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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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Wednesday, August 24
 

7:00pm

SHOUT Opening Night: Kiki sponsored by Saturn
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 




Artists
Sponsors


Wednesday August 24, 2016 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Saturn  200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
 
Friday, August 26
 

8:00pm

Opening Night sponsored by The Pizitz and BIG: In A Valley of Violence
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

Sponsors


Friday August 26, 2016 8:00pm - 9:44pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
 
Saturday, August 27
 

10:00am

Breakfast at Ina's
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO

For 33 years Ina Pinkney has been known as the “Breakfast Queen”, running the popular Chicago restaurant that bore her name. After a childhood stricken with polio and breaking barriers with an interracial marriage, Ina opened her first bakery in Chicago. She soon became the matriarch to her customers and community. Breakfast at Ina's profiles the amazing chef, businesswoman, television personality, and community activist. Join Ina in the final days of her cafe and follow her story of determination, humor and bravery.

-Lisa Cordes & Jennifer Freehling


Sponsors

Saturday August 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St North Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

The Fits
Limited Capacity seats available

In an attempt to find her place in the world, tenacious 11-year-old Toni joins the dance drill team at her local recreation center. Lush and mesmerizing, The Fits delicately shows Toni’s yearning for acceptance, a desire that becomes more difficult when her newfound teammates begin to have horrifying fainting fits. The film is an engrossing psychological journey into the end of childhood, one that offers no easy answers for viewers. Variety writer Nick Schager accurately calls The Fits “a meticulous mood of psychological isolation and beguiling mystery”.
- Rachel Ahrnsen


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:12am
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Actor Martinez
Limited Capacity seats available

When Arthur Martinez, a real-life actor and computer technician, sets out to star in a
semi-autobiographical narrative about his life, the lines between fact and fiction become
heavily distorted. Finding himself often at odds with directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver,
Martinez struggles to deliver a “marketable” film that maintains emotional truth. A sort of
companion film to Kate Plays Christine (also playing at Sidewalk), the two explore the
process of finding one’s character, as well the trust and manipulation that come from
working within someone else’s vision. - Kyle McKinnon


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Little Men sponsored by Cox Pools
Limited Capacity seats available

The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This screening is sponsored by Cox Pools.

When 13-year-old Jake's family moves into an inherited Brooklyn home, Jake befriends Tony, whose single Chilean mother runs the outworn dressmaking shop downstairs. Tensions rise as Jake’s parents attempt to raise the shop’s rent in rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. As their parents’ feud escalates, the boys’ friendship deepens. Little Men showcases the strength and love of childhood friendship, which shines brightly against the backdrop of adult pettiness. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and is Director Ira Sachs anticipated follow up to the acclaimed feature Love Is Strange.
- Rachel Ahrnsen


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:25am
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30am

Jackson sponsored by Jackson Women's Health Organization
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lyric Theatre is sponsored by the City of Birmingham.

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO.

This screening is sponsored by Jackson Women's Health Organization. 

The debate regarding abortion remains a steady battle in the U.S. No community knows such better than the city of Jackson, Mississippi. Focusing on the last open abortion clinic in the poorest state in America, Jackson profiles three women affected by each side of the debate, the abortion clinic’s director, a pro­life pregnancy center director, and a poor, single mother pregnant with her fifth child. Edited from 700 hours of footage and shot over three years, Jackson provides shocking glimpses of the reality faced by women living with the constant threat of the removal of choice.
- Charlie Sanders


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:45am

Skips Stones For Fudge sponsored by Alpha Lumber
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by Alpha Lumber.

After a weekend of drinking beer and skipping stones, co­directors Ryan Seitz and Daniel Skaggs had a curious thought: what if people skipped stones professionally? A quick Google search led the filmmakers to a meeting with the people who make up the little known community of competitive stone skippers, including Guinness World Record holder Kurt “Mountain Man” Steiner. Motivated to expose the phenomenon of this obscure sport to the world, Seitz and Skaggs profile Steiner and Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars, among other competitors, as they train to compete for the currently held world record.
- Charlie Sanders


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:45am - 11:37am
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:40am

First Lady of the Revolution sponsored by Birmingham-Southern College
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO.

This screening is sponsored by Birmingham-Southern College.

This film plays out like a fairy tale; a young Alabaman woman falls in love with a
Costa Rican man while visiting family. The small twist is that this man would later
foment a revolution in his home county and face years of exile. However,
Henrietta Boggs is not the “helpless Southern belle” in this story, she’s a fiery,
intelligent young woman. She plays an active role, doing what she can to shape
the political upheaval and subsequent reform in a country that she considers a
second home. Henrietta currently quietly resides in Montgomery, Alabama.
- Kate Michel



Saturday August 27, 2016 11:40am - 12:50pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St North Birmingham, AL 35203

12:00pm

Fraud
Limited Capacity seats available

Fraud broke onto the 2016 festival scene with instant notoriety after its controversial premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival this past April. Though labeled a documentary at the notable premier, much of the audience found the suggestion enraging. Here we label it as a hybrid work of fiction... Labels aside, the filmmakers constructed the story after discovering countless hours of family footage on YouTube and mined them to create a piece that is simultaneously extremely original, enjoyably controversial and intensely uncomfortable. We anticipate that the Sidewalk audience will have a lot to think and say about Fraud.

- Anonymous



Saturday August 27, 2016 12:00pm - 12:52pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:00pm

Hotel Dallas
Limited Capacity seats available

In 80’s communist Romania the series Dallas was the only U.S. television allowed as it was thought it would serve as a cautionary tale of despicable Western greed. Such backfired and Dallas became obsessively well loved in Romania, so much so that billionaire Ilie Alexandru built a full size Southfork ranch replica outside of Bucharest (accompanied by a replica of the Eifel Tower). But Hotel Dallas isn’t about that... well not exactly. The docu-narrative-experimental film beautifully, abstractly and often strangely explores communism and the allure of the fantastical. Dallas’ Bobby, Patrick Duffy, stars.

- Rachel Morgan



Saturday August 27, 2016 12:00pm - 1:14pm
Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:10pm

Chicken People sponsored by JLP, Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This screening is sponsored by JLP, Inc.

