The 94th Academy Awards at Sidewalk Cinema from Corey Craft

Corey Craft is Sidewalk’s Lead Features Programmer and co-host of our Sidetalks podcast.

Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards are quickly approaching, and as usual, a few films we played at the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema were in the mix.

The science-fiction epic Dune received 10 nominations — second only to Jane Campion’s psychosexual Western The Power of the Dog, which received 12. You may have seen director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel at Sidewalk back in October. Hopefully, you saw it on a big screen somewhere; its unparalleled (and Oscar-nominated) cinematography, visual effects, and sound add up to a grand spectacle particularly designed for theaters.

Did you catch Drive My Car back in January? The tender Japanese drama from director Ryusuke Hamaguchi is an unexpected contender in the best picture race. Despite coming from a small distributor (the fantastic folks at Janus Films) without the big advertising dollars the studios have, and largely based on excellent word of mouth from critics and audiences, Drive My Car became the first Japanese film nominated for best picture, and Hamaguchi the first Japanese director to contend for best director since the great Akira Kurosawa was nominated in 1985 for his King Lear adaptation Ran.

Speaking of Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth was a popular ticket at Sidewalk in January, and Denzel Washington is now an Oscar nominee for his thunderous lead performance in Joel Coen’s brilliant reimagining. This is Washington’s 10th Oscar nomination. But receiving her first is Kristen Stewart, so gripping as a tormented Princess Diana in Spencer. We played director Pablo Larrain’s biopic-as-psychological-thriller back in November, where its unpredictable story was particularly captivating on the big screen.

And you may have caught two of the year’s biggest documentaries at Sidewalk. Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), director Questlove’s brilliant music documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, was a popular selection at the cinema and the 2021 Sidewalk Film Festival, where it played in the beautiful Lyric Theatre. And we just closed our run of Flee, the innovative animated documentary that tells the story of a gay Afghan refugee’s coming of age. Flee popped up as a nominee in the categories of best-animated feature, best international feature, and best documentary feature — a historic hat trick.

Finally, best international feature and best original screenplay nominee The Worst Person in the World. The charming and inventive Norwegian romantic comedy, one of the most surprising films of 2021 played as part of our Women In Film Week.

Join us at Sidewalk on Sunday, March 27, to watch the Academy Awards! We’ll be hosting a watch party along with a FREE, LIVE Academy-Award Edition Podcast recording of Sidetalks, the official, film-centric podcast of  Sidewalk Film. RSVP here. 

Women In Film Week Returns to the Sidewalk Cinema

Women in the film industry are grossly underrepresented (and undercompensated). In 2020, 78.9% of movie directors of theatrical films were male and as recently as 2014 a disgusting 95.7% of theatrical movie directors were men. And yet, look at the list of amazing films directed by women in just the past couple of years: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, NOMADLAND, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, CODA, THE LOST DAUGHTER, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, THE POWER OF THE DOG and ZOLA! That’s just to name a few.

These statistics don’t surprise me, when I was in film school at The Savannah College of Art and Design (acknowledging that’s been more than a minute), I was one of only 6 female film majors out of over 200. The women in the program were, by far, the hardest working, the most passionate and, dare I say, produced the best work in the department (well except for Pam). Considering the statistics, the history and the barriers to entry (a whole other story), it’s no surprise that the average trip to the theater doesn’t include a ton of options for seeing movies led by female filmmakers. At the Sidewalk Cinema, we work to consistently highlight work by underrepresented filmmakers. For National Women’s History Month, Sidewalk presents a full week of programming celebrating just some of the most brilliant recent work by female filmmakers, as well as several exceptional repertoire selections.

Pointing out a few of the brilliant options in the Women In Film Week line-up:

Don’t miss the chance to see Academy Award nominee THE POWER OF THE DOG on the big screen, directed by Jane Campion (the first woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director twice) and featuring glorious cinematography by female director of photography, Ari Wegner. THE POWER OF THE DOG has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards.

Written and directed by Joanna Hogg and starring Honor Swinton Byrne and Tilda Swinton, we’re honored to include THE SOUVENIR and THE SOUVENIR PART II in the Women In Film Week series. Both films are semi-autobiographical accounts of Hogg’s London film school experiences. In a meta fashion typical of Swinton, Hogg and Tilda Swinton have known each other since Hogg’s mid-1980s film school days and her short student film, CAPRICE, starred a then-unknown Tilda Swinton.

