"Who Took Johnny"
In 1982, 12-year-old Johnny Gosch went missing during his morning paper route. This documentary spans more than three decades following Johnny's mother as she tries to keep the case alive and lobby for change in law enforcement procedure for missing children. As the years pass, a handful of revelations point to a child sex-trafficking ring taking her child.
"Frame by Frame"
Winner of Sidewalk’s Special Jury Prize for Documentaries, this film profiles a handful of native photographers working in Afghanistan. Even 14 years after being invaded by American troops, Afghanistan's photojournalism industry remains in its infancy; the Taliban outlawed practically all photography and photos after taking control when Soviet forces pulled out of the country. The filmmakers follow journalists as they document the beauty and ugliness of a country still coping with the cultural effects of decades under an oppressive regime.
“In The Hollow”
Screened during Sidewalk’s Saturday Doc Shorts program, this 15-minute film blends dramatizations with traditional documentary interviews to tell the story of two women hiking the Appalachian Trail who are attacked because they are lesbians. One is killed but another escapes and becomes an advocate for including the LGBT community in hate crime legislation.
“Down the Drain”
Several environmental problems have caused Uniontown, Ala., to struggle more than most places its size. This 11-minute documentary from Carlos Estrada focuses on just one of those problems: the town’s sewer system. Its treatment plant was inadequately built, and a government grant only doubled down on the improper design. The film highlights an important issue, but because no state regulators responded to the filmmaker, the movie — made possible by the Southern Environmental Law Center — is a bit one-sided.
“Revival: The Sam Bush Story”
Winner of Sidewalk’s Audience Choice Award for both Best Documentary Feature and Best Alabama Film, Revival profiles the “father of newgrass,” Sam Bush. The movie, which features archival performance footage as well as interviews from musicians like Alison Krauss to John Oates, debuted in April at the Nashville Film Festival.
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