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 • 10:30am - 12:05pm
Five Star Existence (with "Photographic Memory")

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Five Star Existence is Director Sonja Lindén’s personal and sensitive quest to the core of the modern information society where technology and human beings get more and more entwined. The documentary explores our society on the verge of turning ubiquitous – a wireless society, where the laws of time, space and distance are revolutionizing the concept of liaison. Do the consequences of the technological revolution increase our freedom or do they limit us? Is it possible to find a balance between one’s natural rhythm and the society that spins at an ever increasing and demanding speed? Are we chasing the echoes of our lost inner wholeness in our everyday lives, which are becoming busier and more fragmented than ever before? Beautifully shot and poetically paced, Five Star Existence presents a viewing experience as interesting and complex as the questions that it poses. 

Check out the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/32799039

Playing with the short film "Photographic Memory."
Directed by Alan Franks
DOC Short | USA | 3 min.

Part archival film, part personal diary, this film looks at the relationship between film and memory. 

Sunday August 26, 2012 10:30am - 12:05pm CDT
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203

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