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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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Saturday, August 29
 

10:00am

Saturday SHOUT Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Tomgirl
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

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

Adjust-A-Dream
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

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

10:15am

Teen-Made Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

While these shorts are made by teens, they may not be appropriate for your teen. Viewer discretion is advised. Admission is free for 12 and under.

Little Red
Dir: Wynter Rhys
RT 4 min. USA
A dark interpretation of the original Charles Perrault fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood.

Cut the Tall Trees: The Killing Power of Words
Dir: Noah Bennett, Max Cho
RT 5 min. USA
This teen-produced documentary resulted explores the frightening case of neighbor turned against neighbor during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

A Better World
Dir: Jordan Seibel, Marissa Kugler, Rene Servin, Jesse Nadel, Danielle Kaye, Gillian Schumaker, Justin Binder, Lily Zweig
RT 2 min. USA
Holocaust Survivors and students share their hope and visions for the world.

Astray
Dir: Austin Taylor
RT 5 min. USA
One man learns that there's more than meets the eye.

Griswold the Elf
Dir: Austin Lovelace
RT 8 min. USA
A tale of the dark side of a Christmas tradition.

Gumball
Dir: Kris Theorin, Kurtis Theorin
RT 7 min. USA
GUMBALL explores how a place can mean different things to different people as it follows one night in the life of a rebellious young woman who breaks into a diner after hours.

To Infinity
Dir: Emily Yue
RT 4 min. USA
Two teens chose what paths they will take in this life.

Triforce of Desire
Dir: Lauralee Harper, Brad Pickens, Isaac Sage, Zara Schuster
RT 6 min. USA
Star Wars? Lord of The Rings? These high school nerds are going to win Annabelle Winchester's love even if it takes their last galleon!

Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes
Dir: Justin Binder, August Blum, Robert Carlson, Levi Glaser, George Khabbaz, Kayla Mossanen, Tammy Shine
RT 6 min. USA
The story of Holocaust Survivor Curt Lowens' story of escape and resistance during World War II.

Friends?
Dir: Elijah Seneker
RT 3 min. USA
A middle age man is confronted by a disturbed young girl with wild accusations about their friendship.

Missing People
Dir: Morgan Evans
RT 10 min. USA
When Morgan notices that a new neighbor has moved into the vacant house next door, she realizes that the first girl to be abducted was 6-months ago on the day after this new neighbor moved in.

Black Widow
Dir: Jennifer Smart
RT 9 min. USA
It is Annie's first time seeing a psychiatrist for her obsessive compulsive behaviors. As the appointment progresses, the psychiatrist begins to uncover a darker side of Annie's apparent immaculacy.

Blindside
Dir: John Cheung, Aim Wonghirundacha
RT 11 min. United Kingdom
A character-driven psychological thriller about an isolated teenager living in a seemingly empty boarding school who must confront his horrible past when it starts catching up with him.

Adult-ish
Dir: Alec Martin
RT 5 min. USA
It's a long road to independence.

Miss Identification
Dir: Adriane Tharp
RT 7 min. USA
Eyewitness testimony does its worst for Kurt and Val after a fateful afternoon together.


Saturday August 29, 2015 10:15am - 11:46am
McWane Science Center 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:15am

Alabama Shorts 1 Sponsored by Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

Brewing
Dir: A.D. Schmidt
RT 15 min. USA. Drama
In the midst of renovating an antebellum mansion, a young woman in a struggling relationship finds herself trapped by the past as reality unravels around her.

Cold Choices
Dir: Nick Jones, Jr.
RT 15 min. USA.
A black ops command officer juggles family, friends, mission success, and fallen comrades.

Nathaniel
Dir: Benjamin Jones
RT 2 min. USA
One man's germaphobia is pushed to its limits.

Dead Saturday
Dir: Benjamin Stark
RT 9 min. USA
One man explores the "in-between" period of Good Friday and Easter Sunday -- Dead Saturday. When Jimmy confronts the man who unknowingly inspired the idea, the conversation gets heated.

Shitbird
Dir: Bo McGuire
RT 17 min. USA
Sass and spark light up small town Alabama when local hairstylist, Lurleen Blanton, is forced to reunite with her half-sister, Haylee, an up-and-coming country music singer.

