2023 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Screened at Sidewalk

Congratulations to the Sidewalk alumni nominated for the 2023 Independent Spirit Awards this morning! Sidewalk is always thrilled when the films we select to showcase to the Birmingham area are more widely recognized as being among the best of the year — and this year, a fantastic selection of films we’ve shown at this year’s festival and at the cinema have been acknowledged.

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) - IMDbThe slate of nominees was led by A24’s spring sensation “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which picked up a whopping eight nominations, including best feature and best director and best screenplay for writer/directors Daniels. One-half of Daniels, Birmingham native Daniel Scheinert, has often credited Sidewalk for helping kickstart his filmmaking career. We played “Everything Everywhere All At Once” for weeks at the cinema, and it looks to continue its awards season dominance as the year goes on.

We’re incredibly proud of Sidewalk Alum Liz Cardenas who is nominated for the Independent Spirit Producers Award. Liz produced Sidewalk titles “A Ghost Story”, “Never Goin’ Back” and “7 Days” and was the writer of the Sidewalk short film “Imago” which received the 2017 Shout Jury Special Mention. Sidewalk was proud to host the world premiere of the family film “Summer’s Shadow” written by Liz way back in 2014. Way to go Liz!

Our Father, The Devil | 2022 Tribeca Festival | TribecaWinner of the 2022 Sidewalk jury awards for best Black Lens feature and best narrative feature, Ellie Foumbi’s debut feature “Our Father, the Devil,” was a surprise nominee in the Indie Spirits’ best feature category. Star Babetida Sadjo also won a Black Lens Special Mention for Performance from the 2022 Sidewalk jury.

And Todd Field’s “Tár,” which we’ll be opening at the cinema on Nov. 25, was a nominee in many categories. The acclaimed film has gotten attention for Cate Blanchett’s lead performance since its festival premiere earlier in the fall.

Review of Saul Williams's Afrofuturist Musical Neptune FrostOther Sidewalk cinema alumni popped up throughout the nominees: You may have seen best director nominee Halina Reijn’s “Bodies Bodies Bodies” at the cinema, or lead performance nominees Mia Goth for “Pearl” and Regina Hall for “Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.” The uncategorizable “Nepture Frost,” a queer Afrofuturist sci-fi musical, picked up recognition for its cinematography after playing at Sidewalk in the summer. And just because he’s small doesn’t mean he isn’t mighty — “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” picked up a nomination for best editing after its popular run at the cinema in August.

Funny Pages | A24And if you caught the dark comedy “Funny Pages” at the 2022 festival, you may recall best breakthrough performance nominee Daniel Zolghardi in the lead role. And we are thrilled that Isabel Castro who directed the Sidewalk 2022 documentary “Mija” is a nominee for the Indie Spirits’ Truer Than Fiction award. Mija received a Documentary Feature Special Mention from the Sidewalk 2022 jury.  Also nominated for the Truer Than Fiction award, writer/director Rebeca Huntt for the Sidewalk Cinema film “Beba”.

Congratulations to all the nominees, Sidewalk is proud to have been a stop on the journey of so many of these wonderful films and filmmakers. Check out the full list here.

Keep an eye on the Sidewalk Cinema schedule –  we hope to bring several other Independent Spirit nominated films to Birmingham including “Aftersun” and “The Inspection”. Plus announcing: “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” is scheduled to screen at the Sidewalk Cinema in December. 



Your Sidewalk Programming Team Besties 

Corey Craft & Rachel Morgan


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Then join us for our Annual Black Friday Sale!


In person at the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

Friday, November 25, 11am-10pm

Saturday, November 26, 12pm-10pm

Sunday, November 27, 2pm-10pm


Merchandise: In-person only Nov. 25-27 / Cyber Monday Sale Nov. 28

Enjoy amazing deals on all Sidewalk Merch all weekend long. Spend $50 or more and receive a complimentary Sidewalk tote. Preview what we will have for sale at sidewalkfest.com/store.