Chicken People provides a fascinating peek into the highly entertaining world of competitive champion show chicken breeders. The film follows an eccentric cast of chicken enthusiasts, including a racecar engine designer, a recovering alcoholic, and an 80’s revival musical performer. They all have one thing in common: their quest to win at
the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster dog show for chickens. The “real life Waiting For Guffman” reference is obvious, but Chicken People also has a surprising and endearing amount of heart.
- Rachel Ahrnsen


Saturday August 27, 2016 12:10pm - 1:33pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:30pm

Here Comes Rusty sponsored by Green Again
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by Green Again.

In this Alabama-shot comedy, perpetually broke Dicky St. John, proprietor of a
failing Mobile greyhound track, makes a desperate bet with his sleazy used car
dealer brother-in- law, Mak Hoffstadt, to save his business. The fates of both the
track and car lot hinge on the outcome of one big dog race. But little does Dicky
know, Mak has hired a pair of ne’er-do- wells and is stacking the deck with dirty
tricks to ensure his victory.
- Corey Craft


Saturday August 27, 2016 12:30pm - 1:52pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:40pm

Kate Plays Christine
Limited Capacity full
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During a 1974 on-air newscast in Sarasota, Florida, TV host Christine Chubbuck committed suicide
with a revolver aimed behind her right ear. The first haunting image we see in Kate Plays Christine is
the actress Kate Lyn Sheil in costume, mute and introspective as a flurry of technicians ready her for
this infamous scene. The not-easily- achieved balance between art-based- on-tragedy and the
glorification of violence is explored in this hybrid narrative-documentary, which premiered at the 2016
Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Documentary Special Jury Award for Writing.
- Kate Michel

Artists

Saturday August 27, 2016 12:40pm - 2:32pm
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:45pm

Other People sponsored by Pentoir Construction, Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lyric Theatre is sponsored by the City of Birmingham.

This screening is sponsored by Pentoir Construction, Inc.

Through the lens of one man’s year-long journey coping with the selfishness and selflessness he experiences while providing care for his ailing mother, Other People drives its audience to look deeper at the bonds holding us together. Between snippets of simple, yet beautiful dialogue, the audience cries for the movie’s changing central relationships and laughs unashamedly (and often) in spite of the earnest subject matter. In the end, Other People authentically expresses the ups and downs and subsequent evolvement of a family affected by cancer. Perhaps above all else Molly Shannon delivers a standout performance.
- Charlie Bice


Saturday August 27, 2016 12:45pm - 2:22pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:35pm

Farmer/Veteran
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO.

After serving three combat tours in Iraq former soldier Alex Sutton attempts to build a new life as a farmer in rural North Carolina. However, the aftershocks of war don’t allow for an easy transition. A microcosmic study of post-traumatic stress, Farmer/Veteran confronts the side effects of combat, the impact on those that live through such and the fallout that deeply affects surrounding loved ones. The documentary is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying and possesses a tone and style reminiscent of Marwencol and Billy the Kid, while yet remaining wholly original.

- Rachel Morgan 

Artists
Sponsors


Saturday August 27, 2016 1:35pm - 3:05pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St North Birmingham, AL 35203

1:40pm

Raiders Double Feature: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made sponsored by Adventure Travel
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by Adventure Travel.

Dir. Tim Skousen, Jeremy Coon


Childhood friends Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb reunite 25 years later to shoot the final scene of their shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg's classic film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Sidewalk is proud to present a special encore screening of Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made followed by the Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, Eric Zala will join us for the screening.


Saturday August 27, 2016 1:40pm - 3:26pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:25pm

Contemporary Color sponsored by Shotgun Cinema
Limited Capacity seats available

The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This screening is sponsored by Shotgun Cinema.

When we first heard that the Ross Brothers were going to be collaborating with former
Talking Heads frontman David Byrne on a film about color guard teams, we were both
excited and puzzled. Fast forward to the present, and we can confidently say that this is
a spectacle to witness.
Firstly, the event that Contemporary Color documents, itself, is wonderful. The nation’s
top color guard teams perform to live music of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, and many
other contemporary artists. And secondly, the film truly raises the bar for performance
documentaries. I could write an essay about the sound design and the editing itself.
If you're on the fence about this, let me say that I think most everyone was, and you're
probably going to love it.
- Kyle McKinnon


Saturday August 27, 2016 2:25pm - 3:56pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:40pm

Silicon Cowboys sponsored by Danny and Amy McKinney
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by Danny and Amy McKinney.

Take a look at the history of Compaq and its development of the portable personal computer in the 1980s. In a classic David-and-Goliath story, Compaq challenged IBM's dominance of the personal computer industry. Follow the meteoric rise of this company and the men who founded it as they transform the landscape of the technology business and alter the course of personal computing forever.
-Joi Tribble


Saturday August 27, 2016 2:40pm - 4:00pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00pm

All The Birds Have Flown South
Limited Capacity seats available

Following his mother’s funeral, Stephen, an abnormal, maladjusted loner (he looks like a
personified police sketch), returns to an empty home without a soul to care for. After nearly
ending it all, he zeroes in on Tonya (Joey Lauren Adams), a drugged-damaged diner waitress
who cares for a sickly, abusive boyfriend in a motel room. Why the obsession with her? We're
not yet sure. But it gets bad.
Directors Joshua and Miles Miller deliver an icy cold Southern gothic that effectively balances
eerie tone with solid dramatic performances.
- Kyle McKinnon


Saturday August 27, 2016 3:00pm - 4:48pm
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:10pm

The Lost Arcade sponsored by The Dome Rocks
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by The Dome Rocks.

What can a quarter buy you? In video game arcades in New York, it can buy you a small lifetime of adventure, action, and friendship. This documentary is a record of the closing and reopening of the Chinatown Fair arcade through the eyes of those who love it. Both a look back at the golden age of arcades and a paean to the changing times, The Lost Arcadeexplores the not-so-subculture of  classic arcade gaming that continues today.

