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The 16th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival
August 22-24

7-24-2014: We will continue to add details to this schedule as the Festival approaches. Please bookmark the page so that you can find the schedule easily. 

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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Thursday, August 21


Filmmaker Kick-Off Reception
Admission: VIP Pass holders only.

Welcome to the oh-so swanky South! Festival Filmmakers and VIPs are greeted with high quality hospitality at Historic Rucker Place for an evening garden party that would impress Southern Living. Sponsored by Historic Rucker Place, Savoie Catering, and SAGIndie.

Thursday August 21, 2014 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Historic Rucker Place 1804 12th Ave S.


The Hip-Hop Fellow
The Hip Hop Fellow follows Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University as he teaches ‘The Standards of Hip-Hop’ course, conducts research for his thesis and explores hip-hop’s history, culture and role in academia.

The film centers on the emerging significance of incorporating hip-hop studies into academic curriculum and spotlights the scholars and musicians at the forefront of preserving 40 years of hip-hop culture.

Interviewees include Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Kendrick Lamar, Young Guru, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Phonte, Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Ab-Soul, Rapper Big Pooh and DJ Premier.


Thursday August 21, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Alys Stephens Center 1200 10th Ave. S


Filmmaker After Party
Admission: General Public.

Come celebrate the start of our festival with the filmmakers that make it possible. Sponsored by Carrigan’s Public House.

Thursday August 21, 2014 8:30pm - Friday August 22, 2014 12:00am
Carrigan\'s Public House 2430 Morris Ave.
Friday, August 22


Filmmaker Luncheon
Admission: Filmmakers only, but advance RSVP required.

An Opening Day luncheon for our wonderful, talented filmmakers. Sponsored by Paramount.

Friday August 22, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pm
Paramount 200 20th St N.


Filmmaker Retreat
Admission: Filmmakers only, but advance RSVP required.

A special presentation of the North American premiere of “To Sleep To Dream”. Presented by the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Friday August 22, 2014 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Alys Stephens Center 1200 10th Ave. S


Opening Night Red Hot & Hot Carpet Reception
Admission: VIP Pass holders only.

The Rooftop of the gorgeous, art deco Kress Building will play host to Festival VIP’s offering catering from James Beard award-winning Chef, Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club, cocktails, bocce, and a bird’s eye view of the Alabama Theatre. Sponsored by Hot & Hot Fish Club, Regions Bank, Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, and Avia Valet.

Friday August 22, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kress Building Rooftop 301 19th St N.


Opening Night Sponsored by Regions Bank: All American High Revisited
Limited Capacity seats available

In 1984, before cell phones, the web, and reality TV, a young director set out to document a year in the life of a typical California high school. The result was "All American High", an unusually honest and humorous look at 80's teen life. The Hollywood Reporter found it "fascinating and insightful" and The Village Voice called it "a laugh out loud documentary." Told through the eyes of a visiting foreign exchange student, the film presents an uncensored view of senior year in the era of big hair, punks and parachute pants. After the original film, many of the original subjects appear in new segments, revisiting one of the most memorable chapters in their lives.


Friday August 22, 2014 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


Downhome Downtown Opening Night After Party
Admission: VIP Pass holders, Weekend Pass holders, Opening Night Pass holders, and Individual Party Ticket holders only.

Third Ave North, just under the twinkling lights of the Alabama Theatre marquee, we’re bringing downhome to downtown, with a low country boil, new school bluegrass, and some special surprises at this street party for the record books. Sponsored by Regions Bank, AL.com/Birmingham News, Whole Foods, and Back Forty Beer Co.

Friday August 22, 2014 9:30pm - Saturday August 23, 2014 1:00am
Third Avenue North Block Party 1817 3rd Ave. N.
Saturday, August 23


How To Pitch Your Film
Limited Capacity seats available

Pitching your film is an art in itself! You have a minute to pitch, what do you say? Learn how to pitch your film efficiently and effectively with 2014 Sidewalk filmmakers, including Farah White (The Ladies of the House), Bryan Storkel (Fight Church, Little Hope Was Arson), and Morgan Jon Fox (Memphis). Moderated by Alan Hunter.

Saturday August 23, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Legends Bar 230 18th St North


Makin' Wookiee presented locally by Masco Fabrics
Limited Capacity seats available

MAKIN' WOOKIEE is a comedic, slice of life documentary filmed in Orange County, California. In the film we follow a group of aspiring adolescent actors as they perform a musical parody of STAR WARS. Our story is really about that moment in every tween's life when you have no idea who you are, what you're doing and everything is awkward. Now add a dash of singing, unrequited crushes and repeat. The film is shot in a traditional, nonfiction follow style, with interviews from the characters and ends with a live stage performance.


Heidi Burkey

Director, Counter Productions
love climbing trees and making movies

Saturday August 23, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Rushton Theatre (McWane Science Center) 200 19th St. N. (enterance on 3rd Ave. N.)


Wicker Kittens/ The Cake Lady presented locally by All South Appliance
Limited Capacity seats available

Open the box. Dump out all the pieces. Scramble for your lives. This is competitive jigsaw puzzling, and it turns even the mildest of mannered Midwesterners into stone-cold competitors. Every January, the top teams in the game gather at the St. Paul Winter Carnival in frigid Minnesota to determine the fastest puzzlers in the country. Wicker Kittens invites you to choose your favorite contestants—the returning champs, the upstart challengers, the sunny family or the dark horse team with nothing to lose—and watch them try to put the pieces back together.

The Cake Lady is a loving look at the life (and cakes) of Fay Tenenbaum, a senior citizen who moves from her home to assisted living. The Cake Lady herself will be attending the screening, and she just might bring along some of her famous cake!

The short film, Strike: the Greatest Bowling Story Ever Told, 13min, will be screening with Wicker Kittens and The Cake Lady.
Director: Joey Daoud / DOC / USA / 13min
The story of Bill Fong who may become the 22nd person to ever score the elusive 'perfect series' in bowling.


Saturday August 23, 2014 10:30am - 12:07pm
Recital Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Saturday Morning Cartoons presented locally by Whole Foods
Limited Capacity seats available

Saturday August 23, 2014 10:45am - 12:15pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


Alabama Shorts 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Director: Whitney Hamilton / NAR / USA / 17min
A lesbian couple's relationship is tested when their eleven-year-old son is accused of molesting a five-year-old girl in kindergarten.

Director: Brian Curtin / NAR / USA / 6min
A vigilante hacker rushes to rescue a friend in trouble and to prevent valuable digital information from falling into the wrong hands.

The Bread & The Blood
Director: Ian J. Cunningham / NAR / USA / 11min
A young man has a conversation with his church's rector to discuss the implications of a certain sacrament.

Directors: John White & Colin Perry / NAR / USA / 6min
An exploration of three story lines tied together through film making techniques.

The Red Corner
Director: Danny Ryan / NAR / USA / 6min
A young boxer enters his first fight while contemplating why he fights and who he is.

Behind Me
Director: Rebecca Pugh / NAR / USA / 10min
Behind Me is the story of a lonely woman who is slowly driven to the edge by someone -- or something – that is stalking her.

Twit Plippies
Director: Sam McDavid / NAR / USA / 7min
A bird happens upon a down on his luck worm. They discuss this awkward situation.

Home Sweet Home
Director: Jonathan Owen / NAR / USA / 4min
A lonely man comes to grips with living in an empty home.

Safe and Effective Home Defense
Director: Eugene Banks / NAR / USA / 4min
Spoof infomercial pitching a revolutionary weapon to skittish homeowners.

Clean Break
Director: Nicholas Corrao / NAR / USA / 11min
The last day of a dysfunctional romantic relationship.

Directors: Drew Hall & Wiatt Cram / NAR / USA / 4min
Who's in room 1211?

Teacher’s Pet
Director: Kenneth Hurd / NAR / USA / 5min
A student goes to his teacher's house for a tutoring session, but she has something else in mind.

Is That A Real Gun?
Director: Bernadette Chapman / NAR / USA / 9min
What begins as a typical evening for Zane, a manager of a small restaurant & part-time community theater actor, spirals into craziness in this film noir, comedy of errors.

Director: Douglas Coghlan / NAR / USA / 3min
An inquisitive member of a remote tribe of nomads struggles to understand a rite of passage.

Directors: Chase Tinnon & Colby Sanders / NAR / USA / 18min
Jack, wakes to find himself locked in the trunk of a car with a severed leg. Crippled by amnesia and armed with a GPS, he must retrace his steps to discover the grisly truth.

Saturday August 23, 2014 10:45am - 12:45pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Sound & Sense with EarFilms
Limited Capacity seats available

While film tends to be a highly visual medium, sound creates much of our experience as an audience. Join us for a panel with EarFilms, whose "To Sleep To Dream"—a blindfolded, immersive sensory experience—will be premiering at the Alys Stephens Center August 19-22.

Saturday August 23, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sidewalk Central Stage 3rd Ave. North


Big Significant Things presented by A Wise Move
Limited Capacity seats available

At 26 years old, Craig seems to be doing pretty well for himself. He has job stability, a supportive family, and is about to start a wonderful new chapter with his girlfriend. With big life changes on the horizon, what better time to lie to your girlfriend so you can go on a road trip by yourself to the South?


Saturday August 23, 2014 11:00am - 12:25pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Out of Print presented locally by Brandino Brass
Limited Capacity seats available

The New Beverly Cinema is a movie theater in Hollywood, CA, that has been showing revival (not first run) double features 7 nights a week since 1978.