The Strays
Dir: Logan J. Freeman
RT 10 min. USA
The emotional violence between two women causes a terrifying entity to follow them home.

Smoking Kills
Dir: Douglas Coghlan
RT 3 min. USA
Yes, smoking kills... but is it a silent killer?

The Ending
Dir: R. Todd Campbell, Adam Schwartz, Robert Clay
RT 8 min. USA
A sci-fi novelist battles with his own fictional main character to determine the perfect ending for his latest book.

The Other Side of Laughter
Dir: Jason O'Brien, Janet Robinson
RT 16 min. USA
In this short film adaptation from the novel of the same name, a group of Southern women discover friendship, support, and a new definition of family with each other.

A Companion for All Occasions
Dir: Liv von Oelreich, Chris Hayes
RT 11 min. USA
No job is too strange for a young man who makes his money flitting about the unusual lives of his Los Angeles clients.

Dolly
Dir: Karen Marie Black
RT 7 min. USA
A man, tired of living in loneliness, builds himself a companion.

Princess
Dir: Ross Marks
RT 8 min. USA
The touching story of a father and a daughter, from childhood through adulthood.


Saturday August 29, 2015 10:15am - 12:15pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30am

Saturday Sidewalk Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Contact
Dir: Alexander Jeffery
RT 9 min. USA
After losing the love of his life to his former best friend in high school, Dr. Jake Clearwater, O.D., has the opportunity to seek his revenge using contact lenses.

+/-
Dir: Andy Irvine, Mark Snoot
RT 9 min. USA
A young couple examines their relationship as they await the result of a pregnancy test.

Enfilade
Dir: David Coyle
RT 10 min. Australia
A man awakens in a white room with two doors. Each door loops into the other. The only objects within the room are a red ball and a revolver containing a single bullet. How do you escape a loop?

Hotwire
Dir: Erin Brown
RT 13 min. USA
When the love of his life threatens to go overseas, Stan, a shy daydreamer, must become the hero of his action movie fantasies to win her heart.

Campbell's
Dir: Will Cherry
RT 10 min. USA
Holly Weathers, a top chef in a prestigious restaurant, is tasked with serving a death row inmate's vital last meal. When an inmate refuses the meal, Holly's curiosity leads her to confront him, where she discovers that the most important things we cherish are not what she thought.

Woman of the World
Dir: Allison Cook
RT 11 min. USA
On a visit to Los Angeles, Rachel has an encounter with a celebrity that reminds her she is right where she belongs.

Leftovers
Dir: Matthew Colin Ross
RT: 9 min. USA
An aging writer struggles to find art in the stale scraps of his life, drawing on limited talents he cannot trust but dares not waste. He clings to a relationship gone cold, afraid that leaving her would be one too many failures.

Lines
Dir: Amy Jo Johnson
RT 10 min. Canada
An aging beauty discovers self-worth after an appointment with a youth obsessed dermatologist.

Simon Says
Dir: Jamie Sterba
RT 20 min. USA
Plagued by the disconcerting thoughts inside his head, a self-doubting entrepreneur begins to suspect that the thoughts may not be his own.

One Night in Aberdeen
Dir: Brett Ferster
RT: 24 min. Canada
Over the course of a blurry night, a solitary townie and a career traveler meet and slowly learn each others' secrets. But as the clock ticks towards morning, will this pair of career loners find in each other a kindred spirit, or will this just be another fleeting night at the Super 8?


Saturday August 29, 2015 10:30am - 12:38pm
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:40am

3rd Annual Sidewalk Saturday Morning Cartoons! Sponsored by Whole Foods
Limited Capacity seats available

For the 3rd year in a row Sidewalk Programmers have compiled an awesome selection of 1980's and 90's cartoons and vintage Saturday morning commercials for the start of your Sidewalk weekend. To accompany the fun-packed screening there will be a free cereal bar and surprise treats, along with juice and coffee, all brought to you by Whole Foods. So launch into your Sidewalk 2015 weekend the right way, by loading up on carbs, crazy cartoon antics and good company. Fun for all ages!

Sponsors

Saturday August 29, 2015 10:40am - 12:00pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:30pm

Kids Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Foster Dog
Dir: Lisa Alonso Vear
RT 14 min. USA
A young, disabled dog in foster care gets a new leash on life with the help of an older, wiser friend, in order to become adoptable and find his fur-ever home.

