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Welcome to the 15th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival, we are so glad you are here and hope this interactive schedule makes it easy for you to navigate this year’s event. Read on for all the details about the 2013 line-up of films, panels, and parties. Plus, you can learn about our special guests, sponsors and more. 

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Wednesday, August 21
 

7:00pm

4 Little Girls: We Reflect. We Respond. sponsored by Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
4 Little Girls: We Reflect. We Respond. will be a citywide simultaneous screening and discussion of Spike Lee’s critically-acclaimed documentary film, 4 Little Girls. The Sidewalk Film Festival, in conjunction with the City of Birmingham’s 50 Years Forward campaign, is coordinating this unique and meaningful event.

The screenings are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 pm. Birmingham area places of worship of all religions and denominations are encouraged to serve as host venues.

All participating places of worship will screen the film and hold a roundtable discussion immediately afterwards. Sidewalk will provide each participating host venue with a kit containing artwork/templates to be used for marketing the event, an event agenda and discussion guide, and a copy of the film (with license). There will be no cost for participating host venues, but each venue will be required to provide its own audio/visual equipment.

Admission to this event will be FREE. Donations will be collected to benefit the nonprofit Four Spirits Inc., which plans to erect a monument in memory of the four girls who were killed in the church bombing.

Wednesday August 21, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Multiple Venues Across the Metro Area
 
Thursday, August 22
 

6:00pm

9:00pm

Sidewalk Filmmaker Block Party
**All are welcome to attend.

Thursday August 22, 2013 9:00pm - Friday August 23, 2013 12:00am
Parkside Café 4036 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL
 
Friday, August 23
 

5:00pm

Opening Night Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

**VIP Only

The gorgeous Alabama Theatre + catering from Hot & Hot Fish Club = an awesome night. 

Plus, Korbel Champagne, Bud Light, Back Forty Brewing Co. and Stella at the Bar.

 

Sponsors

Friday August 23, 2013 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

8:00pm

Lil Bub & Friendz/Opening Night sponsored by Regions Bank
Limited Capacity seats available

Lil Bub & Friendz, the doc about the cutest toothless, deformed kitty in the known universe (and potentially beyond) also features some of your favorite feline meme generators — Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat — and Bub’s adorkable owner Mike Bridavsky.

Lil Bub is a tabby riddled with deformities, from misshapen leg bones to a perpetual toothless overbite that makes drool prevention impossible. Her tongue hangs out. Her bug-eyes engulf her forehead and give her a look of unwavering surprise. In other words, she’s adorable. And she’s unbelievably famous.

Starring Lil Bub and Bub’s owner, Mike Bridavsky, along with Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat, and meme-manager supreme Ben Lashes, the movie follows the life and times of Bub and examines the internet cat phenomenon with an amazing soundtrack that features Spiritualized, Vernon Elliott, Mort Garson, Steve Reich, and Integrity.

For more information about Lil Bub visit www.lilbub.com

Friday August 23, 2013 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

10:00pm

Opening Night After Party
Regions Field- all the best ballpark fare, live music from The Yahoos and DJ Slade, plus the Kiss Cam, Dance Cam and Babe Ruff!

VIP Lounge with food, drinks and a few surprises for those with VIP credentials

Admission: All Opening Night Pass Holders,  Weekend Pass Holders, and those with VIP Credentials. A limited number of tickets for the party only will be available at the door.

Sponsored by Regions Bank, Bud Light, Back Forty Brewing Co. and Stella

Sponsors

Friday August 23, 2013 10:00pm - Saturday August 24, 2013 1:00am
Regions Field 1400 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL
 
Saturday, August 24
 

9:00am

On-Camera Acting Workshop
Birmingham Film Actors Lab and Hollywood veteran Victor McCay (Argo, Walking Dead, The West Wing) will be hosting an On-Camera Workshop for actors wanting to learning more about the technique and business of film acting. You will receive in-depth instruction and honest critique as you enhance your craft and build your confidence by performing on-camera acting exercises using actual film and television scripts. The perfect opportunity to build a foundation or sharpen your skills.

Speakers

Saturday August 24, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am
Legends Bar 230 18th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30am

Digital City
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital City is a shorts block comprised of documentaries made by UAB's ethnographic filmmaking class.

Saturday August 24, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
First United Methodist Church 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL

10:30am

Saturday Morning Cartoons - FREE!
Limited Capacity seats available

Sidewalk Programmers have compiled an awesome selection of vintage 80's and 90's cartoons and the like for the start of your Sidewalk weekend. To accompany the screening there will be a free sugary cereal bar with all the cereal you can stomach, along with juice, coffee and more. So launch Sidewalk 2013 by loading up on carbs and crazy cartoon antics. Fun for all ages.

Saturday August 24, 2013 10:30am - 12:10pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Skin
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Jordana Spiro

Skin is the story of a child taxidermist, an outsider in his small town. He is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. But just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything.

Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Unsettlement
Limited Capacity seats available

Directors: Ellie Campbell, Elizabeth Blair and Abbot Henderson

In 2003, Anniston, Alabama received a $700 million toxic waste settlement. Can money fix 40 years of contamination?

**This short is screening with the film Zipper.

Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Shorts for Kids
Limited Capacity seats available

1. March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed The World

Director: Lynn Whitfield

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

2. History Lesson

Directors: Adi Alouf, Trey Carlisle, Murielle Alconcel, Karenina Juarez, Sawyer Kroll, Grace Waronker, Crystal Tran

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A public service announcement created by teens about slavery. This PSA was produced by The Righteous Conversations Project, which brings together Holocaust survivors and teens to create media projects that address injustices in our world. This PSA was gifted to non-profit organizations Freedom Shabat and Seattle Against Slavery.

3. Seek the Truth

Directors: Sofia Barrett, Purag Moumdjian

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

An animated public service announcement created by teens about censorship in the face of Holocaust denial. Based on a true story as shared by Holocaust survivor Helen Freeman. This PSA was produced by The Righteous Conversations Project, which brings together Holocaust survivors and teens to create media projects that address injustices in our world. This PSA was gifted to Simon Wiesenthal Center.

4. Yo!  Yes?

Director: Michael Sporn

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short, Family

5. The Island of the Skog

Directors: Don Duga, Irra Duga

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

6. Here Comes The Cat

Directors: Igor Kovalyov, Aleksandr Tatarskiy

Country of Origin: Russia, USA

Genre: Animated Short

Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
McWane Center 200 19th St N  Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

Remote Area Medical- Rural Healthcare Panel
Join us as we discuss a resource that’s vital for everyone, yet unavailable to many people- access to health care, which is the focus of Remote Area Medical. Experts and professionals from the medical world will consider the timely issue of how our system succeeds and fails in areas that are often forgotten, even in our own country.

Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Community Meeting Room) 520 16th St N Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

Zipper
Limited Capacity seats available

A film about greed, politics, land use and public policy, Zipper tells the story behind the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly runs a 38-year-old carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district. When his rented lot is snatched up by an opportunistic real estate mogul, Eddie and his ride become casualties of a power struggle between the developer and the City of New York over the future of the “People’s Playground.’’ Be it an affront to history or just the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake. In a market-driven world where growth often trumps preservation, the Zipper may be only the beginning of what is lost.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/46298486

**This film is screening with the short film Unsettlement.  In 2003, Anniston, Alabama received a $700 million toxic waste settlement. Can money fix 40 years of contamination?


Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:16pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Hide Your Smiling Faces
Limited Capacity seats available

Hide Your Smiling Faces vividly depicts the young lives of two brothers as they abruptly come of age through the experience of a friend’s mysterious death. The event ripples under the surface of their town, unsettling the brothers and their friends in a way that they can’t fully understand. Once familiar interactions begin to take on a macabre tone in light of the tragic accident, leading Eric, 14, and Tommy, 9, to retreat into their wild surroundings. As the two brothers vocally face the questions they have about mortality, they simultaneously hold their own silent debates within their minds that build into seemingly insurmountable moral peaks. Hide Your Smiling Faces is a true, headlong glimpse into the raw spirit of youth, as well as the calluses that one often develops as a result of an unfiltered past.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xztupt_hide-your-smiling-faces-official-trailer-eye-on-films_shortfilms

**This film is screening with the short film Skin.



Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:20pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Breaking Through
Limited Capacity seats available

Breaking Through highlights openly LGBT elected officials at all levels, from the first openly gay US Senator, Tammy Baldwin, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker to the first transgendered judge, a Dallas County lesbian, Latina sheriff and a young African American Councilman who grew up homeless.
Though featuring politicians, it isn't about politics: it's about people who feel fear and shame and yearn to live meaningful lives amidst anti-gay messages. They reveal how they broke through barriers internally - daring to believe something different than what they were told - and then externally as they pursued and achieved the future they envisioned. Showing what is possible, they give hope to struggling people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
To view the trailer, click the following link: www.BreakingThroughMovie.com


Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:23pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Eye on the Sixties
Limited Capacity seats available

Eye on the Sixties is a visually and emotionally stylistic essay on the art and craft of photojournalism. It echoes the belief that the human abilities to visualize and to care are the best creative allies. It casts a fresh eye on a dramatic decade through the example of one man's journey from the Peace Corps in 1961, to the emotionally powerful March On Washington-- to JFK, Dylan at Newport, the Beatles first concert in America, LIFE magazine essays with Barbara Walters, Arthur Ashe, Robert F. Kennedy, Judy Collins, and the inevitable closing of the decade at Woodstock. The film touches upon the creative impulse, the sense of free-spirit, and the beginnings of old age. The film travels with Scherman to the recent 50th Anniversary of the creation of The Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., to the site of the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, to the the October chilled air where the Woodstock Festival was held, and to the windswept hills of Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod where Scherman moves today in a kind of peace, laced with humor, hope, and reality. The film concludes on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with Scherman standing out in a crowd of ubiquitous amateur photographers, so fully aware yet partly invisible, armed with his camera, with one eye on the past and one on the future, and offering up some final encouraging words of wisdom to those who carry within the hope to one day express themselves. To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/61986544


Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

AL Shorts 1
Limited Capacity seats available

1. C.U.P.I.D

Director: Thomas Smith

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A young man finds his life drastically altered and, in some cases, endangered as a platoon of high-tech C.U.P.I.Ds attempt to steer him toward his soul mate.

2. The Admission

Director: Douglas Coghlan

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

The Admissions department at MCU thinks they're in for a normal day—or at least as normal as any campus tour day could be. Suddenly, all hell breaks loose.

3. We Never Talk Anymore

Director: Carrie Hill

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Annie and Michael meet and fall in love, marry and grow old together, but they only speak to each other with text messages.

4. The Many Sides Of Maggie

Director: Tam Le

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A troubled girl goes back home to reconnect with an old friend and deal with her problem.

5. Good Steven

Director: Christopher Davis

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Good Steven is a short comedy about a simple dog's simple life. It's told from the perspective of the dog and is narrated by the dog as well. It covers everything he does in a day, which is very limited since he does so few things. But he enjoys doing them in his own way and at his own pace. The phrase, 'It's a dog's life' was made for Steven.