Gifts of Membership: In-person only

Gift a Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema Membership at any level SECOND UNIT and above and receive two free cinema tickets to gift or keep for yourself! All gifts of Sidewalk Circle Memberships will receive an extra special surprise gift.


eGifts Cards: In-person only

Purchase $60 or more in eGift cards and receive two free cinema tickets to gift or keep for yourself!


2023 Sidewalk Film Festival VIP Passes

For the first time ever, we are offering a Black Friday Pre-Sale on VIP passes for the 25th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival – $175 for yourself or a friend – November 25-28 ONLY. Buy in person and receive a complimentary VIP gift pack.



Jewish Film Week Programming from Dan Seigel

Dan Seigel is Sidewalk’s Jewish Film Week Lead Programmer.

I grew up in the age of unfettered access to the television, when VHS tapes lined the living room closet, many of which were the much sought after EP versions that could fit THREE movies that you had recorded by hand on them. I remember when the feature that could distinguish between the programming and the commercials came out, freeing you up to record without having to pause every 10 minutes. With unfettered access came unfortunate choices; Aliens at age 8 wasn’t a good choice, nor was my repeated fascination with Disney’s Long John Silver.

In my family, though, Jewish films were just as important as It’s a Wonderful Life and Ghostbusters (I exaggerate on the latter, to be honest). I remember the horrifying British film Escape from Sobibor, taped on one of those VHS-EPs, making such an impression; the movie highlighted a somewhat successful escape from the Polish extermination camp, where over 300 Jews fled into the forest. We’re all familiar with Schindler’s List, but go back and watch this visceral retelling if you have the time.  

Why have a Jewish Film Week? This week, someone left a potential bomb at Temple Beth-El, just down the street from my home synagogue of Emanu-El. Kanye West doubled down on antisemitic remarks, turning to Parler when other social media suspended him. Kyrie Irving was suspended for open support of conspiracy trash movies. New Jersey synagogues are on high alert due to open threats. According to the FBI, 60% of hate crimes in 2020 occurred against Jews.

We have to tell the stories of Jewish history, identity, stories of antisemitism and stories of celebration. Much like those old VHS tapes in my family’s closet, these stories are disappearing in our real world—an 8 year old who survived Auschwitz is now 85 years old. Without experiencing the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust in film, we start to lose what it means to understand oppression and genocide and its toll on a generation of people. Alongside that, we must make films that show the new side of Jewishness: the LGBTQ+ experience, gentrification forces here and abroad, the politics of Israel and Jews, and freedom of speech expressed across the board. 

Here are some of the highlights of Jewish Film Week at Sidewalk that I’m looking forward to sharing with you:


Plan A: The story of Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” wasn’t original; in 1945, a group of Holocaust survivors planned retribution against the country that imprisoned and murdered their people. This is the true story of retribution.



The Chosen: What happens when the son of a vocal Zionist meets the son of a beloved Chasidic rabbi? The story of friendship and understanding one another’s place in Jewish culture–not to mention American culture–is one of the best Jewish films of the past 50 years.



Kiss Me Kosher: Love is complicated. When Shira brings Maria home to meet her family, her conservative grandmother laments “yet another Maria”–but grandma has her own secret love that will surprise everyone. 



Farewell, Mr. Haffmann: French actor Daniel Auteuil gives a magnificent performance as a jeweler in 1941 Paris who is forced to hide from the Nazi occupation. After failing to flee with his family, the bargain turns against both Haffmann and the couple hiding him, as danger closes in.



iMordecai: a Holocaust survivor was born in another world, another time, and received a modern gift: an iPhone. How will he fit into this new world?




Mighty Ira: Ira Glasser was director of the ACLU for over 20 years, with a lifelong ambition of protecting free speech. But it was his vehement defense of the rights of the “Illinois Nazis” to free speech that was make-or-break for the organization, as it sought to establish a place as leading defender of the Constitution. 


