About

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

CHLOE COOK
Executive Director

CATHERINE WRIGHT
Development Coordinator

NOAH CANNON
Marketing Coordinator and Education/Outreach Coordinator

TIFFANY BISHOP
Volunteer Coordinator

GINA MALLISHAM
SHOUT Community Outreach Coordinator

AARON PINHAS
Film Traffic Manager

PROGRAMMING STAFF

RACHEL MORGAN
Creative Director

KYLE MCKINNON
Sidewalk Features Programmer

CHARLIE SANDERS
Sidewalk Features Programmer

JOI TRIBBLE
Sidewalk Shorts Programmer

CHRIS NICHOLSON
Sidewalk Shorts Programmer

COREY CRAFT
Programmer


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brent Boyd
Pat Clotfelter
Braxton Comer
Kristi Crossland
Kevin Garrison
Dana Garvin
Dilcy Hilley
Representative Earl Hilliard Jr.
Rashada Le Roy
Karen Musgrove
Shawn O’Brien
Jamie Plott
Webb Robertson
Brett Shaffer
Barbara Thomas
Jennifer White
Philip Woods

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Stacey Davis – President
Brett Shaffer – Vice President
Sherri S. Nielson – Secretary
Jamie Plott -Treasurer
Alan Hunter – Chair Emeritus

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Michele Forman – Immediate Past President
Elton B. Stephens
David McMahon

AMIA Board

(Back L-R) Stacy Davis, Sherri Nielson, Earl Hilliard Jr., Karen Musgrove, Brett Shaffer, Randal Crow (Front L-R) Michele Forman, Shawn O’Brien, Dilcy Hilley, Jennifer White, Dana Garvin, Catherine Wright (Chair – 24FPS), Kristina Scott (Not Pictured) Pat Clotfelter, Braxton Comer, Rashada Le Roy, Jamie Plott, Webb Robertson, Philip Woods


HISTORY OF AMIA

The Alabama Moving Image Association is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging filmmaking in Alabama and building audiences for independent film. AMIA produces the nationally recognized Sidewalk Film Festival, the SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival; hosts a Youth Board; organizes regular filmmaking competitions and monthly events for filmmakers, and holds other events that create interest in and enthusiasm for independent film.

The 19th annual Sidewalk Film Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 25-27, 2017. 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.

With multiple venues located within Birmingham’s historic Theatre District (featuring the fully restored Alabama Theatre, (a 2,200 seat movie palace built by Paramount in 1927), spontaneity rules the schedule of Sidewalk attendees. Low-priced weekend passes provide easy access to Sidewalk venues, encouraging attendees to seek out new films and sample programming they may not otherwise see. The result is a crowd rich in diversity and united in a hunger for new film.

From the Filmmakers’ Reception and the Filmmakers’ Retreat to a myriad of breakfasts, field trips, parties, and galas, Sidewalk connects filmmakers. The atmosphere at Sidewalk is electric with creativity and collaboration as filmmakers and film-lovers mix and mingle between screenings or participate in panel discussions.