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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Wednesday, August 26

7:00pm CDT

SHOUT Opening Night Film: Tangerine
Limited Capacity seats available

Just out of jail, Sin-Dee Rella, discovers that her pimp boyfriend has been cheating on her. Sin-Dee and her BFF, Alexandra, set out on a hilarious, wildly chaotic trek through West Hollywood to confront the involved parties. Tangerine’s stylish energy, combined with a unique (and borderline surreal) ambience, are just a couple of reasons for the intense amount of attention the film received at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and since. Not just entertaining and fun, surprisingly, Tangerine is, at its heart, a kind and endearing tale of friendship.

- Rachel Morgan


Wednesday August 26, 2015 7:00pm - 8:28pm CDT
Carmike Cinemas 321 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, Alabama 35243
Saturday, August 29

10:00am CDT

Saturday SHOUT Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Dir: Jeremy Asher Lynch
Girls play with dolls and boys love sports, right? This film takes a look at what happens when those stereotypes are called into question.
RT 14 min

Dir: Jeremy Hersh
A comedy about constructive criticism.
RT 12 min

Dir: Jonathan Wysocki
Trust issues are tested as a gay male couple shop for their first mattress.
RT 6 min

A Kiss From Your Lips
Dir: Allison Tate
A young swing dancer looks for her perfect dance partner.
RT 3:30 min

M4M: Seeks Love
Dir: Barton Girdwood
Bob Metcalf wants to find a boyfriend, but at 70 years old, he’s finding that’s easier said than done.
RT 4 min

The Outfit
Dir: Yen Tan
A congressman is haunted by an outfit that won't go away.
RT 12 Min

Dir: Toshadeva Palani
The fading love of two men, remembered. A relationship once vivid, now dissipating into a fog of partial remembrance; the memories of heartbreak and loss that bend and change as the years go by.
RT 7:15 min

Bambi Was a Boy
Dir: Maria Beddingfield, Shaelyn Smith
"Bambi Was a Boy" offers an intimate and immersive investigation into the shaping of Southern identity through one Alabama drag queen's process and experience.
RT 11 min

Saturday August 29, 2015 10:00am - 11:10am CDT
Carver Theatre 1631 4th 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


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

1:00pm CDT

The Glamour & The Squalor Sponsored by Friends of Homewood
Limited Capacity seats available

The name Marco Collins may not be a household one, but the music Collins helped make famous as a DJ in early 90’s Seattle had profound and widespread influence on greater music culture. Kickstarting the careers of Nirvana, Weezer, Garbage, and Death Cab for Cutie made Collins a rising star in radio, but personal demons halted his influential career before it truly took off. Featuring interviews with Shirley Manson, Carrie Brownstein and Macklemore, just to name a few, Marq Evans's The Glamour & The Squalor presents an engaging biographical profile and a distinct coming out story.

- Noah Cannon


Saturday August 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:18pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:15pm CDT

Do I Sound Gay?
Limited Capacity seats available

On the heels of a break-up journalist David Thorpe makes his way through the typical post-relationship self-deprecation list. Most notably he discovers that he intensely dislikes the stereotypical "gay voice” and confronts the fact that he, himself, “sounds gay”. Margaret Cho, David Sedaris, George Takei, Dan Savage and numerous others help him question what it means to posses a stereotypical "gay voice”? And why does it exist in the first place? All while Thorpe works to repair his own vocal inclination. Do I Sound Gay? is an excessively watchable, incredibly entertaining, surprisingly intriguing documentary.

- Rachel Morgan


Saturday August 29, 2015 2:15pm - 3:33pm CDT
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:25pm CDT

You're Killing Me
Limited Capacity seats available

You’re Killing Me is the gay horror comedy no one knew they needed. Joe is coming out of the closet as a serial killer to his oblivious new boyfriend, George, who is more focused on achieving fame through his YouTube channel than worrying about his new bf’s pastimes. As George’s friends begin to disappear, he begins to realize he may not get out of this relationship alive. Equal parts gratuitous gore and irreverent humor and seemingly John Waters inspired, You’re Killing Me examines life (and death) while dating in an age of incessant snark and chatter.

- Rachel Ahrnsen

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Jim Hansen

Th e Orphans
Jim Hansen has created several web series including the Chloe parody series, My Drunk Aunts, The Eirik Videos and the newly releasedParagon School for Girls. He is currently in post production on You’re Killing Me, a comedy/horror movie he directed and co-wrote. Jim has... Read More →

Saturday August 29, 2015 5:25pm - 6:55pm CDT
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, 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

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David Merriman

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


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

10:20pm CDT

Limited Capacity seats available

Bored with small town life, Sarah is thunderstruck by the entrance of outgoing, exciting troublemaker, Pepper. What begins as an intoxicating collision of two very different lives quickly begins to evolve into something more substantial. But, like any collision, there is fallout. Natalia Leite’s feature directorial debut magnificently captures the excitement of insoluble crushing and places it against the backdrop of the wondrously neon-highlighted desert. Featuring Paz de la Huerta and Dianna Agron (best known for Glee) in her first feature film lead role, Bare premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

