2014 Official Sidewalk Selections

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1. The Hip-Hop Fellow (2014)

79 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The Hip-Hop Fellow follows Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder's tenure at Harvard University as he teaches 'The Standards of Hip-Hop' course, conducts research for his thesis and ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Price | Stars: Phonte Coleman, DJ Premier, Patrick Douthit, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Votes: 24

2. All American High Revisited (2014)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

A time capsule of teenage life in the 1980s.

Director: Keva Rosenfeld

Votes: 203

3. Jedi Junior High (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

In 2009, students of all walks of life at the Arts & Learning Children's Conservatory in Anaheim, CA set out to produce their own live musical parody version of Star Wars: Episode V - The ... See full summary »

Directors: Heidi Burkey, Tim Larson

Votes: 116

Previously Titled "Makin' Wookiee"

4. Wicker Kittens (2014)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, Comedy, Sport

In Minnesota, the winters are long but the jigsaw puzzling is fierce. Join some of the top teams in competitive puzzling as they prepare for the largest contest in the country at the St. ... See full summary »

Director: Amy C. Elliott

Votes: 16

5. Above All Else (2014)

95 min | Documentary, Drama

One man risks family and future to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, Above All Else... See full summary »

Director: John Fiege | Stars: Julia Trigg Crawford, David Daniel, Eleanor Fairchild, Garrett Graham

Votes: 44

6. Out of Print (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

A documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition - seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema - a unique and independent revival cinema in Los Angeles.

Director: Julia Marchese | Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Edgar Wright

Votes: 391

7. To Be Takei (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

66 Metascore

A look at the many roles played by eclectic actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting.

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot | Stars: George Takei, Brad Takei, Walter Koenig, William Shatner

Votes: 1,539 | Gross: $0.05M

8. An Honest Liar (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

76 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein | Stars: James Randi, José Alvarez, Penn Jillette, Teller

Votes: 10,120 | Gross: $0.12M

9. Living Stars (2014)

63 min | Documentary

In Buenos Aires, they are dancing. Dozens of real people, identified simply by name and occupation, are presented in their kitchens, living rooms, offices, and streets-each dancing to a ... See full summary »

Directors: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat | Stars: Fabián Biscione, Maximiliano Caruso, Malvina Ekera, Victoria Migoya

Votes: 41

10. The Search for General Tso (2014)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

72 Metascore

Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish.

Director: Ian Cheney | Stars: Susan Carter, Ian Cheney, Philip Chiang, Andrew Coe

Votes: 1,770 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Little Hope Was Arson (2013)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches burn to the ground in just over a month igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history.

Director: Theo Love | Stars: David Mahfood, Peggy Mahfood, Bill Parr, Lee Richards

Votes: 324

12. Fight Church (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Sport

Fight Church follows several cage fighting pastors as they beat the holy hell out of each other... because Jesus never tapped out.

Directors: Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel | Stars: Paul Burress, John Renken, Nahshon Nicks, Preston Hocker

Votes: 125

13. The Dog (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's gender-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon (1975).

Directors: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren | Stars: John Wojtowicz, Carmen Bifulco, Jeremy Bowker, Liz Debbie Eden

Votes: 945 | Gross: $0.04M

14. The Past Is a Grotesque Animal (2014)

Unrated | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

of Montreal is the brainchild of Athens GA based singer/guitarist Kevin Barnes. This film documents a band's life, from festivals (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza), on the tour bus, backstage, in the studio...nowhere was off limits.

Director: Jason Miller | Stars: Dottie Alexander, Derek Almstead, David Barnes, Kevin Barnes

Votes: 147

15. A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times (2013)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, News

56 Metascore

Jayson Blair is the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time. He unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism.

Director: Samantha Grant | Stars: Jayson Blair, Macarena Hernández, Robert Rivard, Howard Kurtz

Votes: 70

16. Art and Craft (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

Directors: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker | Stars: Mark A. Landis, Lester Sullivan, Irwin Lakov, Matthew Leininger

Votes: 1,721 | Gross: $0.22M

17. My Prairie Home (2013)

76 min | Documentary, Music

Alberta singer/songwriter Rae Spoon reflects on gender identity, faith, and the challenges of family through songs and stories.