Sidewalk’s Jewish Film Week is November 13 – 19, 2022.

For more info on these and other great titles during Sidewalk’s Jewish Film Week series, visit sidewalkfest.com/jfw.

2022 Sidewalk Film Festival Award Winners

The 24th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions Bank has finally wrapped! A huge thank you to everyone involved from our wonderful staff, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees. 


For the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the 2022 Sidewalk Film Festival Award Winners!


2022 Volunteer of the Year: 

Lindsey Christina, Jaysen Michael, and David A. Smith


Recipient of the Black Lens Filmmaker Grant sponsored by the Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis:

Aija Penix


SideWrite Awards:


Best Alabama Screenplay: 

“Redwood Summer” by Rangeley Wallace


Best Short Screenplay:

“Dave’s Lucky Day” by Kevin R. Fintland


Best Feature Screenplay:

“Redwood Summer” by Rangeley Wallace


ReelSouth Short Film Award:

The Space Between You and Me, dir. Lily Ahree Siegel


Best Family Film: 

She Dreams at Sunrise, dir. Camrus Johnson


Family Honorable Mention

Space Race, dir. Shane Dioneda


Family Special Mention

Ruby Monroe, Shipwreck


Best Student Film:

Surviving Clotilda, dir. Olivia Grillo & Kathryn Jamieson


Best SHOUT Feature:

Petit Mal, dir. Ruth Caudeli


Best SHOUT Short:

North Star, dir. P.J. Palmer


SHOUT Special Mention:

Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way, dir. William T. Horner & Stacey Woelfel


Best Black Lens Feature:

Our Father, the Devil (Mon Père, le Diabe), dir. Ellie Foumbi


Best Black Lens Short:

The Devil Will Run, dir. Noah Glenn


Black Lens Special Mention for Performance: 

Babetida Sadjo, Our Father, the Devil (Mon Père, le Diabe)


Alan Hunter Best Alabama Film:

Butterfly in the Sky, dir. Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb


Alabama Special Mention:

The Third Saturday in October Double Feature, dir. Jay Burleson


Best Documentary Short:

The Originals, dir. Cristina Maria Constantini & Alfie Kim Koetter


Documentary Short Special Mention:

More Than I Remember, dir. Amy Bench


Best Narrative Short:

North Star, dir. P.J. Palmer


Best Animated Film:

The Park Bench, dir. Rob Edwards


Best Documentary Feature:

Descendant, dir. Margaret Brown


Doc Feature Special Mention

Mija, dir. Isabel Castro


Doc Feature Special Mention

Nothing Lasts Forever, dir. Jason Kohn


Best Narrative Feature:

Our Father the Devil (Mon Père, le Diabe), dir. Ellie Foumbi


Aaron Hillis Clint Howard Character Actor Award:

Molly Reisman, Retrograde



Best SHOUT Film: 

More Than I Remember, dir. Amy Bench


Best Black Lens Film:

Black Mothers Love and Resist, dir. Débora Souza Silva


Best Alabama Film:

Butterfly in the Sky, dir. Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb


Best Documentary Feature:

A Life on the Farm, dir. Oscar Harding


Best Narrative Feature:

Jasmine Is A Star, dir. Jo Rochelle


Best Documentary Short:

Favorite Daughter, dir. Dana Reilly


Best Narrative Short:

The Devil Will Run, dir. Noah Glenn


Programmers Award

Nothing Lasts Forever, dir. Jason Kohn


Life + Liberty Award

The Smell of Money, dir. Shawn Bannon

2022 Fest Week Reminders – ED/O Events

Tonight: Black Lens Spotlight Night


Now in its seventh year, the Black Lens track aims to shine a light on some of the most outstanding feature narrative and documentary films produced by and starring people of color. The films that are shown as a part of this program reflect the diversity of the black experience in America, both past and present.

