Sidewalk x Stowe Story Labs

Sidewalk is pleased to partner with Vermont-based non-profit Stowe Story Labs to offer the third annual Sidewalk/Stowe Narrative Lab from August 25-28 during the 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival. This will be a remote program, making it easily accessible to all. Application season is now open for all 2021 Stowe Story Labs programming. Apply here for the 2021 Sidewalk Narrative Lab. Now in their 9th year, Stowe Story Labs brings screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers together with seasoned industry professionals through intensive labs and expansive retreats to help get projects made and seen.
This four-day remote Sidewalk Lab is an intensive program to introduce writers to key considerations when building work for the big or small screen. The aim of this Narrative Lab is to prepare participants to best place themselves and their projects in the film industry in partnership with our diverse, electric film festival in the South.
Sessions will focus on:
  • The narrative elements of structure, theme, and subtext
  • Practical, usable advice on how to talk about story within the industry and to different audiences (financiers, producers, talent, etc.)
  • The story development and production processes
  • Why This Story? – meaning why you need to make this story now and developing an innate ability to talk about your project in any setting, at any time
Mentors are top industry professionals working on all aspects of film and TV projects. For a roster of current Stowe Story Labs mentors, please click here.
This program is suitable for established and emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers. For each Lab, the team looks for applicants who demonstrate talent, an interesting story idea, and a commitment to learning skills necessary to get work made and seen in this complex and collaborative industry.
Again, you can apply now here for all Stowe programs, including the remote Sidewalk Lab, and learn more about Stowe here.
We’re also pleased to offer a fellowship to this year’s lab. On top of free admission to the lab, the fellowship would also include:
  • a 30-minute consultation with entertainment attorney Stacey Davis (a Stowe Story Labs Alum, Fellowship Sponsor, and Board Member)
  • StoryBoard Quick software from Power Production
  • a free copy of the newest version of Final Draft
  • a free one-year ISAConnect Membership

All applicants to the Sidewalk Lab are automatically considered for this fellowship. Applications close 2/28.

Online Directing Workshop w/ Dr. Rachel Raimist

July 18th at 1 PM central time

 

Join us for a virtual directing workshop – open to directors of all levels who want to learn blocking and Shot Designer from an experienced director and teacher. (Using the free version of Shot Designer is acceptable for this workshop.)

Dr. Rachel Raimist is a college professor turned television, who most recently directed NANCY DREW and ROSWELL NEW MEXICO for The CW. She was teaching in the deep south when she was tapped by Ava DuVernay to direct QUEEN SUGAR for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), then quickly booked her next gig, directing an episode of GREENLEAF on OWN. Raimist signed with a high-profile manager at Kaplan/Perrone and agent at CAA. She holds a B.A. and a M.F.A. in Directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television and a M.A. in Women’s Studies and a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota where The Rachel Raimist Feminist Media Center was named in her honor in 2009. She is an active member of the Latino Steering Committee and the Women’s Steering Committee of the Directors Guild of America.

We’re utilizing a pay-what-you-can model for this class with three different price levels to allow the maximum number of people to participate in light of COVID-19. Sidewalk is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

 

Participants will be emailed a Zoom link 30 minutes before the workshop’s start time. Registration closes at 12:30 PM central on 7/18/20. Any questions can be directed to kiwi@sidewalkfest.com.

 

Sign up here

 

July Virtual Book + Film Club: Christopher Nolan Registration Deadline

REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 8TH

Book: Christopher Nolan: A Critical Study of the Films
Books will be shipped to participants by July 8th.

Film: Memento (2000)
Discussion will take place on Zoom Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00pm

Register for July here

Multi-month memberships available below. These include books and shipping costs during COVID-19, under normal circumstances this membership includes books and screening tickets. Under normal circumstances we host a kickoff meeting the 1st Wednesday of every month, which is not happening while the facility is closed.

3-month membership: $75

6-month membership: $132

 

Book + Film Club receives support from Alabama State Council on the Arts.

April Salon: Sewing for Costumes with Tai Hicks CANCELLED

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll be discussing beginner sewing techniques with Tai Hicks! Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You’re welcome to purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

March Salon: VFX with Joe Walker

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll be discussing VFX with Joe Walker! Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You’re welcome to purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

February Salon: Editing with Joe Walker

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll be discussing editing with Joe Walker! Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You’re welcome to purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

CANCELLED: January Salon: Contract Boilerplate with Stacey Davis

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Do your eyes glaze over upon seeing the words “arbitration”, “indemnification” or “severability”? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. But there is nothing boilerplate about boilerplate. These provisions are just as important (and affect your legal rights as much) as the other provisions in the agreement. Listen in as we break down these provisions in layman’s terms. Bonus: Take home cheat sheet for all attendees.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You’re welcome to purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs if you’d like something else. Salon is the first Tuesday of each month and is always free! We’ll start out in the lounge/bar area of the cinema at 6 PM and move back to the classroom at 7 PM for the educational portion.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

December Salon: Guerrilla Lighting FAQs

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll discuss guerrilla lighting with local filmmaker Randy Crow as a preview of Randy’s upcoming workshops in January (tickets on sale for those soon!) Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You may purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs in the food hall if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

November Salon: Media Literacy

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll discuss media literacy with Sidewalk Creative Director Rachel Morgan and Dr. Teddy Champion of Birmingham-Southern College. Additional panelists coming soon. Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You may purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that, we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors in the food hall upstairs if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!