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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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Shorts Block [clear filter]
Saturday, August 27
 

10:00am

Alabama Shorts 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Modern Romance
Director: Adam Schwartz
Run Time: 2
USA
Dating isn't what it used to be, thanks to apps like Tinder, Snapchat, and Facebook.

Jinxed
Director: Sam Eather
Run Time: 14
Australia
Jason is jinxed when it comes to dating. Attending a party, he quickly discovers just how disastrously hilarious his jinx can be.

Sticky Note
Director: Parker Adams
Run Time: 5
USA
When several of his co-workers are laid off, a man grows paranoid that he's next on the chopping block.

Samantha Throws a Party
Director: John Wachs
Run Time: 4
USA
A woman struggling to prepare for a dinner party is interrupted by something unexpected.

Noah and the Band
Director: Chloe Jury-Fogel
Run Time: 18
USA
A young folk-rock singer gains custody of her 6-year-old nephew as she's about to embark on tour.

Blackface
Director: Shanrica Evans
Run Time: 12
USA
Blackface/minstrel actor Henry Roberts becomes the victim of a hate crime in his small southern town due to a tragic case of mistaken identity.

Convenience
Directors: Anna Quinlan, Isabel Farrington and Katherine Harrison
Run Time: 20
USA
We follow Sunita, the owner of a New York bodega, through the course of one day as she encounters a pair of spurned twin souls in the morning, a mother and daughter at odds in the afternoon and a group of reckless lovesick teenagers at midnight.

Aster and Sidney
Director: Sean Temple
Run ime: 20
USA
After the collapse of society, a secret threatens to destroy two women's relationship.


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:35am
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:15am

Saturday Family Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

This shorts block is a part of the Sidewalk Family Film Fest sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Titanic Boy

Director: Andrew Reed
Run Time: 8
USA
Explores the life of 13 year old Luke whose interest in the Titanic has been both the cause of and solution to many of his problems.

The Forgotten Treasure
Director:  Tam Le
Run Time: 10
USA
Two young girls find a treasure box in the woods.

Angel Bird
Director: Elizabeth Russell
Run Time: 3
Czech Republic
A bird is frozen to death at the foot of a statue, bringing to mind the story of "The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde. An angel appears to carry the bird to heaven.

Let's Catch A Movie
Director: Emma Penaz Eisner
Run Time: 2
USA
When everyone in town scrambles to catch a movie, she desperately reels away! Zippy and colorful, this animated comedy introduces a host of zany characters.

Monty and the Runaway Furnace
Director: Joe Taranto
Run Time: 31
USA
A kind, old maintenance man is in love with the furnace that powers the factory where he works. But when a new owner wants to replace the furnace, he must save both it and his memories of the previous owner, his deceased father.


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:15am - 11:35am
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30am

4th Annual Saturday Morning Cartoons!
Limited Capacity seats available

For the 4th year in a row Sidewalk Programmers have compiled an awesome
selection of 80'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. 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!

Saturday August 27, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30am

SHOUT Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Bird Of Prey
Director:  Marion Hill
USA
A married woman in her forties navigates a fine line between love and infatuation with her friend's daughter.

Sign
Director: Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Run Time: 14
USA
Through vignettes, music, and sign language, "Sign" tells the story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf.

Deep End
Director: Ruby Drake
Run Time: 8
through an unexpected crisis in their relationship.

First Night Out
 
Director: Will Mayo
Run Time: 3
USA
A woman takes herself to dinner for the very first time.

The Escape Hatch
Director:  David Willing
Run Time: 10
Australia
A girl walks into a restaurant dressed as Wonder Woman. She flicks her cape, takes a seat at the bar and orders a beer. As the restaurant staff ponder the motive behind this costume, the girl receives a text message and flies out the door. But the next Saturday evening, she’s there again.and with all their information.  I've added them to the SHOUT facebook event already (and gone ahead and added all the other SHOUT shorts' information).

Dawn
Director:  Jake Graff
Run Time: 13
United Kingdom
It's always darkest just before dawn.

Pronouns
Director:  Michael Paulucci
Run Time: 10
USA
A teenager from the South Side of Chicago decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest.

Queens
Director: Lucas Omar
Run Time: 5
USA
After a prom couple spends a romantic night in a hotel, the Southern Belle Prom Queen wakes up to find her boyfriend unusually "dressy."

Why I'm Afraid 
Director: Tanner Robbins
Run Time: 7
USA
Homophobia stalks Matt's mind as he walks across town for a grindr date.

1985
Director: Yen Tan
Run Time: 9
USA
When Adrian, a man with AIDS, wants to hide his symptoms from his estranged mother, he makes a home appointment with a beauty consultant.

Out In Alabama 
Director: Bonnie Blue Edwards
Run Rime: 11
USA
A captivating journey into the lives of LGBT members in Birmingham, Alabama--and a celebration of the friendships formed within Pride events.

Ending the Silence 
Directors: Jo Badgett, Geena Marshall
Run Time: 10
USA
The personal stories of some of the founding members of Alabama's HIV / AIDS organizations.

Easy, a 3 Minute Love Story
Director: Robert Guthrie
Run Time: 3:37
USA
Two high school guys are in love. One's Christian, one's Jewish. A father disapproves, the other's parents are thrilled. Who cares that it's not perfect? They got this. 