Victor
Dir: Chad Thompson
RT 7 min. USA
This whimsical journey follows Victor, a peculiar man who has some interesting ideas about how to make friends. With an optimistic plan and a few technological tricks, Victor shows that sometimes all you need is a little help to notice what’s been right in front of you all along.

Frogs
Dir: Amy Neswald
RT 5 min. USA
Dot goes on an adventure of fantastical proportions and meets a lot of frogs.

Nothing is Impossible
Dir: Meg Deusner, Ashley Reiners
RT 11 min. USA
A group of down and out kids gamble everything on winning the elusive community trivia championship. After getting a visit from their mascot (a magical story book character), they learn that nothing is impossible if you believe that anything can happen.

Hello Debra
Dir: Keith Silva
RT 3 min. USA
In the future, "dressing up" takes on a whole new meaning.

School for Heroes
Dir: Meg Deusner, Margaret Anne Townes
RT 16 min. USA
A group of kids with super powers receive a magical invitation to super hero school.

Rip It Up & Start Again
Dir: Stephen Ryan
RT 6 min. Ireland.
With pen and paper, a quiet, retiring man reaches out to his one true love. But writing the perfect love letter is only half the battle.

Admission is free for 12 and under.

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Lisa Alonso Vear

Lisa Alonso Vear

Writer/Director/Producer, 2nd Mouse Productions
I like movies (watching them and making them), traveling (domestically & internationally), animals (this extends beyond cat videos), music (my taste varies to a weird degree but it's all subjective, right?) and discussing varied current media topics. I hate prejudiced opinions based... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 12:30pm - 1:35pm
McWane Science Center 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:55pm

Saturday Doc Shorts Sponsored by Postgenie
Limited Capacity seats available

Stella Walsh
Dir: Rob Lucas
RT 14 min. USA
Stella Walsh was one of the most celebrated female athletes on the planet. Her popularity continued for decades after winning a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics, until she was killed in a robbery and it was discovered that she was of ambiguous gender.

The House is Innocent
Dir: Nicholas Coles
RT: 13 min. USA
Tom and Barbara's new home has a notorious past and it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash its macabre history.

In the Hollow
Dir: Austin Lee Bunn
RT 15 min. USA
The story of the 1988 shooting of girlfriends Claudia Brenner and Rebecca Wight by a 'mountain man' named Stephen Roy Carr.

Sandorkraut
Dir: Ann Husaini, Emily Lobsenz
RT: 12 min. USA
An intimate portrait of Sandor Katz, a famous food author and fermentation guru who became obsessed with fermentation when a health crisis led him to move to an off-the-grid commune.

Trash, Manufactured
Dir: Christopher Jones
RT: 15 min. USA
Marine scientist Dr. Marcus Eriksen uses artwork to raise awareness about the detrimental impacts of plastics on aquatic ecosystems.

Shirley's Kids
Dir: Michael Paulucci
RT: 10 min. USA
Shirley Chambers lost her four children to gun violence in America's most dangerous city, Chicago. A microcosm for Chicago gun violence and the national gun debate, this film celebrates the lives of and relives the deaths of Carlos, LaToya, Jerome, and Ronnie through the eyes of the person who loved them more than anything in the world.

Down the Drain
Dir: Carlos Estrada
RT 11 min. USA
After a failed sewage project left Jefferson County in debt and eventually bankruptcy, sewage infrastructure continues to be a statewide issue in Alabama. The reasons behind these failed systems are complex, often resulting from corruption or bad investments, and there is no easy solution.

This Is Not the End
Dir: Hilary Campbell
RT 6 min. USA
A look into the life of the Campbell family as they are now.

The Little Deputy
Dir: Trevor Anderson
RT: 9 min. Canada
Trevor tries to have his photo taken with his father.


Saturday August 29, 2015 1:55pm - 3:41pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:20pm

ENCORE! Sidewalk Saturday Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Contact
Dir: Alexander Jeffery
RT 9 min. USA
After losing the love of his life to his former best friend in high school, Dr. Jake Clearwater, O.D., has the opportunity to seek his revenge using contact lenses.

+/-
Dir: Andy Irvine, Mark Snoot
RT 9 min. USA
A young couple examines their relationship as they await the result of a pregnancy test.