Jasmine Is A Star
dir. Jo Rochelle

A determined 16-year-old with albinism makes it her mission to become a professional model in her hometown of Minneapolis, while attempting to go unnoticed in every other aspect of her teenage life.

Stick around after the screening for a special Black Lens edition of Sidewalk Movie Trivia!
Note: VIP Passholders have the opportunity to purchase $5 tickets for Spotlight Nights.


Educational Events at Sidewalk

Did you know we offer free panels on Saturday and Sunday at the fest? Join us in the ASFA Lecture Hall for roundtable discussions and Q & A’s on all things film – professional, local, or DIY!


10:30 AM – 12 PM: Sidewrite Table Reads
1 PM – 2 PM: Public Media: Reading Rainbow to Reel South
3 PM – 4 PM: The Craft of Horror
5 PM – 6 PM: Telling Our Stories: Adversity and Diversity in Filmmaking and the Performing Arts



11 AM – 12 PM: Auditioning 101 w/ Meg Deusner
1 PM – 2 PM: Building a DIY Film Community
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Funding Your Film In Alabama

2022 Fest Week Reminders – Food & Drink at the Fest

Tonight: Life + Liberty Spotlight Night

Life & Liberty films focus on historic civil rights events and modern-day human rights issues in the most appropriate of venues – downtown Birmingham, the center of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Now in its thirteenth year, the Life & Liberty track was inspired by the growing popularity of documentaries covering these important issues as well as Birmingham’s own place in civil rights history.

dir. Cynthia Lowen

BATTLEGROUND is an urgently timely window into the intersection of abortion and politics in America, following three women who lead formidable anti-abortion organizations to witness the enormous influence they wield. As the nation faces the end of Roe, the film also depicts those on the front lines of the fierce fight to maintain access. BATTLEGROUND was partially filmed in Alabama and includes Alabamians Jenna King and Samantha Blakely.

Note: If you have a VIP pass you should have a link in your confirmation email to purchase discounted tickets to this event. If you cannot find your link please email tickets@sidewalkfest.com to request it. 

Alabama Spotlight Night ENCORE

Last night’s Alabama Spotlight Night: Shorts was SOLD OUT! If you missed your chance to snag tickets, you’re in luck because we’re having an encore screening TONIGHT also at 7:00pm. You can get tickets here.

Birmingham’s a Foodie Town.

So we’re sending you everything you need to know to about eating and drinking at the Fest.


Concessions are available at the following venues.

Please note outside food and drink are not allowed at any Festival screening venue.

Food Trucks
The following food trucks will be on site Sidewalk weekend! On Friday these food trucks will be outside of the Alabama and Lyric Theatres and on Saturday and Sunday they will be outside of the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater. 


Porky’s Pride
Stephen’s Hot Dogs
CroixStreet Vegan
Burrito Punx


Porky’s Pride 
Stephen’s Hot Dogs
CroixStreet Vegan
Ono Ice


Porky’s Pride
Stephen’s Hot Dogs
Ono Ice
Los Bomberos Coffee Truck

Fast Casual Dining
For varied, relatively fast options:
The Pizitz Food Hall (120 19th Street N.) houses more than a dozen unique restaurants serving options like burgers, poké, tacos, and more.

For coffee and snacks: Revelator Coffee Company (1826 3rd Ave. N.)
Full-Service Restaurants
The Yardlocated in the Elyton Hotel (1928 1st Ave N) and adjacent to our partner hotel the Fairfield Inn serving an elevated Southern menu inspired by what’s in season.

Shu Shop
Trattoria Zaza
Brick & Tin
Cafe Dupont
Magnolia BBQ & Fish
Bistro 218
Roots & Revelry

Cahaba Brewing’s Cinematic Sour is back, just in time for Sidewalk Film Fest.⁠

Directed by Sidewalk Cinema + Film Fest, Cinematic Sour tells a juicy story of citrusy tangerine meeting tropical pineapple.⁠ This Berliner Weisse shines pale orange in the spotlight and boasts a light and sweet-tart flavor. ⁠

Cahaba Brewing is proud to continue sponsorship of the cinema and the fest and hope you’ll grab a six-pack and toast to another year of Sidewalk.

