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Sunday, August 25
 

10:00am

Kids Shorts: Little Ones
These films are great for the whole family!

Gatito (AL film)
Directed by Kristina Arjona Adler
9 minutes • USA
A young Latino boy wants to be a cat for a day, and his traditional father attempts to support him.

Magic (AL film)
Directed by Maggie Bearden and Tucker Meek
10 minutes • USA
Hannah’s sister, Corrie, gets captured by the evil queen of Bunkleberriland and Hannah must go on a great and magical adventure to rescue her.

Oh Baby!
Directed by Meghann Artes
9 minutes • USA
Miracle, science and luck all play a part in this vibrant and fantastic imagining of how life begins.

The Pig on the Hill
Directed by John Helms and Jamy Wheless
6 minutes • USA
When Pig's free‐spirited, rambunctious new neighbor, Duck, plunges himself into Pig's quiet, orderly life, Pig learns that having friends is what he has been missing all along.

EGG CAR
Directed by Kai-Hsiang Chang
11 minutes • China
This is an adventure story about exploring, courage and problem-solving.

According to Kids: The Princess Bride
Directed by Jonathan Judge
7 minutes • USA
Adorable youngsters retell the classic movie with adults playing out the action as described (for better or worse for the plot!)

Everything Must Go
Directed by Lee Gallagher
3 minutes • USA
An alien conspiracy theorist in search of proof happens upon Area 51 holding a yard sale.

Tyler Nix, Monster Child
Directed by Amy Neswald
5 minutes • USA
Two monster children meet.

Filmmakers
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Amy Neswald

University of Maine, Farmington
Amy is a recent transplant to Farmington, Maine, where she teaches screenwriting and creative writing at the University of Maine. She is currently very interested in meeting creators of mini-docs, as she's teaching a class on personal stories and how we tell them across mediums.
avatar for Jamy Wheless

Jamy Wheless

CEO/Director, Lightstream Animation Studios
Influenced by comic books and art, Jamy Wheless started drawing memorable characters in grammar school and never looked back. After graduating with a degree in Visual Arts from Auburn University in 1987, he worked as a freelance illustrator in Atlanta, Georgia, where his illustration... Read More →
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Kristina Arjona Adler

Director, Gatito
Director/Producer of Gatito, a short film about a young Latino boy who wants to be a cat for a day. Would love to talk about anything related to why feminism is good for everyone, the importance of showcasing queer joy, and why more POC should be telling stories.
avatar for Meghann Artes

Meghann Artes

Meghann Artes is an award-winning filmmaker and animator who has worked with Sesame Street, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Bix Pix, Nick Jr., and NBC. Her short films have enjoyed success in festivals across the country and, in 2009, her work for Sesame Street was awarded both an Emmy... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:01am
McWane Center Rushton Theatre 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Sister Aimee
In this playful comedy that’s part adventure tale, part musical, and completely entertaining, real-life 1920s evangelist Sister Aimee disappears right before her followers’ eyes. Or did she? What looks like a vanishing act is, in reality, a wily plot to abscond with her lover. But what was shiny and new in the U.S. loses its luster in Mexico, and now Aimee has to get back to Los Angeles, where her disciples and the authorities are searching for her. — Catherine Champion



10:00am

Amazing Grace sponsored by VAL Group
Banished to the Warner Bros. vaults in 1972 thanks to difficulties syncing audio tracks with film, Sydney Pollack’s document of the recording of Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” has finally made its way to the screen. With its focus searching and preserved outtakes, the footage has a haunting and experiential quality. Andrew Chan said it best: “There’s never been another performance film in which the on-screen audience seems just as aware of the event’s monumentality as the contemporary viewer is able to be in hindsight. Past and present meet in the light of this one certainty.” — Rachel Morgan



Sunday August 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:29am
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Scheme Birds
Scottish teenager Gemma lives in the projects of crumbling former industrial town Motherwell,.Though surrounded by aimlessness and casual violence, Gemma still aspires to make something of her life — but when she gets pregnant by her delinquent boyfriend and disowned by her grandfather, she is abruptly introduced to the harsh realities of adulthood in this difficult town. This beautiful, unsentimental observational documentary won the Best Documentary Feature award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. — Corey Craft



Sunday August 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Strange Negotiations
After a lifetime of devotion to his Christian faith, David Bazan turned away from the church and disbanded his successful group Pedro the Lion. This film closely follows Bazan as he spends considerable time alone on the road, away from his family, contemplating the world around him (especially around the 2016 election) and playing intimate house shows to audiences of recovering evangelicals. In a year of strong music documentaries, this one moved me to my core. — Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:32am
RMTC Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00am

Body/Politics: National Docs
A Line Birds Cannot See
Directed by Amy Bench
9 minutes • USA
Animated short
Separated from her mother by smugglers at the border, a 12-year-old sets out across the desert.

Uniontown
Directed by Fraser Jones
16 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Modern day freedom fighters in rural Alabama band together to take back their town from industrial polluters and passive politicians.
Sweet Sweet Kink
Directed by Maggie M. Bailey
13 minutes • USA
Documentary short
Sweet Sweet Kink takes a sweet, sweet peek into the kinky world of bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism.

Lumpkin, GA
Directed by Nicholas Manting Brewer
24 minutes • USA
Documentary short
A fading southern town. A massive immigrant detention center down the road. A mosaic of life in the middle of America’s immigration crackdown.

The Gospel of Combat
Directed by David Hutchinson
12 minutes • USA
Documentary short
Threatened by the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2017 elections, a fledgling Aikido sensei ponders whether his martial art can heal old wounds.

Exit 12
Directed by Mohammad Gorjestani
24 minutes • USA
Documentary short
US Marine Roman Baca, with other veterans and military families, uses dance to reclaim themselves, and change the perceptions of the Veteran community.

Filmmakers
avatar for Amy Bench

Amy Bench

Amy is a filmmaker and visual artist who is drawn to the immediacy of film and photography to tell stories of community and resilience. Trained as a cinematographer, her observational style highlights small details of the human experience that transcend formal explanation. Her camera... Read More →
avatar for David Hutchinson

David Hutchinson

David Hutchinson is a documentary filmmaker from San Diego, CA. His work has been shortlisted for a student BAFTA and has screened at numerous festivals, including St. Louis International Film Festival, Sedona, DC Shorts, and Sidewalk Film Festival.
avatar for Maggie M. Bailey

Maggie M. Bailey

Born on the east coast now residing in Austin, TX pursuing my MFA in Media & Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin. I am a documentary filmmaker, boudoir photographer, and Latin dancer. I aim to make documentary work that provides a platform to unheard voices, educates... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Manting Brewer

Nicholas Manting Brewer

Co-Founder, Standard Deviation Productions
Nicholas Manting Brewer is an award-winning documentary storyteller and film editor based out of Los Angeles, CA by way of Augusta, GA. His work has screened at several film festivals, including Sundance, South by Southwest, and the Cleveland International film festival. Nicholas... Read More →


10:10am

Life & Liberty Docs
These documentary shorts explore human rights issues.
The Conqueror
Directed by Timothy Blackwood
12 minutes • USA
Documentary short
Maintenance worker by day, pro-boxer by night, Jerome Conquest shares a story of redemption, not only for himself, but for his struggling community.

Katie and the Black Robin Hood
Directed by Alessandra Giordano and John Richie
21 minutes • USA
Documentary short
Katie Carter is a Public Defender in New Orleans who makes sentencing films on behalf of her clients, demonstrating the power of empathy to reform our justice system.

HER ROOM BY THE KITCHEN
Directed by Romina Romero-Hermoso
12 minutes • USA
Documentary short
Rous, a 25-year-old Mexican woman, questions the true value of the opportunities promised by being an au pair in the USA.

