2016 Official Sidewalk Selections

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1. Kiki (2016)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A group of LGBTQ youths of color unite to form a safe gathering space.

Director: Sara Jordenö | Stars: Loretta Coombs, Takima Coombs, Afrika Juicy Couture, Bootz Juicy Couture

Votes: 602

SHOUT Opening Night

2. In a Valley of Violence (2016)

R | 104 min | Action, Western

64 Metascore

A mysterious stranger and a random act of violence drag a town of misfits and nitwits into the bloody crosshairs of revenge.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone

Votes: 19,487 | Gross: $0.05M

Sidewalk Opening Night

3. Breakfast at Ina's (2015)

51 min | Documentary, Biography

Pull up a chair and open your heart.

Director: Mercedes Kane | Star: Ina Pinkney

Votes: 14

4. The Fits (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

90 Metascore

While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

Director: Anna Rose Holmer | Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson

Votes: 4,953 | Gross: $0.17M

5. Actor Martinez (2016)

75 min | Drama

60 Metascore

Dreaming of fame and fortune, a local Denver performer hires two indie filmmakers to come to town and make a film with him as the star.

Directors: Mike Ott, Nathan Silver | Stars: Arthur Martinez, Lindsay Burdge, Mike Ott, Nathan Silver

Votes: 119

6. Little Men (2016)

PG | 85 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Theo Taplitz

Votes: 7,467 | Gross: $0.70M

7. Jackson (2016)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

With a single abortion clinic remaining in the state of Mississippi, the city of Jackson has become ground zero in the nation's battle over reproductive health-care. Jackson is an intimate ... See full summary »

Director: Maisie Crow

Votes: 159

8. Skips Stones for Fudge (2016)

52 min | Documentary, Sport

For over a decade, Russ "Rock Bottom" Byars and Kurt "Mountain Man" Steiner have endured a rivalry that lifted competitive stone skipping to unthinkable heights. Tested by physical ailments... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Seitz

Votes: 51

9. First Lady of the Revolution (2016)

71 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

First Lady of the Revolution is the remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, a Southern belle who takes a life-altering journey through marriage, civil war and audacious democratic reforms to become the First Lady of Costa Rica.

Director: Andrea Kalin | Stars: Henrietta Boggs, Muni Figueres

Votes: 29

10. Fraud (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

A struggling family commits fraud.

Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp

Votes: 106

11. Hotel Dallas (2016)

74 min | Documentary, Drama, Fantasy

In 1980s Romania, Dallas (1978) becomes a huge hit and inspires a young woman to emigrate to America. Playfully mixing fiction and documentary, "Hotel Dallas" is a surreal parable of communism, capitalism, and the power of art.

Directors: Sherng-Lee Huang, Livia Ungur | Stars: Livia Ungur, Larry Hagman, Razvan Hîncu, Sherng-Lee Huang

Votes: 184

12. Chicken People (2016)

83 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

81 Metascore

Chicken People is a funny and uplifting look at the world of show chickens and the people who love them. Starting at the largest national poultry competition, likened to the Westminster Dog... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Lucas Haimes | Stars: Betty Caraker, Bob Caraker, Brian Caraker, Brian Knox

Votes: 847

13. Here Comes Rusty (2016)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

A reluctant dog track owner tries to outrun his problems with the bet of a lifetime.

Director: Tyler Russell | Stars: Joey Lauren Adams, Fred Willard, Mark Borchardt, Judd Lormand

Votes: 114

14. Kate Plays Christine (2016)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

Actress Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to portray the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life news reporter who took her own life on local Florida television in 1974.

Director: Robert Greene | Stars: Kate Lyn Sheil, Stephanie Coatney, Michael Ray Davis, Zachary Gossett

Votes: 1,121

15. Other People (I) (2016)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.

Director: Chris Kelly | Stars: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow

Votes: 11,671 | Gross: $0.09M

16. Farmer/Veteran (2016)

82 min | Documentary, War

After three tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton's new mission to find healing through farming is haunted by the wounds of a family lost and the shadow of the soldier he yearns to be.

