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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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Wednesday, August 26
 

7:00pm

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

Filmmakers/Artists

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

8:00pm

Sidewalk Film Festival Opening Night 2015 Sponsored By Regions Bank: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
Limited Capacity seats available

In 1981 the biggest film in the world was Raiders of the Lost Ark. If you were in junior high in ‘81 you did not miss seeing Raiders in the theater, you might have even made several visits to your local non-stadium seated multiplex to catch Indy fighting the Nazis. The VHS tape from your local movie rental store was worn thin from multiple viewings and you were probably the proud owner of an Indy hat. In 1982, three ambitious Mississippi tween Raiders fans decided that multiple viewings and movie swag wasn’t enough and decided to recreate the beloved film - shot, by shot. Through relationship turmoil, stunts-gone-wrong, parental divorces and all of high school they worked diligently to remake one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. They cast the family dog as a Nazi, completed their own stunts, asked for props for holidays and set lots of stuff on fire. They remade a Spielberg film, all but one scene. 30 years later, they revisit their unforgotten dream and try to finish the movie. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that... and more; it’s a true love story, one of dedication, hard-won friendship and the heartfelt lengths that folks will go to for the love of filmmaking.

- Rachel Morgan

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Sponsors

Friday August 28, 2015 8:00pm - 9:44pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
 
Saturday, August 29
 

10:00am

A Special Screening Of The Greatest Honor Sponsored by Cox Pools
Limited Capacity seats available

The Greatest Honor reconstructs U.S. Army infantryman, John Amm’s, tale of heroism during World War II. Thanks to the lead of Amm’s son, Roger, along with journalist Kane Farabaugh, The Greatest Honor, recounts how Amm, serving as part of a platoon infiltrating Germany’s Siegfried Line, valiantly risked his own life to recover the body of a fallen compatriot. Through interviews with fellow troops, and even Amm, himself, shortly before he passed away, the documentary respectfully recounts the heroic reasons for Amm’s honored Bronze Star.

- Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Kane Farabaugh

Kane Farabaugh

Owner / Director, Kanestar Productions
Kane Farabaugh is an Emmy® award-winning television and radio news journalist, documentary producer and filmmaker, writer, and digital content provider. He is a proficient "one-man band" videographer, non-linear video editor and producer, and manages multiple projects and products... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday August 29, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Alabama The Beautiful Sponsored by Brandino Brass and Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

Alabama The Beautiful showcases the impact of six artisan businesses on Alabama. The companies range from Good People Brewing Company in Birmingham, AL to Belle Chevre, a goat cheese store, in Elkmont, AL. Alabama The Beautiful demonstrates the impact of handmade goods on eroding negative stereotypes about the state, and emphasizes how local craftspeople have rejuvenated their communities. R.C. Hagans, an Opelika based aerosol paint artist, Florence’s IDYLLWILDE, Wood Studio based in Arely, and Birmingham’s Freedom Soap Company are also profiled.

- Rachel Ahrnsen

Filmmakers/Artists
Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:40am

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
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

T-Rex
Limited Capacity seats available

In the 2012 Olympics, women’s boxing was included for the first time. Representing the U.S. was Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, a contender for gold and the youngest competitor at just 17. Raised on the tough streets of Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated, with a fierceness that extends beyond the ring. The only stable force in her life is her coach, Jason Crutchfield, who has trained her since she was 11 years old. Claressa dreams of taking her family to a safer place and winning a gold medal may be her only chance.

- Charlie Sanders

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:50am

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
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:00pm

Funny Bunny Sponsored by Pentior Painting
Limited Capacity seats available

Gene is a door-to-door canvasser crusading against childhood obesity. By chance, he knocks on the door of Titty, a teenage heir to a substantial fortune who has essentially been abandoned and is living alone. Titty enlists Gene to help him win the heart of Ginger, a camgirl and animal activist repulsed by human touch. These three damaged souls get caught up in the attempt to liberate a farm with amusing results in this moving comedy-drama from writer-director Alison Bagnall (The Dish and the Spoon).


- Corey Craft

Filmmakers/Artists
Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 12:00pm - 1:25pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:00pm

Deli Man Sponsored by Southern Jewish Life
Limited Capacity seats available

Deli Man entertainingly traces the origin of what is known as the Jewish delicatessen, a uniquely American creation that was forged by the melding of ethnic food traditions that Jewish immigrants brought from Germany and Eastern Europe. Once a prolific institution that boasted over 1500 kosher delis in NYC alone, there are now only approximately 150 eateries left in the entire country. This documentary simultaneously explores the struggle for the preservation of this dwindling food culture while celebrating the culinary tradition and community that has always surrounded the deli, all while profiling the charismatic Ziggy Gruber.