Cincuenta (Fifty)
Directed by Alberto Chumaceiro
4 minutes • Venezuela
Documentary short
The story of Miguel Castillo Bracho, killed by a military officer, and the 50th victim of anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela.

Enforcement Hours
Directed by Paloma Martinez
13 minutes • USA
Documentary short
In a climate of xenophobia and confusion, a San Francisco hotline aims to provide limited assistance to a targeted population.

Dying Out Loud
Directed by Jake J. Smith
20 minutes • United Kingdom
Documentary short
Female lifers in a US maximum-security prison form a band, the Lady Lifers, to sing about their lives of bad decisions.

Medina’s Song
Directed by Bob Miller
12 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Despite the persistent threat of bombings, a young Sudanese educator uses her classroom to spark resilience and pride amongst her people.

Confirmation Bias
Directed by Theodore Collatos
7 minutes • USA
Documentary short
The controversial nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, complimented by the sounds of abuse found in the 1978 film "I Spit on Your Grave." Viewer discretion is advised.

Filmmakers
avatar for Timothy Blackwood

Timothy Blackwood

Director, Montague Cervantes
Timothy Blackwood is a multi-award winning Canadian-American film director, writer, and producer. After studying at the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark, Timothy has traveled the world telling cinematic stories of hope, adventure, and redemption. His films have screened... Read More →


10:25am

Sunday Music Videos
Voice of Memphis By Negro Terror
Directed By Xian Walker

One Strange Rock By Zedd
Directed By The Edwards Brothers

King Friday By King Kwofi
Directed By Benjamin Stark

Heavy Rubber Gloves By Hollywood Horses
Directed By Lauren Musgrove and Alex Kiker

Challenger By Mike Edel
Directed By Jordan Clarke

Labor Of Love (Ozzie D.) by Shaun Judah
Directed By Hayden Bryars

The Cigarette By Qualifier
Directed By Logan Freeman

Cello By Alessandra Doninelli
Directed By Alberto Nacci

Double Indemnity By Impala
Directed By Edward Valibus

Mediocrity, For Micah Dahl Anderson (who is amazing and not mediocre)
Directed By Drew Danburry

Blackboard By Jaco
Directed By Jake Waitzman

Visionland by C1ub:AM
Directed By Ian Miller

But First
Directed By Erin Brown Thomas

Heart Killer By Dr. Dog
Directed By Brenden Hubbard

  • Run Time 1hr

10:35am

SHOUT Shorts 1
WYSIWYG
(Alabama Film) Directed by Kenzie Greer
3 minutes • USA
Documentary
Featuring Maddie Conaway, who shares her inspirational and moving story about transitioning. She discusses the journey of coming out, and the power of self-acceptance.

Crashing Waves
Directed by Emma Gilbertson
3:39 minutes • UK
Narrative
Liam and Jamie engage in a combative dance which explores their intimacy and vulnerability.

Fuck
Directed by Vern Hass
2:48 Minutes • USA
Narrative
A one word journey through an unsuspecting freshman’s sexual trials, tribulations, and revelations during her first semester of college.

Cognitive
Directed by Mat Hayes
14:30 minutes
Narrative
What if growing up in the church led you to believe you weren't going to grow up at all?

Engaged
Directed by David Scala
16:58 Minutes • USA
Narrative
Starring Daniel K. Isaac (BILLIONS) and Ryan Jamaal Swain (POSE). ENGAGED is an LGBT comedic drama that follows Darren, who keeps trying – and failing – to propose to his boyfriend Elliot.

Jeremiah
Directed by Kenya Gillespie
9:41 Minutes • USA
Narrative
An Asian-American high school football player confronts his deepest fears after an encounter with a mysterious figure.

Jack and Anna
Directed by Ksenia Ivanova
14:35 minutes • USA
"Jack and Anna" is an MFA thesis film based on true events that happened in the early 1900s in Colorado. It tells a story of a young couple who live a happy life on their farm when suddenly a man from the past reveals Jack’s biggest secret – that he is, in fact, a woman named Helen Hilsher. After the revelation Helen is put on trial for cross-dressing and same-sex marriage.

Goddess House
Directed by Marion Hill
6:15 minutes • USA
Narrative
The Queen of the Goddess House will not rise from bed today. The Goddess House court must summon the only one who can help. Goddess House shows us what consensual, beautiful, queer sex work looks like.

Boys of My Youth
Directed by Christian Meola
4:51 minutes • USA
Documentary
Boys of My Youth is an autobiographical visual essay and documentary that explores the relationship between sexuality and memory from a gay perspective.

Something About Alex
Directed by Reinout Hellenthal
18:00 minutes • Netherlands
Narrative
A young teenager develops a close friendship with his older sister's boyfriend, and must confront the depth of his feelings when the couple announces that they will be moving away.

Misdirection
Directed by Carly Usdin
13:58 minutes
Narrative
Camila is your average college freshman with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a big, gay crush on her roommate. After both situations come to a head in a near car crash, Cam is stuck trying to find a distraction. A chance encounter with a street magician teaches her to channel her misguided energy into a new hobby, and to open her heart to new possibilities.


















  • Spotlight SHOUT
  • Run Time 1hr 45min

11:00am

ENCORE: Wonders of the World
Adapted from a feature-length screenplay by “Big Fish” author Daniel Wallace and produced by the students at the 2019 Afilm Camp, “Wonders of the World” tells the story of Mr. Morgan’s World of Wonders Family Circus and Traveling Orphanage. The orphaned carny kids seek a better life away from the circus, but they are afraid they won't fit in. A group of unlikely hero students from a nearby school band together with the carny kids to help them escape. — Scott Ross

  • Spotlight Family
  • Filmmaker Scheduled to Attend Yes

11:00am

11:30am

Close
An auditory experience that highlights the discomfort of unwanted sexual advances in the workplace.

Filmmakers
avatar for Richard Lin

Richard Lin

Visual Artist
Taiwanese visual artist born and raised in Southern California. (IG: @richardtaotaolin)


Sunday August 25, 2019 11:30am - 11:34am
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

11:30am

Alabama Foodies Shorts - Encore
PIE IN THE PUSS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF PIEING IN FILM
Directed by Stacey Davis
9 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
From a pie in the face, to the pie toss, to the ultimate pie fight -- the evolution of pieing in film.

Vishwesh Bhatt: The South I Love
Directed by Nicole Du Bois
7 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Follow along with Vishwesh Bhatt as he recounts his journey from cooking for beer money to celebrated chef.

A Woman’s Place
Directed by Callie Walls and Jennifer Wells
9 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
The high-end culinary world has traditionally been a boy’s club, and pioneering women chefs and restaurant owners in Birmingham are trying to change that.

Beautiful Rainbow
Directed by Heather Rickles
5 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Matthew and Tay work their way up from a farm to table educational program to the real workforce using determination, and a little bit of swag.

Plated Prose
Directed by Ava Lowrey
7 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Ravi Howard digs through the Lupton Collection at the University of Alabama, discovering self-crafted narratives and the voices of those who wrote before him.

Who’s Your Farmer?
Directed by Jess Lingle
14 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Do you know where your food comes from? And you can’t say “the grocery store.”

One Stop
Directed by Ava Lowrey
7 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Owner Heather Ehl and cook Patrick McMillan have been working together for 20+ years at Mac’s 1 Stop, a gas station and lunch counter that feeds Birmingham’s downtown laborers.

Filmmakers
avatar for Stacey Davis

Stacey Davis

Attorney, The Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis, LLC
Intellectual property and entertainment lawyer; screenwriter; film lover


  • Spotlight Alabama
  • Run Time 58 min

11:45am

Sunday Kids Shorts
This block is great for older kids (elementary school and up).

