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Sidewalk in Sight September 24, 2007

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.

So much going on this weekend. The delicious Greek food festival on the Southside. The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, which has a *great* advertising campaign going this year. But the big draw for me is the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.

What are you going to see? I know I’m not going to miss Lunch, a short–and the first film–from James Brown, godfather of soul…or a close facsimile. James is a friend of mine, and I’m so so proud of him for creating a festival-worthy film. I can’t wait to see it. This film also marks the first silver-screen appearance for one of my artworks. Look for a magnet with a rocket print somewhere in the background. (Alabama Shorts Block 2, Sat., 6:30 p.m., Alabama Power)

In that same block, my friend Sam Frazier Jr. debuts From the Files of a Very Concerned Psychologist. I don’t know much about the film, but Sam is a seasoned filmmaker (his last work was a mini stop-motion epic starring Lego figures), so it’s going to be good.

Actually, seeing any of the four blocks of Alabama shorts is a good bet. The depth of moviemaking interest and creativity in this area will surprise you.

And two films I’m curious about:
The Ten: The opening night film, a comic reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments, sounds intriguing and has an interesting cast. But the movie is only part of the attraction for me. I love the atmosphere in the Alabama Theater on the opening night of Sidewalk. (8:00 p.m., Fri., Alabama Theater)
Strictly Background: A documentary feature about the lives and times of movie extras. (11:15 a.m., Sat., Alabama Power)



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