6. Oh Shit!

Director: Jason Obrien

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

All Laura wanted that day was to go the restroom in peace ... unfortunately, it wasn't in the cards. TMI is just the beginning.

7. Horizontal Vertical

Director: Kevin Wayne

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A short faith-based drama.

8. The Robbery

Director: Stan Williams

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A bank is robbed by mimes. It's 3 1/2 minutes. It would take less time to watch it than it would to read 1000 words about it. Plus, the last 500 words would be 'mimes' over and over.

9. Stakes

Director: Brandon Mason

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Advertising Executive Jeremy Jacobs is about to take on the biggest client of his career but complications arise when he discovers she is represented by London McNeil, the woman who left him heartbroken after a rejected marriage proposal one years earlier.

10. Bubble

Director: Jen West

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A woman is stirred from slumber by sounds of the earth shifting. She discovers a large bubble which she instinctively knows should never pop. Instead of seeing her reflection inside, she sees a little girl trapped reaching out for help. The woman enters the bubble, and becomes the child. She is then lead on a terrifying journey that makes you question who is really who in the end.

11. Smart People Being Stupid Presents: The Hot Pepper Eating Contest

Director: Sam Frazier Jr.

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Once a year, the Sidewalk Film Festival hosts its fundraising event, the Salsa Showdown. There are many attractions that day, including piñata smashes, salsa/ guacamole/ queso taste tests, and a children's play area. But the real highlight is the hot pepper eating contest, where contestants eat increasing spicy peppers up to and including the 'ghost pepper'--the hottest pepper known to mankind. There is no real reward, except bragging rights, yet it holds host to many university researchers, doctors, and other successful people from different walks of life. It is then truly, smart people being stupid for no apparent reason.

12. Riverside

Director: Chris Garrison

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

Edwardian era widower Ambrose struggles to cope with the death of his young wife, Virginia. But when his grief turns to anger, he decides to confront her. Music by 13ghosts.

13. Hell of a Job

Director: Colin Albea

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A recently deceased young man named Joe finds himself at the gates of heaven, which actually resembles a drab office. Joe is then surprised when Saint Peter offers him the recently vacated job of Satan. Joe must then decide quickly whether to accept this job or let it fall into the hands of a potentially dangerous sociopath.



 

Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:40pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Animated and Experimental Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

1. Feral

Director: Daniel Sousa

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

2. Colored

Director: Ian Bondurant

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

This film is an animated short about two oddly-animated friends and another oddly-animated character who is only admitted into the group by discovering his unique identity. The two characters learn acceptance of their new friend when he helps them reach some of their own goals and learning the true value of money.

3. The Darkroom

Director: Cheri Gaulke

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker                   

 High school darkroom detritus and silver gelatin cast-offs embark into an alchemical and surreal journey. All photos and animation were created by high-school students and senior Wiley Webb/DJ extraordinaire created the dark and stirring musical score.

4. A Tangled Tale

Director: Corrie Francis Parks

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

In this unusual romance, hand-tinted sand, becomes a metaphor for two souls as they join and separate. With a radical new approach to a traditional technique, animator Corrie Francis Parks brings vibrant color to the watery underworld in this philosophical tale of entangling attraction.

5. The Event

Director: Julia Pott

Country of Origin: United Kingdom and USA

Genre: Animated Short

Love and a severed foot, at the end of the world.

6. Illusions De Grandeur

Director: Megan Fowler

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

Mangus the not-so magnificent magician has a grand idea for the perfect magic trick to impress the entire village. But what happens behind the curtain?
A struggling performer learns a valuable lesson in this Dr. Caligari inspired love story.

7. Places Where We Lived

Director: Bernardo Britto

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

A man wakes up with a terrible feeling. His parents are selling his childhood home. A goodbye/love letter to Florida.

8. Sticks and Birthstones

Director:  April Simmons

Invisible bodies may become visible in the dark - apparitions, auditory illusions, spectres, phantoms, are all intangible, none of them, for instance, could be photographed.

9. Marcel, King of Tervuren

Director: Tom Schroeder

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

Marcel survives the bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son Max. Though blinded in one eye, he remains the King of Tervuren. Greek tragedy as acted out by Belgian roosters.

10. Light Me Up

Director: Ryan Walton, Derek Dolechek

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

Meet the Wattsons. They're spending some quality time together. In this short film, animation and live-action are combined to tell a story about a family of light bulbs.

11. Butler, Woman, Man

Director: Michael Langan

Country of Origin: France

Genre: Narrative Short

In a stately chateau somewhere in the Loire Valley, an elaborate masquerade unfolds as the inhabitants begin swapping roles with one another. A period exploration of gender, loops, role playing, and multiplicity of personae.

12. Animation Hotline

Director: Dustin Grella

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

Animation Hotline is a series of micro-animations that use crowd-sourced voicemail messages for content.

13. Olive

Director: Harriet-Lane Ngo

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

The medium this film is executed is with a combination of 2D and 3D software. Through the software called Toon Boom Animate Pro, the team was able to digitally draw, ink, and paint frame by frame. The 3D character was modeled, rigged, and animated in Maya and painted through Mari and Adobe Photoshop.

14. Oh Willy…

Director: Emma De Swaef, Marc Roels

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

Forced to return to his naturist roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery.

Saturday August 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:40pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:15am

Sidewrite Table Read: Alabama Finalists
A table read of the top three short screenplays in the Alabama category from our annual Sidewrite Short Screenplay Competition. Hosted by the talented Birmingham Film Actors Lab. Alabama finalists: T.W. Ballew, Van Newell, and Cobey Cobb.


Saturday August 24, 2013 11:15am - 12:30pm
Legends Bar 230 18th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

12:15pm

Hit and Stay- Non-violent Protest Panel
Panelists will explore the philosophy, history and significance of non-violent protest as it appears in Hit and Stay, the story of religious leaders who spearheaded protest efforts against the Vietnam War. Our speakers include the co-director of Hit and Stay, Skizz Cyzyk, and Scott Douglas, the executive director of Greater Birmingham Ministries.


Saturday August 24, 2013 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Community Meeting Room) 520 16th St N Birmingham, AL 35203

12:45pm

Indie Filmmaking and the Law
Birmingham's entertainment lawyer Stacey Davis will lead this panel with other experts on legal matters relating to film, including lawyer Rob Wollfarth. Our guests will teach independent producers how to avoid common legal pitfalls and understand key legal issues many face during the course of their independent film. Raise the bar and navigate your production past the perils of copyright infringement and other lawsuits. Protect your most valuable properties: the rights to your film.


Saturday August 24, 2013 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Legends Bar 230 18th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00pm

Remote Area Medical
Limited Capacity seats available

A debate over health care has been raging nationwide, but what’s been lost in the discussion of mandates, payers, pre-existing conditions and deficits are the American citizens who live day after day, year after year without solutions for their most basic needs, afraid of injury and suffering through illness because for them there is no alternative. Remote Area Medical will document the annual three-day “pop-up” medical clinic put on by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in the NASCAR speedway in Bristol, TN.
The Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps provides free medical, dental and eye care to people in remote areas of the United States and around the world. Founded in 1985, RAM is a publicly supported all-volunteer charitable organization. It was begun as an organization intended to bring quality health care to South America, but after realizing there is actually a greater need in our own country, RAM now does sixty percent of its work in the United Sates.
Instead of a film about policy, about which system is better, would cover more, or cost less, Remote Area Medical is a film about people, about a proud Appalachian community banding together to try and provide some relief for friends and neighbors who are simply out of options.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/43043051


Saturday August 24, 2013 1:00pm - 2:20pm
First United Methodist Church 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL

1:00pm

Kids Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

1. Stetson: Street Dog Of Park City

Director: Nancy Ogden

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Family Film Festival

Adapted from the popular book, Stetson Street Dog of Park City, this little pup has been abandoned on the streets of Park City, Utah. He gives us a "pup level" tour of the town as he searches for a home. And yes, it does have a very happy ending!

2. Color Me (Adjective)

Director: Alec Brown

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A girl is drawing a picture with crayons, but after picking one up and dropping a green one and a pink one in the process, they get lost. The green one comforts the pink one and they fall in love. However, the girl's little brother comes and accidentally steps on the pink one, shattering her. Can she be fixed, or is she gone forever?

3. The Silly Seasons

Director: Christopher Michael

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Genre: Family Film Festival

The hilariousness of Stan Laurel with the beautiful scenery of Howard's End!
After a wonderful summer, Mr Holloway has to store his harvest and get ready for winter.
But will his plans take root, before he ends up in a pickle?
Mr Holloway is a classic comic creation in the style of Jacques Tati, Mr Bean and Chaplin's tramp.
The Silly Seasons is perfect for children, parents and grandparents to enjoy together!

4. Left

Director: Travis Chen

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A team of explorer robots lands on a planet to undertake a specialized mission. Unfortunately, one curious member gets accidentally left behind.

5. Henry and the Midnight Dentist

Director: Tony Carter

Country of Origin: United Kingdom, Germany

Genre: Narrative Short

Henry and the Midnight Dentist is a short film produced in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. It's a fairytale fantasy about the power of imagination and the wonder of being a child.

Saturday August 24, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McWane Center 200 19th St N  Birmingham, AL 35203

1:10pm

Pit Stop
Limited Capacity seats available

Recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. On the other side of town, Ernesto evades life at home with his current live-in ex-boyfriend by spending much of his spare time in the hospital with an ailing past love. Impervious to the monotony of their blue-collar world, they maintain an unwavering yearning for romance. The emotional isolation the two men have grown accustomed to is captured in a subtle, optimistic, poetic fashion while avoiding melodrama.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rhaXvoGf0s


Saturday August 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:30pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:20pm

Shorts Program 2
Limited Capacity seats available

1. Social Butterfly

Director: Lauren Wolkstein

Country of Origin: France, USA

Genre: Narrative Short, Drama

A 30-year-old American woman enters a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.

2. Black Metal

Director: Kat Candler

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, the actions of one fan create a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.

3. Alice

Director: Slater Jewell-Kemker

Country of Origin: Canada

Genre: Narrative Short

ALICE tells the story of an insular and isolated girl who only connects to the world around her through sound, stealing bits and pieces of other people's lives by recording them to fill the void of her own life.

4. Showstopper

Director: Pamela Corkey

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

An aspiring stage mother sees a chance to reclaim dominion over her teenage son when a freak accident leaves him paralyzed from the waist up and he's forced to rely on his rusty childhood tap repertoire to communicate.

5. Jesus Fish

Director: Bryce McGuire

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A Southern short film about a would-be religious con-artist and his adopted brother who are pitted against aquatic folk-lore incarnate.

6. The Kingdom of Doug

Director: Victoria Thaine

Country of Origin: Australia

Genre: Narrative Short

Josie and her fellow cult members have gathered in an ice skating rink to commit mass suicide. When Josie loses faith in Doug, her charismatic cult leader, she starts questioning their choice to die.

7. Are We Not Cats

Director: Xander Robin

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short, Horror

A welder discovers his eccentric girlfriend eating his hair subconsciously as they take a truck drive to an abandoned resort.