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:30am - 12:10pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:00pm

Kids Shorts Starring Kids
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Goosebump Acadmey I


Dog*Walk

El Chévere

Mission Disconnect

Goosebump Acadmey II

Saturday August 27, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:25pm

Saturday Shorts: Creative Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

From architecture to music to film, these films explore how the arts permeate and drive daily lives in both light-hearted and serious ways.

Sing for Your Supper
Director: Mu Sun
Run Time: 16
USA
In a totalitarian world where one only eats as well as they can sing, a man must overcome his bout of laryngitis if he ever wants to eat again.

Just a Song
Director: Gina Hirsch
Run Time: 6
USA
A songwriter shares his new song with his girlfriend and things get a little weird.

Bliss Blue
Director: Elle Schneider
Run Time: 11
USA
A woman in crisis searches for just the right shade at her hometown paint store. Her reacquaintance with two women from her past does not help.

a film by Vera Vaughn
Director: Sorrel Brae
Run Time: 11
USA
In this supernatural digital-age thriller, a filmmaker falls through the looking glass when she must face her own terrifying creation.

The Love Song of M. Anderson Vincent
Director: Chen Gu
Rn Time: 19
USA
Two strangers meet in the dreamy haze of a smoke-filled bar, and one of them wakes up too soon.

The Lot
Director: Russell Blanchard
Run Time: 16
USA
When a lonely cafe owner struggles to help an outcast boy build a fort on a blighted lot, their project and budding friendship is threatened by a city ordinance.

Off Track Betty
Directors: Clayton Dean Smith
Run Time: 19
USA
In an ever-changing corner of New York City, a longtime resident realizes she no longer recognizes the neighborhood that she calls home. Unsure about her future, she is confronted by a young man with a direct link to her past.

Speakers
avatar for Clayton Dean Smith

Clayton Dean Smith

Filmmaker, actor, AFF Moderator & Screener
Clayton is a filmmaker and actor in NYC. He's also a policy wonk and serves on Midtown Manhattan's Community Board. Born and raised in Kansas City, with family in Austin.

Sponsors

Saturday August 27, 2016 12:25pm - 2:05pm
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00pm

Saturday Shorts: Generations
Limited Capacity seats available

Crossing generational boundaries is challenging. These films display just how challenging that crossover can be:

Madam Black
Director: Ivan Barge
Run Time: 12 minutes
New Zealand When a glamour photographer runs over a child's pet, he's forced to fabricate a story about its disappearance.

Where You Are
Director: Graham Parkes
Run Time: 13 min
USA
When Jen's son disappears in a game of hide-and-go seek, she unwittingly embarks on a journey through time in order to find him.

Cowboys
Director: Bernabé Rico
Run Time: 20 min
Spain
Washed-up actor Martin gets a working offer his agent will not let him pass up: to be the companion of a 5-year-old boy in a costume contest at the amusement park. This gig will change both their lives forever.

Preggo
Direector: Kristin Slaysman
Run Time: 8
USA
One woman prepares for the birth of an unexpected child.

The Quantified Self
Director: Gleb Osatinski
Run Time: 16
USA
When well-meaning parents turn self-tracking into a family religion, the consequences fall outside the quantifiable.

Red Folder
Director: Ben Kallam
Run Time: 10
USA
A high school student tasked with finding his teacher's red folder must confront the implications of an increasingly elusive search.

Winter Light
Director: Julian Higgins
Run Time: 29 min
USA
When an aging college professor confronts two hunters trespassing on his remote Montana property, he begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear. Adapted from a short story by acclaimed author James Lee Burke.

Second Words
Director: Jake Hull
Run Time: 11 min
USA
As an aging farmer tries to cook his late wife's beloved meatloaf, a mysterious young woman threatens to upend his memories of the recently departed.


Saturday August 27, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:20pm

Arnie the Doughnut and The Scrambled States of America

Saturday August 27, 2016 1:20pm - 3:00pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:15pm

Saturday Alabama Doc Shorts
Limited Capacity filling up

The Hand in the Trunk
Director: Robert Clay
Run Time: 5
USA
In 1979, Birmingham News photographer Jerry Ayres and reporter Mark Winne pursue a car driving through the Birmingham area with a hand waving for help from the trunk.

Hollis Treasures
Director: R. Todd Campbell
Run Time: 12
USA
Peruse the hidden gem of Birmingham, Tim Hollis's Hollis Treasures museum. With toys and games from the 60s, 70s and 80s, the museum not only preserves the memories of countless visitors, but also the memories of an entire life.

On the Horizon
Director: Lauren Musgrove
Run ime: 14
USA
With an abundance of hot, sunny days, Alabama has an incredible solar resource. Learn about Alabama's vast solar potential and the impediments and policy barriers that are holding back its solar success.

Seeding Fear
Director: Craig Jackson
Run Time: 11
USA
Meet Michael White, a fourth generation farmer and seed cleaner, who has faced down Mosanto.

Company Town
Directors: Amir Ahmed, Gina Sherman
Run Time: 9
USA
Globalization makes a big local impact on the city of Fairfield. When U.S. Steel closed its doors, workers were left jobless and a community struggles to meet the needs of citizens.

Okra
Run Time: 10
USA

Sharing the Secrets
Director: Drew Perlmutter
Run Time: 13
USA
Follow the passionate and daring cavers as they explore the breathtaking hidden treasures of Alabama's Northeast.