We’re incredibly excited about the opportunity to celebrate female friendship with the fun Friday night double feature of GIRLS TRIP and BRIDESMAIDS (with bottomless champagne)! Written by Erica Rivinoja, Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver, GIRLS TRIP is the first film written, produced, directed, and starring Black creators and actors to cross the $100-million mark. While female-led comedies are consistently considered risky financial endeavors, BRIDESMAIDS is the most financially successful Judd Apatow production. Written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the film was a game-changer regarding the successful financing of future female-led comedies. It’s also really fun to watch while considering this: Melissa McCarthy based the look and characterization of Megan on Guy Fieri.

Highlighting the work of the legendary Polly Platt, who was never provided the opportunity to direct (or at least has never been credited as such), we’re offering a Polly Platt double feature with two of her most indelible contributions to production design, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. Many claim that, while married to Peter Bogdonavich, Platt was actually responsible for the directorial vision of his early work, including THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and PAPER MOON, and that such explains the nosedive Bogdonavich’s post-Platt filmwork took. Beyond her contribution as a writer, producer, and director, Platt was known for being the driving force behind getting numerous iconic films made, as well as for the elements that made them truly iconic. Oh, and she’s also responsible for THE SIMPSONS. Consistently overshadowed throughout her career, we’re excited to shine a light on Polly Platt’s visionary work. For more on the incredible life of Polly Platt, it’s highly encouraged to pre-game the double feature by listening to the wonderful YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS podcast mini-series. “POLLY PLATT: THE INVISIBLE WOMAN.”

Plus there’s: THE RESCUE, from the directors of Academy Award-winning FREE SOLO, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, and Jimmy Chin. The documentary traces the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue mission that saved a football team from an underwater cave. JULIA, the amazing Julia Child biographical documentary directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West. LADY BUDS the documentary that tells the story of “six courageous women who come out of the shadows of the cannabis underground to forge a path to legalization”, directed by Chris J. Russo. WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA that interweaves archival footage and interviews, along with former ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s personal story, to explore the legacy of white supremacy in the U.S. and the responsibility to overcome it, directed by sisters Emily and Sarah Kunstler. The Women Adventure Film Tour features outdoor short films focused on female adventurers. The Sundance premiere, PASSING, Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut, based on the novel of the same name… and more!

Join us at Sidewalk for Women In Film Week to celebrate just a tiny selection of the enormous contributions made by women in the film industry despite the odds. Then join us throughout the year to celebrate the brilliant work of female filmmakers that we frequently spotlight.


Happy National Women’s History Month!


Rachel Morgan
  Sidewalk Film Creative Director

Black Lens Film Week Programming from T. Marie King

T. Marie King is Sidewalk’s Lead Shorts Programmer and Black Lens Programmer.

Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by the world of cinema and film. Exploring different art forms has always been my favorite thing to do. Watching the Muppets, other children and the Hollywood elite on-screen became the most important outlet of my young world. And even though initially I enjoyed watching Beetlejuice, and Honey I Shrunk the Kids, I still missed seeing myself reflected on screen. Then as a teenager, I discovered a new genre, and I became obsessed with creators like John Singleton, Spike Lee, and Robert Townsend. Their diverse storytelling methods displayed the beauty and complexity of the Black American experience. I could feel myself growing, expanding, and evolving as I watched Coming to America, Poetic Justice, and Moonlight. The Black American experience of coming of age, searching for identity, or searching for love is just as universal as anyone else’s story but no one can understand it or tell it better than we can. 


Black Lens Film Week is presented by AIDS Alabama

This year’s Black Lens Film Week will spotlight the history, skills, talent, vision, and unique creativity within the Black community. During the week you will see a diverse set of films that are guaranteed to make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, and hopefully challenge you to see your neighbor just a little bit more than before. 


Ever been in love to the point you lose yourself and one day you look up and think, what the hell am I doing? I have. We’re kicking off the week with Love Jones and Diary of a Mad Black Woman as a part of the Kiss ‘Em or Diss ‘Em Valentines Day Spectacular sponsored by Korbel. Each ticket comes with special goodies including a free drink ticket and popcorn.

Love Jones gives us a modern 90’s look at an arts renaissance community with professionals searching and fighting for love. What happens when you lose it all? You return to what you know, the family that loves you, and as you heal the love you deserve finds you. Diary of a Mad Black Woman is the drama and comedy you need on Valentine’s Day.


A Soldier’s Story takes a look at racism and segregation in the army and the difficulty of being a Black officer in the military at the time of Jim Crow. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest films ever; amazingly cast and masterfully crafted.