Artists
Sponsors

Saturday August 27, 2016 3:10pm - 4:46pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:30pm

Nigel & Oscar vs Sasquatch
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Sidewalk Family Film Festival sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. 

Join brothers Nigel and Oscar as they head into the woods of South Carolina in a last-ditch attempt to locate and capture a real live Sasquatch. Along the way, the siblings encounter an old rival, new allies, and unexpected adventures. When the Sasquatch hunt goes awry, Nigel and Oscar's loyalties to each other are tested. With a fantastic 80s-style spirit (down to the musical nods), you won't want to miss this documentary-approach fun filled comedy. Alabama Park fans take note; Cheaha State Park plays the South Carolina forest.

Joi Tribble


Saturday August 27, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:50pm

Morris from America
Limited Capacity filling up

Morris From America is an exploration of puppy love, single parenthood, and the kind of acute "otherness" that can only be experienced by a black American boy transplanted in an all white German town. 13-year-old Morris’ life revolves around his loving and playful father (Superstar Craig Robinson) and his hip-hop aspirations... that is until a beautiful girl takes him on a dizzying ride, landing him somewhere between lost and found. With breathtaking cinematography and characters that are complicated and flawed while remaining infectiously likeable, Morris From America is one of the true feel-good films of 2016. 

- Melodie Sisk



Artists

Saturday August 27, 2016 3:50pm - 5:20pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:50pm

Trials: Finding the Medal
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO

Trials: Finding the Medals profiles four of the best para-rowers in the country as they train and compete in hopes of landing a place in the para-rowing category on the U.S. National Rowing Team. Each of the competitors face their own individual challenges and have to overcome insurmountable odds to pursue their dreams. Included among the stellar athletes profiled is University of Alabama coach Margaret Stran, who helped to build the college’s acclaimed wheelchair basketball program. Trials is a celebration of the human spirit and a true love letter to the majesty and sport of rowing.

- Rachel Morgan


 

Sponsors

Saturday August 27, 2016 3:50pm - 5:40pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St North Birmingham, AL 35203

4:15pm

Stand Up, Speak Out
Limited Capacity seats available

Even weathered Birmingham residents are unlikely to know the story of activist Nina Miglionico, the longest-practicing female attorney in Alabama. Despite intimidating threats and even attempts on her life, Miglionico advocated strongly for racial equality and women’s rights throughout her career. Elected to the Birmingham city council in 1963, among numerous causes, she fought for women to serve on juries (a right not granted until 1966). Despite her drive and forcefulness, accounts of Ms. Miglionico reflect how she nurtured those around her and inspired the next generation of Alabama’s activists, politicians, and attorneys.

- Kate Michel




Saturday August 27, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:15pm

Raiders Double Feature: Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
Limited Capacity seats available

Dir. Eric Zala

Childhood friends Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb reunite 25 years later to shoot the final scene of their shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg's classic film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Sidewalk is proud to present a special encore screening of Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made followed by the Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, Eric Zala will join us for the screening.

Artists

Saturday August 27, 2016 4:15pm - 6:07pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:45pm

The Love Witch sponsored by Red Clay at Rosewood Hall
Limited Capacity seats available

The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This screening is sponsored by Red Clay at Rosewood Hall.

One of my favorite movies of the year thus far, a brilliantly executed throwback to Hammer films, The Love Witch captures the essence of the psychedelic satanic grooviness of the 1960’s and subversively delivers a clever feminist sting. Set in a timeless San Francisco, the story follows Elaine, a lovelorn witch who casts spells to have men fall in love with her. Unfortunately, the magic backfires and leaves a body count. To further complicate things, Elaine falls for a police detective who’s investigating the deaths. I can't stress how brilliantly stylized and brilliant, in general, this film is.
- Kyle McKinnon


Saturday August 27, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:00pm

Speed Sisters
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO.

Speed Sisters follows the lives of the five members of the Middle East's first all-female racing team. Attempting to practice and compete in any sport in occupied Palestine presents unique challenges, doing so as a woman, especially in a traditionally male dominated sport, is nearly impossible. Without access to practice tracks or the means to acquire actual racecars, the racers scrap together street vehicles and practice on dusty roadways in the shadow of Israeli military compounds all while dodging bullets, literally.

- Rachel Morgan


 

Sponsors

Saturday August 27, 2016 5:00pm - 6:20pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:20pm

Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows
Limited Capacity seats available

After being widely overlooked by the music industry, blues and soul singer Syl
Johnson took his earnings and started a chain of fried fish fast food restaurants. Syl had done well as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, but was often overshadowed by his Hi Records label mate, Al Green. Years after he stopped making music he discovered his songs are some of the most sampled in hip-hop. Any Way The Wind Blows traces Syl’s roots, and follows him on a comeback tour supporting a box set of his music released by the highly influential Numero Group.
- Tom Richardson


Saturday August 27, 2016 5:20pm - 6:44pm
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:30pm

Slash sponsored by Central Alabama Pride
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lyric Theatre is sponsored by the City of Birmimgham.

This screening is sponsored by Central Alabama Pride.

Neil is a shy, lonely high school student. His creative outlet is writing erotic fan fiction. After Neil’s writing is ridiculed in school, a fellow student and fanfic writer, Julia, comes to his rescue. The pair form a friendship as Julia persuades Neil to
submit his writing to an online forum. Things get complicated as Neil’s feelings for Julia and the forum’s moderator, Denis, grow. Slash is a funny, relatable coming of age film that is as charming as it is entertaining.
- Lisa Cordes


Saturday August 27, 2016 5:30pm - 7:10pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:45pm

Labyrinth
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Sidewalk Family Film Festival sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

Earlier this year, the world became a little less funky with the passing of David
Bowie. So dance magic dance to this 20th anniversary screening of the Jim Henson
fantasy cult classic, in which a young Jennifer Connelly must save her baby brother
from the nefarious clutches of Bowie’s codpiece-rocking Goblin King, somewhere
within the titular, ever-shifting maze filled with magical creatures of all shapes and
sizes, brought beautifully to life by the Henson Workshop.
- Corey Craft


Saturday August 27, 2016 5:45pm - 7:31pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:10pm

By The River sponsored by Frank's Good Stuff Antiques
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for new perspectives on life is often best gained from experience first hand.
By The River is a documentary exploring this practice. The filmmakers set out on a
journey from Texas to California with no plan but to encounter the unknown.
Interviews make up this existential thread weaved together in a natural seamless
conversation between strangers met along their journey. Always guided by the drive
to move forward, Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) and director Kevin Ford rekindle
audience's curiosity and desire for travel and expansion of self.
- Charlie Sanders


Saturday August 27, 2016 6:10pm - 7:40pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:00pm

Gip sponsored by Brandino Brass
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by Brandino Brass.

