Sidewalk’s Book + Film Club unites movie and book lovers for a monthly film screening and discussion about famous films and the people who make them. Normally, participants will attend a kickoff meeting on the first Wednesday of each month where they pick up their book and meet other club members. On the last Wednesday of the month, we host a screening of a film related to the book and host a round-table discussion. **Through June 2021, we will be facilitating Book + Film Club virtually – participants’ books will be mailed to them (registration cutoff is first Wednesday of the month), they will watch the film on their own, and we will convene for a discussion via Zoom on the last Wednesday of the month at 7 PM.

Support for Book and Film Club comes from Left Hand Soap Company. Please email with any questions about Book + Film Club!


Membership options:

1 month: $30 (must register no later than one week before kickoff meeting)

3-month membership: $75

6-month membership: $132

All membership levels include the books participants will need and access to both the kickoff meeting and screening.

Bookmark our ticketing page for easy access to each month’s club!


January – The Fog of War

Book: Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography by Errol Morris

Film: The Fog of War (2003, dir. Errol Morris)

Deadline to Register: January 6th at 7 PM

Discussion Date: January 27th at 7 PM central time via Zoom


February – Howard Hughes

Book: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’ Hollywood by Karina Longworth

Film: The Aviator (2004, dir. Martin Scorsese)

Deadline to Register: February 3rd at 7 PM

Discussion Date:  February 24th at 7 PM central time via Zoom


March – James Bond

Book: Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bonds Films by Matthew Field

Film: Skyfall (2012, dir. Anthony Schatteman)

Deadline to Register: March 3rd at 7 PM

Discussion Date: March 31st at 7 PM central time via Zoom

April – Jim Henson

Book: Jim Henson by Brian Jay Jones

Film: The Muppet Movie (1979, dir. James Frawley)

Deadline to Register: April 7th at 7 PM

Discussion Date: April 28th at 7 PM central time via Zoom


May – American Music Documentary 

Book: American Music Documentary: Five Case Studies of Cine-Ethnomusicology by Benjamin J. Harbert

Film: Gimme Shelter (1970, dir. Charlotte Zwerin, David Maysles, Albert Maysles)

Deadline to Register: May 5th at 7 PM

Discussion Date: May 26th at 7 PM central time via Zoom


June – Guerrilla Filmmaking

Book: Sweet Sweeback’s Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto

Film: Sweet Sweeback’s Baadasssss Song

Deadline to Register: June 2nd at 7 PM

Discussion Date: June 30th at 7 PM Central Time via Zoom

**Tentatively planning to return to in-person screenings after June, pending the pandemic**

July – Barbara Kopple

Book: Barbara Kopple: Interviews, Edited by Gregory Brown

Film: TBA

Deadline to Register: July 7th at 7:00 PM

Screening + Discussion Date: July 28th at 7:00 PM


August – Guillermo del Toro

Book: The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Toro, edited by John W. Morehead

Film: TBA

Deadline to Register: August 4th at 7:00 PM


September – Uncovering ’80s Nostalgia

Book: Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence in the Series, edited by Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Film: TBA

Deadline to Register: September 1st at 7:00 PM

Screening + Discussion Date: September 29th at 7:00 PM


October – Get Out

Book: Jordan Peele’s Get Out: Political Horror by Dawn Keetley

Film: TBA

Deadline to Register: October 6th at 7:00 PM

Screening + Discussion Date: October 27th at 7:00 PM


November – Desiree Akhavan

Book: Late Bloomer by Desiree Akhavan

Film: TBA

Deadline to Register: November 3rd at 7:00 PM

Screening + Discussion Date: November 24th at 7:00 PM


December – It’s A Wonderful Life

Book: The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life: A Scene-by-Scene Guide to the Classic Film by Michael Willian

Film: TBA

Deadline to Register: December 1st at 7:00 PM

Screening + Discussion Date: December 29th at 7:00 PM




Past Titles:

January – David Lynch

Book: Lynch on Lynch by Chris Rodley

Film: Mulholland Drive  (dir. David Lynch, 2001)


February – Nora Ephron

Book: I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy by Erin Carlson

Film: When Harry Met Sally… (dir. Rob Reiner, 1989)


March – Hitchcock

Book: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (Cambridge Film Handbooks) by John Belton

Film: Rear Window (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)


April – Prince

Book: Purple Rain: Music on Film Series by John Kenneth Muir

Film: Purple Rain (dir. Albert Magnoli, 1984)


May – Ozu Yasujiro

Book: The Cinema of Ozu Yasujiro: Histories of the Everyday by Woojeong Joo

Film: An Autumn Afternoon (dir. Yasujirō Ozu, 1962)


June – Do the Right Thing

Book: BFI Film Classics: Do The Right Thing by Ed Guerrero

Film: Do the Right Thing (dir. Spike Lee, 1989)


July – Don’t Look Now

Book: BFI Film Classics: Don’t Look Now by Mark Sanderson

Film: Don’t Look Now (dir. Nicolas Roeg, 1973)


August – Coraline

Book: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Film: Coraline (dir. Henry Selick, 2009)


September – Twilight

Book: The Twilight Mystique: Critical Essays on the Novels and Films edited by Amy M. Clarke and Marijane Osborn

Film: Twilight (dir. Catherine Hardwicke, 2008)


October – Halloween III

Book: The Films of John Carpenter by John Kenneth Muir

Film: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (dir. Tommy Lee Wallace, 1982)

November – John Singleton

Book: John Singleton Interviews, edited by Craigh Barboza

Film: Boyz n the Hood (dir. John Singleton, 1991)

December – Todd Haynes

Book: Todd Haynes: Interviews, edited by Julia Leyda

Film: Carol(dir. Todd Haynes, 2015)

January – Charlie Chaplin

Book: Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd

Film: City Lights (dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1931)


February – This is Spinal Tap

Book: This is Spinal Tap: Music on Film Series by John Kenneth Muir

Film: This is Spinal Tap (dir. Rob Reiner, 1984)


March – Women in Horror (Virtual edition!)

Book: Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in Modern Horror Film by Carol J. Clover

Film: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (dir. Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014)


April – Women’s Work and Old Hollywood (Virtual edition!)

Book: Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Studio System by Emily Carman

Film: Double Indemnity (dir. Billy Wilder, 1944)


May – Jane Campion (Virtual edition!)

Book: Jane Campion: Authorship and Personal Cinema by Alistair Fox

Film: The Piano (dir. Jane Campion, 1993)

June – Racial Politics and Hollywood (Virtual edition!)

Book: The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry by Maryann Erigha

Film: The Magnificent Seven (dir. Antoine Fuqua, 2016)


July – Christopher Nolan (Virtual edition!)

Book: Christopher Nolan: A Critical Study of the Films

Film: Memento (dir. Christopher Nolan, 2000)


August – ’80s Comedy Mavericks

Book: Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever

Film: Beverly Hills Cop (dir. Martin Brest, 1984)


September – Sofia Coppola

Book: Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure

Film: The Virgin Suicides (dir. Sofia Coppola, 1999)


October – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Book: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Film That Terrified a Rattled Nation

Film: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (dir. Tobe Hooper, 1974)


November – Agnes Varda

Book: Cléo de 5 à 7

Film: Cléo de 5 à 7 (dir. Agnes Varda, 1962)


December – Christmas Movies!

Book: The Christmas Movie Book

Film: Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig, 2019)