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The 14th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 24-26, 2012. 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 been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.
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Saturday, August 25 • 2:20pm - 3:35pm
Teen Made Shorts - 12 & Up (Parental Guidance Advised - Mild Language)

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Teen-Made Films - 12 & Up

"Secret Club"

The film tells the story of Kyle who is bored of boring high school and its equally boring clubs until, listening to the morning announcements, he hears about the mysterious Secret Club.15-year-old writer/director Ben Kadie achieved stunning authenticity by filming in an actual high school with authentic high school students. The day after filming, Ben went on a Spring break visit to LA, where he edited the film's hundreds of clips in a Chinatown hotel. The result is a 197-second film too fun to be kept secret.

"Letter to a Girl"

In today's society, girls are raised believing that there is a 'right' way to look or act. With self-image problems on the rise, this letter to girls, from a girl, affirms that individuality is key, and no girl should be ashamed of who she is.


This short documentary gives a portrait of a small village in Ghana as they wait for the annual rainy season to transform their environment and nourish their community.

"A Day"

Back and forth between LA and Mammoth Mountain - at the speed of light.

"My License"

A young girl receives her new license, much to her father's dismay.

"Alone Together"

A story of shipwrecks and love -- After a terrible ocean storm, Brendan finds himself on a Chilean island with Eloise, the girl of his secret dreams. Alone together for the first time, the two grow close, yet Brendan worries: if they leave the island will Eloise still need him? Director Ben Kadie (age 16) filmed throughout the beautiful Pacific Northwest including underwater in Lake Washington and on the 100-year-old tugboat Arthur Foss. The film stars Seattle-area actors Asher Jordan and Bria Lynn Massie.

"Echoes of Exxon"

Teen filmmaker travels to Alaska in 2010 during the news of the BP Gulf Oil Spill and realizes that the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 20 years ago continues to affect Alaska's residents, wildlife and the environment. Through interviews and archive footage, filmmaker Lauren Lindberg compares the two spills, issues a timely warning and a call to action.

"Love Our Families"

A Public Service Announcement that looks at the true meaning of family. Produced by the Righteous Conversations Project, which brings together Holocaust survivors and teens to create media projects that address injustices in our world.

"Pirates of the Indian Ocean"

It's all hands on deck to save our pirates of the airwaves.


Peace and quiet is interrupted by a simple bag of chips.

"Write It Out"

A short documentary addressing the issue of suicide prevention. The filmmakers reenact the issues surrounding a conflicted teen from San Mateo, California. Upon entering a group home, she discovers that through 'writing it out', she can help herself through tough times.

"Boy Meets Squirrel"

A sudden encounter with a squirrel causes a boy to view his life a little differently.


Tara, a teenager who dreams of a successful future in business, must manage the school Bookstore for one day, dealing with her preoccupied employees and the craziness that gets in the way of her ambitions.

Saturday August 25, 2012 2:20pm - 3:35pm
McWane Center 200 19th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

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