2019 Official Sidewalk Selections

by SidewalkFilmFestival | created - 10 Sep 2019 | updated - 10 Sep 2019 | Public

21st Annual Sidewalk Film Festival Feature Film Lineup (plus shorts when available)

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1. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

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

70 Metascore

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.

Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz | Stars: Zack Gottsagen, Ann Pierce, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern

Votes: 91,089 | Gross: $13.12M

Life & Liberty Spotlight Night - special preview screening

2. Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Horror

64 Metascore

A retrospective look at A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) and the life of its lead actor, Mark Patton.

Directors: Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen | Stars: Cecil Baldwin, Mark Patton, Robert Englund, Jack Sholder

Votes: 1,748

SHOUT LGBTQ Spotlight Night - special preview screening

3. The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion (2019)

TV-MA | 67 min | Documentary, Music

The story of how hip hop changed fashion, leading to the stratospheric and global rise of street wear. It is a journey of African American creativity and the limitless possibilities of a cultural movement on a global scale.

Directors: Lisa Cortes, Farah Khalid | Stars: Mary J. Blige, Dapper Dan, Misa Hylton-Brim, Kerby Jean-Raymond

Votes: 93

Black Lens Spotlight Night

4. Biography: I Want My MTV (2019)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Music

In 1981, a new channel burst onto the rising spectrum of cable TV offerings. It became a touchstone for young people and a new format for musicians and filmmakers to show off their talents.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Patrick Waldrop | Stars: Tori Amos, Jack Antonoff, Jeff Ayeroff, Frank Paul Bacon

Votes: 270

Opening Night

5. Clementine (2019)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Reeling from a one-sided breakup, heartbroken Karen breaks into her ex's lake house. There, she strikes up a complicated relationship with provocative younger woman Lana.

Director: Lara Gallagher | Stars: Sonya Walger, Otmara Marrero, Ramsey, Sydney Sweeney

Votes: 747

6. Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

A look at the career of 60 Minutes (1968) newsman, Mike Wallace.

Director: Avi Belkin | Stars: Mike Wallace, Spiro Agnew, Jonathan Alter, Yasser Arafat

Votes: 886 | Gross: $0.27M

7. We Believe in Dinosaurs (2019)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary

We Believe in Dinosaurs follows the design and construction of a massive $120 million Noah’s Ark replica in rural Kentucky, telling the story of the unsettling and uniquely American conflict between science and religion.

Directors: Clayton Brown, Monica Long Ross

Votes: 347

8. Only (2019)

TV-MA | 98 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

After a comet releases a mysterious virus that begins to kill all the women in the world, a young couple hides out in their over-sterilized apartment trying to fight for their lives.

Director: Takashi Doscher | Stars: Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr., Chandler Riggs, Jayson Warner Smith

Votes: 3,613

9. Mr. Temple and the Tigerbelles (2018 TV Movie)

40 min | Documentary

The Tigerbelles, coached by the legendary, irascible Mr. Temple, were a group of African American female track athletes who broke the color barrier of the Olympics in the 1950s and '60s, ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas L. Neff

Votes: 8

10. The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey (2018)

78 min | Documentary

A profile of the legendary Southern gardener Ryan Gainey

Directors: Steve Bransford, Cooper Sanchez

11. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued across the galaxy by Darth Vader and bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 1,288,590 | Gross: $290.48M

12. Wind and Water Balloons (2019)

92 min | Documentary

A true tale of a small community that faced tragedy and came out on top -ever stronger than before.

Director: Jamie Jean | Star: Mikel Owens

Votes: 9

13. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Toni Morrison, Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Banks

Votes: 799 | Gross: $0.88M

14. Markie in Milwaukee (2019)

92 min | Documentary

Assembled from over 10 years of footage, Markie in Milwaukee tells the story of a midwestern transgender woman as she struggles with the prospect of de-transitioning under the pressures of her fundamentalist church, family and community.