Theaters like the New Bev are well-loved treasures that need to be preserved right along with the films that they show, but there's a threat on the horizon... The digital revolution might end revival cinema as we know it.

Revival cinema is vital to the art of movies! And audiences and filmmakers love revival cinema at the New Beverly.

The short film, Changeover, will be screening with Out of Print.
David Ketterer & Connor Lynch / DOC / USA / 10min
The story of an independent theater and its final screening of a 35mm print film before the required change to digital presentations.


Saturday August 23, 2014 11:00am - 12:26pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.


Above All Else presented locally by Green Landscaping
Limited Capacity seats available

ABOVE ALL ELSE is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America.


Saturday August 23, 2014 11:00am - 12:52pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


To Be Takei presented locally by Salon 2412
Limited Capacity seats available

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love. The short film, Rosita Lopez for President, will screen with To Be Takei


Saturday August 23, 2014 11:15am - 12:48pm
Lecture Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Film Festival Submission Tips
Limited Capacity seats available

Film Festivals provide a great way to get your film (and you) exposure in the industry, but with the escalating competition, how can you increase your chances of acceptance? Learn these must-know tips for film festival success with festival staff members like Dan Brawley from Cucalorus, Christine Elise McCarthy from Waterfront Film Festival, and Chris Holland from the Atlanta Film Festival. Moderated by the Sidewalk Film Festival's lead programmer Rachel Morgan.

Saturday August 23, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Legends Bar 230 18th St North


DanceWalk Downtown
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Birmingham Dance Walk, led by Sherri Ross Walters, for a Dance Walk through Sidewalk Central, 3rd Avenue, and the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, to the Carver Theater for the screening of Living Stars.

Saturday August 23, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Sidewalk Central Stage 3rd Ave. North


Shorts for Kids & By Kids 1 presented locally by the Deak & Gail Rushton Family
Limited Capacity seats available

The Long Night
Director: Emma Eisner / NAR / USA / 2min
In a sequence of surrealistic images, this stop motion animation threads through the intervals and spaces of 'The Long Night.'

Directors: Asia Lancaster, Katelyn Bianchini & Cheng / NAR / USA / 8min
A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend.

A Bird Came Down
Directors: Noah Gains & Ryan Lee / NAR / USA / 1min
Animated drawings illustrate a poem by Emily Dickinson about a man's encounter with a bird.

Director: Steve McClean / NAR / USA / 12min
A showbiz bunny featured in a popular magic show longs for his days back in the wild and must discover a way to escape the magician's hat once and for all.

A Purrfect Pair
Director: Gwyneth Christoffel / NAR / CAN / 3min
A dog and a cat instantly fall in love at a veterinarian's office. After being dragged away from each other, they dream of what their life together would be like.

Recipe for Love
Director: Gwyneth Christoffel / NAR / CAN / 3min
A lonely cupcake sees other couples in the kitchen enjoying each others company, and decides that she needs a friend.

Riko and the Rain Cloud
Director: Johan Bosma / NAR / Australia / 6min
A wide-eyed girl has to discover the meaning behind an ominous rain cloud that threatens to disrupt her dust-bowl existence.

A Pizza the Size of the Sun
Director: Dora Palmer / NAR / USA / 2min
A whimsical interpretation of Jack Prelutsky's poem in which a girl makes a giant imaginary pizza.

Director: Noah Wagner / NAR / USA / 14min
An old, washed-up mime struggles to find inspiration until he meets a young girl with a magical ability to produce sound with her every touch.

Screenwriter’s Block
Director: James Tralie / NAR / USA / 3min
A screenwriter struggles to conceptualize a film idea until he changes his old way of thinking for a new, imaginative one.

Director: Sasha Fox / NAR / USA / 3min
Two teens meet for the first time after months of dating via text only to have their first date nearly thwarted by their allegiances to competing super heroes.

The Mighty Magic Cape II
Director: Meaghan Deusner / NAR / USA / 19min
A group of neighborhood kids are soon in the middle of an amazing adventure when one of them finds a magic cape.

Saturday August 23, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Rushton Theatre (McWane Science Center) 200 19th St. N. (enterance on 3rd Ave. N.)


Going Digital? The Past and Future of Film
Limited Capacity seats available

Many of the traditional ways that people discover and watch films have been threatened by the move to digital in recent years. What are we going to lose in this process? Learn about this issue at the Sidewalk screening of Out of Print, then head over to Sidewalk Central to hear a panel discussion on the topic that includes Julia Marchese (director of Out of Print), David Allgood (Bama Theatre manager) and Aaron Hillis (journalist and owner of Video Free Brooklyn). Moderated by Steve Dollar.

Saturday August 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sidewalk Central Stage 3rd Ave. North


Documentary Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

The Annawan Times
Director: Jonathan Napolitano / DOC / USA / 13min
12-year-old Keith Davis is Editor-In-Chief for his town's only news publication, but his interests venture elsewhere as he becomes older.

Cherry Pop: The Story of the World’s Fanciest Cat
Director: Kareem Tabsch / DOC / USA / 11min
Cherry Pop was no ordinary cat. This film tells the story of her lavish life and her owners, who were no ordinary people either.

Happy Hands
Director: Honey Lauren / DOC / USA / 20min
The story of the Vietnamese nail worker: how one Hollywood starlet helped so many—and changed the face of an industry.

The Glass Eyes of Locust Bayou
Director: Simon Mercer / DOC / CAN, UK / 15min
Phil Chambliss's Arkansas films and real life are blurred and tangled between fact and fiction, good and evil.

The Apothecary
Director: Helen Hood Scheer / DOC / USA / 18min
A beloved druggist in a rural Colorado outpost operates the only pharmacy within 4,000 square miles and navigates a profound divide between his public persona and personal life.

The Next Part
Director: Erin Sanger / DOC / USA / 16min
The Next Part is told from the perspective of Kathleen “Kat” Causey, as she and her husband, retired Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Causey, adjust to the extreme changes in their lives as a result of the catastrophic injuries he sustained while serving as an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician in Afghanistan in 2011. An improvised explosive device (IED) cost Aaron both of his legs and caused significant soft tissue damage. The film is an intimate look at the Causeys’ long and emotional journey through recovery and their attempts to conceive before Aaron’s medical treatments decreased his fertility.

Director: Ramtin Nikzad / DOC / USA / 5min
As a courtroom artist, Gary Myrick's career spans three decades and some of the most infamous and most publicized trials of the twentieth century.

Uncle Floyd
Director: Charles Poekel / DOC / USA / 12min
Legendary cult performer Uncle Floyd performs at a mom-and-pop Italian restaurant in northern New Jersey.

Free Art 4U
Director: Nicole Powell / DOC / USA / 8min
Four artists who participate in Atlanta's Free Art community share their creative processes.

Mipso in Japan
Director: Jonathan Kasbe / DOC / USA / 16min
On a journey that blurs the cultural divide between East and West, three young musicians from North Carolina travel across the Pacific to Japan and discover that the twang of the banjo needs no translation.

Saturday August 23, 2014 1:00pm - 3:03pm
Recital Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


An Honest Liar presented locally by AVX
Limited Capacity seats available

AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi’s personal life is discovered, it isn’t clear whether Randi is still the deceiver—or the deceived.

Saturday August 23, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


Living Stars presented locally by Swine Stars Productions
Limited Capacity seats available

In Buenos Aires, they are dancing. Dozens of real people, identified simply by name and occupation, are presented in their kitchens, living rooms, offices, and streets—each dancing to a fairly well-known pop song. Young and old, alone and with others, they perform for the camera with a rawness usually only reserved for the bathroom mirror. This is Living Stars.

While some dancers are very impressive—like a young boy who fully commits to his enactment of David Guetta’s “Titanium,” with the help of monkey bars—others are less so. Regardless, each performer embodies his or her given song with such complete abandonment, that the resulting joy is infectious. Filmmakers Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat eschew traditional narrative for a surprisingly elegant mise-en-scène. Their deliberate editing and eye for authentic, honest performances deliver a truly uplifting cinematic experience. The people of Buenos Aires dance for themselves, but in Living Stars, they also dance for us.

The short film, Master Muscles, will be screening with Living Stars.
Director: Efrén Hernández / NAR / USA / 14min
Veronica and Efren take a trip with an implied permanent vacation.

Saturday August 23, 2014 1:30pm - 2:32pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.


Sidewalk Saturday Shorts 1
Limited Capacity seats available

The Grey Matter
Directors: Peter McCoubrey & Luke McCoubrey / NAR / USA / 18min
After a mysteriously gruesome incident, a man stumbles through an absurd and macabre version of courtship.

Somos Amigos
Director: Carlos Solano Perez / NAR / Spain / 13min
The limits between friendship and work are tested when a man is tasked with firing his best friend.

Director: Colin Foster / NAR / USA / 8min
Opening your son's bedroom door is always a surprise.

The Greggs
Directors: Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Rob Malone, Kira Pearson, Alex Mechanik, Jessie Levandov & Jonathan Rosenblit / NAR / USA / 20min
Ever wonder where the SATs come from? The Greggs, of course.

One Please
Director: Jesse Burks / NAR / USA / 7min
I scream; you scream; we all scream for ice cream. A child's love of ice cream costs more than you can imagine.

Cootie Contagion
Director: Joshua Smooha
Patient: Matt. Infected by: Becca. Warning: Patient still expresses interest in Becca. Patient must be QUARANTINED.

The Gunfighter
Director: Eric Kissack / NAR / USA / 9min
In the tradition of classic westerns, a gunslinger walks into a saloon—only he and everyone else can hear his story's narrator—and the narrator may be a little bit of a jerk.

