Birmingham’s highly acclaimed Sidewalk Film Festival fast approaches. Whether you’re new to the independent film scene or not, if you’ve never been to Sidewalk, you owe it to yourself to go. After all, this is the film festival selected as one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker magazine – that’s right, IN. THE. WORLD. In other words, if you don’t go, you stand a high probability of being called “lame” by your cool friends.

As of this writing, we’re just a few weeks out from the fest, so it’s in your best interest to check out the schedule of films. The opening film is Step, a documentary about a girls’ high school step team directed by Amanda Lipitz, guaranteed to be an emotional crowd pleaser. The closer, My Friend Dahmer, on the other hand, is the true, haunting, and downright sad story of serial cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer’s awkward high school days. It is a provocative piece that will give you different perspective on one of the world’s most horrific killers.

With short films, animated entries, feature-length films, documentaries, comedies, tragedies – the full spectrum of the filmmaking art, Sidewalk has something for everybody. So, make plans now NOT to miss it! Visit here to learn more about the opening and closing films and to purchase your festival passes.