Directors: Alix Blair, Jeremy Lange | Stars: Fred Curtis-Lewis, Alexander Sutton

Votes: 26

17. Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary of the story behind Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989).

Directors: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen | Stars: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 2,215

18. Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989 Video)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A shot-for-shot remake of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), started by three 12-year-olds and completed over a period of six years.

Director: Eric Zala | Stars: Chris Strompolos, Angela Rodriguez, Michael Bales, Eric Zala

Votes: 766

19. Contemporary Color (2016)

PG-13 | 97 min | Documentary, Music

79 Metascore

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles,... See full summary »

Directors: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross | Stars: Simon Bennett, David Byrne, Christian Delmotte, Nelly Furtado

Votes: 185 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Silicon Cowboys (2016)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, History

75 Metascore

Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

Director: Jason Cohen | Stars: Rod Canion, Jim Harris, Bill Murto, Bill Fargo

Votes: 2,034 | Gross: $0.01M

21. All the Birds Have Flown South (2016)

98 min | Thriller

After the death of his overbearing Mother, a sheltered man attempts to win the affection of a degenerate waitress by caring for her terminally ill and abusive husband. Soon all three lives ... See full summary »

Directors: Joshua H. Miller, Miles B. Miller | Stars: Dallas Roberts, Joey Lauren Adams, Paul Sparks, Natalie Canerday

Votes: 311

22. The Lost Arcade (2015)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The story of Chinatown Fair, the legendary arcade located in the heart of New York's Chinatown. This documentary explores how the arcade became a shelter to a community as diverse as the city surrounding it and changed lives in doing so.

Director: Kurt Vincent | Stars: Anthony Cali, Henry Cen, Akuma Hokoru, Seth Killian

Votes: 374 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Sasq-Watch! (2016)

84 min | Comedy

Uber geeks Nigel and Oscar want nothing more than to capture definitive evidence of a Sasquatch. When their guide bails on them, they must resort to using a mis-matched group of outdoor ... See full summary »

Director: Drew Hall | Stars: Paul Brittain, Adam Herschman, Christine Quinn, Neil Flynn

Votes: 93

Previously titled "Nigel & Oscar vs Sasquatch"

24. Morris from America (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Patrick Güldenberg

Votes: 5,440 | Gross: $0.09M

25. Trials: Finding the Medal (2016)

109 min | Documentary, Sport

Four elite level Para-rowers train and compete for a spot on the 2014 US National Rowing Team.

Director: Daniel Koenig | Stars: Daniel Ahr, Andrew Johnson, Joshua Langston-White, Margaret Stran

Votes: 9

26. Stand Up, Speak Out: The Nina Miglionico Story (2016)

52 min | Documentary, Biography

A portrait of one of the first female lawyers in Alabama, who fought tirelessly for segregation reform and equal rights for women in the face of adversity in the 1960's and beyond.

Director: Jenna Bedsole | Star: Nina Miglionico

27. The Love Witch (2016)

Unrated | 120 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, with deadly consequences.

Director: Anna Biller | Stars: Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Gian Keys

Votes: 16,924 | Gross: $0.23M

28. Speed Sisters (2015)

78 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

65 Metascore

The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. They're bold. They're fearless. And they're tearing up tracks all over Palestine.

Director: Amber Fares

Votes: 232

29. Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows (2015)

85 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about the greatest soul singer you've ever heard--even if you've never heard of him.

Director: Rob Hatch-Miller | Stars: Otis Clay, Charles Hodges, Leroy 'Flick' Hodges, DJ Jazzy Jay

Votes: 12

30. Slash (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

64 Metascore

Freshman Neil's Vanguard stories are all he cares about...until he meets the older Julia, who pushes him to put his own fan fic online. When the website's moderator takes a special interest in Neil's work, it opens up a whole new universe.

