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Fairhope Film Festival Set for Novemer 11-14

     Fairhope Film Festival’s ninth year features 70 world-class, award-winning films from the USA and around the globe to be shown at six venues.
     The 2021 tickets will go on sale October 1 with the films announced November 1.
     Kick off the festivities at the Halstead Amphitheater on the Coastal College campus on opening night, November 11. Saturday will be filmmaker panels in the Fairhope Film Festival office at Fairhope Avenue and Summit Street, with a guest speaker at The Book Cellar. A Street Party will be held afterwards.
     The Drive-in has been brought back and will be set up at Oak Hollow Farm on Sunday, November 14, Closing Night.
     Attendees are encouraged to be vaccinated. If not, they are requested to wear a mask.
     Check the Festival's website for more details: .

Jamie Lee Curtis Receives Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice International Film Festival

Jamie Lee Curtis 

     Jamie Lee Curtis was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on Wednesday, September 8th. The award ceremony took place in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia) before the out-of-competition screening of Halloween Kills, directed by David Gordon Green, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and presented by Universal Pictures, Miramax, Blumhouse Productions and Trancas International Films. Halloween Kills arrives in theaters October 15.
     The original, classic horror film Halloween (1978) was her debut film. She also starred in subsequent films in the franchise. Her film career spans almost every genre, including the comedies Knives Out, A Fish Called Wanda, Trading Places and Freaky Friday, the intense action films True Lies and Blue Steel and the powerful and moving dramas The Tailor of Panama, My Girl and Forever Young. "Her work reveals an artist who navigates tone and style with impeccable skill and definitive grace. We are thrilled to award Jamie Lee Curtis the 2021 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement,” said Alberto Barbera,Venice International Film Festival Director.
I am incredibly humbled to be honored in this way by the Venice International Film Festival,” Jamie Lee Curtis said. “It seems impossible to me that I’ve been in this industry long enough to be receiving ‘Lifetime Achievement’ recognition, and to have it happen now, with Halloween Kills, is particularly meaningful to me. . . . Italian Cinema has always honored and heralded the genre that gave me my career, so I couldn’t be more proud and happy to accept this award from the Venice International Film Festival."
     In her emotional acceptance speech, she also acknowledged her parents, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis and their careers.To hear her speech, go to:

78th Venice International Film Festival; Second Permanent Festival of Restored Films Held

      Of interest to classic film fans, The Venice Biennale, an organization encompassing all arts, presented their second edition of the Permanent Festival of Restored Films in the weeks prior to the opening of their Venice International Film Festival on Lido, September 1-11, 2021.
      Thirteen restored masterpieces from the past in the original language version with subtitles in Italian are being screened. Selections were chosen from a list of the finest and most recent film restoration projects completed by film libraries and production companies around the world.
      Classics from the USA being screened are:

  • Goodfellas by Martin Scorsese with Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Silvero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese; USA, 1990
  • You Only Live Once by Friz Lang with Silvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane, Jean Dixon, William Gargan, Jerome Cowan, Charles "Chic" Sale, Margaret Hamilton, Warren Hymer; USA, 1937
  • Serpico by Sidney Lumet with Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Bill McGuire, Barbara Eda-Young, Cornelia Sharpe, Tony Roberts, John Medici, Allan Rich, Norman Ornellas; USA, 1973
  • Claudine by John Berry with James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Tamu, David Kruger, Yvette Curtis, Eric Jones; USA, 1974.

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Sidewalk Film Festival Highlights

     The 23rd edition of the Sidewalk Film Festival, presented by Regions Bank, lit up the Birmingham, AL theatre district August 23-29. Sidewalk offered a full schedule of independent, narrative (all genres) and documentary films–both full-length and short–too many to count, along with panels, events and outdoor parties.
     The first four nights of the festival spotlighted special programs such as: short films shot in Alabama or with the state as the subject; films with a Black Lens focus; and Shout, the Festival’s acclaimed LGBTQ showcase.

 Television Event

  This year’s Opening Night screening on Friday, August 27, was the documentary, Television Event. This film recounted the story of the 1983 improbable anti-nuclear television film, “The Day After”, its making and its cultural and political impact. At the end of the film, there was a virtual discussion with a Sidewalk representative, the film's director, Jeff Daniels, and Ted Koppel, broadcast journalist, former ABC Nightline host (1980-2005) and currently a special contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning.

Sidewalk Classics 2021

     Sidewalk usually screens a few modern classic films and this year was no exception. John Heyn and Jeff Krulik’s Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986) documentary, Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise (1991) and 3 Ninjas (1992) were screened. Chris Columbus’ Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) was screened at the historic Lyric Theatre (early Vaudeville Theatre). A documentary about director Stanley Kubrick by French filmmaker Gregory Monro, Kubrick by Kubrick, was also screened. It featured archival footage of Sterling Hayden, Peter Sellers, Tom Cruise, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson and Malcolm McDowell.

The Beta Test

     Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe’s The Beta Test, a satirical, dark comedy-thriller about Hollywood, was the Closing Night screening on Sunday, August 29. It is a 2021 American-British film.
     Sidewalk had checkpoints to ensure that all Festival attendees were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or had received a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test before entry. Everyone was requested to wear a mask indoors and social distancing was practiced with the theatres setting a limit of 50 percent capacity.
      For information on Sidewalk Cinema Center's current screenings and to purchase tickets, go to .


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