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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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Tuesday, August 22
 

11:30am

Sidewalk + TechTuesday: VR in the Real World
Virtual Reality in the Real World—VR and AR Innovation in Birmingham

Join us for this special Innovation Week Edition: Sidewalk + TechTuesday as we gather a panel of experts in film, media and the tech industry moderated by Sidewalk Film Festival Executive Director, Chloe Cook.

6:00pm

ScreenTalk: Shorts Preview
Join us for a preview screening of 8 short films from this year’s Sidewalk Festival 2017 weekend. You’ll have the chance to sample music videos, family films, comedies, documentaries, narratives, local films, and animated content.

Included in the evening:
“Time Stops” by Starbenders
“Half Pint” by Katie Rogers
"Shy Guys" by Fredric Lehne
“Turtle” by Alan Moore
“Let Mama Rest” by Craig Johnson
“On Time” by Xavier Neal-Burgin
"Second To None” by Vincent Gallagher
"Eulogilia“ by Alex Grossman

Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions
Tuesday, August 22nd
Doors at 6:00pm/Film at 7:00pm/Panel immediately following
TIckets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $5 for students
Carrigan's Public House 

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Tuesday August 22, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Carrigan's Public House 2430 Morris Avenue Birmingham, AL 35203
 
Wednesday, August 23
 

7:00pm

SHOUT Opening Night – Whitney: Can I Be Me sponsored by Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market
Whitney: Can I Be Me
Directed by Nick Broomfield & Rudi Dolezal
UK, Documentary, 105 minutes
Celebrated director Nick Broomfield is known for his ambush style documentary work such as the conspiracy-fueled Kurt & Courtney and the devastating Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer. Partnering with Rudi Dolezal on Whitney: Can I Be Me has seemingly tempered Broomfield’s typical approach as the documentary that focuses on the life and tragic death of Whitney Houston is a more straightforward and sincere portrait than an investigative caper. Regardless of method, the films all have in common the ability to mesmerize by providing a haunting and revealing peak behind the curtain in regards to fascinating and enigmatic figures.
Whitney: Can I Be Me skillfully covers Houston’s background and rise to fame, focusing on the controlling record industry, her marriage to Bobby Brown and, most-talked-about, the intimate 18-year relationship that Houston had with best friend, creative director and lover Robyn Crawford. Compiled of current and archival interviews, breathtaking performances and never-before-seen footage, the documentary is captivating for Whitney fans and non-fans alike. By the film’s end there is no question, Houston possessed a genuine and rare talent and tenacity, she was a veracious superstar, avoidably lost too soon and not simply the caricature of excess that tabloid headlines reduce her to. SHOUT is proud to open the 2017 festival in cinematic celebration of a true icon.
Wednesday, August 23rd
7:00 PM
Saturn Birmingham
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HereTV and Birmingham AIDS Outreach are proud to sponsor SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival.



Wednesday August 23, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturn 200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
 
Friday, August 25
 

11:00am

8:00pm

Opening Night: Step
Step
Documetary
Director: Amanda Lipitz
Run Time: 83 Minutes
USA

In this stirring, crowd-pleasing documentary, three high school senior girls at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women find power in the sisterhood of their step team, and face heavy odds as they prepare to graduate and apply to college. Introverted academic high-achiever Cori faces guilt as she applies to schools well beyond her family’s limited economic means. Tayla’s loving but ever-watchful single mom takes an active role in helping her daughter succeed. And Blessin is a star in choreography but has struggled academically. As a team of supportive adults, from their new step coach to their indefatigable college advisor, helps each girl grow, they and their teammates prepare for the year-end regional step competition. They’ve been planning for it for years, and nothing less than first place will satisfy. Step mixes the excitement of an inspirational underdog sports story with a complex and emotional look at a trio of blackwomen determined to make their mark in a society that often suggests it has no place for them. Sidewalk is proud to showcase Step as our 2017 Opening Night film.

- Corey Craft

Opening Night
Friday, August 25th
Alabama Theatre

**Lineup for Opening Night starts at 5:30 PM on Friday, August 25th, and doors open at 6:30 PM. VIP Pass holders must be inside the Alabama Theatre or in line by 7:30 PM to guarantee your seat. We will begin selling standby tickets at that time. Any pass holders not in line will have to get at the end of the standby line (though they won't have to buy a second ticket if they reach the front).**

 


Friday August 25, 2017 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00pm

Opening Night After Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Celebrate 19 years of Sidewalk in downtown Birmingham's Theatre District , under the twinkling lights of the Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre marquees, with late night snacks and ice-cold drinks. Admission to this party is included with Opening Night Passes, Weekend Passes and VIP Passes.

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Friday August 25, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday August 26, 2017 1:00am
Theatre District 1800 Block 3rd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203
 
Saturday, August 26
 

10:00am

Kids Shorts: Little Ones

Kids Shorts: Little Ones
Saturday, August 26
10:00 AM
Rushton Theatre

Cowgirl Up

- Nathan Willis
- USA
- 5.5 min
A cowgirl from Mississippi pursues her lifelong dream of becoming the first African-American female in the National Finals Rodeo.

Half Pint
- Katie Rogers
- USA
- 5.5 minutes
A 6-year-old boy experiences his first crush and heartbreak with the neighborhood ice cream lady.

CORKY
- Ty Primosch
- USA
- 6 minutes
A corkscrew with a screw loose battles a giant glass bottle to uncork seven magical lightning bugs trapped inside.

How to Fly - The Treasure in the Sky
- Eric Coppa-Cross
- USA
- 11 minutes
Sharing his mentor's dream, a grandfather and grandson build an airplane in their garage in hopes of finding the treasure in the sky.

Nosh: Bite-Size Adventures
- Dream Kasestatad
- USA
- 22 minutes
Preteens Alex and Taylor are the hosts of Nosh, a kids’ cooking show that focuses on one popular dish per episode.

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Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Rushton Theatre 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography sponsored by Alain Bouchard and Deanna Newman
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography
Directed by Errol Morris
USA, Documentary, 76 minutes
Saturday, August 26th
10:00 AM

Possibly one of the greatest documentary filmmakers of all time, certainly one of the greatest living, Errol Morris takes a turn from questioning investigator to gracious pal. His new film The B-Side focuses on portrait photographer, Elsa Dorfman, now in her late 70’s. Morris covers much of the typical ground–memory, loss, uncertainty, but also moves closer to sentimentality than usual. Dorfman is known for her use of a rare large-format instant Polaroid camera and her connection to Beat generation authors. She recounts, reflects, ponders and is, generally, intriguing, funny and wise. - Rachel Morgan

Lyric Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:16am
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Tokyo Idols sponsored by MDM Design
Tokyo Idols
Directed by Kyoko Miyake
Japan, Documentary, 90 minutes
Saturday, August 26th
10:00 AM

Japan’s enormously popular teenage girl bands and the fans that worship them are explored in the fascinating documentary Tokyo Idols. Director Kyoko Miyake’s thoughtful and thorough film follows Rio, a young “idol”, as she navigates her career, her family, and her fans, many of which are middle-aged men. Featuring a pulsing J-pop soundtrack, Tokyo Idols offers a unique look at Japanese pop music, as well as specific cultural attitudes towards femininity and innocence.
- Noah Cannon

Alabama Theatre
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The Alabama Theatre is proudly sponsored by the Alabama Department of Tourism and the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.



Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Young and Innocent
Young and Innocent
Directed by Jesse Robinson
USA, Narrative, 90 minutes
Saturday, August 26th
10:00 AM

When a tryst with her writing camp counselor goes sour, young poet Marion runs away to a nearby motel. There, she finds herself drawn to the withdrawn young clerk, Norman. But her haunting dreams of a missing local girl seem to indicate that Norman is more dangerous than he appears. This Hitchcock riff captures the dangerous allure of youthful passion in a dreamy romantic thriller that transcends mere homage. - Corey Craft

ASFA Lecture Hall
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10:00am

Documentary Shorts: Conservation sponsored by Wild & Scenic
Documentary Shorts: Conservation
100 minutes

Alabama: From the Mountains to the Coast
- Hunter Nichols
- USA
- 4.5 min
A stunning aerial journey starting in Alabama's mountains and traveling down its rivers to its coastal waters.

Birmingham to the Gulf
- Matthew Grcic
- USA
- 13 min
Imagine the vitality and biodiversity that connects Birmingham to the Gulf of Mexico.

Gardeners of the Forest
- Ceylan Carhoglu, Nicole Jordan-Webber
- USA
- 15 min
Laos was once known as the Land of a Million Elephants. Today, due to the Chinese market, deforestation, and tourism, only around 400 elephants remain.

Naturally Selected
- Jimmy Evans
- USA
- 9.5 min
- Environmentalist Sam Van Leer fights to save Miami from drowning

My Garden, No Longer
- Scott E. Schimmel
- USA
- 17.5 min
- The people of Vanuatu, a country once dubbed the happiest place on earth, face a grim future as climate change threatens their culture and traditions.

Waste Not Want Not
- Scott Schimmel
- USA
- 13 min
Take a look at the scale and scope of the international recycling industry housed in Alabama and at the roles of citizens and businesses in shifting toward more sustainable solutions to address waste.

The Underwater Forest
- Ben Raines
- USA
- 27 min
Drop below the waves and back in time to an ancient forest of prehistoric trees that date to an ice age 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were hundreds of feet lower.

Saturday, August 26th
10:00 AM
First Church Birmingham
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Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:40am
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:15am

Saturday Alabama Shorts
Saturday Alabama Shorts
105 minutes

The Heist
- Luke Harris
- 5 min.
As two slick conmen pitch their heist team to their savvy benefactor, we begin to slowly realize that they may have gone too far.

Rocket City Shakedown
- Benjamin Stark
- 17 min.
Follow Rex, a crusading young eccentric, on a comedic journey into the mind-numbing world of government bureaucracy and corporate rat races in his technology-driven hometown of Huntsville, Alabama.

Double Jump
- Kelsey Harrison, Brett Whitcomb
- 5 min.
One man's eccentricities are put to the test in this Sidewalk 2017 Scramble competition winner.

Since Feeling is First
- Abigail Armstrong
- 18.5 min.
A recent divorcee and an android woman explore the potential for a romantic relationship between human and AI.

Asteria
- Josh Crute
- 10.5 min.
An artist is commissioned by earth to paint the wonders of the universe, but an encounter with a stranded astronaut forces her to face the life she left behind.

Hartley
- Brandon Sparks
- 14.5 min.
A young woman contemplates leaving her Southern hometown when her ex-boyfriend from high school returns home hoping to rekindle their relationship.

Know This
- Leah Hudspeth, Jason O'Brien
- 16.5 min.
An unexpected hiking trip with her girlfriend brings up painful memories for Lauren.

Texas Cotton
- Tyler Russell
- 9.5 min.
A Texas sheriff finds nothing is simple deep in the heart of the Hill Country.

On Time
- Xavier Neal-Burgin
- 8.5 min.
Renee Johnson, a struggling mother, must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview.

Saturday, August 26th
10:15 AM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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10:30am

42 Grams
42 Grams
Directed by Jack C. Newell
USA, Documentary, 82 minutes

From their illegal Chicago home-based underground dinner club to their 18-seat restaurant visible from their back porch, 42 Grams takes the viewer through the manic work ethic, the uncomfortable fights, and the enormous skill that goes into making a top-notch culinary experience. Based on the archaic philosophy that a soul weighs 21 grams, 42 grams is centered on two souls (Chef Jake Bickelhaupt, and wife and manager Alexa Welsh) as they attempt to achieve the highest honors in the culinary world.
- Charlie Bice

Saturday, August 26th
10:30 AM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium
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10:30am

5th Annual Saturday Morning Cartoons sponsored by Golden Flake
For the fifth year in a row Sidewalk Programmers have compiled an awesome selection of '80s and '90s cartoons and vintage Saturday morning commercials for the start of your Sidewalk weekend. To accompany the fun-packed screening there will be a free cereal bar and surprise treats, along with juice and coffee. So launch into your Sidewalk 2017 weekend the right way, by loading up on carbs, crazy cartoon antics and good company. Fun for all ages!