Director: Clay Liford | Stars: Tishuan Scott, Lucas Neff, Courtney Bandeko, Michael Johnston

Votes: 1,145

31. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 138,806 | Gross: $12.73M

32. By the River (2016)

92 min | Documentary

'By The River' is an experimental feature length documentary following a young man (Ellar Coltrane, 'Boyhood') as he travels cross-country by train gathering sounds and recording ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Ford | Star: Ellar Coltrane

Votes: 8

33. Gip (2016)

73 min | Documentary

There are 4 juke joints left in the United States. On May 4, 2013, the last one in Alabama was raided and shut down. But Henry "Gip" Gipson, proprietor of Gip's Place, a gravedigger by day ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Sheehan

34. Donald Cried (2016)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

With sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang returns to his hometown and encounters his long lost, childhood friend, Donald Treebeck. What begins as a simple favor, turns into a long day's journey into the past.

Director: Kris Avedisian | Stars: Jesse Wakeman, Kris Avedisian, William Billington, Louisa Krause

Votes: 1,342 | Gross: $0.06M

35. Cheerleader (2016)

70 min | Drama, Romance

Reeling from her first heartbreak, naive and promiscuous Mickey seeks calculated revenge on her ex-boyfriend by turning her attention to an unlikely subject.

Director: Irving Franco | Stars: Catherine Blades, Chris Bert, Rachel Beyda, Patrick Ball

Votes: 69

37. Women Who Kill (2016)

93 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

78 Metascore

Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan's new love interest is a murderer.

Director: Ingrid Jungermann | Stars: Annette O'Toole, Sheila Vand, Jacqueline Antaramian, Deborah Rush

Votes: 672

38. Beware the Slenderman (2016)

TV-14 | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Tells the story of two 12-year old girls, who attempted to murder one of their friends in an attempt to appease Slenderman, a fictional monster from a horror website.

Director: Irene Taylor | Stars: Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier, Angie Geyser, William Weier

Votes: 7,292

39. Teenage Cocktail (2016)

88 min | Drama, Thriller

Feeling confined by their small town and overbearing parents, Annie and Jules hatch a scheme of running away. But as the girls soon find out, consequences can blindside you. Sometimes violently.

Director: John Carchietta | Stars: Nichole Sakura, Fabianne Therese, Pat Healy, Michelle Borth

Votes: 5,427

40. Dead Hands Dig Deep (2016)

75 min | Documentary, Music

While living in complete isolation in the desert of southern California, a long forgotten shock-rock musician reflects on his dark past of drug abuse, violence, and self destruction.

Director: Jai Love | Stars: Rikk Agnew, Edwin Borsheim

Votes: 110

41. The Greasy Strangler (2016)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

58 Metascore

Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night.

Director: Jim Hosking | Stars: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo, Gil Gex

Votes: 7,783 | Gross: $0.04M

42. Long Nights Short Mornings (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

An examination of the romantic life of a young man in New York City and his sometimes fleeting, sometimes profound experiences with the women he encounters.

Director: Chadd Harbold | Stars: Shiloh Fernandez, Ella Rae Peck, Paten Hughes, Layla Khoshnoudi

Votes: 986

43. The Arbalest (2016)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama

The inventor of the world's greatest toy reflects on his obsession with a woman who hates him.

Director: Adam Pinney | Stars: Mike Brune, Tallie Medel, Matthew Stanton, Felice Heather Monteith

Votes: 91

44. Service to Man (2016)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, History

It's 1967, and Meharry Medical School has just admitted its first white student. Now Eli Rosenberg and Michael DuBois, a black student struggling to live up to his father's mighty legacy,must work together to survive the turbulent 1960s.

Directors: Aaron Greer, Seth Panitch | Stars: Morgan Auld, Christopher Livingston, Lamman Rucker, Keith David

Votes: 133

45. First Girl I Loved (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance