Alabama Films Abound at 2012 Sidewalk Film Festival

If you are looking for something fun to do this month, look no further than the 14th annual Sidewalk Film Festival August 24–26. Sidewalk, a project of the Alabama Moving Image Association, debuted in 1999 and has since garnered rave reviews from TIME magazine, Movie Maker magazine, and The Evening Sun. The three-day motion picture celebration takes place at multiple venues in downtown Birmingham, anchored by the restored Alabama Theatre on 3rd Avenue North. (Click here for a map of venues.)

This year’s Saturday Spotlight film is “Eating Alabama,” a documentary by Tuscaloosa resident and University of Alabama professor Andy Grace. The film follows along in a fascinating journey as he and his wife Rashmi attempt to eat only locally grown food for one year. Grace, who also directed the film, is expected to be in attendance when the film is shown on Saturday, August 25 at 6:15 p.m. at Alabama Theatre. 

The pair, along with some close friends who join them in their food adventure, discover just how much the food system of Alabama, a state once known for its deep agricultural roots, has changed over the past century. They also come to realize just how entwined food is not just with health, but with community, family, lifestyle, and social responsibility. 

“Eating Alabama” has received plenty of attention over the past few months as it has been screened at festivals across the nation. Now, it returns home and you have a chance to watch and learn. You can learn more about the movie, its director, and other projects at

Other movies with ties to Alabama include “Our Mockingbird,” “American Man,” and “The Nocturnal Third.” There are also numerous options for kids and families, most of which are being shown at McWane Science Center’s Rushton Theatre.

You can buy tickets in advance online here or by phone at (205) 332-3715.