Director: Matt Kliegman

Votes: 64

15. Range Runners (2019)

111 min | Thriller

A woman thru-hiking an isolated trail runs into trouble when her pack is hijacked by two men hiding out in the woods, desperate and on the run. Now, stranded and left to fend for herself, ... See full summary »

Director: Philip S. Plowden | Stars: Celeste M Cooper, Sean Patrick Leonard, Michael B. Woods, Tiffany Renee Johnson

Votes: 493

16. Ocean Quest Xprize Competition Documentary (2018 Video)

49 min | Documentary, Family

Follow the incredible journey of the underdog team of Junior High and High School students advancing to the semi finals of the international Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition to map ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Vermooten | Stars: Ansel Austin, Jon Erickson, Arnav Gattani, Stephen Huber

17. Greener Grass (2019)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.

Directors: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe | Stars: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett, Neil Casey

Votes: 4,824

18. Vita & Virginia (2018)

Unrated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

The fascinating true story of the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

Director: Chanya Button | Stars: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 4,115 | Gross: $0.04M

19. Feral (2019)

Not Rated | 74 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A homeless woman living in the tunnels below New York City survives on her own terms in the days leading up to a blizzard.

Director: Andrew Wonder | Stars: Annapurna Sriram, David Alicandri, Bryan Amato, Harald Beran

Votes: 121

20. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

R | 87 min | Horror

43 Metascore

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger, who is out to possess him in order to continue his reign of terror in the real world.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler

Votes: 71,342 | Gross: $30.00M

21. Iron Grit (2019)

105 min | Documentary

In 1979, a city official seeks to get elected as the first Black mayor in Birmingham, Alabama in the midst of racial unrest after the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black girl by a White police officer.

Director: Jamel Lajuan | Stars: Richard Arrington, Jim Bagget, Philip Blanton, Jim Brucke

22. American Dharma (2018)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

62 Metascore

A portrait of controversial political strategist and former Donald Trump advisor, Steve Bannon.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Steve Bannon, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Errol Morris

Votes: 907

23. Shedding (2019)

75 min | Drama, Fantasy

A bored house cat who longs to explore the outside world escapes his home after he mysteriously transforms into a human.

Director: Jake Thomas | Stars: Karla Droege, Lex Quarterman, Jacquelyn Zook

Votes: 93

24. 17 Blocks (2019)

96 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

Using two decades of intimate home video, the story of the Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence eventually lead to a journey of love, loss, and acceptance.

Director: Davy Rothbart | Stars: Cheryl Sanford, Chris Fedderson, Emmanuel Durant Jr., Denice Sanford-Durant

Votes: 249

25. The Grizzlies (2018)

R | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

69 Metascore

In a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America, a group of Inuit students' lives are transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse.

Director: Miranda de Pencier | Stars: Jack Anawak, Fred Bailey, Seth Burke, Mary Buscemi

Votes: 2,303

26. The Nightingale (I) (2018)

R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Aisling Franciosi, Maya Christie, Baykali Ganambarr, Addison Christie

Votes: 31,615 | Gross: $0.39M

27. Black Magic for White Boys (2017)

105 min | Comedy

In an almost ruined theater, among bizarre characters, a businessman decides to appeal to his old book of "real" magic spells to modify his financial crisis while a middle-aged man gets in trouble when his new girlfriend becomes pregnant.

Director: Onur Tukel | Stars: Teisha Hickman, Franck Raharinosy, Frantzdy Alexandre, Gesley Alexis

Votes: 124

28. Finding Big Country (2018)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

17 years after controversial Vancouver Grizzlies star Big Country Bryant Reeves leaves town, super fan Kat Jayme goes on a mission to find her childhood hero and tell his story.

Director: Kathleen Jayme | Stars: Bryant Reeves, Berry Tramel

Votes: 145

29. Everybody's Everything (2019)

TV-MA | 116 min | Documentary, Music

71 Metascore

A look at the life of genre-blending artist and style icon Lil Peep.