Charlotte and Charlie
Directed by Artemis Anastasiodou
11 minutes • USA
When a young woman suffers vision loss, she realizes that she has to give up her beloved car, Charlie.


Shoot the Duck
Directed by Shannon Silva
8 minutes • USA
Twelve-year-old Mia has her sights set on winning the local skating rink's "8th Annual Shoot the Duck Skate Contest."

The Time Tree
Directed by Celine Cotran
20 minutes • UK
1596. Anne, a deaf girl, bullied by the maids and mistresses who look after her, finds solace when she comes across a magical tree.

Ribbons
Directed by Marcela Cantú Serrano
15 minutes • USA
Lucy is a studious high school junior who dreams of attending the Sadie Hawkins dance with Tomás, a classmate who keeps to himself and sits behind her in Spanish class.

The Adventures of Wonderboy
Directed by Marti Young and Alan Brazzell
11 minutes • USA
When the nefarious Dr. Black threatens the future of Nashville, it's up to Wonderboy to save the day.

Filmmakers
avatar for Marcela Cantú Serrano

Marcela Cantú Serrano

Writer-Director, Besos Con Sal Productions, LLC.
I am a writer-director based in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Mexico, I graduated from Boston University in 2016 with a degree in Film & Television and Gender Studies and have since worked as an executive assistant to several writers, producers, and directors on feature films... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 11:45am - 12:47pm
McWane Center Rushton Theatre 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:50am

En Machina
Two inventors, Steve and Steve, create the world's first true artificial intelligence in their garage.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 11:50am - 12:03pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

12:10pm

Pizza, A Love Story
“Pizza, A Love Story” is an engaging documentary about three historical pizzerias in New Haven, Connecticut. Many consider Sally's Apizza, Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana and Modern Apizza to be the three best pizza restaurants on the planet. The film delightfully weaves the history of pizza in America with stories of family, tradition, immigrant-founded businesses and community. “Pizza, A Love Story” will make you want to take a road trip to New Haven and pick your favorite. — Hayes Killian

Filmmakers
avatar for Gorman Bechard

Gorman Bechard

Gorman Bechard has directed 16 feature films including rock documentaries on The Replacements, Grant Hart, Archers of Loaf, Lydia Loveless, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, and soon Wilco's Jay Bennett, plus the animal-rights film A Dog Named Gucci, the horror-comedy Psychos in Love... Read More →



12:15pm

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project sponsored by Hoover's Magazine, Vestavia Hills Magazine, and Mountain Brook Magazine
In 2012, civil rights activist Marion Stokes passed away in her Philadelphia apartment, leaving behind 70,000 VHS tapes of television recordings. For more than 30 years, beginning with the Iranian hostage crisis, Stokes recorded multiple networks 24 hours a day, providing one of the most comprehensive archives of cable and network news in existence. But why? This fascinating documentary examines both the life of the reclusive Stokes and the notion of historical preservation as an important form of political activism. — Corey Craft

Filmmakers


12:15pm

Safe Spaces sponsored by Southern Jewish Life
A NYC professor spends a week re-connecting with his family while defending his reputation over controversial behavior at his college.

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:15pm - 1:48pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:15pm

Cold Case Hammarskjöld sponsored by Alain Bouchard & Deanna Newman
“Cold Case Hammarskjöld” is a documentary about the death of U.N. General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld, whose airplane crashed in Northern Rhodesia in 1961. The plane was believed to have been shot down by a Belgian-British mercenary pilot. But new evidence suggests the assassination is just the beginning of a story involving the CIA, MI-6, and an extremist cover-up. “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” will definitely keep you guessing up until the end. — Charlie Brown Sanders

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:15pm - 2:23pm
RMTC Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:20pm

Fluchtpunkt
Tonight is the great vernissage, the first major exhibition of artist, Carlotta Carlsen, but what could be delaying her arrival?

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 12:20pm - 12:27pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

12:20pm

Mystify: Michael Hutchence sponsored by Green Again
“Mystify” tells the story of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, a full-blown star whose life was cut tragically short in 1997. Told almost entirely through home movies and interviews with close friends, the film presents two versions of Hutchence: the untamed spirit with an endless curiosity for the world, and later, a man who was robbed of that spirit after a freak accident. A deeply personal film, it offers us one of the most intimate glimpses of mega-stardom ever put to film. — Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:20pm - 2:08pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

12:25pm

ENCORE: Ocean Quest sponsored by Alabama Waldorf School
This lively documentary follows a group of junior high students who surprised the world by advancing to the semi-finals of the international Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition. Pitted against elite teams from prestigious research institutions and universities, the kids cope with adolescent life while trying to perfect their innovative solution to mapping the ocean floor. A showcase of innocent humor and competitive determination, the film demonstrates the rewards of persevering to the end. — Charlie Brown Sanders

12:25pm

Secret Screening
  • Filmmaker Scheduled to Attend Yes
  • Run Time 1hr 30min

12:40pm

See Me
An exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from patriarchy.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 12:40pm - 12:45pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

12:40pm

Pageant Material

Still recovering from the death of his mother, seventeen-year-old Rodney dreams of escaping his small southern hometown in pursuit of following in his mother’s footsteps as an award-winning pageant queen. Despite an onslaught of bullying and abuse from his step-father, step-brothers, and classmates, Rodney calls upon his best friend Monique and a unique cast of southern characters to help him take the crown in an upcoming teen drag pageant in Atlanta, GA.
This coming-of-age southern dramedy is about following your dreams, overcoming adversity, and forging down your own road no matter how treacherous the path. Imagine if John Waters gave us a movie with a little bit of To Wong Foo, a touch of Steel Magnolias, and the heart of Little Miss Sunshine all bundled as a loose adaptation of Cinderella. That’s “Pageant Material.”


1:00pm

Goodbye Paradise
Learn first hand the devastating effects that climate change is having on a community on the Pacific Ocean.

Filmmakers
avatar for Scott E. Schimmel

Scott E. Schimmel

Scott E. Schimmel is a O‘ahu based environmental scientist and documentary filmmaker. His award winning work explores justice, the environment, and the enduring curiosity of the human spirit, and has been broadcast on public television and screened at festivals around the world... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:05pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00pm

Sidewrite Table Reads
Join us for read-throughs of the Best Short Screenplay, Best Alabama Screenplay, and Best Feature Screenplay from the 2019 edition of Sidewrite. We’ll be reading “Found Objects” by Amy Bond, a scene from “The Last American Lynching” by T Gordon Stanley and Jeremy J Ford, and “Daughters Lost to the Desert” by A.M. Sanchez. This panel is free and open to the public. You do not need a festival ticket to attend.

1:10pm

National Narratives: Notes on Grief
These shorts explore different aspects of grief and moving on after loss.

Evelyn x Evelyn (Black Lens)
Directed by Eric Pumphrey
14 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Set in 1956, an African American couple struggles with the death of their child.

In Full Bloom
Directed by Maegan Houang
11 minutes • USA
Narrative short
A surrealist short film about overcoming the loss of a partner within the parameters of living as a female Vietnamese immigrant.

Street Flame
Directed by Katherine Propper
12 minutes • USA
Narrative short
A group of skateboarders grieve the death of their friend.

Overnight
Directed by Thomas Mendolia
15 minutes • USA
Narrative short
The story of a grieving man who spends the night in his RV at a Walmart parking lot, where he finds the embrace of an unexpected community.

Aloha
Directed by Brandi Nicole Payne
13 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Aloha follows one new mom's quest to find the perfect birth announcement after the delivery of her baby doesn't go quite as planned.

Remission
Directed by John Charter
8 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Three creatures are manifestations of an unknown soldier’s war trauma and his vast, lonely pilgrimage toward emerging from a purgatory loop.

