Sidewalk 2017 Preview: Shorts

Sidewalk Opening Night 2017 is just 49 days away, and it’s time to begin unveiling selections from this year’s lineup!

At last year’s festival, we screened over 180 short films from filmmakers all over the world in ten venues in Birmingham’s historic theatre district. For this week’s festival preview, Sidewalk Shorts Programmer Joi Tribble shares some highlights to look forward to in this year’s lineup. The 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions is August 22nd-27th!

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Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone

Three Snowy Bing Bongs (pre-historic future lady creatures, of course) are the central characters of this eye-popping fantasy musical. “We couldn’t stop watching this variety show extravaganza of performance art and absurdist comedy,” says Joi. Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone was directed by Rachel Wolther (Sidewalk 2013 Jury Prize winner See You Next Tuesday) and produced by The Daniels (Sidewalk 2016 selection Swiss Army Man).

Lemonade Mafia

“A fun-filled look at the cut-throat world of lemonade stands in a suburban neighborhood. You’ll never drink lemonade the same way again.” This comedy is the Sidewalk debut for director Anya Adams (Black-ish).

A Whole World for a Little World

“We had an amazingly strong slate of international films submitted,” says Joi. “Selecting just a few was incredibly difficult, but this French film bubbled to the top quickly for its sweet story as well as its artfulness.” A Whole World for a Little World is director Fabrice Bracq‘s first film to screen at Sidewalk.


“Once we watched Shilo, there was no way we could not include it. This inspirational and moving film based on a true story delves into the bravery of those who not only fight for our country but also return and must face living with their sacrifice.” Director Tyler Russell made his Sidewalk debut last year with his feature Here Comes Rusty.


“This doc from some of our local students showcases the DIY music scene and offers a glimpse into a sometimes-overlooked subculture.” Directors Betserai Ashanti, Terry Gentry, and Zachary Rogers made Firehouse as part of UAB’s Media Studies program.

Check back next Friday for another sneak peek at this year’s festival!