Blocked
Directors: Amber Pope, Suzanna Swanson
Run Time: 9
USA
Birmingham’s historic Fountain Heights neighborhood fights against a new highway plan that will further divide it from the rest of the city.

Eat White Dirt
Director: Adam Forrester
Run Time: 38
USA
Earth-eating has been documented since 400 BCE, and it persists as a practice to 2016. By sharing the ongoing narrative of contemporary scientists and modern-day accounts from practitioners, the tradition emerges as a counterpoint to the misguided stigmas often associated with eating white dirt.


Saturday August 27, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:30pm

Saturday Shorts: Girl Power
Limited Capacity seats available

From comedy to drama to quirky escapades, women can have it all.

Hummingbird & Crane
Director: Veronica Rodriguez
Run Time: 14
USA
An underdog in the World Series of Youth Birding finds herself faced with the challenge of her bird-calling lifetime.

People Are Becoming Clouds
Director: Marc Katz
Run Time: 15
USA
We follow John and Eleanor, a married couple who are faced with a problem: Eleanor keeps on turning into a cloud. The couple visits Weather and Relationship Specialist Dr. Corduroy, hoping to resolve unusual situation.

Susie Sunshine
Director: Chelsea O'Connor
Rune Time: 18
USA
In an alternate world, Martin Energy dominates the energy market by harnessing women's emotional intelligence and strength to generate resources. When one of their "Sunshine Makers" accidentally creates electricity, the balances of this imposed order start to unravel.

Dogsbody
Director: Josh Crockett
Rune Time: 8
USA
The job hunt takes a strange turn for Renáe when she visits the home of a wealthy potential employer.

Dealing with Dana
Director: Nigel DeFriez
Rune Time: 16
USA
On a sinful getaway gone sour, a lonely vixen goes ignored while her gay best friend gets some.

Video
Director: Randy Yang
Rune Time: 15
USA
A woman's racist remark is captured on video by two teenage black girls.

The Mink Catcher
Director: Samantha Buck
Run Time: 13
USA
On the night of November 21, 1980, the women of Dallas, Texas, wait for the reveal of JR Ewing's killer on the hit TV show "Dallas." At a high-society viewing party, the newspaper gossip columnist meets the city's troubled new first lady, and must dig deep to unearth the gritty truths beneath the big hair, sparkling dress, and stunning mink coat.

Dog Bowl
Director: Gordy Hoffman
Run Time: 19
USA
After a distressed young woman steals the vest of a service dog, she becomes entangled in a surprising conspiracy.


Saturday August 27, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:40pm

Life & Liberty Shorts sponsored by Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market
Limited Capacity seats available

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

This screening is sponsored by Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market.

Documentaries focused on the human spirit and challenging issues of our day.

There's Always Hope City of Birmingham
Run Time: 10
USA
A glimpse into the revitalization happening in North Birmingham.

The Champion
Directors: Patrick McGowan, Brett Garamella
Run Time: 18
USA
A former Iraqi boxing champion, Estaifan Shilaita overcomes tremendous hardships as he builds a special bond with his family and taxi cab customers in Chicago.

More than Music
Director: Senegal Babacar Ndiaye
Run Time: 13
USA
At a time when hip-hop seems to be headed in a disappointing direction, there exists an underexposed community of artists who have managed to transform the genre to address their community's needs.

Black & White
Director: Ginnard Archibald
Run Time: 3
USA
Meet Birmingham in all her color.

For the Children
Directors: William Johnston-Carter, Danielle Bryant
Run Time: 12
USA
A day in the life of a Mexican migrant field worker in Northern Alabama as he discusses his impressions of America and strives to provide a stable future for his children.

GOOD WHITE PEOPLE
Directors: Jarrod Welling-Cann, Erick Stoll
Run Time: 7
USA
A personal look at the effects of gentrification on one family in Cincinnati, Ohio, when a development company buys the building they rent.

Namibian Craft: the Unknown & the Outsiders
Director: Becky Beamer
Run Time: 17
USA
An intimate snapshot of the current craft culture narrative in Namibia as seen by an outsider.

Frame 394
Director: Rich Williamson
Run Time: 29
Canada
The story of a young man from Toronto who entangles himself in one of America's most high-profile police shootings.


Saturday August 27, 2016 6:40pm - 8:40pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St North Birmingham, AL 35203

8:10pm

Teen Made Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Soundtrack of my Life
Director: Kaylee Thomas
Run Time:
USA
Xandra, a quiet teenager, escapes her mundane life through listening to music. Little does she realize what she's missing until it's almost too late.

Door To Door
Director: Mady Dever
Run Time: 4
USA
A sad and lonely vacuum salesman tries and fails to sell vacuums.

A Little Love Goes a Long Clay
Director: Juliet Buckholdt
Run Time: 3
USA
A claymation tale encouraging positive use of social media over cyber bullying.

Forgetting
Director: Laura Hanson
Run Time: 4
USA
An older man fighting memory loss struggles to connect with his son.

Year Of Plenty
Director: Natasha Lasky
Run Time: 11
USA
Insulted by the popular at school, a group of shy teenage girls decide to change their status by forming a rock band. How far will they go to put a mean girl in her place?

Sleep
Director: Mary Aupperle
Run Time: 3
USA
Sarah stays up late studying and then has to wake up early for school. She tries to work her way through getting dressed, doing her makeup and having breakfast, but she's so tired it's dangerous.