You can stop by Cahaba Brewing’s taproom for a pint or six-pack to-go, or head over to Sidewalk Cinema and have a pint!⁠ And you can click here to find Cinematic Sour near you.

2022 Fest Week Reminders – Parking/Getting Around

Tonight: Alabama Spotlight Night

Sponsored by Allervie Health

Alabama might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about filmmaking, but the craft is alive and well in the deep south. Sidewalk’s mission is to encourage, inspire, and support filmmaking and the appreciation of independent film in Alabama, and one of the many ways we serve this mission is through the Alabama films track at the festival each year. These are films that were either shot in Alabama, were made by an Alabama-based filmmaker, or utilize Alabama cast and crew- sometimes all three.

Tonight’s screenings is unfortunately SOLD OUT…but we’ve got an ENCORE screening tomorrow night (8/23) at 7:00pm.

Note: If you have a VIP pass you should have a link in your confirmation email to purchase discounted tickets to this event. If you cannot find your link, please email tickets@sidewalkfest.com to request it. 

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, we want you to have a great Sidewalk experience.

So we’re sending you everything you need to know to about Fest parking, shuttles and event locations.

Parking at Sidewalk:

We are so proud to host our event in Birmingham’s historic Theatre District and are pleased to share that parking is easy and affordable in the area.

Street Parking is available throughout the Festival footprint and is FREE after 5pm weekdays and all day/evening on Saturday and Sunday.

Surface Lot and Garage Parking is also widely available throughout the Festival footprint but rates and terms vary. Check out this handy resource for detailed information about lot/garage parking in the area.

Getting Around the Fest

Walking: most people can easily walk from venue to venue, with the longest distance between venues being only 8 blocks or about 1,600 steps, so enjoy some sunshine and fresh air between films!



Rent a bike, moped, or scooter from Veo. The corrals for all of your micro-mobility needs are listed on the festival map. Download the Veo app from either Google Play or the App Store.


Shuttles: Complimentary shuttle service is provided between the south end of the festival footprint (Sidewalk Cinema) and the north end (Birmingham Museum of Art/ASFA). Three shuttles will run continuously from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, two will be “hop on/hop off” expanded golf carts and one wheelchair accessible shuttle generously provided by AIDS Alabama.

Festival Venues & Map:

Sidewalk hosts screenings in 10 venues within Birmingham’s Historic Theatre District and utilizes other spaces in the district for panels, workshops, box office facilities and more.

For a full listing of Sidewalk Venues and the map, check out the How to Fest page on our site.

2022 Fest Week Reminders – Box Office/Ticketing

We want you to have a great Sidewalk experience.


So we’re sending you everything you need to know to about the Box Office, which opens tomorrow.

Box Office Location/Hours:

The central box office is located in The Pizitz Building, on the corner of 2nd Ave. N. and 19th St. N. (enter directly into the box office from 19th St. N.). You can park for free in the attached parking garage (first two hours free).

The central box office will be open Mon-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday 11am-9pm, Sat + Sun 9am-9pm.

We will operate satellite box offices at the Alabama Theatre, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and the Carver Theatre during Festival weekend. The Alabama Theatre location will be open Friday, August 26th from 5pm-8pm.

Both the Alabama Theatre location and the Alabama School of Fine Arts location will be open Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-8pm.

Will Call: Which Ticket/Pass Products Are Available Where?

All VIP passes must be picked up from the Central Box Office.
*Please note there are several special events such as our Spotlight Nights throughout Fest week that require an additional ticket. VIP pass holders can add these tickets for only $5. Please see your VIP pass confirmation email to gain access to your $5 add-on link or email tickets@sidewalkfest.com.

