Sidewalk is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Black Lens Film Week, February 20 – 26.  Black Lens Film Week celebrates Black cinema, filmmakers, and artists – committed to elevating Black voices and stories. Join us for a week filled with engaging narratives, family-friendly films, cult classics, and captivating documentaries.

What can you expect to see during Black Lens Film Week?

We will kick off Black Lens Film Week with the Mario Van Peebles film Panther (1995), a drama that chronicles the Black Panther Party for Self Defense from its birth through its decline. We will close out the week with Peebles’ film Posse (1993), a Western story about a group (posse) of African American soldiers who assist their leader in taking revenge on the men that killed his father. You don’t want to miss these two amazing films!

A special thanks to the City of Birmingham for sponsoring the documentary Storming Caesar’s Palace, a film that follows the story of Ruby Duncan and a band of mothers who launched a revolutionary Black feminist anti-poverty movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

Also be sure to join us for the 30th Anniversary celebration of The Bodyguard starring Whitney Houston, and our Shaft Double Feature which includes Shaft (1971) and Shaft (2000).


Our Black Business Fair begins Tuesday, February 21 highlighting entrepreneurs and artists from across the city of Birmingham. Black Lens Trivia is back on Friday and Saturday night along with special Happy Hour music from the Kickback.

So, come celebrate with us!

– T. Marie King, Lead Shorts and Black Lens Programmer

For more information on Black Lens Film Week and a full list of films programmed, visit us at:

August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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