Henry “Gip” Gipson has lived a long life as a rail yard worker, cemetery owner, and gravedigger, but nothing sums him up like his passion: the blues. Gip has operated a true delta blues juke joint in his backyard in Bessemer for over 60 years. Gip tells the story of the man and the club. When city officials shut down the party, the filmmakers were luckily there to capture the struggle to bring back one of the last remaining juke joints in the country.  

- Tom Richardson



Sponsors

Saturday August 27, 2016 7:00pm - 8:13pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:20pm

Donald Cried
Limited Capacity seats available

Returning to his hometown for a funeral, Peter loses his wallet and is forced to turn
to former friend and neighbor, ne'er-do-well Donald. Peter is thrust into the
livelihood of Donald’s deplorable situations while attempting to feign excitement for
his friend’s desperate needs for attention and long lost friendship. Having only
Donald’s assistance for food and transportation to rely on, Peter must curb his
critiques of the town that he thought he had escaped. Jesse Wakeman delivers a
perfect deadpan portrayal that dovetails harmoniously with Kris Avedisian’s
hilarious standout performance. Donald Cried is not to be missed, especially for fans
of the Coen Brothers and Jim Jarmusch.
- Charlie Sanders

Artists

Saturday August 27, 2016 7:20pm - 8:45pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:30pm

Cheerleader
Limited Capacity seats available

The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Set in the 1980’s, Cheerleader is a brilliantly insane style piece, but with a surprising amount of heart. It feels like a collision of The Virgin Suicide and Election, but, at the same time, is wholly its own film. You won’t find anything else like it in the line-up. It's a stylish fever dream surrounded by a thoughtful narrative... one or the other would have made the film lovable enough to program, but, considering it has both, it's pretty close to perfect. I have a major crush on this film. Major.


- Rachel Morgan 


Saturday August 27, 2016 7:30pm - 8:40pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:40pm

Women Who Kill sponsored by Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic at UAB
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic at UAB.

In the wryly-hilarious thriller-comedy-satire Women Who Kill, exes Morgan and Jean host a popular true crime podcast in Park Slope, Brooklyn. All is well until Morgan begins dating the mysterious Simone and, as Jean notes, something seems off. When a colleague dies unexpectedly more questions arise, but is Simone really a suspicious character or does Morgan just have trust and commitment issues? According to IndieWire critic Eric Kohn, Women Who Kill “is the Best Lesbian Horror-Comedy Ever”. Smart, funny and suspenseful, the film premiered this past spring at the Tribeca Film Festival.

-Rachel Morgan




Saturday August 27, 2016 7:40pm - 9:13pm
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:45pm

Beware the Slenderman
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lyric Theatre is sponsored by the City of Birmingham.

Originally created on an obscure message board in 2009 as part of a Photoshop
contest, Slenderman has quickly spread across the Internet, morphing into
something almost folkloric. In the late spring of 2014, two 12-year- old girls
committed an act that showed just how far the myth of Slenderman had grown
and how dangerous it really had become. In this HBO Documentary, the
filmmakers take the audience through the aftermath and trial of two pre-teens
who believed in the Slenderman myth all too vividly.
- Charlie Bice


Saturday August 27, 2016 7:45pm - 9:42pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:10pm

A Special TBA Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

Saturday August 27, 2016 8:10pm - 9:25pm
Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:00pm

Teenage Cocktail

New at school, Annie finds herself falling for the seemingly more experienced Jules.  Enticed by the lure of easy money and intrigued by the captivating Jules, Annie joins her new girlfriend in the trade of webcam modeling for easy cash. The obsessive quality of high school love leads to jealousy from friends and sparks parental concerns, such trouble snowballs leading Jules and Annie to make hotheaded, desperate and dangerous decisions. Starring indie favorites Pat Healy and Joshua Leonard and impressive newcomers Nichole Bloom and Fabianne Therese, Teenage Cocktail is energetic, genre bending and engrossingly watchable.

- Rachel Morgan

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Saturday August 27, 2016 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:20pm

Dead Hands Dig Deep
Limited Capacity seats available

Documentaries are meant to raise questions, but they’re also often meant to make
you question the chaos that is life. In Dead Hands Dig Deep, the chaotic life being
documented is that of ex-Kettle Cadaver singer Edwin Borsheim, once known for his
bizarre stage antics and brutal self-mutilation. As 19­year­old first­time director Jai
Love makes clear, Edwin’s on­stage persona is much more than an act. Warning:
This film is not for everyone. Graphic footage shows blood being spilled in all kinds
of ways, which once seen, can never be unseen.
- Charlie Sanders

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Saturday August 27, 2016 9:20pm - 10:35pm
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:30pm

The Greasy Strangler
Limited Capacity seats available

The Greasy Strangler, all merits aside, is the grossest and most depraved comedy we’ve shown in a while. And that’s saying a lot. The film follows a father and his grown son who live together in a complicated relationship. The two fall for a woman and compete against one another for her affection. All the while, a hideous grease covered monster preys on its victims in the night. I can’t explain our fascination with this film, but we love it and quote it a lot. Imagine a NC­17 Tim & Eric family drama walking a thin line between genuinely funny and relentlessly nightmarish.
- Kyle McKinnon

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Saturday August 27, 2016 9:30pm - 11:03pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:30pm

Long Nights Short Mornings
Limited Capacity seats available

A peek into the life of a New York City bachelor, this drama depicts the short-lived romantic episodes of James, who searches for a connection from woman to woman. Though he often comes up short, he leaves each encounter changed by having known each woman, however briefly. Structured as a series of vignettes, Long Nights, Short Mornings is a tour of urban nightlife and a portrait of being surrounded by people, but still completely alone. The film premiered at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival.