**If you ordered multiple VIP passes and did not provide a name for each pass, you will be asked to do so at the Box Office. Blank VIP passes will not be issued.

Weekend passes are available for pick-up from the Central Box Office all week and can also be picked up from the Alabama Theatre Box Office on Friday, August 26th beginning at 5:00pm.

Day passes are available for pick-up from the Central Box Office all week and can also be picked up from any of our satellite box offices on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th.

Premium single tickets, including Alabama Filmmaker Spotlight, Life and Liberty Spotlight, Shout Spotlight, and Black Lens Spotlight, are a “print at home” product which means that you should print your ticket or be prepared to show your digital ticket from your smartphone.

Premium single ticket sales will end on Friday evening at midnight. They will not be available for purchase on Saturday or Sunday.

Box Office and Venue Policies:

  • No refunds or exchanges except in rare cases of program
  • Premium single tickets are guaranteed seating and are admitted to all screenings first, followed by lanyard bearers, pass holders, then single ticket holders.
  • General admission single tickets, passes and VIP lanyards do NOT guarantee seating to specific films. VIP lanyards are nontransferable.
  • Please arrive early to the films you are most interested in to secure a seat.
  • Please silence all mobile phones and other devices.
  • Festival schedule and appearances are subject to change.
  • No outside food or drink of any kind.
  • Recording devices are not permitted.
  • Most indie films have not been rated. Proceed with caution.

A Note about Health + Safety at Sidewalk 2022

Masks are not required this year, but there will be free disposable ones available at all venues. There are also Sidewalk branded masks available at our merch tables!

Birmingham AIDS Outreach will be onsite offering Covid Vaccines/Boosters for those that are interested.

Free Options for the 24th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival Presented by Regions Bank

The 24th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions Bank is more than just a selection of films! Here are a few FREE options to enjoy during the Festival if you need a break from the screenings, want some education, or just don’t want to break the bank!


Sleepaway Camp Cast: Every Performer and Character in the 1983 Horror Movie

TVs Of Terror Presents: SLEEPAWAY CAMP

August 22 at 9:30pm – Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema 

TVs Of Terror are coming to the Sidewalk Cinema for a special screening of the perfect late summer horror classic Sleepaway Camp (1983).


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TechTuesday – NFTs & Films

August 23 at 11:30am – Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema

We are partnering with TechBirmingham to have a special session of their monthly TechTuesday event to offer a lunch and learn program focused on NFTs, film, and the intersection of tech and film. Lunch is included. This event is free but registration is required. Doors at 11:30, Panel at noon.



Sidewalk’s Movie Trivia: SHOUT Edition

August 24 at 9:00pm – Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema

Sidewalk’s Movie Trivia returns for a special SHOUT Edition following our SHOUT Spotlight Night.



Sidewalk’s Movie Trivia: Black Lens Edition

August 25 at 9:00pm – Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

Sidewalk’s Movie Trivia returns for a special Black Lens Edition following our Black Lens Spotlight Night.


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Opening Night Pre-Party presented by Cooper’s Craft Kentucky Bourbon

August 26 at 5:00pm – 1800 Block of Third Ave N.

Don’t rush home after work, join us for some fun on 3rd Avenue before the film! We’ll have food trucks, cash and VIP bar and more for our Opening Night Pre-Party.


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Saturday Morning Cartoons

August 27 at 10:15am – Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema A & B

For the 10th year in a row Sidewalk programmers have compiled an awesome selection of 1980’s and 90’s cartoons and vintage commercials for the start of your Sidewalk weekend. To accompany the fun-packed screening there will be a free cereal bar. So launch into your 2021 Festival weekend the right way, by loading up on carbs, crazy cartoon antics and good company. Fun for all ages!


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Sidewalk Storytime at the Lyric

August 27 at 10:15am – Lyric Theatre

Inspired by the opening night film, Butterfly in the Sky, join us for storytelling at the Lyric Theatre on Sidewalk Saturday morning. All ages!


