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Monday, August 23
 

6:00pm CDT

Alabama Filmmaker Spotlight: Alabama Documentary Shorts

Lace ‘Em Up
Directed by Brianna Madry
14 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens, Alabama
Black Joy and Roller Skates. A short history of roller skating in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Panola Project
Directed by Rachael DeCruz, Jeremy S. Levine
12 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens
The short film chronicles Dorothy Oliver's fight to ensure that her rural, Black community of Panola, Alabama has access to the information and healthcare services they need to stay safe.

Monograph: Lily Ahree Siegel
Directed by Kelsey Ianuzzi
5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
A portrait of Lily Ahree Siegel, a filmmaker exploring layers of personal identity through her craft.

A Fisher’s Right To Know
Directed by John Haley
17 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
Fishers throughout East Alabama depend on the mighty Coosa River for food, recreation, and family pastimes that go back generations. But do fishermen and their families have a right to know which fish are safe to consume?

Missing Magic
Directed by Anissa Simone Latham-Brown
10 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens
As uprisings spread across the country, a young poet in Birmingham, Alabama becomes involved in local protests against decades of police brutality. As he tries to reconcile the city’s modern image as a diverse and welcoming metropolis with its violent and complex civil rights history, he suddenly becomes a part of the story when he’s arrested at a demonstration.

Land Without Demand
Directed by Luke Schlauder
11 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Student
What can we do as citizens to reinvent and revitalize Birmingham, Alabama’s abandoned industrial areas, office parks, and buildings?

Filmmaking with Chris Chaei
Directed by Chris Chaei
1.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens, Alabama, Teen
Chris discusses how Covid-19 has changed his approach to filmmaking.

Saving Grace
Directed by Malcolm Cammeron
11 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens, Student
This film is a glimpse into the life of Chari Bostick and her efforts to promote and preserve African American history in Gadsden, Alabama. Bostick started the Grace Heritage Foundation and has devoted her time to reclaiming an historic black cemetery in the southern Appalachian city.





Monday August 23, 2021 6:00pm - 7:22pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

6:30pm CDT

Alabama Filmmaker Spotlight: Alabama Documentary Shorts

Lace ‘Em Up
Directed by Brianna Madry
14 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens, Alabama
Black Joy and Roller Skates. A short history of roller skating in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Panola Project
Directed by Rachael DeCruz, Jeremy S. Levine
12 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens
The short film chronicles Dorothy Oliver's fight to ensure that her rural, Black community of Panola, Alabama has access to the information and healthcare services they need to stay safe.

Monograph: Lily Ahree Siegel
Directed by Kelsey Ianuzzi
5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
A portrait of Lily Ahree Siegel, a filmmaker exploring layers of personal identity through her craft.

A Fisher’s Right To Know
Directed by John Haley
17 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
Fishers throughout East Alabama depend on the mighty Coosa River for food, recreation, and family pastimes that go back generations. But do fishermen and their families have a right to know which fish are safe to consume?

Missing Magic
Directed by Anissa Simone Latham-Brown
10 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens
As uprisings spread across the country, a young poet in Birmingham, Alabama becomes involved in local protests against decades of police brutality. As he tries to reconcile the city’s modern image as a diverse and welcoming metropolis with its violent and complex civil rights history, he suddenly becomes a part of the story when he’s arrested at a demonstration.

Land Without Demand
Directed by Luke Schlauder
11 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Student
What can we do as citizens to reinvent and revitalize Birmingham, Alabama’s abandoned industrial areas, office parks, and buildings?

Filmmaking with Chris Chaei
Directed by Chris Chaei
1.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens, Alabama, Teen
Chris discusses how Covid-19 has changed his approach to filmmaking.

Saving Grace
Directed by Malcolm Cammeron
11 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens, Student
This film is a glimpse into the life of Chari Bostick and her efforts to promote and preserve African American history in Gadsden, Alabama. Bostick started the Grace Heritage Foundation and has devoted her time to reclaiming an historic black cemetery in the southern Appalachian city.


Monday August 23, 2021 6:30pm - 8:52pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B
 
Tuesday, August 24
 

6:00pm CDT

Life + Liberty Spotlight: The Neutral Ground

“The Neutral Ground” is a feature length documentary about New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s centuries-long relationship with the Lost Cause. The documentary follows writer and comedian CJ Hunt as he documents the struggle to remove and the struggle to preserve New Orleans’ confederate monuments. After witnessing this fight in his adopted city, CJ then explores how we understand a collective history as a nation with a contentious past.

Artists
Sponsors


Tuesday August 24, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

6:30pm CDT

Life + Liberty Spotlight: The Neutral Ground

“The Neutral Ground” is a feature length documentary about New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s centuries-long relationship with the Lost Cause. The documentary follows writer and comedian CJ Hunt as he documents the struggle to remove and the struggle to preserve New Orleans’ confederate monuments. After witnessing this fight in his adopted city, CJ then explores how we understand a collective history as a nation with a contentious past.

Artists
Sponsors


Tuesday August 24, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B
 
Wednesday, August 25
 

6:00pm CDT

SHOUT LGBTQ Spotlight Sponsored by AIDS Alabama

No Man’s Land
Directed By Anna Andersen, Gabriella Canal
28 Minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT, Alabama
The members of a lesbian separatist community in Mentone, Alabama sought to create a space where they could feel safe enough to express themselves.

Pink, White, & Blue
Directed by Ash Malone
18 minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT, Student
After years of transitioning in front of a camera, Aydian Dowling discusses how allowing his transition to be visible via YouTube has helped the trans community as a whole grow in pride and allyship.

The Dancing Man of L.A.
Directed by Scott Sheppard & Jen Fodor
26 minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT
One man dance party Howard Mordoh, a longtime fixture of the L.A. concert scene, copes with the canceled concerts and isolation of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Fine Girl
Directed by Darcy McKinnon & BIliana Grozdanova
17 minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT, Black Lens
Brandi Jarrow, is a transgender woman of color in New Orleans. At 27 years old, Brandi is a successful hairstylist, a woman of faith, and a valued member of her community as a Black queer woman.

Sponsors

Wednesday August 25, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

6:30pm CDT

SHOUT LGBTQ Spotlight Sponsored by AIDS Alabama

No Man’s Land
Directed By Anna Andersen, Gabriella Canal
28 Minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT, Alabama
The members of a lesbian separatist community in Mentone, Alabama sought to create a space where they could feel safe enough to express themselves.

Pink, White, & Blue
Directed by Ash Malone
18 minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT, Student
After years of transitioning in front of a camera, Aydian Dowling discusses how allowing his transition to be visible via YouTube has helped the trans community as a whole grow in pride and allyship.

The Dancing Man of L.A.
Directed by Scott Sheppard & Jen Fodor
26 minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT
One man dance party Howard Mordoh, a longtime fixture of the L.A. concert scene, copes with the canceled concerts and isolation of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Fine Girl
Directed by Darcy McKinnon & BIliana Grozdanova
17 minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT, Black Lens
Brandi Jarrow, is a transgender woman of color in New Orleans. At 27 years old, Brandi is a successful hairstylist, a woman of faith, and a valued member of her community as a Black queer woman.

Sponsors

Wednesday August 25, 2021 6:30pm - 8:00pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B
 
Thursday, August 26
 

6:00pm CDT

Black Lens Spotlight: SNCC

Through his own photographs taken in the 1960s’ in the deep south, Danny Lyon tells the story of SNCC, one of the most effective grassroots organizations in American history. Using audio recordings of the songs and music that drove the movement, and audio interviews Lyon made in the 1980’s of SNCC leaders, we witness the successes and crushing sacrifices of the movement that “broke the back of Jim Crow and changed America and changed the world, forever.”

Artists
Sponsors


Thursday August 26, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

6:30pm CDT

Black Lens Spotlight: SNCC

Through his own photographs taken in the 1960s’ in the deep south, Danny Lyon tells the story of SNCC, one of the most effective grassroots organizations in American history. Using audio recordings of the songs and music that drove the movement, and audio interviews Lyon made in the 1980’s of SNCC leaders, we witness the successes and crushing sacrifices of the movement that “broke the back of Jim Crow and changed America and changed the world, forever.”

Artists
Sponsors


Thursday August 26, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B
 
Friday, August 27
 

5:00pm CDT

Opening Night Pre-Party Sponsored by Coopers' Craft Kentucky Bourbon

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.


Friday August 27, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
3rd Ave. N. between 18th and 19th Ave.

7:00pm CDT

Television Event
On November 20th 1983, in the midst of a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, the made-for-tv movie "The Day After" aired on network television, landing in more than 39 million households (almost half the country!) across the U.S.. Directed by Nicholas Meyer, "The Day After" is a fictional account of nuclear aftermath in a small Kansas town. With little context regarding the "how" or "why," the film focused on the horrific outcome and scared the hell out of the vast majority of the country. So much so that (rumor has it) Ronald Reagan changed his policy on nuclear armament after viewing the film.
"Television Event" recounts the story of the improbable anti-nuclear television film, its making and its cultural and political impact, the individuals involved in the film's production and the town in which it was made. So Sidewalk opening night's selection is a film about a film about nuclear war? Yep. After the last 18 months the Sidewalk programming team felt that a film about a shared cultural event, one that united the country and changed national policy, was apropos for Sidewalk's opening night return to downtown Birmingham. Plus, "Television Event" is packed with nostalgia and oddity and even some humor. Join us on opening night for a shared cultural event about a shared cultural event and a reminder that we've lived through scary-as-hell dark times before and made it out the other side. - Rachel Morgan

Artists


Friday August 27, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm CDT
Alabama Theatre & Lyric Theatre

9:00pm CDT

Opening Night After Party Sponsored by Cahaba Brewing Company

Join us under the twinkling lights of the Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre marquees to celebrate the 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions Bank. We'll have food trucks, a cash and VIP bar and more at the city's biggest block party!


Friday August 27, 2021 9:00pm - Saturday August 28, 2021 12:00am CDT
3rd Ave. N. between 18th and 19th Ave.
 
