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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.

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Life and Liberty [clear filter]
Saturday, August 29
 

10:40am CDT

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Limited Capacity seats available

Nearly 50 years before cries of “Black Lives Matter” filled the streets and your social media feed, the Black Panther Party catalyzed the Black Power movement by combining armed resistance to police brutality with social programs like free breakfast for children and community health clinics. Who were the Black Panthers? What led to their rapid ascent – and then their quick decline? The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution uses archival footage and present-day interviews with party members to give the audience an insider’s perspective.

- Kristina Scott

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson received the 2013 National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama this past July, and is also a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. Nelson’s latest film, Freedom Summer, premiered at Sundance in 2014 and was broadcast to rave reviews in June, 2014, the 50th... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 10:40am - 12:35pm CDT
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:50am CDT

Out in the Night
Limited Capacity seats available

An August night in 2006, a fight broke out between 7 African-American lesbians and a 28-year-old man in New York City, which ended in the man being stabbed. While the local papers were quick to label the women as a “seething, Sapphic septet”, Out in the Night tells a different story involving self-defense in the face of violent harassment. While the film subtly reflects on the racism, homophobia, and sexism in the American judicial system, there is an intense focus on the personal experience of queer women moving through a flawed system.

- Kate Michel

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 11:50am - 1:05pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:15pm CDT

Love Between The Covers Sponsored by Birmingham-Southern College
Limited Capacity seats available

The romance novel, often casually spotted in the hands of a woman on the subway or on a grandmother’s shelf amongst hundreds of titles, is an easily dismissed genre. However, to many, it’s more than a paltry fictional category, it’s a lifestyle... one that yields a reading speed of 3 to 5 books a week. This rapidly consumed genre is largely responsible for keeping the book industry alive. Love Between the Covers uncovers the camaraderie behind the romance novel’s authors and readers and the fight for deserved respect in the world of the book snobs.

- Hallie Tarpley

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Laurie Kahn

Laurie Kahn

Founder, CEO, Blueberry Hill Productions LLC
Director of Love Between The Covers

Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 1:15pm - 2:38pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:10pm CDT

Welcome to Leith Sponsored by JLP Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome To Leith is the shocking-but-true story of a 24-person ghost town in North Dakota struggling against one man's extremist vision. Shot over an 8-month period, the film documents white separatist Craig Cobb’s arrest for terrorizing the citizens of Leith on an armed patrol and his release from jail six months later. Set against the stark, desolate beauty of this almost abandoned state, Welcome To Leith asks who will be allowed to shape the future of one small town, and subtly questions what exactly might be at stake for all Americans.

- Rachel Ahrnsen


Saturday August 29, 2015 3:10pm - 4:35pm CDT
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:30pm CDT

Crocodile Gennadiy
Limited Capacity seats available

Crocodile Gennadiy is an uncompromising look at Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian pastor who has gained fame for his unorthodox approach to saving street children. In his own, personal war on drugs, Mokhnenko forcibly removes kids from the streets by "kidnapping" them and enrolling them in his rescue program. Often accused of vigilante justice, Gennadiy walks the narrow line between legality and morality to follow the obligations of human dignity. In an era of Hollywood superheroes, Crocodile Gennadiy tells the powerful story of a real-life hero that you won’t want to miss.

- Joi Tribble

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 4:30pm - 6:10pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:55pm CDT

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot Sponsored by Alabama Waldorf School
Limited Capacity seats available

At one point during the Selma voting rights movement, there were more African Americans in jail than there were on the voting rolls. Students and teachers, together with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), joined with Dallas County residents to organize the community around voter registration. They used nonviolence to fight violent oppression, and Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot tells the story of how African Americans in the South won the right to fully participate in our democracy from these young activists’ point of view.

- Kristina Scott

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Bill Brummel

Bill Brummel

Producer/Director, Bill Brummel Productions
Producer/Director of Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot. Bill Brummel is an award-winning documentary film producer and director. He’s the recipient of a Peabody Award, two International Documentary Association awards, and five national Emmy nominations. Many of Brummel's films have... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 6:55pm - 7:35pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:40pm CDT

Who Took Johnny
Limited Capacity seats available

Possibly the most terrifying film in the 2015 Sidewalk line-up, Who Took Johnny investigates the spellbinding 30 year-old cold case related to the disappearance of Johnny Gosch. The first missing child to appear on a milk carton, Johnny, disappeared, while on his paper route, in the early morning hours of September 5th 1982. For 3 decades Johnny’s mother, Noreen Gosch, has searched for her son, piecing together clues, weeding through conspiracy theories and uncovering faulty police work. Captivating, shocking, jaw dropping, respectfully made and downright creepy, Who Took Johnny, made John Waters’ ‘10 Best Films’ of 2014 list.

- Rachel Morgan


Saturday August 29, 2015 7:40pm - 9:01pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:00pm CDT

The State of Being Human - with 'Last Christmas' Sponsored by Orbit Salon and Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

"Last Christmas"
Dir: Nathan Adloff
RT 11 min. USA
A suicidal young man finds a friend in the unlikeliest of places.

