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THE E-SERIES is a year long film and discussion initiative designed to stimulate conversations about four issues that are particularly relevant to the Birmingham metro area today

  • Economics (January-March)
  • Environment (April-June)
  • Equality (July-September)
  • Education (October-December)

Hosted at Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret space in the Kress Building, 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203.

*FREE PARKING* in the Park Rite deck, adjacent to the Kress Bldg, corner of 19th St. & 4th Ave N
*FREE FOOD* donated by our friends at Rojo Birmingham!

• 5:00pm-6:00pm: Networking and Refreshments by Rojo
• 6:00pm-7:00pm: Film Screening
• 7:15pm-8:00pm: Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 21 – Maker

Presented by Sidewalk Film Festival in partnership with Design Week Birmingham

“Maker” is a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the U.S.


From the time our team of four first showed Design & Thinking in LA in early 2011, it has been screened at more than 300 events across 40 countries – inspiring tens of thousands around the world. In the two years since we completed that film, we have pondered the question many audiences asked, “What’s next!?

We aim to answer that question with our follow-up effort. ‘Maker’ is a feature-length documentary that looks into the current maker movement in America – a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies.

The ‘Maker Movement’, sometimes called the ‘Third Industrial Revolution,’ subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, ‘Maker’ delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.

We have conducted extensive interviews of key figures behind headline-making projects, daily practitioners, and observers of the movement, in our effort to piece together what this ecosystem looks like, and present insights on how it can impact society, culture and the economy in the U.S., and the world.

Maker panel to include:

Chip Brantley
Chip is the founder of Desert Island Supply Co. and journalism professor at the University of Alabama.

Bruce Lanier
Founder of MAKEbhm

Marylyn Eubank
Director of Emmett O’Neal’s Digital Makerspace
Marylyn received her B.A. (1991) and M.A.(1994) in Sociology from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and her MLIS (2012) from The University of Alabama. She worked as a human factors and information design consultant in Columbus, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before returning home to Alabama. In 2007, Marylyn became the first Information Technology Manager at the Emmet O’Neal Library in Mountain Brook, Alabama. In 2013, she received a grant from the Mountain Brook Library Foundation to open a digital Makerspace, the first of its kind in Alabama.

Scott Doty
Industrial Designer
Scott started his career as a staff designer for Architect Michael Graves in Princeton, NJ. While there he designed a wide variety of household goods, furniture, and lighting for Target stores, Dansk, and Delta Faucets. After a brief stint in jewelry design he started his own product design practice in 2006. Recent projects include an urban shopping cart, a line of cleaning brushes for Fresco Canada, and a new line of high end headphones set to launch in early 2015. He is a big fan of the maker movement and has been excited to see 3d modeling, computer rendering, and 3d printing become accessible to consumers and hobbyists within the last few years.

Shawn Pearson
Vice-Chair of Red Mountain
MakersShawn Pearson is an Industrial Designer graduate from Auburn University (’97). He has been a Maker since the age of seven, and is self-taught in computer programming, amateur electronics, 3D prototyping, and marketing. As Vice-Chair of Red Mountain Makers, he is working towards building Birmingham’s first technology and entrepreneurial focused non-profit Makerspace. His goal along with a diverse group of 32+ other Markers, is to give Birmingham students/residents the skills, tools, and collaborative workspace to develop their own great ideas into marvelous products/technology they can use for personal financial gain or simply amaze friends and family.