Saturday, August 28
 

10:00am CDT

Kid Candidate
In a time when young Americans increasingly feel cut off from politics and traditional institutions, Hayden Pedigo, a 24 year-old artist and musician in Amarillo, TX makes an unorthodox run for city council after his Harmony Korine inspired spoof campaign video goes viral.

Artists


Saturday August 28, 2021 10:00am - 11:10am CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

10:00am CDT

Alabama Documentary Shorts #1
Monograph: Migratus Ataraxia at Klein
Directed by Kelsey Ianuzzi
10 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
In January 2020, Klein Arts and Culture partnered with the Alabama Dance Council to present this powerful multimedia performance at the Klein-Wallace plantation in Harpersville, AL.

What Remains
Directed by Paavo Hanninen
14 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
A look at the people that live and work on the disappearing coast of Louisiana via travelling with oysters from the coast to New Orleans and back again.

The Panola Project
Directed by Rachael DeCruz, Jeremy S. Levine
12 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens
The short film chronicles Dorothy Oliver's fight to ensure that her rural, Black community of Panola, Alabama has access to the information and healthcare services they need to stay safe.

Missing Magic
Directed by Anissa Simone Latham-Brown
10 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens
As uprisings spread across the country, a young poet in Birmingham, Alabama becomes involved in local protests against decades of police brutality. As he tries to reconcile the city’s modern image as a diverse and welcoming metropolis with its violent and complex civil rights history, he suddenly becomes a part of the story when he’s arrested at a demonstration.

All In
Directed by Jordan Mahy
26 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens
Public schools in Birmingham, Alabama are facing historic, systemic challenges as a local grassroots movement attempts to foster equitable change by doing something radical: listening.


Saturday August 28, 2021 10:00am - 11:12am CDT
Alabama Theatre

10:00am CDT

SNCC
Through his own photographs taken in the 1960s’ in the deep south, Danny Lyon tells the story of SNCC, one of the most effective grassroots organizations in American history. Using audio recordings of the songs and music that drove the movement, and audio interviews Lyon made in the 1980’s of SNCC leaders, we witness the successes and crushing sacrifices of the movement that “broke the back of Jim Crow and changed America and changed the world, forever.”

Artists

Saturday August 28, 2021 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre

10:00am CDT

Environmental Shorts
A Fisher’s Right To Know
Directed by John Haley
17 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
Fishers throughout East Alabama depend on the mighty Coosa River for food, recreation, and family pastimes that go back generations. But do fishermen and their families have a right to know which fish are safe to consume?

Soiled
Directed by McKinleigh Lair
18 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
Waste by-products, including treated human sewage and the waste from poultry processing plants, is being applied directly to farmland throughout the country. Julie Lay left her career in agriculture and food safety to investigate who is regulating this practice and what kind of pollution or toxins could be getting in our food as a result.

Bug Farm
Directed by Lydia Cornett
14 Minutes • USA
Documentary
Four distinct women in Central Florida bond over working with crickets, superworms, and roaches on an insect farm in the small town of LaBelle.

From the Mountains to the Ocean: Turtles of Alabama
Directed by Josef Fairbanks
17 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
This film explores the turtles of Alabama ranging from the dramatic alligator snapping turtle to the almost extinct flattened musk turtle as well as the special people who spend their time protecting these critical species.

Land Without Demand
Directed by Luke Schlauder
11 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Student
What can we do as citizens to reinvent and revitalize Birmingham, Alabama’s abandoned industrial areas, office parks, and buildings?


Saturday August 28, 2021 10:00am - 11:17am CDT
First Church Birmingham

10:00am CDT

Teen Shorts
Bethel Drive
Directed by Benjamin Kim
8.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Teen
A timid young man's plans for Valentine's Day are unexpectedly interrupted by a talkative Uber Driver with a big personality.

The Puppet
Directed by Will Nordstrom
2 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Animated, Teen
A strange puppet encounters an old laptop that influences him to make a decision.

In The Weeds
Directed by Nick Milczarczyk
22 Minutes • Canada
Narrative, Teen
A teenage girl suspects a local gardener's involvement in the unsolved disappearance of their childhood friend.

Consent: How Rape Culture Affects Teen Development and Relationships
Directed by Georgia Sasso
12.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Teen
A documentary detailing the real stories and experiences of highschoolers navigating the complex world of consent, rape culture, and intimate relationships.

Graceful
Directed by Alex McFadden
2.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT, Black Lens, Alabama, Teen
A nonbinary person explores their experience with dysphoria.

Filmmaking with Chris Chaei
Directed by Chris Chaei
1.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens, Alabama, Teen
Chris discusses how Covid-19 has changed his approach to filmmaking.

Terra
Directed by Miriam Anderson
4.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Teen
Terra explores the connections between humans, the Earth, and the importance of giving back.

Miss Christmas Business
Directed by Lacey Pierson
14 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Teen
When working woman Carol Klaus heads home for Christmas, she finds that her high school sweetheart is in need of her business help.

Distortion (Verzerrung)
Directed by Samuel J. Punto
7 Minutes • Germany
Narrative, Experimental, Teen
Masks. Point of View. Screens. Distortions. Any resemblance to our society is entirely intentional.

Rebirth
Directed by Deniz Akyurek
2 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Teen
A demon girl is reborn on Earth.

Lairs
Directed by Emma Penaz Eisner
1.5 Minutes • USA
Animated, Experimental, Teen
Lairs, layers, liars: In this poetry film, hatred insidiously supplants a couple's love.

Standard
Directed by Grace Sullivan
7 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Teen, Sidewalk Youth Board
Molly, a high school student, tries to finish a test despite the constant interruptions of voices in her head.


Saturday August 28, 2021 10:00am - 11:25am CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

10:30am CDT

Sidewrite Table Reads
Hear from the winning scripts of the 2021 Sidewrite screenplay competition. We will be reading the Best Short Screenplay Winner, “El Vals,” and selections from our Best Feature Screenplay Winners, “Boundaries” and “Our Brilliant Leaders,” and our Best Alabama Screenplay Winner “Perfect By Christmas.”

Saturday August 28, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall

10:30am CDT

Saturday Morning Cartoons

For the ninth 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!


Saturday August 28, 2021 10:30am - 12:10pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

10:30am CDT

Whirlybird
Set in 80s and 90s Los Angeles, reporters Bob Tur and Marika Gerrard revolutionized breaking news with their brazen helicopter reporting. The couple captured footage from the L.A. riots, the O.J. Bronco chase, Madonna’s wedding to Sean Penn and beyond. Culled from the duo's video archive “Whirlybird” is an L.A. story of a family in turbulence hovering over a city unhinged.

Artists
Sponsors


Saturday August 28, 2021 10:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Lyric Theatre

10:30am CDT

National Narrative Shorts #1
Plaisir
Directed by Molly Gillis
19.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, SHOUT, Student
A lonely American faces unrequited love on a farm commune in the south of France.

Heights
Directed by Major Dorfman
12.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Student
Over the course of a summer afternoon, two brothers must decide whether or not they will remain silent about a horrible secret.

Talk To You
Directed by Zack Grant
4 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Hybrid
Shot in one continuous, practical take, the filmmaker guides viewers through a recreation of his grandfather's space merging artful visual technique with traditional archival/documentary storytelling.

The Chicken
Directed by Neo Sora
13 Minutes • USA
Narrative
On an unseasonably hot day in November, Hiro, a Japanese immigrant in New York City, decides to butcher a live chicken for dinner. As the day wears on, the results of Hiro and Kei’s small acts seem to insist on the ways that their lives are complicit in the structural violence happening all around them.

17 Year Locust
Directed by Logan LeBlanc
21 Minutes • USA
Narrative
When a struggling immigrant takes a job as a caregiver to a dying woman, she shares with him a secret that casts a haunting shadow on the American life that he has desperately been pursuing.

Leylak
Directed by Scott Aharoni, Dennis Latos
17 Minutes • USA
Narrative
In present day Queens, New York, a Turkish gravedigger is unable to face a shattering truth and risks losing the dearest connection left in his life.

Rat
Directed by Neal Dhand
9 Minutes • Czech Republic
Narrative
Rat navigates extreme drunkenness, fatherly obligations, and misplaced parental energy.

Faith
Directed by Matteo Mosterts
5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
A catholic nun decides to break her vows and go back to find the man she fell in love with 20 years ago.

Big Touch
Directed by Christopher Tenzis
3 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Black Lens, Student
An Afro-Surrealist story about a giant woman and a tiny man who, through the power of touch, experience an unexpected transformation.

Royalty
Directed by Sav Souza, Logan Thomason
8 Minutes • USA
Narrative, SHOUT
Young Actors' Theatre Camp is proud to present "Royalty", a short film which centers around Jax, a non-binary student running for homecoming queen.

Saturday August 28, 2021 10:30am - 12:22pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

10:40am CDT

Saturday Morning Cartoons

For the ninth 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!


Saturday August 28, 2021 10:40am - 12:20pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

12:00pm CDT

Mark, Mary + Some Other People
After meeting in the at-home pregnancy test aisle at a local drugstore, Mary and Mark let the test results decide if they should go on a date. The two quickly fall in love and marry. A year-in the newlyweds, reluctantly decide to give ethical non-monogamy a try as their lives get increasingly complicated.

Artists

Saturday August 28, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

12:10pm CDT

Life and Liberty Shorts
Yene Fikir
Directed by Jethro Waters
6 Minutes • USA
Music Video, Black Lens
The film is an exploration of immigrant culture and sense memory featuring Sara, an Ethiopian Israeli who immigrated to New York City from Jerusalem 18 years ago.

Undercut
Directed by Kelly Pike
14 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Student
High school female athletes become unlikely teammates in the wake of unspoken trauma.

Not Worth Killing
Directed by Eric M. Ivey
21 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
Not Worth Killing is a documentary short that tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Sister Lillian Oliver, IHM and Mitchell Rutledge, a convicted murderer serving life without parole in an Alabama state penitentiary.