Selma After the Rain (SHOUT)
Directed by Loli Menezes
12 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Selma is a trans woman who built her life away from the family.

RAMP
Directed by Ethan Mermelstein
11 minutes • USA
Narrative short
An elderly woman becomes obsessed with returning a portable ramp to Home Depot, years after she purchased it for her recently-deceased husband.


1:20pm

Everest - The VR film Experience
Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 1:20pm - 1:31pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

1:30pm

Teen Narratives
Check out some of the latest films made by teen filmmakers in Birmingham and beyond.

The Truth, Amongst Other Things (AL Film)
Directed by Sydney Simmons
7 minutes • USA
Lifelong friends are torn apart by a misunderstanding.

Socks: A Story About Pairs
Directed by Callahan Bracken
2 minutes • Canada
Learn to feel close in a story about pairs! Seyward and Milo compete for ownership over a mushroom as they attempt to complete their collection of pairs.

Sanguine
Directed by Cade Langsdon
6 minutes • USA
A visual exploration of the perspectives of two chronically ill children and their daily challenges associated with their diseases.

Ground Control
Directed by Quinn Fluet
16 minutes • USA
They came, and then They left. Two childhood friends (Zach Hill & Lindsey Belisle) grow up under the shadow of an alien arrival, and uneventful departure.

When We Were One
Directed by Tadji Ulrich
10 minutes • Australia
The attraction between Aimee and Will, two theatre students, is instant, as if they have created their own world.

Lost For Words
Directed by Aidan Ellis
5 minutes • USA
Samuel M. heads to the school observatory for a night under the stars, but after stumbling upon a mysterious phenomenon, he ends up discovering more than he bargained for.

MOTHER
Directed by Ejun Hong
3 minutes • Slovakia
This is a story about my 92-year-old grandfather, who lost his mother when he was only 3 years old. Although a sudden death took his mother away from him, it could never stop his love and longing for his mother.

Birthday Girl (SHOUT)
Directed by Jim Fall
6 minutes • USA
On her birthday, Brynn (formerly Brian) is surprised by her mother and friends. Will her father show up to the party or continue to miss out on seeing his daughter grow up?

Filmmakers
avatar for Ejun Hong

Ejun Hong

I am Ejun Hong from South Korea currently living in Slovakia. I am the director of an animated film, "MOTHER". I was born in Edmonton, Canada in 2002. I am a 16-year-old passionate high school student dreaming of becoming an animation director. It has been my dream since I was 10... Read More →
avatar for Quinn Fluet

Quinn Fluet

Founder, Side St. Films
Hi! I'm a longtime student filmmaker, and a screenwriting major at Savannah College of Art & Design. I always welcome advice and critiques, and I'm hoping to start entering my features and pilots into competitions soon.


1:30pm

Ladies Horror Night Podcast LIVE
THIS EVENT IS FREE

Ever wonder what it’s like to work in a video store with your best friend? Hosts and former video store clerks, Kate McEdwards and Daphne Gardner, invite the audience to join them for another typical day behind the counter. Delivering hot takes on some of their favorite female-centric horror films, talking problematic faves, and breaking down the hottest villains in the genre, all with a little help from the audience and some very special guests.

Speakers
avatar for Daphne Gardner

Daphne Gardner

Daphne Gardner is a filmmaker, writer, and performer. She is an in-house director for Comedy Central's digital team by day, and hosts LADIES HORROR NIGHT Podcast with Kate McEdwards by night.
avatar for Kate McEdwards

Kate McEdwards

Kate McEdwards is currently a Senior Publicist at IFC Films / Sundance Selects / IFC Midnight. Her background is in video store clerking, movie marathons, and co-hosts Ladies Horror Night Podcast. She is based in New York.


1:50pm

Traveling While Black
Traveling While Black is a cinematic VR experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 1:50pm - 2:08pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

2:00pm

Gay Chorus Deep South sponsored by Druid City Pride
Filmed during the emotionally charged period following the 2016 presidential election, “Gay Chorus Deep South” documents the journey of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus while on their performance tour through Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas. This film poignantly follows SFGMC members with Southern roots, as they return home and meet people in communities affected by the tour as well as community members who are on the front lines fighting for love and acceptance. — Charlie Bice



Sunday August 25, 2019 2:00pm - 3:40pm
First Church of Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:00pm

2:20pm

Olympia
This mostly observational documentary is a captivating and well-crafted look at super talented, Academy Award-winning and general badass actress Olympia Dukakis. Constructed of archival footage, prior and current interviews and, most dynamically, recent observational footage that covers her 80th birthday and an emotional trip to Greece, “Olympia” looks back at an extraordinary life and contemplates the road ahead. — Rachel Morgan



2:25pm

2:30pm

The Television Life Cycle w/ Rachel Raimist
Rachel Raimist will break down the current life cycle of television programming. She’ll also discuss the hierarchy of writers’ rooms, how to get hired and represented, and basically anything else you’d want to know about writing and working in television. This panel is free and open to the public. You do not need a festival ticket to attend.

Speakers

2:30pm

The Cat Rescuers
It’s estimated that half a million abandoned or feral cats live in New York City. With shelters full and animals euthanized every day, volunteers hit the streets of all five boroughs to trap these cats, have them spayed or neutered, and re-release them. But it’s a tough road for these cat lovers to tend to their often-suffering charges. This loving documentary is a portrait of the hardy rescuers who make saving as many cats as possible their life’s work. — Corey Craft



2:35pm

Knives and Skin
Big River is living in the shadow of missing teenager Carolyn Harper. Haunted and sad, the town is stuck in a chaotic funnel cloud of grief and looming doom. It’s easy to draw comparisons to “Twin Peaks” and “Donnie Darko” and even “Riverdale” and “Serial,” yet Knives and Skin is wholly original — beautiful and gross, feminine and androgynous, hopeless and joyous and brutally relevant in its poetic investigation of a doomed world. — Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 2:35pm - 4:30pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

2:40pm

Sword of Trust sponsored by Golden Flake
Shot on location and set in Birmingham, this easy-going but darkly dramatic comedy centers on a recently bequeathed sword with a dubious history — a relic that comes with bizarre documentation claiming the South won the Civil War. The laugh-out-loud entertaining (and increasingly absurd) storyline is expertly delivered by a talented cast, who bring real depth to the misfit group of characters, led by Marc Maron’s reluctant pawnshop owner Mel, who try to sell the sword to true believers. — Ashley B. Little

Filmmakers
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2:50pm

Girl Icon
Around the world, 130 million girls do not have the opportunity to go school. Meet Rani, a 17-year-old from Varanasi, India, who is part of a growing movement of fearless girls leading change in their communities.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 2:50pm - 2:58pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00pm

Animated Shorts sponsored by Canary Gallery
My Moon
Directed by Eusong Lee
8 minutes • USA
Animated short
A relationship between three celestial bodies; a romance between Earth, Moon, and Sun.

A Certain Kind of Love
Directed by Richard O'Connor
3 minutes • USA - AL
Animated short
Glenda fell for Lauree at a time when both women felt societal pressure to pursue traditional paths.

Here
Directed by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers
6 minutes • Netherlands
Animated short
An experimental visual poem inviting people to step into the lived Black experience for a moment.

Starvation
Directed by Zahra Rostampour
7 minutes • Iran
Animated short
A hungry wolf gets stuck in stereotypes about being the big bad wolf of the story.

Still Lives
Directed by Elli Vuorinen
6 minutes • Finland
Animated short
Traditional folk art figurines are exploring the theme of busy stillness.

The Elephant's Song
Directed by Lynn Tomlinson
8 minutes • USA
Animated short
The true and tragic tale of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in America.

