Birmingham’s annual film festival historically held in the downtown Theatre District will transition to the outdoor location of The Grand River Drive-In at The Backyard in Leeds due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 event transition will provide this year’s attendees with a safe option to view the more than 150 features and short films set to screen during the Aug. 24-30 festival. View our Youtube playlist of each film’s trailer here.

Sponsored by Regions Bank, the 22nd Annual Sidewalk Festival at the Drive-In will screen films each evening on all four screens with some nights offering second films on each screen. Gates will tentatively open each day at 6:30 p.m. with the start of the first films of the night scheduled for 8 p.m. daily.

We’re excited to share with you the first seven feature films of the festival’s lineup:

BLOODY NOSES, EMPTY POCKETS (2020)

 

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN (2020)

 

EMA (2019)

 

JASPER MALL (2020)

 

ROAR (1981)

  • Rated PG
  • Narrative, USA
  • Director: Noel Marshall
  • Runtime: 102 Minutes
  • Synopsis: No animals were harmed in the making of this movie, 70 members of the cast and crew were. Wildlife preservationist, Hank, lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives.
  • Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cny_D50Rr44
  • IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083001/

 

MIRACLE FISHING (2020)

 

SUZI Q (2019)

 

Tickets for these films are now on sale at sidewalkfest.com/tickets. Additionally, onsite tickets will be available for each individual film and will be priced based on the number of individuals in each vehicle (one person per car = $15, two people per car = $26, three people per car = $35, four people per car = $42, and five people or more per car = $47). Concessions and bar service will be provided by The Grand River Drive-In at The Backyard.

,,