- Corey Craft

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Saturday August 27, 2016 9:30pm - 11:10pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30pm

The Arbalest
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lyric Theatre is sponsored by the City of Birmingham.

Foster Kalt, legendary puzzle game maker and infamous recluse, breaks a four-year vow of silence with the public to reflect on his dark and troubled life. Agreeing to sit down for an interview, Kalt prepares to reveal his next gift to the world. Set throughout the late 60s and 70s in an alternate history of the modern century, The Arbalest’s daring visual style melds retro design and pop culture cues to great effect. Its excellent musical score perfectly captures the themes of romantic obsession and violence.
- Kyle McKinnon

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Saturday August 27, 2016 10:30pm - 11:46pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
 
Sunday, August 28
 

10:00am

Fraud (Encore)
Limited Capacity seats available

Sunday August 28, 2016 10:00am - 10:52am
Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Service To Man
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO.

Set in 1968 at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee, two men embark on their medical educations. Eli Rosenberg is a Jewish man who experiences prejudice from both his peers and his society for the first time. Michael Debois is the son of a successful doctor who must face his father's brilliance and expectations to become his own man. Their education becomes more than just a degree as they forge friendships, overcome rivalries, and discover a passion to serve all men regardless of skin color. Service To Man was shot primarily in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
- Joi Tribble



Sunday August 28, 2016 10:00am - 11:32am
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30am

First Girl I Loved
Limited Capacity seats available

First Girl I Loved is reminiscent of a reoccurring high school dream that wakes you in a cold sweat. High school is a time of dizzying discovery, and looming disaster. First Girl I Loved captures the pains of being young, falling in love, navigating complex social dynamics and, of course, the breaking of hearts along the way. The film hinges on that moment of realization when you might not want to be the most popular girl in school, but you might rather want to be with the most popular girl in school. With exceptional performances all around, this film is not to be missed! 

- Melodie Sisk



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Sunday August 28, 2016 10:30am - 11:57am
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30am

The Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs
Limited Capacity seats available

Christo Roppolo claims to have seen UFOs since childhood, and as an adult, he has collected hours of footage of strange crafts floating across the Monterey, California skies. We follow Roppolo, a charismatic and slightly foul-mouthed enthusiast, as he relays experiences of unexplained phenomena. Director Justin Gaar looks well beyond the case for UFOs and turns the focus towards Roppolo, a filmmaker, a musician and a horror fanatic. Roppolo sheds light on personal tragedies that shaped him as an adult, and why this unrelenting obsession also brings him inner peace.
- Kyle McKinnon

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Sunday August 28, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30am

De Palma
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lyric Theatre is sponsored by the City of Birmingham.

Attention die-hard movie fanatics: this one’s for you! Brian De Palma, the wickedly-inspired director of Carrie, Scarface, Dressed to Kill, and many other masterpieces, sits down with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow to candidly discuss his entire career in cinema. This is De Palma unfiltered and totally off-the- cuff. Showcased with tons of clips from both his own movies as well as those that shaped his artistic vision, the documentary serves as the definitive checklist of must-see films from this surprisingly under-celebrated auteur.
- Kyle McKinnon



Sunday August 28, 2016 10:30am - 12:20pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:45am

MA
Limited Capacity seats available

The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

One of the most beautiful, entrancing and intensely original films in the line-up, MA is an artful non-verbal work (it features only a few lines of dialogue). Written and directed by the amazing (VMA award-winning and Emmy nominated) choreographer, dancer and filmmaker, Celia Rowlson-Hall, who also stars, the film is truly visionary. It is also, perhaps, the most experimental film in the festival weekend. Part dance musical, part melodrama, part religious allegory... not to be missed. We are incredibly honored to have MA in the 2016 Sidewalk line-up.


- Rachel Morgan


 



Sunday August 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:05pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:45am

Girl Flu.
Limited Capacity seats available

Growing up can be confusing and humiliating. Moving to a new city can be scary.
Starting your first period in front of your new classmates can be downright
traumatizing. You could say Bird is having a rough week. Especially when her pot
smoking, impulsive mother constantly adds to the chaos instead of being a source of
solace. Through her mother’s network of strong female friends, long suffering
boyfriend and Bird’s own resilient spirit, Bird and her mother both starts to learn
what becoming a woman actually means.
- Lisa Cordes

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Sunday August 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:17pm
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

Knowbull
Limited Capacity seats available

A part of the Sidewalk Family Film Festival sposored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

Four students at Everyday High School quickly learn that the small, thoughtless act of one has a devastating ripple effect on the whole school. A cautionary tale to remind students to take “u” out of bullying.



 


Sunday August 28, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:20pm

Author: The JT LeRoy Story sponsored by MASCO Fabrics
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by MASCO Fabrics.

Truth is definitely stranger than fiction. Case in point, this endlessly fascinating documentary. In the late 1990s, a young man named JT LeRoy became a literary sensation, writing about his tragic life of being homeless and turning tricks for his hustler mother. Celebrities clamored to meet him. JT’s stories, however, were really the fictional work of Brooklyn artist Laura Albert. The physical manifestation of JT, the one hobnobbing with Bono, Winona Ryder and Tom Waits, was actually Laura’s sister-­in-­law Savannah Knoop disguised as a man. And then, things really get weird.
- Charlie Sanders

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Sunday August 28, 2016 12:20pm - 2:10pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:45pm

Rainbow Time
Limited Capacity seats available

Todd is nervous about introducing his girlfriend Lindsay to his family. Turns out, for good reason. His brother, who prefers to be called “Shonzi” after Arthur Fonzarelli, is a developmentally challenged troublemaker. A middle-aged virgin, he is loud, socially inappropriate, and horny as hell. Todd’s secrets and his new girlfriend are not safe with Shonzi. Filmmaker/actor Linas Phillips drew upon his experience as a caregiver for special needs children to craft his meticulous portrayal of Shonzi, a character who elicits sympathy and repulsion at the same time.
- Charlie Sanders

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Sunday August 28, 2016 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:50pm

Swiss Army Man sponsored by HomeRun
Limited Capacity seats available

The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This screening is sponsored by HomeRun.

