2018 Official Sidewalk Selections

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1. Brewmaster (2018)

95 min | Documentary

The story of craft beer as told through a young New York lawyer who dreams of opening his own brewery and a Milwaukee based beer educator trying to pass the Master Cicerone exam.

Director: Douglas Tirola

Votes: 78

Screened at Cahaba Brewing Co.

2. Studio 54 (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary, History, Music

70 Metascore

The story of the notorious 1970s New York City nightclub.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Ian Schrager, Steve Rubell, Donald Rubell, Neil Schlesinger

Votes: 3,148 | Gross: $0.20M

SHOUT Opening Night

3. The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018)

TV-MA | 83 min | Documentary

44 Metascore

A desperate man goes on a buried treasure hunt for $2 million worth of cocaine.

Director: Theo Love | Stars: Bo Butterworth, Bri Bryant, Edward Craig, Andy Culpepper

Votes: 3,390

Sidewalk Opening Night

4. Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen (2017)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

At a moment in time, when humanity is obsessed with food - photographing every dish, worshipping cooks and flaunting trophy meals on social media, this documentary goes under the surface ... See full summary »

Director: Rasmus Dinesen

Votes: 125

5. Hearts Beat Loud (2018)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A father and daughter form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for college.

Director: Brett Haley | Stars: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette

Votes: 11,108 | Gross: $2.39M

Sidewalk Closing Night

6. Love, Gilda (2018)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa D'Apolito | Stars: Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader

Votes: 1,641 | Gross: $0.63M

7. Father's Kingdom (2017)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, History

This is the story of Father Divine and the Peace Mission Movement

Director: Lenny Feinberg

Votes: 24

8. When Jeff Tried to Save the World (2018)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

When the manager of an old-school bowling alley discovers the owner's plans to sell, saving Winky's World means pulling himself out of the gutter, too.

Director: Kendall Goldberg | Stars: Jon Heder, Brendan Meyer, Anna Konkle, Maya Erskine

Votes: 590

9. Alone in the Game (2018)

95 min | Documentary, Sport

From Creator and Executive Producer, David McFarland comes 'Alone In The Game' a feature-length documentary that follows a group of elite athletes and iconic figures from the biggest stages... See full summary »

Directors: Natalie Metzger, Michael Rohrbaugh | Stars: Kevin Arnovitz, Trevor Betts, Jason Collins, Eric Fanning

Votes: 33

10. Sickies Making Films (2018)

83 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

A love letter to film history, Sickies Making Films looks at our urge to censor movies and asks, Why? By focusing on the Maryland Board of Censors, the nation's longest lasting censor board... See full summary »

Director: Joe Tropea | Stars: John Waters, Howard Denis, Ross Freedman, Barbara Gamse

Votes: 40

11. Never Goin' Back (2018)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent's due, they're about to get fired, and they're broke.

Director: Augustine Frizzell | Stars: Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Liz Cardenas, Michelle Sherrill

Votes: 3,226 | Gross: $0.06M

12. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 35,851 | Gross: $12.32M

13. Man on Fire (2018 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary, Biography

Grand Saline, Texas was a sleepy, unremarkable town--until a white preacher lit himself on fire to protest the town's racism in 2014.

Director: Joel Fendelman | Star: Ron Blanton

Votes: 64

14. Thunder Road (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

A police officer faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother.

Director: Jim Cummings | Stars: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer

Votes: 18,191

15. 306 Hollywood (2018)

94 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

When two siblings undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother's house, they embark on a magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind.

Directors: Elan Bogarín, Jonathan Bogarín | Stars: Sherry Anthony, Ruby Berube, Nicole Bloomfield, Elan Bogarín

Votes: 295 | Gross: $0.02M

16. Call Her Ganda (2018)

93 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case--an activist attorney, a transgender journalist and ... See full summary »

Director: PJ Raval | Stars: Naomi Fontanos, Jennifer Laude, Julita Laude, Virginia Lacsa Suarez

Votes: 200

17. The Gospel of Eureka (2018)

75 min | Documentary, Music

66 Metascore

Love, faith, and civil rights collide in the south as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to explore the meaning of belief. Gospel drag shows and passion plays set the stage for one hell of a show.