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Saturday August 26, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30am

Documentary Shorts
Documentary Shorts
111 minutes

The Collection
- Adam Roffman
- USA
- 11.5 min
Two friends stumble upon the holy grail of movie memorabilia in the most unlikely of places.

All the Leaves are Brown
- Daniel Robin
- USA
- 11 min
A short film about memory, loss, family, and a sugar maple tree.

Slingers
- Adam Edwards
- USA
- 15.5 min
Explore the life of a small town beekeeper and his struggles to harvest an annual crop of nature's gold: honey.

Unmoving Derelict
- Steve N Bradford
- USA
- 9 min
Discover the history behind the defunct metal utilities in Washington, DC.

Deaners
- David Garry
- USA
- 19.5 minutes
A pilgrimage to the annual James Dean Festival in Fairmount, Indiana, as seen through the eyes of the cultural icon's die-hard fans, affectionately known as "Deaners."

Balloonfest
- Nathan Truesdell
- USA
- 6 min
Cleveland attempts to overcome its nickname, "The Mistake on the Lake," by launching over 1.5 million balloons.

Isis Hair Salon
- Nicholas Coles
- USA
- 5
Los Angeles hair stylist Carrie Banks has unwittingly been thrust into the war on terror, and she’s fighting back one braid, weave, and extension at a time.

Caviar Dreams
- Brian Gersten, Liv Dubendorf, Wei Ying
- USA
- 15 min
Delve into the complex world of caviar from its origins as peasant food to its modern status as an overfished delicacy.

Remembering Davey Allison
- Robert Clay
- USA
- 5.5 min
On July 12, 1993, NASCAR driver Davey Allison was fatally injured. Birmingham News photographer Joe Songer and Birmingham News sports columnist Clyde Bolton remember that fateful day.

Gut Hack
- Kate McLean, Mario Furloni
- USA
- 12.5
Josiah Zaynor, a former NASA scientist turned bio-hacker, seeks to rid himself of ongoing digestive issues by swapping his microbiome with a donor's.

Saturday, August 26th
10:30 AM
ASFA Recital Hall
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11:00am

After Louie sponsored by Alabama Vaccine Research
After Louie
Directed by Vincent Gagliostro
USA, Narrative, 100 minutes

Sam, a middle-aged New York City artist (played by Tony Award-winning, Emmy-nominated actor and SHOUT alum, Alan Cumming) decides to break from his usual work regimen to produce a gritty documentary focused on surviving AIDS during the ACT UP era. Sam’s unresolved personal issues, combined with survivors’ guilt and his deep frustrations with modern gay culture, add interesting layers of complexity to a storyline that’s already overflowing with passion and drama. - J Matthew Cobb

Saturday, August 26th
11:00 AM
ASFA Black Box
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11:30am

Casting Conversation
Artios Award-nominated casting director Amey Rene, actress/producer Melodie Sisk, and Sidewalk/SHOUT alum director Stephen Cone talk about the intricacies of casting your next film.

Saturday August 26, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
ASFA Gallery

11:45am

Kids Shorts

Jesszilla
- Emily Sheskin
- 6.5 min
- USA
Ten-year-old Jesselyn “Jesszilla” Silva is serious about boxing and trains with dreams of becoming a professional fighter.

All the Marbles
- Michael Swingler
- 17 min
- USA
In a magical world where marbles are as precious as gold, a timid boy named Jamison battles for his favorite marble.

Voice of Grace
- Laurel Ripley
- 17.5 min
- USA
When the Grace and her older siblings lose their parents unexpectedly, they go to live with their Aunt Lydia. Young Grace deals with these tumultuous changes in her life by controlling the only thing she can: her voice.

Lemonade Mafia
- Anya Adams
- 9.5 min
- USA
Kira’s organic lemonade dynasty is in jeopardy when newcomer Shantel Osgood moves in on her territory with her high fructose corn sugar version.

Nothing Grows Here
- Lauren Belanger
- 17 min
- Canada
11-year-old Rachel has just discovered she no longer has a heartbeat. She seeks help from her homework partner, Charlie, who is determined to get to the root of her problem.

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Saturday August 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:55pm
Rushton Theatre 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:10pm

Alabama Bound sponsored by Planned Parenthood
Alabama Bound
Directed by Lara Embry & Carolyn Sherer
USA, Documentary, 83 minutes
The courageous story of lesbian couples struggling to thrive in Alabama is poignantly portrayed in this moving documentary about the slow, but steady progress of LGBTQ rights. Directors Lara Embry and Carolyn Shere, both Alabama natives, also skillfully spotlight Representative Patricia Todd, the state’s only openly gay legislator. Todd has been on the frontlines, fighting some of the state’s heaviest battles facing LGBTQ Alabamians. Alabama Bound is one of the all-time most riveting and heartfelt documentaries regarding queer life in the South. - J Matthew Cobb

Saturday, August 26th
12:10 PM
Lyric Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 12:10pm - 1:33pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:15pm

Shorts: Relationships
Shorts: Relationships
101 minutes

Rekindled
- Erin Brown Thomas
- USA
- 12.5 min
An opportunity for 35-year old Kate to rekindle a high school romance via a magical groupon goes strangely and hilariously wrong when her old boyfriend shows up as his 16-year-old self.

August
- Caitlyn Greene
- USA
- 8.5 min
Deep in Louisiana’s swampland, a woman lives a quarantined life with her lover in what she believes is a post-apocalyptic world.

Troll
- Anu Valia
- USA
- 13 min
After getting fired from her job, Alex meets Noah, who is reeling over the failed suicide attempt of a student. However, Noah discovers that Alex is the last person he should confide in.

Hold On
- Christine Turner
- USA
- 9 min
Family bonds are tested when a young man is left to care for his grandmother one morning.

Da Capo
- Barbara Stepansky
- USA
- 14 min
The exchange of a used piano makes two strangers confront their own failures.

Nobody Likes You
- Mark Sean Haynes, Kelly Wydryk
- USA
- 11.5 min
The relationship between two teen punks is put to the test as they are confronted by violence, their attraction to girls, and the youthful inability to express their emotions.

Mutt
- Erin Sanger
- USA
- 13.5 min
A family's plan to stage an intervention unravels.

Love is a Sting
- Vincent Gallagher
- Ireland
- 18.5 min
When a long-lived mosquito falls in love with a struggling children's writer, she will stop at nothing to show that sometimes the smallest voice can make the biggest noise.

Saturday, August 26th
12:15 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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12:15pm

Quest
Quest
Directed by Jonathan Olshefski
USA, Documentary, 110 minutes

An intimate look at a northern Philadelphia family during the Obama administration, this deeply empathetic documentary follows hip-hop producer Christopher “Quest” Rainey, his wife Christine’a, his stepson William and their young daughter P.J. as they weather adversity in their impoverished neighborhood. When P.J. faces a sudden and shocking medical scare, it changes all their lives forever. Quest is a stirring and compassionate portrait of everyday heroism and courage in the face of life’s many challenges. - Corey Craft

Saturday, August 26th
12:15 PM
Alabama Theatre

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Saturday August 26, 2017 12:15pm - 2:05pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:25pm

Life & Liberty Shorts sponsored by Vincent Cirulli Family
Life & Liberty Shorts
94 minutes

On the Backs of the People
- Jeb Brackner, Rebecca Rakowitz
- USA
- 11 min
Private probation plagues the indigent across hundreds of municipalities in a dozen states.

Lead the Parade
- Omino Gardezi
- USA
- 15 min
Explore the impact a child's early enviroment has on their social, cognitive, and emotional development.

I Am Anthony
- Tyler Rice
- USA
- 13 min
Anthony is a homeless man with deep issues, but also a profound dignity.

First to Go: Story of the Katakoa Family
- Myles Matsuno
- USA
- 20 min
Ichiro Kataoka was the first San Francisco Japanese prisoner taken by the FBI after President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066.

Voices from Kaw Thoo Lei
- Martha Gorzycki
- USA
- 11 min
The Karen People believe no one hears their pleas for help after over 60 years of war. Over 10,000 haunting photos animate a landscape that help their voices be heard.

The Gathering
- Micki Dickoff
- USA
- 24 min
“The Gathering” tells the story of Witness to Innocence, the largest organization of death row exonerees in the United States.


Saturday, August 26th
12:25 PM
First Church Birmingham
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Saturday August 26, 2017 12:25pm - 1:59pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:45pm

Forever 'B' sponsored by Goodwyn, Mills, & Cawood
Forever 'B'
Directed by Skye Borgman
USA, Documentary, 91 minutes

In 1974, a girl in her early teens disappeared along with a trusted family friend. Several weeks later she was found with her abductor and safely returned home. Her parents chose to look the other way, not pressing charges, and what ensued was a complex, predatory relationship that spiraled beyond any sense of control. Told by the surviving victims, Forever ‘B’ documents one of the 20th century’s most uncanny tales of manipulation and abuse--a story so unlikely that it’s hard to believe it’s true.
- Kyle McKinnon

Saturday, August 26th
12:45 PM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 12:45pm - 2:16pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:50pm

Documentary Shorts: Interesting Folk
Documentary Shorts: Interesting Folk
90 minutes

omi & opa; an ode to grandparents
- Sam Vinal, Justin Kohlber
- USA
- 6 min
A grandson takes a look at his grandparents' daily routine in their quaint San Diego trailer park.

Still Sophie
- Caroline Knight
- USA
- 7 min
Four and a half years ago, doctors told Sophia Salveson that she may never walk again, may never talk again...may never perform again. They were wrong.

Richard Twice
- Matthew Salton
- USA
- 10.5 min
Richard Atkins, the singer and songwriter of the early 70’s California psychedelic folk duo "Richard Twice," was on his way to stardom and a huge success with his first debut album when he mysteriously walked away from it all.

Frogman
- Tyler Trumbo
- USA
- 16 min
A boy discovers that his father's larger-than-life stories carry more truth than the family ever imagined.

Let Mama Rest
- Craig Jackson
- USA
- 8.5 min
The story of one Alabama man's fight for his wife's right to rest in peace

Winter's Watch
- Brian Bolster
- USA
- 14 min
Meet Alexandra du Steiguer, the off-season keeper of Oceanic Hotel. During the dark season, she braves the winter weather and embraces the island solitude.

A Good Blinder
- Mike Grundmann, Shaun Wright
- USA
- 27 min
75-year-old Dan Bowman lost his sight at age 12 and went on to become a piano tuner and craftsman of fine furniture. He still has all 10 fingers, a lively wit, and a theologically trained mind that makes for profound reflection.

Saturday, August 26th
12:50 PM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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1:00pm

Shut Up Anthony
Shut Up Anthony
Directed by Kyle Eaton
USA, Narrative, 92 minutes

The neurotic Anthony talks too much. This is one reason that within a matter of days, he alienates his girlfriend and loses his advertising job. So he drives to the timeshare cabin his family co-owns in northern Oregon, only to inadvertently reunite with a childhood friend, Tim, who’s going through his own crisis. The emotional core of what’s eating Anthony is revealed through the course of this poignant, bitingly funny dramedy.
- Corey Craft

Saturday, August 26th
1:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium
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1:00pm

Kids Casting Workshop

Note: This workshop will be held in the Alabama School of Fine Arts gym.

What does it take to get cast in a feature? How is LA castings different from the Southeast? How do you compare on a nation lever? Come find out!

Participants will prepare and perform a scene for feedback for Artios Award nominee casting director, Amey Rene. This special event requires paid, online registration.



Saturday August 26, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
ASFA GYM

1:10pm

Shorts: The Lighter Side
Shorts: The Lighter Side
91 minutes

Postcards
- Ines Pintor Sierra, Pablo Santidrian
- Spain
- 13.5 min
Ainhoa and Yon meet in a deserted beach and a summer love will grew between them. To keep the memories of their story alive, they decide to send each other postcards for a whole year.

Alternative Math
- David Maddox
- USA
- 8 min
A well-meaning math teacher discovers new ways of interpreting numbers.

Unpresidented
- Jason Giampietro
- USA
- 15 min
A New Yorker comes to regret betting on the 2016 election.

The Day Before
- Geoff Marslett
- USA
- 15.5 min
When a pre-wedding hunting trip in the Colorado mountains spins out of control, the soon-to-be happy couple must struggle to make everything right again.

Shy Guys
- Fredric Lehne
- USA
- 8.5 min
Two strangers confront and resolve one of the most insidious scourges afflicting mankind - while standing at public urinals with their willies out.

The Privates
- Dylan Allen
- USA
- 12 min
A band struggles with a radioactive energy in their music they can't control.

Gloria Talks Funny
- Kendall Goldberg
- USA
- 18.5 min
When struggling voice actress, Gloria, discovers her agent failed to tell her that her claim-to-fame cartoon is being remade, she sets her sights on reprising her role as the famous BioBoy.

Saturday, August 26th
1:10 PM
ASFA Recital Hall
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1:30pm

Film Birmingham: Where Will You Tell Your Story
Buddy Palmer of Film Birmingham facilitates a panel discussion on efficiencies in location scouting and shooting with local leaders from municipal, industrial and residential sectors.  

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Saturday August 26, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
ASFA Gallery

1:30pm

Golden Exits
Golden Exits
Directed by Alex Ross Perry
USA, Narrative, 94 minutes

Director Alex Ross Perry is known for his dialogue-driven comedies, and Golden Exits doesn’t disappoint. Nick and Alyssa’s relationship has been frosty since an indiscretion by Nick, an archivist who works in the basement of their Brooklyn apartment. Enter Nick’s new assistant, Naomi, an Australian student, with loose family ties to Buddy, a music producer in the same neighborhood. Golden Exits features an intriguing ensemble of familiar faces, including Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz, Chloe Sevigny, Mary Louise Parker and Jason Schwartzman.
- Charlie Sanders

Saturday, August 26th
1:30 PM
ASFA Black Box
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1:45pm

44 Pages
44 Pages
Documentary, Family Film Festival
Director: Tony Shaff
Run Time: 97 Minutes
USA

Highlights is the most popular children’s magazine in the world, surpassing one billion copies in print. Family-owned since its 1956 launch, always free of ads and surprisingly progressive, the story of Highlights is richer and more interesting than you might initially predict. Captivating and pleasantly surprising, the documentary 44 Pages focuses on the production of the 70th anniversary issue of Highlights while weaving through the history and evolution of the publication, plus providing a glimpse at the future. Insert Goofus and Gallant joke here.
- Rachel Morgan

Saturday, August 26th
1:45 PM
Rushton Theater @ McWane Science Center

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Saturday August 26, 2017 1:45pm - 3:22pm
Rushton Theatre 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:20pm

A Life In Waves sponsored by James F. Carter, Architect
A Life in Waves
Directed by Brett Whitcomb
USA, Documentary, 74 minutes

Who came up with Coca-Cola’s signature popping and fizzing sound? Where did the Atari game system get its futuristic music? Delve into the audio sphere of electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani in A Life In Waves and experience the sound of imagination. Ciani’s career has been enormously successful from pop music to advertising to collaborations with synthesizer pioneers such as Don Buchla. Abandoning tradition, Ciani has forged her own way to attempt to “do something that no one else could do." - Charlie Sanders

Saturday, August 26th
2:20 PM
Lyric Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 2:20pm - 3:34pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:45pm

Alabama Documentary Shorts sponsored by RealtySouth
Alabama Documentary Shorts
102 minutes

Johnny's Greek and Three
- Ava Lowrey
- USA
- 8 min
Profile of Timothy Hontzas, owner of Johnny's - one of the top meat and three lunch spots in Birmingham and recently nominated for a James Beard Award.

Bullet Hands
- Alex R. Bauer, Mary Figuers Stallings
- USA
- 10 min
A portrait of Kenneth McNeil, a young boxer living in the Pratt City community of Birmingham, Alabama.

Community of the Cards
- David Love, Ben Johnson
- USA
- 5 min
In the heart of Alabama a large group of avid card players have formed a tight-knit community around a small shop called Card Addicts.

Rolling through the Hoops
- Ingrid Pfau
- USA
- 8 min
Meet Christina Schwab, a paralympic athlete and wheelchair basketball coach.

Firehouse
- Betserai Ashanti, Terry Gentry, Zachary Rogers
- USA
- 10 min
Peek in to the DIY music scene in Birmingham.

Visionland
- Faulkner Hereford, Randolph Malone
- USA
- 12 min
A family brings three generations of theme park experience to Bessemer, Alabama.

Gardens of Red Dust
- Corey Carpenter, Maggie Patterson
- USA
- 13 min
A chorus of Alabamian voices seeks to lift the shroud surrounding death and burial.

52%
- Miranda Donato, Shelby Anderson
- USA
- 11 min
A look at the disproportionate representation of women in Alabama politics.

Okra Fest
- Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, Judy Lessler
- USA
- 8 min
A visit to the Okra Festival in Burkville, Alabama.

Wrastlin
- Josh Snead
- USA
- 10
- A ringside seat at a night of wrestling at the 431 Sports Arena in Boaz, Alabama.

Gifts from the Good Land
- Ava Lowrey
- USA
- 6.5
Randle Farms, located just outside of Auburn, Alabama, has provided lamb to the southeastern Muslim community for over 30 years.

Saturday, August 26th
2:45 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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2:50pm

The Strange Ones
The Strange Ones
Directed by Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff
USA, Narrative, 81 minutes

“I kind of can’t tell what’s real or a dream,” says a young boy near the beginning of this misty, mysterious drama. He’s on a road trip with his older brother, driving across upstate New York in the wake of a house fire and an undefined trauma. But not all is as it appears, and the lines between reality and delusion grow more difficult to define as dark secrets are revealed.
- Corey Craft

Saturday, August 26th
2:50 PM
Alabama Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 2:50pm - 4:11pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00pm

Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks
Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks
Directed by Josh Crockett
USA, Narrative, 88 minutes

The death of their parents forces estranged siblings Marcus and Michelle under the same roof. Michelle’s arrival, combined with the messy aftermath of parental loss, leads to spiraling calamity. Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks is often funny and occasionally poignant, but perhaps themost admirable element of the film is the portrayal of Michelle (Sidewalk alum Kristin Slaysman), a fully drawn and unapologetically flawed character. While astute in its own right, Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks also provides welcomed levity to the 2017 line-up. - Rachel Morgan

Saturday, August 26th
3:00 PM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 3:00pm - 4:28pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00pm

Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
Directed by Tomer Heymann, Barak Heymann
Israel and UK, Documentary, 90 minutes

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? is a touching documentary that provides an intimate look inside the life of a gay, HIV positive, Israeli man living in London. The film follows Saar on an emotional journey of self-acceptance as he attempts to reconcile with the Orthodox Jewish family that he left behind in Israel 18 years earlier.  Filmmakers and brothers, Barak and Tomar Heymann, provide a glimpse into the stigma surrounding HIV and what it truly means to be “family." - Bryan Hobson

Saturday, August 26th
3:00 PM
First Church Birmingham
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Saturday August 26, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:15pm

The Road Movie
The Road Movie
Directed by Dmitrii Kalashnikov
Belarus, Documentary, 67 minutes

Consisting completely of actual Russian auto dashboard camera footage, The Road Movie presents a compilation of insanity. From car wrecks to meteor showers, to Russian road rage, the provocatively voyeuristic documentary allows its audience to sit safely in the passenger seat for a surreal white-knuckle roadtrip from hell.

Consistently jaw dropping, I fully expect The Road Movie to have the loudest audience at Sidewalk 2017.

I probably had you at Russian dash-cam footage.

- Rachel Morgan

Saturday, August 26th
3:15 PM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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3:15pm

All The Rage
All the Rage
Directed by David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, & Suki Hawley
USA, Documentary, 110 minutes

All the Rage provides a lovely portrait of Dr. John Sarno, a medical pioneer who claims he has the cure for chronic pain. Focusing on the mind-body connection, Dr. Sarno spent fifty years preaching a psychological approach to physical ailments. Despite criticism from others in the medical field, Dr. Sarno and his patients are attempting to turn the conversation about pain treatment on its head. The journey to do so is explored in this engaging, thought provoking and intimate personal documentary.  - Gina Gioiello

Saturday, August 26th
3:15 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium
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3:30pm

Seed&Spark Social Media Charm School
Social Media Charm School is not for people waiting for a knight in shining armor to save them. It’s not for posers slipping bribes to the gatekeepers. It’s for those making something worth talking about. Those ready to take the bull by the horns. You’ll learn how to establish a social media presence, build an authentic fan base, and make a little online flirting go a long way. Plus: picking the right social media platforms for you, why you shouldn't buy followers, how to prepare for a crowdfunding campaign, and more.

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Julie Keck

Media & Communications Director, Seed&Spark
Love talking about filmmaking (specifically web series making), crowdfunding, audience building, social media & digital distro. Let's play!


Saturday August 26, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ASFA Gallery

3:30pm

Dayveon
Dayveon
Directed by Amman Abbasi
USA, Narrative, 75 minutes

Amman Abbasi’s feature debut, Dayveon, crafts a compelling study of gang culture in an unexpected place--rural Arkansas. After the death of his older brother, Dayveon finds comfort in attention from members of a local gang. Although reluctant, he undergoes the initiation ritual, which changes everything. With a cast of non-professional actors and an authentic sense of place, the film has the air of a documentary. But a surreal musical score, gorgeous cinematography, and emotional storytelling come from a place of pure imagination.
- Charlie Sanders

Saturday, August 26th
3:30 PM
ASFA Recital Hall
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4:00pm

Trumped: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time
Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time
Directed by Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne, & Mary Robertson
USA, Documentary, 102 minutes

On November 8th 2016, we knew history was being made--a great political upset occurred with the election of Donald Trump. Watching an observational documentary on Trump’s unexpected rise might be masochistic for many, but it’s fascinating to see how, in hindsight, he manipulated social media and built a cult-like following. Based on the thousands of hours of footage from Showtime’s The Circus, Trumped delivers previously unseen interviews, a chronologic review of the ups and downs, and a closer look at how it all happened.
- Kate Michel

Saturday, August 26th
4:00 PM
ASFA Black Box
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4:20pm

Freaky Friday (1976)
Jodie Foster! Barbara Harris! The classic Freaky Friday! It’s a bummer when you unexplainably switch bodies with your mom, plus I bet there’s a pesky life lesson in there somewhere.For extra enjoyment gorge out on pre-screening trivia, example: Foster and Harris were both nominated for the Best Actress Golden Globe, they played each other's characters, so technically, they were both nominated for playing the same character (wrap your head around that). On the heels of its 40 th b-day, we’re thrilled to include the original Freaky Friday in the Sidewalk Family line-up. Fun.

- Rachel Morgan

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Saturday August 26, 2017 4:20pm - 5:57pm
Rushton Theatre 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:20pm

Blame sponsored by Dog Days of Birmingham
Blame
Directed by Quinn Shephard
USA, Narrative, 100 minutes

Blame tells the story of a social outcast who returns to high school after a traumatic incident. Ostracized by her peers, she walks the halls a loner. Jeremy, her drama teacher, sympathizes with her and volunteers as her scene partner in The Crucible. The boundaries between teacher and student begin to dissolve, and soon the two find themselves faced with choices that can’t be reversed. Meanwhile, this strikes a nerve in a classmate, fueling a vengeful jealousy that spirals out of control—and brings about a chain of events that draws parallels to Salem. The film was both written and directed by its star, Quinn Shephard.

Saturday, August 26th
4:20 PM
Lyric Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 4:20pm - 6:00pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

Spettacolo
Spettacolo
Directed by Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen
USA, Documentary, 90 minutes

Each year for half a century, the citizens of the small Italian village of Monticchiello have performed a summer play based on their lives, through which residents of this farming town can examine issues of the day. But as the population grows older and their way of life fades in modern Italy’s trying economic times, this annual tradition may be coming to an end. This sun-drenched documentary takes a beautiful look at Teatro Povero’s difficulties and triumphs.
- Corey Craft

Saturday, August 26th
5:15 PM
First Church Birmingham
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Saturday August 26, 2017 5:15pm - 6:45pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table sponsored by Les Dames d'Escoffier
Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
Directed by Leslie Iwerks
USA, Documentary, 93 minutes
This film follows the engaging and charming (and now 91-year- old) Ella Brennan, the woman behind Southern cuisine as we know it. Ella has gifted Americans with jazz brunch, Bananas Foster, and Emeril Lagasse. The film follows her journey to become a James Beard award-winning restaurateur, as she survives family disputes, the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, and the difficulties of perfecting brunch on her quest to create the “best damn restaurant this country has ever had.” If you enjoy eating, New Orleans, or sassy Southern women, you don’t want to miss this film.  - Rachel Ahrnsen

Saturday, August 26th
5:15 PM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 5:15pm - 6:48pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

Axolotl Overkill
Axolotl Overkill
Directed by Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff
Germany, Narrative, 94 minutes

Set against the backdrop of wild Berlin, a troubled young teenager struggles to cope after the death of her mother. Unsupervised and undisciplined, she drifts in and out of relationships, testing her emotional and sexual limits. Shown through tense, occasionally humorous, and otherworldly vignettes, Axolotl Overkill offers a female perspective on the angsty self-destructive anti-hero. Director Helene Hegemann adapts the screenplay from her own novel. The title references the unusual life-cycle of an axolotl, an amphibian that reaches maturity without metamorphosis.
- Charlie Sanders

Saturday, August 26th
5:15 PM
Alabama Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 5:15pm - 6:49pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

Princess Cyd
Princess Cyd
Directed by Stephen Cone
USA, Narrative, 96 minutes

Nine years after a cryptic family disaster, 16-year-old Cyd arrives in Chicago to spend the summer with her aunt Miranda, a famous author. The film moves meditatively, as Cyd and Miranda come to understand each other and Cyd processes the losses in her family. Meanwhile, Cyd explores her gender and sexual identity with Katie, who she meets and quickly forms a close relationship with. Skillfully written and directed by SHOUT/Sidewalk all-star alum, Stephen Cone, Princess Cyd is a beautiful, ruminative exploration of romantic, familial, and self love.
- Kate Michel

Saturday, August 26th
5:15 PM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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5:20pm

Teen Shorts (Adult Content)
Teen Shorts 1 (Adult Content)
100 minutes

A Showcase for Max
- Jack Serra
- 15 min
- USA
When an aspiring teenage actor is faced with a terrible tragedy, he struggles to prepare for a very important showcase.

The Racket
- Ben Deter
- 4 min
- USA
A tennis player finds his racket stolen by his rival.

Rob
- Nicholas Ferlisi
- 11 min
- USA
Two friends find trouble when they decide to do a favor for a stranger.
2017 Sidewalk Youth Board Film

annie?
- Hannah Scofield
- 7 min
- USA
This film, inspired by a recent 9-1-1 call, follows with unsettling sounds and colors, a young woman whose predator is only a text message away.

Hunted
- Jack Serra
- 5
- USA
A man is being hunted by an unknown creature, while also trying to figure out his past.

Jouska
- Wynter Rhys
- 6 min
- USA
A man’s hypothetical conversation that he plays out compulsively in his guilty mind.

Mirror
- Sara Eustaquio
- 3 min
She’s young. She’s in trouble. She’s staring at the mirror looking for answers. But what she's about to find can change her life.

The Case
- Lily Robinson
- 5 min
- USA

OverLove
- Lucas Helth
- 22 min
- Denmark
The story of the 17-year-old Olivia, who struggles with anxiety and OCD on a daily basis.

Goldfish
- Christine Xing
- 20 min
- USA
When Amelie (an introvert) and Ben (an extrovert) are paired together to take care of a goldfish, there's one major problem: Amelie's deathly fear of marine creatures.

Saturday, August 26th
5:20 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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5:30pm

International Shorts
International Shorts
97 minutes

A Share of Share
- Kaveh Jahed
- Iran
- 1.5 min
In a refugee camp tent, a father objects to the fate of his family's food rations.

A Whole World for a Little World
- Fabrice Bracq
- France
- 15 min
A woman tells a fairy tale to her baby complete with princes and princesses -- only this story is more real than you can imagine.

La femme et le TGV
- Timo von Gunten
- Switzerland
- 30 min
Elise becomes an unexpected penpal with an unknown man on a passing train. But when the train line permanently detours, she sets out to find her pen pal. La femme et le TGV was a 2017 Oscar nominee.

Balcony
- Toby Fell-Holden
- UK
- 17
In a neighbourhood rife with racial tension, a local girl falls for a recent arrival.

Solitude
- Michael Raso
- Australia
- 7 min
Margaret visits her local train station every day in order to remember her husband, but how long can her memories last?

Outside
- David Javid Zaidov
- UK
- 15
- A short retelling of the final days of the British expedition to the South Pole in 1912.

Just go!
- Pavel Gumennikov
- Latvia
- 11 min
Inspired by the incredible true story about a young man, Just, who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident. When thieves rob his neighbor,Just pursues them.

Saturday, August 26th
5:30 PM
ASFA Recital Hall
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6:00pm

The Cage Fighter
The Cage Fighter
Directed by Jeff Unay
USA, Documentary, 81 minutes

The Cage Fighter takes you into the ring with Joe Carman, a 40-year-old MMA fighter who has vowed to his wife and children that he will give up the sport for good. Despite his promise, and threats to his health, Joe cannot resist the urge to prove himself by taking on a rival fighter. Through victories, defeats, and heartbreaks, he struggles with the ultimate question: can he sacrifice what he loves in order to keep his family together?
- Gina Gioiello

Saturday, August 26th
6:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium
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6:30pm

Encore: Forever 'B'
Forever 'B'
Directed by Skye Borgman
USA, Documentary, 91 minutes

In 1974, a girl in her early teens disappeared along with a trusted family friend. Several weeks later she was found with her abductor and safely returned home. Her parents chose to look the other way, not pressing charges, and what ensued was a complex, predatory relationship that spiraled beyond any sense of control. Told by the surviving victims, Forever ‘B’ documents one of the 20th century’s most uncanny tales of manipulation and abuse--a story so unlikely that it’s hard to believe it’s true.
- Kyle McKinnon

Saturday, August 26th
6:30 PM
ASFA Black Box

7:00pm

Projections: A Live Storytelling Event (For Adults) sponsored by Books-A-Million & Cox Pools
In this special Saturday evening event at the beautiful newly renovated Lyric Fine Arts Theatre, some of the region’s finest storytellers—and a few sensational special guests from the film industry—take the stage to weave their true tales, delivered with the unique, personal touch that only live storytelling can provide. An event you won’t forget in a setting only Birmingham can provide, Projections brings a vivid and intimate take on storytelling to the Southeast’s preeminent film festival for an exciting meeting of narrative forms.

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Saturday August 26, 2017 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:30pm

Rat Film
Rat Film
Directed by Theo Anthony
USA, Documentary, 82 minutes

In his debut documentary, Rat Film, Baltimore native Theo Anthony use his hometown’s most pervasive pest, the Norway rat, to demonstrate the impact of zoning laws on the city’s wealth distribution. On the map and in the gutter. Told through Anthony’s natural process of discovery, this fascinating film unfolds organically, presenting many different sides to the story. A dizzying edit and squirming subject matter contrast with the droll, computer-modulated narration. Warning: Graphic imagery of rat deaths.

Saturday, August 26th
7:30 PM
First Church Birmingham
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Saturday August 26, 2017 7:30pm - 8:52pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:40pm

Thirst Street sponsored by RezDesk
Thirst Street
Directed by Nathan Silver
France and USA, Narrative, 82 minutes

A grieving flight attendant falls deeply in love with a Parisian bartender and, mistaking her one-night stand for true love, moves into an apartment on his street. As he grows closer to his old girlfriend, her obsession grows dangerous, teetering toward madness. Sidewalk alum Nathan Silver directs this psychosexual thriller and dark comedy inspired by European cinema of the 1970s, sporting a powerhouse performance from Lindsay Burdge, kaleidoscopic color and wry narration from Anjelica Huston.
- Corey Craft

Saturday, August 26th
7:40 PM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 7:40pm - 9:02pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:40pm

Lemon sponsored by Brandino Brass
Lemon
Directed by Janicza Bravo
USA, Narrative, 90 minutes

Isaac Lachmann is an unpleasantly intense failed actor whose life is on the verge of collapse. When his blind girlfriend of 10 years leaves him and a student’s acting career takes off, Isaac is inspired to seek a “reset” before he hits rockbottom, and tries to start dating again--but is there really any hope for him? Lemon is anxious comedy at its finest, with an excellent ensemble cast mining laughter from absurd and uncomfortable material.
- Corey Craft

Saturday, August 26th
7:40 PM
Alabama Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 7:40pm - 9:10pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:45pm

Shorts: Drama Drama Drama
Shorts: Drama, Drama, Drama
113 minutes

Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf

  • Dina Fiasconaro
  • USA
  • 9.5 min

Marge is the bored housewife of Rex. In an attempt to spice up their relationship, Marge employs the Queen of Meatloaf, who seduces Rex and Marge into a state of slumber while permeating their home with her enchanting aura and addicting gustatory appeal.

Runner

  • Clare Cooney
  • USA
  • 15 min

While out for her daily jog, Becca cuts through an alleyway and finds herself in the periphery of a couple's heated confrontation.

Mariner

  • Thyrone Tommy
  • Canada
  • 19 min

A young marine navigation student suffers intense anxiety during his final exams when an incident from his past returns to both haunt and help him.


Birthday Cake

  • Brantly Jackson Watts
  • USA
  • 17.5 min

Birdie marks the first anniversary of leaving her abusive lover with a ceremonial candle on a cake. But as the evening unfurls, Birdie will be confronted by more than an aching heart.

Shilo

  • Tyler Russell
  • USA
  • 9 min

Based on the life of Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris, "Shilo" explores the motivations of an American serviceman and the toll of war.

Fry Day

  • Laura Moss
  • USA
  • 16 min

An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of Ted Bundy's execution in 1989.

Game

  • Jeannie Donohoe
  • USA
  • 15 min

A new kid shows up at the high school boys' basketball tryouts, but will talent alone be enough to make the team once they discover a secret?

Real Artists

  • Cameo Wood
  • USA
  • 12 min

Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios, but she soon learns all is not as she expects behind the curtain.