Enfilade
Dir: David Coyle
RT 10 min. Australia
A man awakens in a white room with two doors. Each door loops into the other. The only objects within the room are a red ball and a revolver containing a single bullet. How do you escape a loop?

Hotwire
Dir: Erin Brown
RT 13 min. USA
When the love of his life threatens to go overseas, Stan, a shy daydreamer, must become the hero of his action movie fantasies to win her heart.

Campbell's
Dir: Will Cherry
RT 10 min. USA
Holly Weathers, a top chef in a prestigious restaurant, is tasked with serving a death row inmate's vital last meal. When an inmate refuses the meal, Holly's curiosity leads her to confront him, where she discovers that the most important things we cherish are not what she thought.

Woman of the World
Dir: Allison Cook
RT 11 min. USA
On a visit to Los Angeles, Rachel has an encounter with a celebrity that reminds her she is right where she belongs.

Leftovers
Dir: Matthew Colin Ross
RT: 9 min. USA
An aging writer struggles to find art in the stale scraps of his life, drawing on limited talents he cannot trust but dares not waste. He clings to a relationship gone cold, afraid that leaving her would be one too many failures.

Lines
Dir: Amy Jo Johnson
RT 10 min. Canada
An aging beauty discovers self-worth after an appointment with a youth obsessed dermatologist.

Simon Says
Dir: Jamie Sterba
RT 20 min. USA
Plagued by the disconcerting thoughts inside his head, a self-doubting entrepreneur begins to suspect that the thoughts may not be his own.

One Night in Aberdeen
Dir: Brett Ferster
RT: 24 min. Canada
Over the course of a blurry night, a solitary townie and a career traveler meet and slowly learn each others' secrets. But as the clock ticks towards morning, will this pair of career loners find in each other a kindred spirit, or will this just be another fleeting night at the Super 8?Short


Saturday August 29, 2015 2:20pm - 4:00pm
Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:25pm

Saturday Family Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Theodora
Dir: Henry Chaisson, Travis Bogosian
RT 6 min. USA
A resourceful young girl prepares dinner for a friend.

Wisdom Tooth
Dir: David Seale
RT 8 min. USA
A short film about the cavity within. A woman's fears about an impending meeting with the dentist are assuaged by a precocious girl in the waiting room.

Southern Roots
Dir: Elizabeth Serral
RT 9 min. USA
Macayla, new to the North, struggles to keep her Tennessee upbringing under wraps, before realizing she and her sassy Southern mother are truly unique.

White Out
Dir: Cable Hardin
RT 6 min. USA
A lone pilot is faced with isolation on a cold, dark world. Music by Domenico Cimarosa and performed by Nathan Jorgensen and Mary Ermel Walker.

Bumblebees
Dir: Jenna Kanell
RT 4 min. USA
Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.

How I Got Made
Dir: Tracy S. Facelli
RT 25 min. USA
Set in 1981, Gaby, a nine year old girl, comes up with a unique way to help her little brother defeat the school bully after she watches 'The Godfather' with her Dad.

Story for Mindy
Dir: Neil Ira Needleman
RT 4 min. USA
A children's book author uses the characters from his books to teach his own young daughter important lessons about love, courage, and the power of storytelling. The beautiful illustrations in this video were created by Christopher Partellow.

Admission is free for 12 and under.

Filmmakers/Artists
avatar for Jenna Kanell

Jenna Kanell

Director / Writer, Laser Pigeon Pictures LLC
Jenna Kanell delivered a TEDx Talk titled "A Bee Showed Me That Limits Are Lies" inspired by her vanguard short film "Bumblebees," which after its festival run has screened in universities and festivals internationally to encourage dialogue on disabilities and compassion. She's assistant... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 2:25pm - 3:25pm
McWane Science Center 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:15pm

Alabama Doc Shorts 1 Sponsored by Silvertron and Davis Architects
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 3:15pm - 5:10pm
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:00pm

Animated Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Deadly
Dir: Aidan McAteer
RT 9 min. Ireland
Deadly tells the story of Boney, a working stiff in a dead-end job. That is, until he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie ...

I Was a Teenage Girl, Apparently
Dir: Lyn Elliot, Nina Frenkel
RT 6 min. USA
A woman finds the diary she kept as a teenager and goes back in time to try to talk some sense into her teenage self.

