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Sidewalk 2007: The last roundup


porticoWanna see a movie this weekend? How about 150 of them?

The ninth annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival starts tonight, with the biblical comedic romp, “The Ten.” Tickets for tonight’s 8 p.m. opener are $13 at the door.

It’s $30 for Saturday and Sunday, or $7 per film ($17 for three films). More info on the official site.

So what’s the story on this year’s festival? More previews, more interviews, plus you could win free Sidewalk stuff …

A dish best served cold | Check out “Lunch,” a funny short by first-time filmmaker and Birmingham resident James Brown. His lunch was stolen from the office fridge — now, he wants revenge. But don’t take my word for it as a hired publicist, hear James on WBHM’s “Tapestry” [MP3] from Thursday. And watch this trailer:

Cat speaks | Portico magazine has an interview with Catherine Pfitzer [pdf], the executive director running the festival for her first time.

Inked in | Plenty of other coverage from the Birmingham News and Birmingham Weekly. You won’t find any in Black and White, which is pretty funny, given that it’s a sponsor and all:

Normally, this issue of Black & White would include extensive reviews of festival films. Regrettably, Sidewalk organizers were unable to supply enough advance screeners this year to facilitate our usual level of coverage. Black & White regrets any inconvenience this may create for our readers planning to attend the festival.

Don’t you worry: Wade on Birmingham has plenty of reviews and coverage to make up for other outlets’ shortcomings.

A busy weekend | Plus, festival fans can wander through the Taste of 4th Ave Jazz Festival on Saturday, head out to the Greek Food Festival on Southside to refuel today and Saturday, jump into the little ol’ Cakewalk Film Festival, or sneak up to Huntsville for the stellar Big Spring Jam three-day music festival (including Joan Jett, Dr. John, George Clinton, LeAnn Rimes and Foreigner).

Gimme gimme gimme | What the heck, we’ll give a Sidewalk prize pack (cap and mug) to the best haiku about this weekend’s festival. Send in your entries by noon CDT Monday. The winner receives the swag and the glory of being published on this site.

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