Quote Unquote
Directors: Noa Schwartz, Nicole Bahar, Joji Baratelli
Run Time: 4
USA
Cinema Studies just might be the most boring class according to Alex and Bailey. When their teacher kicks them out for mouthing off, things start to get weird.

The Big A
Director: Noah Somer
Run Time: 7
USA
What does that big red A signify anyway? Nathanial Hawthorne visits a contemporary English classroom and offers a possible interpretation.

The Southern Social Order
Director: Ellie Stayner
Run Time: 4
USA
A visually striking personal documentary.

Us & Us
Directors: Trey Carlisle, Cole Kawana, Sebastian Ko, Jordan Seibel
Run Time: 6
USA
A look at dehumanization through the eyes of a black teen and the history of genocides.

Stealing Home
Directors: Justin Ciccone, Joe Levin, Michael Stokdyk
Run Time: 4
USA
Baseball may be America’s favorite past time, but to Cubans it means even more. Three teen sports enthusiasts traveled to Cuba and spoke to scholars and fans to learn more about the legacy of baseball in Cuba.

Love and Music
Directors: Sophia Dienstag, Ryan Finley, Sarah McAllister
Run Time: 5
USA
Cuba is known for its expressive music, but how did the revolution affect musicians’ freedom of speech through their music? Three American teen musicians delve into the matter through interviews with scholars and contemporary Cuban musical artists.

Growing the Rose: Landmines in Cambodia
Directors: Milo Hensley, Sam McCabe
Run Time: 6
USA
Every day in Cambodia, people are harmed by unexploded landmines left 40 years ago by US military action. Two teens travel to Cambodia to interview survivors, activists and a Nobel Peace Prize winner

Tipping Scales: The Story of Lisa Jura
Directors: Justin Binder, Jordan Brown, Ty Goodrich, Ned Jacobs, Ryan Kim, Chloe Kuelbs, Matthew Steiglitz, Caleb Ullendorff, Savannah Weinstock
Run Time: 6
USA
As the Nazis moved into Vienna, young Lisa Jura's life hung in the balance. Her life changed forever when her parents put her on a Kindertransport to England. This is a story of survival and the power of music evocatively told through animation.

The Story of Three Rings: A Memoir of Dana Schwartz
Directors: Felix Audelo-Ruiz, Juli Freedman, Elly Hong, Carolina Martinez, Dora Schoenberg
Run Time: 9
USA
Powerful animation and personal testimonial bring to the screen Dana Schwartz' story of survival during the Holocaust.

One Day On Carver St.
Director: Azure Allen
Run Time: 4
USA
The story of Charlie's Place and its owner, Charlie Fitzgerald.Domar:

To Tame
Director: Benjamin Ades
Run Time: 7
USA
A short portrait on a horse tamer and instructor from Uruguay and his passion for taming.

Where We're Going
Director: Claire Norris
Run Time: 11
USA
When tragedy strikes in a loose-knit family, three sisters are yanked back into each others' lives. 


Saturday August 27, 2016 8:10pm - 9:40pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:25pm

Music Videos: Mix Tapes
Limited Capacity seats available

A collection of music and dance videos.

Darth Punk: The Funk Awakens
Director: Brian Curtin
Run Time: 5
USA
Daft Vader and Boba Funk are recruiting for the dark side. Disguised as an electronic music duo, they will be arresting ears and administering intergalactic rhythm and beats. The Rebels won't stand a chance.

The Beat Goes On
Artist: Gabriel Tajeu
Directors: Daz Wilson, Joe Walker"
Run Time: 5
USA

Addict
Artist: Nerves Baddington
Director: Jason Hamric
Run Time: 4
USA

She's Long Gone
Artist: Steel City Jug Slammers
Director: Kenny Lewis
Run Time: 3
USA

Once Upon a Dream
Artist: Aerial Silks
Director: Eric Brown Thomas
Run Time: 3
USA

Kitty Hawk
Artist: Jesse Payne
Dir:ector: Joe Walker
Run Time: 6
USA

Mountain Side 
Artist: Tennger Cavalry
Director: Uljmuren
Run Time: 3
USA

Don't Look Down 
Artist: Matt Pond
Director: Logan J. Freeman
Run Time: 5
USA

Who Knows
Artist: C.A.m.
Director: Kevin Key
Run Time: 4
USA

Dr. Gypsy 
Artist: Epic Fail
Directors: Michael James Wright, Ashley Fell
Run Time: 5
Mexico

Daggers
Artist: Electric Bleau featuring AJ Haynes
Director: Jen West
Run Time: 5
USA

Lone Digger
Artist: Caravan Palace
Director: Double Ninja
Run Time: 3
France

Ride with You 
Artist: Soren Bryce
Director: Devereux Milburn
Run Time: 5
USA

Put It On
Directors: Robin Rains, Walter Nolan-Schmidt, Frank Thagard
Run Time: 6
USA


Saturday August 27, 2016 8:25pm - 9:40pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00pm

A Dark and Bloody Night Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Not for the faint of heart, these shorts will quench your thirst for blood. *Not appropriate for children.

Gwilliam
Director: Brian Lonano
Run Time: 8
USA
A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget ... Gwilliam.