Burros
Directed by Jefferson Stein
15 Minutes • USA
Narrative
A young Native girl discovers a Hispanic migrant her age who lost her dad in the middle of the dangerous but beautiful Sonoran desert.

Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran
Directed by Farbod Ardebili
18 Minutes • Iran
Narrative
The frontwoman for an Iranian death metal band risks everything as she plots to call the cops on her own underground concert in the hopes that the raid will help her secure her asylum in another country.

Fireburn the Documentary
Directed by Joel Fendelman
20 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
The Fireburn was a labor revolt of 1878 that took place in the Danish West Indies, now currently known as the US Virgin Islands. This documentary explores the inhumane conditions that existed prior to the revolt and focuses on the leadership and role of women within the movement.


Saturday August 28, 2021 12:10pm - 1:44pm CDT
First Church Birmingham

12:15pm CDT

The Shocklosers Survive Camp Analog
After an online prank goes wrong, a group of youtubing high schoolers are shipped off to Camp Analog-- a program designed to “rehabilitate” destructive tech habits-- but once there they must fight its strict rules-- and hidden intentions-- to stay who they really are.

Artists


Saturday August 28, 2021 12:15pm - 1:31pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

12:15pm CDT

The Novice
Alex Dall, a queer college freshman who joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost. Intent on outperforming her teammates, Alex pushes herself to her limits—and beyond, alienating everyone around her in the name of success.

Artists


Saturday August 28, 2021 12:15pm - 1:49pm CDT
Alabama Theatre

12:20pm CDT

Stanleyville
“Stanleyville” is a satirical feature comedy that follows six disparate characters with nothing to lose as they face off in a bizarre competition for a slightly used habanero-orange compact sport utility vehicle.


Saturday August 28, 2021 12:20pm - 1:50pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

1:00pm CDT

Creative Sustainability Panel
It may feel like those wishing to live creative lives have two options - a soul-crushing 9-5 job or starving for your art. But there are other options! Hear from some filmmakers and creatives who have some alternate strategies to ensuring that you can follow your passion and support yourself at the same time. Jessica Moody, Director of Programs, has worked in the nonprofit sector for eleven years. She now oversees the services Create offers in support of the city’s creative industries, including CO.STARTERS, Film Birmingham, Birmingham365, and Office Hours.
Stacey Davis is an award winning filmmaking and entertainment lawyer, who has screened her films at over forty festivals around the world.
Jen West: When Jen West isn't traveling the country in her converted school bus, she's immersed in creating stories based on bold female characters, oftentimes from the Deep South.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday August 28, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall

1:15pm CDT

Ailey
Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. An immersive portrait told in his own words and through the creation of a new commission inspired by his life, “Ailey” fully profiles this brilliant and enigmatic man who when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him was determined to build one that would.

Artists


Saturday August 28, 2021 1:15pm - 2:40pm CDT
Lyric Theatre

1:15pm CDT

Rock Camp
Summer camp meets Spinal Tap as we journey to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, where dreamers from across America and around the world gather to shred with their heroes — and learn to rock like the legends. Featuring Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach, Jeff Beck and more.



Saturday August 28, 2021 1:15pm - 2:42pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

1:20pm CDT

3 Ninjas (1992)
Young siblings Rocky, Colt and Tum Tum Douglas arrive for their summer stay with their Ninjutsu master grandpa, who has passed down his vast knowledge of martial arts. But they're accosted by the criminal Snyder, a rogue ex-student of Grandpa's who kidnaps the boys as part of a scheme to get to their FBI agent dad, Sam. But Snyder doesn't know just how skilled his abductees are!

Artists


Saturday August 28, 2021 1:20pm - 2:55pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

1:45pm CDT

Sidewalk ScreenTalks Podcast Live

Join Rachel and Corey and the rest of the Sidewalk SideTalks crew for a super special live recording of the film-centric SideTalks podcast. Plenty of surprises in store! Check out the podcast via your favorite podcast provider - visit https://www.sidewalkfest.com/class/sidetalks-podcast/ for more information.


Saturday August 28, 2021 1:45pm - 3:05pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

2:30pm CDT

Try Harder!
With humor and heart, director Debbie Lum takes us to the reality of the American college application process and the intersection of class, race, and educational opportunity as experienced by high school seniors living through it. “Try Harder!” is a portrait of young adults in the most diverse American generation ever as they navigate a quintessential rite of passage and make it their own.



Saturday August 28, 2021 2:30pm - 3:55pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

2:30pm CDT

What Josiah Saw
A family with buried secrets reunite at a farmhouse after two decades to pay for their past sins.
The film recently premiered at Fantasia and stars Robert Patrick . Nick Stahl, Eli Graham Scott Haze, Thomas Graham Kelli Garner, Mary Milner and Tony Hale

Director Vincent Grashaw - will be in attendance



Saturday August 28, 2021 2:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

2:40pm CDT

The Capote Tapes
Using newly discovered tapes of interviews that The Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton conducted with Capote’s friends after his death, along with animation and new on-camera interviews, “The Capote Tapes” investigates the iconic author’s legacy, focusing heavily on the impact of Capote's explosive unfinished novel "Answered Prayers."



Saturday August 28, 2021 2:40pm - 4:08pm CDT
Alabama Theatre

2:40pm CDT

7 Days
As if their pre-arranged date, organized by their traditional Indian parents, wasn't uncomfortable enough, Ravi and Rita are forced to shelter in place together as COVID-19's reach intensifies.

Artists


Saturday August 28, 2021 2:40pm - 4:10pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

2:45pm CDT

Not Going Quietly

“Not Going Quietly” is the story of charismatic activist and father, Ady Barkan, whose viral run-in with dismissive Senator Jeff Flake launched him into the public arena. Barkan, diagnosed with ALS at the age of 32, and fearing rising health care costs in light of the proposed 2018 tax reform, heads for Washington as part of a group voicing its dire concerns.



Saturday August 28, 2021 2:45pm - 4:25pm CDT
First Church Birmingham

3:00pm CDT

Post Covid Programming
Hear from programmers from various festivals about how COVID-19 has changed the game in terms of programming, whether it’s for a festival or for a year-round cinema.

Saturday August 28, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall

3:30pm CDT

LFG
Three months before the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the players filed a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, which sets the stage for LFG. The film interweaves transcendent athletic performances, including a record-breaking World Cup victory in 2019, with the players' ongoing pursuit for equal pay. Featuring indomitable World Cup champions Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, and Sam Mewis.



Saturday August 28, 2021 3:30pm - 5:15pm CDT
Lyric Theatre

3:40pm CDT

Family Shorts
Opening Number
Directed by Cole Cabiness
12 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Student
A lonely young boy forms an unlikely connection with a neighbor who introduces him to a world that he never knew existed.

Daddy’s Lessons
Directed by Richard O'Connor
3 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Animated, Alabama, Black Lens
Arguster and Lebronze Davis, along with their 15 siblings, grew up on their family’s farm in Wetumpka, Alabama in the 1950s. They come together to talk about their childhood and remember their dad, Ben Davis.

Leading the Way
Directed by Richard O'Connor
3 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Animated, Black Lens
John Washington, 95, was born blind and with a severe loss of hearing. He sat down with his eldest child, Melva Washington Toomer, for a conversation about the pride he takes in his kids and to laugh over some of their childhood hijinks.

Doing is Everything
Directed by Ann Kathleen Williams
2 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
A young girl finds her place through practicing for her softball team.

Milk
Directed by Celia Jaspers
5 Minutes • New Zealand
Narrative
When she sees an old man unable to pay for his milk, a young girl has a change of heart.

Drawn to Campus
Directed by Nicholas Coker
4 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Student
This is the story of Ollie J. Thomas, the university’s first animated student, and his life on campus.

Revenge of the Electric Cart
Directed by Rikki Stinnette
12 Minutes • USA
Narrative
A young girl whose mom has rheumatoid arthritis uses humor to overcome discrimination at the grocery store.

Aurora
Directed by Jo Meuris
5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Animated
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who fell in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora…

Voyage to Nowhere
Directed by Matthew Young, Jared Young, Donny Hamrick
16 Minutes • USA
Episodic
“Voyage to Nowhere” is a live-action children's show in the vein of Peewee’s Playhouse and Ernest P. Worrell.

Foiled
Directed by Hao-Wei Timothy Chang
11 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Student
“Foiled” is a family comedy about ten-year-old Dylan and his younger brother Cody who accidentally rip their best friend’s baseball card.

Rawr Rawr Land
Directed by Antonio Montilla
2 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Animated, Student
Amidst the end of the world, one dinosaur wants to take shelter, and one wants to dance the night away.

Saturday August 28, 2021 3:40pm - 4:55pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

3:45pm CDT

Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986) & Friends
In the summer of 1986 John Heyn and Jeff Krulik filmed Judas Priest fans in a concert arena parking lot in suburban Maryland. Thirty five years later, Heavy Metal Parking Lot is hailed as one the greatest short rock documentaries ever. Join us for this anniversary screening. “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” will be followed by a ton of surprises!



Saturday August 28, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

4:00pm CDT

Filmmaker Happy Hour Sponsored by Film Birmingham

We invite our 2021 filmmakers to join us for a poolside happy hour on the rooftop of the Pizitz. *Filmmaker Passes Required for Entry*

Sponsors

Saturday August 28, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Pizitz Rooftop

4:15pm CDT

Secret Screening - Documentary
Join us for a very super secret screening of an unannounced film. What we can tell you: The film is a yet-to-be-released documentary from multi-time Sundance and Sidewalk winner. The filmmaker will be in attendance.

Saturday August 28, 2021 4:15pm - 5:55pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

4:50pm CDT

Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story
“Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story” takes viewers on an immersive journey through the trailblazing life of novelist Jackie Collins. The documentary reveals the untold story of a ground-breaking author and her mission to build a one-woman literary empire. Narrated by a cast of Jackie's closest friends and family, the film shares the private struggles of a woman who became an icon of 1980s feminism while hiding her vulnerability behind a carefully crafted, powerful public persona.