Hank is stranded on a desert island and is about to lose all hope. But the arrival of a corpse with special life-saving abilities changes everything. Together, the two learn how to live again in this magical world. Swiss Army Man marks the feature directorial debut of music video directors Daniel Kwan and Birmingham native Daniel Scheinert (scheduled to attend), who bring this wild story to the screen with
a winning mix of scatological humor and wide-eyed wonder.
- Corey Craft



Sunday August 28, 2016 12:50pm - 2:27pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00pm

Lakeshore Villas
Limited Capacity seats available

Set amongst alligator filled ponds, palm trees, and flocks of tropical birds is the small retirement community of Lakeshore Villas. The numerous and well-manicured trailers are home to individuals whose lives, anxieties, and failures are examined through personal stories and beautifully crafted observational footage. With a nostalgic score and motifs evocative of a 1950’s Florida postcard, what could easily be a melancholic film becomes a, sometimes, whimsical reflection on life’s final stage and the joys and failures that led the characters to their long-term residence at Lakeshore Villas.
- Candice Murdock

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Sunday August 28, 2016 1:00pm - 1:56pm
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00pm

KEDi sponsored by MDM Design Studio
Limited Capacity seats available

KEDi is a part of the Sidewalk Family Film Festival sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

This screening is sponsored by MDM Design Studio.

KEDi provides a glimpse into the lives of the thousands of cats who have claimed the city
of Istanbul as their territory for hundreds of years. Neither wild nor tame, these cats are
free to roam in and out of people’s homes and lives. The filmmakers follow seven cats,
providing a glimpse into the hidden world to which they belong. The documentary is a
heartwarming exploration of the complex, centuries-long relationship between the cats
and human denizens of this ancient city. KEDi is part of the family line-up, while
subtitled; it is very much a visual story for all ages.
- Rachel Ahrnsen

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Sunday August 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:20pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:15pm

Miles
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lyric Theatre is sponsored by the City of Birmingham.

High school senior, Miles, is blessed with an adoring mother (the lovable Molly Shannon) and cursed by a cantankerous father (industry vet Stephen Root). When an unexpected event dashes Miles' college dreams he finds a creative solution: the girls volleyball team. A refreshing addition the 2016 film scene, Miles explores the hopes and fears of the budding of adulthood and the heartbreaks of middle age - while drawing a character who's queerness isn't their obstacle, rather, simply one color added to the many shades that create a leading man.

- J Matthew Cobb




Sunday August 28, 2016 1:15pm - 2:41pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:00pm

Stand Up, Speak Out (Encore)
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO

Even weathered Birmingham residents are unlikely to know the story of activist Nina Miglionico, the longest-practicing female attorney in Alabama. Despite intimidating threats and even attempts on her life, Miglionico advocated strongly for racial equality and women’s rights throughout her career. Elected to the Birmingham city council in 1963, among numerous causes, she fought for women to serve on juries (a right not granted until 1966). Despite her drive and forcefulness, accounts of Ms. Miglionico reflect how she nurtured those around her and inspired the next generation of Alabama’s activists, politicians, and attorneys.
- Kate Michel

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Sunday August 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St North Birmingham, AL 35203

2:20pm

Nigel & Oscar vs Sasquatch Encore
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Sidewalk Family Film Festival sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

"Join brothers Nigel and Oscar as they head into the woods of South Carolina in a last-ditch attempt to locate and capture a real live Sasquatch. Along the way, the siblings encounter an old rival, new allies, and unexpected adventures. When the Sasquatch hunt goes awry, Nigel and Oscar's loyalties to each other are tested. With a fantastic 80s-style spirit (down to the musical nods), you won't want to miss this documentary-approach fun filled comedy. Alabama Park fans take note; Cheaha State Park plays the South Carolina forest.

Joi Tribble"


Sunday August 28, 2016 2:20pm - 3:50pm
Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00pm

Girl Asleep
Limited Capacity seats available

Girl Asleep is a visionary Australian coming-of- age comedy. I’s hard enough for
14-year- old Greta just being the shy new girl at her school, but when her
embarrassing parents decide the best way for her to come out of her shell is by
throwing her a birthday party, Greta must run the gamut of an eager young suitor,
a trio of high school mean girls, and a constantly evolving fantasy realm in the
woods behind her house. Part of the Sidewalk Family line-up, Girl Afraid is aimed
at mature young adults, those 14 years and older. The film contains profanity,
smoking, images from a nightmare and mild sexual innuendo. We encourage the
guidance of parents/guardians.
- Corey Craft

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Sunday August 28, 2016 3:00pm - 4:17pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00pm

Ants On A Shrimp sponsored by Electricity and Lighting, Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by Electricity and Lighting, Inc.

Copenhagen based restaurant Noma is considered to be one of the best in the world. In 2015, chef René Redzepi relocated the entire Noma culinary team from Denmark to Japan with the mission of launching a pop-up restaurant, one that offered a new 14-course menu. Ants On A Shrimp follows Chef Redzepi and his crew to Japan as, immersed in a completely foreign culture, they attempt to pull off a seemingly impossible feat. The documentary presents a compelling, rare glimpse inside the world of those considered to be some of the greatest culinary artists of our time.

