Keep Sidewalk Strong

Birmingham, Alabama | Film Festival

Film-related Business

Catherine Wright

1 Campaigns | Alabama, United States

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This campaign raised $22,827 for development. Follow the filmmaker to receive future updates on this project.

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With the generosity of donors like you, Sidewalk will continue serving you in Birmingham's vibrant and revitalized Theatre District. Funds raised will be applied toward the rental of the newly renovated Lyric Theatre and DCP technology so that we can enhance your Film Festival experience.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

The Sidewalk Film Festival includes the SHOUT LGBTQ Festival, which is Alabama’s first and only film festival celebrating the best, new, independent films made by the LGBTQ community; and the Black Lens, highlighting films made by African-Americans containing a predominately African-American cast.

The Story

The Sidewalk Film Festival has been named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine two years in a row (2015 and 2014) and consistently garners national attention as one of the best festivals on the circuit, which propels Birmingham and Alabama into the spotlight as a place of cultural awareness, creative spirit, and true hospitality.

But Sidewalk is about more than just publicity and pride of place - the Festival makes an annual economic impact of more than $1.25 million, introduces over 200 new films to the local marketplace each year, hosts upwards of 40 educational events each year, supports a youth filmmaking initiative, and works to strengthen the filmmaking community through networking and professional development events on a year-round basis.


The Sidewalk film festival has been committed to the Birmingham Theatre District for 19 years. Through this campaign, we will be able to continue screening independent films in the newly renovated Lyric Theatre, a Birmingham historical landmark. We will also be able update our technology to DCP (Digital Cinema Package) in the historic Alabama Theatre so that we will be able to screen more of the films that you want to experience at the festival. 


As always, we want to attract festival lovers as well as visiting artists and filmmakers to create a cohesive arts community in Birmingham. We believe that with your generosity, we can make this the biggest and best Sidewalk festival experience yet!


Other Ways You Can Help to Keep #SidewalkStrong

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Use the WishList to Pledge cash and Loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an Incentive directly.

The Lyric Theatre

Costs $11,500

Funds raised will go towards the rental of the Lyric, a newly-renovated venue that is vital to the theatre district and to Sidewalk.

Digital Cinema Projector

Costs $10,000

Funds raised will go towards DCP rental, allowing us access to more films that our audience want to experience.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

Chloe Cook: Executive Director, responsible for concept development, fundraising, and marketing for Sidewalk Film Festival. Chloe has 15+ years of non-profit administration, marketing and public relations experience and has been serving as the Executive Director of Sidewalk Film Festival for 8 years. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Auburn University.


Catherine Wright: Development Coordinator, responsible for concept development, securing funding and sponsorships, and production assistance for Sidewalk Film Festival. Catherine has previously worked as a filmmaker liaison, travel coordinator, and committee head for Sidewalk Film Festival. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama.


Noah Cannon: Marketing Coordinator and Education/Outreach Coordinator, responsible for concept development and marketing of Sidewalk Film Festival. Noah studied film at The University of Alabama and began working with Sidewalk in 2013.

Current Team