UNSOLICITED
Directed by Meg Cook
1 minute • USA
Animated short
A woman's initial excitement at getting a message quickly turns sour.

I Alone Can Fix It
Directed by Bill Plympton
1 minute • USA
As Trump’s pronouncements become increasingly unhinged, his head peels like an orange, his brain floats away, and all that’s left is a tiny mouth.

Ritual
Directed by Gyuri Cloe Lee
2 minutes • South Korea
Animated short
Repetition becomes a habit. A habit becomes a ritual.

Access to Excess
Directed by Tom Coute
3 minutes • USA
Animated short
Unlimited choices power this microcosm of industrialized societies where products attempt to fill empty voids.

girl in a room with a flying cat
Directed by Sofiya Fayzieva
2 minutes • USA
Animated short
A contemplative journey through memories of childhood.

Code Ruth
Directed by Caroline Voagen Nelson
4 minutes • USA
Animated short
A true love story about a Morse code instructor finding her path during WWII.

R.I.P.
Directed by Cooper Haskell
8 minutes • USA
Animated short
A procrastinating writer sleeps his life away on the New York City Subway.

The Message From Space
Directed by Grier Dill
8 minutes • USA
Animated short
Earth receives a message from deep space showing how to create a new miracle substance. Here is its history.

Stealing Sheep "Show Love"
Directed by Gyuri Cloe Lee
3 minutes • South Korea
Music Video
Aliens from outer space visit Earth to spread love, which unfortunately takes the form of comets -- equally explosive, destructive, and ecstatic.

Ai Can
Directed by Mengxi Yang
5 minutes • USA
Documentary short
A portrait of a man who suffers from mental illness, but never stopped making his art during years of retirement.

That Long & Lonesome Road to Grandma's
Directed by Felipe Di Poi Tamargo
14 minutes • USA
Animated short
Sue and Kath are on a road trip with Sue's mom to visit her grandma.

Filmmakers
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Bill Plympton

Director, Cheatin'
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Caroline Voagen Nelson

Filmmaker + Media Artist
I'm a filmmaker and media artist making mixed media animated works inspired by history. My projects are typically linked by themes of antiquated technologies and environments in flux. The process of creating these works blends the physical and digital: I physically build sets and... Read More →
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Cooper Haskell

Cooper Haskell is an award-winning animator from New York City.
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Meg Cook

Meg Cook recently graduated with her Master of Fine Arts from Texas A&M University. She received her BFA in Animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015. It was there that she created her first stop motion animated short, TLC: Tough Lovin' Care. After trying out online... Read More →
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Mengxi Yang

Animator from China. Currently located in LA, attending grad school at Calarts experimental animation.
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Robert-Jonathan Koeyers

Artist + Filmmaker
Robert-Jonathan Koeyers (Curaçao, 1992) is a multidisciplinary artist and storyteller using a combination of film, photography and animation to tell often deeply personal and introspective stories that set out to dissect the human condition and tries to understand why people work... Read More →
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Sofiya Fayzieva

My name is Sofiya, but I go by Sonya, the story behind the names is as long as the story of how I ended up in the US. One thing I like to do, however, is to tell stories. Whether they are funny or sad, whether they are about my family in Russia or my friends in the States – I bring... Read More →
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Tom Coute

The littlest of the neighborhood kids, Tom Coute was born and raised in Dennis, Massachusetts. Using personal experiences and ideas obtained from extensive reading, Tom’s work usually revolves around surreal but uncannily familiar visual metaphors. These help him understand the... Read More →


3:00pm

NPR's White Lies
1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the town where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

Join the hosts of NPR’s White Lies podcast, Chip Brantley and Andrew Beck Grace, as they share the definitive story of what happened to Rev. James Reeb – and the long road they took to get there.

Plus live performances from Duquette Johnston and The Dexateens!


Sunday August 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

3:10pm

Frances Ferguson
Frances, a young mother and substitute teacher, is bored with her life and resentful of her terrible husband. So she blows it all up and starts an inappropriate relationship with a student. Of course, they are inevitably caught. What’s life like after jail for a pretty young sex offender in her 20s? No, this is not a typical setup for a comedy, but director Bob Byington’s look at a felonious teacher-student dalliance is prickly, deadpan, a bit misanthropic, and hilarious. — Corey Craft

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 3:10pm - 4:25pm
RMTC Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Country of Origin USA
  • Run Time 1hr 15min
  • Trailer trailer not available

3:15pm

Wombsong
A pregnant dancer leads the audience to an imaginary world inside the womb.

Filmmakers
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Hanna Västinsalo

Director, Thinkseed
I did my Ph.D. in molecular genetics at the University of Helsinki and studied film directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, CA. I've directed several short projects, a virtual reality dance project, a feature documentary about a Finnish entrepreneur and... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 3:15pm - 3:22pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

3:30pm

Episodic
Here you’ll find a sampling of some of the best new web series.

Tough Love (SHOUT)
Directed by James Mackenzie
13 minutes • USA
Join Nikki's painful and comedic quest to find a unicorn: (1) someone (male, female, non-binary) that she's madly attracted to, who (2) understands her approach to sexuality, (3) also wants to be around her, and, maybe most importantly, (4) is actually a good person.

Rainbow Ruthie
Directed by Ruth Marantz
21 minutes • USA
An ex teen star from Manhattan Public Access TV in the nineties decides to relive her glory days.

KYNNSTLAH
Directed by Sandra Bertalanffy and Joel Fendelman
4 minutes • USA
A short documentary series where we discover visual and performing artists and their art.

The Tall Bike Joust
Directed by Sam Frazier, Jr.
15 minutes, USA (AL Film)
Misguided people from various walks of life meet in a craft brewery's parking lot to joust on bicycles of double the normal height, raise money for a charity, and to attempt to recapture the American Dream.

Beth and the Blob
Directed by Dustin Cañez
22 minutes • USA
Beth McTwitty is forced to face her crippling anxiety when she barfs it up in the form of a bewildering blob.

Filmmakers
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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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Ruth Marantz

Writer/ Director
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Sam Frazier

Desperate To Be Different Productions
I make comedic short documentaries of intelligent & successful people doing stupid things for no apparent reason (except that it's really fun).


3:30pm

The Karate Kid (1984)
New kid in town Daniel LaRusso befriends his apartment complex’s handyman and all-around karate genius, Mr. Miyagi. Good thing because Daniel’s new crush, Ali, has an unscrupulous bully of an ex-boyfriend who isn’t too happy about Daniel’s recent relocation. “The Karate Kid” gave us William Zabka, Bananarama's "Cruel Summer” and one of the most epic film montages of all time. The movie celebrates its 35-year anniversary as part of the Family Fest lineup at the 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival. — Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers


3:40pm

Close
An auditory experience that highlights the discomfort of unwanted sexual advances in the workplace.

Filmmakers
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Richard Lin

Visual Artist
Taiwanese visual artist born and raised in Southern California. (IG: @richardtaotaolin)


Sunday August 25, 2019 3:40pm - 3:44pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

3:55pm

En Machina
Two inventors, Steve and Steve, create the world's first true artificial intelligence in their garage.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 3:55pm - 4:08pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

4:00pm

Performing Queerness: Beyond Drag
Pink Box Burlesque and Josh Burford of the Invisible Histories Project will discuss performing queerness, past and present. This event is free and open to the public. You do not need a festival ticket to attend. Pink Box Burlesque was founded in 2008 and is Alabama’s longest running burlesque troupe. The Invisible Histories Project is designed to be a repository for the preservation of the history of LGBTQ life first in the state of Alabama and then the entire Southeast. The archive will preserve, collect, and protect the living history of the diversity of the Queer community–both urban and rural. Using the Alabama site as a model, IHP is currently expanding into Mississippi and Georgia with aims to reach the entirety of the Southeast within 10 years.