Director: Chelsea McMullan | Stars: Chase Constantino, Rae Spoon

Votes: 78

18. Resistance (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, History

80 years ago antibiotics revolutionized medicine. Only now are we realizing the potentially catastrophic consequences of these miracle drugs. The question is: have we reached a point where ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Graziano

Votes: 323

19. No No: A Dockumentary (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

68 Metascore

The life and times of major league pitcher Dock Ellis are explored in this revealing documentary.

Director: Jeffrey Radice | Stars: Enos Cabell, Dave Cash, Roberto Clemente Jr., Vera Clemente

Votes: 1,667

20. Yakona (2014)

85 min | Documentary, History

Yakona, meaning "water rising" in the language of the indigenous people of the San Marcos River in Texas. This multi-award winning film is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Collins, Anlo Sepulveda | Stars: Tony Two Hawks Molina, Jeremy Gutierrez, Jacqueline Claire, Tina Rodriguez

Votes: 41

21. Little White Lie (2014)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A film about denial, race, family secrets and a search for identity.

Directors: Lacey Schwartz Delgado, James Adolphus | Stars: Lacey Schwartz Delgado, Sarah Brokaw, Bruce Corwin, Joshua Corwin

Votes: 772

22. The Hand That Feeds (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Drama, News

63 Metascore

Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma López unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain.

Directors: Robin Blotnick, Rachel Lears | Stars: Virgilio Arán, Benjamin Dictor, Diego Ibañez, Gonzalo Jiménez

Votes: 94

23. Skanks (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy, Musical

In religion and football-obsessed Alabama, a group of actors bond while producing an original drag musical. In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an ... See full summary »

Director: David McMahon | Stars: Chuck Duck, Flannery Hooks, Billy Ray Brewton, Juan Carlos Batlle

Votes: 22

24. Southern Makers

46 min | Documentary, Drama | Post-production

The Southern Makers documentary highlights the vision and process of four Alabama artists: a chef, a basket maker, a quilter and a visual artist. As the nation's creative economy grows, ... See full summary »

Director: Tyler Jones

25. Farewell to Hollywood (2013)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A nonfiction fairytale about love, death, art and the letting go.

Directors: Henry Corra, Regina Nicholson

Votes: 40 | Gross: $0.01M

26. South Beach on Heels (2014)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

'South Beach On Heels' follows the onstage, backstage and offstage lives of eight hard working entertainers, better known as drag queens, This full-length documentary explores the ... See full summary »

Director: Dmitry Zhitov | Stars: Carmen Carrera, Cornelius, Noel Figueroa, Tlo Ivy

Votes: 13

27. Big Significant Things (2014)

TV-14 | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

36 Metascore

A week before they move across the country together, Craig lies to his girlfriend in order to go on his first road trip -- to the south. Alone.

Director: Bryan Reisberg | Stars: Harry Lloyd, Krista Kosonen, Sylvia Grace Crim, James Ricker II

Votes: 241

28. Appropriate Behavior (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Ryan Fitzsimmons

Votes: 4,411

29. Fort Tilden (2014)

R | 98 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

A comedy about Allie and Harper and their needlessly difficult journey to the beach.

Directors: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers | Stars: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Neil Casey, Alysia Reiner

Votes: 1,565

30. Uncertain Terms (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Fleeing the city, Robbie takes refuge at his aunt's country house, which happens to be a makeshift home for pregnant teenagers.

Director: Nathan Silver | Stars: David Dahlbom, Adinah Dancyger, Casey Drogin, Hannah Gross

Votes: 367

31. Warren (2014)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After giving up on making it in the Chicago improv scene, a young comedian fatefully reconnects with the former love of his life one fall night while working at a coffee shop in his ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Beh | Stars: Austin Stowell, Jean Smart, John Heard, Andrew Santino

Votes: 148

32. Borgman (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

66 Metascore

A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Alex van Warmerdam

Votes: 18,014 | Gross: $0.06M

33. Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self (2013)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama

Two old friends reunite at a conference in Dubuque, IA where Bob, the reluctant guest speaker, is slated to give a motivational speech to a struggling sales team.