Saturday August 28, 2021 4:50pm - 6:26pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

5:00pm CDT

Craft Hour by UAB ArtPlay
Join us for an hour to decompress and use some of your creative energy for movie-related crafts! This is a great time to take a break before the evening screenings ramp up. Thanks to UAB ArtPlay for helping us with this!

Moderators
Saturday August 28, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall

5:10pm CDT

Black Lens Documentary Shorts
Junior
Directed by AJ Wilhelm
11.5 minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
Gifted as a teenager, Jérôme “Junior” Simeon was recruited by top Haitian roots music group “Racine Mapou de Azor” and spent 20 years touring the world. When the lead singer of his band dies unexpectedly, Junior’s high-profile career comes to a shocking halt and he suddenly faces an uncertain future for himself and his legacy.

In These Times
Directed by Remington Smith
3 minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
Shot on 16mm and digital cameras in the summer of 2020, this dialogue-free short doc reveals the personal and public experiences of Louisville, KY's battle with the coronavirus and police brutality in the wake of Breonna Taylor's killing by the LMPD.

Graffica!
Directed by Yogi Dada
14.5 minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens, Alabama
Stunned by the silence of Covid-19, this documentary explores the creation of a black and white series of art that tells the story of a black girl growing up in upstate New York who fancied herself to be an artist one day.

October 27, 2020
Directed by Hannah Price
16 minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
Oct, 27, 2020, was the second night of protests in Philadelphia over the killing of Walter Wallace Jr., who had a bipolar episode and was shot by police.

Seeing Sounds
Directed by Jason R.A. Foster
3.5 minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens
Mr. Henry has been working in the same parking lot since 1959. Seeing Sounds takes a peek inside his world through an interview, portraiture and environmental still film photography, and Super 8 film footage.

Saving Grace
Directed by Malcolm Cammeron
11 minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens, Student
This film is a glimpse into the life of Chari Bostick and her efforts to promote and preserve African American history in Gadsden, Alabama by reclaiming an historic black cemetery.

Out of the Dark: Raven
Directed by Sarah Klein & Tom Mason
9 minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
Olympic shot putter Raven Saunders shares her childhood trauma, the intensity of her 2016 Olympic experience, and the pitfalls of being a celebrity that all challenged her mental health. Aftwards, she found the strength she never knew she had and became a leading advocate for mental health dialogue among athletes.

End of Slavery
Directed by Loki Mulholland
21 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
The first Black female elected to a state office in Utah and her fight to strip the language of slavery from the Utah state constitution.





Saturday August 28, 2021 5:10pm - 6:40pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

5:10pm CDT

Socks On Fire

A poet composes a cinematic love letter to his grandmother as his homophobic aunt and drag queen uncle wage war over her estate in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. “Socks On Fire” won the Best Documentary award at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. The Sidewalk/Shout screening will be preceded and followed by surprise performances so be sure to arrive on time and stay in your seats when the credits roll!

Artists
Sponsors


Saturday August 28, 2021 5:10pm - 7:20pm CDT
Alabama Theatre

5:15pm CDT

Storm Lake
An indelible parable for the state of contemporary journalism, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times - even as the paper hangs on by a thread. Twice a week, they work as civic watchdogs to protect their hometown and the legacy of credible journalism, at large - come hell or pandemic.



Saturday August 28, 2021 5:15pm - 6:40pm CDT
First Church Birmingham

5:45pm CDT

Genre Shorts Chapter 1
The Acolyte
Directed by Sammy James, Jr.
14 Minutes • USA
Narrative
A doomsday cult clashes with an idealistic new recruit.

MetaVision
Directed by Jai Love
12 Minutes • USA
Narrative
While desperately straddling the blurred lines of sanity, Malcolm receives a self-help tape in the mail from an unusual organisation called MetaVision.

Two Tickets to Mars
Directed by Kavita Parekh
17 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Student
In pre-apocalyptic New York City, Earth is facing inevitable doom. This film sets out to explore the inner mania of a young woman as she asks for the ultimate commitment.

Check The Back
Directed by Brennan Martignoni
6.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
A young woman, Emma, is stranded at a gas station - only to find that the clerk is the person who has been following her.

Kia Summer Sales Event
Directed by Brendan Walter
6 minutes • USA
Narrative
An innocent conversation about a new car between a Juggalo boyfriend and girlfriend devolves into an existential, harrowing relationship crisis surrounding infidelity, family and their deepest darkest secrets.


Giant: The World of Filmmaker Jeff Leroy
Directed by Jason Kartalian
14.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative
On the rooftop of an apartment in Long Beach, CA, giant women and monster Kaiju fight it out in a miniature city made from discarded trash.


Saturday August 28, 2021 5:45pm - 6:55pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

5:45pm CDT

Secret Screening - Narrative
Join us for a very super secret screening of an unannounced film. What we can tell you: The film is a feature narrative produced in Alabama. The filmmakers will be in attendance. Content is not appropriate for kids.

Saturday August 28, 2021 5:45pm - 7:25pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

5:50pm CDT

On The Divide
“On The Divide” follows the story of three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas who, despite their views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, these three are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined.



Saturday August 28, 2021 5:50pm - 7:12pm CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

6:15pm CDT

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Live Score
After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. An alternate soundtrack to the classic 1993 film “Mrs. Doubtfire” will be performed live by the one and only DJ Hollywood. The movie will be captioned along with the live score.

Artists
Sponsors


Saturday August 28, 2021 6:15pm - 8:20pm CDT
Lyric Theatre

7:00pm CDT

Episodic Shorts
Now is Not the Best Time
Directed by Jacqueline Dow
4 Minutes • USA
Narrative
“Now Is Not The Best Time” follows Alisa as she exceedingly complicates her own life while navigating the strangest and most unsavory corners of New York and her mind.

The Dream
Directed by Ron Najor
22 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
Daryl just graduated film school with an award-winning short and a mountain of student debt. He moves to LA in hopes of realizing his dreams of becoming a director but first he must find work to survive and learn the ropes of the industry.

Pain.kil.lers
Directed by Bernadette Chapman
41 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
After returning home from Afghanistan, war hero Bryson Forrest's four-year-old daughter mysteriously disappears while on a picnic. This stress combined with his PTSD is too much to keep his life and marriage together and makes him a perfect candidate to be recruited into a clandestine, for-hire military organization.

Hudson Falls
Directed by Elias Plagianos
22 Minutes • USA
Narrative
The secrets of a small upstate town that revolve around an eccentric scientist begin to unravel when a private eye from the city takes on a seemingly mundane job in an effort to rekindle a relationship with his ex wife.

Saturday August 28, 2021 7:00pm - 8:29pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

7:20pm CDT

Alabama Narrative Shorts #1
Some Big Thing
Directed by Kelsey Ianuzzi
3 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
A visual poem meditating on insights from American writer George Saunders on how to un-fall from grace and become a more beautiful human being.

Jane’s Inferno
Directed by Skylar Patterson
4.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
A woman tries to get her life back after she is mistakenly sent to Hell.

I Think I’m Dying
Directed by Paavo Hanninen
14 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
In the aftermath of a disastrous first date, two people reconnect during quarantine.

6ft From The Gun
Directed by Kalvo Griffin
6 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Black Lens
Tensions rise when two men go on a journey to find common ground on a very difficult issue.

The Lodestone
Directed by Sean Taylor
7.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
While daydreaming of a career as a performer, a Hollywood hopeful is gifted a mysterious lodestone covered with nails.

Garden Of The Gods
Directed by Kyle Mackenzie Sullivan
20 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
A present-day retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” a classic tale of psychological deception and revenge.

Sing No Sad Songs
Directed by Daniel Johnson
16 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
A farmer wakes to find that his wife has passed in the night and must prepare her to be taken away while grappling with loss.

The Perfect Woman
Directed by Meagan Belflower, Noah Beckham
11 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Student
Richard works in a vintage clothing store and has met his 1950s dream girl. Could she be the perfect woman?

Saving Grayson
Directed by Breck Cuddy
25 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Student
Following the end of the American Civil War in 1865, Albert Grayson and his younger brother Sam travel home to Illinois. After Albert is taken, young Sam must quickly grow up in order to save his brother from a wrongful death.


Saturday August 28, 2021 7:20pm - 9:07pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

7:30pm CDT

All In
At the start of the summer season, Ismail and Hakan are preparing for their new job in a gigantic all-inclusive hotel at the Turkish Riviera. “All In” is an observational exploration of the loss of innocence against the backdrop of a fading European dream. Initial kindness turns into indifference as Ismail and Hakan's initiation into the absurd world of Western tourism soon leads them to ask: which dreams are really worth aspiring to?

Artists

Saturday August 28, 2021 7:30pm - 8:50pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

7:30pm CDT

North By Current
After the inconclusive death of his infant niece, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown to create a woven reflection on generational addiction, Christian fervor, and trans embodiment. Like the relentless Michigan seasons, the meaning of family shifts, as Madsen, his sister, and his parents strive to accept each other.



Saturday August 28, 2021 7:30pm - 8:55pm CDT
First Church Birmingham

7:45pm CDT

Encore: ROCK CAMP
Summer camp meets Spinal Tap as we journey to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, where dreamers from across America and around the world gather to shred with their heroes — and learn to rock like the legends. Featuring Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach, Jeff Beck and more.

Saturday August 28, 2021 7:45pm - 9:20pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

8:00pm CDT

We Were There To Be There & Blondie: Vivir En La Habana Double Feature
We Were There To Be There
USA • 27 minutes • Not Rated
Directed by Mike Plante and Jason Willis

Taking place in 1978 as cuts to crucial social services loom, two legendary punk bands come together to perform a show for patients and staff at a psychiatric facility. Captured on tape by seminal video art collective Target Video.

Blondie: Vivir En La Habana Double Feature
USA, Cuba • 60 minutes • Not Rated
Directed by John Heyn and Jeff Krulik

In 2019, the legendary American rock band Blondie performed for the first time in Havana, Cuba as part of a cultural exchange through the Cuban Ministry of Culture.



