From Birmingham to the big screen: 9 movies filmed in Birmingham over the last year

Written by Erica Jackson for Bham Now

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On set of “Hell on The Border” movie set in Bessemer, AL. Photo via Larry O. Gay

Still reeling (pun intended) from Sidewalk Film Festival? We thought you might be. It was an awesome weekend, brimming with creative inspiration from some of the most talented filmmakers and so many amazing films—but the inspiration doesn’t have to end just because the festival did. Check out 9 movies filmed in Birmingham over the last year, and have your own movie night. *Popcorn not included

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We partied like it was our birthday at Iron City Grill last week—See our favorite moments!

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Wade Cline, business development manager, and Cindy Martin, president and CEO; with Victor Brown, Vice President of Business Development at the Birmingham Business Alliance! Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

If you haven’t heard by now, Bham Now is officially 3 years old. *Cue the confetti.* 🥳 And last week, we finally celebrated with all of our favorite people at Iron City Grill. It was quite the party. Keep reading to see video + photo proof of all the fun. Plus, find out everything you need to know about event hosting at Iron City.

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La-Z-Boy’s new face: Kristen Bell! Get her top 3 picks right here in Birmingham

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You might be scratching your head. Kristen Bell? Star of The Good Place? Veronica Mars? And Frozen? The answer is yes, yes, yes and yes. Now we can also answer yes to “La-Z-Boy Ambassador.” It’s got a nice ring to it. See 3 of her top La-Z-Boy furniture picks, plus where to find them right here in Birmingham.

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Birmingham’s Hatton Smith launches Campesino Rum. Follow our taste tour for local bars serving it now.

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Campesino’s a kick your feet up kinda drink.

National Rum Day is Friday, August 16, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Campesino Rum, Birmingham’s hottest new spirit, just hit the shelves and the hype is real. We toured 7 downtown bars with Campesino founder, Hatton Smith, to taste for ourselves. Keep reading for all the drink deets—Plus, taste it for free at Campesino’s inaugural launch party happening Friday from 5-7PM at LeNell’s!

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Ashley McMakin gives 3 tips on making the back-to-school transition a breeze. Plus, how to win dinner for 4 from Ashley Mac’s in Birmingham!

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Meet the McMakins: From L-R: Jackson, Mally, Ashley, Andy and Ryder. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

The start of a new school year is right around the corner—and if you’re a parent, that probably means thoughts of school nights, binders and packed lunches are increasingly taking up more of your brain space. So, start out the school year on the right foot with a little help from Ashley Mac herself.

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Nations Boutique adds second location to Downtown Homewood. See photos inside

Nation’s Boutique has a new home on Homewood. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Nations Boutique, a women’s clothing store, is celebrating the grand opening of its second location in Downtown Homewood’s main retail corridor at 2856-B 18th Street South next door to Cookie Fix. Read more on their mission + see photos inside their brand new space.

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King’s Stables, an equine therapy program in Chelsea, needs your help! 3 things to know + how to help them build a new barn.

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How precious is this photo. You can do this too at King’s Stables. Photo submitted

King’s Stables, an equine therapy program based outside of Birmingham, is doing something really special. Read about their program—Plus, find out how you can get involved and help them raise money for a new barn!

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The best of Birmingham’s first Freedom Fest: See what you missed (Photos)

Giant letters? YES. The best photo-op at Freedom Fest. Photo via @neena_rani on Instagram

The first annual Freedom Fest happened this past Saturday, July 27, and it was a hit. See some of the best moments in photos from Birmingham’s newest music + empowerment festival.

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SAW’s Soul Kitchen named best wing spot in Alabama by Buzzfeed

SAW’s Soul Kitchen, the beloved Birmingham BBQ joint and sister restaurant to SAW’s BBQ, is Alabama’s best place for chicken wings according to Buzzfeed. But is anyone surprised? We are definitely not.

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Floating the Cahaba, road tripping and more. Your definitive guide to staying cool this summer in Birmingham

These building’s definitely look cool, but that’s not the cool we’re talking about. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s hot, Birmingham. We know. To help y’all beat the heat and still participate in all the fun, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to staying cool this summer in Birmingham—including happy hours, road trips and floating local rivers!

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22 Birmingham photographers you need to be following on Instagram

Don’t you want to see photos like this alllll the time?! Photo by David Youngblood on Instagram @dyoungblood71.

There’s definitely no shortage of talented photographers in Birmingham. And seeing the city + the beautiful people in it through their lenses is one of our favorite things. We love sharing their work when we can. But we want to do more than just give credit in the captions. Here are 22 local photographers you need to be following on Insta—plus hear from a few about why they do what they do.

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Earn while you learn: Innovate Birmingham to team up with Central Six AlabamaWorks for IT Apprenticeship Program. Apply by July 26!

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Innovate Birmingham candidates speaking at a past Demo Day. Photo Submitted

Innovate Birmingham and Central Six AlabamaWorks are joining forces to get Birmingham working—specifically in tech. This fall, Central Six AlabamaWorks will launch their approximately 17 month long Information Technology Apprenticeship Program. And with the help of Innovate Birmingham, they’re getting local tech talent in the field, earning while they learn and on their way to a career in software development.

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Vacay with palm trees + cocktails at Diamonds Direct Summer Designer Showcase happening in Birmingham July 19-21. Save 20% 💎

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You’ll see lots of summer colors and the coolest designer jewels at Diamonds Direct Summer Showcase. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Cool off from Birmingham’s summer heat at Diamonds Direct Designer Showcase July 19-21. The Palm Springs-themed event will feature jewelry collections curated by ten designers, so there will be plenty of ice to go around. Keep reading for more details and to get a sneak peak at some of our favorite pieces!

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