Saturday, August 26th
7:45 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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7:50pm

Inheritance
Inheritance
Directed by Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye
USA, Narrative, 76 minutes

Dark, disturbing, yet rich and rewarding, Inheritance tells the story of family secrets and the trauma that we bury deep down. Mara and boyfriend, Aaron, return to her childhood home in beautiful Belize in an attempt to reconnect with her father, but his unexpected death extends their stay. Mara’s estranged brother resurfaces, and his intrusive and manipulative behavior suggests to Aaron a dangerous chemistry between the two. Brilliantly executed by director Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye, Inheritance will stay with you long after the ending credits.
- Kyle McKinnon

Saturday, August 26th
7:50 PM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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8:00pm

Mixtape: Music Videos sponsored by RentMonster
Mixtape: Music Videos
83 minutes

"Ain't Going Nowhere" by Kais
"Time Stops" by Starbenders
"Caskets" by Stoned Cobra
"Try a Little Tenderness" by Alice Tan Ridley
"Second Hand Lovers" by Oren Lavie
"Someone to Love" by Gabriel Tajeu
"Can You Decide" by Jon Kenzie
"Overcame the Sun" by Cloudy Busey
"Sounds Like" by C.A.m
"Rave On" by Holy Youth
"Celia Johnson" by Winterpills
"Comes a Moment" by Jonathan Cavier
"Mountains" by mac/glidden
"Plastic Flowers" by HaHaHa Productions
"Mortar & Pestle" by Raquel Lily
"Everybody" by Don Broco
"Clutchin" by Hirt Town
"Viva Adore" by Cavalen
"Arcadian" by Symbion Project

Saturday, August 26th
8:00 PM
ASFA Recital Hall
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8:10pm

Tormenting The Hen
Tormenting the Hen
Directed by Theodore Collatos
USA, Narrative, 77 minutes

Claire, a New York playwright, is invited to the Berkshires to present her work. She brings along her girlfriend, Monica, a Brazilian environmental engineer. Their idyllic retreat is soon interrupted by an unnerving neighbor, Mutty, whose lack of social boundaries and penchant for lawn mowing gradually chips away at Monica’s sanity. Difficulties regarding connecting to others, outside of one’s own cultural, ethnic and sexual orientation, lead characters to clash and collide. Misunderstandings spiral into something more sinister and sun-drenched, hazy summer days grow darker.
- Rachel Ahrnsen

Saturday, August 26th
8:10 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium
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9:00pm

Sidewalk's Bounce Carnival Bash sponsored by BIG Communications
Limited Capacity seats available

Step right up! Everyone's a winner at Sidewalk's 2017 Saturday night party – an indoor carnival with a bouncy twist. Join us at Boutwell Auditorium on Saturday, August 26th for the Bounce Carnival Bash presented by Big Communications!

Featuring:
• 10 inflatable slides, bounce houses, and obstacle courses!
• Hot dogs (including a vegetarian option), nachos, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, cotton candy, and popcorn - all included with admission!
• Full bar featuring cocktails, wine, and Cahaba Brewing Company beer! (2 drink tickets for beer or wine with admission, open bar for VIP Pass holders)
• Dancing all night with DJ ROCKO!

August 1st-August 24th – $25
Festival Weekend August 25th-26th – $30

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18+ only. Admission included with VIP Passes to Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions.



Saturday August 26, 2017 9:00pm - Sunday August 27, 2017 1:00am
Downtown Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama

9:10pm

Encore: Alabama Documentary Shorts
Alabama Documentary Shorts
102 minutes

Johnny's Greek and Three
- Ava Lowrey
- USA
- 8 min
Profile of Timothy Hontzas, owner of Johnny's - one of the top meat and three lunch spots in Birmingham and recently nominated for a James Beard Award.

Bullet Hands
- Alex R. Bauer, Mary Figuers Stallings
- USA
- 10 min
A portrait of Kenneth McNeil, a young boxer living in the Pratt City community of Birmingham, Alabama.

Community of the Cards
- David Love, Ben Johnson
- USA
- 5 min
In the heart of Alabama a large group of avid card players have formed a tight-knit community around a small shop called Card Addicts.

Rolling through the Hoops
- Ingrid Pfau
- USA
- 8 min
Meet Christina Schwab, a paralympic athlete and wheelchair basketball coach.

Firehouse
- Betserai Ashanti, Terry Gentry, Zachary Rogers
- USA
- 10 min
Peek in to the DIY music scene in Birmingham.

Visionland
- Faulkner Hereford, Randolph Malone
- USA
- 12 min
A family brings three generations of theme park experience to Bessemer, Alabama.

Gardens of Red Dust
- Corey Carpenter, Maggie Patterson
- USA
- 13 min
A chorus of Alabamian voices seeks to lift the shroud surrounding death and burial.

52%
- Miranda Donato, Shelby Anderson
- USA
- 11 min
A look at the disproportionate representation of women in Alabama politics.

Okra Fest
- Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, Judy Lessler
- USA
- 8 min
A visit to the Okra Festival in Burkville, Alabama.

Wrastlin
- Josh Snead
- USA
- 10
- A ringside seat at a night of wrestling at the 431 Sports Arena in Boaz, Alabama.

Gifts from the Good Land
- Ava Lowrey
- USA
- 6.5
Randle Farms, located just outside of Auburn, Alabama, has provided lamb to the southeastern Muslim community for over 30 years.

Saturday, August 26th
2:45 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall

9:40pm

Most Beautiful Island
Most Beautiful Island
Directed by Ana Asensio
USA, Narrative, 80 minutes

Luciana lives under the radar in America as an undocumented immigrant. Struggling to support herself and barely holding it together, she becomes lured into a questionable opportunity that rings too good to be true. Told through a mix of reflectively long shots and jarring tension, Most Beautiful Island showcases two sides of freedom--the euphoria of living as you please and the unpredictable cost of choice. Quietly terrifying and at times hypnotic, Most Beautiful Island is writer/director/star Ana Asensio’s impressive directorial debut.
- Charlie Sanders & Rachel Morgan

Saturday, August 26th
9:40 PM
Lyric Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 9:40pm - 11:00pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:45pm

Like Me
Like Me
Directed by Robert Mockler
USA, Narrative, 84 minutes

Kiya, a mysteriously driven young woman, films her criminal acts and posts them to the Internet. Views and likes pile up, raising her audiences expectation for new levels of oddity. A twisted quest in exploitation leads Kiya to befriend paint-huffing Marshall, who soon becomes her latest--initially consenting--victim. Together, they journey down a bizarre path and through the evolution of Kiya’s social media persona. Appropriately, Like Me is a perfectly performed chaotic explosion of color and style.
- Michael Shelton

Saturday, August 26th
9:45 PM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Saturday August 26, 2017 9:45pm - 11:09pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:50pm

The Weight
The Weight
Directed by Thomas Rennier
USA, Narrative, 80 minutes

Thad is a blue-collar worker from a small town in Missouri. His life becomes entangled with burdens and regret when his boss involves him in murder. A domino effect sets turmoil in motion when a farmer’s dog finds the bodies buried in the woods. Thad’s ex-wife Julie, a private investigator, and the local sheriff search for answers as things go from bad to worse. Featuring Alabamian Clayne Crawford, The Weight is a heavy tale involving love and loss.
- Michael Shelton

Saturday, August 26th
9:50 PM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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9:55pm

The Astrologer sponsored by Soppin' Wet Cinema
The Astrologer
Directed by Craig Denney
USA, Narrative, 96 minutes

Filmed in 1975 and never before released on home video, The Astrologer deserves rank as the Citizen Kane of bizarre movies. Starring director Craig Denney, it tells the story of a small-time fortune teller whose so-called psychic powers propel him to worldwide fame. The reason to see this though is for its head-scratching execution: nearly every mindblowing second of this film calls to question “what were they thinking?” Don’t miss this rare chance to view the only remaining 35mm print of this film. This special screening is brought to you by SoppinWetCinema.
- Kyle McKinnon

Saturday, August 26th
9:55 PM
Alabama Theatre

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Saturday August 26, 2017 9:55pm - 11:31pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:15pm

A Feast of Man
A Feast of Man
Directed by Caroline Golum
USA, Narrative, 82 minutes
World Premiere
When their wealthy colleague dies, a group of his friends gather at the late millionaire’s upstate New York home for a reading of his rather unconventional will. As they clumsily attempt to sort through internal conflicts stemming from their friend’s last wishes, they experience grief, anger, and hysterics, allraucously tied together. Filled with decadent snobbery and a ton of rosé, this stylized and cynical comedy casts a wary eye on the concept of friendship. - Charlie Bice

Saturday, August 26th
10:15 PM
Steiner Auditorium @ Birmingham Museum of Art
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10:20pm

The Atoning
The Atoning
Directed by Michael Williams
USA, Narrative, 89 minutes

Questionable occurrences rattle the home of a seemingly normal family. Despite the efforts to protect their son, it becomes eerily clear that the family's past haunts them more deeply than any ghost ever could. Everything that has happened to this family will affect everything that is to come. Featuring Birmingham-native Virginia Newcomb and written and directed by Mississippi-native Michael Williams, The Atoning presents a modern southern ghost story.
- Christy Turnipseed

Saturday, August 26th
10:15 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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10:25pm

After Dark Shorts
After Dark Shorts
85 minutes

The Call of Charlie

  • Nick Spooner
  • USA
  • 14.5 min

A trendy Los Angeles couple sets up a blind date for two of their friends, one of whom is an ancient evil deity vibrating with pure malice.

Eulogilia

  • Alex Grossman
  • USA
  • 11.5 min

Vivian Wilde writes eulogies for people in her life who are alive. With hopes of eradicating her malady, Vivian joins a local therapy group.

It Sucks to Be Me

  • Greg Heyman, Trey Fortner
  • USA
  • 3 min

A lonely man struggles with anger and bitterness as a result of his inability to making lasting connections with the opposite sex.

Kookie

  • Justin Harding
  • Canada
  • 13 min

Bree, a dishonest 9-year-old, receives a terrifying visitor after a parenting lesson goes horribly wrong.

Déjà Vu Deluge

  • Jasper Lee
  • USA
  • 10 min

A fever-dream vision of the Queen of Spain as a possessed sorceress who spreads death and disease among natives in the New World.

Teeth

  • Melissa Sweazy
  • USA
  • 10 min

Maddie gets a visit from the Tooth Fairy, who may be interested in more than just collecting her lost tooth.

Don't Ever Change

  • Don Swaynos
  • USA
  • 10 min

A reunion between a woman and her estranged daughter is interrupted by a stranger with an unusual request.

Night Digging

  • Terry Rietta
  • USA
  • 13 min

In this tale of Hillbilly Noir, liquor is sipped, lies are told and blood is spilled when a fallen small town golden boy catches up with an old friend while working in a graveyard.

Saturday, August 26th
10:25 PM
ASFA Recital Hall
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Sunday, August 27
 

10:00am

Hanzi sponsored by Paul Bates Architects
Hanzi
Directed by Mu-Ming Tsai
Taiwan, Documentary, 60 minutes
U.S. Premiere

Ever wondered how much time it takes to design a typeface? What about one composed of Chinese characters? For Taiwan, one of the last places in the world to use traditional Chinese characters, the question is one that holds deep cultural significance. With interviews from some of the region’s most innovative typographers and font designers, Hanzi is a look into not only the complexities of Chinese typeface design and development, but also the growing appreciation for Chinese characters and writing. - Charlie Bice
Sunday, August 27th
10:00 AM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Last of the Longnecks
Last of the Longnecks
Documentary, Family Film Festival
Directed By Ashley Scott Davison
Run Time: 93 Minutes
USA

Last of the Longnecks works to communicate the plight of the giraffe and to spotlight the reality that they are closer to extinction than many realize (most subspecies are in population decline, ranging from 52%-85%). In the process of building awareness and inciting action, the documentary celebrates the majestic giraffe and includes unprecedented footage. A guidance note: please be aware that the content of the documentary includes decidedly relevant and necessary images of giraffes that are in distress and deceased.
- Rachel Morgan

McWane Rushton Theater
10 AM
Sunday, August 27th

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Sunday August 27, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Rushton Theatre 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:05am

The Other Kids
The Other Kids
Directed by Chris Brown
USA, Narrative, 95 minutes

Six northern California high schoolers face the difficulties of coming of age in this remarkable narrative-documentary hybrid. Joe considers enlisting in the military, while undocumented Isaac stays off the grid; popular Sienna struggles with the divorce of her parents, while Kai’s self-loathing manifests in cutting. And loners Abby and Cricket finally find a connection in each other. This lightly improvised and beautifully observed film was shot using non-actors playing semi-fictionalized versions of themselves.
- Corey Craft