It’s the New John Early
Director: John Early & Nigel DeFriez / NAR / USA / 5min
In an attempt to become the next Neil Patrick Harris, John gets a horrifyingly disfiguring face-lift.

Saturday August 23, 2014 1:30pm - 2:55pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Sidewrite Alabama Finalists Table Read
Limited Capacity seats available

A table read of the top three short screenplays in the Alabama category from our annual Sidewrite Short Screenplay Competition. Hosted by the talented Birmingham Film Actors Lab. Alabama finalists: Alan Moore, Jeremy Crowson, and Kimberly Tompkins.

Saturday August 23, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Legends Bar 230 18th St North


Appropriate Behavior
Limited Capacity seats available

For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally-approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine. (K.Y.)

Saturday August 23, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Lecture Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Fort Tilden presented locally by Paramount and El Barrio
Limited Capacity seats available

A comedy about Allie and Harper and their needlessly difficult journey to the beach.

Fort Tilden: New York City’s secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn’s hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (Clare McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Bridey Elliott) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. As the two young women board their fixed-gear bicycles and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there.

The debut feature film of directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers—and showcasing the comedic versatility of Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott as Allie and Harper—“Fort Tilden” is a hilariously insightful and recognizable look at the consequences of extended adolescence.

Saturday August 23, 2014 1:45pm - 3:20pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


Uncertain Terms
Limited Capacity seats available

Needing a sudden escape from the city, Robbie leaves Brooklyn for the Hudson Valley to stay with his aunt who runs a home for pregnant teens. As the only man in the house, Robbie captures the attention of many of the girls, and when he strikes up a friendship with Nina, who is dealing with her own relationship troubles, tensions run high in the house. In trying to stop Nina from making the biggest mistake of her life, Robbie finds himself caught in a love triangle between Nina and her baby daddy, Chase.


Saturday August 23, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Resources for Alabama Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

What organizations exist to provide help for film production in Alabama? How can you get involved with them? The panel will include Bobby Jon Drinkard from EMPACT (Entertainment Media Production & Crew Training), Elliot Knight (Visual Projects Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts), and Diane Hall (Location Coordinator for the Mobile Film Office). Moderated by filmmaker Randal Crow.

Saturday August 23, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sidewalk Central Stage 3rd Ave. North


Shorts for Kids & By Kids 2
Limited Capacity seats available

First Prize
Director: Kevin McMullin / NAR / USA / 10min
A boy finds a dinosaur in the woods, but no one believes him.

The Pink Helmet Posse
Director: Kristelle Laroche / DOC / USA / 9min
In pink tutus, helmets, and skateboards, Bella, Sierra, and Rella prove that skateboarding is not just for boys.

The Heebie-Jeebies
Director: Todd Slawsby / NAR / USA / 9min
A young boy and girl become convinced they have monsters under their beds. They may just be right.

Old Timer
Director: Andrew Reed / NAR / USA / 7min
When a grandfather abruptly joins in a family game of wiffle ball to help out his unathletic grandson, he ends up in a heated competition with his son.

Director: Brendan Gosse / NAR / USA / 4min
A boy becomes a superhero after he finds a magical coin.

Director: Nicholas Michael Holmes / NAR / USA / 14min
When a young boy's family spends more time with his autistic brother, he flees into a different world -- a combination of his imagination and computer games.

The Magic Bracelet
Director: Jon Poll / NAR / USA / 18min
Fulfilled by the Make a Film Foundation, "The Magic Bracelet" is Rina Goldberg's film that tells the story of a young girl living with the mitochondrial disease that Rina died from.

Saturday August 23, 2014 2:45pm - 3:57pm
Rushton Theatre (McWane Science Center) 200 19th St. N. (enterance on 3rd Ave. N.)


The New Wave of Independent Media: Web Series and Episodic Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Independent filmmakers are creating web series and episodic content more frequently, but what does this mean for the future of independent film? Sidewalk filmmakers Alex Orr and Frank Mosley and jurors Melodie Sisk and Van Hansis will discuss their involvement with these new types of projects.

Saturday August 23, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Legends Bar 230 18th St North


The Search for General Tso presented locally by the Fairhope Film Festival & P.F. Changs
Limited Capacity seats available

THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO is a feature-length documentary tracing the origins of Chinese American food through what is arguably America’s most popular takeout meal––General Tso’s Chicken.

Anchoring the film is an upbeat quest, through small towns and big cities across America and beyond, to understand the origins and popularity of Chinese American food and its top-selling dish. Who was General Tso? And why do nearly fifty thousand restaurants serve deep-fried chicken bearing his name?

Using this Americanized dish and its mysterious mastermind as a lens onto a larger story of immigration, adaptation, and innovation, the film follows a lighthearted journey, grounded in cultural and culinary history, through restaurants, Chinatowns, and the American imagination. Visits to present-day Chinese restaurants spark forays into the past, guided by chefs, scholars, and the occasional opinionated customer. The film’s lively soundtrack and shadow-puppet animations contribute both whimsy and momentum, as viewers find they’re on a search to answer a deeper question: how did America’s Chinese food become so… American?


Saturday August 23, 2014 3:35pm - 4:46pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.


Little Hope Was Arson presented locally by JLP
Limited Capacity seats available

January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches burn to the ground in just over a month igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history. No stone is left unturned and even Satan himself is considered a suspect in this gripping investigation of a community terrorized from the inside-out. Families are torn apart and communities of faith struggle with forgiveness and justice in this incredible true story.

LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON is a feature length documentary produced by the Collaborate & Goodnight Smoke.


Saturday August 23, 2014 3:45pm - 5:07pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


Warren presented locally by Harrison Limited
Limited Capacity seats available

After giving up on making it in the Chicago improv scene, a young comedian fatefully reconnects with the former love of his life one fall night while working at a coffee shop in his hometown. Afraid of growing old and alone like his divorced father, Warren must choose between winning her back or finding the courage to go after his dreams a second time.


Saturday August 23, 2014 3:45pm - 5:10pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Alabama Doc Shorts 1
Limited Capacity seats available

The Vulcan
Director: Carlos Estrada / DOC / USA / 4min
Paul Scheuermann used to lead the Birmingham Vulcans through cheers and roars. Forty years later, he recounts what the city of Birmingham, Alabama needs.

29 Miles from Home
Director: Lauren Marsh / DOC / USA / 11min
A day in the life of a group of students at a boarding school in rural China.

Directors: Myah Wilder & Rachel Ahrnsen / DOC / USA / 11min
A profile on a church in Huntsville, Alabama that helps people reconcile their faith with their LGBTQ+ identities.

Director: Danny Ryan / DOC / USA / 4min
Ke'Eric Hinton, a Golden Glove amateur boxer from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, gives us a glimpse of his life as boxer and father.

Fred: The Town Dog
Director: Ava Lowrey / DOC / USA / 13min
Rockford is a small town of only 400 residents located in Coosa County, Alabama. When an unexpected companion wandered into town, their lives were forever changed.

Good Mooning, Homewood
Director: Sarah Orr / DOC / USA / 6min
A short documentary about a cast iron derriere and the eccentric character who decided to sing about it.

Director: Sonya Mitchell / DOC / USA / 13min
The story of Jesse P. Miller, who is loved by everyone he meets (especially at the YMCA where he spends much of his time), just happens to have autism, but that doesn't hinder the love in his heart.

Director: Scott Lancaster / DOC / USA / 5min
Harmonica player McDaniel reveals the inspiration for his music and life.

Elvis Loses His Excess & Other Tales From The World's Longest Yard Sale
Director: Riley Hooper / DOC / USA / 18min
Travel down US Highway 127 from Michigan to Alabama and meet the people at the world's longest yard sale—an annual four-day, 690-mile exchange of goods and narratives.

Director: Kelly Konrad & Myranda Bennett / DOC / USA / 9min
“Norwood” attempts to reveal the possibility of a neighbor-led revitalization amidst the threats of deterioration and gentrification/displacement.

From the Ash
Director: Nicholas Price / DOC / USA / 13min
People living near coal ash landfills discuss fears about toxins affecting water supplies.

Saturday August 23, 2014 4:05pm - 5:55pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Borgman presented by Friends of the Festival
Limited Capacity seats available

A dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places, "Borgman" follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle.

Charming and mysterious, Camiel Borgman seems almost otherworldly, and it isn't long before he has the wife, children and nanny under his spell in a calculated bid to take over their home life. However, his domestic assimilation takes a malevolent turn as his ultimate plan comes to bear, igniting a series of increasingly maddening and menacing events.

Saturday August 23, 2014 4:20pm - 6:18pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


Sidewalk Saturday Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

American Frenzy
Director: Brandon Langley / NAR / USA / 6min
A hyperbolic anti-parable of the exploitation of our fears, the piggish plundering of the media news outlets, and the birth of the ghost collective.

Globe Trot
Director: Mitchell Rose / NAR / USA / 5min
An international, crowd-sourced, dance-film project, with 54 filmmakers on all seven continents.

Alien Brides
Director: Sadie Rogers / NAR / USA / 6min
Thirty-something sisters Zora and Rosalind hole up during an alien invasion and get high.

Director: Annie Silverstein / NAR / USA / 16min
When her pit bull is stolen by an amateur dog fighter, 14-year old Leila is forced to stand up for herself—at the cost of her own innocence.

Google Ambien
Director: Sara Salovaara / NAR / USA / 9min
Getting rid of an ambien-fueled guest is harder than expected.

Baby Mary
Director: Kris Swanberg / NAR / USA / 8min
An eight-year-old girl decides to rescue a neglected child.