Directors: Sebastian Jones, Ramez Silyan | Stars: Rob Cavallo, Ghostemane, Horse Head, Ilovemakonnen

Votes: 3,619

30. Circus of Books (2019)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, History

74 Metascore

In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. Larry Flynt was seeking ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Mason | Stars: Karen Mason, Barry Mason, Micah Mason, Rachel Mason

Votes: 4,713

31. Changing the Game (2019)

TV-14 | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

77 Metascore

Transgender high school athletes from across the country compete at the top of their fields, while also challenging the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination.

Director: Michael Barnett | Stars: Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, Terry Miller, Ngozi Nnaji

Votes: 243

32. Flawless (2018)

97 min | Drama

Three teenagers from Jerusalem sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. As a secret uncovers they realize nothing is as it seems.

Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon | Stars: Stav Strashko, Netsanet Mekonen, Noam Lugasy, Assi Levy

Votes: 187

33. Premature (2019)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

81 Metascore

Seventeen year-old Ayanna meets handsome and mysterious Isaiah in her path toward self-discovery. Her entire world is turned upside down as she travails on the rigorous terrain of young love in the summer before she leaves for college.

Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green | Stars: Zora Howard, Joshua Boone, Michelle Wilson, Alexis Marie Wint

Votes: 838

34. Shakedown (2018)

72 min | Documentary, Drama, History

SHAKEDOWN chronicles explicit performances in an underground lesbian club in Los Angeles. The story functions as a legend where money is both myth and material. Cumulatively, questions ... See full summary »

Director: Leilah Weinraub | Stars: Egypt, Jazmyne, Junior, Mahogany

Votes: 187

2019 Sidewalk Stripper Movie #2

35. The Death of Dick Long (2019)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don't want anybody finding out how. That's too bad though, cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama.

Director: Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland, Sarah Baker

Votes: 5,770

36. Monos (2019)

R | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

On a remote mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Julián Giraldo, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón

Votes: 17,514

37. In Fabric (2018)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences.

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram

Votes: 12,301

38. The Ghost Who Walks (2019)

TV-MA | 106 min | Crime, Drama

An imprisoned criminal rats out his former boss for one last chance to reunite his family and become the father he never was.

Director: Cody Stokes | Stars: Garland Scott, Frank Mosley, Alexia Rasmussen, Gil Darnell

Votes: 520

39. This One's for the Ladies (2018)

NC-17 | 82 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

This documentary explores the sexual and social identity of contemporary black America through intimate, eye opening and often hilarious accounts from women and men who find love and community in the underground world of exotic dancing.

Director: Gene Graham | Stars: Lakia Hunter, Michele Moore, Poundcake, Terrill Ross

Votes: 159 | Gross: $0.01M

2019 Sidewalk Stripper Movie #3

40. The Green Fog (2017)

63 min | Mystery

78 Metascore

Director Guy Maddin's interpretation of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo, pieced together using footage from old films and television shows shot in and around the San Francisco area.

Directors: Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin | Stars: Rock Hudson, Karl Malden, Chuck Norris, John Saxon

Votes: 802

41. Sister Aimee (2019)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

America’s most famous evangelist is a woman looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, and swept up in her lover’s daydreams about Mexico, she finds herself on a wild road trip to the border. Based on true events. Mostly made up.

Directors: Samantha Buck, Marie Schlingmann | Stars: Michael Mosley, Julie White, Amy Hargreaves, Jordan Elsass

Votes: 220

42. Amazing Grace (2018)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Music

94 Metascore

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack | Stars: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Alexander Hamilton, Cornell Dupree

Votes: 4,755 | Gross: $4.45M

43. Scheme Birds (2019)

90 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

As her childhood turns into motherhood, teenage troublemaker Gemma comes of age in her fading Scottish steel town. But in a place where "you either get knocked up or locked up," innocent games can easily turn into serious crime.

Directors: Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin

Votes: 498

44. Strange Negotiations (2019)

91 min | Documentary

A documentary exploring the spiritual, artistic, and personal turmoil of musician David Bazan (from the band Pedro the Lion), set against America's own crisis of faith highlighted by the 2016 presidential election.

Director: Brandon Vedder | Stars: Jonah Bayer, David Bazan, David Dark, Michael Gungor

Votes: 84

45. Pizza: A Love Story (2019)

85 min | Documentary