- Jennifer Freehling

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Erik Anjou

Erik Anjou

Erik Greenberg Anjou is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A. American Literature), Northwestern University (M.A. Film) and the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies (Directing Fellow). He has written, directed and produced in both the narrative and documentary... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:50pm

Breaking a Monster Sponsored by MDM Design Studio
Limited Capacity seats available

Breaking A Monster tells the much-too-frequent tale of a young, naïve music group who sign to a major record label with dreams of fame and success. Making this band’s story stand out, Unlocking The Truth is made up of three middle school-aged African American boys who play heavy metal music. The band mates are not only misunderstood by their peers in Brooklyn, but also by the managers, record executives, and agents who want to market them as a boy band or novelty act. The boys quickly learn that it is usually about the money and not the art.

- Tom Richardson

Filmmakers/Artists
Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 12:50pm - 2:22pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00pm

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

Filmmakers/Artists
Sponsors

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

1:15pm

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
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:25pm

7 Chinese Brothers Sponsored by Electricity and Lighting
Limited Capacity seats available

7 Chinese Brothers is as hilarious as it is touching. Jason Schwartzman plays Larry, an all-around loser who seems to care far more about his admittedly adorable dog, Arrow, than about any of the humans in his life, except for maybe his ailing grandmother (played by the one and only Olympia Dukakis). After losing his job, Larry struggles to stay financially afloat in a world that seems, at least from his perspective, to be completely against him.

- Jaxon Thomley

Filmmakers/Artists
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Saturday August 29, 2015 1:25pm - 2:41pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:35pm

Do You Believe In Love?
Limited Capacity seats available

Although Tova claims to not believe in love, such doesn’t stop her from being a successful matchmaker in Israel. She also has muscular dystrophy and takes great care and pleasure in finding matches for people with disabilities. While Do You Believe in Love? spends time following potential couples, the most striking moments are the tense and tender dynamics within Tova’s household. Love is shown at many stages: passionate and new, strengthening over time, and bending without breaking. The documentary balances a reality television feel with genuine moments of happiness and heartache between Tova and those around her.

- Kate Michel

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 1:35pm - 2:25pm
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:15pm

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

Filmmakers/Artists

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

3:10pm

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
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:30pm

Krisha
Limited Capacity seats available

Krisha is one of the most startling narratives to come our way this year. Told with a dizzying energy, the film spins off from being a family comedy to an unsettling fever dream. A likeable woman with a past of mental illness and substance abuse, braves a second chance to spend a holiday with her estranged relatives. Being amongst a high-trafficked house full of kids, annoying dogs, and old baggage, she starts to crack. A perfect marriage of experimental tone and cinematic craftsmanship, few films come away feeling so alive.

- Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 3:30pm - 4:53pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:30pm

The Wolfpack Sponsored by Newk's Eatery
Limited Capacity seats available

For 14 years, the Angulo family's 7 children were rarely allowed to leave their tiny, cluttered apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Their father possessed the only key to the locked front door. In one year they didn’t leave at all. Home-schooled, but allowed to watch movies when not in class, the 6 brothers did so... endlessly. In April of 2010, led by 15-year-old Mukunda, against their father's orders, the siblings began exploring the outside world. And everything changed. The Wolfpack tells the extraordinary life-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of the Angulo brothers.

- Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Crystal Moselle

Crystal Moselle

New York based film and commercial director.

Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 3:30pm - 5:10pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:45pm

Stinking Heaven
Limited Capacity seats available

Set in New Jersey in 1990, Stinking Heaven depicts life in a sober living environment. Through constant role-play, the members’ stories are told, and through communication and togetherness, they seem to be on the path to betterment. Everything changes when a new member moves in and the lives of the inhabitants begin to unravel. Through voyeuristic vignettes that stitch together the relationships that exist between each of the group’s members, Stinking Heaven brilliantly shows how self-destructive behavior and manipulation can send ripples through lives interconnected through a shared experience of addiction.

- Charlie Bice

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 3:45pm - 4:55pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:15pm

Wild in the Streets
Limited Capacity seats available

Best friends Haden, Danny, and Sharkee plan to spend the summer pulling pranks and taking it to the titular streets on their rollerblades, only to find themselves caught up in a turf war with the Hawks, a gang of ragamuffins who claim ownership of said streets and are willing to be total jerks to prove it. Wild In The Streets may have been shot on a shoestring budget, but it took no small amount of effort (or rollerblading ability) to bring it to life. Part of our Family section, the film is rated PG-13 for language and brief (and silly) nudity.

- Jaxon Thomley

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton

Scott and Matt Hamilton have been making films and short videos since early high school (or if you want to be technical, since the age of 5 with their Dad and a VHS camera). Originally from Wichita Falls, the brothers recruited anyone they could get to be a part of their filmmaking... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
McWane Science Center 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:30pm

Q: Alabama's Barbecue Legends Sponsored by Alabama Tourism Department/Year of Alabama Barbecue and Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

Alabamians know their barbecue. They might not always agree on what’s the best, but they know great BBQ when they taste it. Q. Alabama BBQ Legends travels the state to interview legendary cookers from restaurants like Bob Gibson’s, Dreamland, Bob Sykes and many more to get their take on the subject. Whether it’s ribs or pulled pork, everyone has their own style and flavor. Q. slickly presents personal stories, interwoven with the history of barbecue in Alabama, direct from the people who live, breathe and serve it up.

- Lisa Cordes

Filmmakers/Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Alabama Tourism Department/Year of Alabama Barbecue

Alabama Tourism Department/Year of Alabama Barbecue

Alabama Tourism Department/Year of Alabama Barbecue
Bill.Dinan@luckie.com


Saturday August 29, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:30pm

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
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:50pm

ENCORE: Alabama Doc Shorts 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Accidental Environmentalist
Dir: Kristine Stolakis
RT 12 min. USA.
John Wathen was just an average guy until coming into contact with toxic chemicals, stumbling upon a video camera, and discovering his passion for protecting the world's waters. Watch this Alabama native's transformation into an internationally recognized environmentalist.

Bottomless
Dir: Véronique Vanblaere
RT 2 min. USA
A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.

N.T. 11 11 31
Dir: Summer Upchurch, Katharine Buckley
RT 11 min. USA
In 2007, three local Montgomery boys vandalized the Confederate Memorial on the state capitol grounds by spray-painting the faces and hands of soldiers black. The act of vandalism reveals underlying issues of racial inequality, a questionable portrayal of southern history, and the difficulty people find in sustaining a dialogue about race in the South. 

Collinsville Trade Day, 1988
Dir: Jason Keener, Charles Keener
RT 7 min. USA
A vintage 1988 home video of the popular outdoor market in Collinsville, used to create a personal view of a small town's culture.

Frank and Bowie
Dir: Tamara Varner
RT 5 min. USA
An exploration of a young man's relationship with his vehicle.

Futureman
Dir: Patrick Sheehan
RT 16 min. USA
A film following Roy 'Futureman' Wooten (of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) as he discusses and works with his various musical inventions, including a piano based on the periodic table and the newest piano he used to compose the soundtrack he has composed for his upcoming feature film about the Black Mozart.

Seizing the Unrecorded
Dir: Ingrid Pfau
RT 29 min. USA
A film exploring the connection between the filmmaker's career and her battle with epilepsy.

Feral
Dir: Matt Henton, Lane McCaig
RT 10 min. USA
Recent research reveals the devastating impact of feral and outdoor cats on wild songbird populations, but what is the answer to cat over-population?

Pursuit of Hippo-ness
Dir: Alan E. Franks
RT 26 min. USA
A film about hippos and the people who love them.


Saturday August 29, 2015 4:50pm - 6:55pm
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:25pm

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

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Jim Hansen

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
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:40pm

Some Beasts
Limited Capacity seats available

Sal has left modern society, his past and his girlfriend to live off the land in remote Appalachia as a caretaker and gardener. But is this remote living freedom or its own kind of prison? Sal struggles with the isolation of his new job, with the death of a neighbor and a long-distance relationship, and with the discovery of an abandoned child as he wonders where, if anywhere, he truly belongs. Beautifully shot and performed, Some Beasts tells its story of loneliness and self-reliance with an uncommon grace.

- Corey Craft

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 5:40pm - 7:10pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:45pm

Finders Keepers Sponsored by Lovoy, Summerville, & Shelton
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2007 at a North Carolina storage locker auction, Shannon Whisnant bought a used grill. When he returned home with the purchase he discovered that a smoker wasn’t the only thing he acquired... inside the grill was a human foot. Meanwhile, amputee John Wood, discovering that it was his foot that was missing, demanded its return. Shannon, caught up in a media frenzy and using the foot as a for-profit sideshow, refused. It’s going to take Judge Mathis to figure out whose in the right. Just in case you didn’t notice above, Finders Keepers is a documentary.

- Rachel Morgan


Saturday August 29, 2015 5:45pm - 7:07pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:15pm

Revival: The Sam Bush Story Sponsored by Stewart Perry and Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

Revival: The Sam Bush Story masterfully portrays the life of bluegrass legend Sam Bush. As told by family, friends and musicians alike, we journey across decades to witness how Bush mastered the mandolin all the while reshaping an entire genre into what is now most commonly heralded as newgrass. Told with tons of live archival footage (including a performance from Birmingham’s Workplay) and great stories, Revival finds Bush at a time in his life where he’s contemplating staying relevant, navigating the challenges of working in the Nashville system, and facing mortality.

- Kyle McKinnon


Saturday August 29, 2015 6:15pm - 7:53pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:30pm

Blood, Sweat, and Beer Sponsored by Alpha Lumber Company
Limited Capacity seats available

Blood, Sweat, and Beer explores the booming craft beer industry. The filmmakers visit large, nationally known breweries, but the heart of the film lies in its focus on two start-ups and their struggles. The Brew Gentlemen of Braddock, PA, worked with local government officials to find a home for their brewery and bring life back to a once vibrant steel town. Shorebilly Brewing of Ocean City, MD faced legal troubles that forced them to change their name, putting them in serious debt. If you're one of the millions of fans of craft beer you do not want to miss Blood, Sweat, and Beer at Sidewalk 2015.

- Tom Richardson

Filmmakers/Artists
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Saturday August 29, 2015 6:30pm - 7:40pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:55pm

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
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:40pm

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
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:40pm

Applesauce
Limited Capacity seats available

Applesauce examines the chain reaction of distrust, deceit, and severed body parts that ensues when people begin to discuss the worst thing they’ve ever done. A dark, energetic, often indecorous comedy, Applesauce is 90 minutes of the most captivating, well-written bizarreness to hit the screen... well since Director Onur Tukel’s last festival favorite, Summer Of Blood. A skillfully crafted mash up of Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery and Curb Your Enthusiasm meets The Maltese Falcon, Applesauce premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

- Hallie Tarpley & Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Onur Tukel

Onur Tukel

Onur Tukel is an American actor, painter, and filmmaker. A notable figure in the New York City independent film community, Tukel's films often deal with issues of gender and relationships.


Saturday August 29, 2015 7:40pm - 9:11pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:55pm

The Invitation - with 'A Peaceful Man'
Limited Capacity seats available

"A Peaceful Man"
Dir: Harrison Norris
RT 4 min. Australia
Beaten within an inch of his life, a peaceful man has a gruesome epiphany through violence.

The Invitation
Will and his new girlfriend are guests at a dinner party hosted by his estranged ex-wife. Considering the couples past some unpleasantness is expected, but Will quickly begins to suspect that something more than typical inquietude is afoot. The Invitation captures the essence of the most awkward social gathering imaginable and combines it with the momentum of a runaway train. Creepy and captivating, the thriller does an incredible job keeping its audience guessing. Sharp casting and precise direction lead the list of wonderful things about The Invitation and there’s truly not a wasteful minute in the feature.

- Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama is an American film director who had her breakthrough with Girlfight, her first feature film. She wrote the screenplay and directed the film at age 27.


Saturday August 29, 2015 7:55pm - 9:34pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:00pm

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
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David Merriman

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

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

8:15pm

Anathema Arienette Sponsored by Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

“My name is Allie Green. I’m sixteen. And this is my suicide tape.” This begins Allie’s deeply personal video diary, chronicling the next few months of her life leading up to that inevitable day. Anathema Arienette assembles her daily entries and taps into the world of a girl trapped in the clutches of depression. Having lost touch with friends and living a fear-driven relationship with her father, Allie’s camcorder provides the only means of expressing herself. Deeply emotional and effective, Anethema cuts to the core of the pains of adolescence.

- Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers/Artists
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Jay Burleson

Sign Me Up! Productions/Sleep Creature
eh.

Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 8:15pm - 9:17pm
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:30pm

The Tribe Sponsored by Carmike Cinemas - Summit 16
Limited Capacity seats available

Possibly the year’s most revolutionary and controversial movie, The Tribe explores the ruthless inner workings of a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf. Told entirely through Russian sign language and bold physicality, the film follows a new student as he navigates through the corrupt hierarchy of students and faculty. Swiftly, he marks his place within the student-run crime and prostitution ring, yet things take a turn when he falls for a girl. Desperate to hold onto her, our story spirals into a stunning climax of brutality.

- Kyle McKinnon

Reminder: Though this film is sponsored by Carmike Cinemas, it is showing at the Carver Theatre.


Saturday August 29, 2015 8:30pm - 10:42pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:45pm

Haze
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the years we’ve come across several films examining the tribal attributes of campus Greek life, but none have reached the level of bro-tastic (and even sis-tastic) insanity as Haze. The story follows Nick, a freshman and leader of his fraternity pledge class. His peers look up to him as they endure humiliating levels of hazing, but it is revealed that his own brother is covertly trying to shut down the entire system, his loyalty is tested to the worst degree. Warning, not for those squeamish when it comes to vomit.

- Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 8:45pm - 10:30pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:45pm

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
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00pm

In The Basement
Limited Capacity seats available

In the Basement weaves a tunnel through the underground sanctuaries where everyday people conceal their obsessions. A teen drummer. The owner of a tiny swimming pool. A women with a fake baby. A taxidermy enthusiast. A Nazi memorabilia collector and his brass band. An African big game hunter. An S&M mistress and her love slave. A masochist. A fetishist. An opera singer with a shooting range. Just as revealing as the dives into their basements are the brief insights into the subjects’ lives above ground.

- Charlie Sanders

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 10:00pm - 11:25pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:05pm

A Wonderful Cloud - with 'Muck'
Limited Capacity seats available

"Muck"
Dir: Bruce Smolanoff
RT 15 min. USA
Mel, a 20-year old female open mic comedian, lives with her tabloid-obsessed mother in Queens. Abandoned by her father and born into a family of unfulfilled hopes and dreams, Mel is a bottled fight waiting to erupt.

A Wonderful Cloud
Can exes ever really stay friends after a break-up? Or are they destined to remain mortal enemies until the end of time? A Wonderful Cloud answers “maybe” to both of these questions in its telling of the story of two ex-lovers (and business partners) who find themselves reunited for a weekend as they shift back and forth between love and hate in nearly every scene. It’s funny, it’s dark, it’s daring, and it’s true. A Wonderful Cloud premiered earlier this year at the South By Southwest Film Festival.

- Hallie Tarpley & Jaxon Thomley

Filmmakers/Artists

Saturday August 29, 2015 10:05pm - 11:25pm
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:20pm

Come Down Molly
Limited Capacity seats available

Molly, a lonely, suffocated young mother, decides to take a weekend away from her husband and infant son. Her aim is to reconnect with a group of male friends from high school at a cabin in the Rocky Mountains. There, the group drinks, takes psychedelic drugs and wanders through the forest as Molly tries to reconnect with the carefree person she used to be. Visually vivid and emotionally raw, Come Down Molly is a story of coming to terms with aging and new stations in life.


- Corey Craft

Filmmakers/Artists
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Gregory Kohn

Gregory Kohn - Writer/Director | Gregory’s first feature, Northeast, a “vividly natural portrayal” of an aimless playboy, was part of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and later distributed by Tribeca Film.  After Northeast, Gregory directed numerous music videos, most notably... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 10:20pm - 11:40pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:20pm

Bare
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

Filmmakers/Artists

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

10:00am

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
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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... Read More →

Sponsors

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

10:10am

ENCORE: The Wolfpack
Limited Capacity seats available


Sunday August 30, 2015 10:10am - 12:15pm
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:20am

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
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

Tired Moonlight Sponsored by McKinney Capital
Limited Capacity seats available

2015 has been a good year for Director Britni West, she took home the Slamdance Grand Jury Prize and was named one of Filmmaker Magazines “25 New Faces Of Independent Film”. Her first feature, Tired Moonlight, perfectly captures the spirit, majesty and timelessness of summer in small town America. To quote the filmmakers, “Pitting grand landscapes against dinners of fried chicken and the roar of V8 engines on Saturday nights, Tired Moonlight wanders through Solitaire games (always won), secrets lost in cavernous hearts, and the fifty miles of bad road that always gets you home.”

- Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers/Artists
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Sunday August 30, 2015 11:00am - 12:16pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

Love Arcadia Sponsored by Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Limited Capacity seats available

When uptight real estate developer Joanna threatens the existence of his family’s bubble teashop, Jake sets out on a mission to prove to her and her unimaginably-wealthy-yet-still-empty-inside father that a place like Tea Arcadia is worth preserving. Filled with humor and heart, this coming-of-age story follows the two teens as they traverse the rocky, bubble tea-filled path to adulthood and in doing so learn a little bit about love. Part of our Family Film Festival, Love Arcadia is rated PG.

- Jaxon Thomley


Sunday August 30, 2015 11:00am - 12:37pm
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:15am

County Fair, Texas Sponsored by Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

The team behind The Rock-afire Explosion and Sidewalk audience award winner GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, return with an intimate story of rural youth and the 4-H fair. County Fair, Texas spends a year in the lives of four Texas teenagers, each of whom singlehandedly raises livestock with the hopes of winning college tuition at exhibition. A beautifully framed story, the film seemingly embraces nostalgia for another time, all while juxtaposing such with a glimpse of adolescence in the 21st century.

- Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:42pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:25pm

Secret Screening Sponsored by Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

It's a feature narrative film. And that's really all we can tell you. Come see this super secret film screening at Sidewalk 2015 before it premieres next year at one of the massive super famous film festivals. The filmmakers are scheduled to attend. This is a one and only chance!

Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 12:25pm - 1:55pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:25pm

Secret Screening Sponsored by Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

It's a feature narrative film. And that's really all we can tell you. Come see this super secret film screening at Sidewalk 2015 before it premieres next year at one of the massive super famous film festivals. The filmmakers are scheduled to attend. This is a one and only chance!

Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 12:25pm - 1:55pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:30pm

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

12:35pm

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young Sponsored by McDowell Security Services
Limited Capacity seats available

With the sounding of a conch shell, runners start on the Barkley Marathon. Cloaked in secrecy and sadistic eccentricity, the Barkley is a 100-130 mile race through the Tennessee Mountains featuring 120,000 feet of elevation change and a rich quirky history of camaraderie and competition. Those few that even finish join a minuscule group, an honor that has made it an international affair. The Barkley Marathons documents the 2 and a half-day journey of 40 runners as they embark on one of the most grueling trail races in the world.

- Charlie Bice

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Annika Iltis

Annika Iltis

Codirector / Coproducer, The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 12:35pm - 2:05pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:10pm

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

Filmmakers/Artists

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

1:10pm

H.
Limited Capacity seats available

Strange things are happening in Troy, New York. A black horse gallops through downtown streets. Gravity works in reverse. A mother nurses her plastic baby. Random citizens are falling into "temporary walking comas.” These surreal images, many inspired by actual news events, are part of the paranormal mystery of H., a film that reminds us that real life is weird enough without the aid of the supernatural. Chalky, shiver-inducing photography pairs well with the varied sonic elements to set a chilling scene in this highbrow creepfest.

- Charlie Sanders

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:47pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:25pm

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
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:30pm

Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions
Limited Capacity seats available

Everybody has to make a choice. Are you going to do the right thing or the easy thing? That’s the question facing Tristan, a naive middle-school student coping with life in the inner city. His mother, desperate to keep her son out of prison like his father, signs him up for Boy Scouts, where he connects with a band of brothers. Soon after, he witnesses a murder and must choose between the code of the streets - keep quiet - or the Scouts’ code. Part of the Sidewalk family line-up, Troop 491, is rated PG-13.

- Charlie Sanders

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 1:30pm - 3:15pm
McWane Science Center 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:45pm

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

3:00pm

Uncle Kent 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Who would ever make a sequel to Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent? That’s only part of the joke in this oddball, self-aware and disorientingly funny follow-up from director Todd Rohal (The Catechism Cataclysm). After his idea for Uncle Kent 2 is turned down by the sequel-averse Swanberg, lonely animator Kent Osborne heads to the San Diego Comic-Con and becomes embroiled in - what else? - an apocalyptic science fiction plot involving simulation theory, animated cats, the singularity, pop songs that just won’t leave your head, and the pitfalls of making sequels to independent films.

- Corey Craft

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 3:00pm - 4:13pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:20pm

To Be Announced (Encore)
Limited Capacity seats available


Sunday August 30, 2015 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:45pm

Brand: A Second Coming Sponsored by Masco Fabrics
Limited Capacity seats available

Not your typical celebrity profile documentary, Brand: A Second Coming, follows comedian-actor-activist-author, Russell Brand, as he develops his recent stand-up show, runs his Internet channel and increasingly dives into politics. In the film Brand is expectedly self-deprecating, but what is surprising is his consistent thoughtfulness and yet, at the same time, his frequent ability to recognize the irony of such within a privileged lifestyle, one he’s not willing to give up. Brand: A Second Coming skillfully works to figure it all out. Funny, poignant and provocative, Brand is Director Ondi Timoner’s 4th feature documentary to screen at Sidewalk.

- Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers/Artists
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Sunday August 30, 2015 3:45pm - 5:40pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:00pm

Back to the Future Part II Sponsored by Golden Flake
Limited Capacity seats available

Flying cars? Nope. Hoverboards? Nuh-uh. Rampant 1980s nostalgia? Well, they got that one right. Compare director Robert Zemeckis’s vision of 2015 with the real thing by revisiting Back to the Future Part II. The 1989 sequel to the time-travel comedy classic finds Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveling from 1985 to 2015 to save Marty’s kids from shame and a criminal record. In doing so, they open the door for Biff Tannen to change history. Can they set the timeline right again?

- Corey Craft

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis

Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 4:00pm - 5:48pm
McWane Science Center 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:00pm

For A Few Zombies More Sponsored by Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

We’re proud to premiere the ultimate southern-fried zombie apocalypse comedy you never knew you were begging for. Set ten years after Hide and Creep, a video store clerk-turned wandering gunslinger teams up with a woman with a mysterious past. Together they must fight off a gang of bandits and rescue a scientist who may have the key to ridding the world of the undead. Fueled with blood soaked comedy and action, For a Few Zombies More reigns as the cinematic love-child of John Carpenter and Hal Needham.

- Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Chuck Hartsell

Chuck Hartsell

I'm the co-director, co-writer, and co-star of the new film, "For a Few Zombies More," a sequel to the 2004 feature "Hide and Creep" that I also co-directed with Chance Shirley.

Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

Bloomin Mud Shuffle
Limited Capacity seats available

Director Frank Ross returns with a blue-collar comedy drama with an all-star cast. James Ransone plays Lonnie, a well-meaning house painter who has fallen into a routine of work, X-Box and functioning alcoholism. He sets himself to transform his relationship with co-worker Monica from something friendly to something more romantic, but really manages to blow it along the way. With a script that’s full of life and laughs and lots of ugly truth, Bloomin Mud Shuffle is Ross’ most accomplished work to date. The film features Alex Karpovsky, Natasha Lyonne, and Alexia Rasmussen.

- Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

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

Filmmakers/Artists

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

5:30pm

Rosehill
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

Filmmakers/Artists

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

5:35pm

A Special Screening of Cloudmont Sponsored by Green Again Landscaping and Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

Of all of things that Alabama is known for, perhaps the last thing that comes to mind is snowy ski slopes. Yet, just about two hours north of Birmingham is the Cloudmont Ski Resort, where groups flock to enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding on its machine-made snow. Through the inclusion of remarkable archival footage, Cloudmont tells the fascinating and even tragic story of how this all came to be, and profiles the wide variety of wonderful people that make it a reality.

- Kyle McKinnon


Sunday August 30, 2015 5:35pm - 6:33pm
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:30pm

Closing Night Film: Apartment Troubles Sponsored by Carrigan's Public House
Limited Capacity seats available

Starring the creative minds behind its writing and direction, Apartment Troubles follows a pair of dysfunctional roommates in their attempt to escape eviction by their reasonably frustrated Manhattan landlord. Jennifer Prediger plays Olivia, a spiritually inclined actress, alongside Jess Weixler as Nicole, a conceptual artist. When their landlord’s patience runs out and Nicole’s cat dies under mysterious circumstances, the duo decides to hit the road and visit Nicole’s wealthy aunt (played by Megan Mullally) on the opposite coast. Between reality TV try-outs, tarot card readings and shotgunning deserts the pair question the nature and future of their co-dependent friendship. Apartment Troubles is hilarious, charming, astute and not-to-be-missed.

- Hallie Tarpley & Jaxon Thomley

Filmmakers/Artists
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Jennifer Prediger

Jennifer Prediger is a New York City–based actress, writer, and director known for the films A Teacher (2013), Life of Crime (2013), and Apartment Troubles(2014)—her directorial debut with collaborator Jess Weixler. Prediger also played and wrote Ask Umbra, the "worl... Read More →
avatar for Jess Weixler

Jess Weixler

Jessica "Jess" Weixler is an American actress. She is best known as the lead character Dawn O'Keefe in the comedy-horror film Teeth and the comedy The Big Bad Swim... Read More →

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Carrigan's Public House

Carrigan's Public House


Sunday August 30, 2015 6:30pm - 8:05pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:10pm

Queen of Earth
Limited Capacity seats available

Catherine is reeling from the death of her father and a breakup. She seeks solitude at the lake house of her close friend Virginia. Overcome by delusions and memories of happier times, and wary of Virginia’s relationship with a neighbor, Catherine edges closer and closer to a complete psychological breakdown. Director Alex Ross Perry, on the heels of last years critical hit Listen Up Philip, channels Roman Polanski and Ingmar Bergman in this tense paranoid thriller about poisonous codependency and modern upper-class narcissism.

- Corey Craft

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 7:10pm - 8:40pm
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:15pm

Frame By Frame
Limited Capacity seats available

Until 2001, photography was banned in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. After the ban was lifted, a small community of photographers emerged, taking it to the streets to capture life that had been veiled for years from the outside world. Frame By Frame follows four photojournalists as they undergo enormous risks and encounter devastating circumstances in post-Taliban society. From suicide bombings to violence against women, the film expertly captures the chaos of post-war Afghanistan and the bravery of those willing to be at the front lines.

- Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:20pm

Female Pervert
Limited Capacity seats available

Phoebe is an attractive, lonely video game designer looking for love. She struggles through relationships trying to make authentic connections. Unfortunately, her particular array of perversions tends to scare her suitors away. In an attempt to change she starts to see a therapist, joins a book club and buries her sex toys. Will she be able to suppress her eccentric urges? Or will she accept that she’s a female pervert? Sidewalk alum, Jiyoung Lee’s, second feature, Female Pervert, premiered earlier this year at the Slamdance Film Festival.