4:00pm

Alabama Doc Shorts: Profiles Encore
People of Alabama: My Friend the Goose
Directed by Tamika Moore and Lauren Musgrove
5 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Tracy Wilhelm, an elementary school art teacher, shares a unique relationship with Lucas, a goose living in the Fairhope duck pond.

Uncle Glen’s Hygienic Panty
Directed by Jeff Jeffcoat
25 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
In 1992, Jeff was a young actor in LA with a budding career when a bizarre VHS tape arrived from his wayward Uncle Glen.

Spirit Citizen
Directed by Nick Corrao
5 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
A short exploration of internationally exhibited Cheyenne-Arapaho artist Edgar Heap of Birds’ connection to, inspiration from, and commitment to the land.

Hidden Voices
Directed by Matthew Brooks, Michael Cooper, and Holly White
9 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Being a minority religion in the Bible Belt can be a challenge, especially for those who left their churches for pagan practices.

Reaching New Heights: Russellville’s Rocket Team
Directed by J. Whitson
27 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
In 2015, the Russellville City School Engineering Team won the International Rocketry Challenge at the Paris Air Show.

1108 Dynamite Hill
Directed by Mary Campbell Kitchens and Joseph Quintana
9 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Life-long Birmingham resident Jeff Drew shows us terrorism is far from a new phenomenon.

SOME MILLION MILES
Directed by Jared Ragland and Adam Forrester
13 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Set within a rural landscape of abundant beauty and deep poverty, this film is a meditation on loss and the search for redemption amidst systemic social and economic marginalization.

Ladylike
Directed by Rachel Bickert, Emily Tapanes, Emma Wang, and Lidieth Arevalo
20 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
A young queer woman comes to terms with her sexuality, shattering her deep-rooted religious beliefs and cultural stereotypes within her conservative community, family and self.


Filmmakers
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Jared Ragland

Photographer / Director
Jared Ragland (MFA, Tulane) is a fine art and documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. His first documentary film, SOME MILLION MILES (co-directed with Adam Forrester), is part of an long-term visual ethnographic study of methamphetamine use in rural northeast... Read More →


4:25pm

Fluchtpunkt
Tonight is the great vernissage, the first major exhibition of artist, Carlotta Carlsen, but what could be delaying her arrival?

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 4:25pm - 4:32pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

4:40pm

Always In Season
This poignant documentary explores the suspicious 2014 death of Lennon Lacy, an African-American teen who many believe was lynched in his hometown in rural North Carolina. And with Jacqueline Olive’s brilliant storytelling, the film — a Special Jury winner at Sundance — chronicles the barbaric history of lynching throughout America. This moving piece of cinema brings up intense emotions, even fury, as it depicts an historical plethora of racial injustices that have not stayed in the past. — J Matthew Cobb

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 4:40pm - 6:10pm
First Church of Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:45pm

See Me
An exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from patriarchy.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 4:45pm - 4:50pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

4:45pm

Light From Light
In rural Tennessee, a part-time paranormal investigator and single mom takes the case of a lonely widower whose wife died in a plane crash. He thinks his wife’s ghost still haunts their farmhouse; though reluctant, she agrees to investigate, and her teenage son and his would-be girlfriend tag along. What follows is less a ghost story than a searing, reserved emotional drama about unresolved issues and loneliness, beautifully performed amid the misty backdrops of the Great Smoky Mountains. — Corey Craft

Filmmakers


4:45pm

Mapplethorpe: Director's Cut sponsored by Four Corners Custom Framing
This stylish and well-crafted biopic covers the full life of its subject, world renowned and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, most frequently providing an alluring view of New York in its grittiest era. The film stars Matt Smith and is directed by the only two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Ondi Timoner. Sidewalk is proud to host the world premiere of the director’s cut of “Mapplethorpe,” last year’s Audience Choice winner for Best Narrative Feature. — Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers


4:55pm

Shorts: Alabama Narratives sponsored by Frank's Good Stuff
Railroad Bill
Directed by Gideon C. Kennedy
4 minutes • USA
Outlaw. Hero. Myth. Three perspectives on the black train robber of the 1890s, each built from the same evocative imagery of the traditional American folk song with which it shares a name.

Two of Swords
Directed by Kelsey Harrison
3 minutes • USA
Created for Sidewalk’s 48-hour Spooky Scramble, Two of Swords reveals an eerie world of monsters and minions, playing with fate just to see you run for your life.

Missing Person
Directed by Ellie Stayner
5 minutes • USA
A girl looks for a missing person.

Cherry
Directed by Stacey Davis
12 minutes • USA
With her father dying of cancer, Helen has high hopes for the family’s last Easter together.

If The Twilight Zone Was Southern
Directed by Adam Schwartz
6 minutes • USA
The viral sketch comedy show "So True, Y'all" imagines what "The Twilight Zone" would look like if it were made by Southerners.

Bad Deal
Directed by Shane Gillis
12 minutes • USA
What is supposed to be a simple drug deal for Jody when he goes to one of the most notoriously seedy drug dealers in the city soon spirals out of control into a horrific genre bending wild ride.

The Favoured
Directed by Whitney Hamilton
3 minutes • USA
Two women seek preferential treatment in the president's administration and will go to great lengths to curry favor.

Milk Crate in the Middle
Directed by Hallie Tarpley
11 minutes • USA
A tale about a catering company working an event filled with eccentric, food averse guests.

Would You Like To Try Again?
Directed by Michael Felker
10 minutes • USA
A teenage girl runs away to a local arcade and finds a mysterious game that pushes her to replay her biggest regret.

Murder Next Door
Directed by Robert Clay
5 minutes • USA
Bob Brudowski thought it was going to be a quiet night at home, until he learns a masked murderer is on a rampage at his neighbor's house.

Losing Face
Directed by Magdalene Kennedy
7 minutes • USA
After an unexpected misadventure, Una learns how to get out of her own head, and dabbles in arson in the process.

Attendance
Directed by Steven Hedrick, Jr.
5 minutes • USA
A teacher takes attendance.

Homework
Directed by Morgan Evans
5 minutes • USA
This film was made as part of the Sidewalk film festival spooky scramble and was completed in 48 hours.

Filmmakers
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Gideon C. Kennedy

Co-Director, Climenole LLC
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Magdalene Kennedy

Magdalene Kennedy is a writer and director from Nashville, and a recent graduate of the University of Alabama.
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Michael Felker

Writer/Director/ Co-Founder, Last Life
I'm a filmmaker who founded a Los Angeles based production company called Last Life that specializes in making films about people who play video games. I'm also a film editor known for feature films (The Endless, Synchronic, Spring) and children's television shows (Junk Drawer Magical... Read More →
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Morgan Saucier

CEO and Founder, Angel Wolf Productions
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Stacey Davis

Attorney, The Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis, LLC
Intellectual property and entertainment lawyer; screenwriter; film lover
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Steven Hedrick

Director, Closed Stacks
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Whitney Hamilton

Writer Director Actor, Bjornquistfilms
I'm interested in all kinds of stories and I love working in front of and/or behind the camera.

Sponsors
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Frank's Good Stuff

Frank's Good Stuff
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5:00pm

5:05pm

Goodbye Paradise
Learn first hand the devastating effects that climate change is having on a community on the Pacific Ocean.