The Discontentment of Ed Telfair
Director: Daniel Campbell / NAR / USA / 18min
Ed Telfair is a mundane, middle-aged man with a steady job, a beautiful wife, a best friend named Doug, and a normal life—until he takes matters into his own hands.

Jonathan’s Chest
Director: Christopher Radcliff / NAR / USA / 15min
A young man claims to be the long-missing brother of a teenager.

The Gentleman Darks
Director: Brandon Vedder / NAR / USA / 14min
When a fabled man in their rough backwoods named Gentleman calls on them, Abel & Sam nervously head out to the darks to investigate.

Picture Show
Directors: Jonathan Hicks & Robyn Young / NAR / USA / 15min
An elderly couple, confined to their home for years, ventures out for one last date at the soon-to-close movie theater—only to return and face a stark reality.

Beneath Existence
Director: Edward Mensore / NAR / USA / 9min
Half a mile underground, nine Appalachian miners struggle to survive after a methane explosion leaves them with one hour of oxygen to go.

Saturday August 23, 2014 4:20pm - 6:20pm
Recital Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transendence of Self presented by Robbie Pike
Limited Capacity seats available

Two old friends reunite at a Sales conference in Dubuque, IA where Bob (Barry Nash), a reluctant motivational speaker, shares a personal story with the conference attendees who work for Jerry (Robert Longstreet). The story takes an unexpected path when Bob—a one armed, one legged ex-pilot—reminisces about the event that forever changed him and his relationship with Jerry. Bob Birdnow’s plight reminds us that pain and tragedy light the way to salvation and that the darkest of times are an opportunity for clarity. Produced by Dallas native and Cucalorus Ambassador, Adam Donaghey.


Saturday August 23, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Lecture Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Family Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Paper Dolls
NAR / UK / 3min
As a 1950s paper doll world dissolves, young people discuss how self-perception has changed throughout the years.

Director: Thomas Schultz / NAR / USA / 11min
A suburban kid rallies the neighborhood against the bullies who stole his bike.

Director: George Khabbaz, August Blum, Lauren Morganbesser, Sarah McAllister, Ulysse Silva & Mathias Valenta / NAR / USA / 6min
Hollywood executives argue the merits of originality vs. box office success in hilarious animated sequences.

Director: Zach Redpath / NAR / USA / 7min
Tyler and Ali are in love, too shy to tell each other, and sufferers of the strange domain known as sixth grade.

The Most Awesomest Jesus Play Ever
Director: Bryan Belknap / NAR / USA / 38min
Sheridan's dream of reaching her community with a play about the life of Jesus goes horribly wrong.

Saturday August 23, 2014 4:45pm - 5:50pm
Rushton Theatre (McWane Science Center) 200 19th St. N. (enterance on 3rd Ave. N.)


General Tso's Celebration sponsored by P.F. Chang's
Limited Capacity full

After the credits for "In Search of General Tso," head to Sidewalk Central for a tasting of Birmingham's presentation of the ubiquitous, undefined phenomenon of General Tso's chicken.

Saturday August 23, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Sidewalk Central Stage 3rd Ave. North


The Heart Machine presented locally by Samford Capital
Limited Capacity seats available

Cody and Virginia start talking while he’s in Brooklyn and she’s in Berlin. It’s a romance that could only happen online, and they’re happy together—except they’ve never really met. But Cody’s questions about Virginia’s life in Berlin become an obsession, leading him to doubt that she’s there at all. Combing NYC for clues about her whereabouts, an increasingly driven Cody begins overstepping boundaries of privacy in his desperate quest for answers. Tracking two parallel journeys that show how digital mediation complicates modern love, The Heart Machine explores the evolving relationship between physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the urban hive, and the seduction of hiding behind a screen.


Saturday August 23, 2014 6:00pm - 7:25pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


Animated & International Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Eye in the Tuna Care
Director: John Walter Lustig / NAR / USA / 4min
A dentist's expertise is put to the test when an unusual patient seeks his help.

Director: Kanjana Sodsee / NAR / Thailand / 4min
An old lady on a picnic feeds a little friend who has a big surprise.

Helium Harvey
Director: Daniel Savage / NAR / USA / 3min
After breathing in helium, Harvey turns into a balloon and floats up on an airborne adventure around the world.

Le Gouffre
Directors: Carl Beauchemin, David Forest & Thomas Chretien / NAR / CAN / 11min
Two travelers inspire a rural community as they construct a gigantic bridge in order to cross a gulf blocking their way.

Director: Jilli Rose / DOC / Australia / 20min
Exiled from the tropical paradise where they evolved, a handful of remarkable stick insects—the last of their kind—has clung to life on a single, windswept bush on a remote sea stack for 80 years.

Tall Evil
Director: Wally Chung / NAR / USA / 3min
In this fast paced world, no one has time for diversity.

The Chaperone 3D
Director: Fraser Munden / DOC / CAN / 12min
A combination of hand-drawn animation, miniature sets, puppets, and live action, "The Chaperone" tells the true story of a lone school teacher who fights off an entire motorcycle gang that invades a middle school dance.

We Wanted More
Director: Stephen Dunn / NAR / CAN / 15min
A psychological thriller about a singer who loses her voice on the precipice of her first world tour, WE WANTED MORE is a hypnotic fever dream about the sacrifices a young artist makes for her career.

Director: Alberto Vázquez / NAR / Spain / 9min
Two teddy-bears go hunting their favorite prey—unicorns.

Woman Who Hates Plants
Director: Morgan Miller / NAR / USA / 1min
She hates plants, but she loves her cigarettes.

Friendship Biglets
Director: Sam McDavid / NAR / USA / 3min
A tomato and a green cyclops blob convene at a local tavern to discuss their relationship woes.

Director: Bernardo Britto / NAR / USA / 6min
An animated tale of the man who is hired to record Earth's history before the world ends.

I Love You So Much
Director: Leah Shore / NAR / USA / 4min
Two people love each other very much.

Director: Ewan Bailey / NAR / UK / 14min
An identical twin has a premonition about her sister's violent death and has to decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to save her.

That’s the Clouds
Director: Brett Whitcomb / NAR / USA / 7min
A little boy tells the story of the Universe.

Sidewalk Laugh Flicks
Director: Kyle Sawyer / NAR / USA / 3min
An animated cartoon commentary on local topics for the Birmingham screen.

Saturday August 23, 2014 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Fight Church presented locally by MDM
Limited Capacity seats available

FIGHT CHURCH is a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts. The film follows several pastors and fighters in a quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that some consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised. Can you really love your neighbor as yourself and then punch him in the face?

The film is being directed by Academy Award-Winning Director Daniel Junge and his directing partner, Bryan Storkel. It is being produced by award-winning producers Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKehleer.

Our goal is to tell this entertaining story in a completely objective tone, and to let the story speak for itself. Like the Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp, the film will present these incredibly provocative characters in an objective and often sympathetic light.

We will ask the audience to come to their own conclusions about the connections between religion and condoned violence, as well as explore the growing mainstreaming of MMA in the US, and discuss Christianity in our post-modern society.

Saturday August 23, 2014 6:20pm - 7:44pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.


Indiegogo Campaign Funders Party
Limited Capacity seats available

A party for donors to our Indiegogo campaign—donate today to support your favorite film festival! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sidewalk-film-festival-presented-by-you

Saturday August 23, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sidewalk Central Stage 3rd Ave. North


The Dog
Limited Capacity seats available

In 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover Ernest Aron's sex change operation. The story was the basis for the film 'Dog Day Afternoon.' THE DOG captures John, for the first time, telling his story in his own unique, offensive, hilarious and heartbreaking way.

Saturday August 23, 2014 6:40pm - 8:20pm
Lecture Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Summer Of Blood presented locally by I Love Picnics
Limited Capacity seats available

Erik Sparrow is one of the lucky ones. He's got a good job. He's in a stable relationship. He lives in one of the greatest cities in the world. Does he deserve it? Probably not. He's not too bright. He's not very attractive. He's not at all ambitious. He's chubby and he's always complaining. And when his girlfriend Jody proposes to him, he doesn't even have the good sense to accept her offer. He'll never find a woman like this again. Instead, Erik bumbles his way around the issue, offering one excuse after another for not getting married. When Jody dumps him and starts seeing an old flame from college, Erik tries to win her back. When he fails, he attempts to date other women, but the results are disastrous. Erik's starts falling apart. His job grows more unfulfilling. He becomes obsessed with a kinky co-worker who has no interest in him. He becomes riddled with despair. One night, Erik meets an enigmatic stranger named Gavin who asks him, "Do you want to die?" Erik shrugs and says, "I do." Then everything goes pitch black. When Erik wakes up from the darkness, he finds himself changed forever. He's stronger, more confident and free to do whatever he wants. Dating is a synch. He's a lothario, a sexual dynamo; able to seduce any women he wants without even trying. He quits his job. Finally, he's free and unshackled with not a care in the world. Except for one little thing, the excruciating stomach pains. There's only one remedy for that... BLOOD!

The short film, Wawd Ahp, will be screening with Summer of Blood.
Steve Girard / NAR / USA / 3min
A wild romp through a rap artist's song—complete with decapitated rapping.


Saturday August 23, 2014 7:00pm - 8:26pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


Occupying Ed
Limited Capacity seats available

Saturday August 23, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


The Past is a Grotesque Animal
Limited Capacity seats available

THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible portrait of an artist – of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes – whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question—is this really worth it?


