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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.

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Friday, August 26 • 8:00pm - 9:44pm
Opening Night sponsored by The Pizitz and BIG: In A Valley of Violence LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Paul (Ethan Hawke) stops in tiny Denton enroute to Mexico. While in town the resident
bully, Gilly (James Ransone), picks a fight with him, one that, despite Gilly’s self
confidence, he's not able to win. Paul hightails it, but the humiliating run-in sparks a
frenzy of machismo and furor. Embarrassed, Gilly sets out with his apprehensive gang in
search of rage-filled revenge and man, things really, really don’t go the way he planned.

With memorable performances from the entire cast, including Taissa Farmiga and John
Travolta (one that reminds you that he is, indeed, a stellar actor), In A Valley Of Violence
is a darkly humorous, action-packed, entertaining, smartly self-aware and ultimately
super fun, genre explosion of a film... plus there’s an adorable dog.

In the spirit of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez and with an obvious deep and
broad knowledge of the works of John Ford and Sam Peckinpah, Director Ti West (an
auteur in his own right) delivers a smart well-crafted contribution to the Western
natatorium, proving, for one, that he can skillfully work outside of the horror genre. I
think it’s safe to say that Sidewalk has never opened the festival with a Western, perhaps
that’s because we’ve never loved one in quite the way we do In A Valley Of Violence.

-Rachel Morgan


Friday August 26, 2016 8:00pm - 9:44pm CDT
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203