Pigskin
Director: Jake Hammond
Run Time: 14
USA
When cheerleader Laurie accepts a date from the dreamy quarterback, a grisly manifestation of her own bodily insecurities pushes her into a self-destructive nightmare.

Wan Mei
Director: Yiyi Yin
Run Time: 15
USA
When a man realizes his girlfriend has been unfaithful to him, he resorts to revenge -- and the love of a mannequin.

Night of the Slasher
Director: Shant Hamassian
Run Time: 12
USA
A teenage girl commits horror movie "sins" in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.

Bloody Henry
Director: Jean-Paul DiSciscio
Run Time: 27
USA
In a strange world of decaying drive-in movie theaters and desolate farmlands, one man travels the country selling bibles to hapless widows. But Henry isn't like everyone else, and his unique needs will drive him to a bloodier and bloodier path.

The Babysitter Murders
Director: Ryan Spindell
Run Time: 22
USA
A dark and stormy night. An innocent babysitter all alone. An escaped psychopath out for blood. You only think you know this story.


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:00pm - 11:40pm
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30pm

After Dark Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Creepy and uncanny, you may want to sleep with the lights on after watching these shorts. *Not all material is appropriate for children.

Quiz
Director: A.D. Schmidt
Run Time: 6
USA
A text late at night. A terrifying question. Take the quiz.
 
Claude
Director: Alan Mykitta
Run Time: 17
USA
A wise-cracking private eye gets caught between the cops and a killer with a dark secret.

Empty Bed
Director: Brandt Shandera
Run Time: 7
USA
In the dark of night, a mother searches for her son after finding his bed empty.

Altschmerz
Director: Somica Spratley
Run Time: 8
USA
Faced with rejection and deceit, a woman struggles to understand her own identity and relationships with others.

Nosferratin
Director: Ann Kathleen Williams
Run Time: 11
USA
Bela is struggling for money, so when she sees a flyer for a clinical drug test that pays cash, it seems like the answer to her prayers. But soon the drugs start to make her hallucinate terrible things -- or so she thinks.

Slow Creep
Director: Jim Hickcox
Run Time: 12
USA
Fifteen-year-old Otter is excited that she's finally found the horror film she's been seeking for weeks. She doesn't realize the horror she brings home with it.


Saturday August 27, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203
 
Sunday, August 28
 

11:10am

Sunday Documentary Shorts: Profiles
Limited Capacity seats available

A collection of profiles, from the serious to the amusing

Bacon & God's Wrath
Director: Sol Friedman
Run Time: 9
Canada
A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life's experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

Oh My Father
Director: Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, Robert Machoian
Run Time: 12
USA
At nearly 100, Wes requires his daughter, June's, help for day-to-day tasks. This slow, constant process forces June to wonder every day what love really means.

The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner
Directors: Brian Gersten, Liv Dubendorf
Run Time: 17
USA
A documentary short about the history, characters, and sounds of the National Hollerin' Contest, this film follows the stories of three former champions as they attempt to reclaim their titles and keep the oft-forgotten tradition of hollerin' alive.

The Boatman
Director: Zack Godshall
Run Time: 14
USA
In Yscloskey Beach, Louisiana, Joseph Gonzales navigates the onset of blindness and painful memories in hopes of finishing the boat he started building decades ago.

Chekhov
Director: Jack Dunphy
Run Time: 5
USA
A secretly recorded phone conversation between the director and his sister, laced with bitter honesty, familial messiness, and complex affections that only siblings can provide.

Pickle
Drector: Amy Nicholson
Run Time: 16
USA
One couple's lifelong mission to rescue animals leads to a host of birds, cats, fish, and even a possum.

Dangerous Curves
Director: Merete Mueller
Run Time:12
USA
What is confidence, really? Plus-sized pole dancer Roslyn Mays navigates newfound media attention and various types of public exposure.

Lift like a Girl
Director: Allie Sultan
Run Time: 8
USA
Jenny Lutkins, a 40-year-old mom living in Franklin, Tenn., has struggled with her weight and body image since giving birth to her son. Now she is an Olympic weightlifting coach.

The Dean Scream
Director: Bryan Storkel
Run Time: 10
USA
The story of 2004 U.S. presidential candidate Howard Dean and his fateful "I Have a Scream" speech, which became the first viral moment in American politics.


Sunday August 28, 2016 11:10am - 12:55pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:45am

Alabama Doc Shorts Encore
Limited Capacity seats available

**This is an encore of the Saturday Alabama Doc Shorts Block**

The Hand in the Trunk
Director: Robert Clay
Run Time: 5 
USA
In 1979, Birmingham News photographer Jerry Ayres and reporter Mark Winne pursue a car driving through the Birmingham area with a hand waving for help from the trunk.

Hollis Treasures
Director: R. Todd Campbell
Run Time: 12
USA
Peruse the hidden gem of Birmingham, Tim Hollis's Hollis Treasures museum. With toys and games from the 60s, 70s and 80s, the museum not only preserves the memories of countless visitors, but also the memories of an entire life.

On the Horizon
Director: Lauren Musgrove
Run ime: 14
USA
With an abundance of hot, sunny days, Alabama has an incredible solar resource. Learn about Alabama's vast solar potential and the impediments and policy barriers that are holding back its solar success.

Seeding Fear
Director: Craig Jackson
Run Time: 11
USA
Meet Michael White, a fourth generation farmer and seed cleaner, who has faced down Mosanto.

