• 18th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival to begin this weekend

    Sidewalk articleIllustration by Baili Bigham and Sarah FaulknerBaili Bigham - Head Entertainment Columnist

    One of Birmingham’s proudest events, the Sidewalk Film Festival, will be returning once again on August 26-28 in the downtown Birmingham Theatre District.

    This festival is put on by Alabama Moving Image Association, which is a non-profit organization that pushes filmmaking in Alabama. AMIA has quite the resume, such as a sister festival to Sidewalk called SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival, Alabama’s first and only film festival made by and about the LGBTQ community. The organization also hosts Sidewalk Sidewrite, a screenplay writing competition, as well as many other creative events to encourage filmmakers and writers alike to continue their journey.
  • Netflix not cutting it? Where to watch flicks this summer

    SummerFlicksllustration by Baili BighamBaili Grace Bigham - Head Entertainment Columnist

    Summer is back and the heat has melted away all your plans to go outside, but you don’t want to fall in the same regimen as always. What foolproof plan has never failed any of us? The answer is always unanimously: movie time. However, if Netflix doesn’t seem to be doing the trick for you anymore, fret no more — some of Birmingham’s favorite venues (including Iron City, the Alabama Theatre and the Botanical Gardens) are offering chances to spice up your nights by providing several series of film showings throughout the summer. 
  • Recap: Sidewalk Film Festival favorites

    The crowd waits at ASFA for the Off the Beaten Path series to begin screening. Photo by Baili BighamThe crowd waits at ASFA for the Off the Beaten Path series to begin screening. Photo by Baili BighamBaili Grace Bigham - Entertainment Columnist

    18 years of Sidewalk Film Festival down, and we can’t wait for more. Birmingham’s pride and joy flexed its muscles as thousands of tourists traveled and watched some of the nation’s most talked about indie films. The weekend’s festivities have come to a close, but we’re not ready to let go.

    I was able to fit in a handful of films and still walk around the downtown Birmingham theatre district to soak in the festival’s atmosphere. The festival, while spread out, filled up each block with food trucks, music, and entertainment galore. Most of my time was spent at the Alabama School of Fine Arts building. I couldn’t resist the VIP lounge. Being that Birmingham decided to crank up the heat, the air conditioning and free flowing water was enough to keep me coming back. Revelator’s bottomless pit of cold brew coffee was also a nice touch (twist my arm).