Saturday August 24, 2013 1:20pm - 3:00pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:30pm

Terms and Conditions May Apply- Electronic Privacy Panel
Of all the information about you on the internet, what belongs to you? Terms and Conditions May Apply investigates this question, and the answer is... not a lot. Guests, including director Cullen Hoback and lawyer, Internet issues expert Will Norton, and Taylor Peake (MotionMobs), join us for a frank discussion of electronic privacy issues, one of the most timely and unsettling topics to appear in this year’s Life and Liberty films. Moderated by Jen West (Bubble). 


Saturday August 24, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Community Meeting Room) 520 16th St N Birmingham, AL 35203

1:30pm

Teenage
Limited Capacity seats available

Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth.


Saturday August 24, 2013 1:30pm - 2:48pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:30pm

Sidewalk Secret Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

Saturday August 24, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:30pm

Zero Charisma
Limited Capacity seats available

In the world of table-top role-playing games, no participant is as important as the Game Master, the one who creates the fantasy world, writes the story, and guides the players on their magical quest. And no Game Master is as brilliant as Scott Weidemeier -- at least, in his own mind. Being a Game Master is everything to overweight, 30-year old Scott. He values the creativity, the authority, but most of all the respect and deference of his players. All this is threatened, however, when he must recruit a new player and Miles Butler enters the picture. Miles is a neo-nerd hipster who shares the same interests as the socially marginal, yet is attractive, confident, and popular. At first charmed by his new player, Scott soon finds himself threatened by Miles’ charisma, and his expressions of insecurity and anger end up threatening his relationships with his players and friends. On top of this, the health of Scott’s ornery grandmother, with whom he has lived all his life, begins to falter, and his estranged mother shows up to lend a helping hand, reminding him of a childhood he would just as soon forget. Scott’s insecurities and hatred for Miles, coupled with the rising tensions at home drive him to a breaking point, throwing his once safe and comfortable life into utter chaos.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5w9LHaK2cE

Saturday August 24, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:40pm

Pride & Joy sponsored by Dreamland BBQ
Limited Capacity seats available

In Pride & Joy, Southern Foodways Alliance filmmaker Joe York travels from Virginia to Texas to tell contemporary stories of men and women who grow, prepare, and serve Southern food and drink. The film examines themes related to Southern foodways, sense of place, civil rights, gender, family relationships, and the diversity of the contemporary American South.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/36038586


Saturday August 24, 2013 1:40pm - 2:37pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:40pm

Blackfish
Limited Capacity seats available

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a notoriously aggressive orca that killed three people while in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite uses shocking footage and emotional interviews to present a convincing case against keeping these wild animals for human entertainment.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ou5DqfkZ8


Saturday August 24, 2013 1:40pm - 3:04pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

2:00pm

Film Festival Secrets
Film Festival Secrets author and Atlanta Film Festival staffer Chris Holland presents the top 10 tips for putting your indie film out on the film festival circuit without going insane. Learn what appeals to festival programmers, how to submit strategically, and best practices for attending festivals once you're in. After this seminar, you'll have the tools you need to honestly assess your own work and find the festivals that are best for your film, as well as the confidence to connect with others in the industry. Bring a pen, you're gonna want to take notes!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Holland

Chris Holland

Film Festival Secrets
Please move to the center of the vehicle and away from the doors.


Saturday August 24, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Legends Bar 230 18th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

2:45pm

Breaking Through- LGBT Lawmakers Panel
The personal and political are inextricably attached for LGBT lawmakers, the focus of Shout/Life and Liberty film Breaking Through. We’ll hear from Alabama State Representative Patricia Todd, president of the Alabama Stonewall Democrats Ralph Young, director Cindy Abel, and editor Michael Bruno in this discussion of the setbacks and issues facing these lawmakers and other members of the LGBT population, as well as the progress that’s being made. Moderated by Gina Mallisham.


Saturday August 24, 2013 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Community Meeting Room) 520 16th St N Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00pm

Made By Teens 1
Limited Capacity seats available

1. Life In Pink

Director: Zach Madden

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

WWII era Bob (John Gilbert) and Peg (Joyce Greenleaf) have a romantic encounter based around jazz tunes of the 1940s inside of a present day Laundromat, revisiting past memories and rekindling a passion 50 years in the making.

2. Showdown At High Noon

Director: Adam McArthur

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

Berfleece Ovens, local sheriff, is in for a normal afternoon in Leaky's saloon. But when Betsy comes bursting in the door warning about Grizzly Crow Joe robbing a bank, Berfleece springs into action. As he catches Grizzly Crow Joe in the act, Grizzly is faced with more than the ultimatum of the money. It's evolved into something bigger than that; his friendship with Berfleece.

3. 10,000 Hours

Director: Nick Rua

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

'10,000 Hours' combines archive footage, poetry, philosophy, and the hopes and fears of a talent on the cusp of adulthood.

4. The Painted Girl

Director: Ben Kadie

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

The Painted Girl tells the story of Megan, a closeted gay 15 year old, who runs away from her mother's expectations. Hiding in an abandoned subway tunnel, she uses spray paint to create art for her mother. Megan hopes that through this gallery of graffiti she can help her mother understand who she is.

5. Not Just A Diagnosis

Director: Charlotte Dolman

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A young woman finds herself in a nightmare world where her feelings of being branded because of her mental health issues are made very real. Can she find the strength to break the cycle?

6. The Cover Up

Director: Austin Lovelace

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A young woman is in a hurry to get to her destination. When her car breaks down on a desolate road, she panics and tries to wave down the first car that approaches her. The car that approaches her is carrying Austin and Hayley, who do not see her until it is too late.

7. Models of Bekonscot

Director: Sophie Le Neveu

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A retro style documentary about an English village dating back to the 1930's.This town has schools, country manors, and an airfield. But the documentary reveals this town is far from ordinary.

8. Mixdown

Director: Dylan Vogel

Country of Origin: Canada

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

This short documentary deals with the way in which sound affects people at both a mental and physical level.

 9. Voodoo Child

Director: Joe Kitaj, Roz Naimi

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A girl uses voodoo to get the boy of her dreams.

10. Dead End

Director: Daniela Arguello

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

Dead End is a story about loss and letting go. Ethan with the loss of his twin is trying to escape from reality only to find out that the only way to deal with it is to face it, and let it go.

Saturday August 24, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
McWane Center 200 19th St N  Birmingham, AL 35203

3:15pm

Getting Distribution
If you are making a movie and want to make sure your chances of getting distribution are as high as they can be, check this panel out! Industry professionals and filmmakers will discuss the current world of indie film distribution, including Sidewalk juror Adam Donaghey (a film producer and partner at the Texas Theatre), Amy Nicholson (Zipper), and Stuart Alson (president of ITN Distribution). Moderated by Aaron Hillis (journalist, co-owner of Video Free Brooklyn, and Sidewalk juror).

Speakers
avatar for Adam Donaghey

Adam Donaghey

President, Zero Trans Fat Productions
Indie film producer, partner at historic Texas Theatre, co-founder Oak Cliff Film Fest; hearts #foodie #CraftBeer #FishTacos #StarWars


Saturday August 24, 2013 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Legends Bar 230 18th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

3:30pm

Hit & Stay
Limited Capacity seats available

Hit & Stay is a feature-length documentary about priests and nuns who protested the Vietnam War by breaking into draft boards, destroying draft records, and then waiting around to be arrested. As more actions took place, tactics changed, and the Selective Service found it more and more difficult to do their job. The original draft board actions actions inspired a movement, which shaped the anti-war movement and helped bring an end to the draft.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/58425284


Saturday August 24, 2013 3:30pm - 5:10pm
First United Methodist Church 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL

3:40pm

Halloween: Harvest of Souls Trailer
Limited Capacity seats available


  This short is a trailer for a lost installment in the Halloween movie franchise. 

**This short is screening with the film See You Next Tuesday.

Saturday August 24, 2013 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

3:40pm

See You Next Tuesday
Limited Capacity seats available

An odd pregnant girl disrupts the lives of her campy recovering alcoholic mother and vulgar lesbian sister during a nervous breakdown.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/59190621

**This film is screening with the short film Halloween: Harvest of Souls Trailer.  This short is a trailer for a lost installment in the Halloween movie franchise.


Saturday August 24, 2013 3:40pm - 5:02pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

3:40pm

Mother of George
Limited Capacity seats available

A story about a woman willing to do anything and risk everything for her marriage.

Saturday August 24, 2013 3:40pm - 5:28pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:00pm

The Punk Singer
Limited Capacity seats available

Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.


Saturday August 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:15pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:00pm

Terms and Conditions May Apply
Limited Capacity seats available

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEO9iLWBWvw

Saturday August 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:20pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:00pm

The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On
Limited Capacity seats available

The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On follows two childhood girlfriends Andy and Liv who reunite to scatter Andy's dad's ashes from LA to Austin where Liv will audition for the role of a vixen spy in a noir film. Between performing mini-funerals in surreal southwestern landscapes, the girls practice being bad. Hilarious dialog, military cross-dressing, an incredible underground soundtrack, and performances by Sarah Hagan (Freaks and Geeks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and writer/director Drew Denny in this mixed media dark comedy that interweaves autobiography, documentary, fiction and camp.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/40634746

Saturday August 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:35pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:10pm

Hey Bartender sponsored by Southern Comfort
Limited Capacity seats available

Two men try to achieve their dreams through bartending. An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white-collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown years later he struggles to keep afloat. The bar is three deep and the bartenders are in the weeds at the greatest cocktail party since before Prohibition. Hey Bartender is the story of the rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail. Featuring the world's most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York with commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HUwmDqi2kA

Saturday August 24, 2013 4:10pm - 5:42pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:15pm

How to Sharpen Pencils
Limited Capacity seats available

How to Sharpen Pencils is a practical and theoretical treatise on the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening. The number one #2 pencil sharpener in the world, David Rees takes viewers through the delicate process of sharpening a pencil by hand.

**This short is screening with the film Hellaware.

Saturday August 24, 2013 4:15pm - 4:45pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:15pm

Hellaware
Limited Capacity seats available

Hellaware is a dark comedy about an NYC hipster photographer who exploits a group of suburban horrorcore rappers and the fallout that ensues.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejgZEce8oqI

**This film is screening with the short film How to Sharpen Pencils.  How to Sharpen Pencils is a practical and theoretical treatise on the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening. The number one #2 pencil sharpener in the world, David Rees takes viewers through the delicate process of sharpening a pencil by hand.

Saturday August 24, 2013 4:15pm - 5:31pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

5:00pm

Family Doc Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

1. School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten
Director: Lisa Molomot

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

A documentary film about a forest kindergarten in Switzerland.

2. B-Boy
Director: Lisa Cohen

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Eli is your typical Bar Mitzvah boy – a 13-year-old barely out of childhood – but put him on the competitive breakdance floor, and he’s E-Break, part of nationally recognized breakdancing crew.

3. Youth

Director: Tommy Petroni 

The simple follies of youth are captured so beautifully in this kaleidoscope of teenage moments.