Company Town
Directors: Amir Ahmed, Gina Sherman
Run Time: 9
USA 
Globalization makes a big local impact on the city of Fairfield. When U.S. Steel closed its doors, workers were left jobless and a community struggles to meet the needs of citizens.

Okra
Run Time: 10
USA 

Sharing the Secrets 
Director: Drew Perlmutter 
Run Time: 13
USA 
Follow the passionate and daring cavers as they explore the breathtaking hidden treasures of Alabama's Northeast.

Blocked
Directors: Amber Pope, Suzanna Swanson
Run Time: 9
USA
Birmingham’s historic Fountain Heights neighborhood fights against a new highway plan that will further divide it from the rest of the city.

Eat White Dirt
Director: Adam Forrester
Run Time: 38 
USA
Earth-eating has been documented since 400 BCE, and it persists as a practice to 2016. By sharing the ongoing narrative of contemporary scientists and modern-day accounts from practitioners, the tradition emerges as a counterpoint to the misguided stigmas often associated with eating white dirt. 

Sunday August 28, 2016 11:45am - 1:35pm
Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:45pm

Sunday Shorts: In Search of Lost Time
Limited Capacity seats available

Sunday morning dramas as people reflect upon their pasts and pursue what they have lost.

Rehearsal
Director: Jennifer Silver
Run Time: 6
USA
Kate, a young theatre director, is late for her rehearsal of "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar." As Kate attempts to direct a scene with Marc Antony, the lines between her life and the play begin to blur.

Vincent
Director: Tati Barrantes
Run Time: 13
USA
When his dog Vincent passes away, aging one-hit wonder Adrian Granado fears he's lost the last true fan he'll ever have.

Chameleon
Director: Reza Dahya
Run Time: 18
Canada
Aiden is an undocumented worker from Ireland living in Toronto. When his secret girlfriend, Poorti, falls ill, he's forced to choose between getting caught and getting her the emergency medical attention she needs.

Little Sticker
Director: Michael Jackson Chaney
Run Time: 6
USA
An ordinary icon takes on new meaning as a couple wrestles with different methods of grieving over a tragic loss.

In Memory
Director: Robert Kirbyson
Run Time: 15
USA
In a seemingly utopian future, an elderly woman struggles to accept that it seems like it's her turn to die.

Spider Veins
Director: Frank Mosley
Run Time: 20
USA
Loosely inspired by Ibsen's "A Doll's House," "Spider Veins" is a mercurial narrative about the reunion of two old friends. By turns mysterious and shocking, the film investigates varying levels of everyday artifice.

Broke Dick Dog
Director: GB Shannon
Run Time: 12
USA
Three newly acquainted brothers track down and confront their absent and unapologetic father.


Sunday August 28, 2016 12:45pm - 2:17pm
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:40pm

Alabama Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Pining: A Romantic Comedy
Director: Darrell Nance
Run Time: 5 USA
A man plans the perfect date for himself and a co-worker -- unbeknownst to her.

Eyes Of Victory Only
Directors: Kevin Key and Malik Banks
Run Time: 5
USA
Following a Canadian invasion of America, a man searches the wartorn landscape for his wife.

Ignacio y Rosita
Director: Ian J. Cunningham
Run Time: 4
USA
Two lovers hash out their conflicts in front of millions of fans.

The Sibling Code
Director: Roberta Marie Munroe
Run Time: 7
USA
Sheryl and Austin, a pair of dysfunctional but loving siblings, meet up at a funeral home to plan a funeral. But when the funeral director dares to call into question the siblings' choices, things get ugly.

The Yearning
Directors: Michael McFarland, Michael Greene and Adam Boland
Run Time: 4
USA
Dennis is abducted by a mysterious and supposed former lover.

Chasing Kites
Director: Greyson A. Welch
Run Time: 19
USA
How much fun can you have in one day? From flying kites to riding grocery carts, Nicholas and Rosanna must make the most of their one day together.

And Now Makes Three
Director: Akil Buggs
Run Time: 6
USA
Charles tries a final effort to reconnect with his estranged wife, whose focus has shifted from them as a couple, to them as parents.

Popsy
Director: David Merriman
Run Time: 8
USA
Sheridan resorts to extreme measure to pay his debts, but it may come back to bite him. Based on a Stephen King story.

To Live
Director: Benjamin Rand
Run Time: 12
USA
In the ruins of their own home, a withered man decides perhaps death is better for his hopeful wife, before the storm gets them both.

Léa
Director: Connor Simpson
Run Time: 11
USA
As she prepares for the audition that could make her career, an aspiring actress struggles to find true connection with the world around her.

Game Night
Director: Sarah Heinss
Run Time: 12
USA
Janice and Bobby are in a new relationship, but things go south when they end up at a game night with both their exes.


Sunday August 28, 2016 1:40pm - 3:40pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:45pm

Sunday Shorts: Off the Beaten Path
Limited Capacity seats available

Beautiful, unique, and sometimes slightly off-kilter, these films present our every day world from fresh perspectives:

Paper Harvest
Directors: Matthew Weitz and Matt Petrunak
Run Time: 8
USA
A writer, trapped in his own mind, struggles to find his muse. He revisits the overgrown landscapes of his youthful imagination to prepare for his next harvest.