- Rachel Morgan





Sunday August 28, 2016 3:00pm - 4:28pm
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00pm

Alabama Dirt sponsored by Lovoy, Summerville & Shelton
Limited Capacity seats available

Taking place in the exciting world of southern dirt track racing, Alabama Dirt tells
the story of Ty Hargrove, a poor country boy who dreams of becoming a dirt track
champion. But becoming a champion takes money and money is something Tyler
does not have. Against the odds Ty must beat the local, rich boy champion Snake
Turner for a chance at glory. Shot in Mobile, Alabama and starring Michael Roark,
Leslie Easterbrook and country music artist Tracy Lawrence, Sidewalk is proud to
host the premiere of Alabama Dirt.
- Lisa Cordes


Sunday August 28, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:05pm

Fiddlesticks
Limited Capacity seats available

Fiddlesticks is a part of the Sidewalk Family Film Festival sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Super angry that consumer researchers have overrun their hometown and that their grandparents are confined to the old folks home, the children of Boilersville enlist the help of the adorable Fiddlesticks, their pet coati. The gang work together to wreak havoc, all in determination of turning the town around. Filmmaker Veit Helmer is admittedly heavily influenced by the Little Rascals and Pippi Longstocking. Packed with mischief, the live-action film is part of the 2016 Sidewalk family line-up. The director recommends Fiddlesticks for those ages 4 to 144. While the movie is subtitled it is visually dynamic.


- Rachel Morgan




 

Sunday August 28, 2016 3:05pm - 4:27pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:20pm

Holy Hell sponsored by Philip Woods Home Builder Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This screening is sponsored by Philip Woods Home Builder Inc.

“To be a person is to be a mask, and you never know who you’re talking to behind
that mask,”preaches Michel, the Speedo­clad leader of the Buddhafield cult. Few
learn this lesson better than disillusioned ex­member Will Allen, who directed this
unsettling documentary about his former idol. Once the group’s videographer, Allen,
armed with 22 years of footage, reveals how Michel, a failed porn star with an
unrecognizable accent, cons 150 average Americans to abandon their jobs, families,
and homes to worship him. Thoroughly absorbing, it doesn’t get stranger than this.
- Charlie Sanders


Sunday August 28, 2016 3:20pm - 5:15pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:30pm

Suited
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO.

The closing words, "you have the right to be handsome", encapsulate the feeling this documentary evokes - that regardless of your gender identity, you have a right to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes you wear. The founders of the Brooklyn-based Bindle & Keep work to help people across the spectrum achieve this feeling, with an in-depth consultation to provide a suit truly tailored to the individual. Produced by Lena Dunham and screened at Sundance 2016, this interesting and surprisingly poignant HBO documentary will not disappoint. 


- Kate Michel


 

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Sunday August 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:47pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St North Birmingham, AL 35203

3:30pm

Stay Hungry sponsored by Carmike at the Summit
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lyric is sponsored by the City of Birmingham. 

This screening is sponsored by Carmike at the Summit.

40 years ago, Hollywood rolled into Birmingham to film the adaptation of Charles Gaines’ novel Stay Hungry. Centering on the little-known world of professional bodybuilding, the movie follows Jeff Bridges, who plays a well-to- do (albeit directionless) Southern gentleman caught up in a
shady business deal to buy a gym. There he befriends the bodybuilder Santos, played by newcomer Arnold Schwarzenegger, and falls for Sally Field. Stay Hungry is an odd comedy that showcases many Birmingham locations, including The Lyric Theatre. If you're one of the few Birminghamians who has not seen this film, now’s the time to join the ranks. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stay Hungry, appropriately, at the newly reopened Lyric Theatre.
- Kyle McKinnon



Sunday August 28, 2016 3:30pm - 5:12pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:10pm

The Pursuit of Hippo-ness
Limited Capacity seats available

Hippopotamus aren’t exactly the most loved animals on the planet. That title is left to be decided on the battlefield where dog and cat lovers fight to a bloody end. Also, lets face it, hippopotamus are kind of jerks; plus, despite having webbed feet, they aren’t good swimmers and can’t even float. That aside, many folks out there love the uncelebrated hippopotamus, so much so that they collect anything in their likeness. The Pursuit of Hippo-ness is a profile of such individuals; the film is an entertaining, fun, sweet and beautifully photographed portrait of collectors of the hippopotamus.

- Rachel Morgan



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Sunday August 28, 2016 5:10pm - 6:10pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:10pm

Space Jam
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Sidewalk Family Film Festival sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

Twenty years ago, one movie reminded us all to believe we can fly. In this anniversary screening, revisit the animated-live action adventure in which an alien entrepreneur threatens the Looney Tunes with indentured servitude in his failing amusement park… unless Bugs Bunny and company can triumph in a big basketball game. So the ‘toons call in a ringer: noted former Birmingham Baron and basketball legend Michael Jordan. Madcap mayhem and an R. Kelly soundtrack ensue.
- Corey Craft


Sunday August 28, 2016 5:10pm - 6:50pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

Hunter Gatherer
Limited Capacity seats available

We're proud to show this unlikely buddy comedy in which a newly released conman returns to
Compton to try to win back his girl. Ashley, brilliantly played by Andre Royo (Bubbles from The
Wire), goes to great lengths to better himself. He takes remedial classes, befriends a kid with a
truck and starts making money by hauling away broken refrigerators, but the house of cards he
put together begins to fall apart. Full of laughs, but also deeply rooted in humanity, Hunter
Gatherer proves first time director Joshua Locy is somebody to keep an eye out for.
- Kyle McKinnon

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Sunday August 28, 2016 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:40pm

Good Funk
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO.

Good Funk follows the lives of Afro-Caribbean immigrants living in New York. Akifah struggles to make ends meet when she meets Terence, a successful businessman. Joyce, a talented singer, pursues her passion with color and flair while living with Terence. Their lives intersect and intertwine in this drama of human endurance and the forging of family wherever you can find it. Impressively, Good Funk is the outcome of an educational program that teaches young Brooklynites filmmaking.
-Joi Tribble

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Sunday August 28, 2016 5:40pm - 6:53pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St North Birmingham, AL 35203

6:00pm

Tower
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lyric Theatre is sponsored by the City of Birmingham.