Saturday August 24, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
McWane Center 200 19th St N  Birmingham, AL 35203

6:15pm

Shored Up
Limited Capacity seats available

Set primarily in Long Beach Island (LBI), NJ and the Outer Banks of NC, Shored Up features surfer/activists Jon Coen and John Weber, geologists Norb Psuty, Orrin Pilkey and Stan Riggs, historians, citizens and politicians including Deborah Whitcraft, Margaret Schram and Mayor Jonathon Oldham. The film’s narrative begins with an introduction to LBI and the decade old battle between surfers and the Army Corps of Engineers over beach replenishment, an engineering approach to protect property from erosion that buries surf breaks and encourages more unwise development. From this initial conflict Shored Up leads us on a journey through the natural and human development of our barrier islands, those thin strips of sand that awaken our imagination and our desire to live on the edge of a rising sea. As evidence emerges that sea level rise is accelerating, putting our coastal towns and cities in grave danger, we visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina where pro-development groups fight to suppress science and to overturn North Carolina’s historically progressive approach to coastal development. As Shored Up explores the struggle raging between science and reason on one side and economic growth and human nature on the other it illuminates the central moral choice that is presented by climate change. Will we accept scientific consensus and make the sacrifices necessary to protect our communities and future generations, or will we opt for greed, ignoring the reality of a rising sea until it’s too late?
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/58810595

Saturday August 24, 2013 6:15pm - 7:39pm
First United Methodist Church 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL

6:15pm

Alabama Doc Shorts 1
Limited Capacity seats available

1. Blighted Beauty

Director: Naaman Fletcher

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

 'Blighted Beauty' is a short documentary that presents the beauty of urban decay through the eyes (and photography) of urban explorer Naaman Fletcher. The film follows Naaman as he tramps through an abandoned hotel in the center of Birmingham, AL.

2. The Cahaba River

Director: Hunter Nichols

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Alabama residents of all walks of life share their memories and connection to the Cahaba River. Smithsonian Magazine recently heralded the Cahaba as one of the most biologically rich rivers in the nation. As the river gains fame, residents wonder if the river will maintain this status. Many threats face the river and its unique aquatic life.

3. The Druid City

Directors: Max Esposito, Kristyn Ulanday

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

A resilient Alabama city catalyzed by hope, turns to their unwavering faith in God, football and each other as a vehicle to face the challenges of rebuilding their community after one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

4. Strong Enough to Fight

Directors: Bob Miller

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Civil and Human Rights Short

The unrest that gripped Kenyan slums, neighborhoods and villages following the disputed 2007 presidential election was the worst outbreak of ethnically motivated violence the nation had ever seen. In the years following, many Kenyan youth have begun to seize active roles in the reform of their nation, using gardening, waste removal, education and athletics to encourage their peers toward a self-respecting and self-sustaining community. Within Kenya's progressive youth culture is the Kibera Olympic Boxing Club - a hodgepodge group of adolescents from different tribes. The group's ethnic diversity is remarkable given the violence they witnessed as youth. Together these boxers represent a nascent trend of cross-tribe brotherhood in a healing nation.

Genre: Documentary Short

Within Kenya's progressive youth culture is the Kibera Olympic Boxing Club - a hodgepodge group of adolescents from different tribes. The group's ethnic diversity is remarkable given the violence they witnessed as youth. Together these boxers represent a nascent trend of cross-tribe brotherhood in a healing nation.

5. Company Havanabama: Bridging the Gulf

Director: Adam Schwartz

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

University of Alabama acting professor Seth Panitch travels to Havana, Cuba to direct the play 'Beyond Therapy,' combining Cuban and American actors into the first officially sanctioned Cuban/American theatre company.

6. Reasonable Doubt

Director: Caitlin Trotter

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Convicted of murder and sentenced to death, Gary Drinkard spent six years on Alabama's death row before a team of accomplished attorneys took up his case and successfully defended him in a retrial. Twenty years after the murder, his attorneys, the DA, and the police investigator in charge of the case provide contrasting views of Drinkard and the ideologies and integrity of the system that determined his fate. In a system that presumes innocence and requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict, is justice really upheld?

Saturday August 24, 2013 6:15pm - 8:10pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:20pm

Doc Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

1. Overpass Light Brigade

Director: Dusan Harminc

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Shorts

'Overpass Light Brigade' is a short film that tells the story behind Wisconsin's Holders of the Lights using innovative time-lapse photography and interviews with founding members and other activists. The film showcases OLB's simple, beautiful approach to performance art and action that beckons any who want to creatively join public discourse and voice concerns an elitist political system clamors to quiet.

2. Die Like An Egyptian

Director: Matt Mamula

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Shorts

After a life long infatuation of Egyptian culture, 90 year old Fred Guentert tells the story of how he built his own Egyptian coffin, a dream he's had since he was 8 years old.

3. Horseman

Director: Tara Anderson

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Shorts

'Horseman' is a portrait of a solitary man eking out a living in the insular world of thoroughbred horse racing. A meditation on age and loneliness, Horseman portrays the simple dignity of a vanishing way of life.

4. Gold Party

Director: Nellie Kluz

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Shorts

Gold is a commodity that thrives in uncertain economic climates, and rising gold prices over the past few years have created a boom industry around precious metal scrap. Watching gold scrap dealers at work, this documentary provides a window into one small corner of a global economic market.

5. A Man Without Words

Director: Zack Godshall

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Ildefonso grew up without any language. Born deaf to hearing parents who never exposed him to signing, he had no shared language and had no idea what language was. Adapted from Susan Schaller's non-fiction account of introducing Ildefonso to language, the short film A MAN WITHOUT WORDS tells the story of his journey to language by bringing Ildefonso and Susan back to the classroom where they met, where he learned that he and everything has a name, and she learned what it is to be human.

6. The Straight and Narrow

Director: Hunter Holt and Heath Kinzer

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

A conservative Christian mother contemplates her beliefs and relationship with her son, months following his coming out.

 7. Canary in the Coal Mine

Director: Max Allman

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

In the middle of the coal mining mecca of Southern West Virginia, the Richardson family turns away from coal in order to focus on the family farm.

8. Turkey Man

Director: Becky Beamer

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving - it's my life.

9. We Will Live Again

Director: Myles Kane, Josh Koury

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

We Will Live Again is a look at the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. The film follows Ben Best and Andy Zawacki, the caretakers of this 'mom and pop style' warehouse, as they maintain the 99 deceased human bodies stored at below freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. The Institute and the Cryonics Movement were founded by Robert Ettinger, who in his nineties has long retired from running the faculty, but still lives nearby, self-publishing books on cryonics, awaiting the end of this life and eagerly anticipating his next.

Saturday August 24, 2013 6:20pm - 8:00pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:25pm

Continental
Limited Capacity seats available

Saturday August 24, 2013 6:25pm - 8:00pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:30pm

Muscle Shoals: Saturday Spotlight Film Sponsored by Lovoy, Summerville & Shelton
Limited Capacity seats available

Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River" as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. "I’ll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Loved You", "Mustang Sally”, "Tell Mama", "Kodachrome", and "Freebird" are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there.
At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white musicians together to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique ‘Muscle Shoals sound’ and the rhythm section ‘The Swampers’.
In this movie legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auGUm2r0cLs


Saturday August 24, 2013 6:30pm - 8:12pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:40pm

Reindeer
Limited Capacity seats available

Director: Eva Weber

Journeying 400 kilometers above the polar circle to Karigasniemi village in Utsjoki, Finland, filmmaker Eva Weber captures the reindeer herding that has been the livelihood of the Arctic’s indigenous Sámi people for countless generations.

**This short is screening with the film White Reindeer.

Saturday August 24, 2013 6:40pm - 7:10pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:40pm

White Reindeer
Limited Capacity seats available

After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne struggles to put her life back together during a sad, strange Christmastime in suburban Virginia.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/59124627

**This film is screening with the short film Reindeer.  Journeying 400 kilometers above the polar circle to Karigasniemi village in Utsjoki, Finland, filmmaker Eva Weber captures the reindeer herding that has been the livelihood of the Arctic’s indigenous Sámi people for countless generations.

Saturday August 24, 2013 6:40pm - 8:02pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:45pm

The Cold Lands
Limited Capacity seats available

After his mother’s sudden death, a young boy disappears into the deep woods of upstate New York and takes up with an unpredictable and mysterious drifter.


Saturday August 24, 2013 6:45pm - 8:25pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

7:00pm

Loves Her Gun
Limited Capacity seats available

Loves Her Gun is a cautionary tale of crime, guns and transformation. The narrative film follows Allie Perkins as she leaves Brooklyn, New York, having been the victim of a violent crime. With no job and an uneasy social life she is happy to leave it behind. She hooks up with an absurd band of karate rock musicians from Austin and embarks on a band road trip down to Texas. Once in Austin, she enjoys settling into the slower-paced lifestyle as she tries to regain her confidence. She lands a job as a landscaper and makes several new friends including Clark Rodriguez, a recent transplant from Mexico who is smitten by her. Despite her seeming improvement, her anxieties and fears still haunt her. She quickly falls into local gun culture as a means to feel safe, but begins walking a fine line between reasonable self preservation and paranoid withdrawal. As she spends more time on the shooting range than she does in her apartment, can she maintain healthy relationships, or will the weapons she uses to protect herself actually cause new problems worse than the ones she was fleeing?
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fufyjAaPCoM

Saturday August 24, 2013 7:00pm - 8:40pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

8:35pm

Spies of Mississippi
Limited Capacity seats available

Spies of Mississippi tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain white supremacy. The anti-civil rights organization was hidden in plain sight in an unassuming office in the Mississippi State Capitol. Funded with taxpayer dollars and granted extraordinary latitude to carry out its mission, the Commission evolved from a propaganda machine into a full blown spy operation. How do we know this is true? The Commission itself tells us in more than 146,000 pages of files preserved by the State. This wealth of first person primary historical material guides us through one of the most fascinating and yet little known stories of America's quest for Civil Rights.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.spiesofmississippithefilm.com/#!trailers/c1747


Saturday August 24, 2013 8:35pm - 9:55pm
First United Methodist Church 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL

9:00pm

The Bounceback sponsored by Green Central Station
Limited Capacity seats available

The raucous nightlife of Austin, Texas, is the setting for this outrageous and heartfelt comedy about two ex-couples burned by love. Depressed and lonely, Stan finds out his ex, Cathy, is headed back to Austin for a girls' weekend. He jumps on a plane to Texas to win her back, but is thwarted by Cathy's best friend, Kara, who is locked in a vicious break-up with her own ex, Stan's best friend, Jeff. The four of them bounce from sweaty nightclubs to honky tonks to Air Sex competitions looking for a new start, or maybe just some sweet, sweet revenge.