Saturday August 23, 2014 7:15pm - 8:45pm
Recital Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Thou Wast Mild And Lovely
Limited Capacity seats available

When Akin arrives at the farm, he finds his job. This is what he expected to find. When Sarah opens her legs, she finds someone watching. This is what she expected to find. When Jeremiah opens his mouth, frightening things come out of it. This has come to be expected. But what happens by the creek next to the cow. This was not expected.

The short film, Half Life, will be screening with Thou Wast Mild and Lovely.
Half Life employs audio from the video games Portal I, II and Half Life. This work attempts to draw upon players” experiences and is influenced by the Greek and Roman myth that when we die, we will arrive in a field; once there, we are accompanied by our closest friend

Saturday August 23, 2014 8:30pm - 10:04pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


The Ladies of the House
Limited Capacity seats available

THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE follows the events surrounding a birthday outing with two brothers and a friend which turns into a horrific fight for survival after they become trapped in a house with a "family" of malevolent women who enjoy a pin-up lifestyle and a special diet.

Saturday August 23, 2014 8:50pm - 10:23pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.


Saturday Night Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Director: Sudhanshu Saria / NAR / Hong Kong, India, USA / 14min
A Faustian fable about the prices of pursuing one's dreams, this is the story of two brothers, an invincible boxer, and a pair of golden gloves.

Tiny Tape Recorder
Director: Paavo Hanninen / NAR / USA / 20min
A tiny tape recorder in a man's head forces him to replay his past and confront the emotions they bring.

Dog Food
Director: Brian Crano / NAR / USA / 18min
When a butcher loses his dog, his life starts to unravel.

Director: Mat Owen / NAR / UK / 14min
A diligent android repair man responds to an emergency call-out, but when he discovers that the android has been exploited, he is faced with an impossible moral dilemma.

Electric Indigo
Director: Jean-Julien Collette / NAR / Belgium, France / 24min
Indigo grew up in a family with two heterosexual fathers, united in the bonds of a non-carnal marriage. But when her surrogate mother decides to get Indigo back, things get more complicated.

Director: Alex Beatty / NAR / USA / 5min
A man is given a chance to reduce his prison sentence by undergoing a mental simulation where he is placed back at the scene of his brutal crime with the ability to change the outcome.

Dancing Song
Director: Tyler Jones / NAR / USA / 5min
Official music video for Duquette Johnston's 'Dancing Song' from his latest record, 'Rabbit Runs a Destiny.'

Director: Kevin Wayne / NAR / USA / 5min
Music video of artist, Phil Dudley's song 'Wonderland'

Call Me – Music Video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Director: Jen West / NAR / USA / 3min
A playful portrayal of the yearning and desire of wanting the person you care about to return your efforts to connect.

Saturday August 23, 2014 9:00pm - 10:46pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


My Super Sweet 16 Saturday Night Bash
Admission: VIP Pass holders, and Individual Party Ticket holders only.

High atop Red Mountain at Vulcan Park, guests will enjoy late night pizza deliveries, ice cream and cake, a top DJ and everything hot pink. Plus a screening of the classic, John Hughes film, Sixteen Candles, all in celebration of our 16th year!

Saturday August 23, 2014 9:00pm - Sunday August 24, 2014 1:00am
Vulcan Park 1701 Valley View Dr.


Stomping Ground
Limited Capacity seats available

Ben & Annie are a young couple living in Chicago, on a weekend trip to Annie's small North Carolina hometown. At the local bar they run into Paul, a charming old friend of Annie's, and Ben learns something he never knew about his girlfriend: She believes in Bigfoot. In fact, she and her friends used to "hunt" for the creature when they were kids. Before Ben knows it, he's off on an impromptu Squatchin' trip deep in the Carolina backwoods. Amidst the Squatch calls, campfire stories and beers, Ben quickly realizes that Paul may have an ulterior motive in bringing Annie to the woods. And something else out here seems to be after her as well. Everyone but Ben thinks its Bigfoot. But it can't be, can it? After all, Bigfoot isn't real...

Stomping Ground is a comedic relationship drama / horror hyrbrid by first–time feature director Dan Riesser. The film features a cameo appearance by Theresa Tilly, one of the original "Ladies of the Evil Dead" from Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic The Evil Dead.

The short film, Run of Mine, will screen with Stomping Ground.
Directors: Kyle Leopard & J.L. Clark / DOC / USA / 6min
An observational exploration of a Southern coal city.


Saturday August 23, 2014 9:05pm - 10:25pm
Lecture Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


LIMO RIDE presented locally by Matthew's Bar & Grill
Limited Capacity seats available

Ten friends recount the unbelievable true story of renting a limousine for an annual event and after 24 hours of indecency, intoxication, possession, trespassing, kidnapping and assault find themselves stranded and left for dead in the middle of nowhere. By combining narration of the actual participants with feature-length re-creation, this telling of “the greatest bar story ever told” marries broad subject with experimental form.

Saturday August 23, 2014 9:15pm - 10:53pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Coherence presented locally by ELI
Limited Capacity seats available

On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, COHERENCE is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery.

Saturday August 23, 2014 9:20pm - 10:50pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


It Is What It Is
Limited Capacity seats available

Josh and Terry are two college friends who had a falling out before graduation and parted on less than good terms. Terry wandered off to Europe to find himself, while Josh stayed in town and became a lawyer. 5 years later, Josh is getting married and is about to go out for his bachelor's weekend when Terry unexpectedly comes into town. The pair head out into the city in an attempt to bury the hatchet, but when Terry meets Josh's fiancee, Lara, things take an unexpected turn.


Saturday August 23, 2014 9:35pm - 11:00pm
Recital Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)
Sunday, August 24


Her Wilderness
Limited Capacity seats available

HER WILDERNESS weaves an elliptical, minimalist narrative of a lost, wandering child in the wake of an affair that may or may not have even happened. Both wildly operatic and quietly mysterious, while blending memory with fantasy, HER WILDERNESS is a portrait of four women wondering just how much power they wield in choosing their next stage in life. A multi-platform project, the non-linear film is an investigation into responsibility and choice. It's as if a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' novel was written by Andrei Tarkovsky.


Frank Mosley

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Sunday August 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:07am
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


Alabama Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Good Cop
Director: Trevor Britton / NAR / USA / 7min
Detectives Baker and O'Malley face their biggest challenge when Baker wants to switch roles in the interrogation room.

How To Be A Good Guest For Dinner
Director: Robert Pace / NAR / USA / 9min
A young man, new to the neighborhood, is invited to his neighbor's house for dinner.

Is This You?
Director: Daniel Bamberg / NAR / USA / 8min
When a confusing phone call interrupts moving day, the annoyed lady of the house must relay the message to You.

Un Problème Similaire
Directors: Alan Moore & Brad Jerkins / NAR / USA / 4min
Men and women aren't so different after all in this romantic comedy that wipes away every preconceived idea about what happens behind closed doors.

Director: Allan Woodall / NAR / USA / 8min
A guy and his sweet pet piñata, Tamale, go through a typical day that ends with a race to get away from some candy-craving children.

Nine Minutes
Director: Shane Traffanstedt / NAR / USA / 16min
Imagine what the people inside your radio are doing when you aren't listening to them.

Director: Chris Knight / NAR / USA / 9min
When James decides to lie down on the floor of his apartment, nothing can convince him to get back up again.

Moving Parts
Director: Lisa Cordes / NAR / USA / 6min
A guy and a girl eye each other while walking around town. They each try and meet up with the other, but they can't quite seem to make it work.

Director: T. W. Ballew / NAR / USA / 15min
Jazz pianist Sam Kenning seeks psychiatric help when a beautiful blonde singer starts to affect his playing.

Power Trip
Director: Ken Sullivan / NAR / USA / 5min
When the flight attendant gets high on authority, buckle up tight.

Man vs. Machine
Director: Benjamin Jones / NAR / USA / 7min
Driven by hunger, a man battles a vending machine in an attempt to retrieve his snack.

Director: Adam Schwartz / NAR / USA / 25min
The A-Team with zombies! A ragtag team of zombie chasers take on a lucrative but suicidal mission after a routine data-gathering job goes wrong.

Sunday August 24, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Summer's Shadow
Limited Capacity seats available

Difficult times have created infighting in the otherwise idyllic neighborhood where 12-year-old Summer Larsen has just moved. At the forefront of the controversy is Summer's father, who works for the developer. But it's a sweet, stray dog who ultimately changes Summer's life and those around her. Shadow, named for always following her, was destined to be Summer's dog. But for how long? And at what price? Summer is determined to do what she believes is the right thing no matter how difficult, and it's that strength of character, as well as her big heart, that have a profound impact on her father and the neighbors she befriends: the nerdy boy who is disapproved of by the popular kids, the reclusive woman who lives next door, and the rough-around-the-edges guy who happens to have a gentle soul.


Sunday August 24, 2014 10:30am - 12:12pm
Rushton Theatre (McWane Science Center) 200 19th St. N. (enterance on 3rd Ave. N.)


A is for Alex
Limited Capacity seats available

An inventor accidentally lands his mother in jail for child pornography with a teenage sex tape he kept. In this raunchy, comedic blend of personal nonfiction and sci-fi, panicked dad-to-be Alex solves the disappearance with the world's bee population while driving his wife insane through her pregnancy. Shot throughout the 9 months before their child was born, husband and wife team Katie and Alex Orr turn the cameras on themselves and end up with a modern look at becoming a parent and mixing your real life with fiction.


