Category Archives: film

Got plans this weekend? 3.28 – 3.30

And so another month comes to a close. Here’s what you can do during the last weekend of March, starting with lunch.

Today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is the 5th Annual Empty Bowls Event at St. Vincent’s Hospital in the Bruno’s Conference Center. Except the bowls aren’t really empty.

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A Genesis Found holding casting call in Birmingham

A drawing of Moundville’s famous “Rattlesnake Disc”Wonder Mill Films has announced that they’re going to hold auditions for their new feature film, A Genesis Found, in Birmingham on February 9 at 1 p.m. Auditions will take place on UAB’s campus in their theatre department (700 13th Street South), with the Huntsville-based production looking for all ethnicities, men and women, ages 17 – 70.

The blog for the production provides more information about this narrative adventure/mystery which “…focuses on a young archeology student’s confrontation of his family’s legacy, responsibility, and faith.”  Filming will take place in northern and central Alabama.

The Paper premieres on APTV tonight

Attendees to September’s Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival will probably remember The Paper as one of the documentary films shown over at the Harbert Center. The piece chronicled moments in the life of the student newspaper at Penn State, The Daily Collegian.

Well, as promised during the piece’s question and answer session, it is making its network premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens tonight at 11:30 p.m.

Here’s a sneak peek for those who missed it:

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You do have some other chances to watch the documentary this month (well, at least TiVo it), since its on at 3 a.m. in the morning on December 12 & 16.

Bob Dylan plays APTV this weekend

Dylan fans will be able to enjoy their man during APTV’s December pledge drive (yes, it’s already time). Bob Dylan: Live in Newport 1963-1965 will begin its engagement on APTV beginning this Saturday. The special is based on a DVD released by Legacy Recordings: The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, who announced the special’s PBS schedule on their Soundboard blog.

Here’s a taste of what to expect on December 1 @ 10 p.m. or on the DVD (released back on October 30).

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You can also check out this review of the DVD courtesy of The New Yorker.

UPDATED: Sidewalk ’07: Winners list

Updated: 11:22 p.m., 9.30.2007

This is a current complete list of winners from the 2007 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. We will update the list throughout the course of the day tomorrow with links to those films with a web presence.

We are currently awaiting the start of the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival awards ceremony. We will update this list of winners throughout the awards ceremony this evening at WorkPlay Theatre.

Features Competition

Best Feature Film
Low and Behold

Filmmaker to watch
Jeremy Saulnier – Murder Party

Last Stop for Paul

Best 1st Feature
August the First

Best Director
Zack Godshall – Low and Behold

Documentaries competition

Best Documentary Film
Darius Goes West

Best Short Documentary
Salim Baba

Shorts Competition
Best Short Film ($1,000 cash prize)
Pop Foul

Best Animated Film ($500 cash prize)
Everything Will Be OK

Best Student Film
1st prize

Caress of the Creature

2nd prize

Kathyrn Tucker Windham Storytelling Award
Death in the Woods

Audience Choice Awards

Feature Film
American Fork

Documentary Film
Darius Goes West

Short Film

Alabama Film

Alabama Awards

Best Alabama Film
I’m Nostalgic

The Ace Awards (Alabama Citations of Excellence)

Excellence of Storytelling
Asclepius Fandango

Excellence in Imagery
Modern Plays: The Music Video

Excellence in Directing
Cup of Joe

Excellence in Originality
Lunch with Lincoln

Excellence in Comedy

Excellence in Comedy Writing
The Little Things

Excellence in Acting
Tallie Medel – I’m Nostalgic

Special Jury Awards

Brilliance in Animation
Bare Circumstances

The Archer House

Brilliance in Imaging
Help is Coming

Best Student Documentary
A Street Divided

Sidewrite Awards
Competition where 10 short screenplays are submitted and judged.

1st prize
Self Addressed – Jim Pihakis

2nd prize
Stuck – Susan C. McCain

Production Award
Julie Pritt – Face Value

Memorial service plans for Michael Prichard announced

The following information has been posted on personal Myspace profiles and sent out to Sidewalk’s email subscription network this morning:

PRICHARD, MICHAEL DOWLING, age 40, beloved daddy of Marley and Avery, died unexpectedly in an accident at home Friday, September 14, 2007. He was a caring father and a dedicated and loving husband to his wife Christine. Mr. Prichard was self-employed, working in the film and television production industry as well as doing residential construction. He loved gardening, music and the outdoors. He was passionate about traveling and had explored much of the world with Christine, his partner in life for 17 years. He was a great cook, and enjoyed preparing meals for his family daily as well as for get togethers with friends. He was open minded, out spoken, smart, honest and kind. He embraced life with fullness. He cherished his two young children and loved watching them discover the world. Mr. Prichard is survived by his wife, Christine; his daughter, Marley; his son, Avery; his parents, Dinny and Frank Bomberg of Las Cruces, NM, and Michael and Lyne Prichard of St. Paul, Minnesota; his b rother, Alex Prichard of Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as Alex’s wife, Angela, and their two daughters. He was preceded in death by his sister, Becky Prichard of Cuzco, Peru.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, September 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, 4300 Hampton Heights Drive. Prior to the service, a Buddhist-led meditation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Monday at Johns-Ridout’s Southside Chapel, 2116 University Boulevard, followed by visitation from 2-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to:

The Redmont School
1220 50th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35222

or to:

The Becky Fund
1866 Coyote Ridge Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88011,

Win Harry Potter tickets from Red Blondehead

You’ve got until 3 p.m. today (July 9) to win a pair of tickets to an advance screening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the McWane Center tomorrow courtesy of Red Blondehead.

It will be the first time that a first run full length studio film will be shown on the center’s IMAX dome screen. Go on over to their site to learn what you have to do to enter, and GOOD LUCK!

The Alabama Theatre’s Summer Film Series arrives

An annual summer tradition began this past weekend as the "Mighty Wurliter" entertained visitors to the Showplace of the South before the first film of the 2007 Summer Film Series, The Godfather, began. This year, the series includes both classic films and contemporary box office hits. Continue reading