Bridging Ireland and Alabama, The State Of Being Human traces the roots of filmmaker David Merriman’s own admitted homophobia. Featuring conversational interviews with members of the LGBTQ community in both Ireland and Alabama, Merriman, who remains at the center of the film, works to revise his initially narrow viewpoint and to understand the true cost of bigotry. The documentary also features an unforgettable interview with Chief Justice Roy Moore. The 2015 Shout screening of The State Of Being Human marks the film’s world premiere.

- Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for David Merriman

David Merriman

Owner, Dmi Videos
I am an Artist from Dublin, Ireland.Music, Stories and Movies...

Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 8:00pm - 9:22pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:45pm CDT

Welcome to Leith Sponsored by JLP Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome To Leith is the shocking-but-true story of a 24-person ghost town in North Dakota struggling against one man's extremist vision. Shot over an 8-month period, the film documents white separatist Craig Cobb’s arrest for terrorizing the citizens of Leith on an armed patrol and his release from jail six months later. Set against the stark, desolate beauty of this almost abandoned state, Welcome To Leith asks who will be allowed to shape the future of one small town, and subtly questions what exactly might be at stake for all Americans.

- Rachel Ahrnsen


Saturday August 29, 2015 9:45pm - 11:10pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203
 
Sunday, August 30
 

10:00am CDT

A Dog Named Gucci Sponsored by Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

Sidewalk alumn Gorman Bechard (2005’s audience favorite You Are Alone) brings us this harrowing true tale of animal cruelty that results in a landmark Alabama state ruling. In Mobile in the early 90’s, a dog found tortured and set afire is rescued by a retired school teacher. As Gucci rehabilitates and finds a happier life, he becomes a poster dog for change in abuse laws. A Dog Name Gucci brings awareness to the unbelievable number of animal cruelty cases nationwide while also communicating hope as states change their stances on the matter.

- Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Gorman Bechard

Gorman Bechard

What Were We Thinking Films
Gorman Bechard is the author of six novels, THE SECOND GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, UNWOUND (under the pseudonym Jonathan Baine), NINTH SQUARE, THE HAZMAT DIARY, GOOD NEIGHBORS, and BALLS.He directed/wrote the indie features FRIENDS (WITH BENEFITS) (2009) and YOU ARE ALONE (2006), the... Read More →

Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am CDT
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:20am CDT

The Babushkas Of Chernobyl
Limited Capacity seats available

The Babushkas of Chernobyl documents the lives of those who, against government policy and advice, have decided to return to live within the 30km Exclusion Zone around Reactor #4, site of the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen. Around 100 people, the majority elderly women, returned to live off the land and their meager pensions until the end of their lives. Through stories of mutual strength, pride, and stubbornness, the documentary weaves together the lives of these women as they struggle to survive in the irradiated fallout area.

- Charlie Bice

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 10:20am - 11:32am CDT
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:30pm CDT

Deep Web Sponsored by Abernethy Construction
Limited Capacity seats available

Deep Web meticulously traces the arrest, prosecution and conviction of former science and engineering grad student, Ross Ulbricht, accused of being the 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' mastermind behind the Internet black market site, the Silk Road. The documentary provides an illuminating examination, not just of Ulbricht, but also of the battle for digital rights and control of the future of technology. The film additionally provides a unique look inside the deep-web and its subset known as the Dark Net. Called “the most unexpected Bill and Ted reunion”, Keanu Reeves narrates Deep Web, Alex Winter’s second directorial feature.

- Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers/Artists
Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:25pm CDT

Dream/Killer
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2005, 20-year-old Ryan Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, a crime he adamantly states he did not commit. The evidence against him rested with friend, Chuck Erickson, who remembered, or possibly dreamed, that he and Ferguson were involved in the journalist’s death. Dream/Killer tells the story of how Ferguson’s father, Bill, led a 10-year campaign to prove his son’s innocence. The documentary is a powerful, disturbing look into the American judicial system.

- Charlie Sanders

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 1:25pm - 3:14pm CDT
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:45pm CDT

The Look of Silence Sponsored by Home Run
Limited Capacity seats available

Director Joshua Oppenheimer revisits Indonesia and it’s bloody past in this companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing. The Look of Silence follows optometrist Adi, whose brother was killed during the Indonesian genocide of 1965 by murderous factions still currently in power. After learning of the identities of the perpetrators, Adi decides to end the cycle of suffering. He confronts his brother’s killers, offering them eye exams in exchange for a recollection of their past atrocities. While unraveling the horrific story of his brother’s death, Adi discovers the numb and unnerved state of a silenced people.

- Charlie Sanders

Filmmakers/Artists
Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 2:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:10pm CDT

The Keeping Room
Limited Capacity seats available

A cross between a Civil War-era home invasion thriller and a female-led Western, The Keeping Room stands as one of the most powerful and exciting narratives to come out this year. Three women (two sisters and a slave), left to care for their Georgia homestead, are forced to fight for their lives as two of Sherman’s scouts go rogue and terrorize them in the still of night. Gritty yet equally poetic, The Keeping Room delivers from the beginning to the very poignant end.

- Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 9:10pm - 10:45pm CDT
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203