Directors: Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri | Stars: Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Anita Bryant

Votes: 187 | Gross: $0.02M

18. I Can't... I Have Rehearsal (2017)

60 min | Documentary

For a select few, the high school musical is sacred. Every year those students come together for the Tonys of New Jersey high school musical theater: The Rising Star Awards. But first, they... See full summary »

Director: Maddie Orton | Stars: Laura Benanti, Rob McClure, Shanice Williams, Melanie Anderson

19. Skate Kitchen (2018)

R | 106 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A teenaged skateboarder makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.

Director: Crystal Moselle | Stars: Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Kabrina Adams

Votes: 4,571 | Gross: $0.24M

20. Support the Girls (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

The general manager at a highway-side ''sports bar with curves" has her incurable optimism and faith, in her girls, her customers, and herself, tested over the course of a long, strange day.

Director: Andrew Bujalski | Stars: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Zoe Graham

Votes: 7,562 | Gross: $0.13M

21. Chained for Life (2018)

91 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur's English-language debut.

Director: Aaron Schimberg | Stars: Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Stephen Plunkett, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 787

22. Relaxer (2018)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

82 Metascore

With the impending Y2K apocalypse fast approaching, Abbie is faced with the ultimate challenge - the unbeatable level 256 on Pac-Man - and he can't get off the couch until he conquers it. A survival story set in a living room.

Director: Joel Potrykus | Stars: Joshua Burge, David Dastmalchian, Andre Hyland, Mahfuz Rahman

Votes: 1,132 | Gross: $0.00M

23. Union (II) (2018)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, War

A woman disguises herself as her dead brother, Henry, in order to survive in the Confederate ranks during the Civil War. He marries a widow to rescue her from an arranged marriage. They keep each other's secrets and find true love.

Director: Whitney Hamilton | Stars: Marcelle LeBlanc, Cece Kelly, Jay Galloway, Virginia Newcomb

Votes: 113 | Gross: $0.01M

24. That Darn Cat! (1965)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

71 Metascore

After a kidnapped bank teller uses a neighbor's wandering cat to send an S.O.S., the F.B.I. assigns a cat-allergic Agent to the case.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 7,167 | Gross: $28.06M

25. Rodents of Unusual Size (2017)

71 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

A story about giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana and the defiant people on the edge of the world, who are defending their communities, culture, and livelihoods from the onslaught of this curious and unexpected invasive species.

Directors: Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer | Stars: Michael Beran, Thomas Gonzalez, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 177

26. The Guilty (2018)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Director: Gustav Möller | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Gotthardt Olsen

Votes: 59,480 | Gross: $0.21M

27. Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate (2018)

85 min | Comedy

Released from prison, statutory rapist ex-teacher Deborah Ward seeks revenge on cross-dressing co-worker Richard Martinez who put her there.

Director: Matt Kugelman | Stars: Rachel Dratch, Sally Jessy Raphael, Jason Bellini, Itay Hod

Votes: 2,512

28. If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd (2018)

TV-14 | 97 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

This authorized documentary will explore the music and backstory of the legendary American band. With the songs from the first six Skynyrd albums driving the narration, the film focuses on ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Kijak | Stars: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant

Votes: 1,449

29. The Great Pretender (2018)

71 min | Comedy, Drama

The lives of a French theater director, her ex-boyfriend, and the two actors playing them intersect dramatically in this tangled and darkly funny roundelay set in the New York theater world.

Director: Nathan Silver | Stars: Esther Garrel, Maëlle Poesy-Guichard, Keith Poulson, Linas Phillips

Votes: 192

30. A Deadly Vendetta (2018 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

Starting over at a new high school is a challenge for former soccer team captain Cameron, especially when faced with a new coach who has a deadly vendetta and refuses to play by the rules.

