Birmingham’s theater district will soon host screenings of more than 200 movies as part of the 19th annual Sidewalk Film Festival.
The event will take place Aug. 25-27. Tickets start at $35 for a day pass and go up to $260 for a VIP pass (prices increase when the festival starts). For a complete schedule, details and to buy tickets, visit sidewalkfest.com.
Here’s a sampling of what Sidewalk has to offer:
Director and star Quinn Shephard, 22, plays an emotionally unstable high school student whose unhealthy relationship with a substitute drama teacher, played by Chris Messina, incurs the conspiratorial wrath of an envious classmate. The film centers around a high school production of, fittingly enough, “The Crucible.”
If the trailer is any hint, the cinematography in the film looks to be vibrant and haunting. And not for nothing, but “Blame” screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Screens Aug. 26 at 4:20 p.m.)
This documentary about the struggle for federal marriage equality follows two lesbian families in the South, each with stories about fighting for rights as parents. Those familiar with Alabama politics will recognize state Rep. Patricia Todd, who is portrayed in her role as a gay rights advocate. There’s also plenty of footage of former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who defied a federal court order — again — to tell probate judges to uphold Alabama’s ban on same sex marriage. The film is part of the Birmingham SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival, which shares dates and screenings with Sidewalk. (Screens Aug. 26 at 12:10 p.m.)
This documentary profiles activists involved with demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting of Michael Brown. This film premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. According to the movie’s website, director and producer Sabaah Folayan helped organize The Millions March in New York, which responded “to the non-indictment of the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death.” (Screens Aug. 27 at 12:45 p.m.)
This documentary tells the story of a 12-year-old Iowa girl kidnapped by a beloved neighbor. Though investigators find her, the culprit, called “Brother B,” is forgiven and welcomed by the family. Then he kidnaps the girl for a second time. According to the film’s website, the movie “tells the story of one family’s struggle with desire, deceit, faith and forgiveness.” (Screens Aug. 26 at 12:45 p.m.)
This comedy begins with a dumped groom’s bachelor party. After a night of debauchery, the groom, played by Joey Kern, finds out that, in an effort to cheer him up, his bros kidnapped the guy his fiancée cheated on him with. That guy is played by the formidable Pablo Schreiber, who played Tanto in “Thirteen Hours.” (Screens Aug. 27 at 1 p.m.)
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