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

11:00am CDT

Alabama Comedy Shorts (AL Shorts #1) / screening sponsored by Stewart Perry

Alabama Comedy Shorts

"China Town"

Jonathan, nicknamed 'China Town', is an aspiring Chinese rapper. His first time in the recording studio is a very interesting one. What started out as a simple recording session leaves him and the producer in more trouble than they bargained.

"Julie On Her Way"

Julie is on a mission to find happiness again.


A young Suitor has a problem. He wants to impress the future in-laws but nothing seems to going right in this fast paced tale of proposal-gone-wrong told in reverse. Reality? Or is it all in his head? We romp through the fall out of the Suitor's one decision. Starring veteran performers Andrew Masset (One Life to Live) and Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live) as the In-Laws; 'Poopsy' and 'Pearl' and newcomers Carissa Capobianco (Secretariat) and Todd Denson (We Are Marshall) as 'Princess' and 'The Suitor.'

"Office Hours"

Professor Shelhouse holds weekly office hours during which students stop by to express concerns, make excuses, grouse, or whatever.


When an embarrassing set of events leads a young professional to quit his job, he finds himself stuck in one awkward job interview after another.

"One Of Us"

While driving on a seemingly deserted country road, an easily annoyed older man encounters and then hits a woman with his truck but rather than die in a really painful way she immediately recuperates and heads into the woods. The old man follows and becomes lost and while searching for a way out he encounters several other creatures of the woods whom he must battle to the death.

"Why I Make Movies"

A short explanation of one filmmaker's unsatisfying life at work and home but glamorous lifestyle when he's accepted into film festivals.

"Dead Ahead"

A small southern town experiences a leak at the local nuclear reactor, awakening the recently-deceased 'polka queen' Veta Lou Watson, along with a horde of others. Among those that fight off the ghoulish horde are a sheriff and his deputy, an suburban family, a couple of backwoods idiots, and a cemetery caretaker who may or may not have fallen off the wagon. Filled with a wonderful collection of characters and plenty of laughs, Dead Ahead is a southern-fried zombie horror comedy with a heart (and BRAINS!)


A documentary featuring people answering the most important question of all: What would you do in a Zombie Apocalypse?

Saturday August 25, 2012 11:00am - 12:55am CDT
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203
Sunday, August 26

12:40pm CDT

Mixed Tape Shorts (National Shorts #4)

Mixed-Tape Shorts

"I'm Coming Over"

In an eccentric mountain town, a borderline neo-Luddite struggles to maintain and share a fragile state of enlightenment

"The Black Balloon"

While trying to move 40 kids six New York City blocks all by himself, a stressed man accidentally loses a bouquet of a hundred balloons. In that bouquet, a lone black balloon scurries free from the rest. It dies and comes back to life, returning to the city, cruising for a companion. On its beat, it learns that humans are complicated creatures with extreme highs and lows, but full of life nonetheless. A film intended to be for children that turned into a sci-fi urban fable, this is the story of The Black Balloon

"Cork's Cattlebaron"

A young protege and his boss sit down for the most epic steak dinner of their lives in Omaha, Nebraska.


A young couple meet on the day before the final space shuttle launch in the town that lives in its shadow.

"The Death of Toys"

Ten year-old Seth wants to give up his toys, but his work-numbed mother Lily needs the spark of their playtime more than he does. Her insistence that he keep the toys leads to some unexpected places.


Gwen is the spokesperson for a radical technology allowing people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. But when her job and family are in crisis, will she undergo the procedure herself?

Sunday August 26, 2012 12:40pm - 2:35pm CDT
The Venue 1612 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
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