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Sidewrite Table Reads

August 27 at 10:30am – ASFA Lecture Hall

Hear from the winning scripts of the 2022 Sidewrite screenplay competition.


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Public Media: Reading Rainbow to Reel South

August 27 at 1:00pm – ASFA Lecture Hall

Learn about the wide-range of Public Media initiatives from pioneering educational programming since the 1970s to a new docuseries featuring southern filmmakers telling the stories of the American South. PBS is committed to delivering a diverse array of content through broadcast and digital platforms and provides funding opportunities for non-fiction filmmakers. Presented by Alabama Public Television.

Speakers: Rachel Raney (Executive Producer of Reel South), Heather Daniels-Whitson (Director of Digital & Education Media at Alabama Public Television),  Cecily Truett Lancit (Co-creator and Supervising Producer of Reading Rainbow), Larry Lancit (Co-creator and Supervising Producer of Reading Rainbow), Bradford Thomason (Co-Director of Butterfly in the Sky).

Moderator: T. Marie King (Black Lens & Lead Shorts Programmer)


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Sidetalks Podcast Live

August 27 at 1:00pm – Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema A

Join us for a special live recording of SideTalks, the official podcast of the Sidewalk Film Festival featuring Sidewalk creative director Rachel Morgan and lead programmer Corey Craft. They fight, a lot.


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The Craft of Horror

August 27 at 3:00pm – ASFA Lecture Hall

Learn from creators in and lovers of the horror genre about the influence and thought processes behind their work.

Speakers: Nick Adrian (Director, Co-Founder of Coffee Whale Films), Jay Burleson (Filmmaker at Sleep Creature LLC), Kansas Bowling (Actress/Filmmaker), Chance Shirley (Filmmaker), Tyler Russell (Writer/Director)

Moderator: Kyle McKinnon (Former Sidewalk Programmer, Film Composer)


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Telling Our Stories: Adversity and Diversity in Filmmaking and the Performing Arts

August 27 at 5:00pm – ASFA Lecture Hall

Hear from filmmakers, performers, and advocates about the work behind creating projects while putting a spotlight on their lived experiences.

Speakers: Verton R. Banks (Actor/Writer/Producer), Sean Charles Jr. (Development & Programming Manager at ALLBLK), Wally Chung (Animator), Ashley P. Causey (Writer/Director)

Moderator: Alie B. Gorrie (Community Engagement Manager – Red Mountain Theatre)


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Auditioning 101

August 28 at 11:00am – ASFA Lecture Hall

Learn from local casting director Meg Deusner about best practices for auditioning, how to make good self tapes, and tips from the casting director’s desk. Meg owns Acting Out Academy, a premiere on-camera acting academy that has been training and developing actors of all ages for over a decade.


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Building a DIY Film Community

August 28 at 1:00pm – ASFA Lecture Hall

Hear from our panel of filmmakers and organizers on how they are building a community around film in Alabama and across the South.

Speakers: Nick Campbell & Chayse Porter (Hosts at TVs of Terror), Michele Forman (Director of UAB Media Studies Program), Hannah Hearn (Impact Coordinator & Fellowships Lead at Working Films), Anton Jackson (Festival Director at Montgomery Film Festival).

Moderator: Gareth Jones (Film Studies Professor and Radio Host)


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Funding Your Film in Alabama

August 28 at 3:30pm – ASFA Lecture Hall

Learn about the many grant opportunities available to fund your next film from local, regional, and national organizations.

Speakers: Chuck Holmes (Executive Director – Alabama Humanities Alliance), Kristy Garcia Breneman (Executive Director – Southern Documentary Fund), Caroline von Kühn (Director – Industry & Catalyst – Sundance Institute), Amy Jenkins (Visual Arts Program Manager – Alabama State Council on the Arts).