Sunday August 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


A Fragile Trust presented locally by Home Run
Limited Capacity seats available

A FRAGILE TRUST tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism. In 2003 Blair was caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details in dozens of different stories published in the Times. The ensuing media frenzy left a major blemish on the history of the ‘Old Grey Lady’, which just a year earlier won a record 7 Pulitzer prizes for its coverage of 9/11. It was a spectacular fall for both Blair and the paper. The daily operations of the Times newsroom became a public spectacle as every major news outlet picked up the story and ran with it. The fact that Blair is African-American was emphasized again and again as accounts of the ‘Blair Affair’ served up sordid details in a soap-opera style tale of deception, drug abuse, racism, mental illness, hierarchy, white guilt, and power struggles inside the hallowed halls of the New York Times.

Through the course of the film, we follow Blair as he slowly unravels in the face of mounting pressures and distractions. Starting with his ‘reporting’ of the plagiarized article that ultimately lead to his undoing, we trace the rise and fall of this fascinating young reporter as he clings to his career at the Times even as he is losing his mind.

The Jayson Blair scandal is at the most basic level a compelling, character-driven narrative about an important chapter in the history of journalism. It is also a complex story about power, ethics, representation, race, and accountability in the mainstream media. Featuring exclusive interviews with everyone involved, including former Executive Editor Howell Raines and Blair himself, A FRAGILE TRUST is the first film to tell the whole sordid story of the scandal while exploring these deeper themes. With more and more publications moving to online-only formats and plagiarism on the rise, this cautionary tale about the slippery slope of ethical transgressions is more relevant than ever.

Sunday August 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:15pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.


Sidewrite International Finalists Table Read
Limited Capacity seats available

The Birmingham Film Actors Lab joins us again for a table read of the top three International screenplays from our Sidewrite Short Screenplay Competition. International finalists: L. Elizabeth Powers, Stephen Dhondt, and Cornelius Murphy.

Sunday August 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Legends Bar 230 18th St North


Stop the Pounding Heart
Limited Capacity seats available

Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South.

Sunday August 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:41pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


L For Leisure
Limited Capacity seats available

Sunday August 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:25pm
Lecture Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Shout Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Airport Douchery: Boarding & Hoarding
Director: Sonora Chase / NAR / USA / 2min
The only thing harder than getting to the gate is fending off the faster, smarter, and wittier gays who cut the line.

Out Smart
Director: Dawn Cobalt / NAR / USA / 10min
A teenage boy faces his parents' shock, disappointment, anger, and humiliation when he 'comes out' as smart.

Director: James Jermanok / NAR / USA / 3min
A man, late for a gay marriage hearing, tries to get directions from his smart phone and discovers she is part of the opposition.

Dyke Central: “Taboo”
Director: Florencia Manovil / NAR / USA / 23min
Alex, Gin, and new roommate Fabiana decide to have a Game Night at Dyke Central, and unspoken secrets start to slip out.

Hoover Road

Between Us
Director: Ping-Wen Wang / NAR / Taiwan, USA / 11min
During an affair with a married woman, Ariel must choose between her sexual desires or an open life free of broken promises.

Director: Leslie Bumgamer / NAR / USA / 9min
A mother and son confess their secrets. POW! BOOM! Surprise.

The Night Is Ours
Director: Aubree Bernier-Clarke / NAR / USA / 15min
Morgan's best friend Olivia comes back to life after her sudden death, and they escape on a road trip into a dark and uncertain future.

Secrets and Toys

Sunday August 24, 2014 11:30am - 12:55pm
Recital Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Art and Craft presented locally by Patti Woods Interiors
Limited Capacity seats available

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.

Sunday August 24, 2014 11:55am - 1:25pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


My Prairie Home
Limited Capacity seats available

With only an acoustic guitar and a laptop, transgender singer/songwriter Rae Spoon, who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” embarks on a modest tour across the vast and blue-skied plains of Canada, facilitated by Greyhound buses and generic motel rooms. Delicately observed through Spoon’s contemplative moments, My Prairie Home takes an impressionistic approach to its subject, thwarting the expectations of a traditional music documentary. The film poetically weaves together Spoon’s personal history of an evangelical household back in Alberta, a troubled family life, and a forbidden first love—all of which left indelible marks on their lyrics and are brought to life through playful, music-video–like visual sequences.

Within the first moments of the film, director Chelsea McMullan visually cues the audience to subvert its expectations, preparing us to spend intimate time with her subject, who sees the world in their own way. A particular joy comes from delving into an artist’s world of music and musings; discovering Rae Spoon is this film’s biggest reward.

Sunday August 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:16pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Five Star
Limited Capacity seats available

After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film and in reality—the streets of Brooklyn are all Primo has ever known. While John questions whether or not to enter into this life, Primo must decide whether to leave it all behind as he vows to become a better husband and father. Set during those New York summer weeks where the stifling heat seems to encase everything, Five Star plunges into gang culture with searing intensity. Director Keith Miller observes the lives of these two men with a quiet yet pointed distance, carefully eschewing worn clichés through its unflinching focus. Distinctions between fiction and real life remain intentionally ambiguous, allowing the story of these two men to resonate beyond the streets, as they face the question of what it means to be a man.


Sunday August 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:23pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Limited Capacity seats available

When Tim can't sleep, he realizes that stars are disappearing from the sky. His investigation to find the missing stars leads him on a journey through the land of Nocturna where he meets an amazing cast of characters, including a narcoleptic cat, a reluctant feline shepherd, the North Star, and a whole cast of night-dwellers. Along the way, Tim will discover the importance of friendship and will find the strength to face his fears.

Join Tim in his magical journey as he battles a malicious shadow and his own fear of the dark in order to emerge as a hero. Nocturna is an endearing tale told with an animation style that is part Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and part impressionistic painting. Children and adults alike will find Nocturna a quiet respite amongst often jaded and sarcastic modern stories.

The short film, I M Possible, will be screening with Nocturna.
Prasad Narse / NAR / USA / 5min
A basketball star has spent a year of his life on a wheelchair after a disastrous accident, but he is now determined to play basketball again on his disabled legs.


Sunday August 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:28pm
Rushton Theatre (McWane Science Center) 200 19th St. N. (enterance on 3rd Ave. N.)


Resistance presented locally by ALFA Lumber
Limited Capacity seats available

Antibiotics have lead the fight against new diseases since their beginning in the 1940's. After almost 75 years of research regarding the effects that antibiotics have on humans, numerous studies conclude that antibiotics are not a positive, permanent disease fighting strategy. This is mostly due to the immunities that they introduce into our bodies. Resistance explores this strong hypothesis, included are interviews with doctors on both sides of the debate. The slick and concise documentary provides an amazing crash course in the flux world of antibiotics. Never leaning too far on one side of the issue, Resistance finds a wonderful balance between informing the viewer about the facts while reminding us to further educate ourselves about this worldwide challenge

Sunday August 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Lecture Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Actor's Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Hollywood veteran Victor McCay (Argo, Walking Dead, The West Wing) and the Birmingham Film Actors Lab will be hosting a workshop for adult actors wanting to learn more about techniques and business of film acting. You will receive in-depth instruction and honest critique as you enhance your craft and build confidence. The perfect opportunity to build a foundation or sharpen your skills.

Sunday August 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Legends Bar 230 18th St North


No No: A Dockumentary presented locally by Lovoy, Summerville & Shelton
Limited Capacity seats available

On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 136 years of baseball history, only 276 no-hitters have been recorded. Dock is the only pitcher to ever claim he accomplished his while high on LSD.

During his 12 years in the major leagues, Dock lived the expression “Black is Beautiful!” He wore curlers on the field. He stepped out of his Cadillac wearing the widest bell bottoms and the broadest collars. When he put on his uniform, he was one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s.

Dock was often at the forefront of controversy and has been called the “Muhammad Ali of Baseball.” He was an outspoken leader of a new wave of civil rights in sports, when black athletes were no longer content to accept second-class treatment or keep their mouths shut about indignities. For this, the press labeled him a militant.

After Dock retired from baseball, he was as outspoken about his addictions to alcohol and amphetamines (aka “greenies”) as he had been about racial prejudice during his career. He spent his last decades using that blunt honesty as a counselor helping other addicts, until his death from liver disease in 2008.

Since then, the Internet has fueled the legend of Dock Ellis. This will be the first time his legend—and the story of the man behind it—will be told in a feature film.


Sunday August 24, 2014 1:15pm - 2:55pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.


Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Limited Capacity seats available

A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried and lost in a fictional film, is in fact, real. With a crudely drawn treasure map and limited preparation, she escapes her structured life in Tokyo and embarks on a foolhardy quest across the frozen tundra of Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune.


Sunday August 24, 2014 1:40pm - 3:15pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


Sunday Sidewalk Shorts 1
Limited Capacity seats available

The Immaculate Reception
Director: Charlotte Glynn / NAR / USA / 16min
In Pittsburgh in 1972, teenager Joey has his chance to prove himself when his crush ends up at his house to watch the infamous playoff game between the Steelers and the Raiders.

Be With Me: The Notebook
Director: Zach Clark / NAR / USA / 16min
A lonely woman makes an unusual request at a video store.

Director: Frances Bodomo / NAR / USA / 14min
The story of Zambian exiles who dreamed of beating America to the moon.

Director: Polina Gorbacheva / NAR / USA / 11min
Colin and Lena find themselves embroiled in a long and bitter divorce process until they have a heart-to-heart conversion far away from their final arbitration hearing.

The Bravest, The Boldest
Director: Moon Molson / NAR / USA / 17min
One woman's struggle to avoid learning of her son's death.

Director: Aaron Greer / NAR / USA / 6min
After her mother dies, Pam retreats to the clutches of old friends and old habits—a decision that threatens the only family she has left—in this short film about life, love and liquor.