Saturday August 28, 2021 8:00pm - 8:48pm CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

8:15pm CDT

Mandibles
From the director of “Deerskin” and “Rubber” a buddy film with a giant fly! Two simple-minded losers discover a giant fly in the trunk of a stolen car and decide to domesticate it in a bizarre get-rich-quick scheme.

Artists
Sponsors


Saturday August 28, 2021 8:15pm - 9:32pm CDT
Alabama Theatre

8:30pm CDT

Karen Dalton: In My Own Time
Blues and folk singer Karen Dalton was a prominent figure in 1960s New York. Idolized by Bob Dylan and Nick Cave, Karen discarded the traditional trappings of success and led an unconventional life until her early death. Since most images of Karen have been lost or destroyed, the film uses Karen's dulcet melodies and interviews with loved ones to build a rich portrait of this singular woman and her hauntingly beautiful voice.


Saturday August 28, 2021 8:30pm - 9:58pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

9:00pm CDT

Sidewalk's Homecoming Dance Sponsored by Elite Productions

After a year away (due to Covid) we are thrilled to be able to retun home, to Birmingham's Historic Theatre District and what better way to celebrate than with a Homecoming Dance? Show your Sidewalk Spirit (wear your black and gold y'all) and get ready for some fun surprises! *VIP Pass holders have access to this event with their lanyard. Single tickets to this party can be purchased for this party in advance, on our website.



Saturday August 28, 2021 9:00pm - Sunday August 29, 2021 1:00am CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Main Hall

9:20pm CDT

We Need to Do Something
After Melissa and her family seek shelter from a storm, they become trapped. With no sign of rescue, hours turn to days, and Melissa comes to realize that she and her girlfriend Amy might have something to do with the horrors that threaten to tear her family — and possibly the entire world — apart.



Saturday August 28, 2021 9:20pm - 10:57pm CDT
Lyric Theatre

9:20pm CDT

International Documentary Shorts
Shangdrok
Directed by Jared Yeh
19 minutes • Taiwan
Documentary
This film explores how Tibetan people continue to cherish their traditions such as yak wool textile craftsmanship and nomadic lifestyle while facing and embracing rapid modernization and a changing climate.

Freedom Farm Sanctuary
Directed by Taliya Finkel
8 minutes • Israel
Documentary, Episodic, Black Lens
The relationships between “imperfect” farm animals to special volunteers, some with their own “imperfections.”

Shredded
Directed by Noam Stolerman
16.5 minutes • Israel
Documentary
An aging bodybuilder is on the path to becoming a champion. Moments before emerging as a finalist, he might face a heartache.

Arctic Summer
Directed by Daniel Fradin, Kyle Rosenbluth
24 minutes • USA
Documentary
Arctic Summer is a poetic meditation on Tuktoyaktuk (Tuk), an Indigenous community in the Arctic and one of the northernmost towns in the world. The film captures Tuk during one of the last summers before climate change forced Tuk’s coastal population to relocate to more habitable land.

Ms. Diva Trucker
Directed by Dana Reilly
13 minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens, Student
A long-distance trucker copes with the strain driving places on her finances and relationships.

A Woman’s Land
Directed by Alina Peng, Charles Zhang
10.5 minutes • USA
Documentary, Student
Karma, a Bhutanese farmer, has not seen a successful harvest in 10 years due to climate-induced water scarcity. As men have migrated to urban centers, she and the women in her village must tend to both fields and family, and work together to overcome the water crisis plaguing their land.

Do You See What I See?
Directed by Brad Abrahams
12.5 Minutes • Canada
Documentary
From illustrating for Sesame Street to exposing the New World Order, this is the story of the controversial and recently departed David Dees, unofficial artist of conspiracy theory culture.

Vala North
Directed by Stephani Gordon
12 Minutes • Papua New Guinea
Documentary
In the far northern atolls of Papua New Guinea, scientist chieftain and visionary John Aini resurrects old secret ways and melds them with what he and his fellow chieftains and their people know of the coral reefs they rely on.

Saturday August 28, 2021 9:20pm - 11:16pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

9:40pm CDT

New Jack City (1991)
30th anniversary screening! Drug tycoon Nino Brown and his minions, the Cash Money Brothers, have rapidly risen to the top of the New York City narcotics trade. Under Nino's heartless leadership, the drug operation has grown into a multimillion-dollar empire. Scotty and Nick, two police officers, aim to bring Nino and his cohorts down. To do so, though, they'll have to play by Nino's rules and go undercover.


Saturday August 28, 2021 9:40pm - 11:17pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

9:50pm CDT

Genre Shorts Chapter 2
Poor Glenna
Directed by Jean-Paul DiSciscio
17 minutes • USA
Narrative
When her mutant son develops a taste for human flesh, a timid mother must find a victim to satisfy his ravenous appetite.

Roy VLoggins
Directed by Jeremiah Fanning
5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Sidewalk Scramble Winner
Roy finds himself stuck in his own nightmare of halloween shenanigans.

Young Forever
Directed by Stevie Szerlip
15 minutes • USA
Narrative
A Korean entrepreneur living in Los Angeles is entangled in a pyramid scheme that goes far beyond beauty product endorsement.

Backpage Shawty 5
Directed by Mike Ekpoh
5 minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Black Lens
Dream the wrestler meets her first client.

The Dangerous Type
Directed by Tipper Newton
11.5 minutes • USA
Narrative
A mechanic in a small midwestern town would do anything to leave her boring life behind.

Lilac Lips, Dutchess County
Directed by Tristan Scott-Behrends
4 minutes • USA
Experimental, SHOUT
A glorious fantastical modern retelling of Narcissus.

Puss
Directed by Leah Shore
9 minutes • USA
Narrative, SHOUT, Black Lens
Samantha desperately wants to get laid, but is finding it to be difficult for some reason.

Forgive Us
Directed by D.W. Hodges
14 minutes • USA
Narrative, SHOUT
After years of estrangement, an embittered young man uncovers sinister threats when returning home with his boyfriend for Christmas.

The Wind and the Kite
Directed by Robert Machoian, Keely Song
6.5 minutes • USA
Narrative, Experimental
A tale of marital strife expressed through dance.

An Inconvenient Armageddon
Directed by Mark Newton
6.5 minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Student
A modern-day apocalyptic story about how life goes on even when the world ends.


Saturday August 28, 2021 9:50pm - 11:24pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

10:15pm CDT

Acts Of Love
When his older boyfriend loses interest in him, the filmmaker relocates to Chicago and uses dating apps to cast new lovers in an amorphous project that his mother hates.



Saturday August 28, 2021 10:15pm - 11:26pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

10:20pm CDT

Music Videos
Dear America
Artist: Raef
Directed by Anas Tolba
4 Minutes • USA
Black Lens

Quiet as a Mouse
Artist: Kate Kelly
Directed by Virginia Walcot
4 Minutes • USA - Alabama

Policing
Artist: Dat Mayne Deewayne, Vocab, and Lil Aubrey
Directed by Ya'ke Smith
5 Minutes • USA
Black Lens

Don’t Shoot At Me
Artist: Don’t Censor Collins feat. Big Sly
Directed by Ivan Delgado
3 Minutes • USA
Black Lens

For the Sake of Old Times
Music Director: Carrie Davis
Directed by Tyler Jones
4 Minutes • USA - Alabama
Black Lens

Sweet as Honey
Artist: Zion Goins
Directed by John Preston Little
3.5 Minutes • USA - Alabama

Suite for Solo Cello: Alabama Climbs
Artist: Hellen Weberpal
Directed by Myles Cain
10 Minutes • USA - Alabama

The Ugliest
Artist: EJ Michels
Directed by Victor Ridaura
3.5 Minutes • USA
SHOUT

Linoleum
Artist: Will Carlisle
Directed by Alexander Kiker, John Preston Little
5 Minutes • USA - Alabama

Sticky Honey Shrimp
Artist: Kevin Kelly Ulrich
Directed by Kevin Molohan, Kevin Ulrich
3 Minutes • USA

Life of Ed - Don’t Run Away
Artist: Human Barbie
Directed by Justin Possenti
2 Minutes • USA

Batman
Artist: Delivery Boys
Directed by Max Korman
3 Minutes • USA

Fever Dream
Artist: Scarlett
Directed by Caydon LiRocchi, Liv Layhee
3 Minutes • USA

Equinox
Artist: Voga
Directed by Jonah Haber
3 Minutes • Canada

Cosmic Forces
Artist: Mumiy Troll
Directed by Ivan Sosnin
4 Minutes • Russian Federation

Thursday
Artist: Carey Fountain
Directed by Brandon Knott
4.5 Minutes • USA - Alabama
Black Lens

Best at the Show
Artist: Brendan Mayer
Directed by Lauren Musgrove
5 Minutes • USA - Alabama

Hypnodancer
Artist: Little Big
Directed by Alina Pasok, Iliya Prusikin
4.5 Minutes • Russian Federation

Saturday August 28, 2021 10:20pm - 11:34pm CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

10:25pm CDT

The Feast
Almost entirely in the Welsh language, “The Feast” follows a young woman serving privileged guests at a dinner party in a remote house in rural Wales. The assembled guests do not realize they are about to eat their last supper.



Saturday August 28, 2021 10:25pm - Sunday August 29, 2021 12:00am CDT
Alabama Theatre
 
Sunday, August 29
 

10:00am CDT

On Broadway
An all-star cast tells the inside story of the Broadway theater, and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion and a sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. Legends of the stage and screen, including Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen, take us behind the scenes of Broadway's most beloved shows.



Sunday August 29, 2021 10:00am - 11:22am CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

10:00am CDT

Claydream
A modern day Walt Disney, Will Vinton picked up a ball of clay and saw a world of potential. Known as the “Father of Claymation,” Vinton revolutionized the animation business during the 1980’s and 90’s. But after 30 years of being the unheralded king of clay, Will Vinton’s carefully sculpted American dream came crumbling down at the hands of an outside investor, Nike’s Phil Knight.

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 10:00am - 11:35am CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

10:00am CDT

Sports Shorts
Make Him Known
Directed by Rudy Valdez
19.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
Over the course of more than a decade, 4-time WNBA champion and Olympic Gold medalist Maya Moore and her family have been fighting for the release of a wrongfully convicted man named Jonathan Irons.