Moderator: Stacey Davis (Owner of The Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis LLC)


Deliberate Indifference Podcast Conversation

August 28 at 4:00pm – Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema B

Go behind the scenes of WBHM’s podcast “Deliberate Indifference.” The limited-run series tells the story of how Alabama’s prisons became some of the nation’s most dangerous, culminating in a years-long battle with federal officials. Hear from host Mary Scott Hodgin about the challenges of reporting on the criminal justice system, and what she learned about crafting long-form audio narratives.


How to (Successfully) Podcast

August 28 at 5:00pm – ASFA Lecture Hall

Join experienced podcasters for a discussion regarding successfully developing and producing podcasts.


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Classic MTV Music Videos 

August 28 at 5:20pm – Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema – Cinema A

Just like it’s the 80s’ we’ll screen a binge-worthy block of old school music videos along with vintage commercials and MTV bumpers. Part time machine, part recreation – spend an evening in front of the TV… specifically the MTV (before it was M-realityT-V). Fun & Free!


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 The 24th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival Awards Show

August 28 at 9:00pm – Lyric Theatre

Find out what films, filmmakers, volunteers, and more go home with a special award to close out the Festival.


Kids 12 & Under are free at all Family Line-up screenings including THE KARATE KID PART III, BEBE’S KIDS, Family Shorts, ACTING OUT! and CAT DADDIES.


The 24th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival will be held Aug. 22-28 in downtown Birmingham’s theatre district.

Be sure to check out our most recently announced titles, our Spotlight Nights, our Saturday Night party, other recently announced titlesOpening Night + other selections, and our first nine features announced.

Purchase your passes and tickets now at sidewalkfest.com/tix.

Seven Additional Official Selections for the 24th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival

To quote Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”! Announcing 7 additional Official Selections for the 24th annual Sidewalk Film Festival. 

Just when you thought there were more great films in the 2022 Sidewalk line-up than you can possibly stand, surprise! We may even have a couple more tricks up our sleeve before Fest weekend so keep an eye out and grab those tickets if you haven’t already!



Directed By Andrew Semans


Runtime 103 Mins


A woman’s carefully constructed life gets upended when an unwelcome shadow from her past returns, forcing her to confront the monster she’s evaded for two decades.



Directed By Geoff Marslett


Runtime 99 Mins 


A rotoscoped time travel western. Featuring Frank Mosley, Lily Gladstone, John Doe, David Arquette, Neko Case, Trieste Kelly Dunn and Alex Cox



Directed By Rick Charnoski


Runtime 86 Minutes


Red, a runaway in the 1980s, returns to the outskirts of her NorCal hometown to track down her wayward father and falls in with a young drifter.



Directed By Barney Douglas


Runtime 104 Mins


Follows John McEnroe as he finally tells his side of his storied career and performances on the court.



Directed By Kathryn Ferguson


Runtime 97 Minutes


The story of Sinéad O’Connor’s rise to worldwide fame, and how her iconoclastic personality resulted in her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on prophetic words and deeds across a six-year period (1987-1993), the film reflects on the legacy of this fearless trailblazer, through a contemporary feminist lens.



Directed By Joe Eddy

Narrative Feature

Run Time 96 Minutes


When a documentary crew sets out to explore the relationship between artificial intelligence and popular music, their journey takes an unexpected turn when they stumble across a mystery involving the disappearance of the infamous rap duo, The Booty Boys. 



Directed By Brian Vincent


Runtime 90 Minutes



A madcap romp through the 1980’s NYC art scene amid the colorful career of painter, Edward Brezinski, hell-bent on making it. Filmed in NYC, Detroit, San Francisco, Ireland, Berlin and the Cote d’Azur.


The 24th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival will be held Aug. 22-28 in downtown Birmingham’s theatre district.


Be sure to check our Spotlight Nights, our Saturday Night party, our other recently announced titles, Opening Night + other selections, and our first nine features announced.

Purchase your passes now at sidewalkfest.com/tix.