spread information on modern farming and the steps we can take every day to live a more sustainable life.

From One Dreamer to Another


Short documentary

Directed by Joshua Stipp

Synopsis: “From One Dreamer to Another “ is a documentary paired with an album about finding compassion for others, and the struggle to re-enter society after incarceration. 



Experimental short film

Written and directed by Trenton Yeary

Logline: A quick plunge into the world of substance, love, and realization.



Music video/experimental short film

Written and directed by Jacob T. Martin

Logline: Quinn's experience quickly begins to barrel out of control as she lets life pass her by every moment.

Practice Run


Narrative short film

Written and directed by Emily Montgomery

Logline: A woman prepares for a first date. It just so happens to be with a stuffed alpaca.  



Experimental short film

Written and directed by Autumn Girgin

Starring Autumn Girgin and Lydia Schulte

Logline: “The Serpent King shall rise again!”

A Single Spark


Animated short

Written and directed by Chaela Carter, Sabrina Merrill, and Anna Russell

Synopsis: “A Single Spark” is a hand-drawn animated short about a non-magical young woman who struggles to find acceptance in a world filled with magical people. One day, her city is threatened by a problem only she can solve.

Zhory’s Cawfee Shop


Animated short

Written by Alyssa Vandegrift & Olivia Van Berkum

Directed by Alyssa Vandegrift

Synopsis: "Zhory’s Cawfee Shop" is a 3D-animated short following the journey of a bird named Zhory, who owns a struggling coffee shop in the rainforest. On a quest to find a rare ingredient that could save her shop, Zhory begins to question where her true passions lie. 

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Stay tuned for More!

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