2008 Official Sidewalk Selections

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1. Dark Streets (2008)

R | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

38 Metascore

The owner of a 1930s nightclub loses control of his life amid love triangles and too much debt.

Director: Rachel Samuels | Stars: Noel Arthur, Sybil Azur, Pat Crawford Brown, Tim Langhorne Brown

Votes: 407 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Make-Out with Violence (2008)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A genre-bending tale of a boy trying to fulfill his unrequited love for a girl who has risen from the grave.

Directors: Deagol Brothers, Andrew Duensing | Stars: Brett Miller, Shellie Marie Shartzer, David Fuqua, Zach Duensing

Votes: 731

3. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 218,515 | Gross: $2.12M

4. Dance of the Dead (2008)

R | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance.

Director: Gregg Bishop | Stars: Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick, Chandler Darby, Carissa Fowler

Votes: 11,749

5. The Rock-afire Explosion (2008)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

A cult fan favorite documentary which explores the rise and fall of Showbiz Pizza Place, it's animatronic rock band, and the origins of Chuck E. Cheese's.

Director: Brett Whitcomb | Stars: Chris Thrash, Aaron Fechter, Travis Schafer, Mike Scherpenberg

Votes: 420

6. Good Dick (2008)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A look at the relationship between a lonely introverted girl and a young video store clerk vying for her attention.

Director: Marianna Palka | Stars: Marianna Palka, Jason Ritter, Eric Edelstein, Mark Webber

Votes: 8,097 | Gross: $0.02M

7. Baghead (2008)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

62 Metascore

4 "actors" go to a cabin in the woods for the weekend to write a movie script. They talk about a relationship movie or a paper bag over the head movie. It starts with an anonymous baghead and slowly escalates.

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass | Stars: Ross Partridge, Steve Zissis, Greta Gerwig, Elise Muller

Votes: 5,014 | Gross: $0.14M

8. Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 16,352 | Gross: $0.67M

9. We Are Wizards (2008)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

This documentary looks at Harry Potter fans and the musical acts inspired by the novels.

Director: Josh Koury | Stars: Melissa Anelli, Paul DeGeorge, Joe DeGeorge, Henry Jenkins

Votes: 180

10. Fast Food Nation (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

An examination of the health risks involved in the fast food industry as well as its environmental and social consequences.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Wilmer Valderrama

Votes: 24,378 | Gross: $1.00M

11. I Think We're Alone Now (2008)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Two individuals, Jeff and Kelly, claim to be in love with the 80's pop singer Tiffany.

Director: Sean Donnelly | Stars: Kelly McCormick, Tiffany, Jeff Turner

Votes: 1,553

12. Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Twenty-four hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins, John Thurgood, Brent Weinbach

Votes: 2,304 | Gross: $0.11M

13. Pop Skull (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Horror

Pop Skull depicts the lonely and disjointed life of Daniel, a young Alabama pill addict, as his efforts to cope with the trials of his day-to-day life collide with the increasing influence ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Lane Hughes, Brandon Carroll, Maggie Gwin, Hannah Hughes

Votes: 440

14. Fix (I) (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama

31 Metascore

Milo has to get his brother to rehab before 8pm to keep him from doing 3 years in prison. Milo films the trip as documentary while his partner/Olivia Wilde drives, starting 5:20am in LA. Complications follow.

Director: Tao Ruspoli | Stars: Shawn Andrews, Olivia Wilde, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Tao Ruspoli

Votes: 923 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Skiptracers (2009)

96 min | Comedy

The South: the final frontier. These are the pursuits of the Trawicks, Their lifelong mission To recover imbecilic fugitives, To win glory upon the battlefields of peewee football, To ... See full summary »

Director: Harris Mendheim | Stars: Daniel Burnley, Michael H. Cole, Cynthia Evans, Harry Ford

Votes: 29

16. King in Chicago (2008)

77 min | Documentary

In the national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday each year, most Americans recall or learn about Dr. King's leadership in confronting southern racism in Selma and ... See full summary »

Director: Seth McClellan | Stars: Willie Barrow, James Bevel, Carolyn Black, Bill Briggs

Votes: 17

17. Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

Faubourg Treme documents the enduring legacy of one of the United States' oldest African American communities, an area just outside the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Director: Dawn Logsdon | Stars: Glen David Andrews, Harold Evans, Eric Foner, John Hope Franklin

Votes: 83

18. La americana (2008)


Documentary about a single mother who leaves her ailing daughter behind in Bolivia to find work in New York City in order to support her, and her relationship with another Bolivian illegal immigrant.

Directors: Nicholas Bruckman, John Mattiuzzi

Votes: 21

19. Intimidad (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

A couple's life is transformed after they are reunited with their daughter.