Filmmakers
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Scott E. Schimmel

Scott E. Schimmel is a O‘ahu based environmental scientist and documentary filmmaker. His award winning work explores justice, the environment, and the enduring curiosity of the human spirit, and has been broadcast on public television and screened at festivals around the world... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 5:05pm - 5:09pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

5:10pm

Foosballers sponsored by Rusty's Bar-B-Q
The highly enjoyable documentary “Foosballers” profiles six of the world’s top table soccer players as they compete for the world title. From life-long champions like former Birmingham police officer Cindy Head (yay!) to new school players like Ryan Moore (who also happens to be a Cannabis Cup winner), we get an inside look at the fiercely competitive world of professional foosball. Chronicling the little-known history of this underground sport, the film culminates in the Tornado World Championships. — Kyle McKinnon

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 5:10pm - 6:46pm
RMTC Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:15pm

National Narratives: Growing Up
Never Land
Directed by Brett Smith
16 minutes • USA
Narrative short
NEVER LAND tells the story of an inner-city foster boy. His only escape is through his dreams, transporting him to Neverland, where all Lost Children without parents go to be loved.

The Moon & The Night
Directed by Erin Lau
20 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Set in rural Hawaiʻi, a Native Hawaiian teenage girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight.

Me 3.769
Directed by Elaine Del Valle
10 minutes • USA
Narrative short
A Pubescent Latina looks forward to her maturing body, but must soon cope with the sexual misconduct of someone she trusts.

The One You Never Forget
Directed by Morgan Jon Fox
8 minutes • USA
Narrative short
Carey, a 14 year old boy, nervously prepares for his first dance as his parents reminisce about their own.

Moderately Satisfied
Directed by Hind Anabtawi
13 minutes • United Arab Emirates
Narrative short
When visiting her terminally ill mother for the first time in months, an estranged daughter finds new answers about her relationship with her bitter mother while filling out a patient satisfaction survey.

Second Skin
Directed by Farah White
6 minutes • USA
Narrative short
An introverted young girl finds she had more in common with deceased grandmother than she could have ever possibly imagined.

Miller & Son
Directed by Asher Jelinsky
22 minutes • USA
Narrative short
A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night, until an unforeseen event threatens the balance of her compartmentalized life.

Filmmakers
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Brett Smith

Writer - Director, 1812 Films
Brett Smith is an award winning writer, director, from Bellevue, WA. Having been involved in filmmaking for fourteen years. Brett is a self taught filmmaker, who's goal is to tell deep and emotionally challenging stories with humanity at the core.


5:20pm

The Cat and the Moon sponsored by Philip Woods Homebuilder
During his mother’s treatment in rehab, teenager Nick moves to New York to stay with Cal, a jazz musician friend of his late father. During his stay, Nick makes new friends who show him what the city has to offer. Dealing with mental issues of his own, Nick quickly finds himself struggling to cope. A beautiful and at times tragic story, “The Cat And The Moon” shows the complexities of teenage life in NYC. The young and exceptionally talented Alex Wolff of “Hereditary” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” not only stars, but makes his debut as writer and director. — Charlie Brown Sanders

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 5:20pm - 7:14pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:25pm

Everest - The VR film Experience
Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 5:25pm - 5:36pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

5:30pm

Black Lens Shorts
Black Lens Shorts
Our Black Lens programming track seeks to amplify the voices of black filmmakers and give them space to share their stories with us.

I AM TX
Directed by Ryan Darbonne
10 minutes • USA
On their last day of tour, a black punk band find themselves in awkward, surreal and life-threatening situations with an ignorant cast of characters.

ASIA A
Directed by Andrew Reid
20 minutes • USA
A recent spinal cord injury patient struggles to reconcile his sense of self-worth with his new reality as a paraplegic.

Chickens
Directed by Bryian Keith Montgomery, Jr.
13 minutes • USA
Two racist cops try to cover up killing an unarmed black teen. Things don’t go as planned.

No Traveler Returns
Directed by Ellie Foumbi
13 minutes • USA
A young African immigrant's struggles to adjust to life in America push him towards an existential crisis.

Heavenly
Directed by Ya’Ke Smith
13 minutes • USA
Crystal, a former ballet dancer, returns home after being sex-trafficked and struggles to shake the physical and psychological trauma she endured while "in the life."

Birthday Cake for Dinner
Directed by Damon Russell
12 minutes • USA
7-year old Simon takes a trip to visit his estranged father for one disaster filled weekend.

other
Directed by Xavier Burgin (AL film)
7 minutes • USA

Filmmakers
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Bryian Keith Montgomery

Filmmaker, ALT-Horror
Bryian Keith Montgomery Jr. is an up-and-coming African American film director and LA native. He created the brand “Alternative Horror” in 2016 to infuse current events into his horror films, and highlight touchy issues in American culture through a unique lens.His previous short... Read More →
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Ellie Foumbi

Filmmaker
Ellie Foumbi is an actor/writer/director from Cameroon. She holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in Directing. She’s a Student Academy Awards Semifinalist and nominated for an African Movie Academy Award. She was invited to participate in New York Film Festival’s... Read More →
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Ryan Darbonne

Founder, Saint Landry Films
I'm an Austin ­based filmmaker with over a decade’s worth of experience in production. I have written and directed a number of projects that have been featured on Noisey, Ovrld and other online publications. I co­founded the community arts organization Cinema 41 in 2011 (Austin... Read More →
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Xavier Burgin

Xavier Burgin attended Jefferson County’s International Baccalaureate School where he anticipated a sedentary life before receiving a presidential scholarship to The University of Alabama in 2008. Four years later, he was accepted into USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for TV & Film... Read More →


5:30pm

You Don't Nomi sponsored by Fig Street Marketing
Upon its 1995 release, “Showgirls” was the target of ridicule. That life of disdain continued as the film made the home video rounds, landing it on heavy rotation in dorm room heckle-a-thons and providing plenty of drinking game fodder. Decades later, numerous critics have begun to reconsider it. In addition to providing a fun tour through the film (with all the hindsight that 25 years allows), “You Don’t Nomi” asks: “Showgirls,” masterpiece or piece of crap? Fun! — Rachel Morgan

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 5:30pm - 7:02pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

5:50pm

Traveling While Black
Traveling While Black is a cinematic VR experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 5:50pm - 6:50pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

6:25pm

6:45pm

Olympia - Encore
This mostly observational documentary is a captivating and well-crafted look at super talented, Academy Award-winning and general badass actress Olympia Dukakis. Constructed of archival footage, prior and current interviews and, most dynamically, recent observational footage that covers her 80th birthday and an emotional trip to Greece, “Olympia” looks back at an extraordinary life and contemplates the road ahead. — Rachel Morgan


6:50pm

Girl Icon
Around the world, 130 million girls do not have the opportunity to go school. Meet Rani, a 17-year-old from Varanasi, India, who is part of a growing movement of fearless girls leading change in their communities.

Filmmakers

Sunday August 25, 2019 6:50pm - 6:58pm
Lyric Theatre Basement 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

6:55pm

Environmental Documentaries sponsored by Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Sunday, August 25 • 6:55pm - 8:49pm
114 mins

River Music For All
Directed by Hunter Nichols
6 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Cahaba River Society discuss how spending time in nature plays a significant role in creativity.

The Accidental Environmentalist: Catherine Flowers
Directed by Ellen Esling
10 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
A mosquito bite leads an Alabama activist to solve problems at the intersection of poverty, climate change, and politics.

The Love Bugs
Directed by Allison Otto and Maria Clinton
34 minutes • USA
Documentary short
Lois, 90, and Charlie, 85, are two aging but dedicated Entomologists sharing a marriage and career for 55 years.

EXTREMOPHILES
Directed by Leah Shore
4 minutes • USA
Documentary short
A portrait film about the pollution in Brooklyn, NY and beyond.

Soiled
Directed by Magdalene Kennedy & Katie Tindol
10 minutes • USA - AL
Documentary short
Two women navigate the complexities of rural sanitation and community life in Alabama's Black Belt.