Check Surroundings for Safety
Director: Michael Arcos
Run Time: 5
USA
A strange occurrence is captured on the rear view camera in a Ford driven by two men. Don't miss the experiential element of this film as part of our Interactive Programming.

Death$ in a $mall Town
Director: Mark Jones
Run Time: 7
USA
A mayor has a unique way to revive the fortunes of his small town that had been losing citizens, businesses, and tourists prior to his taking office.

Minor Setback
Director: Augustine Frizzell
Run Time: 10
USA
Jessie and Angela come up with a brilliant excuse to skip out on work so they can spend a day at the beach. Laying in the sand, smokin' fatties and eating donuts is so close they can almost taste it...until something unexpected goes down.

Breaker Breaker
Director: Travis Bogosian
Run Time:10
USA
An eccentric police officer patrols a remote hiking trail in hopes of making a new friend...but is he who he appears to be?

B O R N
Director: Ty Obsxura
Run Time: 3
USA
After receiving bad news, Dorothy goes on a wandering adventure that explores the complexities of life, one's place in the universe and self acceptance.

It Has to be You
Director: Conrad Rothbaum
Run Time: 14
USA One night at the Lindenwood Diner, three shots ring out. Six people. One crime. Everyone has their own perspective.

The Expanded Universe
Director: Christopher Jason Bell
Run Time: 12
USA
Brian doesn't want to see the new Star Wars. But one night he sees it in his dreams. And then...?

Killer
Director: Matt Kazman
Run Time: 20
USA
When Dusty masturbates for the first time, something bad happens.


Sunday August 28, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:05pm

Sunday Documentary Shorts: Journeys
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Explore the world from the beautiful near-by to the exotic far-flung and travel the world without leaving your seat

Home at Dawn
Director: Billy Silva, Guille Isa
Run Time: 5
Peru
An old fisherman recounts his life, the changing world, and his love for the ocean as he embarks out to sea early one morning.

The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere
Director: Mickey Duzyj
Run Time: 19
USA
In 2003, Japan was plunged into economic darkness, and its people needed a ray of hope. They found one in Haru Urara, a racehorse with a pink Hello Kitty mask and a career-long losing streak.

A House without Snakes
Director: Daniel Koehler
Run Time: 29
USA
In Botswana, two young Bushmen struggle to build their futures in the wake of their people's relocation from their ancestral homeland. This intimate coming-of-age portrait explores the tension between modernity and tradition through the lens of two individuals' hopes and fears.

Awana
Director: William Silva Reddington, Guille Isa
Run Time: 12
USA
A beautiful observational documentary of the journey of a handmade scarf made by a weaver in a rural village in Peru.

I'm an Actor
Director: Aaron Greer
Run Time: 24
USA
A short documentary comparing the lives of a young Cuban actor and his American counterpart, revealing both the universal and the unique about the struggle to live as an artist in these two, distinct countries.

Greyhound
Director: Jack Truman
Run Time: 11
USA
A shocking, eye-opening experimental documentary that chronicles Jack Truman's cross-country road trip on a Greyhound bus.

Saultopaul 
Director: John Henry Summerour 
Run Time: 24 
USA 
Saultopaul is an 1,100-acre farm in northwest Georgia populated by Longhorn cattle, gigantic rock sculptures and Carl, an indefatigable 80-year-old who journeys through everyday Damascus moments to uncover the secret to life, death, and life after death. **with live soundtrack performed by 24 Hour Sunglasses 


Sunday August 28, 2016 4:05pm - 6:10pm
ASFA: Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:05pm

Episodic
Limited Capacity seats available

Content designed to be viewed serially.

Cast Off (2 eps)
Ep 1: "Straight Outta Little Compton"
Ep 4: "Viral"
Director: Elle Lipson
Run Time: 15
USA
When aspiring actress Collette moves from a small town to Hollywood, she finds herself living next door to bitter former child star Sierra. Soon, the girls' frenemy facade escalates into a hilarious game of manipulation and sabotage. Includes Episodes 1 & 4.

Gunner Jackson
Director: Christian Strevy
Run Time; 9
USA
His brother thinks he's gone off the deep end; his intern supports his delusion; his mentor loves his passion but wants him to focus his argument; and the citizen journalist spying on him might end up being his closest ally.

Subtle Adulthood with Red and Bangs
Ep 2: ""Insta-scam"""
Director: Abigail Armstrong
Run Time: 6
USA
Like a package of Ramen noodles, Red and Bangs have a friendship that is extremely unhealthy, dry, and ignorant of its own expiration date. Includes Episode 2, "Insta-scam."

Breakfast in Bed (3 eps)
Ep 1: ""Best of Friends""
Ep 3: ""Yes Yes Yes""
Ep 6: ""Menage a...""
Director: Kate Chamuris
Run Time: 14
USA
Brooke, the ever optimistic romantic and Marvin, the pessimist, have been best friends since they were 10. Now roommates, they are embarking on the quest to find their soul mates -- one bad online date at a time. Includes episodes 1, 3, and 6.

Shipping Anonymous
Director: Courtney Brown
Run Time: 12
Australia
A group of passionate, misfit television fans are kicked out of the last remaining place with free wifi. They are forced to become a fake support group so that they may access the last remaining wifi hot spot at the 'City Support Group Clinic.'