Saturday August 24, 2013 9:00pm - 10:32pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:00pm

The Suspect
Limited Capacity seats available

A small southern town -- close-knit and all-white -- suffers its first-ever armed bank robbery. The thief is masked, but the video surveillance seems to indicate the criminal is African American.
Within a half-hour of the crime, a lone black man is found walking along a nearby road. No ID, wearing a dirt-streaked undershirt as if he's recently buried something. No explanation for his behavior, and little cooperation. Case closed? Maybe.
Or maybe it's just the beginning. From the moment the sheriff locks his suspect in the town's lone jail cell, the balance of power shifts. As it becomes clear he's sitting exactly where he wants to be, this mysterious man calls the motivation of everyone he encounters into question. Who's behind the robbery, and why?
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/59167101


Saturday August 24, 2013 9:00pm - 10:37pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:10pm

Killzone Intercept
Limited Capacity seats available

The film is based on the Killzone series, a popular first person shooter on the PlayStation 3 platform. It's an independent sci-fi action project. It took 2 years to produce with the help of volunteers and even with the assistance of the game developers.

**This short is screening with the film The Phoenix Rises

Saturday August 24, 2013 9:10pm - 9:40pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:10pm

The Phoenix Rises
Limited Capacity seats available

Worlds collide in this psychological, sci fi thriller when a team of brilliant scientists are recruited to work with a secretive government run project called the Phoenix Program to develop counter measures for climate based weaponry. Special Agents Bob Smith and Tom Jones hand-picked the team after observing their success with building the world's first space elevator for the Bonner Prize - a secret recruitment project purposed to find the worlds best and brightest. A newly formed terrorist group is using climate based weapons to hold the US and its allies hostage. Using extremely low frequency delivery methods the terrorists can cause earthquakes, alter rain patterns, cause droughts, and create deadly storms out of thin air; but the terrorist threat is not the only challenge for the team. A deadly, vindictive mercenary from their past, Jamal Duegro, has launched a revenge operation to reacquire technologies his clients want returned to them and will stop at nothing in order to protect his interests.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/55318598

**This film is screening with the short film Killzone Intercept.  The film is based on the Killzone series, a popular first person shooter on the PlayStation 3 platform. It's an independent sci-fi action project. It took 2 years to produce with the help of volunteers and even with the assistance of the game developers.

Saturday August 24, 2013 9:10pm - 10:36pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:15pm

Halloween: Harvest of Souls Trailer
Limited Capacity seats available


  This short is a trailer for a lost installment in the Halloween movie franchise. 

**This short is screening with the film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Saturday August 24, 2013 9:15pm - 9:45pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:15pm

Licks
Limited Capacity seats available

Licks' follows the story of a young man, D, as he returns to his Oakland neighborhood after two years served in prison for a botched robbery. In the days after his release, we are taken into D's world and follow him as he decides what direction he wants to take his life after being locked up.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://licksmovie.com/

Saturday August 24, 2013 9:15pm - 10:35pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:15pm

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 35mm
Limited Capacity seats available

Texas. Chainsaw. Massacre. Three words that evoke horrifying images when uttered together . And the classic film, approaching its 40th anniversary, completely delivers on the atrocities that the title promises.

You know the story. On a hot summer day, Sally, her brother Franklin, and a few friends trek across the vast Texas wastelands to check on their grandfather’s gravesite. A foreboding encounter with a Polaroid-snapping, razor-slashing hitchhiker steadily guides them to their doom. Leatherface. Meathooks. Grandpa. Everything goes to hell from there.

A true independent, Director Tobe Hooper produced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for less than $300,000 with a cast of unknown actors and shot the film in central Texas.

We are utterly thrilled to be showing Chainsaw at The Alabama Theatre on one of the last theatrical prints in existence. 


**This film is screening with the short film Halloween: Harvest of Souls Trailer.  This short is a trailer for a lost installment in the Halloween movie franchise.

Saturday August 24, 2013 9:15pm - 10:38pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:30pm

Si Nos Dejan
Limited Capacity seats available

Director: Celia Rowlson-Hall

Si Nos Dejan is a love story flooded with good intentions and missed connections.

**This short is screening with the film Lauren Is Missing.

Saturday August 24, 2013 9:30pm - 10:00pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:30pm

Lauren Is Missing
Limited Capacity seats available

Mia (Brand Upon The Brain’s Maya Lawson) returns home from an unnamed journey to find her belongings packed and her roommate missing. She strikes up a friendship with Millie, a quirky outgoing woman who claims to be a friend of the missing roommate. Their friendship blossoms, leading to many mischievous, debauched adventures and a much-needed job at a taxidermy studio. Meanwhile, a mysterious and ghostly stalker (who may or may not be a link to the missing roommate) spies on Mia, his presence increasingly threatening as they move ever closer to a finale in which a missing roommate is only part of this terrible equation.

**This film is screening with the short si nos dejan.


Saturday August 24, 2013 9:30pm - 10:43pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:40pm

Animals
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine you’re lost in the woods, tripping on acid, disoriented, with loud rock but pleasing rock music echoing through the night air. That might be the best way to describe Animals, one of the most unique cinematic experiences you’re likely to encounter this or any other year. It’s a film that defies cinematic conventions and weaves a whimsical tale of angst, sexual awakening and the power of the mind. Our protagonist is Pol (Oriol Pla), a quiet and brooding teenager, whose best friend in the world is a walking, talking stuffed teddy bear named Deerhoof who also happens to sound like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Pol’s world is turned upside down with the arrival of a sexy new transfer student (Augustus Prew) that also coincides with the disappearance of a local girl and the burgeoning feelings he might have for Laia (Roser Tapias). As Pol gets more and more fascinated with the dark and mysterious stranger, the other relationships in his life are put to the ultimate test, culminating in an ending that is both wildly eccentric and eerily heartbreaking. Featuring acclaimed British actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy) and Javier Beltran (Little Ashes) and featuring cinematography from the great Eduard Grau (A Single Man, Buried). This film recently made its North American premiere at Outfest and is a co-presentation between Birmingham Shout and Sidewalk. Why? Because we both thought it was awesome.
Screens with “Angel Dust” (Dir: Nathan Adloff, 2013, World Premiere, USA, 10 min.)
As Paul begins to lose grasp on his life, he discovers a new meaning for substance abuse. Starring Danny Rhodes from last year’s world premiere, Cock N Bull.


Saturday August 24, 2013 9:40pm - 11:11pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

10:00pm

Saturday Night After Party
**VIP & party ticket holders are welcome to attend.

Saturday August 24, 2013 10:00pm - Sunday August 25, 2013 2:00am
The Bottletree Café 3719 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL
 
Sunday, August 25
 

10:30am

A Will for the Woods
Limited Capacity seats available

A man’s passionate wish for a legacy of green burials inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death.
Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang battles lymphoma while facing a potentially imminent need for funeral plans. Determined that his last act will not harm the environment and may even help protect it, Clark has discovered the movement to further sustainable funerals that conserve natural areas.
Enabling Clark’s wish is green burial pioneer Joe Sehee, who aims to realize this concept’s vast potential by helping define its goals and standards and endeavoring to open the world’s largest conservation burial ground.
Moved by Clark’s persistence and relying on Joe’s guidance, local cemetarian Dyanne Matzkevich, though avowedly “not a greenie,” establishes the first natural burial ground in North Carolina. Together she and Clark endeavor to protect the tract of forest adjacent to her conventional cemetery, developing a close bond. While Clark continues to try to overcome his illness, Clark and his partner Jane find great comfort in the thought that his death – whenever it happens – will be a force for regeneration.
A Will for the Woods is an immersive, life-affirming depiction of people coming to terms with mortality by embracing their connection to timeless natural cycles.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/62452617


Sunday August 25, 2013 10:30am - 12:13pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

10:45am

Moral Sleaze
Limited Capacity seats available

A group of young people gather in an apartment to make a movie. Joeun makes the props. Joeun's boyfriend Jimmy directs the movie. Jon, Kelly, and Ellen star in the movie. Joeun becomes friends with Jon, and Joeun's perspective of her relationship with Jimmy changes.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsRcSKyKWgU

Sunday August 25, 2013 10:45am - 11:58am
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Alabama Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

1. These Foolish Things

Director: Austin Haley

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A surprise visitor brings a young widow a reason to smile and softens her loss.

2. Visitor to Virgin Pines

Director: Greg Womble

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Just before Christmas, a middle-aged man visits the mother he doesn't know. The secrets they trade may be the secret to forgiveness.

3. The Ninth Hour

Director: J.M. Anderson

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

An evil crime boss and his hated rival battle for control. Everyone on Earth will be affected by the outcome of their conflict, for the people involved are not who they seem...

4. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires 'Ain't No Stranger'

Director: Cory Pennington

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

The Glory Fires band name comes from the old (mostly forgotten) southern gospel tradition of holding a revival by fire, burning the things that might be coming between a person and God. The video, co-written by Lee Bains and producer Cory Pennington, attempts to capture the feeling of the bands debut album in terms of Southern duality and religious contradictions.

5. Rise

Director: Alex Beatty

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

After a US Army convoy was hit by an IED, one uninjured soldier is struck with the reality of the chaos. With members of his unit needing to be rescued, he tries to foresee what his future would be like if he were to only save himself.

6. Nick Nicholson - 'Granpas Still'

Director: Kevin Wayne

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

This is a music video for country artist Nick Nicholson called 'Granpas Still'. Directed by Kevin Wayne of Kevin Wayne Film Studios.

7. Piety of Passion

Director: Carlos Estrada

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

On a dark night, Eric must bring a new sacrifice to be fully admitted into the cult.

8. The Bold and the Brightest

Director: Logan Freeman

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A woman with haunted by an unknown sickness and crippling nightmares dissects the cause and cure with her psychiatrist.

9. Reaching Out

Director: Logan Freeman

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A young woman goes into a drug induced coma to pull out the memory of her lost lover, but in order to do so she must give in to the dark forces that rule in the darkest reaches of her mind.

10. The Missing Trail

Director: Clint Till

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

A novice hunter quickly discovers that one hasty decision can have dire consequences.

11. Pennies On The Eyes

Director: Kevin Wayne

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

This is a music video of 'Pennies On The Eyes' by Robere Lord and Kristi Borden.

12. Bella's Vida

Director: Alan Moore

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Bella's joyride is short-lived when a redneck trucker abandons her on a back road, a cruel fate similar to the many beautiful ones before her.

13. Horrible Hearts (In Dark Places)

Director: Jay Burleson

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Music video for Horrible Hearts, produced by Aunt Vi, song by No-Name-Maddox featuring Lane Hughes.

14. Put It In A Box

Director: Michael Gordon

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Danny a Vietnam veteran fears that his son who is currently serving overseas will pay for the wrongs he committed.

15. Jude Law by The Green Seed

Director: Kris Daw

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Animated Short

Birmingham's premiere hip hop group, The Green Seed, seeks revenge on those at the fiscal top. Animated.

16. Scramble Films

Sunday August 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:40am
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Sidewrite Table Read: International Finalists
The Birmingham Film Actors Lab joins us again for a table read of the top three International screenplays from our Sidewrite Short Screenplay Competition. International finalists: James Harbinson, Holly Hudson, and Destri Martino.


Sunday August 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Legends Bar 230 18th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

Three Days at Foster- The Athletes of the Civil Rights Movement Panel
Keith Dunnavant, director of Three Days at Foster, and subjects from the film including Andrew Pernell and Art Dunning will discuss the stand against segregation taken by University of Alabama athletes in the 1960s. You’ll hear from people who personally experienced the civil rights movement in Alabama, complementing the film in a unique and powerful way.