In It to Win It
Dir: Marc Havener
RT 1 min. USA
An overzealous soccer dad attends his daughter's ballet recital.

Simorgh
Dir: Meghdad Asadi Lari
RT 5 min. USA
Persian calligraphic art, music, and ornament designs get together and bring an old mythical Persian story to life.

Sugarless Tea
Dir: Sai Selvarajan
RT 5 min. USA
Fifty-four years of separation tethered together by a red string of fate and ten years of humble restraint represent one man's quest to reunite with his brother.

Sumer
Dir: Alvaro Garcia
RT 10 min. Spain
In a world where all animal and plant species perished decades past, a young boy lives alone in the last remaining human settlement. While observing the desert from the roof of a building, Hermes suddenly sees the possibility of life re-emerging.

T.P.
Dir: Bob Blevins, Bradley Werley
RT 10 min. USA
A naive roll of toilet paper awakens in a disgusting gas station bathroom and is horrified to discover what fate has in store for his kind. Inspired by his traumatized but well intentioned companion, he resolves to escape captivity and determine for himself.

Moons
Dir: Liesje Kraai
RT 1 min. USA
A short music video that pays homage to Laika, the Russian space dog, set to Josh Ritter's song 'Moons.'

Think Ink
Dir: Wally Chung
RT 7 min. USA
Wally Chung
An animated film about outcasts and acceptance, a la psychology inkblots.

The Ballad of Holland Island House
Dir: Lynn Tomlinson
RT 4 min. USA
Animated clay paintings tell the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. In an old-time music ballad, the house sings of its life and the creatures it has sheltered as it contemplates time, environmental change, and the rise of the seas.

The Looking Planet
Dir: Eric Law Anderson
17 min. USA
During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression.

Tick Tock
Dir: Zeynep Kocak
RT 9 min. Turkey
With a desire to fill his home with people, an elderly man attempts to rent one of his rooms. In his effort to beautify his home, he finds new purpose and joy in his own life.

Rails
Artist: GT
RT 3 min. USA


Saturday August 29, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:30pm

Music Videos!
Limited Capacity seats available

Blastmatazz
Artist: Shaheed & DJ Supreme
Dir: Joey Compton, Jack Serra
RT 5 min. USA

chaplin SP
Dir: Matias Vellutini
RT 2 min. Brazil
A remix of various Charlie Chaplin movies turned into stop motion animation and subsequently transformed into stencils cut by hand.

Heavy Dreams
Artist: GT
Dir: Paul Hart
RT 5 min. USA

High
Artist: Rebekka Garden
Dir: Guro Ekornholmen
RT 5 min. Norway

Killer
Artist: Raquel Lilly
Dir: Fred Mohns
RT 3 min. USA

Magenta
Artist: Deqn Sue
Dir: Elizabeth Hagale
RT 4 min. USA

"Magic" feat. Brandy and Nile Rodgers
Artist: Mystery Skulls
Dir: Double Ninja
RT 5 min. France

Drum & Fife
Artist: Smashing Pumpkins
Dir: Jimmy Ahlander
RT 4 min. USA

Preservation
Artist: Green Seed
Dir: C. Chapman
RT 4 min. USA

Without You
Artist: Raquel Lilly
Dir: Caleb Young
RT 5 min. USA

Chandelier
Artist: Sia
Dir: Sia and Daniel Askill
RT 4 min. USA

Youth Goin Bad
Artist: Sammie Zonana
Dir: Ya'Ke
RT 4 min. USA

It's Alright
Artist: Fractures
Dir: Matthew Chuang
RT 5 min. Australia

A Long Journey
Artist: Leo 'Bud' Welch
Dir: Shannon Cohn
RT 3 min. USA

C.T.R.L.
Dir: Mariana Conde
RT 3 min. United Kingdom

Something's Wrong with My Mind
Artist: GT
Dir: Dillon Hayes
RT 3 min. USA

We All Go to the Same
Artist: Radical Face
Dir: Morgana McKenzie
RT 4 min. Canada

Queen
Artist: Perfume Genius
Dir: SSION
RT 4 min. USA

Twin Sister
Artist: Velouria
Dir: Gregory Jenkins
RT 4 min. USA

All I Gave Her
Artist: Julia Weldon
Dir: Diane Russo
RT: 4 min. USA


Saturday August 29, 2015 8:30pm - 9:49pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:35pm

(Not Quite Midnight) Midnight Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

CROW HAND!!!
Dir: Brian Lonano
RT 3 min. USA
A husband gets more than he bargains for when he discovers a mysterious totem on the ground, much to his wife's chagrin.