Sunday, August 27th
10:05 AM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium
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10:05am

And Then I Go
And Then I Go
Directed by Vincent Grashaw
USA, Narrative, 99 minutes

Beautiful cinematography and introspective storytelling make And Then I Go an insightful portrait of the life-altering nature of bullying. Through the eyes of two socially misaligned students, Edwin and Flake, the world is a terrible place. Their only comfort is their friendship and a shared desire to push back against the ugliness of teenage life. With time and changing perspectives the boys begin to drift apart, but outside stresses realign the two, possibly not for the best. And Then I Go is patient filmmaking at its finest.
- Charlie Sanders

Sunday, August 27th
10:05 AM
Alabama Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 10:05am - 11:44am
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:15am

Are We Not Cats
Are We Not Cats
Directed by Xander Robin
USA, Narrative, 78 minutes

As if losing his job and his girlfriend weren’t bad enough, sadsack New Yorker Eli starts living out of his only source of income, the delivery truck he uses for odd jobs, during one cold winter. On one delivery, he meets the elfin Anya, a young woman who shares his unusual compulsion for eating human hair. Trichophagia and squirmy desperation set the stage for this atypically touching love story and grimy body horror tale.
- Corey Craft

Sunday, August 27th
10:15 AM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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10:30am

Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story sponsored by Alpha Lumber
Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story
Directed by Phillip Baribeau
USA, Documentary, 87 minutes

After surviving an electric shock of 24,000 volts while hiking in the backcountry of Montana, Eduardo Garcia is suddenly faced with an intense journey of recovery. Charged follows the adventurous chef’s story of survival and change as he endures multiple surgeries, amputation, and cancer. Supported by his ex-girlfriend, as well as a father who previously abandoned him, Eduardo must attempt to heal his broken relationships as well as his broken body.  
- Gina Gioiello

Sunday, August 27th
10:30 AM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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10:45am

The Reagan Show
The Reagan Show
Directed by Pacho Velez & Sierra Pettengill
USA, Documentary, 75 minutes

Skillfully and painstakingly comprised of archival footage, The Reagan Show is an eerily relevant peak behind the curtain of the media driven presidency of America’s 40th, Ronald Reagan. The documentary quietly places a spotlight on how deeply the media savvy Reagan years informed all POTUS to-be. Captivating and at times surreal, The Reagan Show is insanely well crafted and is perhaps most impressive in its presentation of a sneakily clever commentary on the current state of the nation.
- Rachel Morgan

Sunday, August 27th
10:45 AM
Lyric Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

SHOUT LGBTQ Shorts
SHOUT LGBTQ Shorts
112 minutes

Make It Up

  • Courtney Hope Thérond
  • USA
  • 4.5 min

Tara and Jo were just having a moment...

Call Your Father

  • Jordan Firstman
  • USA
  • 19.5 min

On their first date, Josh and Greg must confront the generational divide in this insightful comedy about what it means to be gay in contemporary America.

Sisak

  • Faraz Arif Ansari
  • 15 min
Set in the fast-paced environs of the bustling Mumbai local trains, Sisak details a wordless romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys between two men

What About Shelley

  • Kyle Reaume
  • 13 min
Billy and Shelley are best friends, but their friendship is greatly tested when Shelley's boyfriend, Adam, secretly comes out to Billy - the only other gay man he knows.

Sis

  • Dimitris Toulias
  • 11 min
Two estranged sisters, religious Fran and transgender Steph, reconcile their differences during the course of one night where honesty is the only policy.

Cock N' Bull 2

  • Nathan Adloff
  • 14.5 min
Wes and Chris, in couples counseling, have decided to explore opening up the relationship to spice up their sex life.

Huevos Rancheros

  • Brian C. Miller
  • 11.5 min
Lifelong friends, Danny and Marcus must confront their differences or allow it to finally drive a wedge in their relationship.

Imago

  • Liz Cardenas Franke
  • 8 min
The courageous, life-altering decision to never let anyone bully him again – not even his own father – leads a 15-year-old gay teen to fully embrace his true identity. Based on a true story.

Cecil and Carl

  • Elvis Leon
  • 15 min
Cecil has lived alone in a giant house ever since Carl, his partner of 43 years, was diagnosed with advanced dementia and admitted to a nursing home. Not about grand gestures of love or being gay, this story focuses on commitment and the duties that come with it.

Sunday, August 27th
10:45 AM
ASFA Recital Hall
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11:00am

Building a Sustainable Career in VR
Crowdfunding has become a fundamental piece of film financing. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career—and provide the groundwork for distribution that you control. This workshop will provide a career long action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. Seed&Spark crowdfunding projects launched by people who've attended this session have a 100% success rate. Bonus—find out how Seed&Spark can help you get your next virtual reality project off the ground!

Sunday August 27, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
ASFA Gallery

11:30am

Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution
Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution
Directed by Yony Leyser
USA, Documentary, 83 minutes

This lively and enthralling documentary tracks the rise of Homocore/Queercore within the punk community in the 1980s and 1990s. But this isn't just a music documentary, it’s a compelling argument for queer communities to continue to resist assimilation, make our own spaces, and celebrate our identities. Interviewees from John Waters to Kathleen Hanna discuss topics from feminism to art to AIDS in the context of this radical, anti-capitalist movement. Don’t miss this fun, edgy, inspiring film!
- Kate Michel

Sunday, August 27th
11:30 AM
ASFA Black Box
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11:45am

Neighborhood Food Drive
Neighborhood Food Drive
Directed by Jerzy Rose
USA, Narrative, 85 minutes

Two snobby upscale restaurateurs, a few do-gooder artsy college students and a professor with nothing better to do attempt to throw a series of food drive launch parties for their gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. They fail more and more spectacularly each time, with increasingly dreadful results. This comedy lampoons egotistical humanitarianism and millennial solipsism with a pitch-dark deadpan and increasingly absurd tone. Neighborhood Food Drive premiered this past January at the Slamdance Film Festival and stars Sidewalk alum Bruce Bundy.
- Corey Craft

Sunday, August 27th
11:45 AM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 11:45am - 1:20pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:15pm

Kids Shorts Starring Kids

Kids Shorts Starring Kids
Sunday, August 27th
12:15 PM
Rushton Theater

In the Weeds

  • Ethan Ron
  • 11 min
  • USA

Local office employees sent their children to work in their place for two weeks.

Blaze Ninja and Darkshot

  • Kenneth Robinson
  • 19 min
  • USA

Every hero needs a sidekick.

When The Phantom Strikes

  • Jay Galloway
  • 19 min
  • USA

Can worlds collide? A group of students find out when they break into an abandoned theater and come face to face with it's frightening history.

Home.

  • Jay Galloway
  • 19 min
  • USA

The daughter of an aggressive senator struggles to win a coveted spot in a theater competition at the expense of a young, homeless boy that has finally found a home.

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Sunday August 27, 2017 12:15pm - 1:25pm
Rushton Theatre 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:20pm

The Song of Sway Lake sponsored by JLP, Inc.
The Song of Sway Lake
Directed by Ari Gold
USA, Narrative, 100 minutes

Somewhere hidden away inside the Sway Lake cabin lies a rare vinyl record owned by Ollie’s recently deceased father. Determined to steal the record for himself, Ollie employs his new friend Nikolai to help him achieve his goal. Ollie’s grandmother soon arrives at the cabin with plans of her own. Nikolai becomes enamored by his surroundings and Mrs. Sway, putting everything in jeopardy. Song of Sway Lake combines gorgeous cinematography with a rich soundtrack that envelops the viewer.
- Michael Shelton

Sunday, August 27th
12:20 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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12:25pm

A Very Sordid Wedding sponsored by Central Alabama Pride
A Very Sordid Wedding
Directed by Del Shores
USA, Narrative, 109 minutes

Del Shores’ sordid saga continues as Brother Boy’s encounter with a dangerous criminal forces him to return to Winters, Texas where Southside Baptist Church is planning an "Anti-Equality Rally" to protest same-sex marriage and sisters Latrell, LaVonda, and Aunt Sissy are planning a memorial service to honor dearly departed Peggy. This comedy about bigotry in a small town and the power o flove captures the humor of a drankin’ and cussin’ family, the gumption of a gay wedding and more.
- Gina Mallisham

Sunday, August 27th
12:25 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium
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Sponsors
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Central Alabama Pride

SHOUT Outreach Coordinator, Sidewalk Film Festival
The SHOUT Film Festival is Alabama's first and only film festival celebrating the best, new LGBTQ indie films. The 2015 Festival is set for August 29-30 in downtown Birmingham's theater district and is sponsored in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences .



12:30pm

AL ATOS Presents Nathan Avakian & the International Youth Silent Film Festival
Alabama Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society Present Nathan Avakian & the International Youth Silent Film Festival
Special Event
Run Time: 90 Minutes

Locals know that the Alabama Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer is the engine that runs this block, but few festivalgoers realize that the theatre organ is an integral part of cinema history. Organist Nathan Avakian will provide the soundtrack for a historic silent short, then accompany a selection of contemporary short films from the International Youth Silent Film Festival. The IYSFF inspires young filmmakers to share their stories as they reinvent the art of silent film.

Presented by the Alabama Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. - Glenny Brock
Sunday, August 27th
12:30 PM
Alabama Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:45pm

Whose Streets?
Whose Streets?
Directed by Sabaah Folayan
USA, Documentary, 90 minutes

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking a national outcry and subsequent protests and rioting. Partially compiled from footage shot by protestors in the immediate tumultuous aftermath, this blistering and brilliant documentary chronicles a community coming together in grief and anger, and the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement, with a startling immediacy and rawness that feels ripped from today’s headlines.
- Corey Craft

Sunday, August 27th
12:45 PM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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1:00pm

Big Bear sponsored by Electricity and Lighting, Inc.
Big Bear
Directed by Joey Kern
USA, Narrative, 87 minutes

Everything’s set for Joe’s bachelor party weekend, supplies have been gathered and a cabin at Big Bear Lake booked. There’s just one issue, Joe’s fiancé leaves him for another guy. His best friends force him to have the party despite the failed engagement and things quickly take a surprising turn as Joe discovers exactly what his friends have in store.Heavily influenced by Director (and Sidewalk alum) Joey Kern’s personal misfortune, Big Bear is a hilarious, fun and action-filled tale that reminds us to make the best of the worst.
- Michael Shelton

Sunday, August 27th
1:00 PM
Lyric Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 1:00pm - 2:27pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:45pm

Shorts: A Touch of Magic
Shorts: A Touch of Magic
93 minutes

The Witching Hour

  • Riley Geis
  • USA
  • 12.5

On Halloween, a fearful young boy is taken by the spooky girl next door on a haunted night of mischief and adventure.

Caw

  • Jeremy Lutter
  • Canada
  • 16

A shy teenager falls in love with the strange new girl at school, who always wears a mysterious red backpack.

Icarus

  • Tom Teller
  • USA
  • 20

When a Mars colony's comm satellite is damaged, Emilia Riley tries to repair it. When she loses her connection with her base, her son makes the knee jerk decision to go after her.

Interior Teresa

  • Meredith Alloway
  • USA
  • 14.5

When Teresa meets an intriguing boy while on sanctuary cleaning duty, she starts to realize that her life-long visions may be more significant than she knew. Inspired by the story of Saint Teresa of Avila.

