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2011 coverage

The 13th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival takes place Aug. 26-28 in downtown Birmingham.

Also, the sixth annual Birmingham Shout gay/lesbian film festival runs concurrently with Sidewalk.

Features

2010 coverage

Teenage Paparazzo

Adrian Grenier’s “Teenage Paparazzo” opened
the 2010 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.

Features

Reviews for Sidewalk

  • Sept. 7 | “American Jihadist”
    Kenn McCracken: The must-see documentary of Sidewalk 2010.
  • Sept. 9 | “Dogtooth” (“Kynodontas”)
    Jennifer West: A Greek film explores the twisted world of children trapped at home for decades.
  • Sept. 10 | “Phillip the Fossil”
    Kenn McCracken: A well-worn tale of a slacker’s attempt to, you know, like grow up and stuff.
  • Sept. 13 | “Until the Light Takes Us”
    Kenn McCracken: Doc shines the spotlight on a dark corner of music history, Norwegian black metal.
  • Sept. 14 | “Ready, Set, Bag!”
    Jennifer West: Winning doc shows the speedy agility of champion baggers, while moving at an unnecessarily slower pace.
  • Sept. 15 | “Pelada”
    Kenn McCracken: Soccer documentary focuses on pickup games around the world, but needs more local flavor at each stop.
  • Sept. 16 | “Hey Boo: Harper Lee and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird'”
    Jennifer West: Documentary goes beyond the famed novel into the soul of its mysterious Alabama author.
  • Sept. 20 | “Gabi on the Roof in July”
    Jennifer West: Artists struggling to make it in New York grow tiresome quickly with their self-involved ways.
  • Sept. 21 | “Not My Son”
    Kenn McCracken: Documentary shows Birmingham mothers determined to move beyond tragedy.
  • Sept. 22 | “Teenage Paparazzo”
    Jennifer West: Opening night documentary shows fame has a dark side, even for a 14-year-old celebrity photographer.

Reviews for Shout

  • Sept. 8 | “An Ordinary Couple”
    Chance Shirley: A Birmingham man and a New York man celebrate their 30-year relationship with … a “funeral.”
  • Sept. 17 | “A Marine Story”
    Chance Shirley: This homecoming tale stumbles in tackling too many issues with a broken screenplay.
  • Sept. 23 | Reviews of “Howl”
    A roundup of critics’ columns for the Sundance opening film.
  • Sept. 23 | “Howl”
    Chance Shirley: Biopic ably gives life to poet Allen Ginsberg and his epic work through strong acting and fluid editing.
  • Sept. 24 | “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls”
    Chance Shirley: This documentary introduces New Zealand’s established folk music humorous activist duo.

2009 Coverage

Alabama Moon - John Goodman

Alabama Moon, starring John Goodman, was the closing
film for the 2009 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.

Features

  • Aug. 27 | Local flavor
    A first look at the schedule, focusing on films with Alabama connections
  • Aug. 28 | ‘Best Worst Movie’ to open festival
    Documentary on making of “Troll 2″ kicks off 2009 edition
  • Sept. 21 | Get your ass to Mars
    10 reasons to the see the North American premiere of sci-fi/horror/comedy film “Interplanetary”
  • Sept. 25 | The everything-must-go end-of-September blowout
    A guide to the festival, plus additional coverage
  • Nov. 6 | September success brings $20,000 surplus
    The exclusive story of how the festival overcame debt and broke in a new executive director