Director: Eric Steele | Stars: Barry Nash, Robert Longstreet, Leah Spillman, Steven Walters

Votes: 17

34. The Heart Machine (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A man begins to suspect that his long-distance girlfriend whom he met on the Internet has been living in the same city as him, and he sets out looking for her.

Director: Zachary Wigon | Stars: John Gallagher Jr., Louisa Krause, Kate Lyn Sheil, David Call

Votes: 643

35. Occupying Ed (2014)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ed learns, after a series of blackouts, that he has split personality disorder - and that his alternate personality thinks she's a woman.

Director: Steve Balderson | Stars: Amanda Deibert, Kyle Eno, Pleasant Gehman, Anne Haines

Votes: 20

36. Summer of Blood (2014)

Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

55 Metascore

In this critically acclaimed comedy, an emotionally stunted New Yorker's miserable love life turns around when he meets a deadbeat vampire and becomes a blood-sucker himself.

Director: Onur Tukel | Stars: Jonathan Caouette, Zach Clark, Dustin Guy Defa, Juliette Fairley

Votes: 1,185

37. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

66 Metascore

There are places you go, where the things you do will matter to a lot of people. Then there are places you will go, where the things you will do matter only to a very few. But to those few, they will matter - a lot.

Director: Josephine Decker | Stars: Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub, Robert Longstreet, Kristin Slaysman

Votes: 768

38. The Ladies of the House (2014)

TV-MA | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

A birthday outing with two brothers and a friend turns into a horrific fight for survival after they become trapped in a house with a "family" of malevolent women.

Director: John Stuart Wildman | Stars: Farah White, Melodie Sisk, Brina Palencia, Belladonna

Votes: 294

39. Stomping Ground (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Ben & Annie are a young couple on a weekend trip to Annie's small North Carolina hometown who, after meeting a charming old friend, embark on an impromptu 'Bigfoot hunt' that threatens both their relationship and their lives.

Director: Dan Riesser | Stars: Thad Bateman, Jeramy Blackford, John Bobek, Joseph Allen Cavin

Votes: 284

40. Limo Ride (2014)

83 min | Documentary, Comedy

Ten friends tell the unbelievable true story of the New Year none of them would forget - when they hired a limousine to take them to the beach for their annual rite of passage...only to ... See full summary »

Directors: Gideon C. Kennedy, Marcus Rosentrater | Stars: Jordan Bramblett, Chris Cole, Daniel Crocetti, Michael McManus

Votes: 107

41. Coherence (2013)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

Director: James Ward Byrkit | Stars: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen

Votes: 129,700 | Gross: $0.07M

42. It Is What It Is (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Josh and Terry are two college friends who had a falling out before graduation and parted on less than good terms. Terry wandered off to Europe to find himself, while Josh stayed in town ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Cunliffe | Stars: Tony Beckham, Nick Crawford, Jeff Hallman, Sara James

Votes: 26

43. Her Wilderness (2014)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama, Mystery

An elliptical, minimalist narrative of a lost, wandering child in the wake of an affair that may or may not have even happened.

Director: Frank Mosley | Stars: Lauren McCune, Morgana Shaw, Crystal Pate, Jack Elliott

Votes: 32

44. Summer's Shadow (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Family

Bright and independent 12-year-old Summer Larsen rescues a sweet, stray dog and will stop at nothing to save him. And it's her determination that ultimately impacts those around her.

Director: Steve Franke | Stars: Belle Shouse, Bailey, Todd Terry, Liz Cardenas

Votes: 86

45. A Is for Alex (2014)

74 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

An inventor accidentally lands his mother in jail for child pornography with a teenage sex tape he kept. In this raunchy, comedic blend of personal nonfiction and sci-fi, panicked dad to be... See full summary »

Director: Alex Orr | Stars: Alex Orr, Katie Orr, Daniel L. Kelly, Judith Beasly

Votes: 23

46. Stop The Pounding Heart (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Drama