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The 18th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival
August 26-28

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.

Using Sched.org as our primary scheduling tool, we are happy to offer four different ways to view this year’s lineup. By hovering your cursor over the "Schedule" tab below, you can take your pick of a Simple, Expanded, Grid, or By Venue view. 

This schedule is subject to change.
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James Martin

filmmaker & designer
atlanta, ga
James Martin is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Four x Productions living in Atlanta, Georgia. Combining his love for well-made cocktails and filmmaking, his directorial debut The New Orleans Sazerac is an award-winning short documentary about the history of the famous Southern drink. Shot on location in The Big Easy, The New Orleans Sazerac was featured at several 2016 U.S. film festivals, including the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the American Pavilion, as part of the Cannes Film Festival. It debuted online through The Bitter Southerner in 2017. His latest film, Being With Elephants, was filmed in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya in July 2018, with premieres at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and Sidewalk Film Festival in 2019.

Martin is also a co-director of Stories Found, an initiative which helps emerging Kenyan filmmakers create and share unique stories to the region.