The 13th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, will happen this weekend, August 26-28.
Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have discovered “fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema,” according to the Website for the event.
Sidewalk 2011 will take place in the Theatre District of Downtown Birmingham on August 26, 27 and 28. The Alabama Moving Image Association was created to inspire, encourage and support films and filmmaking in Alabama.
With nine venues located within Birmingham’s historic Theatre District (featuring the newly restored Alabama Theatre, a 2,200 seat movie palace built by Paramount in 1927), spontaneity rules the schedule of Sidewalk attendees. Low-priced weekend passes provide easy access to Sidewalk venues, encouraging attendees to seek out new films and sample programming they may not otherwise see.
The result is a crowd rich in diversity and united in a hunger for new film.
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One of the independent films being screened is “A Gasp for Clean Air,” by Hunter Nichols. The 22 minute short film was created in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act and pays tribute to the passionate and tenacious Birmingham citizens who were the founders of the organization, GASP – the Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution, in the 1970’s.
This film tells the remarkable story of how a small group of committed citizens can make a difference and discusses both the historical and current public health concerns of air quality for Birmingham area residents. To learn more about the original GASP advocates, read our latest blog post.
The screening of the film is this Sunday, 8/28 at 10:20 a.m. at the Carver Theatre (1631 4th Avenue North).
Then in two weeks, this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival on at WorkPlay Theater will feature two films by local filmmakers, and both deal with pressing issues affecting the Birmingham community.
Be prepared to be inspired by these stories of how a small group of committed citizens can make a difference and how some are working to do so right now, right here in Alabama.
“Rosa,” a film created by by Jonathan Reed and Hillary Moore for Documenting Justice, takes a look at how residents in Rosa, Ala., where mines have been quiet for more than two decades, join together to react when a coal company announces it’s opening its doors in the heart of the community.
GASP — “A GASP for Clean Air” will also be shown at this event.
Sponsored by Mark and Maggie Johnston, this film discusses both the historical and current public health concerns of air quality for Birmingham area residents.
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