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Saturday, August 24 • 10:25am - 12:04pm
Shorts: Start Here

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This bunch of shorts is great for shorts newbies and Sidewalk fans to watch films from some longtime friends of the festival and some filmmakers who are new to Sidewalk.

Watch Room
Directed by Noah Wagner
17 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Three computer scientists are developing artificial intelligence within a virtual reality environment, until the AI learns it's at risk of being shutdown, and turns the tables.

Princess Rita
Directed by Blair Waters
10 minutes • USA
Narrative short
A lonely insurance adjuster becomes consumed by his desire to meet his internet girlfriend.

Phantom 52
Directed by Geoff Marslett
8 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Tom Skerritt stars as a lonely trucker waiting for a reply on the CB radio.

By The Dark of Night
Directed by Farah White
9 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Two estranged sisters come back together while burying a body.

Nobody Likes You As Much As I Do
Directed by Jerzy Rose
15 minutes • USA
Narrative short
An American couple worries about the safety of a Parisian girl after a night out.

Fun More
Directed by Wally Chung
1 minutes • USA
Narrative short
A war of words leads to an epic standstill.

Brett Kavanaugh is Ruining My Sex Life
Directed by Kristin Slaysman
7 minutes • USA
Narrative short
A dark comedy about a liberal couple struggling to reinvent their sex fantasy in the days following the Kavanaugh hearing.

Norman Norman
Directed by Sophy Romvari
7 minutes • USA
Narrative short
As her 16-year-old Shih Tzu nestles next to her, a young woman spends a night surfing the internet and pondering the ethics of genetic replication, the possible pitfalls of animal immortality, and the eternal wonders of Barbra Streisand.

Adam and Eve Eat Again
Directed by Joel Fendelman
10 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Adam's late and Eve won't play his song, but now they must perform together and get along.

Directed by Meryl Jones Williams and Jane Stiles
16 minutes • USA
Narrative short
When Dom teases Beth to join her on her daily drug route, she tags along. Drawn back to each other, they avoid going home, even if it means rupturing an unspoken truth that lies between them.

Screenings in the Alabama School of Fine Arts multiplex are proudly sponsored by Birmingham Business Journal and ASFA.

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Blair Waters

Blair Waters is a Brooklyn-based director, originally from the Virgin Islands. Princess Rita is her first short film, and she's also a musician.
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Joel Fendelman

Director, Fendelman Films
With roots in Miami, Austin and New York City, Joel Fendelman has written, produced and directed a number of award-winning narrative and documentary films.Joel most recently received an IDA Documentary Award for his fourth feature film "Man on Fire", a documentary about a white Texas... Read More →
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Kristin Slaysman

Explosive Bolts Films
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Meryl Jones Williams

Meryl Jones Williams (she / her b. 1986; Staten Island) is a multidisciplinary artist and activist residing in Brooklyn. She got her start as an actor and can be seen in some indie flicks and silly TV shows, but was ultimately unable to stomach the objectification within the industry... Read More →
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Noah Wagner

NOAH WAGNER is an award-winning director, writer and filmmaker, and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. This is his second time at Sidewalk ("Fortissimo", 2014).Noah specializes in ‘grounded genre’ – everything from science fiction to magical realism, moody atmosphere... Read More →
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Sophy Romvari

Sophy Romvari is a filmmaker born in Victoria, B.C. and based in Toronto. Her critically-acclaimed short films have travelled the international festival circuit and have earned her a reputation as a leading young talent. Her filmmaking is mostly auto-ethnographic with a focus on processing... Read More →
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Wally Chung

animation, wally chung

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Alabama School of Fine Arts

Alabama School of Fine Arts
The Alabama School of Fine Arts is a partially residential public school authorized and funded by the Alabama Legislature to provide tuition-free instruction for impassioned students, grades 7-12. The school provides focused specialty instruction in Creative Writing, Dance, Mathematics... Read More →

Saturday August 24, 2019 10:25am - 12:04pm CDT
ASFA Recital Hall