JUNK
Directed by Chris Jones
29 minutes • USA
Documentary short
A Marine veteran turned scientist teams up with a scrappy sailor and sails from California to Hawaii on a raft made of 15,000 plastic bottles.

Unaccountable
Directed by Stacey Stone
10 minutes • USA
Documentary short
The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California, and suffers from pollution and over-salination. Viewer discretion is advised.

Being With Elephants
Directed by James Martin
12 minutes • USA
Documentary short
Throughout the Siana region of the Maasai Mara, rangers must monitor the shrinking elephant corridors in order to prevent future collisions of man and beast. Viewer discretion is advised.

Filmmakers
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Hunter Nichols

Director of Photography, Hunter Nichols Productions
I’m a freelance cinematographer and filmmaker with offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Birmingham, Alabama. I have a passion for producing environmental and nature focused documentaries. When I’m not working you can find me canoeing down a river or hiking up a trail.
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James Martin

filmmaker & designer
James Martin is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Four x Productions living in Atlanta, Georgia. Combining his love for well-made cocktails and filmmaking, his directorial debut The New Orleans Sazerac is an award-winning short documentary about the history of the famous Southern... Read More →
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Katie Tindol

Producer, SOILED
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Leah Shore

Director, Leah Shore is AWESOME
Leah Shore’s films have been featured at over 100 festivals worldwide. She was named among Filmmaker Magazine's elite “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2013”, “Top 10 Animators You Should Know”, and included on several other best of lists. She directs, animates, writes commercially... Read More →
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Magdalene Kennedy

Magdalene Kennedy is a writer and director from Nashville, and a recent graduate of the University of Alabama.
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Stacey Stone

Director, Pace Films
Stacey's background comes from documenting social justice work around the world. She has filmed and photographed in India, Africa, Peru, UK, and Guatemala for NGO's, The Documentary Channel, BBC, and National Geographic. She received the acclaimed "Humanitarian Award" for her documentary... Read More →


7:00pm

Pahokee sponsored by Indian Springs School
This coming-of-age documentary offers a rare look at rural minority life in America. “Pahokee” is the story of four high school seniors from a small economically distressed agricultural town in southern Florida. The cinema verité film follows the teenagers through the ups and downs of their senior year, juxtaposing their hopes for the future with the realities of the present. As the drama of the football season unfolds, you will find yourself rooting for these young people and their hometown. — Heather Daniels-Whitson



Sunday August 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:50pm
First Church of Birmingham 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:10pm

The Mountain
After the death of his father, a sexually confused young man (Tye Sheridan) takes a job as assistant to a doctor (Jeff Goldblum) peddling a controversial and out-of-date lobotomy procedure to asylums. As the two make their way across a colorless landscape, the film radically dismantles 1950s American nostalgia and any notion of the “good old days.” Did I mention this was bleak? That’s even before Denis Lavant shows up in a performance of genuine, unhinged madness. — Corey Craft

Filmmakers


7:15pm

SHOUT Shorts 2
Curtains
Musical theater hot-shot Kyle's (Ryan Cramer) seniority is challenged when a new student Gio (Gio Cerisier) joins the theater department at his high school.
Run Time: 10.5 min

Verification
When setting up her new phone, Jillian realizes how connected she still is to her ex.
Run Time: 3min

Heads Up
When another random hookup leaves Ethan with more than he bargained for, he’s forced to face the unfortunate realities that come with anonymous, unprotected sex: HIV.
Run Time: 6.2 min

Mudpots
16-year-old Shelby and her best friend Jess spend one last afternoon together at the Salton Sea.
Run Time: 12.5 min

Terminally in Love
Quinn, a neurotic stoner, is struggling to get over her ex-girlfriend Allie as she slips from reality into a stream of heroic fantasies, wistful memories and cringe-worthy dreams.
Run Time: 17 min

Adeline
An elderly woman at the end of her life reminisces her years spent at a boarding school for girls.
Run Time 9.5 min

How I Came Out
A man has a unique and funny coming out story, he just doesn’t know it yet.
Run Time: 6 min

Exposed Destiny
Robert’s homophobic comments come back to haunt him.
Run Time: 9.5 min

The Snowglobe
Teenager Anna is receiving warnings of doom from her deceased mother by way of an antique snowglobe that’s been in the family for years.
Run Time: 15 min

SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival is sponsored by AIDS Alabama.
Screenings in the ASFA Multiplex are sponsored by Alabama School of Fine Arts & Birmingham Business Journal.

Sponsors
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AIDS Alabama

AIDS Alabama
AIDS Alabama devotes its energy and resources statewide to helping people with HIV/AIDS live healthy, independent lives and works to prevent the spread of HIV.
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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 →


7:30pm

Queen of Lapa
An intimate and sincere glimpse into the trans sex worker community in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, “Queen of Lapa” follows matriarch Luana Muniz and the sex workers that live in her hostel. A sex worker since age 11, Brazilian cult figure Muniz has been a performer, actress, activist and fighter for transgender sex professionals for most of her life. Her legacy continues through her hostel, where she supports others by providing a safe living environment and motherly advice. — Heather Daniels-Whitson



Sunday August 25, 2019 7:30pm - 8:43pm
RMTC Cabaret Theatre 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:30pm

Showgirls
This film is rated NC-17

7:35pm

Sea of Abundance
SEA OF ABUNDANCE
Sea of Abundance (AL Film)
Directed by Yuri Shapochka
32 minutes • USA
A young dancer, Parker, challenges the ever present questions of existence, love, death, sexuality, nudity and nature

Filmmakers

7:40pm

Kifaru
A touching and poignant documentary about Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world, and his caregivers, “Kifaru” follows Sudan's last years at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The men who care for him form bonds of love and friendship with Sudan that are moving and deeply personal, while facing the possibility of the extinction of all rhinos. Through Sudan and these men we see the power of love, community, care, friendship and education. — Hayes Killian

Filmmakers


8:00pm

Midsommar: Director's Cut sponsored by Brandino Brass
Christian is about to break up with his girlfriend, Dani, when she suffers a catastrophic family tragedy. With their relationship on the verge of collapse and Dani in a precarious emotional state, Christian half-heartedly invites her to join him and his grad student friends on a trip to observe a rural Swedish commune’s solstice rites. Soon, the villagers’ pagan celebrations take a sinister, terrifying turn. This is an extended version of this summer’s horror sensation. — Corey Craft

Filmmakers


Sunday August 25, 2019 8:00pm - 10:57pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:00pm

Awards Show
Join us in the beautiful Lyric Theatre for the 21st Annual Sidewalk Film Festival Awards Show where over $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded! Awards

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

Jambor-Franklin Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature $1000
Best Documentary Feature $1000
Best Narrative Short $500
Best Documentary Short $500
Best Animated Short $250
Alan Hunter Best Alabama Film
Best Student Film $250
Best Family Film $250
Best SHOUT Feature $500
Best SHOUT Short $250
Best Life & Liberty Film $250
Features Programmers Award $500
Shorts Programmers Award $250
Spirit of Sidewalk Award
Best Black Lens Film $250

The following awards are presented by Bham Now and 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
sponsored by Total Skin & Beauty
Best Documentary Feature $250
Best Narrative Short $150
Best Documentary Short $150
Best Alabama Film $250
Best SHOUT Film $250
Sponsored by the LGBT Fund of Greater Birmingham



Sidewrite Best Feature Length Screenplay $500
Sidewrite Best Short Screenplay $250
Sidewrite Best Alabama Screenplay $250

Admission is FREE to this fun event.

Sunday August 25, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Lyric Theatre 1800 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Run Time 90 min