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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 • 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Doc Shorts (National Shorts #5)

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National documentary shorts

"Brute Force"

The story of Apple Records notoriously irreverent recording artist, Stephen Friedland, aka Brute Force.

"Mickle's Pickle"

Mickle's Pickle tells the story of a small town pickle shop, its eccentric owner, and the theft of the store's beloved icon, a giant pickle. Mickey Fluitt is a former high school teacher in Picayune, Mississippi who now makes a living making and selling pickles. His storefront is adorned by a large plastic pickle, which serves as a symbol of the shop's signature product as well as a picture of Mickey's flair for the whimsical. So when the jumbo-sized pickle goes missing it puts the town of Picayune into the media spotlight and leaves Mickey Fluitt asking, 'Have you seen my pickle?'

"Giorgio"

Giorgio Brusegan has created paintings on Venice's Piazza San Marco for 35 years. Showman, hawker and bait, he makes a living selling these memories of Venice to throngs of tourists. Then he goes home to create his real artwork.GIORGIO is a portrait of a Venetian artist who has been immersed in art and culture for a lifetime. This 11-minute documentary is a brief and funny glimpse into the day-job of art to pay the bills and the art that inspires one man who can't imagine being anything but an Italian painter.

"Night at the Dance"

A profile of the last days of a Czech dance hall in rural Texas--and the old-timers who come there to polka

"Kiss the Paper"

A poetic documentary short that contemplates the revival of the nearly obsolete, centuries-old craft of letterpress printmaking.

"Let Me Go"

Masha is an ordinary 16 year-old living with her single mother in a tiny Moscow apartment. But when she falls in love with a man from far-away Prague, she presents her mother Inna with a merciless ultimatum. Unconditionally Masha demands the freedom to move out and go and live with her new-found love. After a several-month long battle with her daughter, Inna finally makes a difficult decision. But is she doing the right thing? The film takes us on an intimate journey alongside a mother helping her daughter cross the threshold into adulthood for the first time.

"An Inconvenient Youth"

AN INCONVENIENT YOUTH is the story of a young girl who finds that global warming has left her without a future. It's about her struggle to forge ahead in the face of her hopeless struggle to change the world and ultimately finding hope by changing herself.

"Debutante Hunter" 

In the lowcountry of South Carolina, a group of true Southern belles reveal their more rugged side, providing a glimpse into what drives them to hunt in the wild.

"Grand Fugue on the Art of Gumbo"

Using actor/author/artist/creator/chef Eugene Walter's own radio broadcasts as narration, the film takes a peek at the simple ingredients that make up the Gulf Coast and its signature cuisine, gumbo, and shows how their staggered repetition builds something wholly unique and intricately beautiful.



Sunday August 26, 2012 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Red Mountain Theatre 301 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

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