Golden Age Karate
Directed by Sindha Agha
5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at 10 years old, Jeff Wall is a teenage karate pro. Jeff wanted to pass along his passion for the dojo to a community he felt needed it most — senior citizens.

Bundini
Directed by Patrick Green
22 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
"Bundini" is the first ever documentary that explores the extraordinary life of the man that was Muhammad Ali’s beloved trainer.

Lace ‘Em Up
Directed by Brianna Madry
14 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens, Alabama
Black Joy and Roller Skates. A short history of roller skating in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Nono
Directed by Jamie Jean
32.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
Jason Thienel becomes the first UltraMarathon runner to attempt completing the NoBusiness 100 UltraMarathon twice in one push.

Memory Lanes
Directed by Brian Gersten
12.5 Minutes • USA
A short, slightly personal, slightly experimental, archival documentary about the history of bowling in America (or perhaps the history of America in bowling).





Sunday August 29, 2021 10:00am - 11:46am CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

10:00am CDT

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Over the course of six weeks during the summer of 1969, thousands of people attend the Harlem Cultural Festival to celebrate Black history, culture, music and fashion.



Sunday August 29, 2021 10:00am - 11:57am CDT
Lyric Theatre

10:15am CDT

Animated Shorts
No Future Here
Directed by J.A. Cruz, Jennifer Goodridge
7 Minutes • USA
Animated
The fearless bassist of a quirky punk band shakes things up when she performs a seance that will forever alter the future.

Carnival Knowledge
Directed by Alec Brown
2 Minutes • USA
Animated
A hand-drawn recount of a 2019 after-work trip to the traveling carnival.

Re-Animal
Directed by Rubén Garcerá
13 Minutes • Spain
Animated
A series of crimes is devastating the city and there is only one person who is capable of finding the culprit: Toni Clues.

He Runs
Directed by Greg Roensch
3 Minutes • USA
Animated, Black Lens
It's an afternoon like any other when a man leaves home for a short jog through his neighborhood. Little does he know that his jog will become a race for his life.

Metro6
Directed by Geoff Hecht
8 Minutes • USA
Animated
Today is an important day for Zak, but everything is going horribly wrong on an adventurous bus ride.

Clarence of Tomorrow
Directed by Shawn Spear
13 Minutes • USA
Animated
An office worker's break becomes a struggle for survival in the bowels of a futuristic city.

Our Mine
Directed by Shayna Strype
10.5 Minutes • USA
Animated
In this ecofeminist tragicomedy, the female body transforms into the landscape and characters and the lines blur between fable and reality.

A Hand To Hold
Directed by Stacey Davis, Ali Clark
2 Minutes • USA
Animated
Told from alternating points of view, this film explores the connective thread of hand holding between parent and child.

Luv U Cuz
Directed by ​​Eric Pumphrey
15 minutes • USA
Animated, Black Lens
Set in a not-too-distant future, two cousins bond over the course of a night on the town until their relationship is tested in more ways than one.

Mila
Directed by Cinzia Angelini
20 Minutes • USA
Animated
Inspired by World War II stories from the director's mother, the character of Mila gives the viewer a war story through a child's perspective.


Sunday August 29, 2021 10:15am - 11:49am CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

10:15am CDT

Great Muppet Caper (1981)
40th Anniversary Screening! It’s the crime of the century and investigative reporters Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo are out to crack the case in this song-filled, star-studded extravaganza directed by legendary Jim Henson. Our heroes arrive in London to interview Lady Holiday whose priceless diamond necklace has just been stolen. Her scheming brother is wooing Miss Piggy so he can frame her for the jewel heist and it’s up to Kermit and his pals to clear Piggy’s name and catch the real culprits.



Sunday August 29, 2021 10:15am - 11:52am CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

10:15am CDT

Ema
After a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to a tempestuous choreographer, Ema, a reggaeton dancer, sets out on an odyssey of personal liberation, in this incendiary drama about art, desire, and the modern family from director Pablo Larraín.

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 10:15am - 12:02pm CDT
Alabama Theatre

10:30am CDT

Poser
Lennon Gates is a quiet and observant podcaster, but when she meets the charismatic musician Bobbi Kitten, her deceptive intentions surface. As their friendship forms, Lennon quickly spirals into obsession as she struggles with an unchecked search for creative identity.



Sunday August 29, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

11:00am CDT

Adaptation Club Free Trial: Arrival
Join us for a free trial of Sidewalk’s Adaptation Club - a monthly club where we discuss movies and books. We’ll be discussing Arrival, which is adapted from the novella Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang. Please note, this is just a discussion - we will not be screening the film. It’s best to participate in the discussion if you have seen the movie and/or read the novella, but feel free to drop in even if you haven’t!
Gareth Jones has taught Film Studies for 14 years in three states, currently at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition, he has worked for over twenty years for the Sundance Film Festival as a consultant for festival logistics in parking and transportation. He also co-hosts a radio show about film called Sleep In Cinema on the internet radio station, Substrate Radio. And he’s a Book + Film Club regular!

Moderators
Sunday August 29, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall

12:15pm CDT

The Magic City Nutcracker
A new version of the traditional nutcracker ballet performed by Birmingham’s Magic City Nutcracker. The Christmastime festivities are underway at the Stahlbaum home. Clara, Herr Stahlbaum's beautiful daughter, is overjoyed when Herr Drosselmeyer mysteriously appears at the holiday soiree.

Artists

Sunday August 29, 2021 12:15pm - 1:39pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

12:30pm CDT

The Target Shoots First (2000)
After graduating with a philosophy degree, the last thing Christopher Wilcha expected was to land a job at a corporate music retail company (due to his “alternative music sensibilities”). He works his way up the corporate ladder, along the way dutifully documenting almost everything - from office parties to business meetings. “The Target Shoots First” screened at the 2000 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, we’re honored to have the film return for a 21-year encore.



Sunday August 29, 2021 12:30pm - 1:40pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

12:45pm CDT

Black Lens Narrative Shorts
Not Black Enough
Directed by Jermaine Manigault
19 minutes • USA
Narrative, Black Lens
A young African-American male struggling to find his identity within the Black community meets a persuasive relic of the past.

Congratulations (Mabrook)
Directed by Asad Farooqui
13.5 minutes • USA
Narrative, Black Lens
Amir is a struggling actor, meddling with lowly, wordless terrorist roles. Amidst a chaotic party highlighted by politics, cricket, and community gossip, a revelation brings Amir a new challenge.

The Lost Butterfly
Directed by Jena Batiz
5 minutes • USA
Narrative, Black Lens, Alabama, Student
A young woman grabs hold of affirmations in unlikely places.

Taffy
Directed by Jon Crawford
5 minutes • USA
Narrative, SHOUT, Black Lens
A young photographer hears the story of an older man.

Al-Sit
Directed by Suzannah Mirghani
20 minutes • Sudan
Narrative, Black Lens
In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa's future.

Doretha’s Blues
Directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples
15 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Black Lens
Doretha was a successful blues singer who lost her teenage son at the hands of a policeman who mistook him for a robber with a rifle, when he was merely walking with a tree branch. The incident robbed her of her son, her happiness and her singing voice.




Sunday August 29, 2021 12:45pm - 1:58pm CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

12:45pm CDT

SHOUT Shorts
Cuttlefish
Directed by Alexandra Geller
12 Minutes • USA
Narrative, SHOUT
After unexpected encounters both at school and at home, a twelve-year-old tomboy reflects on the space that lives between binaries.

Andy’s Arrow
Directed by Nathan Adloff
7 Minutes • USA
Narrative, SHOUT, Teen Filmmaker
A young man is bullied into taking an aggressive action during a routine camp activity and ends up making a choice that will change the rest of his life.

Complicated
Directed by Isak Kohaly
22 Minutes • Israel
Narrative, SHOUT, Student
Itamar is a depressed young man that returns to his childhood home in the suburbs following a mental breakdown. As he struggles to get better under the care of his quirky and overprotective mother, old tensions about his sexual orientation arise.

Virgin My Ass
Directed by Adar Sigler
16.5 Minutes • Israel
Narrative, SHOUT, Student
Ophir asks his friend Harel for a favor that might change their friendship.

Family History
Directed by Mark J. Parker
16 Minutes • USA
Narrative, SHOUT
On the anniversary of his mother's mysterious death, a young man brings his new boyfriend home to meet his reclusive, conservative father, and secrets rise to the surface.

Liminal
Directed by Dan Abramovici
12 Minutes • Canada
Experimental, SHOUT
As time is compressed and he flows through spirals of love and sexuality, Steve finds himself in a transition; stuck between a family life built on half measures, and a desire for a more authentic experience.

Plum
Directed by Blake Snawder
8.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Student
A fleeting love encounter between two men with opposing views on love proves that, like a plum, the sweetest turn bitter too soon.


Sunday August 29, 2021 12:45pm - 2:19pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

12:50pm CDT

Lily Topples The World
The film follows young sensation Lily Hevesh - the world’s most acclaimed domino toppler as she rises as an artist, role model, and young woman. Filmed over 3 years across countless cities “Lily Topples The World” is a coming-of-age story cloaked within a unique portrait of an artist, a story of how passion and artistry can make dreams come true, and an unlikely American tale of a quiet Chinese adoptee who transforms into a global artistic force.

Artists
Sponsors


Sunday August 29, 2021 12:50pm - 2:20pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

1:00pm CDT

The State of Acting
A common myth is that in order to get the kinds of roles you really want, you have to live in Los Angeles or New York City. In some cases, that is true, but you can make your career work for you. Hear from Virginia Newcomb (The Death of Dick Long, The Beta Test, and more) and Clayne Crawford (The Killing of Two Lovers, Rectify, and more) about their experiences living in L.A. Jeremy Burgess is a Birmingham native and an award-winning screenwriter, copywriter, and journalist.
Clayne Crawford is an Alabama native who most recently starred in The Killing of Two Lovers, which premiered at Sundance 2020, and has had roles in television shows such as Lethal Weapon, 24, Justified, Graceland, Jericho, Leverage, and Rectify, for which he received a Critics Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Virginia Newcomb, known dearly as “Sidewalk Bae” (officially coined by creative director, Rachel Morgan) is an actor and filmmaker of Bama breed, Hollywood counter culture, and NY alt theatre, most recently returning south to star in, produce, and cheerlead umpteen art, but not The Beta Test, which you should definitely catch at the fest if you’re curious about the Hollywood counter-culture part.


