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Here’s the link to volunteer. And, yes, there are perks (like free passes)!
Your Film Festival Tribe Awaits
Sidewalk has been going strong since 1998, and there are plenty of folks who have been volunteering since then, helping to grow the nationally-recognized festival into what it is today.
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Sidewalk Volunteer Champions
You’ll meet other film buffs, like James Brown. He’s been supporting Birmingham’s film community since day one—when we (or your parents) were all still renting movies from Blockbuster twenty years ago. Here’s more on what Sidewalk was like back then:
“The first year I helped run a venue, and that was when things were literally in empty, vacant stores, because things were like that downtown,” Brown said.
“Like The Vault, before it was The Vault. For the most part, I set up a projector and a player and set up folding chairs. It was pretty interesting.”
“I wanted to be a part of Sidewalk because there were so many movies I kept hearing about that were not showing in Birmingham,” Brown said. “I was hopeful that Sidewalk would be a place where we could see some of those things we normally didn’t get.”
Indie Cinema In The Wild
Sidewalk is screening over 250 films in all sorts of genres, and there’s a 3D aspect to the experience, too. Think themed-events based off films, as well as film chats and Q&As with directors. This is truly an experience—not just another night at the movies.
“You know, very few movie-rental businesses had the indie stuff everybody wanted to see, and that’s changed a little bit with Nextflix, but you still don’t get everything.
“That’s why Sidewalk is so important now. It’s a place to watch indie films with a crowd, instead of you being at home, on your couch, with the remote.”
Support Your Local Filmmakers
From UAB students, to Birmingham locals, to Alabama filmmakers, there are plenty of selections to catch from our home team.
Watching a film at Sidewalk means you’re supporting our city and our state. There’s a reason why big names are filming movies here, y’all. The way we continue to uplift our own film community is part of the reason why.
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The Acting Bug
After Brown became involved in Sidewalk his film friends started recruiting him for their projects.
“For me, there have been some film competitions, just being an extra here and there in various movies, shorts and features, and then I caught the bug even further and wrote and shot my own short film that played at Sidewalk 11 years ago,” Brown said.
“As a result of that, I’ve gotten more paid acting jobs. A lot of indie film work you do for love, but those opportunities have come to me. I would have never dreamed of doing any of that before Sidewalk and meeting people through Sidewalk.”