Playback
Dir: Nathan Crooker
RT 4 min. USA
What happens when an unsuspecting man gets in the way of another's fate?

Son
Dir: Judd Myers
RT 14 min. USA
A sheltered kid cons his way into a sick day. Left alone for the first time, he stumbles upon a sinister family secret.

Meridians
Dir: Blake Rice
RT 9 min. USA
An acupuncturist forms a primal bond with her female patient after years of treatment.

Old Friends
Dir: Bruce Bundy
RT 12 min.
Four friends reunite for a dinner of memories

Open 24 Hours
Dir: Mike Makowsky
RT 7 min. USA
A contract killer gets more than he bargained for after a pit-stop at the convenience store.

Bite Radius
Dir: Spencer Parsons
RT 30 min. USA
When Peyton wakes up to a woman whom he may or may not have shot in his bathroom, his life spirals into a dizzying array of amoral actions as he attempts to hide the body.


Saturday August 29, 2015 10:35pm - 11:54pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203
 
Sunday, August 30
 

10:00am

Alabama Shorts 2 Sponsored by Davis Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

I Want to Beat Up Clark Peters
Dir: Joseph Picozzi
RT 18 min. USA
Breaking up is hard to do, and one man seeks revenge after his hook-up starts hooking up with someone else.

Little Cabbage
Dir: Jen West
RT 10 min. USA
An eccentric composer in the 1950s is given a magical instrument that distorts her relationships.

Coming and Going
Dir: Kelsey Harrison
RT 4 min. USA
An experimental narrative short exploring the tides of relationships and lives.

No Big Deal
Dir: Patrick Cox
RT 9 min. USA
A young man with an unknown ailment is prescribed a new drug that may cause hallucinations. Of course, these hallucinations begin right before a first date. He must to struggle to maintain his cool as the reality around him unravels.

Ruby
Dir: Mary Kathryn Phillips
RT 7 min. USA
An injured aspiring Olympic runner strives to achieve her dream despite the obstacles that face her.

Hunger Pain
Dir: Chase Tinnon
RT 9 min. USA
A prostitute uncovers the truth about her bloodthirsty john.

The Last Vanish
Dir: Bruce Southerland
RT 18 min. USA
Professional magician Tommy Fina helps a rival with a new illusion with amazing results.

Three Fingers
Dir: Paul D. Hart
RT 11 min. USA
A young female Marine war veteran navigates her disintegrating life until there is nothing left but to make a choice.

Unrelated
Dir: Amanda McCann
RT 7 min. USA
A desperate young woman, expecting a marriage proposal, is sabotaged by her psychotic sister.

Filmmakers/Artists
BS

Bruce Southerland

Owner, Tripp Avenue Productions
avatar for Paul D. Hart

Paul D. Hart

writer/director, Three Fingers Movie
Born in Louisville, KY, Paul grew up all throughout the southeast before relocating to California. He studied at the Los Angeles Film School graduating with honors while attaining an editing major and directing minor. Since that time, Hart has contributed to the indie film-making... Read More →

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Sunday August 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:35am
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

Sunday Family Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Dear Lucy
Dir: Sinead Osburne
RT 8m min. Australia
Dear Lucy is coming of age short film about a young girl who discovers her courage through the help of an imaginary friend.

Eloïse, little dreamer
Dir: Myriam L. Obin
RT 4 min. Canada
On a day of celebration, a little girl discovers that things are not always what they appear.

Work Mate
Dir: Genevieve Clay-Smith
RT 16 min. Australia
When an introverted office worker is invited by a new colleague with a vision impairment to go cycling, he tries desperately to find a way out of it.

The Wizard of OZcar
Dir: Vartanoush Torossian
RT 22 min. USA
Knicknack, a little boy growing up in a Gypsy camp, learns the 'magic' of living life, embracing the place where you came from, and celebrating the world that surrounds you.