Director: Max McGuire | Stars: Christina Cox, Sarah Grey, Tanya Clarke, Hannah Vandenbygaart

Votes: 280

31. Poor Jane (2018)

90 min | Drama

A housewife's comfortable life unravels when she suddenly stops loving her husband.

Director: Katie Orr | Stars: Brandy Burre, Robert Longstreet, Javon Johnson, Mike Lutz

Votes: 14

32. The Unicorn (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

An indecisive couple facing the fourth year of their engagement finally decides to take the next big step and have a threesome.

Director: Robert Schwartzman | Stars: Lauren Lapkus, Nicholas Rutherford, Lucy Hale, Beck Bennett

Votes: 1,228

33. Hot Summer Nights (2017)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

In 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends on Cape Cod getting rich from selling pot to gangsters, falling in love for the first time, partying and eventually realizing that he is in over his head.

Director: Elijah Bynum | Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Emory Cohen

Votes: 19,562

34. Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

78 Metascore

A Late Night comedy writer stumbles upon a hilarious, hidden world of corporate entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. Tribeca and WGA Award winner.

Director: Dava Whisenant | Stars: David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Susan Stroman

Votes: 1,130

35. At the Drive-in (2017)

80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Unable to purchase a $50,000 digital projector, a group of film fanatics in rural Pennsylvania fight to keep a dying drive-in theater alive by screening only vintage 35mm film prints and working entirely for free.

Director: Alexander Monelli | Stars: Jeff Mattox, Virgil Cardamone, Matt McClanahan, Corey Pace

Votes: 364

36. Wild Nights with Emily (2018)

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy, History

74 Metascore

Dramatization of the little known side of the writer Emily Dickinson's life, in particular, her relationship with another woman.

Director: Madeleine Olnek | Stars: Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler, Amy Seimetz, Brett Gelman

Votes: 1,327 | Gross: $0.52M

37. Bloody Birthday (1981)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

Three children are born at the height of an eclipse of the sun. Ten years later, they begin to murder the people around them - even their family members.

Director: Ed Hunt | Stars: Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown, Joe Penny

Votes: 5,089

38. Don't Leave Home (2018)

86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

An American artist's obsession with a disturbing urban legend leads her to an investigation of the story's origins at the crumbling estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland.

Director: Michael Tully | Stars: Bobby Roddy, Mark Lawrence, Sue Walsh, Alisha Weir

Votes: 1,509

39. Holiday (I) (2018)

93 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

A love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera.

Director: Isabella Eklöf | Stars: Vic Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer, Yuval Segal

Votes: 4,151

40. Still (VIII) (2018)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

When a young hiker stumbles onto an isolated farm after losing her way on the Appalachian Trail, she is taken in by a strange yet beautiful couple desperate to protect a secret deep in the mountains.

Director: Takashi Doscher | Stars: Lydia Wilson, Nick Blood, Madeline Brewer, Mark Ashworth

Votes: 1,240

41. Samantha's Amazing Acro-Cats (2017)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

Self-taught animal trainer, Samantha Martin, quits her day job to create America's first traveling cat circus, The Amazing Acro-cats.

Director: Jacob Feiring | Star: Samantha Martin

Votes: 18

42. Phantom Cowboys (2018)

93 min | Documentary

Documentary about three teenage boys as they approach adulthood in California, West Virginia, and Florida. The hopes and dreams of young people in small town America as expressed by the three subjects over a period of eight years.

Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone

Votes: 41

43. People's Republic of Desire (2018)

95 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Two live streamers seek fame, fortune and human connection in China's digital idol-making universe, ultimately finding the same promises and perils online as in their real lives. Winner of Grand Jury Award (Documentary) at 2018 SXSW.

Director: Hao Wu

Votes: 493 | Gross: $0.02M

44. Age of Summer (2018)

TV-MA | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance