Sidewalk Film Fest has ended
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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Documentary Shorts [clear filter]
Saturday, August 23


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.)
Sunday, August 24


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.)