The Letterbox
Dir: A.V. Helm
RT 14 min. USA
Part live-action, part animated, "The Letterbox" is the story of a composer trapped on a desert island struggling to write his magnum opus. A pesky seagull seems intent on disrupting his work as much as it can...or is it really trying to give him the final push he needs to create a masterpiece?

Hans
Dir: Harris Cohen
RT 9 min. USA
Hans Roenau and his family fled the Nazi invasion of Austria only to endure the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, China. As an adult, Hans discovered long-distance running and photography. Now at age 84, he continues to inspire others with his story of survival and endurance.

Admission is free for 12 and under.


Sunday August 30, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
McWane Science Center 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:30am

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

Elder
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

Masculins
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

hopefulROMANTIC
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

YOU. ME. BATHROOM. SEX. NOW
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
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:40pm

Alabama Doc Shorts 2 Sponsored by Davis Architects
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 1:40pm - 3:45pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:15pm

Sunday Sidewalk Shorts 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Juliet Juliet -- The Sound of Love Musical
Dir: Ken Ochiai
RT 15 min. Japan
Two rivals bid for the lead role in a annual musical festival at a prestigious women's high school. Things get complicated when a male transfer student appears.

We'll Find Something
Dir: Casey Gooden
RT 12 min. USA
A couple struggles to choose a restaurant while visiting New York City.

Whispers among Wolves
Dir: Kevin Lim
RT 17 min. Australia
Every Wednesday, alcoholic CEO Shilo and her long suffering PA, Teddy, sit down to conduct matters of business. But on this particular evening, secrets will be uncovered, old wounds will be reopened, and their unique co-dependency will come under scrutiny.

Still
Dir: Slater Jewell-Kemker
RT 16 min. USA
When her abusive lover drowns in the woods, Sadie discovers duplicates of herself and Jake.

SPARE ROOMS - A Family Fiction
Dir: Matthew Bowden
RT 17 min. USA
When a same-sex family's teenage son invites a school friend to stay overnight, their elaborate plans to remain in the closet backfire, leaving their reluctant son to hold their secret together.

Zero Recognition
Dir: Ben Lewis
RT 10 min. Canada
Demi is a young actress who's grown up in the dim glare of the Hollywood (North) spotlight. When she decides to brave the world of Internet dating, she quickly finds that fame doesn't always help.

Under Earth's Lid
Dir: Colin Albea
RT 6 min. USA
A soldier finds a moment of peace in a remote forest, but he cannot escape the reality of war.

Lazarus
Dir: Kate Cortesi
RT 17 min. USA
A visit to an underground record store in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, teaches a teenage kid about his neighborhood, music and how to be a man.

Treading Water
Dir: Liz Cardenas Franke
RT 15 min. USA
After moving back into her childhood home to take care of her elderly father, an independent woman in her thirties finds herself reaching a breaking point as she tries to come to grips with her new reality.


Sunday August 30, 2015 2:15pm - 4:20pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:45pm

Episodic
Limited Capacity seats available

Dirty Laundry
Dir: Nathan Hennenfent, Mitch Brinkman, Brian Ernst
Webseries. USA
Sometimes you meet friends in the dirtiest of places. Watch Paul and Marty's new found friendship unfold as they cover everything from detergent to camp, and horses to love.

Only in HelLA
Dir: Rory Uphold
Webseries. USA
A comedic series about the perils of living in LA.

Ms. Guidance
Dir: Van Hansis, Melodie Sisk
Webseries. USA
An aspiring actress must come to terms with being a high school counselor in this comedic webseries.

Tragic Relief
Dir: Adam Sacks, Ryan Mazer
Webseries. USA.
A sketch series of sad jokes, because life is a nightmare and we’re all victims. Zing!

Wallflowers
Dir: Kieran Turner
Webseries. USA
A comedy web series about a Manhattan support group for people who can't get dates.

Eastsiders
Dir: Kit Williamson
Webseries. USA
A peek into the life and friends of a gay couple in Los Angeles's Silver Lake neighborhood.

Filmmakers/Artists
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Brian Ernst

UBK Studios
I'm a video producer for a newspaper by day and an aspiring filmmaker by night. I'll be at Sidewalk with my good friend and writing partner promoting our one room web series, Dirty Laundry that can be watched in its entirety on our site. We're both really into sketch comedy and things... Read More →


Sunday August 30, 2015 2:45pm - 4:25pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:10pm

Sunday Doc Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Boxeadora
Dir: Meg Smaker
RT 16 min. USA
One woman defies Fidel Castro's ban on female boxing to follow her dreams of Olympic glory and become Cuba's first female boxer.