Reviews

  • Sept. 18 | “Forgetting Dad”
    A father suffers severe amnesia and reboots his life with a new family in this documentary on the mind and memory.
  • Sept. 19 | “Courting Condi”
    A lovestruck suitor chases the woman of his dreams, Birmingham native and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice!
  • Sept. 20 | “The Dungeon Masters”
    A straight-up documentary about the lives of three participants in role-playing games and an up-close look at their hobby.
  • Sept. 21 | “The Vicious Kind”
    Two brothers, one girl. A familiar tale wrapped in indie style.
  • Sept. 22 | “They Came to Play”
    A film about Van Cliburn competitors (including Birmingham’s Drew Mays), and one of the best, most inspiring and uplifting documentaries in Sidewalk history.
  • Sept. 22 | “45365”
    A documentary shows small town Ohio life, warts and all, in entertaining and provocative fashion.
  • Sept. 23 | “Official Rejection”
    A documentary about the funny meta-tale of getting a movie into a festival.
  • Sept. 23 | “Dead Snow” (“Død snø”)
    A Nazi zombie flick from Norway that delivers on the right mix of laughs and scares in a frozen horror show.
  • Sept. 24 | “You Might as Well Live”
    The quirky comedy about a suicidal nobody out to prove he’s somebody is one of the best in Sidewalk’s lineup this year.
  • Sept. 24 | “That Evening Sun”
    A slow-paced but remarkable film that portrays a love story in the guise of an old farmer’s battle for his house.
  • Sept. 25 | “Best Worst Movie”
    A documentary that provides a good look at how an unintentionally bad movie gets made.

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2008 Coverage

Adventures of Power

Sidewalk 2008 opened with the
rock comedy, ‘Adventures of Power.’

Features

  • Sept. 9 | ‘Adventures of Power’ to open Sidewalk 2008
    Exclusive: Film fest kickoff stars Adrian Grenier, Michael McKean

Reviews

  • Sept. 18 | “Goliath”
    An unnamed man deals with personal setbacks and a missing cat.
  • Sept. 22 | “‘Bama Girl”
    A documentary on a black finalist for Homecoming Queen at the University of Alabama.
  • Sept. 24 | “Crawford”
    A documentary on President Bush’s adopted hometown in Texas.
  • Sept. 25 | “The Dhamma Brothers”
    A documentary on a west Jefferson County prison taking on Buddhist meditation.
  • Sept. 26 | “Adventures of Power”
    Mine worker, air drummer, dreamer. Can Power fulfill his musical destiny and save his town?

Aftermath

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2007 Coverage

Reviews

  • Sept. 20 | “The Ten”
    The Commandments get a comedic take from The State; holy hilarity ensues.
  • Sept. 24 | Alabama Shorts Block No. 4
    Homegrown short films with a darker side.
  • Sept. 25 | “Overflow”
    Birmingham filmmaker focuses on teenage misfits in detention.
  • Sept. 27 | “Row Hard No Excuses”
    A look at rowers who race across the ocean in this gripping doc.

Extras

  • Sept. 10 | Look ahead
    A sneak peek at this year’s lineup
  • Sept. 28 | The last roundup
    Prizes! “Lunch” first look! Bitter media rivalries! And more!
  • Oct. 1 | End scene
    Recaps of hits and misses from the weekend

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2006 Coverage

Reviews

  • Sept. 17 | “Puzzlehead”
    Love triangle with scientist, robot and (gasp!) woman lacks humanity
  • Sept. 18 | Shorts Block No. 3
    Quirky appealing block features international flavor around a theme of responsibility
  • Sept. 19 | “Darkon”
    Documentary takes all-too-serious look at role-playing knights
  • Sept. 21 | “LOL”
    Lackluster comedy follows wired slackers nowhere

Extras

  • Sept. 19 | “Muckfuppet”
    A Birmingham filmmaker’s script comes full circle
  • Sept. 22 | Off and running
    10 reasons to hit this year’s festival
  • Sept. 27 | fin
    A recap of more films at the festival

Aftermath

  • Nov. 30 | Sidewalk shuffle
    Festival director Erik Jambor resigns
  • Dec. 5 | Sidewalk shuffle 2
    Board president Alan Hunter discusses changes behind the scenes
  • Feb. 9, 2007 | Sidewalk shuffle 3
    Staff changes at Sidewalk; Jambor heads to Oregon

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