1. It’s An Experience
Oh, Sidewalk is so much more than watching a bunch of movies around town.
“We’re really known for creating theses three-dimensional experiences around certain films, said Chloe Cook, executive director of the Sidewalk Film Festival.
“There’s a film on the screen; you’ve got the filmmaker present, and they’re going to do a Q&A—it’s all about adding elements to differentiate the movie-going experience.”
This year’s opening night film is called “White Tide: The Legend of Culebra”. It’s all about one man’s wild search for a treasure worth $2 million.
You’ll have to wait and see what kind of experience will accompany this roller-coaster of a docu-comedy August 24 at the Alabama Theatre. For now, a preview:
Director Theo Love is a Sidewalk Film Festival alum and producer Bryan Storkel, a regular attendee since 2007, has screened 6 films at Sidewalk. The filmmakers and subjects are scheduled to attend.
2. Something For Everyone
Sidewalk is also known for its huge selection of titles, and picking out what you’d like to see is part of the fun. The festival will show over 200 films, and that includes shorts, feature-length films, films from Alabama, documentaries, comedies, films by and for kids and teens and more. There’s even a block of films that have not been announced, so stay tuned for that, too!
3. Many Ticket Options
- VIP gets you into everything. All the films and all the events, from Thursday to Sunday, including extra goodies.
- The Weekend pass gets you into all the movies from Friday till Sunday, plus the opening night after party.
- The Opening Night Film + Party pass provides you with access to the opening night film, “White Tide: The Legend of Culebra”, on Friday, August 24th at the Alabama Theatre and the opening night after party.
4. Festival Within A Festival
The SHOUT LGBTQ film festival is a mini-festival within Sidewalk highlighting features, documentaries and short films by new and established artists. SHOUT offers attendees the opportunity to view topics of interest to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities, as well as to interact with filmmakers and documentary subjects in attendance.
5. Popular Culture Redux
Another big thing about Sidewalk is that thought-provoking films always make the cut. You know, the ones that punch you in the gut with storytelling. You may want to brace yourself for “Holiday”, even if you’re a film noir fan like me.
In the land of dark movies, “Holiday” is pitch black and bites back hard. The lengths one takes to become a criminal and stay a criminal will stick with you in this Danish feature from director Isabella Eklf.
Michael, a Danish gangster, takes his girlfriend, Sascha, and his extended criminal family on a luxury vacation in a fancy villa in gorgeous Bodrum, Turkey. Respect is nowhere to be found.
Film fans, please let me know what you’re interesting in seeing at Sidewalk! What selections are in your lineup?