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Sidewalk Film Festival runs Indiegogo campaign to offset title sponsor loss

2014 sidewalk festival logoThis weekend saw the Sidewalk Film Festival (formerly known as the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival) celebrate its sixteenth year of bringing independent film to Birmingham, AL. Festival award winners were announced on Sunday evening at the historic Alabama Theater; here’s the rundown via AL.com. The festival went on this year without the benefit of a title sponsor.

The nonprofit parent organization for the festival, The Alabama Moving Picture Association, is in the final hours of an Indiegogo campaign organized to raise the $16,000 needed to offset the resulting gap in funding. According to the campaign’s landing page, ticket sales for the festival only account for one-third of the organization’s annual cash budget. As of the time of this posting, they’d raised 76% (approximately $12,138) of their goal. It is a flexible campaign — meaning they will receive any funds pledged by 11:59 p.m. PT this evening (August 25).

New hope for independent film fans in Birmingham

It’s only been two weeks since the annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival took place in downtown Birmingham, AL. It appears that some are preparing to take advantage of momentum from projects like Railroad Park to provide a year-round venue for locals to enjoy independent film in the immediate metropolitan area while a new movie theater on the city’s east side has recently pledged to fill that need, at least partially.

A Facebook group appeared shortly after the festival, inviting people to become fans to help build support and interest in a new art house theater. Birmingham Indie Film Supporters appears to be loosely affiliated with the film festival’s parent organization, the Alabama Moving Image Association.

It’s interesting to note that in the midst of this recent wave of Facebook activism, Birmingham’s newest independently owned cinema complex, The Edge 12 located in Eastwood, told reporters for CBS 42 in August that they were planning to dedicate two screens to independent, non-commercial films.

BhamArchitect reports that one of the two screens is currently showing 2009’s The Girl Who Played With Fire, keeping in line with CrestwoodNorth’s tweet that only half of the screens were currently being used.

New Sidewalk director search begins

Sidewalk logoThis afternoon Sidewalk supporters received a note via email written by AIMA President Alan Hunter formally announcing the departure of Catherine Pfitzer as executive director of Sidewalk and the launch of a national search for a new executive director. We’d tell you more, but we thought you might like to read the note yourself (it’s in PDF format). Of course, you could also check out the job description too.

Sidewalk, Lipstick make changes

While we first heard rumblings about the possible firing of Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival executive director Catherine Pfitzer on Wednesday evening, this post from Wade on Birmingham confirmed it on Saturday morning. Pfitzer had served as the executive director for the organization for approximately two years and had held other positions with the film festival. Wade’s post includes excerpts from the email announcement as well as one from Pfitzer thanking supporters and encouraging them to continue to support the festival. Entries are already being accepted for this year’s edition, scheduled for September 25-27.

The other surprising news this past week was of the shut down of one of Birmingham’s newest magazines, Lipstick, as confirmed on the Media of Birmingham blog. The March issue will be the publication’s last. The entire staff was laid off as of Friday and former editor Tina Hatch reflected on it via her blog.

Films and fun grace the Magic City this weekend

Geez, do you really need me to tell you that the biggest party in town will be downtown this weekend? Happy Anniversary to the Sidewalk folks as they celebrate 10 years of bringing fresh and new film to the Magic City while encouraging our own talented filmmakers. But if you really wonder if anything else is going on worth mentioning, keep reading over on Timetable.

Wade wins the Sidewalk sweepstakes

Wade on Birmingham has the honor of being the first site in the city to share the name of the opening night film for Sidewalk’s 10th anniversary. We’ll share the name with you – Adventures of Power – but for the rest of it, you’ll have to check out Wade’s blog.

SxDS: It’s on!

SxDS logoWe’ve just learned that SxDS is going to happen September 26 – 28 here in Birmingham, Alabama. There will also be a WordCamp rolled into the event; it would be the first WordCamp in the Southeastern United States. Yeah, that’s on top of already having the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival that same weekend (it’s 10th!). The announcements will appear on their sites at approximately 2:30 p.m. CDT.

More details to follow, but for now check out their official website or follow them on Twitter. You can also sign up to assist with the WordCamp through its Google Group.