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Sidewalk Wrap Up

September 28, 2009

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The skies cleared on Sunday to bring in a lot of sunshine for the last day of Sidewalk Film Festival, and oh what a great way to end a weekend. I began the fest by seeing the beautiful “Children of Invention” (review soon), then Bill Plympton’s “Idiots & Angels,” “Vicious Kind (review soon) and the world premiere of “Alabama Moon.”

Afterwards, the awards ceremony, including a surreal performance from Carol Conners (there for “Courting Condi”) and some hilarious reenactments from some of the fest films was held before a final party at The Garage where the remaining filmmakers mingled before catching flights on Monday. A highlight for me was finally getting to meet Kurt Kuenne, director of one of my fave docs Dear Zachary: A Letter to a son about his father.

As my first Sidewalk, I can’t compare to the past – but programmer Kyle McKinnon said that he thought this year seemed to be one of the best. I agree.  The festival was filled with great volunteers, an awesome staff that seemed to really care even about unimportant bloggers like myself, some great films and most importantly – an engaged audience. Although there are always things that need to be tweaked, the occasional projection problem, running out of nachos at the awards party, the weekend was surprisingly an intimate experience with a great group of filmmakers despite the numerous venues and big crowds.

Winners for Sidewalk 2009 are:

Audience Choice Awards:

Best Documentary Feature – Best Worst Movie by Michael Paul Stephenson

Best Narrative Feature – Alabama Moon by Tim McCanlies

Best Alabama Film – Interplanetary by Chance Shirley

Best Short Film – Some of What I Know About Tommy by Christopher Hilleke

Narrative Features:

Best Narrative Film – House of the Devil by Ti West

Runner-up – Modern Love is Automatic by Zach Clark

Best Director – That Evening Sun by Scott Teems

Best Performance – Adam Scott in The Vicious Kind by Lee Krieger

“Mise en Scene” Award – St. Nick by David Lowery

Character Acting Award – Clint Howard in Alabama Moon by Tim McCanlies

Documentary Features:

Best Documentary Feature – Best Worst Movie by Michael Paul Stephenson

Artistic Portrait – Luckey by Laura Longsworth

Artistic Vision – 45365 by Bill Ross

Short Films:

Best Short Film – I Am So Proud of You by Don Hertzfeldt

Best Alabama Short Film – Hallelujah! Gorilla Revival by Jeremiah Ledbetter, Jason LaRay Keener

A.C.E. Award (Alabama Citation of Excellence) – Cerebella by Adam Windgard and Alex Justinger

Best Animated Short – Dahlia by Michael Langan

Best Student Film – The Token Hunchback

Best Story-telling – Hallelujah! Gorilla Revival by Jeremiah Ledbetter, Jason LaRay Keener

Honorable Mention – Feeder by Joseph Ernst

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