Tobacco Burn
Director: Justin Liberman / NAR / USA / 17min
Decades before the Civil War, the actions of a brutal overseer spark the fire of revolution on a Southern tobacco farm.

Director: Ya’Ke Smith / NAR / USA / 20min
After several prison stints, Dawn is determined to right her wrongs, but the years locked away may have damaged her.

Sunday August 24, 2014 1:45pm - 3:40pm
Recital Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


The Impact of Media on Advocacy
Limited Capacity seats available

How can media be used to further the efforts of advocacy work? Katherine Gorringe, director of the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship at the Southern Environmental Law Center, and Kyle Tharp, the Communications Director for the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, will discuss this topic. Moderated by Birmingham-Southern College professor David Resha.

Sunday August 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sidewalk Central Stage 3rd Ave. North


Limited Capacity seats available

Yako­na, meaning "rising water" in a local Native American language, is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. This film takes the viewer from prehistoric times through the modern era on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. While filming, many extraordinary changes occurred surrounding the springs and river, including the removal of the Aquarena Springs theme park, the restoration of Spring Lake and the uncovering of ancient human remains. We were there to capture these historic changes to the river.

We follow the river from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river’s time and memory, and documenting this relationship between the natural world and man. Yakona speaks directly to the viewer with its beauty, appealing to humanity’s higher nature, and the viewer begins to understand this is a river that yearns to remain unchanged despite everything that is changing around it.

Sunday August 24, 2014 2:10pm - 3:35pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


Structure and Development in Screenwriting
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the key turning points of successful scripts and how to structure and develop your screenplay properly. We’ll also hear from some writers who do things a little differently. The panel will include Sidewalk jurors Becca Greene and Zach Clark and 2014 Sidewalk filmmakers John Wildman and Justina Walford (The Ladies of the House). Moderated by filmmaker Nathan Adloff.

Sunday August 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Legends Bar 230 18th St North


Sunday Sidewalk Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

When You Were Mine
Director: Michelle Witten / NAR / USA / 15min
Ian and Anita's relationship is strained while they're hiding out, as he changes into something new.

The Story of Milo & Annie
Director: Harris Doran / NAR / USA / 17min
A love story about Annie, a restless secretary, who tries to discover the mystery of Milo, a guy who hasn't spoken since he was six years old.

A Million Miles Away
Director: Jennifer Reeder / NAR / USA / 28min
Contemporary relationship drama reaches its apotheosis to the beat of a 1980s heavy metal anthem. A woman (the conductor) is on the verge of a nervous breakdown and just like the teen girls (the choir) undergoes a transformation. Teacher and pupil roles are reversed when the woman can't decipher her lover's text message. Melancholy as a survival strategy in the American Mid-West.

We Could Be Your Parents
Director: Charlie Anderson / NAR / USA / 18min
Sue needs her husband to quit smoking before they have a baby. She gives him some added incentive: no sex until he successfully quits.

Two Story
Director: Frank Mosely / NAR / USA / 5min
A visual cat-and-mouse game that seems to hint that the various people who inevitably come in and out of your life can leave an imprint that will never quite go away.

Director: Lendita Zeqiraj / NAR / Kosovo / 20min
An entire village reacts to a boy dangling from a balcony in this one-shot film.

Old Timers
Director: Carl Conway Maguire / NAR / USA / 10min
Two friends turn against each other when one is caught in a decades-old lie.

Stone Cars
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green / NAR / USA / 14min
A teenage girl growing up in dangerous Khayelitsha township is faced with a difficult decision in the wake of a traumatic event.

Sunday August 24, 2014 3:10pm - 5:20pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Little White Lie presented locally by the Birmingham Jewish Federation
Limited Capacity seats available

Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family's explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different.

At age of 18, she finally confronts her mother and learns the truth: her biological father was not the man who raised her, but a black man named Rodney with whom her mother had had an affair. Afraid of losing her relationship with her parents, Lacey doesn't openly acknowledge her newly discovered black identity with her white family. When her biological father dies shortly before Lacey's 30th birthday, the family secret can stay hidden no longer. Following the funeral, Lacey begins a quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life and heal her relationship with the only father she ever knew.

What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents? Lacey discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents' own stories as well as her own. She pieces together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life. Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and redemption.

The short film, What's in a Name, will be screening with Little White Lie.
Director: Daniel Robin / DOC / USA / 14min
One man's struggle to reclaim his Jewish name and identity after his grandfather changed their family name to avoid anti-Jewish quotas and get engineering work designing the Los Angeles freeways.


Sunday August 24, 2014 3:30pm - 4:35pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Teen Made Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

The Music Box
Director: Jacqueline Olivo / NAR / USA / 5min
Mitchell and his sister clean out the attic one day and come across a foreboding box marked 'DO NOT OPEN'. Inside - a music box.

No Hug Zone
Director: Jacqueline Olivo / NAR / USA / 8min
In the year 2014, scientists concluded that a Touch Transmitted Disease—a T.T.D.—could be contracted through any bodily contact.

Changing Identity
Director: Mary Adams / DOC / USA / 3min
A high school sophomore discusses his decision to come out as a transgendered male, and the philosophical considerations behind his identity.

Director: Rhys Castro / NAR / USA / 5min
Two girls get more than they bargained for when they try out a smart phone that use to be owned by 'Steve.'

Director: Evan Sennett / NAR / USA / 5min
A curious looking boy named Bongo sits at a table and watches a couple dance.

Regione Caecorum (“In the Land of the Blind”)
Director: Drew Goldsmith / NAR / USA / 3min
An evening of speed dating turns the tables on ability—and disability.

Once Upon a Childhood
Directors: Marcella Park & Sarah McAllister / DOC / Laos, USA / 8min
A piercing look at children and teens who have been maimed when setting off unexploded bombs in Laos.

Wings of Peace
Director: Danielle Stolz / DOC / Laos, USA / 5min
Boundaries of language and culture are transcended when Laotians affected by unexploded bombs fold cranes and share their dreams for a better life.

Swords Into Plowshares: Life After the Secret War in Laos
Director: Max Cho / DOC / Laos, USA / 4min
A haunting look at one of the United States' darkest historical moments, the Secret War on Laos.

Director: Danielle Stolz / NAR / USA / 10min
An incredibly plain girl turns her popular best friend invisible out of jealousy.

Minimum Max
Director: Joshua Ovalle / DOC / USA / 3min
Max, a high school student, struggles with his ADD and all the medications that come along with it.

Your Second Self
Director: Anna Vosbigian / NAR / USA / 2min
A phone looks back on her time with her owner.

Director: Rachel Lin / NAR / USA / 5min
A drama queen takes his role as the iceberg that sunk the titanic to the brink. His drama teacher and fellow students are not impressed.

In Fiction
Director: Andrew Robbin / NAR / USA / 7min
A writer finds himself in a bind with his wife when a character he's created begins to take over his life.

Director: Ruby Drake / NAR / USA / 7min
Two girls try to work through an unexpected crisis in their friendship.

Director: Charles Blecker / NAR / USA / 6min
An unusual boy, Billy Coffin takes his name seriously and prepares for the inevitable.

The History Lesson
NAR / UK / 3min
Set in the year 2099, this mockumentary film shows how teenagers will be home schooled.

A Form of Creation
Director: Mark Lee / NAR / USA / 12min
Jesse’s world is crumbling: Her father has gone missing, her mother offers no support, her house is falling apart, and Jesse must continue creating art to keep herself sane. Had her mirror not spoken, she might have been fine. A production of the 2013-14 Sidewalk Youth Board.

Good Hope
Director: Brendan Gosse / NAR / USA / 1min
A little girl refuses to eat her dinner as her family tries to hide a dark secret.

Director: Camilo Diaz / NAR / USA / 10min
After his car crash, Mitch suffers trauma, but he is never able to find the reason behind it.

The Date
Director: Austin Lovelace / NAR / USA / 8min
Austin will do anything to keep his little sister from going on a date.

A music video. A young couple wakes up one morning, forgetful of the night before, and fights to keep their relationship together.


Director: Brendan Gosse / NAR / USA / 1min
An abstract interpretation of the color yellow.

Share Our Stories: David
Directors: Maxine Malekmehr & Nikki Nickfardjam / DOC / USA / 1min
This PSA was produced by The Righteous Conversations Project, which brings together Holocaust survivors and teens to create media projects that address injustices in our world.

Learn Your Heritage
Directors: Maxine Malekmehr & Nikki Nickfardjam / DOC / USA / 2min
This PSA was produced by The Righteous Conversations Project, which brings together Holocaust survivors and teens to create media projects that address injustices in our world.

Sunday August 24, 2014 3:40pm - 5:40pm
Rushton Theatre (McWane Science Center) 200 19th St. N. (enterance on 3rd Ave. N.)


The Hand That Feeds presented locally by the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama and Quinn, Connor, Weaver, Davies & Rouco, LLP
Limited Capacity seats available

At the original 63rd Street Hot and Crusty café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sublegal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Risking deportation and the loss of livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming an independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one rollercoaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two month lockout. Lawyers will battle in backroom negotiations, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his compañeros won’t be exploited again.

Sunday August 24, 2014 3:55pm - 5:23pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.



Sunday August 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sidewalk Central Stage 3rd Ave. North


Skanks presented locally by Representative Patricia Todd
Limited Capacity seats available

In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original drag musical, “Skanks in a One Horse Town.” “Skanks” follows the actors and creators from rehearsal through performance, at work, at their homes, and with their families. The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating an unconventional show in religion and football-obsessed Alabama.