Sunday August 29, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall

1:00pm CDT

Kubrick By Kubrick

A rare and transcendent journey into the life and films of the legendary Stanley Kubrick like we've never seen before, featuring a treasure trove of unearthed, previously unheard interview recordings from the master himself conducted over the course of 20 years. The documentary features archival footage of Sterling Hayden, Peter Sellers, Tom Cruise, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson and Malcolm McDowell and more.



Sunday August 29, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Alabama Theatre

1:00pm CDT

Catch The Fair One
In this revenge thriller executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, Native American boxer, Kaylee (played by Real life US boxing world champion Kali Reis), searches for her missing kid sister. She becomes intentionally entangled in a human trafficking operation in an effort to retrace the steps of her sister and work her way up the chain of command to pinpoint the individual’s responsible.



Sunday August 29, 2021 1:00pm - 2:25pm CDT
Lyric Theatre

1:00pm CDT

The Kids
26 years after Larry Clark’s notorious indie cult classic “Kids” was released to an unsuspecting nation, this documentary explores the divergent paths of the original cast, delivering an unflinching look back at one of the most iconic and provocative films of the 1990's. “Kids” launched prolific and profitable careers for Harmony Korine, Rosario Dawson and Chloe Sevigny, but what happened to the others?

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

2:00pm CDT

The Passing On
Three professions ushered Black former slaves from poverty to the American dream: preacher, teacher, and undertaker. Today, renowned embalmer James Bryant puts his faith in a new generation to continue this vanishing legacy. He’s met with resistance from his young intern, Clarence Pierre, who himself is conflicted about his commitment due to the judgment he feels from the Black community as a queer, Christian man.

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 2:00pm - 3:10pm CDT
First Church Birmingham

2:10pm CDT

The French (1982)
The ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the 1981 French Open - a crucial moment in a crucial year in the history of a game, and its iconic players Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Yannick Noah, and Ivan Lendl. “For me, this film encapsulates everything I loved and love about the tennis of that moment; and in the hands of the great and singular William Klein, it is at once a gripping sports page, a fascinating piece of reportage, and a work of art.” —Wes Anderson

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 2:10pm - 4:25pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

2:30pm CDT

To Decadence with Love, Thanks for Everything!
“To Decadence with Love, Thanks for Everything!” follows the lives of drag queens Laveau Contraire and Franky Canga as they prepare for a weekend of New Orleans' queer celebration of identity, Southern Decadence. While getting a behind-the-scenes view of "gender fuckery art," we see queer performers challenging social norms and the boundaries of self-expression all while being a part of a rich community of artists.

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 2:30pm - 3:32pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

2:45pm CDT

Alabama Documentary Shorts #2
Monograph: Lily Ahree Siegel
Directed by Kelsey Ianuzzi
5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
A portrait of Lily Ahree Siegel, a filmmaker exploring layers of personal identity through her craft.

No Trespassing
Directed by Sabrina Palmer
9 Minutes • USA
Documentary, SHOUT, Alabama, Student
An exploration of who polices the boundaries of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Philoxenia
Directed by Jessica Chriesman
15 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens
A journey through the Greek influence in Birmingham, Alabama food culture.

Firmly Rooted
Directed by Caleb Wood
12.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Black Lens, Student
Fountain Heights Farms is a Black centered urban community farm space in the historic Fountain Heights neighborhood of Birmingham, AL.

Ann Hodges: The Woman That Was Hit By A Meteorite
Directed by Jelle Havermans
7 Minutes • Netherlands
Documentary, Alabama, Student
In 1954, an Alabama woman named Ann Hodges was hit by a meteorite that crashed through the roof of her home. Despite turning Ms. Hodges into an overnight celebrity, the bizarre event marked the beginning of her tragic demise.

Barriers to Bridges
Directed by Robin Crane
19 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Animated, Alabama, Black Lens, Student
This film explores the ways in which organizations in Alabama are doing the necessary and critical work to make sure BIPOC (Black, Indigineous and People of Color) are included in the environmental movement.

[Art]ist Unbound
Directed by Palavi Ahuja
12 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama, Student
A portrait of two women artists in Birmingham expressed through paint and film.


Sunday August 29, 2021 2:45pm - 4:05pm CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

3:00pm CDT

Documenting LGBTQ+ History
Join us for a discussion of the triumphs and setbacks in documenting queer history in its many forms. We will be joined by representatives from the Invisible Histories Project and the film Socks on Fire. Jackie Clay is the executive director at the Coleman Center for the Arts, a contemporary arts non-profit in rural West Alabama. She is a writer and curator; most broadly her intellectual practice centers black visual culture.
Lauren Jacobs (she/her) is a Black queer Birmingham native with a real degree in film, a fake degree in The L Word, and the position of Assistant Director at Magic City Acceptance Center, where she provides community building direct services for LGBTQ youth and adults across Alabama.
Soapy Jones is a oap maker, performer, jazz singer, president of the board of the Invisible Histories Project, queer activist.
Bo McGuire was born the queer son of a Waffle House cook and his third-shift waitress in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. His feature debut, SOCKS ON FIRE, won the jury prize for best documentary feature at Tribeca Film Festival.
Mona Squeels is a queer sewist and owner of MonaMade.me, she has a background in library sciences and performance.


Sunday August 29, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall

3:10pm CDT

Thelma & Louise (1991) With Roundtable
Thelma and best friend Louise set out on a short fishing trip. However, the vacation becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who attemots to rape Thelma in a bar. This 30th anniversary screening of “Thelma & Louise” will be followed by a roundtable discussion with feminist scholars.

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 3:10pm - 6:00pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

3:15pm CDT

She Ball
She Ball follows the love of the game through the struggles of Avery Watts, who enlists the baddest women's streetball league in the city to help him save the embattled Inglewood Community Center, which he manages, all while trying to raise his seven year old daughter. Written, directed and starring Nick Cannon.

Artists

Sunday August 29, 2021 3:15pm - 4:51pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

3:15pm CDT

Carterland
The tragic, yet inspiring story of America's most misunderstood president. While leading the nation through a series of unprecedented crises, Jimmy Carter also confronted climate change and championed social justice at home and abroad. This groundbreaking film draws on archival footage, experts, and insiders to reveal how Carter's selfless leadership and moral integrity ultimately cost him the presidency. *Peanut Allergy Warning (not kidding)



Sunday August 29, 2021 3:15pm - 5:17pm CDT
Alabama Theatre

3:20pm CDT

The Lost Leonardo
“The Lost Leonardo” is the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. From the moment the painting is bought for $1175 at a shady auction house, and the restorer discovers masterful Renaissance brushstrokes under the heavy varnish of its cheap restoration, the painting’s fate is determined by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. As its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity.



Sunday August 29, 2021 3:20pm - 4:55pm CDT
Lyric Theatre

3:30pm CDT

Secret Screening - Narrative
Join us for a very super secret screening of an unannounced film. What we can tell you: This film is not appropriate for anyone under 18 and there is a strong content warning.

Sunday August 29, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

4:00pm CDT

Building A Bridge
Named after the book by Father James Martin, Building a Bridge follows a priest on his journey to make the Catholic Church more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community, despite loud opposition from both inside and outside the Church. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese.



Sunday August 29, 2021 4:00pm - 5:36pm CDT
First Church Birmingham

4:00pm CDT

Filmmaker Happy Hour Sponsored by Film Birmingham

We invite our 2021 filmmakers to join us for a poolside happy hour on the rooftop of the Pizitz. *Filmmaker Passes Required for Entry*

Sponsors

Sunday August 29, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Pizitz Rooftop

4:30pm CDT

National Narrative Shorts #2
Navel Gazers
Directed by Kimmy Gatewood
15 Minutes • USA
Narrative
In the inevitable future where everyone has a permanent curve in their spine from looking at their screens, one woman longs to break free of her screen and experience the world with her own eyes.

Class
Directed by Enzo Cellucci, Ash McNair
18 Minutes • USA
Narrative
New student Max attends his first ever acting class. He soon discovers that the lines between class and cult begin to blur as he and his fellow students are subjected to the bizarre but brilliant methods of their eccentric teacher.

Men Crying
Directed by Cate Smierciak
8.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative
A one night stand-off.

ALA KACHUU - Take and Run
Directed by Maria Brendle
38.5 Minutes • Switzerland
Narrative
Sezim wants to fulfil her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland where she’s forced to marry a stranger. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks for a way out.

Ilsa
Directed by Willi Patton
16.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative
Ilsa blackmails her driver's ed instructor to be her getaway driver when she steals her dog back from her father's new family.

Detour
Directed by Bobby Webster
14.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Black Lens
Two broken people have a chance encounter one night in New York City.




Sunday August 29, 2021 4:30pm - 6:21pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

5:00pm CDT

Old College Try: College Application Panel
Join us for a panel of college counselors and high school students applying for colleges as we discuss the films Accepted and Try Harder!

Panelists: Julie Beckwith, Associate Director of College Counseling, The Altamont School Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Politics from Willamette University and a Master of Arts in Ethics from Yale University. Julie is in her 2nd year of college counseling after a twenty-year career in marketing and communication at schools such as Altamont, Samford University, the University of Notre Dame, and Yale University.

Cameron Gaede, Director of College Counseling, The Altamont School Cameron graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and received her Master of Arts and Teaching from Harvard University. She is in her 15th year as Director of College Counseling for The Altamont School. Cameron also serves as Dean of 11th & 12th grade and teaches 8th grade English.

Amelia Johnson has been guiding Indian Springs students through their college search and application journeys since 2016, after previously serving as Associate Director of College Counseling at the Baylor School and, before that, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies, cum laude, from Kenyon College and an Ed.M in Higher Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.



