003: The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.
If you're a fan of films and filmmaking, you should check out the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. Sidewalk, Birmingham, Alabama's original film festival, celebrates its ninth year this weekend.
From what I can tell, this year's fest features a particularly strong batch of features and short films. I can personally vouch for The Ten, Murder Party, Blood Car, and Lunch, and I'm excited to see Great World of Sound, American Fork, and Cup of Joe, among others.
It's not just about watching movies, though. Sidewalk is known as a social film fest where filmmakers and film watchers can freely interact. If you'd like to pick the brains of all different kinds of filmmakers, Sidewalk is a great place to do it.
The Sidewalk guys were nice enough to ask me to moderate a panel on horror/comedy movies featuring the Murder Party and Blood Car filmmakers. So I guess I'll be doing a little brain-picking myself. If you make it to the festival, try to stop by my "SideTalk" panel. It'll be at 4:00 on Saturday afternoon.