On August 1, 1966 a lone sniper terrorized the campus at the University of Texas at Austin from the observation deck on the 30 th floor of the University’s iconic tower. For over an hour Charles Joseph Whitman reigned terror from above, wounding 32 people and killing 14. With little place to hide, hundreds were trapped without a way to escape. Tower recounts the events of the day through archival footage, modern interviews, and unique rotoscope animation of dramatic recreations of what happened until 3 police officers and 1 citizen were able to end the assault.
- Tom Richardson



Sunday August 28, 2016 6:00pm - 7:21pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:00pm

Little Sister: Closing Night Film sponsored by Carrigan's
Limited Capacity seats available

The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

It’s not often that a film can be described as both a sad comedy and one of the feel-
good movies of the year, but such is the case with Little Sister, co-written by Director
Zach Clark and producer/actor Melodie Sisk, a familiar face in the Birmingham film
community. Set in the not-so- distant heady days of the 2008 Obama campaign, Little
Sister follows the journey of Colleen Lunsford (Addison Timlin), a young nun
granted a brief leave from her convent to visit her family still living in her childhood
home in Asheville, North Carolina. Colleen hasn’t seen or spoken to her parents in
years, having chosen a self-imposed exile, until she receives a simple message from
her mother Joani (Ally Sheedy), “your brother is home”. With this cast of characters,
a Goth nun, a war-torn, disillusioned and disfigured recluse and perpetually stoned
parents, the film sounds like it would be completely demented, and it is, in the
kindest and most wonderful way possible.
Little Sister is Zach Clark, Melodie Sisk and cinematographer/producer Daryl
Pittman’s fourth feature, all four have screened at the Sidewalk Film Festival. Funny,
sad, gracious, occasionally mysterious and featuring a Gwar dance number, at its
heart Little Sister is a story about family. We are honored to showcase Little Sister as
the 2016 Sidewalk Film Festival closing night film.
- Charlie Sanders

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Sunday August 28, 2016 6:00pm - 7:31pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:00pm

The Hollywood Shorties sponsored by Paul Bates Architects
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by Paul Bates Architects.

Providing an overview of the history of the first-of-its-kind basketball team, The Hollywood Shorties, the eponymously titled documentary, combines current interviews with captivating archival footage. Formed in the 1950s and made up of actors who, as little people, experienced Hollywood typecasting, the team reached its zenith in the 1980’s, dissolving not long after the peak. Frequently compared to the Harlem Globetrotters, The Hollywood Shorties put on an amazing show filled with impressive athletic skill and wild antics. Informative, entertaining and celebratory, the documentary profiles the little known team that defied cultural stereotypes and reinvented an American pastime.



-Rachel Morgan


 


Sunday August 28, 2016 7:00pm - 8:24pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:00pm

Claire In Motion
Limited Capacity seats available

Departing early in the morning for a hiking trip, Claire’s professor husband, Paul, doesn’t return. After several weeks of searching the police call off the missing person investigation, but Claire desperately continues to look for clues. Her efforts eventually lead her to Allison, an annoyingly self-assured graduate art student. Mysterious and eerie, yet, at times, even somehow quietly funny, Claire In Motion features stellar performances from Marie Schrader, best known for Breaking Bad, and Sidewalk alum Anna Margaret Hollyman. Beyond just an indie thriller, Claire In Motion is a thoughtful study of trust, loss and the unknown.

-Rachel Morgan





Sunday August 28, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:30pm

We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew
Limited Capacity seats available

In this mysterious and haunting drama, a man and woman with no memories wander through an unfamiliar wilderness, searching for home, their people, or anything familiar. After years of drifting, they find a fully furnished hotel in the forest with all the supplies they could ever need, the remnants of a civilization now gone. But as the two explore the building and try to unravel its secrets, their relationship is affected in unexpected, irreversible ways. We’ve Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew is a visually stunning and poignant exploration.
- Corey Craft

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Sunday August 28, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:35pm

Lazy Eye

During a Mojave weekend getaway, Dean, a middle-aged graphic designer gets the opportunity to find closure with a long lost ex. In the hours spent Dean indulges in the rare chance to explore love lost and in so doing weighs the difference between youthful and mature love. Written and directed by Tim Kirkman, Lazy Eye is a gorgeous piece of cinema, one filled with sexy chemistry, stellar acting from the leads (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Aaron Costa Ganis), artful visuals and a breathtaking soundtrack. You almost don’t want this film to ever end.

- J Matthew Cobb



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Sunday August 28, 2016 7:35pm - 9:00pm
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:40pm

Off the Rails sponsored by Alain Bouchard and Deanna Newman
Limited Capacity seats available

This film is a part of the Life & Liberty Sidebar sponsored by EBSCO.

This screening is sponsored by Alain Bouchard and Deanna Newman. 

Darius McCollum loves the New York City transit system... a lot. Beginning at age 15, Darius began stealing city buses and overtaking subway trains. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, he has been arrested 32 times over the last 36 years for impersonating city bus drivers and subway conductors. Fascinating, but tragic, Off The Rails not only examines Darius’ unique obsession with transportation, but also investigates the New York criminal justice system. Recently announced, there is a feature narrative film based on Darius’ life story in development, Julia Roberts is set to produce and star. - Rachel Morgan 



Sunday August 28, 2016 7:40pm - 9:07pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St North Birmingham, AL 35203

8:15pm

The Master Cleanse
The Alabama Theatre is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

A group of strangers attending a spiritual retreat in the woods become emotionally attached to the toxins removed from their bodies. A transformation that begins with nauseous reactions to foreign herbal elixirs slowly turns each guest’s deeply rooted psychological issues into cute pipe germ monsters. The range of reactions from each participant’s experience is exhibited in their personally birthed creature. A rare indie creature feature, both heartwarming and scary, The Master Cleanse will keep you gripped and guessing until the end. The film features performances from Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Oliver Platt and Anjelica Huston.


Sunday August 28, 2016 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:10pm

Chevalier
Limited Capacity seats available

Time Out critic Tom Huddleston’s review pull quote reads, “Men! We're awful, aren't we?”, a statement that pretty much sums up Chevalier. Six friends vacation on a yacht in the Aegean Sea, as the trip comes to an end harmless competition quickly accelerates into absolute tomfoolery. The group decides to compete for best all around man. From underwear and belt buckling to whose significant other loves them more - and all those things you’ve already guessed - the troop all try to consistently outdo one another. Darkly comedic, cuttingly cynical and possibly nihilistic, Chevalier won the best film award at last years London Film Festival.

- Rachel Morgan




Sunday August 28, 2016 9:10pm - 10:50pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203