Mama Gloria shines a light on an icon that began breaking barriers long before Stonewall. From blazing trails to giving back to her community, Gloria Allen displays the humanity we all need in our life. Mama Gloria is sponsored by The VAL Group.


Black Lens Shorts Showcase is an opportunity to highlight the talent of new and young storytellers in and around the Birmingham community. 


You don’t want to miss Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip. One of the greatest comics to ever do it humorously shares stories of his life and an impactful trip to Africa that gives us a peek into a more mature comic. Remember it’s rated R for Richard. 


Citizen Ashe is a beautiful portrait of a man who broke barriers in the tennis world on his own terms. His journey of fighting to be respected in the tennis community as well as his advocacy for AIDS reminds us of the kind of human we should all strive to be.


What’s better than a live concert? The recording of that concert. Okay, maybe not but WattStax captures the Watts Summer Festival from 1972 as artists from the Black community remember the Watts Riots. If you’re a fan of ol’ school music like I am, come and jam with us. WattStax is sponsored by Four Corners Gallery.


In The Letter, we see that family drama can touch anyone, even a 95-year-old grandmother. When accusations start circulating through her community, we see the strength of a woman who knows who she is. I’m excited to share this international film with you. 


Lil Nas X had everyone line dancing to “Old Town Road” as he climbed the charts and carved his place not only in society but in history. I love it when people take their destiny into their own hands and unapologetically be who they are. Lil Nas X: Unlikely Cowboy is a film you don’t want to miss. 


Oprah Winfrey: Fight for a Better Life, well it’s Oprah. Am I the only one who hears the 80s theme song from the Oprah Winfrey Show in my head when I hear the name? I know I’m not the only one. Whether you love her or not, she has solidified her place in history. With a successful talk show running for 25 years, multiple writing and producing credits, her own network (OWN), and much more, the Oprah Effect has impacted millions of people. This is your chance to see her story like never before. Oprah Winfrey: Fight for a Better Life is sponsored by Prosper Bham.


We have a powerful collection of films for the inaugural Black Lens Film Week. See you there! – T

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Women In Film Week

Women In Film Week puts the spotlight on female filmmakers. In this inaugural year, we are focusing specifically on female directors and writers.

As is reflected in the 2020 Academy Award Best Director nominations, there exist clear barriers for women in the film industry. Such is true historically and remains today. Despite the odds, women manage to consistently innovate film art. At our annual film festival and throughout the year at the Sidewalk Cinema we seek out interesting, innovative, important cinematic works that are directed, written, edited and/or lensed by women and we wanted to put a specific, singular focus on such annually at the Cinema. Therefore, we have launched Women In Film Week and are excited about our inaugural line-up.

Here are a few words from our programmers about our selections:


Arguably the best film of the year – written and directed by Céline Sciamma.

Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of reluctant Héloïse, the appointment is more of an undertaking than Marianne anticipated, her and Héloïse get to know one another throughout the process and, eventually, start hardcore crushing. It’s 18th century France though and Héloïse is about to get arranged married, both of which really complicate things… to say the least.

Featuring gorgeous cinematography, immaculate direction, and flawless performances, we’ve been waiting for more than half a year to program this one and are intensely proud to land it with perfect timing during Women In Film Week. This film will change your life.

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE won the Queer Palm at Cannes, it is the first film directed by a woman to win the award.



In Anna Rose Holmer’s feature film debut, 11-year-old Toni stumbles upon a rec center dance team and is drawn to join. Her arrival marks the start of the team’s strange fainting spells and violent fits. Dreamy and mysterious, THE FITS, is a poetic, surreal exploration of femininity. Holmer recruited real-life, Cincinnati-based drill-dance team, Q-Kidz, for the film, including lead heroine Royalty Hightower – the team was provided part ownership of the film. We couldn’t resist an opportunity to project THE FITS on the big screen with all of its perplexity and enchantment.



Ex-Black Panther, Marcus, returns to the racially divided Philadelphia neighborhood for his reverend father’s funeral. Having been accused of being an informant in regards to the slaying of a fellow Panter, Marcus grapples with place and past.

10 years in the making, writer-director Tanya Hamilton combined historical facts with creative liberty to develop NIGHT CATCHES US. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and the same year was an Indiewire Critics’ Poll nominee, Gotham Awards nominee and a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominee, Alliance of Women Film Journalists nominee and NAACP Image Awards nominee in multiple categories.