Sunday August 29, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ASFA Lecture Hall

5:00pm CDT

Accepted
Four high school seniors in rural Louisiana attend T.M. Landry, an unconventional K-12 school housed in a warehouse made famous for sending its graduates to elite universities like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. Students aim to meet the intense expectations of Mike Landry, the imposing founder of the who charts a relentless course towards their college dreams. When the New York Times publishes an expose on Landry’s controversial methods, the school buckles under the scrutiny.

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 5:00pm - 6:31pm CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

5:15pm CDT

U.S. Documentary Shorts
Favor & Grace
Directed by Adrian L Burrell, Michael T Workman
10 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
After the execution of her nephew at the hands of the Vallejo Police, Angela seeks justice.

Rachel
Directed by Zen Pace
11.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Black Lens
Recounting her life as a daughter and young mother grappling with addiction, Rachel Marshall makes generational amends from the pain of her drug use.

Monograph: Stacey Holloway
Directed by Lisa Cordes
5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Alabama
Birmingham based artist and professor Stacey Holloway transforms her yearning for physical touch during the Covid-19 lockdown into an interactive series of kinetic sculptures.

All I Can Do
Directed by Maxwell Moser
21.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary
Anthony, an avid mountain biker and athlete, and his wife Julie are forced to reflect on and reimagine their lives when he’s diagnosed with colon cancer at only 36 years old.

Florida Woman
Directed by Catie Skipp
21 Minutes • USA
Documentary
A portrait that peels back the curtain on the media’s portrayal of Mary Thorn, an ex-pro wrestler in Florida battling the state in order to save her pet alligator.

Fugazi’s Barber
Directed by Joe Tropea, Robert A. Emmons Jr.
15.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary, Animation
In Washington D.C., legendary punk rockers get cleaned up by an old-school Italian barber.

Fugetsu-Do
Directed by Kaia Rose
12.5 Minutes • USA
Documentary
An intimate portrait of a sweet shop that has been an anchor for the Japanese-American community in Little Tokyo since 1903.

Sunday August 29, 2021 5:15pm - 6:52pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

6:00pm CDT

Sibyl
A sly, sultry character study from filmmaker Justine Triet, SIBYL follows a psychotherapist who decides to quit her practice and return to writing. As patients drop Sibyl struggles with lack of inspiration - until she gets a call from an actress wrapped up in a dramatic affair with her co-star who happens to be married to the film's director. Sibyl starts to blur fiction with reality, and the personal with the professional as she uses Margot's life as source material for her novel.

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 6:00pm - 7:40pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

6:00pm CDT

Encore: TBA
Encore Screening TBA - Follow us on social media and check back here for the encore announcements!

Sunday August 29, 2021 6:00pm - 8:40pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall

6:15pm CDT

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles
“Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles” follows famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his quest to bring the decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He assembles a veritable who’s who of the dessert world to help bring his vision to life. The pastry chefs create a true feast of Versailles complete with a cocktail whirlpool and posh jello shots, architectural mousse cakes, chocolate sculptures, swan pastries, and an edible garden.



Sunday August 29, 2021 6:15pm - 7:30pm CDT
Lyric Theatre

6:15pm CDT

The Beta Test
"The Beta Test" is the 23rd annual Sidewalk Closing Night film! Afterall, we love a mean-spirited satirical dark-as-heck comedy... and Virginia Newcomb. Plus we're also pretty fond of writer-director-actor-extraordinaire Jim Cummings.
What happens when a happily (?) married, ladder-climbing Hollywood agent receives a mysterious letter containing a proposition for an anonymous sexual encounter with an "admirer"? Things get super out of hand.
Packed with murder, mystery, horror tropes, hackers, Weinstein references, neurotic humor and compulsive teeth whiting, "The Beta Test" is strange, funny, occasionally borderline-surreal and wholly original. - Rachel Morgan



Sunday August 29, 2021 6:15pm - 7:48pm CDT
Alabama Theatre

7:00pm CDT

Swan Song
An aging retired hairdresser (played by the legendary Udo Kier, in a career-defining role) escapes his drab nursing home and embarks upon a nostalgic odyssey across his small hometown to style a recently deceased woman’s hair for her funeral, confronting the ghosts of his past and rediscovering his sparkle along the way.



Sunday August 29, 2021 7:00pm - 8:45pm CDT
First Church Birmingham

7:00pm CDT

Alabama Narrative Shorts #2
Smoot’s
Directed by Greyson A. Welch, Silas Borelly
4 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
Three guys are caught in a bar fight. Who's telling the true story?

échappé
Directed by Rebecca Walters
17 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Student
When faced with the opportunity for a solo performance, an aging dancer must question her moral compass and personal integrity.

The Stamp Collector
Directed by Luke Momo
9 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
A high-tech thief comes home from the scene of a crime, reeling with guilt and misbegotten plans.

Night of the Living Date
Directed by Nicholas Coker
15 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Student
When Maria needs a date for a dinner party, she takes advantage of a recent epidemic and brings a zombie.

Romeo and Juliet Animated in 3 Minutes
Directed by Cassidy Cash
3 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Animated
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet told through animation in under 3 minutes.

Fo(u)R
Directed by Ashley James
15 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Black Lens, Student
A couple struggles to define the future of their relationship after years of trying to conceive.

Ghost Girl
Directed by Paavo Hanninen
12 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
On the night before she is set to leave New Orleans to audition for a high-budget television pilot in Los Angeles, Ashley must overcome her best friend and closest collaborator's attempts to thwart her ambitions.

Chew
Directed by Emily Shea
10.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama, Student
Set in 1956, Chew follows the story of a socially-deemed "weirdo" and his mother's desire for him to be accepted into a prestigious high school.

World of Choices
Directed by Joe Walker
15.5 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
Mike's bad day takes a turn that leads him on a path to a better life and enacts revenge upon his corporate boss.

A Horse of Course
Directed by Jim Walker
14 Minutes • USA
Narrative, Alabama
A young wannabe cowboy travels far and wide with a horse and develops a relationship with his new companion.


Sunday August 29, 2021 7:00pm - 8:55pm CDT
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

7:10pm CDT

That Cold Dead Look In Your Eyes
Things aren’t going well for Leonard on the week of his 40th birthday. He’s about to lose his girlfriend, his home and his job. To make matters worse, he’s experiencing strange hallucinations. Is it stress or an after effect of the high speed theta boxes that have recently been installed all over the city? Whatever the cause, something odd is going on and if Leonard doesn’t snap out of it soon, he’ll be trapped in this nightmare forever. Director Onur Tukel is scheduled to attend.

Artists

Sunday August 29, 2021 7:10pm - 8:41pm CDT
Birmingham Museum of Art

7:30pm CDT

Les nôtres (Our Own)
Jeanne Leblanc’s chilly Canadian feature “Les Nôtres” plunges the audience in its characters’ collective pain and doesn’t relent. But an intriguing ensemble of tormented individuals - a flinty teenage girl, her widowed mother, a beloved but insidious mayor and his repressed wife remain fixed behind a pane of glass throughout, with Leblanc maintaining a disconcerting distance from the true darkness roiling beneath a rotten Quebec town plagued by murmurs of sexual abuse and casual racism. - Indiewire

Artists

Sunday August 29, 2021 7:30pm - 9:15pm CDT
Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

7:45pm CDT

John and the Hole
A coming-of-age psychological thriller that plays out the unsettling reality of a kid who holds his family captive in a hole in the ground.

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 7:45pm - 9:25pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater A

8:30pm CDT

Encore: TBA
Encore Screening TBA - Follow us on social media and check back here for the encore announcements!

Sunday August 29, 2021 8:30pm - 10:15pm CDT
Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: Theater B

8:35pm CDT

Zola
Zola, a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani, who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of “hoeism” rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some Tampa gangsters and other unexpected adventures in this wild, see-it-to-believe-it tale.

Artists


Sunday August 29, 2021 8:35pm - 10:05pm CDT
Alabama Theatre

9:00pm CDT

Awards Show
The following awards are presented by the competition juries of Sidewalk & SHOUT:

Jambor-Franklin Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature $1,000
Best Documentary Feature $1,000
Best Narrative Short $500
Best Documentary Short $500
Best Animated Short $250
Alan Hunter Best Alabama Film $500
Best Student Film $250
Best Family Film $250
Best SHOUT Feature $500
Best SHOUT Short $250
Best Black Lens Film $250
Best Life & Liberty Film $250
Features Programmers Award $500
Shorts Programmers Award $250
Spirit of Sidewalk Award
Reel South SHORT Award $500

The 2021 Reel South SHORT Award honors the best documentary short about the American South with a cash prize and includes distribution on the PBS app and Reel South’s online platforms.

Please note: The jury, at their discretion, may choose to award a special jury prize, honorable mention, etc. These prizes/mentions do not include a cash award, a physical award (trophy, plaque), or winner’s laurels.

The following awards are based on feedback provided by the festival audience, so be sure your voice is heard! You will be provided with a ballot before each film or film block. Complete your ballot and drop it in the ballot collection box before exiting the theatre.

Best Narrative Feature $250
Best Documentary Feature $250
Best Narrative Short $150
Best Documentary Short $150
Best Alabama Film $250
Best SHOUT Film $250
Best Black Lens Film $250
Sidewrite Best Feature Length Screenplay $500
Sidewrite Best Short Screenplay $250
Sidewrite Best Alabama Screenplay $250

The awards show is free and open to everyone!

Sunday August 29, 2021 9:00pm - 10:30pm CDT
Lyric Theatre

10:30pm CDT

Filmmaker Midnight Breakfast Sponsored by Rojo

We invite our 2021 filmmakers and jurors to join us for a midnight breakfast at one of our favorite local restaurants to close out the weekend, celebrate everyone's successes and bid our farewells. *Filmmaker or Juror Passes Required for entry*

Sponsors

Sunday August 29, 2021 10:30pm - Monday August 30, 2021 12:00am CDT
Rojo
 
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