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Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival named its new staff at Monday night’s monthly Salon. Catherine Pfitzer, right, has become the new executive director after having served as program manager.

Erik Jambor, left, will become executive director of BendFilm Festival in Bend, Ore., on Feb. 15. A Sidewalk co-founder, he resigned in November after having served as director for eight years.

Up next for Sidewalk is another Scramble on March 9-11, a thrice-annual 48-hour filmmaking competition. Also coming up is the second Birmingham Shout, a gay and lesbian film festival on April 27-29 at WorkPlay. Shout is also bringing comedian Margaret Cho on Feb. 24 to the Alabama Theatre.

Meanwhile, the fourth annual BendFilm Festival will take place Oct. 11-14. Jambor is also wrapping up February by screening his selection of early Sidewalk favorites on Tuesday nights at Rojo. Admission is free.

Friends and fans of the festival were shocked and concerned when Jambor abruptly resigned after proposed changes by the festival’s board of directors. Sidewalk 2007 is scheduled for September.

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