- Rachel Morgan


Saturday August 29, 2015 10:20pm - 11:48pm CDT
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Sunday, August 30

11:30am CDT

Sunday SHOUT Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Whatever We Want to Be
Dir: Stephanie Williams
Pansexual playgirl Dylan is forced to question her free-spirited, poly-amorous lifestyle when enchantingly seductive Sam turns her world on its head.
RT: 14:17

The Forgiven
Dir: François Chang
Henry and Clement are in a relationship for one month in Paris. The last night before Henry goes back to London, where he studies, Clement comes to his hotel to surprise him. But when he arrives at the door, he hears that Henry is with another man in the room...
RT: 15 Min

Dir: Genéa Gaudet
A documentary chronicling a forbidden love affair between a Mormon missionary and an Italian Communist in Pescara, Italy, 1974.
RT: 13 Mins

Picnics Are Gay
Dir: Whitney Hamilton
A picnic business owner who is a single gay Asian with sociopathic tendencies, living in Alabama, seeks romance....
RT 5:39

Dir: Stephanie Young
A portrait of three people who each have distinct masculine identities and embody transformation in very different ways. Through intimate cinematic approaches, the film identifies and embraces the human element in the deconstruction of gender binaries.
RT 12:03

A Last Farewell
Dir: Casper Andreas
An alternative family drama about life and death.
RT: 12:51

What is Perfect?
Dir: Dmitry Zhitov
"What is Perfect?" follows 6 artists discovering and uncovering beauty in their imperfections. This short documentary explores the hardships and dreams we all face in life.
RT: 11:30

Dir: Benjamin Pollack
An original musical film about one man's emotional journey through love, heartbreak, and healing. It's a universal story about loving, letting go, and holding onto faith that there's somebody for everybody.
RT: 16:30

Dir: Francisco Lupini Basagoiti
A comedy about a man who tries to forget about love in all the wrong places.
RT: 17 min

Sunday August 30, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:10pm CDT

An Ordinary Couple
Limited Capacity seats available

In celebration of the recent marriage rights victory, join us for a special 5th anniversary screening of An Ordinary Couple, featuring a new happy ending. Profiling Orin Kennedy and Bernardo Puccio’s 38-year relationship, the film opens with the couple, frustrated with the inability to legally marry, unveiling a 12-foot Kennedy-Puccio monument at their “funeral” in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A non-fiction romantic comedy, An Ordinary Couple profiles the dashing couple but also discusses growing up gay in midcentury America, the impact of Proposition 8 and the true meaning of commitment. We’re thrilled to have Orin and (Birmingham-native) Bernardo in attendance for the screening.

- Rachel Morgan


Sunday August 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm CDT

Beaver Trilogy Part IV
Limited Capacity seats available

In 1979, TV cameraman Trent Harris unexpectedly encountered Beaver, Utah native Dick Griffiths while out testing the station’s first video camera. Hungry for the spotlight, on the spot Griffiths’ improvised an eccentric character he coined “Groovin Gary”. Harris would later recreate this unusual experience in two short films, starring then unknown-actors Sean Penn and Crispin Glover. Together, these three shorts would be shown at Sundance as “The Beaver Trilogy.” But what happened to Dick Griffiths? Brad Besser's film follows the unusual and harrowing quest to find the long-lost “Groovin Gary.”

- Charlie Sanders


Sunday August 30, 2015 5:15pm - 6:40pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:30pm CDT

Limited Capacity seats available

It’s a simple premise - a New York actress visits an old friend in Indiana to embark on a local road trip. Both women experience relationship-related stress to differing degrees, which leads to bristling between them. The film effortlessly blends genres, with partially improvised fiction, meditative interludes, and documentary-style moments. However, the truly refreshing aspect of Rosehill is that it allows for platonic sensuality between these friends while exploring need and desire in relationships. What evolves is a flowing, heartfelt story of the changing nature of friendships and partnerships as we age and evolve.

- Kate Michel


Sunday August 30, 2015 5:30pm - 6:50pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:25pm CDT

SHOUT Closing Night Film: Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Family, classmates, and church friends gather to celebrate Henry Gamble's 17th birthday with a party that rivals Mrs. Dalloway's in sexual and emotional tumult. Struggling to reconcile his conservative Christian upbringing and blossoming gay identity, Henry floats between the conflicting worldviews of his party guests. As day stretches into night and once polite small talk grows in intensity, Henry's pool party reveals its attendees' clandestine affairs and discomforts. Writer/director Stephen Cone depicts evangelical church culture with striking precision in this familiar story of suburban secrets and lies.

- Noah Cannon


Stephen Cone

Director, 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... Read More →

Sunday August 30, 2015 7:25pm - 8:52pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203