Our 2024 Staff Picks series kicks off this month with one of the all-time great cult-classic films, picked by Front of House Manager, Jeonna Mims. Here’s what they had to say about their pick:

Jeonna Mims came on board as the Front of House manager in October 2023 and is excited to be a part of the Sidewalk family. Coming from a background in cafe management within the entertainment industry, Jeonna brings an artistic flair creating themed food and drink items to compliment current attractions in the theater.

They recently were chosen to represent Birmingham’s Mystic Krewe of Caritas as the first ever Mx. Caritas, raising money for the Magic City Acceptance Center and giving back to their community. In the competition, Jeonna portrayed Johnny Depp’s character of Raoul Duke (Hunter S. Thompson’s alter-ego) from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. They chose this film as their staff pick to showcase the character talent of Johnny Depp as well as the storytelling of Gonzo journalism that only Hunter S. Thompson could create. Full of Hollywood cameos, bats in the belfry and hilariously offensive…Fear and Loathing is a masterpiece of insanity documenting the life and adventures of Hunter S. Thompson.

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!'”

– Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967


Catch Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) at the Sidewalk Cinema January 25 – 28. Get tickets here.

August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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