The 17th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival
August 28-30

Sidewalk Film Festival is produced by the Alabama Moving Image Association, a federally recognized 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to inspire, encourage and support filmgoers, the city of Birmingham and the filmmaking community. In addition to hosting the annual film festival, we host monthly networking and educational events, a monthly documentary series, short film and screenwriting competitions, manage a youth board and a variety of other year-round programs. 

Tickets sales to our events cover approximately 1/3 of our annual operating cash budget, so we depend on corporate sponsors, grant-making organizations and individuals like you to survive. if you’d like to know more about supporting Sidewalk, please contact us at sidewalk@sidewalkfest.com.

This schedule is subject to change.

Stephen Cone

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
(Writer/Producer/Director) Stephen Cone is a Chicago-based filmmaker, educator and actor. His feature film, 2011’s award-winning, critically-acclaimed The Wise Kids, which the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips called “one of the best coming-of-age pictures in a long time”, screened at more than 50 festivals worldwide, won 8 awards, including the Outfest Grand Jury Prizes for Outstanding US Feature and Outstanding Screenwriting, received rave reviews, including a New York Times Critics‘ Pick, as well as raves in Variety and from Roger Ebert, appeared on four Best of 2011 lists (including the Chicago Tribune’s and Chicago Reader’s) and is widely available on DVD/VOD via Wolfe Video.

Other features include In Memoriam (Gene Siskel Film Center, Big Muddy Film Festival) and Black Box (Sidewalk Programmers Award; Devolver Digital Films), starring Josephine Decker and Austin Pendleton, as well as the medium-length films The Christians, The Mystery of Life and This Afternoon.

As an actor/producer, Stephen starred in and produced Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s narrative film debut Ellie Lumme (BAMcinemaFest, BFI London), and was recently featured on Showtime's "Shameless."

Stephen teaches film acting at Northwestern University and Acting Studio Chicago.