Sunday August 24, 2014 4:15pm - 5:40pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


Nothing Bad Can Happen
Limited Capacity seats available

Inspired by atrocious true events, Nothing Bad Can Happen follows Tore, a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement who falls in with a dysfunctional family curious to test his seemingly unwavering faith. After a chance encounter helping Benno, a stranded driver and managing to help start his car again in what appears to be a miracle, Tore is invited back to his home and becomes friendly with him, his wife and two kids. Before long, Tore moves in and gradually becomes part of his family. However, Benno can’t resist playing a cruel game, designed to challenge Tore’s beliefs. As his trials become more and more extreme, Tore finds his capacity for love and resilience pushed to its limits, and beyond.

A confident and intense debut film from German director, Katrin Gebbe, winner of the New Auteur Award at AFI Fest, Nothing Bad Can Happen first debuted at Cannes Film Festival.


Sunday August 24, 2014 4:15pm - 6:10pm
Lecture Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Limited Capacity seats available

Ada's world looks sunny, but her life is turning upside down. When a vote to legalize marijuana passes, she finds her unusual—and illegal—livelihood suddenly threatened. Her brother Gio urges her to quit her alternative lifestyle and go get a "real" job. Margot, her alcoholic roommate, can't pay the bills. With both girls strapped for cash, one of Ada's customers tells her about a money-making opportunity "modeling"...with her feet. Meanwhile, the barista at the local coffee shop asks Ada on a date, but Ada wonders if she is merely the girl with the drugs to him. Is she just the girl with the drugs to everyone? And what happens if the demand for the girl with the drugs becomes obsolete? Welcome to Ada's quarter-life crisis.


Sunday August 24, 2014 4:20pm - 5:37pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


Documentary Filmmaking and the Law
Limited Capacity seats available

All filmmaking involves legal issues, but documentaries require legal considerations of their own. Come hear from Birmingham lawyer Stacey Davis and filmmakers Melanie Jeffcoat and Skizz Cyzyk about how to be prepared for your documentary film production. Moderated by Sidewalk juror Tom Neff.

Sunday August 24, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Legends Bar 230 18th St North


Alabama Doc Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Another Day in the Neighborhood
Directors: Samantha Richardson & Hollie Parrish / DOC / USA / 9min
A deadly gas explosion in Gate City leads the students to investigate the conditions of Birmingham’s public housing.

Black Noise
Directors: Gabrielle Taylor & Johanna Obenda / DOC / USA / 10min
The journey of three deaf African-American individuals in Alabama as they grapple with issues of identity, race, and disability.

Director: Amy Reisch / DOC / USA / 11min
Orphaned and captured by rebel forces in the Sierra Leone Civil War, Kenawa Abdulai reflects on how his past as a child soldier will shape his future.

The Great Kaiser
Directors: Gigi Douban & Robert Clay / DOC / USA / 6min
Sometimes you never outgrow your glory days. Former Birmingham wrestler Sam Tenenbaum recounts his days in the ring back when he was known only as 'The Great Kaiser'.

Directors: Kenny Kruse & Conner O’Neill / DOC / USA / 9min
Thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized each year in Alabama due to a lack of accessible and affordable spay/neuter services. This film explores the great efforts to save those animals.

Becoming Colonel Cullman
Director: Laura Axelrod / DOC / USA / 17min
The story of Larry Rowlette who spends his time portraying the founder of Cullman, Alabama.

Across the Tracks
Directors: Rebecca Graber & Harsh Shah / DOC / USA / 9min
Neighborhood residents and other Birmingham citizens consider the possible affects of changes in Avondale.

Rain’s Gonna Come
Director: Emily Fraser / DOC / USA / 14min
A look at issues that polluted runoff causes for rivers and streams.

Directors: Stephanie Lockhart & Taylor Tincher / DOC / USA / 8min
Students begin a natured-based curriculum at Glen Iris Elementary School.

Dammed: The Story of Alabama’s Rivers
Director: Katherine Gorringe / DOC / USA / 11min
An account of the damming of the Coosa River and one of the largest extinction events in U.S. History.

Sunday August 24, 2014 4:40pm - 6:30pm
Recital Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Butter on the Latch
Limited Capacity seats available

At a Balkan folk song and dance camp in the woods of Mendocino, California, Sarah reunites with her old friend Isolde and with a song she learned years before about dragons who entwine themselves in women's hair and carry them off through the forest, burning it as they go. When Sarah pursues a romance with a new camper Steph, the nights of sensual secrets and singing with Isolde come to an abrupt end. Sarah and Steph explore a simple attraction, but in Sarah's dreams, women spin their wild hair and Isolde darkly approaches. When reality and fantasy collide, Sarah finds that the dragons she's visioning may be inside her.

Sunday August 24, 2014 5:35pm - 6:53pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Southern Makers presented locally by Goodwin Mills & Cawood
Limited Capacity seats available

The short film, Mile High Pie, will be screening with Southern Makers.
Director: Melanie Addington / DOC / USA / 4min
Mile High Pie takes a delicious look at the famous mile high meringue at Ed & Kaye's in Benton, Arkansas.


Sunday August 24, 2014 6:10pm - 6:56pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Memphis presented locally by Billy Harbert
Limited Capacity seats available

A strange singer with ‘god given talent’ drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows and burning spirituality.

Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension.

Featuring an explosive performance and score from Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory.


Sunday August 24, 2014 6:10pm - 7:37pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.


Limited Capacity seats available


Sunday August 24, 2014 6:30pm - 8:19pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


Closing Night: Wild Canaries presented locally by Birmingham-Southern College
Limited Capacity seats available

Barri (Sophia Takal) and Noah (writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine), a newly engaged Brooklyn couple, are disheartened by the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor, Sylvia. Though Noah sees nothing unusual about the old woman's death, Barri suspects foul play and sets out to investigate, enlisting her roommate Jean (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT'S Alia Shawkat) to join her on a reconnaissance mission to trail a possible suspect. Tensions mount, however, when the investigation uncovers unsettling secrets throughout the building—including in their own apartment—and suddenly everyone seems like a reasonable suspect. Boasting a stellar supporting cast including Jason Ritter (PARENTHOOD), Kevin Corrigan (THE DEPARTED), and Annie Parisse (THE FOLLOWING), WILD CANARIES is a freshly comedic take on classic film noir.

Sunday August 24, 2014 6:40pm - 8:12pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


Limited Capacity seats available

To be announced Sunday, August 24

Sunday August 24, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Lecture Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Limited Capacity seats available

To be announced Sunday, August 24

Sunday August 24, 2014 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Recital Hall (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Farewell To Hollywood
Limited Capacity seats available

In a recurring poetic image, 17-year-old Regina Diane Nicholson swings between heaven and earth on a breathtakingly high cliff by the sea. Reggie is a tomboy struggling with cancer, her parents and her dream of making a film. She impresses us with her loving, strong personality and wisdom beyond her years, as well as her morbid sense of humor. Together with director Henry Corra, she is working on a portrait of herself and her struggle with her illness. The film’s initial focus is on Reggie, but it quickly makes way for an escalating conflict between her and her parents as Reggie develops a closer relationship with Henry, who takes her seriously. When Reggie turns 18 and can make decisions on her own, things become even more intense. This film is a poetic fairytale about love and death, holding on and letting go, one that invites us to discuss the relationship between the maker, subject and family. An eclectic mix of images with the intimacy of a video diary or home movie, it is filmed both by Henry and by Reggie and supplemented by their text message exchanges, images from her favorite movies, and fairytale-like scenes with songs that together form a heartwarming, but also heartbreaking and controversial ode to Reggie.


Sunday August 24, 2014 7:40pm - 9:10pm
Black Box Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Sidewalk Awards Reception
Admission: Filmmakers only.

A pre-awards ceremony reception thanking our filmmakers for being a part of Sidewalk. Sponsored by Cantina.

Sunday August 24, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Alabama Theatre Mezzanine 1817 3rd Ave. N.


South Beach On Heels presented locally by Swine Stars Productions
Limited Capacity seats available

"South Beach On Heels" follows the onstage, backstage and offstage of eight hard working entertainers, better known as drag queens. This full-length documentary explores the fascinating and funny people behind the make-up, jewels and wigs. Learn what it takes to stay tough as nails in an industry bult on big hair, big dreams and illusion. Ride along as they search for love, family and acceptance; and try-if even for a moment-to make the world more colorful and tolerant for all of us.


Sunday August 24, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre (ASFA) 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd (8th Ave. N.)


Mood Indigo presented locally by iiis. an optical shop
Limited Capacity seats available

Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, Duris plays wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas (Omar Sy, The Untouchables, X-Men: Days Of The Future Past). When Colin learns that his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh, The Valet), a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend’s party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Tautou) and, before they know it, they’re dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance that Gondry rapturously depicts as only he can. Their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. To save her, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround Chloe with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers.


Sunday August 24, 2014 8:30pm - 10:41pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave. N.


Sidewalk Awards Ceremony
Admission: General public.

Our festival awards ceremony — all are welcome! Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

Sunday August 24, 2014 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.


Limited Capacity seats available

Paranoia forces small-time scam artist Marty to flee his hometown and hide out in a dangerous Detroit. With nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks, his Power Glove, and a bad temper, the horror metal slacker lashes out.


Sunday August 24, 2014 9:00pm - 10:49pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St. N.


Sidewalk/SHOUT Awards Show
Limited Capacity seats available

Sunday August 24, 2014 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N.