Speakers

Sunday August 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Community Meeting Room) 520 16th St N Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00am

In God We Trust
Limited Capacity seats available

Eleanor Squillari, Bernie Madoff's secretary of 25 years, describes her devastation and shock upon learning that the biggest financial scam in U.S. history was perpetrated right under her very nose.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/63929692

Sunday August 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:22pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

The Life, Love and Hate of a Free Jazz Man and His Woman
Limited Capacity seats available

This is the story of Arthur Doyle, once a promising saxophonist in the New York school of Jazz' New Thing in the late 1960s and 1970s. He was sought out for his distinctive raw screaming saxophone by luminaries like Milford Graves and Sun Ra. Doyle, like many of his contemporaries, has struggled to maintain a healthy balance between life and music. The evidence of years spent pursuing a completely original sound is all around him. It is in his eyes, in his home and in the voices of his family. This film tells the story of a man who managed to live through his relationship with music. Now nearly 70, Doyle seems to be defying those forces that would keep him as a footnote in the history of American music.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KELqwYFmFf8

Sunday August 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:25pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Bluebird
Limited Capacity seats available

In the frozen woods of an isolated Maine logging town, one woman's tragic mistake shatters the balance of the community, resulting in profound and unexpected consequences. Weaving together several connected story lines, Bluebird explores the profound and transcendent effects of a tragedy on an isolated American town.


Sunday August 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

SHOUT Secret Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

Screening with "A Little Bit Country" (7 minutes) and "Gay Bashers" (4 minutes)

Sunday August 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

11:00am

Kids Shorts 3
Limited Capacity seats available

1. The Interviewer

Director: Genevieve Clay

Country of Origin: Australia

Genre: Family Film Festival

Thomas Howell gets more than he's bargained for in a job interview at a prestigious law firm; an insult about his tie, a rendition of Harry Potter and the chance to change the lives of a father and son.

2. Dessert Contest

Director: Mary Aupperle

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A timid marshmallow, a shy chocolate, and two plain little wafers enter the big dessert contest. They haven't got a chance of winning. Or do they?

3. Strings

Director: Crystal Us

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Family Film Festival

A surreal, musical journey about mother and daughter who end up in two different dimensions as the result of an ice skating accident.

4. Forest King

Director: Nikta Mansouri, Nat Motulsky

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

Megan and Henry voyage to a magical world inside a book, far from their unhappy home. The book is destroyed and she escapes without him, and must find a way to re-enter this magical world to bring her brother home.

5. Finding Erica Jones

Director: Natalie Markiles

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A down-on-his-luck detective searches for a missing girl in this noir film animation.

 6. Welcome To Golden Flake

Director: Jake Bell

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

An exploration of the beautiful mechanics and creative processes that work together in a rich and engaging environment in order to create the tasty snacks familiar to the community.

7. Within The Pages

Director: Anna Vosbigian

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A girl reads a book and in the process becomes the main character. As she comes to the point in the story where she tries to defend her life, her mom enters her room and snatches the book away. Immediately, she is swept away from the forest, which quickly vanishes as well.

8. Jody’s Bra

Director: Janine Sides

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Jody's Bra is a charming, occasionally uncomfortable comedy about a 12 year old girl and her larger-than-average bra. When Jody's over-sized bra is stolen by the popular girls at summer camp, and her social life threatened, Jody must undergo an adventurous recovery mission, one that will challenge old friendships, forge new alliances, and ultimately test what it means to be comfortable and confident in her own skin.

9. Killer App

Director: Elizabeth Herrick

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A young girl runs into some problems, when her father asks her to do some gardening.

10. Madison Harris

Director: Jon-Michael Brown

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Sometimes, Mom and Dad are wrong.

11. The Yearbook

Director: JP Jacobsen

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Romantic Comedy for Kids

As fifth grade and elementary school draws to a close, Leena , a bright, awkward student, gains the courage to ask her secret crush, the popular Matt, to sign her yearbook and give her first kiss.

Sunday August 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm
McWane Center 200 19th St N  Birmingham, AL 35203

12:15pm

The Punk Singer- Feminism and Punk Music Panel
An exploration of two controversial cultural allies- punk music and feminism- as seen in the Life and Liberty feature The Punk Singer, which focuses on Kathleen Hanna of Le Tigre and Bikini Kill. We will be joined by NPR music critic Ann Powers (who’s featured in the film), University of Alabama professor and filmmaker Rachel Raimist (Nobody Knows My Name), and Jacklyn Hamric of Substrate Radio. Don’t miss the chance to hear from experts on an engaging and important topic.


Sunday August 25, 2013 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Community Meeting Room) 520 16th St N Birmingham, AL 35203

12:30pm

Writing Dialog
Writing dialog is not easy, but it’s the backbone of every film. Learn the rules from experienced writers, as well as tips to create effective dialog with an original voice. Hear advice about topics like creating a flow to your dialog, conveying information naturally, and the difference between film dialog and normal conversation. We’ll be joined by experienced pros including Onur Tukel (Richard’s Wedding), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho), Sidewalk juror Becca Greene and local award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Tam Le.


Sunday August 25, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Legends Bar 230 18th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00pm

A Song Still Inside
Limited Capacity seats available

A Song Still Inside follows Mike, a young, under-employed father struggling with fatherhood and with his wife's success. As Maggie's career flourishes, Mike finds himself spending more and more time at home caring for their 9-month old son. With his professional options dwindling, Mike takes matters into his own hands, endangering both his marriage and his son in the process. As jealousies and resentments build, Mike is forced to confront fundamental questions about the life he thought he would lead. An intimate exploration of evolving gender roles in today's nuclear family, A Song Still Inside offers a fresh look at the modern work/family dilemma.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAn9tXg4LD4


Sunday August 25, 2013 1:00pm - 2:25pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:15pm

Alabama Doc Shorts 2
Limited Capacity seats available

1. World Fair

Director: Amanda Murray

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

In 1939, on the heels of the Great Depression, millions of people traveled to a former ash dump in Queens, New York, to catch a fleeting glimpse of a better future. WORLD FAIR is a short documentary that weaves together the stories of former fairgoers, now in their eighties and nineties, with archival Kodachrome footage, transporting viewers to the futuristic and hopeful realm of the 1939 New York World's Fair.

2. Mr. Todd's Fancy

Directors: T.J. Burks and Bill Chitwood

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Historical documentary about Miss Fancy, 'The Queen of the Avondale Zoo' from 1913 to 1934; and her handler, Mr. John Todd. Miss Fancy was the first animal in the Avondale Zoo, precursor to the Birmingham Zoo. Miss Fancy and Mr. Todd are remembered for their love of alcohol and misbehavior. Interviews with local historians as well as locals who remember Miss Fancy are woven into a delightful, short documentary piece about a Birmingham legend.

3. Eddie Kirkland: Born With It

Directors: Joe DiMaggio

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Musician Eddie Kirkland was born 'With It' - the Blues that is. Eddie was a uniquely versatile blues player that influenced many. As Eddie Kirkland put it - 'my father jumped on my mother and she came up with me.' I was born in Jamaica when my mom was 12 years old.' Eddie told me he was 'Born with It.'

 4. Walk A Mile

Director: Marlon Pinder

Country of Origin: Trinidad and Tobago

Genre: Documentary Short

Danny Frasier never let being born with fetal alcohol syndrome or the loss of his legs slow him down. He taught himself to walk on his hands and entertains crowds as an Elvis tribute artist.

5. Part of the Change

Director: Ezra Millstein

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

In April 2012, a group of U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War traveled with Habitat for Humanity to the Mekong Delta. Over two weeks, the veterans healed decades-old wounds of war while building houses and hope in partnership with Vietnamese families. This film follows Vic Romback from memories of his Air Force deployment through his return to Vietnam, the construction of three Habitat for Humanity homes, and a moving tribute to soldiers laid to rest in a Vietnamese National Cemetery.

6. What it means to know

Director: Mary Hodgin

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

In 'What it means to know,' four sisters reflect upon receiving the results from a genetic test.

7. Special Hot Dog

Director: Jamison Braly

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

What is the secret ingredient for nearly 100 years of success in the restaurant business? Chris' Hot Dogs, the oldest restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama, has more secrets than just their chili sauce. See why people come from all over the country to taste this timeless classic, while getting a taste of southern culture and history at no extra charge.

8. Portraits


Director: William Mason

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Birmingham Artist, Riley Scruggs paints realistic black and white portraits. He doesn't sell his work. He gives it away. His talent lies is in the exact details. To make a living Scruggs works as a t-shirt printer practicing and honing his artistic talent mixing colors. This short documentary is a small look into the life of the modern day artist.

9. Tasia & the Cheese Revolution

Director: Becky Beamer

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Documentary Short

Tasia Malakasis is the unexpected hero spearheading Alabama's cheese revolution with her versatile goat cheese - Belle Chevre. Both Tasia and her cheese are 'sexy, skinny, and smart'.

Sunday August 25, 2013 1:15pm - 3:15pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:20pm

G.B.F
Limited Capacity seats available

What happens after Tanner is outed by his classmates and becomes the title "gay best friend" for three high school queen bees?


Sunday August 25, 2013 1:20pm - 2:58pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:30pm

Moving for Midtown
Limited Capacity seats available

Moving for Midtown considers the impact large developments can have on local communities. Is there a difference between a house and a home?

**This short is screening with the film Tiny. 

Sunday August 25, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:30pm

Minority Voices in Film- Identity, Responsibility, and Storytelling Panel
Do minority filmmakers feel a responsibility to tell stories about the groups they belong to? Established filmmakers will provide their perspectives on this complex issue. Our guests will include Sidewalk juror Ya’Ke Smith (Wolf), Shout juror Nathan Adloff (Nate and Margaret), and Mary Jo Barthmaier, producer of this year’s Sidewalk selection The Suspect. Moderated by Melodie Sisk.


Sunday August 25, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Community Meeting Room) 520 16th St N Birmingham, AL 35203

1:30pm

Tiny sponsored by Home Run
Limited Capacity seats available

Tiny is a documentary about home, and how we find it.
The film follow’s one couple’s attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space.
Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/tinythemovie/tiny-trailer

**This film is screening with the short Moving for Midtown.  Moving for Midtown considers the impact large developments can have on local communities. Is there a difference between a house and a home?


Sunday August 25, 2013 1:30pm - 2:35pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:30pm

The Peanut Butter Solution
Limited Capacity seats available

Peanut butter is the secret ingredient for magic potions made by two friendly ghosts. Eleven-year-old Michael loses all of his hair when he gets a fright and uses the potion to get his hair back, but too much peanut butter causes things to get a bit hairy.