- Lisa Cordes

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 7:20pm - 8:24pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:25pm

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

Filmmakers/Artists
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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
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:25pm

ENCORE: Alabama Doc Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Pathways: Robin's Story
Dir: Patrick Sheehan
RT 9 min. USA
This short film tells the inspiring true story of one woman's journey from prison and homelessness to a new life. 

Spearhunter
Dir: Adam Roffman, Luke Poling
RT 14 min. USA
Deep in the wilds of rural Alabama, a spear-hunter proclaims himself the world's greatest and erects a museum dedicated to his own obsession. In this atmospheric and darkly funny documentary, an offbeat cast of lovers, acolytes, and critics of the megalomaniacal spear-hunter remember his distinctive tactics both for killing and for leaving a legacy.

Veterans Day Reunion
Dir: Ian J. Cunningham
RT 10 min. USA
The National Veterans Day Parade began in Birmingham, Ala. Over the years, it has become so much more than a parade. 

4th Down
Dir: Kourtney Cowart, Michael Shikany
RT 12 min. USA
University of Alabama at Birmingham students, faculty, and boosters react to the termination of the UAB football program and work together for its reinstatement.

Maid in Dixie
Dir: Annelise Moreau, Rachael Hartley
RT 10 min. USA
An exploration into how some Southern women identify themselves in a culture steeped in the traditional ways of the mythical Old South.

Take Only Memories
Dir: Robert Clay, Gigi Douban
RT 10 min. USA
What goes in the attic stays in the attic. Until an army of pickers comes in and takes the family photos to the thrift shop. What happens next is a look at the strange world of people who take the memories of others into their own hands.

Stumped
Dir: Robin Berghaus
RT 10 min. USA
When filmmaker Will Lautzenheiser suddenly becomes a quadrilateral amputee, he must face a world he never imagined, including his first stand-up comedy show.

"The Truth" Up and Coming
Dir: Sonya Mitchell
RT 20 min. USA
An inspiring story about a young lady named Carla Youngblood, who makes a unique transition from working in corporate America to performing comedy in America.

White Statues
Dir: Abbie Wilson, Brett Shaw
RT 9 min. USA
"White Statues" looks at the difficulties in preserving history from the antebellum time period with accuracy from all perspectives. 

10-4
Dir: Piyush Borse, Karan Jani
RT 10 min. USA
An inside look at the Birmingham Police Department as it became a national model for community policing with the changes it has made since the 1960s.

Shugs 
Dir: Mary D. Recio, Katie Howard
RT 9 min. USA
A story about the Birmingham Sugar Babies -- a group of women who found community in dance later in life.


Sunday August 30, 2015 7:25pm - 8:55pm
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:35pm

Western
Limited Capacity seats available

Darkness descends on Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico as the violent activities of Mexican drug cartels begin to disrupt the harmony between the two small border towns. Cowboys and lawmen on both sides of the Rio Grande bear witness to the harsh, new realities of modern times infringing on their previously idyllic existence. Tensions (and fences) rise as the crossfire escalates. With their signature verité style, the Ross Brothers capture a dreamlike vision of the frontier and a story that plays out like a true Western.

- Charlie Sanders

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 7:35pm - 9:07pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:45pm

Deli Man Sponsored by Southern Jewish Life
Limited Capacity seats available

Deli Man entertainingly traces the origin of what is known as the Jewish delicatessen, a uniquely American creation that was forged by the melding of ethnic food traditions that Jewish immigrants brought from Germany and Eastern Europe. Once a prolific institution that boasted over 1500 kosher delis in NYC alone, there are now only approximately 150 eateries left in the entire country. This documentary simultaneously explores the struggle for the preservation of this dwindling food culture while celebrating the culinary tradition and community that has always surrounded the deli, all while profiling the charismatic Ziggy Gruber.

- Jennifer Freehling

Filmmakers/Artists
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Erik Anjou

Erik Greenberg Anjou is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A. American Literature), Northwestern University (M.A. Film) and the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies (Directing Fellow). He has written, directed and produced in both the narrative and documentary... Read More →

Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 7:45pm - 9:15pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:10pm

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
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:35pm

The Overnight
Limited Capacity seats available

Alex and Emily are new to Los Angeles and their small son leaves little room to make adult friends. By chance, they meet another couple in the park, Kurt and Charlotte, who invite the family over for dinner. But as the night progresses, things take one bizarre turn after another, as Alex and Emily begin to suspect the other couple’s true, potentially sinister motivations. The Overnight subverts the clichés of typical swinger sex comedies and is equal parts riotously funny and unpredictable.

- Corey Craft

Filmmakers/Artists

Sunday August 30, 2015 9:35pm - 10:55pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203