Limbo

  • Konstantina Kotzamani
  • Greece
  • 30

The leopard shall lie down with the goat. The wolves shall live with the lambs. And the young boy will lead them. 12+1 kids and the carcass of a whale washed ashore…

Sunday, August 27th
1:45 PM
ASFA Recital Hall
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2:00pm

Documentary Filmmaking: When the Story Changes (or, The Film's Not Over Until the U.S. Supreme Court Rules)

Michele Forman (producer) leads a conversation with the filmmaking team from Alabama Bound, with:

  • Cari Searcy & Kim McKeand, featured Mobile family
  • Lauren Jacobs, Associate Producer

 


Sunday August 27, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ASFA Gallery

2:00pm

Mustang Island
Mustang Island
Directed by Craig Elrod
USA, Narrative, 86 minutes

Easily one of 2017’s funniest indie comedies, Mustang Island begins just as Bill gets dumped by his girlfriend. Out of his mind and determined to win her back, he drags his pals to a quiet off-season Texas beach town in an effort to find her. Unable to track her down, the crew gets wrapped up with jet skis, bottomless mimosas and palling around with the locals. With brilliant performances and sharp comical timing, this is one not to miss.
- Kyle McKinnon

Sunday, August 27th
2:00 PM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 2:00pm - 3:26pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:00pm

Jungletown Talkback with Ondi Timoner
Jungletown Talkback with Ondi Timoner
Directed by Ondi Timoner
USA, Episodic Documentary, 90 minutes

Join documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner (the only two-time recipient of Sundance’s documentary Grand Jury Prize) in a conversation about her latest work, the episodic Jungletown. The Viceland program focuses on an American entrepreneur who has carved out a “sustainable modern town" in the Panamanian jungle – and had dozens of young people (many “interns”) join him. Timoner will play selections from the show, discuss its production and reception and take questions. She might even say a few words regarding her current project, the feature Mapplethorpe.- Rachel Morgan

Sunday, August 27th
2:00 PM
First Church Birmingham
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Sunday August 27, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:10pm

Secret Screening
Secret Screening

It's a feature narrative film. It has adult content. It contains many faces that you would recognize from popular television shows and movies. And that's really all we can tell you. Come see this super secret film screening at Sidewalk 2017 before it premieres next year at one of the massive super famous film festivals. The filmmakers are scheduled to attend. Seating is intentionally limited. This is a one and only chance! 

Sunday, August 27th
2:10 PM
ASFA Black Box


2:15pm

Into the Who Knows
Young Thomas, who posses more creativity than social skill, prefers the company of imaginary friend, Felix the Fox. In an effort to force Thomas to make friends, his parents send him away to summer camp. Hating the camp upon arrival, Thomas and Felix escape into the enchanted forest. The two aim to capture a mythical Totem, but what they discover in their search will change their friendship forever. Reminiscent of Where The Wild Things Are, Into The Who Knows is a stellar (and rare) indie family film.

- Christy Turnipseed

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Sunday August 27, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Rushton Theatre 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:45pm

Menashe sponsored by Acting Out Academy
Menashe
Directed by Joshua Weinstein
USA, Narrative, 82 minutes

Menashe is the Hasidic Jewish film you never knew you needed to see. Threatened with the loss of his son unless he remarries, widower Menashe attempts to find order and meaning within the strict customs of his orthodox religion.  Performed in Yiddish and shot over the course of two years in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe will charm and move you with its poignant and powerful story and fascinate you with its unprecedented glimpse into a frequently insular society.
- Joi Tribble

Sunday, August 27th
2:45 PM
Alabama Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 2:45pm - 4:07pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:45pm

Animated Shorts
Animated Shorts
84 minutes

Unsatisfying

  • Thibault de Fournas
  • France
  • 1.5

Almost, not quite, just short... Sometimes life can be so...unsatisfying.

Trial & Error

  • Antje Heyn
  • Germany
  • 5.5 min

A film about a lost shirt button, perfectionist aunts, busy cats, startled parrots – and a long-lost friend.

The Snow Girl

  • Mixtape Club
  • USA
  • 4.5 min

Newly arrived from Japan, Yuki confronts a group of bullies and discovers a secret about her father's past – and herself.

Rabbit Blood

  • Yagmur Altan
  • Turkey
  • 5 min

Just an ordinary day at an old mysterious Turkish country house where its residents have an extraordinary way of brewing tea.

Catherine

  • Britt Raes
  • Belgium
  • 12 min

Catherine loves pets! But most of all, she loves her cat. As she grows up, she has trouble connecting with other people. Her cat is her life, but will she ever find friendship or love?

Bosatsu - Year of the Dragon

  • Siddharth Ahluwalia
  • USA
  • 6.5 min

A sensei, a forest temple, a sky dragon... Jake sees these visions in his dreams. But are they just dreams, or something more?

There's Too Many of These Crows

  • Morgan Miller
  • USA
  • 4 min

A parable about aggression and escalation.

Ascribed Achievements

  • Samaneh Shojaei
  • Iran
  • 4.5 min

A middle aged man decides to end things. But his failed suicide creates a new situation in his life.

Wishing Box

  • Wenli Zhang, Nan Li
  • 5.5 min

Pirate Derek and his monkey sidekick discover a treasure chest after years at sea. No ordinary chest, this box can make wishes come true.

Cour de récré (Playground)

  • Francis Gavelle, Claire Inguimberty
  • France
  • 9.5 min

Bruno loves Delphine… Delphine loves Jerome… Jerome wants to play with Marjorie… Marjorie doesn’t love her father or her mother anymore. There's more going on in the playground than mere childs' play.

Evocation of a Nightmare

  • Wally Chung
  • 1.5 min

Entering what seems to be a deserted building, a man explores and finds an unwanted guest.

Second to None

  • Vincent Gallagher
  • 7.5 min

Frederick Butterfield is tired of always being runner up. When he becomes the world’s second oldest person, he hatches a plan to claim first place.

Green Light

  • Seongmin Kim
  • S Korea
  • 16 min

With the ecosystem destroyed after a nuclear war, Mari, a survivor, does all she can to rebuild. When she stumbles upon a robot soldier in an abandoned city, everything changes.


Sunday, August 27th
2:45 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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3:00pm

Liberation Day
Liberation Day
Directed by Uģis Olte and Morten Traavik
Norway, Documentary, 97 minutes

In one of the most unusual footnotes in popular music history, in 2015 Slovenien industrial/conceptual art-group, Laibach, traveled, by request, to North Korea to play a concert. Liberation Day documents the band’s trip to the secretive and heavily-restricted nation. Confronted with the demands of an ever-present censorship board, as well traveling under heavy monitoring, the group walks the thin line of maintaining artistic integrity while attempting to stay out of trouble. The setlist includes covers of 80’s hits as well as songs from The Sound of Music.
- Kyle McKinnon

Sunday, August 27th
3:00 PM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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3:00pm

Cherry Pop sponsored by Al's on Seventh
Cherry Pop
Directed by Assaad Yacoub
USA, Narrative, 80 minutes

RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Bob the Drag Queen, Detox, Tempest DuJour and Latrice Royale star in this campy, nutty tale about a small town drag bar desperate to find their closing act. All hell breaks loose in this wicked comedy as a newcomer (‘the cherry”) arrives, opening the door for the queens to trade endless insults and unleash a crash course in shade. Directed by Assaad Yacoub, Cherry Pop can be likened to To Wong Foo, but with added laughs.
- J Matthew Cobb

Sunday, August 27th
3:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium
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3:15pm

Lucky sponsored by Philip Woods Home Builder
Lucky
Directed by John Carroll Lynch
USA, Narrative, 88 minutes

Acting legend Harry Dean Stanton stars as the cantankerous Lucky, an elderly atheist faced with his imminent mortality after a momentary health scare. As he interacts with the other residents of his small desert community, Lucky moves slowly but surely toward enlightenment. The directing debut of character actor John Carroll Lynch, Lucky gives Stanton the role of a lifetime. Co-starring Tom Skerritt, Ron Livingston and director David Lynch as Lucky’s tortoise-obsessed best friend.
- Corey Craft

Sunday, August 27th
3:15 PM
Lyric Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:43pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:00pm

The Black Lens: Gentrification and Film
With filmmaker, film critic, and author Brandon Harris.

Sunday August 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ASFA Gallery

4:15pm

Teen Films (Guidance By Parents Suggested)

Teen Shorts (Guidance by Parents Suggested)

A Baker's Dozen

  • Isabella Masrouga
  • 4
  • USA

When a lonely, anti-social man stops by his usual bakery for his usual one cookie, the baker insists he take a dozen cookies instead.

Puget Sound

  • Jack Nordstrom
  • 10
  • USA

Teenagers are inspired to make a super 8 movie in the summer of 1980.

Damsels in Distress

  • Raine Bracken
  • 6
  • USA

Prince Charming doesn't always find what he's looking for. This isn't your average fairytale.

Treasure

  • Julia Fleisig, Catherine Chen, Chana Kim, Diego Yanez
  • 3 min
  • USA

A knight goes on a quest to find the greatest treasure, but in the end, the treasure is not what she expected.

For Isabelle

  • Tilly Hobkirk
  • 3 min
  • Australia

Isabelle has waved to the man upstairs everyday since she was little. She collects the little wooden animals he makes for her, even after he dies.

From Dogs to Wolves

  • Azure Allen
  • 10 min
  • USA

The story of a young man struggling with the space between the domestic magic of childhood and the sometimes unbearable wilderness of adulthood.

Full Tank

  • Brett McLoughlin
  • 3 min
  • USA

Liam decides whether to make a left or right turn out of a rural gas station.

Tangerines

  • Miriam Sachs
  • 5 min
  • USA

What happens when a novelist loses his muse?

The Mobsters

  • Evan Hara
  • 7 min
  • USA

In a teenager’s world without candy, life can be rough.

The Fish and The Frog

  • Evan Hara
  • 7 min
  • USA

A young actor in high school has his first love. After splitting up, his grief leads to a life-changing opportunity that skyrockets his career.

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Sunday August 27, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Rushton Theatre 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:15pm

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Directed by David France
USA, Documentary, 105 minutes

Marsha P. Johnson was a leading transgender activist in the 1980s: present at the Stonewall Riots alongside Sylvia Rivera. Her death rocked the New York LGBT activist scene, with many of her peers skeptical of the NYPD’s ruling that she committed suicide. In this gripping documentary, we follow activist Victoria Cruz as she tries to solve the mystery of Marcia’s death. David France, the director of How to Survive a Plague, brings us this riveting film that’s part tribute, part whodunit, and part call-to-action.
- Kate Michel

Sunday, August 27th
4:15 PM
First Church Birmingham
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Sunday August 27, 2017 4:15pm - 6:00pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:20pm

The Nobodies
The Nobodies
Directed by Jay Burleson
USA, Narrative, 86 minutes

The premise: Early 90’s Alabama, amateur filmmaker Warren Werner hosts a local premiere of his film, Pumpkin, shot on VHS for 600 bucks. The town is outraged, accusing Warren and girlfriend, Samantha Dixon, of engaging in satanic rituals. The two commit suicide. A documentary film crew begins investigating, but never complete the film. Pumpkin and the remaining doc footage are seared together to create The Nobodies. This celebratory screening doubles as The Nobodies Troma release party, surprises are expected. Stick around for a screening of Troma classic The Toxic Avenger to follow.
- Rachel Morgan

Sunday, August 27th
4:20 PM
ASFA Recital Hall
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4:30pm

Bang! The Bert Berns Story sponsored by Green Again Landscaping
Bang! The Bert Berns Story
Directed by Brett Berns and Bob Sarles
USA, Documentary, 80 minutes

Bert Berns wrote and produced some of the most seminal rock and soul songs of the 1960s, yet he is relatively unknown amongst most music fans. His fascinating story is told by his son, Brett Berns, and fellow director Bob Sarles in Bang! The Bert Berns Story. Narrated by Steven Van Zandt, the film features interviews with Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Ronald Isley, and many other icons with remembrances of Berns and his unfortunate death in 1967 at 38 years old.
- Tom Richardson

Sunday, August 27th
4:30 PM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:35pm

Encore: Blame
Blame
Directed by Quinn Shephard
USA, Narrative, 100 minutes

Blame tells the story of a social outcast who returns to high school after a traumatic incident. Ostracized by her peers, she walks the halls a loner. Jeremy, her drama teacher, sympathizes with her and volunteers as her scene partner in The Crucible. The boundaries between teacher and student begin to dissolve, and soon the two find themselves faced with choices that can’t be reversed. Meanwhile, this strikes a nerve in a classmate, fueling a vengeful jealousy that spirals out of control—and brings about a chain of events that draws parallels to Salem. The film was both written and directed by its star, Quinn Shephard.