This documentary lays out the fact that straight-up women in the film industry are not offered equal opportunities as compared to their male counterparts. Featuring interviews with Ava DuVernay, Catherine Hardwicke, Brenda Chapman, Caroline Libresco, Jamie Babbit, Rosanna Arquette, Kimberly Peirce, Lena Dunham, Martha Coolidge, Lynn Shelton, Penelope Spheeris and more… damn. HALF THE PICTURE is directed by Amy Adrion and premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.



Friday night, March 13th we wanted to celebrate female friendship and put together a super fun “best friend” triple feature with heavy-hitters GIRLS TRIP, BRIDESMAIDS and ROUGH NIGHT.

Written by Erica Rivinoja, Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver, GIRLS TRIP is the first film produced, written, directed by and starring African-Americans to cross the $100-million mark.

Four longtime friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival and it gets crazy.

While female-led comedies are consistently considered risky financial endeavors, BRIDESMAIDS is the most financially successful Judd Apatow production. Written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, BRIDESMAIDS was a game-changer in regards to the successful financing of future female-led comedies. It’s also really fun to watch and consider this, Melissa McCarthy based the look and characterization of Megan in part on Guy Fier. A maid of honor and a bridesmaid compete for the attention of their mutual BFF and it’s freaking hilarious.

Directed and co-written by Lucia Aniello, ROUGH NIGHT joins the forces of Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, and Kate McKinnon. Daaaaang.

A well-intended Miami bachelor party goes way, way, way off the rails with the appearance of a male stripper.

The focus of all films in the triple feature is on the importance and weight of friendship and the acknowledgment that women should have each other’s backs. All three films are super fun to watch with an audience and we’re excited to bring them back to the big screen and celebrate all the women who made these re-watch worthy films possible and special.



Turning the focus again to the importance of friendship and the intricacies of such, BOOKSMART is sharp, hilarious, honest, bright and, above all else, fun as hell. One of the greatest buddy comedies of all time, Olivia Wilde’s critically acclaimed directorial debut was written by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman.

After four years of academic excess, over-achieving besties Amy and Molly decide to finally throw down on the eve of their high school graduation and chaos ensues. We wanted to be sure to include a film that places the focus on young women and BOOKSMART perfectly captures the magic, surprise and exciting uncertainty of a late high school evening out.

Without a doubt, BOOKSMART should have received an Academy Best Director nomination.



Written, directed and starring Barbara Loden, WANDA is an impressive accomplishment. Shot on location in eastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut with a tiny crew of seven people (sometimes as few as four) and featuring a great deal of improvised dialogue and numerous non-actors, WANDA is a unique, innovative, complex feminist masterpiece. The film is Loden’s directorial debut and her only feature works.

Overlooked upon its release and virtually forgotten for decades, the last few years have seen masterwork, WANDA, begin to acquire the recognition that it deserves. Including the 2017 selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress and a new restoration (completed in 2018) followed by a weeklong run at the Metrograph theatre in New York.

Barbara Loden once wrote, “I tried to be independent and to create my own way. Otherwise, I would have become like Wanda, all my life just floating around.” WANDA is a hardworking product of that deliberate independence.

After leaving her job and her husband and relinquishing custody of her children, Wanda Goronski splits town. After a number of unfortunate run-ins, Wanda finds herself on the run with a volatile bank robber.



We’re excited to screen Tanya Wexler’s so-called “late-capitalism comedy”, BUFFALOED, as part of Women In Film Week. Starring Zoey Deutch, the film premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is currently in theatrical release. In an effort to pay for Ivy League tuition, Peg gets involved the shady debt collection underworld.


Pioneering feminist French film director Agnès Varda passed away last March. Among many things, her work was highly influential in the French New Wave movement. In VARDA BY AGNÈS, Varda, herself, uses photos and film excerpts to reflect on her career. We are honored to celebrate her great work.

Valentine’s Day at the Sidewalk Cinema

Valentine’s sure is a divisive day. Love it or hate it, most don’t land between, plus it can clearly be circumstantial.


We wanted to do something for folks who fall on both sides of the Valentine’s coin and, either way, we definitely wanted to make it fun! What we’ve come up with is our official Kiss ‘Em or Diss ‘Em Valentine’s Day Spectacular event.

So… if you’re happily in love (even if only with Leo) we have Baz Luhrmann’s stylish 90’s-core ROMEO + JULIET in one cinema room and, for those heartbreakers or heartbroken, the ridiculously fun 80’s-era MY BLOODY VALENTINE will be screening across the hall. Of course, we’re not requiring proof of partnership or singletude, so catch the film of your choice, after all, what’s better than yelling at an ax-wielding mass murderer with your sweetheart or broken-heartedly basking in the glow of young Leo’s collagen?

