Start the year by doing something good and taking on the challenge of the Sidewalk Bad Movie Marathon! Participants will compete to see who can last the longest in the face of some really terrible movies. Remember, this is a test of endurance, not a race and is open to all from a casual weekend Netflix binger to a true cinephile. 

In addition to watching bad movies, participants will work with Sidewalk staff and volunteers to raise much needed funds to support the important education and outreach work of Sidewalk Film. 

By participating and fundraising, you help ensure the continuation of important educational programs like the Sidewalk Youth Board, Sidewalk EDU, SHOUT About Youth and the Black Lens Filmmaker Grant and Membership Program. 

Event Date: January 19th 2024 until… (the world record is 5+ days… how long will you last?)

Doors will open at 5pm and all participants must check-in at the Sidewalk Cinema no later than 7pm. 

Event Location: Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema (1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203)

Registration, Fees and Fundraising Goals: Each marathoner will be asked to raise a minimum amount of funds to cover their expenses and to help Sidewalk Film continue its mission to encourage filmmaking in Alabama and build savvy, media literate audiences. A non-refundable $100 donation is required at the time of registration and will be credited toward your fundraising goal.  Registration is open to all and is unlimited, however The Bad Movie Marathon event is only open to 30 participants. The first participants to meet their qualifying fundraising goal will be allowed to move forward to the event. 

Half Marathon Qualifying Amount: $500 

Half Marathon Total Fundraising Goal: $2,500

Full Marathon Qualifying Amount $1,000 

Full Marathon Total Fundraising Goal: $5,000


Programming: Will be shared with registered participants only, at the event.


Registration and nomination: To register, click here and submit your $100 registration fee here. 

To nominate someone else to participate, please complete the brief nomination form here and submit the $100 nomination/registration fee here

Once you’ve registered, be sure to save our toolkit here then register for our swell fundraising page here.

August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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