5:00pm

Episodic
Episodic
85 minutes

Daughters

  • Anne-Marieke Graafmans
  • Netherlands
  • 14 min

"Daughters" is a documentary series about the unique connection between mothers and daughters.

Becca on Call

  • Jenness Rouse, Matt Draper
  • USA
  • 22 min

Becca C. Johnson, aspiring writer, agrees to work as part-time as a nurse assistant, but as Becca soon discovers, there's nothing part-time about nursing.

The Beginning and Ending of Everything

  • Ya'Ke
  • USA
  • 12 min

When Angelita returns home from prison and discovers the child she left behind is nowhere to be found, she goes on a quest to find the baby, her hope, and her reason for living.

Bug Spoon

  • Jason O'Brien
  • USA
  • 13 min

Bug Spoon, Alabama - where small town life and big dreams collide in the season 2 premiere.

Hooked

  • Luca Vecchi
  • Italy
  • 24 min

Two junkies' absurdly terrible decisions embroil them in something much deeper than they bargained for in the pilot to this dark comedy.


Sunday, August 27th
5:00 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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5:00pm

SHOUT Closing Night – Beach Rats
Beach Rats – SHOUT Closing Night
Directed by Eliza Hittman
USA, Narrative, 85 minutes

Handsome 19-year- old Frankie stumbles recklessly through the summer, his firstwithout another year of high school ahead. He runs around with friends, drinking and drugging, he reluctantly gets a girlfriend and, more than anything else, he wrestles with his sexuality. Moving from chat rooms to the passenger seat of stranger’s cars, Frankie’s life seems to be teetering on the verge of explosion. His father is dying of cancer, his future is unclear and his behavior is dangerous.

Director Eliza Hittman’s presentation of dark, drunken and dreamy corners of Brooklyn feel like perilous foreign landscapes. The film’s cinematography (Hélène Louvart) and direction is poetically hypnotizing. The feminine approach behind the camera, combined with the masculine bodies that consistently fill the frame, flip the typical rubric and the result is a unique, androgynously beautiful, incredibly watchable work of art. Beach Rats is a welcomed warning sign that the LGBTQ cinematic landscape is changing. The film premiered this past January at the Sundance Film Festival and we are honored that it is the Closing Night Film for SHOUT 2017.

- Rachel Morgan

Sunday, August 27th
5:00 PM
Alabama Theatre
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HereTV and Birmingham AIDS Outreach are proud to sponsor SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival.



Sunday August 27, 2017 5:00pm - 6:35pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

Sunday Alabama Shorts
Sunday Alabama Shorts
92 minutes

Olde E

  • Xavier Neal-Burgin
  • USA
  • 15 min

Demarkus Jackson, a young basketball star from South Central, Los Angeles, puts his life at risk when he comes home for revenge against his abusive father.

Haygood Eats

  • Hazart
  • USA
  • 5 min

A commercial shoot becomes a little too real.

Lightning Run

  • McKay C Mohun
  • USA
  • 5 min

During Prohibition, a young man, owing a debt to gangsters, must smuggle a shipment of moonshine.

Turtle

  • Alan Moore
  • USA
  • 8 min

A fishing trip doesn't go as planned for an alcoholic father and his struggling son, but they find inspiration when they least expect it.

IBBUR

  • Ian Hoppe, Dino Sarris
  • USA
  • 8  min

A young woman is hired to settle unfinished business by impersonating her doppelgänger.

Two by 4

  • Ian Bondurant
  • USA
  • 6 min

A young tree attends its first day of public high school.

Arrived

  • Whitney Hamilton
  • USA
  • 4.5 min

A group of kids realize aliens have landed in the local park. A short spoof on Arrival.

Hunted

  • Jack Serra
  • USA
  • 5 min

A man tries to figure out his past while being hunted by an unknown creature.

Alien Invasion USA

  • Chuck Hartsell, Chance Shirley
  • USA
  • 5.5

Chris and Chuck's afternoon of football watching is interrupted by a breaking news story.

Top Shelf

  • Colin Albea
  • USA
  • 13.5 min

A man battling homelessness and addiction breaks his somber routine to try and restore a small part of his happier past.

Beavis

  • Ian J Cunningham, Zac Simon
  • USA
  • 5 min

A slacker helps his cute neighbor search for a cat all over town.

Lex Talionis

  • Jesse Swenson
  • USA
  • 11 min

A meticulous college freshman exacts revenge on his slovenly roommate.


Sunday, August 27th
5:15 PM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
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5:20pm

Infinity Baby
Infinity Baby
Directed by Bob Byington
USA, Narrative, 72 minutes

This absurdist comedy presents a near-future filled with babies who don’t age—literally and figuratively. As a corporation seeks homes for Infinity Babies—accidental products of genetic testing that require as much care as a house plant—the CEO’s immature nephew Ben tries to avoid any degree of commitment in his love life, purposefully alienating each new girlfriend when she grows too close. Sidewalk alum Bob Byington directs this deadpan farce packed with comic actors.
- Corey Craft

Sunday, August 27th
5:20 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium
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5:30pm

Closing Night: My Friend Dahmer sponsored by Jeff Richardson, Brik Realty
My Friend Dahmer
Directed by Marc Meyers
USA, Narrative, 110 minutes
Closing Night Film

In case you haven’t heard, in 1991 Milwaukee resident and chocolate factory employee Jeffery Dahmer confessed to the murder of 17 young men. Included in his confession was an admission to the dismemberment and cannibalism of a number of his victims. My Friend Dahmer doesn’t tell that story, but, instead, covers the years of Dahmer’s life just before he began his killing spree; the era when his only victims were an occasional squirrel, his binge drinking habits began to emerge and his thoughts were beginning to take a turn towards murder.

Moving out of the role of young handsome Disney star and into that of young handsome serial killer, Ross Lynch is strangely convincing as the awkward, eccentric and attention-hungry high school Jeffrey Dahmer. Based on the Angoulême Prize winning and bestselling graphic novel of the same name, the film’s narrative is rooted in the personal experiences of the graphic novel’s author and Dahmer's high school bestie, Derf Backderf, who befriended Dahmer upon witnessing what he thought was the comedic outbreak of a class clown. My Friend Dahmer is not only engrossing and provocative, but is also an eerie, visually captivating time capsule.

- Rachel Morgan

Sunday, August 27th
5:30 PM
Lyric Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 5:30pm - 7:20pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:40pm

The Toxic Avenger & Troma Celebration
The Toxic Avenger
Directed by Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz
USA, Narrative, 82 minutes

Justice is served and guts are spilled when a put-upon health club custodian is doused in toxic chemicals, rising as an inhumanly strong, hideously deformed hero with a natural instinct to fight crime. From thrill killers to corrupt politicians, no evildoer is safe when the Toxic Avenger sets out to clean up the streets of Tromaville, New Jersey. This special screening is a continued celebration of the Troma release of Alabama film The Nobodies and will include an all-out Tromarific toxic celebration.
- Cody Hamman, Arrow in the Head

Sunday, August 27th
6:40 PM
ASFA Recital Hall
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6:40pm

Sundowners
Sundowners
Directed by Pavan Moondi
USA, Narrative, 95 minutes

On one hand, Sundowners is an indie comedy about the existential ennui of thirty-somethings frustrated that their day jobs don’t fit their artistic ambitions. On the other, it’s a classic comedy of errors. Aspiring filmmaker, Alex, needs to pay his rent so he accepts a job to film a wedding at a Mexican resort. Best friend Justin joins as his assistant. Problem is Alex’s boss, Tom, played by Tim Heidecker, is an unapologetically self-deluded jerk who has all but set them up for complete failure.

- Charlie Sanders

Sunday, August 27th
6:40 PM
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre
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Sunday August 27, 2017 6:40pm - 8:15pm
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

6:45pm

The New Radical
The New Radical
Directed by Adam Bhala Lough
USA, Documentary, 120 minutes

Profiling millennial radicals who are changing the world at an unprecedented pace, The New Radical draws its audience into the paranoid, angry universe of political dissidents, most of whom are white, male, and staunchly libertarian. The documentary provides impressive access to the inventors of Bitcoin and the 3D-printed gun, as well as famous hackers and prominent government leakers. Is this cohort of angry young men made up of defenders of freedom, or do they just want to see the world destroyed in new and interesting ways?
- Rachel Ahrnsen

Sunday, August 27th
6:45 PM
First Church Birmingham
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Sunday August 27, 2017 6:45pm - 7:45pm
First Church Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:05pm

Encore: Secret Screening
It's a feature narrative film. It has adult content. It contains many faces that you would recognize from popular television shows and movies. And that's really all we can tell you. Come see this super secret film screening at Sidewalk 2017 before it premieres next year at one of the massive super famous film festivals. The filmmakers are scheduled to attend. Seating is intentionally limited.


7:20pm

Shorts: Deep Thoughts
Shorts: Deep Thoughts
91 minutes
Joy Ride
End of Earth
Nick's Van
Cul-De-Sac
Innards
The End of Decay
Supot
Sunday, August 27th
7:20 PM
ASFA Lecture Hall
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7:20pm

Tinker
Tinker
Directed by Sonny Marler
USA, Narrative, 96 minutes

Reclusive farmer, Grady Lee Jr., discovers his late father’s journal containingplans for an electromagnetic generator, based on the lost research of NikolaTesla. With the help of his friend, Boudreaux, Grady begins working on thedevice. Just as progress is underway, Grady gets the unexpected news thathis stepsister has died and custody of her son, Kai, falls to him. New parentalresponsibilities disrupt Grady’s obsession with the machine; however, Kai mightjust be instrumental in finishing the work.

Sunday, August 27th
7:20 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art - Steiner Auditorium

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7:25pm

A Ghost Story sponsored by Pentoir Painting
A Ghost Story
Directed by David Lowery
USA, Narrative, 92 minutes

After a musician’s sudden death, his spirit stays behind to watch over his grieving girlfriend in the house he loved. But eventually she moves on, leaving the white-sheeted ghost to linger through the ages and observe the brevity of human existence. Sidewalk alum David Lowery’s latest work, featuring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, is a beautifully patient and poetic rumination on grief, impermanence, and legacy that packs an emotional wallop. - Corey Craft

Sunday, August 27th
7:25 PM
Alabama Theatre
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The Alabama Theatre is proudly sponsored by the Alabama Department of Tourism and the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.



Sunday August 27, 2017 7:25pm - 8:57pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:40pm

Shorts: Absurd
Shorts: Absurd
63 minutes
Applying the Condom
Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf
Meet the Pop Whores
Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone
Sunday, August 27th
7:40 PM
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

Admission included with VIP, Weekend, and Sunday Day Passes. Premium Single Tickets also available.
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8:00pm

9:30pm

Awards Show
Limited Capacity seats available

Our festival awards ceremony - all are welcome!

The Best SHOUT Film, Jury is sponsored by the LGBTQ Fund.

The Kathryn Tucker Windham Award for Southern Storytelling is sponsored by the Family of Kathryn Tucker Windham.

The Best Documentary Short is sponsored by Baker Donelson.

The Best Life & Liberty Film is sponsored by Jones & Hawley Law.

The Best Student Film Award is sponsored by Media and Film Studies at Birmingham-Southern College 

Doors open at 9, show at 9:30.


Sunday August 27, 2017 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30pm

Filmmaker Midnight Breakfast
Calling all filmmakers! Join us as we send off Sidewalk's 19th year at Rojo.

Sponsors

Sunday August 27, 2017 10:30pm - Monday August 28, 2017 12:00am
Rojo 2921 Highland Ave S Birmingham, AL 35205