Valentine’s Day seems like the perfect excuse to throw a party, so we’re going to really be pulling out all the red and pink stops with astrology readings, junior high school style carnation shout outs, photo ops, drink specials and more – as you know, we think film is best when it’s experiential. If you’re a total scrub we’ll have surprises in the lobby so bring a date, a friend or your shadow and hang out with us, we promise not to let them know you’re a cheapo.

But – if you’re NOT a cheapo and you’re up for pulling all the strings – check out our VIP package upgrade for any of the night’s ticket purchases! For an additional $20 to your ticket purchase, this upgrade comes with a drink ticket good for any beer, wine or valentine’s specialty cocktail (21+ only!), plus a custom iced cookie and a limited edition I ♥️ Sidewalk magnet.

A little more about our film selections:

MY BLOODY VALENTINE is an obvious choice, c’mon it’s Quentin Tarantino’s all-time favorite slasher. Who can resist a film that contains the Valentine’s poem, “Roses are Red Violets are Blue One is Dead and So Are You”. Released on February 11, 1981, according to the film’s producer, MY BLOODY VALENTINE was “cut to ribbons” in order to achieve an R-rating, such didn’t prevent it from becoming a massive 80’s home video rental favorite. We appreciate the slumber party vibes that MY BLOODY VALENTINE gives off and the film being shot on location in mines with limited lighting makes the production value, alone, worth a big-screen viewing. Also, Valentine is right there in the title!

We loved the idea of countering the 80’s slasher classic with a hyper 90’s style piece and what better than the basis for half the cinematic romances of all time? According to Luhrmann, he developed ROMEO + JULIET from the premise of making a film in a manner “in which Shakespeare might make a movie of one of his plays if he was a director. Shakespeare was a relentless entertainer and a user of incredible devices and theatrical tricks to ultimately create something of meaning.” We’re not sure about all that, but Luhrmann did manage to make a strange, overly stylish 90’s time capsule that is, at moments, dreamy and at others cringe-worthy in the best way. Fun fact: Key hair stylist Aldo Signoretti was kidnapped by gang members during production and held for $300 ransom which Baz Luhrmann paid – now that’s true love.

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We wanted to be sure to cater to ALL audiences this Valentine’s Day, so later in the evening, we’re hosting a very special Valentine’s GAY Spectacular!

There are so few LGBTQ+ centric Valentine’s Day events! Join us Valentine’s night for screenings of the award-winning CALL ME BY YOUR NAME and cult classic BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER plus lots of fun surprises.

A few words about the films:
We know there’s an army of people out there who want to spend Valentines gazing upon the oh so precious Timothée Chalamet and such being balanced by the sheer weight of Armie Hammer makes is a no-brainer… so CALL ME BY YOUR NAME was an obvious choice. Plus it was the 2018 Oscar Best Picture nominee and winner of Best Adapted Screenplay, pretty impressive for mainstream Hollywood to acknowledge an Italian directed film about a May-December romance between two annoyingly attractive men. Join us for the seasonally appropriate opportunity to watch Armie Hammer awkwardly dance and not-so-awkwardly make out with Timmy Chalamet.
Had enough of Timothée Chalame’s hair? Not to worry, the ridiculous (in the best way) and fun BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER is just a few steps away. 1999 was a weird year and one that joined the forces of Natasha Lyonne, Michelle Williams, Mink Stole, Clea DuVall, RuPaul, and Cathy Moriarty (thank you, director, Jamie Babbit)! In case you didn’t know, BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER is about a high school cheerleader (played by Natasha Lyonne) whose parents send her to a conversion therapy camp to cure her lesbianism. I know, we had you at Michelle Williams.

Sidewalk Cinema Grand Opening Announced

Don’t miss the grand opening of the new Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema, September 27-29, 2020.

We’ll have a full weekend of film screenings, special events, educational programs and so much more.