Sunday August 25, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
McWane Center 200 19th St N  Birmingham, AL 35203

1:30pm

Far Out Isn't Far Enough
Limited Capacity seats available

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This 98-minute film combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator. Using a historical palette of 20th century events to paint an artist's epic yet controversial life story, this HD documentary film offers a feature-length retrospective of Ungerer's life and art, pondering the complexities and contradictions of a man who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to the revolutionary voices during one of the most tantalizing and dramatic periods in American history. Far Out Isn't Far Enough explores the circumstances of his meteoric rise and fall on American soil, but also delves into Ungerer's formative years leading up to, and prolific years since, his time in America.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQlWgnerTRc


Sunday August 25, 2013 1:30pm - 3:08pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:35pm

Good Ol' Freda
Limited Capacity seats available

Good Ol' Freda' tells the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. As the Beatles' fame multiplies, Freda bears witness to music and cultural history but never exploits her insider access. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda finally tells her tales for the first time in 50 years.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/good-ol-freda/kickstarter-trailer


Sunday August 25, 2013 1:35pm - 3:01pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

1:40pm

Short Term 12 sponsored by Stewart Perry
Limited Capacity seats available

A 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhS6tvSb0UQ


Sunday August 25, 2013 1:40pm - 3:16pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

2:00pm

Intro to 'Making Faces' for Film
A 28 year veteran Makeup Artist/Wardrobe Stylist and Image Consultant, Linda Thacker has worked extensively in film, commercials, music videos and print. Gain a better understanding of the importance of proper makeup for film, and learn about varying applications for film, video, HD, and stage, as well as tips for taped auditions. Learn what to consider when selecting shades and formulas, how to make your makeup last and see before and after application with a seasoned Birmingham actress. You will also have the opportunity to register for an Advanced Technique Workshop to be held at a later date.

Speakers

Sunday August 25, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Legends Bar 230 18th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

2:00pm

Three Days At Foster
Limited Capacity seats available

In the 1950s and '60s, the epic battle to end institutional racism reverberated across the South. Many of the pivotal mileposts in the civil rights movement happened in Alabama, where segregation's hold was especially severe and unforgiving. One event came to symbolize Southern resistance: Segregationist Governor George Wallace's stand 'in the schoolhouse door' at the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963. Wallace fulfilled a campaign pledge by temporarily blocking the admission of two African-American students, but he forever planted his feet on the wrong side of history. Vivian Malone and James Hood registered for classes without incident, becoming iconic figures in the civil rights struggle. Yet, much less is known about the athletic pioneers who followed in their footsteps.

Written and directed by sports author Keith Dunnavant, Three Days At Foster tells a powerful, largely unknown story about the civil rights movement, focusing on several courageous athletes who challenged the last bastion of segregation in the shadow of George Wallace's infamy: Danny Treadwell, who integrated the state basketball tournament at Foster; Dock Rone, Andrew Pernell and Arthur Dunning, who walked on to the all-white Alabama football team in 1967 but have largely been lost to history; Wendell Hudson, UA’s first African-American scholarship athlete; and Wilbur Jackson, the first black man signed by Paul “Bear” Bryant’s football program. Intimate and revealing, it is a story about personal struggle and triumph, and ultimately, about the power of sports to touch hearts, change minds and heal a state’s wounds.


Sunday August 25, 2013 2:00pm - 3:20pm
First United Methodist Church 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL

3:00pm

4 Little Girls- Communicating for Change Panel
Panelists will talk about the role of Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls in preserving the story of the young girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. They will also discuss how the impact of 4 Little Girls evidences the unique power of film to open hearts and minds. Guests include Michele Forman (a producer of the film), Doug Jones (prosecutor of the bombing case, four decades later), and Caroline McKinstry (survivor of the bombing). Moderated by Ahmad Ward (BCRI).


Sunday August 25, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Community Meeting Room) 520 16th St N Birmingham, AL 35203

3:25pm

Who's Afraid Of Vagina Wolf
Limited Capacity seats available

The day after her fortieth birthday, Anna comes to the conclusion that it’s time for the madness to stop. She lives in her friend’s back yard tool shed; her career as a filmmaker isn’t paying her bills and worst of all it’s been ten years since she’s had a girlfriend. A hardscrabble life that seemed charming and adventurous in her twenties seems desperate and dire in middle age. She was once an adventurous jet setter & queen of night. Most move on from such a lifestyle before they hit 40. But not Anna. That’s why something has to change. And soon.

Anna devises a plan to make all her dreams finally come true: make a film and win over her leading actress and art school wunderkind; Katia. Borrowing a storyline from her most beloved film ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ she recruits her friend Penelope (former screen-writer turned actress) and Chloe (former child model with a flair for fashion and drama) to start production of her feature film debut ‘Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?’

As with all great feats, there were several obstacles standing in her way, first, there’s no money. Second, she will have to give up her role opposite Katia if she wants the much-desired Penelope to even consider taking the roll. Third, her Cuban mother has never been thrilled about her making lesbian films, let alone, her being lesbian. She’d much prefer Anna pack up her shed and move home to Miami. But, Anna persists until her obsessive crush on Katia paralyzes with fear of intimacy, rejection, and her own internalized homophobia. Julia, the cinematographer supports Anna through it all, compelled by her own romantic feelings for Anna.

Finally, despite her fears, Anna asks Katia out on a date only to be summarily rejected. Anna’s descent into a crippling, self-sabotage begins. While Julia tries her best to help and revive her spirits, Anna’s belief of “what should be” rather than “what is” makes her blind to Julia’s affection. Instead, Anna is enraged when her best friend, Penelope, begins a love affair with Katia. When Katia confronts Anna about her actions, the two end up at blows. Horrified, the cast, crew and even the devoted Julia, have seen enough. Anna is left alone, no friends, half a film and an eviction notice from her shed. The descent is over. The rock is at bottom.

Alone, Anna takes time to ponder her life, work and the mess she has made of it. She realizes that all her friends and especially, Julia were there for her and she blew it. In order to change, Anna must stop listening to her old demons and reach for a new sense of self-acceptance. A surprise visit from her mother puts things into perspective for Anna. They talk about the wounds of Anna’s turbulent childhood and Mami finally accepts it is important for Anna to make art that expresses her identity as a lesbian Latina. Anna reaches out to her friends and apologizes. They realize Anna is genuine and give her a second chance. She even asks Julia out on a date. Forty might even be heaven.
- See more at: http://www.vaginawolf.com/howl/about/#sthash.tZhhHnF0.dpuf


Sunday August 25, 2013 3:25pm - 4:48pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

3:30pm

Working in the Film Industry Outside of LA & NY
Do you want to make a living in the film industry, but don’t want to move to New York or LA? You might think it's impossible, but we'll hear tips on gaining success in the industry from established filmmakers who have lived all over the country, including Ted Speaker, Sidewalk juror Steve Dollar, Chris Hilleke, and Anna Margaret Hollyman (White Reindeer, Social Butterfly). Moderated by Alan Hunter.


Sunday August 25, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Legends Bar 230 18th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

3:45pm

Hale County Gorilla
Limited Capacity seats available

A year after an unexpected visitor puts Hale County in the national spotlight, residents reflect on life in small town Alabama.

**This short is screening with the film Medora.

Sunday August 25, 2013 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

3:45pm

Medora
Limited Capacity seats available

In America's basketball heartland, four boys from rural Medora, Indiana fight to end their high school's team's losing streak, as their dwindling town faces the threat of extinction.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://medorafilm.com/trailer.html

**This film is screening with the short film Hale County Gorilla.  A year after an unexpected visitor puts Hale County in the national spotlight, residents reflect on life in small town Alabama.

Sunday August 25, 2013 3:45pm - 5:07pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

3:45pm

HeartChild
Limited Capacity seats available

HeartChild' is a documentary film about the 28 year Crys Worley, who is the mother of a nine year old autistic child, Sasha. It is a remarkable story about a mother's struggles, not only with her own health, but the well being of her son. Committing to Sasha that she will never give up on him and inspired by the challenges parents of autistic children face, she started a non-profit organization, called A.Skate - Autism. Skating with Kids through Acceptance, Therapy, and Education. This film documents her extraordinary story.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.heartchildthemovie.com/#!trailer/mainPage


Sunday August 25, 2013 3:45pm - 5:28pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:00pm

A Teacher
Limited Capacity seats available

A high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/59435939


Sunday August 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:00pm

Made By Teens 2
Limited Capacity seats available

* Please note, films made by teens are not neccesarrily appropriate for all teens. 


1. House Of Time


Director: Rebecca Moretti

Country of Origin: Italy

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A girl returns to her childhood home after many years away in this visual meditation on memory and loss.

2. The Farm

Director: Malone Lumarda

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A wanderer stumbles across an abandoned farm and discovers he is not alone.

3. Charming Southmark

Director: Charlotte Dolman

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

4. Post Remembrance

Director: Hana Kateman, Cosima Elwes, Danielle Stolz

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

A letter causes strangers to relive precious memories.

5. Quicksand

Director: Lance Oppenheim

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

An elderly gentleman attempts to retrieve forgotten memories while battling the progression and regression of the cycles of life.

 6. A Quest For Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions

Director: Matthew Evans

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

Young filmmaker, Matthew J. Evans, takes a look at one of the most pressing issues in our modern society: violence among religions. Through discussions with Arun Gandhi, grandson of M.K. Gandhi, and local religious leaders from the Central Coast of California, Matthew learns powerful lessons about nonviolence, acceptance, and cultural understanding. As Gandhi has said, 'We must become the change we wish to see in our world!' This film helps us understand how we can make these changes.

7. Forever Under A Fantasty

Director: Jack Hochschild

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

I set about to make a film that asks the question 'What role do dreams play in our lives?' I chose the format of a monologue to ensure an effective connection could be made between viewer and the subject matter at the core, given the film is only five minutes long.

8. Junior Board Film

9. Hollywood Nights

Director: Ethan Ron

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Teen Filmmaker

Jack Daniels is an up and coming filmmaker working on his first Hollywood movie. When one of his cameramen gets injured, Jack is assigned by his arrogant producer a new one, a crazy and over the top redneck named Dicky. After a crazy night, Jack and Dicky wake up the next morning with 50 grand and no idea where it came from. With the help of Jack's friend Charlie, the guys must figure out where the money came from and just what they got themselves into.

Sunday August 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:45pm
McWane Center 200 19th St N  Birmingham, AL 35203

4:15pm

12 O'Clock Boys
Limited Capacity seats available

Pug, a thirteen year old boy living on a dangerous Westside block, has one goal in mind: to join the 12 O’Clock Boys; the notorious urban dirt-bike gang of Baltimore. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public. Pug looks to the pack for mentorship, spurred by their dangerous lifestyle. He narrates their world as if explaining a dreamscape, complemented with unprecedented, action-packed coverage of the riders in their element, guided by the riders themselves as they take to the streets and clash with Police. The film presents the pivotal years of change in a boy’s life growing up in one of the most dangerous and economically depressed cities in the United States.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E7f0uLoFnw

Sunday August 25, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:15pm

Coldwater
Limited Capacity seats available

Brad Lunders is a teenager forcefully taken from his home in the middle of the night by his parents consent, to a harsh wilderness reform facility. There is no contact with the outside world and the retired war colonel in charge prides himself on breaking an inmates spirit to correct delinquent behavior. As we learn of the tragic events that led to Brad’s arrival, unforeseen circumstances also threaten to tear the reform facility apart…forcing Brad to confront not only his fellow inmates and the personnel in charge, but finally his own sense of what is right and what is wrong.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHbmYrmNE60

Sunday August 25, 2013 4:15pm - 5:59pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

4:20pm

No Place On Earth
Limited Capacity seats available

A cave exploration in Ukraine leads to the unearthing of a story of World War II survivors who once found shelter in the same cave.


Sunday August 25, 2013 4:20pm - 5:20pm
First United Methodist Church 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL

4:20pm

Shorts Program 3
Limited Capacity seats available

1. No Beers for Bradley

Director: Julian Doan

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

In this pitch black comedy, a young boy, ridden with terminal illness, can't sleep. To help him go to bed, his older brother tells him the story of Bradley, a slacker on a quest to drink his bad day away. He trifles with mustached cops, intimidating thugs from Compton, and crackheads, all in the pursuit of binge drinking. But as the beers stack higher and Bradley gets drunker, the night spirals down into a drunken nightmare he never thought possible.

2. Alaska Is A Drag

Director: Shaz Bennett

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Leo stands out in a crowd. That’s not always a good thing working in a fish cannery in Alaska. His dreams of leaving this small town are hard fought, until a new boy moves to town and sees him for who he really is – an international superstar.

3. Car Trouble

Director: Ross Ching

Car Trouble is a short comedy about gas mileage, marriage, money and murder, but most importantly it is about costumer service.

4. Grasshopper!

Directors: Michael Usry, Ryan Roy

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

An average suburban housewife tries to stop her neighbor from going on a rampage after he witnesses a gruesome attack.

5. Meat

Director: Drew Daywalt

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Two friends face the aftermath of hitting 'something' with their pickup truck.

6. S/ASH

Director: Clay Liford

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Sam likes Harry Potter so much that he writes his own fan fiction. Only it's highly erotic. And he's thirteen.

7. America 101

Director: Richard Speight, Jr.

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

One man's life becomes the lesson of the day when he takes a frenetic ride through his own twisted version of the American experience.

8. The Evilest of Sorcerers

Director: Jon Elliott

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

See what happens when an annoying couple keeps interrupting a man trying to finish his dinner.

9. Bent

Director: Amy Jo Johnson

Country of Origin: Canada

Genre: Narrative Short

Growing up in a religious cult, Jackie and Amelia, now in their late thirties, meet up once a year at Amelia's mother's grave to reconnect and talk about life. 'Are we broken?' they ask themselves, only to decide after a topless escapade through their old sect, that they are only bent. Bent is a short film about those life long friendships that thankfully keep us feeling normal.

10. Live Bait

Director: Chase Tinnon

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

While on a fishing trip, Jack is confronted by a strange and hostile land owner. He now finds himself cornered and looking down the barrel of a shotgun.

11. Two Old Nuts

Director: Spencer Lenzie

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

Dick, a 70-year-old fart, finds himself with a broken back and a nagging, incapacitated wife. Stranded, he must save their necks and gain her respect.

12. Yeah Kowalski!

Director: Evan Roberts

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Narrative Short

13-year-old Gabe Kowalski is a late bloomer who goes to great lengths to impress his classmate crush, Shane.

Sunday August 25, 2013 4:20pm - 6:00pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:00pm

Congratulations!
Limited Capacity seats available

The most crucial hours of any missing persons case are the first seventy-two. But it is the next 87,660 hours and beyond when the real challenges present themselves. When an investigator must keep searching despite decaying evidence, aging children or deteriorating acuity – herein, lies the specialty of veteran Detective Dan Skok of the Missing Persons Bureau.
Eight year-old Paul Ryan Gray goes missing in his own house and the Gray family is thrown into chaos. Det. Skok and his team of investigators recognize the unusual nature of such a case. In an equally unusual response, Skok and his team move into the house and become residents of the crime scene.
As their search expands, Skok buries himself in study of the Gray family, watching home movies and observing their daily routines. The more he learns, the more he’s reminded of his own family, long departed.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/mikebrune/congratsmovietrailer


Sunday August 25, 2013 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:10pm

Black Box
Limited Capacity seats available

Placed in the position of choosing her own first project as a graduate student in theatre directing, Holly Pollard opts to not tackle a play at all, but a book - namely, a cult young adult horror novel entitled THE REAPER'S CHILDREN, a book she claims meant the world to her in her adolescence.

A couple of months later, as rehearsals begin, Holly faces growing skepticism amongst her ensemble of fresh-faced young undergraduates - the conservative Catholic Madeline, newly out Adam, 28-year-old and married Eddie, and British misfit Terra - none of whom are quite sure how to tackle such an outrageous story.

Little do they know, however, that in going through the process of creating this play - about spirits and children, oppression and repression, and, finally, liberation - that an awakening will occur in themselves, the arrival of the author, a meek and awkward man named William Peters, embodying loneliness itself, further provoking them into more real and intimate territory, and into the discovery that even the lowest and crudest forms of art come from the deepest and intimate chambers of our psyche.

Parallels abound in this movie about the scars of childhood and how we live with them, and the cathartic power of art.


Sunday August 25, 2013 6:10pm - 7:40pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:10pm

Black Box
Limited Capacity seats available

Placed in the position of choosing her own first project as a graduate student in theatre directing, Holly Pollard opts to not tackle a play at all, but a book - namely, a cult young adult horror novel entitled THE REAPER'S CHILDREN, a book she claims meant the world to her in her adolescence.

A couple of months later, as rehearsals begin, Holly faces growing skepticism amongst her ensemble of fresh-faced young undergraduates - the conservative Catholic Madeline, newly out Adam, 28-year-old and married Eddie, and British misfit Terra - none of whom are quite sure how to tackle such an outrageous story.

Little do they know, however, that in going through the process of creating this play - about spirits and children, oppression and repression, and, finally, liberation - that an awakening will occur in themselves, the arrival of the author, a meek and awkward man named William Peters, embodying loneliness itself, further provoking them into more real and intimate territory, and into the discovery that even the lowest and crudest forms of art come from the deepest and intimate chambers of our psyche.

Parallels abound in this movie about the scars of childhood and how we live with them, and the cathartic power of art.


Sunday August 25, 2013 6:10pm - 7:40pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:15pm

The Girls In The Band - FREE Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

The untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 1930's to the present day.

To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2631901465/

This screening is presented in partnership with The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival


Sunday August 25, 2013 6:15pm - 7:36pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:30pm

The Little Tin Man
Limited Capacity seats available

Tired of being overlooked for bigger roles, a struggling dwarf actor sets out to be cast as the Tin Man in Martin Scorsese's remake of The Wizard of Oz.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZmwJ-RE_eM


Sunday August 25, 2013 6:30pm - 7:55pm
First United Methodist Church 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL

6:30pm

Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Limited Capacity seats available

The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.
To view the trailer for this film, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_gGlYCMye4

Sunday August 25, 2013 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

6:30pm

Southern Baptist Sissies
Limited Capacity seats available

Southern Baptist Sissies is the story of four boys who are gay growing up in the Southern Baptist Church and how they each deal differently with the conflict between the teachings of the church and their sexuality.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo0k66jXVGI


Sunday August 25, 2013 6:30pm - 8:58pm
ASFA Dorothy Jemison Day Theater 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

7:00pm

Bending Steel
Limited Capacity seats available

Bending Steel is a strikingly moving documentary exploring the lost art of the oldetime strongman and one man’s struggle to overcome limitations of body and mind. The film follows 43-year-old Chris Schoeck as he trains to become a professional strongman, bending nails and horseshoes with his bare hands in preparation for his first appearance at New York’s historic Coney Island.
But as Chris begins to take these unique feats of strength public, crippling fears and insecurities are revealed. For the first time in his life he is compelled to confront social awkwardness, unsupportive parents, and an overwhelming fear of failure. What unfolds is the touching story of Chris’ quest for acceptance and fulfillment, two things which have always seemed just out of his reach.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8NVFUwj4Xo

Sunday August 25, 2013 7:00pm - 8:32pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

7:00pm

Antenna sponsored by Masco Fabrics
Limited Capacity seats available

In 1977, Memphis had hit bottom. With the death of Elvis and the collapse of Stax Records, the music that made the city famous was fading into memory. Local artists who played original music found themselves locked out of Memphis clubs in favor of cover bands and disco Djs. Tired of being ignored, a small group of punks found a decaying dive bar on Madison Avenue and transformed it into the Antenna, a name that would, for the next 15 years, be sononymous with new music. The no-rules club introduced the city to punk, new wave, alternative, and hardcore by providing local and national bands a place to play. But Antenna was more than a musical venue. It was a meeting place for the freaks, misfits, and artists; a pressure cooker for art and ideas.
Seventeen years after it closed, the Antenna lives on in the thriving Memphis underground music scene it inspired. Featuring the music of Panther Burns, The Grifters, The Oblivians, The Modifiers, Pezz, Calculated X, Sobering Consequences, Raid, Impala, Big Ass Truck, The Hellcats, and many more, this rollicking documentary shines a light on a neglected episode of 20th century music history, and finally gives the Memphis scene the respect it deserves.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/antennaclub/videos

Sunday August 25, 2013 7:00pm - 8:35pm
ASFA Lecture Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

8:30pm

Encore
Limited Capacity seats available

Sunday August 25, 2013 8:30pm - 9:30pm
ASFA Recital Hall 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎

8:40pm

Encore
Limited Capacity seats available

Sunday August 25, 2013 8:40pm - 9:40pm
Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL ‎

8:45pm

After Tiller
Limited Capacity seats available

After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. After Tiller moves between the rapidly unfolding stories of these doctors, all of whom were close colleagues of Dr. Tiller, and are fighting to keep this service available in the wake of his death. These four people have become the new number-one targets of the pro-life movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients' lives. After Tiller shows them confronting harassment from protesters, challenges in their personal lives, and a series of tough ethical decisions.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://vimeo.com/62276058


Sunday August 25, 2013 8:45pm - 10:15pm
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

8:55pm

West Blocton: Small Town, Big Heart
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a documentary about a small town in Alabama called West Blocton. In its time, it was one of the largest coal mining towns in the United States. Watch as you are transported back in time with authentic pictures of a by-gone era and exclusive interviews with people who lived to see West Blocton as a booming coal mining town. The Commander of Air Force One who flew President Kennedy to Dallas on November 22nd, 1963 was from West Blocton. See what NFL player currently lives in West Blocton. See how coal mining is making a comeback in this small town and what the future holds for West Blocton. Set to an emotional soundtrack of musical score with true southern songs, this documentary will move your heart.

Sunday August 25, 2013 8:55pm - 10:05pm
First United Methodist Church 518 19th St N, Birmingham, AL

9:30pm

Awards Show
Limited Capacity seats available

Sunday August 25, 2013 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL ‎

9:30pm

Computer Chess
Limited Capacity seats available

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.
To view the trailer, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeVdnxiIwXk


Sunday August 25, 2013 9:30pm - 11:02pm
ASFA Black Box 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL ‎