Meeting its ticket sales goal for this year's festival is crucial to Sidewalk's survival, keeping bills and staff paid, getting the cinema reopened, and bringing the beloved annual festival back to its full glory in 2021!
Jeff Nixon is Festival Co-producer and the event coordinator for Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema and serves on the Board of Directors for AIDS Alabama. The seasoned event producer shares with us how 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted his work at the end of what would normally be a busy month of organized gatherings to celebrate PRIDE, the shifts Sidewalk has made in their programming, and how our community can continue to support…
"We crave connection, and I think that is what theatre is all about — connecting stories to audiences and, more importantly, finding the common experiences and emotions that connect us all."
"We have such a deep, deep storytelling tradition here in the south. That’s part of what we are known for nationally and internationally in terms of literature. But we haven’t had a major presence in the film industry and are so often poorly illustrated in mainstream media. I really saw this as a powerful way to add this region’s voices to the chorus to help understand what life is like in America."
"We are able to film all over Birmingham and collaborate with creative minds and contract all of our cast, crew, prop-makers, and set designers right here in town... The community involvement is incredible. People are always interested and eager to help."