3 things to know before going to Sidewalk Film Festival this weekend. Use BHAMNOW15 for 15% off tix

Grab your popcorn! The Sidewalk Film Festival is here. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

This year’s Sidewalk Film Festival looks a bit different. To allow for social distancing, the festival is being held at the Grand River Drive-In in Leeds. I went earlier this week and learned a few things I might do differently when I head back this weekend. Here are 3 things to know before heading to the festival tonight or tomorrow.

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8 environmental short films coming to Sidewalk Film Festival on August 27

Screenshot from the film “Something About Little River” . From Alabama Rivers Alliance Facebook page.

Here is a little known fact.  Over the past few years, the state of Alabama has become a “hub” for some of the best environmental filmmaking in the southeast and nation.

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Update: Extras needed for Birmingham film, “Garden of the Gods”

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The scene is a Día de los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) party‚so come in costume.Photo via Día de los Muertos Alabama Facebook.

UPDATE 2/4: All roles for extras have currently been filled. If you’d like to reach out about another project, feel free to use the same contact information provided.

If you’ve never made it on the big screen, now is your chance!  A Birmingham film is on the hunt for extras to be in a party scene on February 8.  Find out more about “Garden of the Gods,” a movie produced by a local Birmingham production company.

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3 things you may not know about Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema at The Pizitz (GIVEAWAY)

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We’re all low-key obsessed with Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The Pizitz is one of my favorite places in Birmingham. It’s amazing how much there is to do inside one historic building. You can live and work, enjoy great food and drinks in The Pizitz Food Hall, indulge in some shopping and even see a movie at the newly opened Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema. Pick a film and get your tickets.

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The 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival is here. 5 reasons opening night is gonna rock. Use code:BhamNow15

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Moviegoers at the Alabama Theatre. Photo from Sidewalk Film Festival via Facebook

I’m embarrassed to admit that since I came back to Birmingham in 2004, I’ve actually only been to Sidewalk once, and for just a little snippet. That’s about to change this Friday night, though, with a trip to Opening Night.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most, plus how you, too, can join in the Sidewalk Festival fun. Bonus! You can save on your ticket by using super secret code: BhamNow15

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3 Birmingham filmmakers on their upcoming screenings at Sidewalk Film Festival Aug. 19 – 25th. Use discount code BHAMNOW15!

Sunspot Pictures’ David Brower and Rick Pennington on location. Photo supplied

The 21st annual Sidewalk Film Festival kicks off in Birmingham on August 19. Three local Birmingham filmmakers told us about their films and the festival at large. Get your popcorn and applause ready! Here’s what to watch for.

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The ultimate venue guide to Birmingham’s 21st Annual Sidewalk Film Festival. Use ticket discount code BHAMNOW15!

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Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival is back August 19-25 for its 21st annual festival. Here’s your guide to venues and films playing all weekend long. Tickets available now!

Sidewalk Film Festival showcases the work of more than 250 filmmakers and welcomes over 15,000 film lovers to Birmingham annually. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk

Here’s an overview of where and what will be live on the big screen throughout the event:

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Photos: Help Birmingham’s new Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema open by the end of July—Here’s how.

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Sidewalk volunteers doing their thing, always with a smile. Photo via Sidewalk Film Fest

Bham Now loves Sidewalk Film Festival. We know you do too.  But they need a new home. Let’s help Sidewalk reach their funding goal for the brand new Sidewalk Cinema by the end of July so you can enjoy Birmingham’s only independent film center in the heart of Birmingham’s Theatre District ASAP. Keep reading to see photos of their progress so far and to find out how you can get involved.

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ScreenTalk: Bad Reputation

Join us for a special presentation of Magnolia Pictures’ BAD REPUTATION, a documentary about legendary rocker Joan Jett featuring never-before-seen footage, ahead of its wider theatrical release. We’ll have Seasick Records doing a DJ set and selling some vinyl at the event. As always with Screentalk screenings, a panel discussion will follow the film. Tickets are $12 ahead of time, $15 at the door. VIP packages are available with reserved table, 2 drink tickets, and 2 tickets to the film for $60. This month’s ScreenTalk will be hosted at Iron City instead of Carrigan’s, our usual venue. We will be back at Carrigan’s for next month’s ScreenTalk!

If you like movies and helping people, volunteer at Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival, August 20-26

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James Brown and his wife Emily. They met at Sidewalk as volunteers! Photo via James Brown

So, you love all-things cinema and you love Birmingham. Then become a Sidewalk volunteer!  Birmingham’s annual film festival runs August 20-26.

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You should see the plans for Sidewalk Cinema and Film Center to be built in Birmingham’s Theatre District

Four independent film connoisseurs stand eagerly outside Sidewalk Film Festival 2017. Photo by Karen Downs for Sidewalk Film Festival.

We’ve got big news for the independent film scene in Alabama! Thanks to $200,000 in support from the Jefferson County Commission, filmmakers and filmgoers alike will be able to enjoy the new Sidewalk Cinema and Film Center coming to the Pizitz building in downtown Birmingham.   Continue reading “You should see the plans for Sidewalk Cinema and Film Center to be built in Birmingham’s Theatre District”

Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema reaches fundraising milestone

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Photo: www.sidewalkfest.com

Since 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk. MAKE MOVIE MAGIC, a campaign to fund the Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema is well underway to create a permanent home for this innovative and important piece of Birmingham’s cultural puzzle.

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Birmingham’s top events: Russian Dashcam goes artsy, bartending with herbs, and Sidewalk! August 23rd through 29th

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I found way too much to go out and experience this week!  So I’ll use this opening paragraph to plug a short film in Sidewalk that I couldn’t write a whole article on (because it had next to no connections with Birmingham, not because it didn’t deserve a whole article): Pavels Gummenikovs’ “Just Go” feels like Baby Driver minus the Hollywood corporatization.  Trust me, watch it!  I should also probably mention the mayoral election happening today (not Wednesday!), make sure you vote there if you’re eligible.

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I interviewed Ben Stark on his upcoming Sidewalk film!

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The technical term is “slacker noir”

“Your trailer was definitely the one that got me to ask my editor, ‘can we pull from all Alabama-native producers, not just Birmingham?’ – it’s a lot of fun!”  I interviewed Huntsville film director Ben Stark about his life and his upcoming short “Rocket City Shakedown!” Continue reading “I interviewed Ben Stark on his upcoming Sidewalk film!”