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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. 

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Wednesday, August 24 • 7:00pm - 8:45pm
SHOUT Opening Night: Kiki sponsored by Saturn LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

SHOUT Opening Night is sponsored by Saturn.

Sara Jordenö’s striking documentary follows several members of the Kiki scene, New York's gay ballroom movement, one that is composed of a complicated system of teams or "houses" that compete in voguing competitions for cash and bragging rights. However, as the documentary explores, the Kiki scene isn’t just about dance competitions (though with such talent and enthusiasm that might be enough), but, at its heart, is about companionship, protection, activism and chosen family. Touring through New York gymnasiums, rec centers, bodegas and piers, Kiki is visually stunning and truly represents the landscape that is the birthplace of the scene. The documentary offers the enjoyment of ballroom alter egos, extravagant costumes, and moments of hilarious snark, but also reminds us that HIV/AIDS is not a thing of the past and the concerns facing transgender teens, especially those who are non-white, remain mostly unheard. Acknowledging the importance and power of unity and combing celebration and advocacy in an era when both are so very important, we are proud to present Kiki as the 2016 Shout opening night film. Kiki premiered this past January at the Sundance Film Festival and recently won the Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Teddy award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Special Programming Award at Outfest.

-Rachel Morgan 


Wednesday August 24, 2016 7:00pm - 8:45pm CDT
Saturn  200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222