Directors: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin

Votes: 45

20. Jump! (II) (2007)

118 min | Biography, Drama

Police in 1928 Austria arrest Phillippe Halsman, of Jewish origin, for patricide and allege that he killed his father, Morduch, while on a hiking trip. Phillippe is defended by a Jewish ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Sinclair | Stars: Ben Silverstone, Patrick Swayze, Martine McCutcheon, Heinz Hoenig

Votes: 626

21. Crawford (2008)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

A documentary about the impact of President Bush's relocation to the small town of Crawford, Texas, shortly after announcing his candidacy for president.

Director: David Modigliani | Stars: George Bush, Warren Johnson, Pug Meyers, Mike Murphy

Votes: 214

22. Frontrunners (2008)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

It's hard to run for office - even in high school. And the campaign for student body president at Stuyvesant, perhaps the most prestigious public high school in the country, is almost as ... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Suh | Stars: George Zisiadis, Hannah Freiman, Michael Zaytsev, Matt Polazzo

Votes: 264

23. This Beautiful City (2007)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

When a woman plummets from her condo balcony in Toronto's West Queen West neighbourhood, five turbulent lives collide, releasing spurts and geysers of long suppressed sexuality and aggression.

Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly | Stars: Aaron Poole, Kristin Booth, Caroline Cave, Noam Jenkins

Votes: 244

24. Timecrimes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 64,584 | Gross: $0.04M

25. Humboldt County (2008)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

A disillusioned medical student is stranded for a summer in a remote community of counterculture pot farmers, the last place in the world he imagined he would discover himself.

Directors: Darren Grodsky, Danny Jacobs | Stars: Jeremy Strong, Fairuza Balk, Peter Bogdanovich, Vicky Monroe

Votes: 2,664 | Gross: $0.08M

26. 'Bama Girl (2008)

75 min | Documentary

A charismatic black woman at the University of Alabama runs for Homecoming Queen, going up against a century of ingrained racial segregation, internal black politics, and a secret association of all-white fraternities.

Director: Rachel Goslins

Votes: 54

Closing Night

27. Pageant (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

A portrait of five men competing in the Miss Gay America pageant.

Directors: Ron Davis, Stewart Halpern-Fingerhut | Stars: Carl Glorioso, Victoria Parker, Robert Martin, David Lowman

Votes: 594

28. The Dhamma Brothers (2008)

76 min | Documentary

East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrew Kukura, Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein | Stars: Grady Bankhead, Ron Cavanaugh, Jonathan Crowley, Edward Johnson

Votes: 462 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Goliath (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

A recently divorced man tries to find the one aspect of his marriage that still matters to him: his missing cat, Goliath.

Director: David Zellner | Stars: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Caroline O'Connor, Carlos Aguirre

Votes: 424

30. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 37,305 | Gross: $0.02M

31. Nights and Weekends (2008)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A man and woman must face the tension that builds between them during a long-distance relationship.

Directors: Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg, Jay Duplass, Elizabeth Donius

Votes: 1,507 | Gross: $0.00M

32. Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Jim Brown, Tony Muhammad, Kershaun Scott, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 2,853 | Gross: $0.07M

33. Present Company (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

Leading very separate lives, Christy and her boyfriend Buddy live together in her parent's basement with their baby Mikey. As Christy, a waitress and aspiring writer, and Buddy, a plumber's... See full summary »

Director: Frank V. Ross | Stars: Anthony J. Baker, Tamara Fana, Sasha Gioppo, Allison Latta

Votes: 40

34. Cook County (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

44 Metascore

After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab.

Director: David Pomes | Stars: Anson Mount, Xander Berkeley, Ryan Donowho, Polly Cole

Votes: 535 | Gross: $0.02M

35. Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship (2008)

75 min | Documentary

Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship is the true story of two men who cross racial boundaries during segregation in the 1940s and form a life-long friendship that takes extraordinary turns... See full summary »

Directors: Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes

Votes: 17

36. Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

TV-Y7 | 84 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. 'Flow' confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause.

Directors: Irena Salina, Dan Berger | Stars: Bill Alexander, Maude Barlow, Basil Bold, Shelly Brime

Votes: 1,177 | Gross: $0.14M

37. Half-Life (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

As troubling signs of global cataclysms accelerate, a brother and sister react to their father's desertion and the powerful presence of their mother's new boyfriend.

Director: Jennifer Phang | Stars: Sanoe Lake, Julia Nickson, Leonardo Nam, Ben Redgrave

Votes: 509

38. This American Gothic (2008)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary

This America Gothic is a history of one of the most famous paintings in the world and a quirky portrait of Eldon, Iowa, population 998, site of the house that inspired it. This American ... See full summary »

Director: Sasha Waters Freyer | Stars: Steven Biel, Wanda Corn, Brenda Kremer, John Seery

39. Adventures of Power (2008)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Music

39 Metascore

In his quest to become the world's greatest air-drummer, a small-town dreamer must overcome obstacles and ridicule to save the day.

Director: Ari Gold | Stars: Ari Gold, Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, Shoshannah Stern

Votes: 1,953 | Gross: $0.02M

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