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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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Sunday, August 26 • 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Alabama Doc Shorts (AL Shorts #3)

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Alabama Documentary Shorts


Alabama's HB-56, the most stringent anti-immigration law in U.S. history, is now in motion and its effects have begun to show. Undocumented shows a glimpse into the lives of two illegal immigrants and the impact this bill has had on them, their families, and their identity.

"The Collegians"

A swinging drama based on the story of trumpet legend Erskine Hawkins during his college days in the Depression. As a young trumpet sensation with a big ego he learns the hard way what it means to be a member of the Bama State college band, The Collegians.

"The Bridge"

In the state of Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley and The Department of Mental Health move toward closing down Bryce Hospital, the state's oldest and largest inpatient psychiatric facility, along with a bevy of smaller psychiatric facilities. As states nationwide begin to downsize psychiatric facilities, a movement towards community based mental health care has arisen providing support for mental health patients, while fighting the negative connotations related to mental illness. The Bridge follows the life of JBS Mental Health Authority employee, Tashee Dunsmore, who uses her experience as a former consumer of mental health services in Alabama to help current consumers transition to the community.

"Slick: Behind Deepwater Horizon"

Four residents of coastal Alabama--a mayor, a marine biologist, and two boat captains--recount their experiences with the 2010 BP Oil Spill and uncover the truth behind the largest man-made environmental disaster in history.

"State of Confusion"

Bryce Johnson went into an Alabama prison 15 years ago as a child; in 2011, he emerged as a man. Through art and education, he was able to not only cope with his situation, but also chart a new course for his life. Speaking on the changes he made while incarcerated, Bryce's story is one of redemption and self-discovery made possible through expression.

"Future Perfect"

A short documentary the focuses on the Birmingham Museum of Art.

"We Are Coming Back"

A neighborhood devastated by a tornado recounts its past while considering its future.

"The Chivalrous Community" 

The Chivalrous Community follows the Barony of Iron Mountain as they travel to the forests of Gleann Abhann to participate in the Gulf Wars. This documentary reveals the epic adventures of the SCA and their conquest for medieval renown. 

Sunday August 26, 2012 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Red Mountain Theatre 301 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

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