Friday, September 27

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (10:30am) / Sidewalk Cinema Entrance
  • Vita and Virginia (12pm)
  • Lunch Break Shorts sponsored by Synovus (12:30pm)
  • Vita and Virginia (3pm)
  • Sidewalk Party Lab (6-10pm)
  • Grand Opening Champagne Toast (6:30pm)
  • Vita and Virginia (7pm)
  • I Want My MTV (7:45pm)
  • The Death of Dick Long (9:30pm)
  • The Room (10pm)

Saturday, September 28

  • Pokemon Party (10:30am -1:45pm)
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu (11am)
  • Vita and Virginia (12pm)
  • BlacKKKlansman (1:30pm)
  • Vita and Virginia (3:30pm)
  • The Death of Dick Long (4:30pm)
  • Vita and Virginia (7pm)
  • Teen Spirit (7:30pm)
  • The Death of Dick Long (9:45pm)

Sunday, September 29

  • Vita and Virginia (12pm)
  • The Money Pit (12:30pm)
  • Education/Outreach Open House (2-4pm)
  • The Death of Dick Long (2:45pm)
  • Booksmart (3:30pm)
  • Vita and Virginia (5:15pm)
  • The Death of Dick Long (8pm)

For full schedule details see our events calendar (which contains links for all ticketed events).

Congratulations to our Spooky Scramble Winners!

This past Wednesday, we screened films made during the Spooky Scramble – a 48-hour filmmaking competition held here in Birmingham. Participating teams had to write, direct, and edit films and submit them to us within 48 hours. Each team received a random horror sub-genre that their film had to fit into, a spooky prop (in this case, a small bendable skeleton) they had to incorporate, and a line of dialogue they had to use (The Shining’s famous line, “Here’s Johnny”).

The audience award winners receive $500 and automatic acceptance into Sidewalk Film Festival 2019. The jury award winners receive $1,000 and automatic acceptance into Sidewalk Film Festival 2019.

The jury for the Scramble consisted of Sidewalk programmer Corey Craft, horror screenwriter Jeremy Burgess, local filmmaker Chance Shirley, and Birth.Movies.Death. writer Justin Harrison.

Below is the complete list of winners and a link to the Youtube playlist of the films (films accepted into the festival are not online as per our submission requirements).

Jury Special Awards

Sickest Riffs Award – Badmouth Films
Best Use of Space – Team Haunted House
Best Use of Skeleton – Line B
Best Special Effects – Line B
Best Use of Comedy – Vacant Manifesto
Best Performance – Michael Greene, Vacant Manifesto
Best Puke Award – Whale Wolves
Best Score – Whale Wolves
Best Use of Fake Blood – Vacant Manifesto
Best Cinematography – L’Goons

Cash Prize Awards

Audience Award – Over Fork Over
Jury Award – L’Goons


We screened all the films on October 24th at Alabama School of Fine Arts. If you missed the event or just want to re-watch some of your favorites, check out our Youtube playlist of the films here!


We host two scrambles a year. If you missed your chance to participate in this one or want to try your luck for the top prize one more time, we’ll have another scramble in February 2019. We’ll post details about registration for that as they become available.

Featured photo by Lauren Chisholm.

Announcing the 2018 Time Warp Scramble Winners

Making a film in 48 hours is no small feat. 22 teams of local filmmakers did just that back in February. On March 8th, we showcased their work at Alabama School of Fine Arts. Here is the list of winners.



“Spoils” by Whale Wolves


“Bootleg Betties” by Time Bandits

AUDIENCE AWARD – $500 cash

“Spoils” by Whale Wolves


“River Terrace Drive” by Boinko Productions


“The Assassination of Judas Iscariot by the Savior Jesus Christ” by Biscuit Boys, Inc.





“Folklore” by Team Blüprint


“Autophagia” by Broken Millennials


“Moonshine” by Vacant Manifesto

“Revenge of the Mind Bear” by Kevin Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich


Katrina from “Katrina” By Ghost Crew


Titan from “Spoils” by Whale Wolves


“Psalm to Psalm” by Over Fork Over


Special thanks to our jurors: Cameron McAllister, Keith McDaniel, and Melodie Sisk

Additional thanks to our tiebreaking juror: Zach Clark


Missed the event? Catch some of the films on our Youtube channel.

Additional photos can be found here.


Thanks to all our participants – see you in October for the next Scramble!



Time-Warp Registration Re-opened!

Due to overwhelming demand, we have added a limited number of team slots for our Spring 2018 Time-Warp Scramble Competition! Sign up today!

If you’d like to offer your talent to an existing team, watch our Facebook event for teams looking to fill open positions or to post about wanting to join an existing team.

Scramble is Sidewalk’s timed filmmaking competition. In 48 hours, teams are challenged to create a film from script to screen using themes and props provided by the creative team behind Sidewalk Film Festival. Participants range from amateurs to professionals, so the results are inspiring and spectacular!