I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!!
Dir: Charlie Tyrell
RT 13 min. Canada
In the late 1970s, David Boswell created Reid Fleming, the World's Toughest Milkman, a comic book anti-hero and counter culture icon. Now, over 30 years later, the character is still mired in contractual limbo or development hell.

Unmappable
Dir: Diane Hodson, Jasmine Luoma
RT 23 min. USA
A meditative portrait of Denis Wood, an iconoclastic psychographer and convicted sex offender. The film explores the events that have defined his life by pointing at ideas, thoughts, and beliefs that we usually do not think of as being mappable or explainable.

American Renaissance
Dir: Ryan Scafuro, Jarred Alterman
RT 10 min. USA
Explore the fantastic world of Elizabethan England… in a small town in upstate New York. “American Renaissance” takes you on a rollicking journey to one of the largest renaissance faires in the US.

Klan Rally in Chapel Hill 1987
Dir: Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley
RT: 4 min. USA.
A marriage of sound and photos from a Ku Klux Klan rally in Chapel Hill, N.C., in June 1987.

Father
Dir: Tresa Ponnor
RT: 10 min. Australia
A story about fathers: one physical, one spiritual. A young Vietnamese-Australian man and his father share their journeys of sacrifice, isolation and freedom.

Dockery & Son
Dir: Jack Truman
RT 13 min. USA
Real-life mother and son filmmaking team Opal Dockery and Jack Truman share an eye-opening slice of life from a day in the life at their real life thrift store in the ghost town of Milford, Missouri: population 26.

Dolphin Lover
Dir: Kareem Tabsch, Joey Daoud
RT: 15 min. USA
The true story of Malcolm Brenner and his romantic and sexual love affair with Dolly, a captive bottlenose dolphin.

Bad Boy of Bowling
Dir: Bryan Storkel
RT 19 min. USA
The past, present, and future of bowling as seen through the eyes of Pete Weber, the championship winning and self declared "bad boy of bowling."


Sunday August 30, 2015 4:10pm - 6:15pm
ASFA Black Box Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:30pm

Sunday Sidewalk Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Revision
Dir: Zac Wong
RT 6 min. USA
A petty thief seeks to atone his past by returning to the house he robbed.

Waiting for Dawn
Dir: Richard Cousins
RT 15 min. United Kingdom
A young soldier and his experiences in the First World War. It highlights the hardships and horrors faced by many young men who served in the Army during that time. Based on true events.

Coeur d'Alene (Rabbits)
Dir: Merlin Camozzi
RT 15 min. USA
When her father tries to teach her a hard-edged lesson before going away to prison, 12-year old Dani must choose between submission and revolt and decide what kind of person she will become.

The Loyalist
Dir: Minji Kang
RT 19 min. USA
A North Korean general checks in on his daughter at a Swiss boarding school to test her loyalty to her motherland.

One Hitta Quitta
Dir: Ya'Ke
RT 8 min. USA
A teenage boy's addiction to Internet violence leads him to act out violently himself.

De Smet
Dir: Wim Geudens, Thomas Baerten
RT 16 min. Netherlands
The brothers De Smet created a system to live their lives as single men in the most comfortable way. When a new woman moves into a house in their street, their synergy collapses like a house of cards.

2 by 2
Dir: Ruby Drake
RT 6 min. USA
Four screens! Four stories! An old lady burns her popcorn, a lonely girl tries to flirt with the guy next door (who only has eyes for his super), and a husband cheats on his wife.

The Heart Wants What It Wants
Dir: Paavo Hanninen
RT 16 min. USA
Two former lovers attempt to re-connect.

Falling to Pieces
Dir: Chris Connolly, Vivian Connolly
RT 18 min. USA
When young widow Cassandra seeks out the recipients of her husband's organs, each meeting proves more disastrous than the last.

The Red Thunder
Dir: Alvaro Ron
RT 7 min. USA
A teenaged girl gets more than she bargained for when she steals her mother's car to go on a date.


Sunday August 30, 2015 4:30pm - 6:30pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203