Monster Girls
Director: Matthew Soson
Run Time: 28
USA
When a lonely zombie-in-hiding, a gutter punk goblin-in-exile, and an alien researching human love end up sharing a house, daily life is never dull. A darkly comic look at the lives of every modern 20-something's desperate to find identity, acceptance, and a way to resist the urge to kill everyone they meet.


Sunday August 28, 2016 5:05pm - 6:30pm
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

Sunday Alabama Documentary Shorts sponsored by Keri Lane Promotions
Limited Capacity seats available

This screening is sponsored by Keri Lane Promotions.

Ma'Cille's (one of a kind ever) Museum of Miscellanea

Director: Gail Aronson, Grace Kyle
Run Time: 12
USA
Three granddaughters and their close family friend reflect on the legacy of "Ma'Cille" House and the museum she created from 1954-1994 in Pickens Country.

Self Portrait
Director: Jessica Chriesman
Run Time: 7
USA
An experimental memoir reflecting on the past and its effect on who we become.

The The New Orleans Sazerac
Director: James Martin
Run Time: 21
USA

Explore the expansive history and modern applications of the classic cocktail through interviews with historians, authors, experts, and bartenders.

The Gospel of the Alabama Oyster
Director: Joe York
Run Time: 9
USA
In 2009, not a single oyster farm operated on the Alabama coast. By 2015, there were eight oyster farming companies. Lane Zirlott, of Murder Point Oyster Company, calls it an oyster revolution.

KNOWDOPE: The Documentary
Director: Matthew Henton, Sarah Buckalew
Run Time: 13
USA
A documentary following two lives in Alabama altered by heroin addiction.

Stay the Course
Director: Kayla Gladney
Run Time: 8
USA
The story of Montgomery native Torian Hamilton who finds peace through the tragedy of losing a loved one.

Demolition By Neglect
Director: Kendall Roden, Kaitlin Buck
Run Time: 12
USA
A reflection on the life of Larkway Gardens, an apartment complex in Birmingham's West End neighborhood, and the circumstances that led to its ultimate destruction.

The Cells of Baldwin County
Director: Mindy Keeley
Run Time: 18
USA
A documentary film about a childhood cancer cluster in Baldwin County and the families who are trying to make sense of it all.

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Sunday August 28, 2016 5:15pm - 6:55pm
ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:20pm

Animated Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

A collection of animated films from around the world:

Alex & Sylvia
Director: Christian Lachel
Run Time: 10
USA
When Sylvia, a successful scientist, must take over her grandmother's small-town bakery, she discovers that life sometimes has different plans for you.

Golden Shot
Director: Gökalp Gönen
Run Time: 9
Turkey
A race of robots in a darkened world dreams of soaring in the sky on solar powered wings. But when one robot creates a plan to bring forth the sun, not all goes as anticipated.

Tiny Power
Director: Chen Chang
Run Time: 3
USA
In a story of forgiveness and acceptance, five microorganisms save a fruit fly's life.

The Killer Buzz
Director: Barry Jackson
Run Time: 8
USA
Two flies compete for the love of a ladybug until things reach cataclysmic proportions.

Edmond
Director: Nina Gantz
Run Time: 10
United Kingdom
At the end of his life, a man reflects on his life in search of what caused his unhappiness.

Glove
Directors: Alexa Lim Haas and Bernardo Britto
Run Time: 6
USA
The story of a glove lost in space.

The Itching
Director: Dianne Bellino
Run Time: 15
USA
In this handmade collaboration, a shy wolf tries to connect with a group of hip, party-loving bunnies, but finds her body in revolt.

The Magician
Director: Thom Lu
Run Time: 9
USA
The story of a failing street performer who gains attention through playing tricks on others. Before long, playful mischief turns into catastrophe in a small town.

A Stones Throw Away
Director: Brian Ratigan
Run Time: 4
USA
Drowning in isolation, a lonely soul finds a machine that can render artificial nostalgia for a price.

Work
Director: Cooper Haskell
Run Time: 3
USA
A day in the life of a pigeon.

Man of Action! II: Ashes of Vengeance
Run Time: 12
USA
Join Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America and Robobobo as they travel to the rings of Saturn to expose a Nazi crime ring with ties to the intergalactic sex trade and stumble onto a vast criminal conspiracy that threatens to destroy the very fabric of space-time.


Sunday August 28, 2016 7:20pm - 8:50pm
ASFA: Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:10pm

Teen-Made Horror and Thriller Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Void
Director:Jamie Lipman
USA
As a teenager begins to worry about his younger brother's strange behavior, he soon suspects that dark forces are trying to enter their house.

Folllow Me
Director: Kaylee Thomas
USA
A violent and blood thirsty spirit haunts an old college campus. Who will be its next victim, and will they be able to escape?

Katharos
Director: Evan Obrien
USA
Haunted by his past, a tortured boy turns to KATHAROS, a dream therapist to overcome his trauma.

Prism
Director: Aidan Weaver
USA
In the aftermath of a mysterious murder, a detective uncovers a revolutionary secret.

Le Couteau
Director: Zoë Miller
USA
A woman gets ready for work.

It's Just A Game
Director: Morgan Evans
USA
An evening together turns sinister when a ouija board takes on a life of its own.

Ellie
Director: Morgana McKenzie
Canada
Desperate measures are taken to escape a violent world concealed within an isolated cottage.


Sunday August 28, 2016 8:10pm - 9:12pm
ASFA: Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203