2021 Official Selections

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1. The Neutral Ground (2021)

82 min | Documentary

In December 2015, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove four Confederate monuments from public grounds. A forceful group of critics protested the decision, and fearing retaliation, no crew would agree to remove the statues.

Director: CJ Hunt | Stars: CJ Hunt, Mr. Hunt, Mitch Landrieu, Jason Williams

Votes: 117

Life + Liberty Spotlight Night

SHOUT Spotlight Night

3. The Dancing Man of L.A. (2021)

26 min | Documentary, Short, Music

One man dance party Howard Mordoh, a longtime fixture of the L.A. concert scene, copes with the canceled concerts and isolation of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Directors: Jennifer D. Fodor, Scott Sheppard | Stars: Aerosmith, The Band, Sara Bareilles, Jason Bentley

Votes: 6

SHOUT Spotlight Night

4. Television Event (2020)

90 min | Documentary

An archive-based feature documentary viewing the dramatic climax of the Cold War through the lens of the ABC network, as it narrowly succeeds in producing the most watched, most controversial made-for-TV movie, THE DAY AFTER (1983).

Director: Jeff Daniels | Stars: Nicholas Meyer, Ted Koppel, Stephanie Austin, Ellen Anthony

Votes: 38

Opening Night Film

5. Kid Candidate (2021)

67 min | Documentary

Kid Candidate tells the story of Hayden Pedigo, a 24-year old experimental musician and his unlikely run for city council in Amarillo, Texas after his Harmony Korine inspired spoof campaign video went viral.

Director: Jasmine Stodel | Star: Hayden Pedigo

Votes: 47

Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

6. Missing Magic (2021)

Short

Centers on a young poet and activist in Birmingham, Alabama, as he tries to write his way through the complex history of the city.

Director: Anissa Latham

Alabama Documentary Shorts #1

7. Bug Farm (2021)

14 min | Documentary, Short

Four women in Central Florida establish a unique bond while working with crickets, superworms and roaches on an insect farm in the rural town of LaBelle.

Director: Lydia Cornett | Stars: Tequila Ray Snorkel, Dorinda Ortiz, Maria Mendieta, Porscha Delacruz

Votes: 6

Environmental Shorts

8. Consent: How Rape Culture Affects Teen Development and Relationships (2020)

12 min | Short

An exploration of the complicated layers of physical and emotional consent in teen relationships featuring interviews of high school aged students. Offering perspectives on everything from ... See full summary »

Director: Georgia Sasso | Stars: Molly Cleary, Josh Flowers, Erica Fulbright, Alexa Gotsdiner

Teen Shorts

9. Verzerrung (Distortion) (2021)

7 min | Short

Masked figures wander through a surrealistic world, their actions influenced by a central screen. Two groups form, the Diamonds and the Lashes, and tensions gradually increase.

Director: Samuel J. Punto | Stars: Akemi Mercer-Niewöhner, Thorben Neuheuser, Ethan Punto, Samuel J. Punto

Teen Shorts

11. Whirlybird (2020)

103 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Soaring above the chaotic spectacle of '80s and '90s Los Angeles, a young couple revolutionized breaking news with their brazen helicopter reporting.

Director: Matt Yoka | Stars: Marika Gerrard, Jamie Tur, Katy Tur, Zoey Tur

Votes: 288

Saturday 10:30 AM Lyric Theatre

12. Plaisir (2021)

19 min | Short, Comedy

A lonely American faces unrequited love on a farm commune in the south of France.

Director: Molly Gillis | Stars: Sophie Amieva, Eleanore Pienta

Votes: 54

National Narrative Shorts #1

14. The Chicken (2020)

14 min | Short, Drama

On an unseasonably hot November afternoon in New York, a young Japanese immigrant and his visiting cousin spontaneously decide to buy a live chicken to cook for dinner.

Director: Neo Sora | Stars: Nuuria Berg, Alan Chen, Karin Elgai, Arianna Geneson

Votes: 39

National Narrative Shorts #1

16. Leylak (2021)

17 min | Short, Drama

In present day Queens, New York, a Turkish gravedigger is unable to face a shattering truth, and risks losing the dearest connection left in his life.

Directors: Scott Aharoni, Dennis Latos | Stars: Nadir Saribacak, Isabella Haddock, Gamze Ceylan, Samrat Chakrabarti

Votes: 89

National Narrative Shorts #1

17. Faith (VIII) (2020)

6 min | Short, Drama

A Catholic nun decides to break her vows and go back to find the man she fell in love with, twenty years ago.

Director: Matteo Mosterts | Star: Marcelo Tubert

National Narrative Shorts #1

18. Big Touch (2020)

4 min | Short, Drama

An Afro-surrealist story about a giant woman and a tiny man who through the power of touch, experience an unexpected transformation.

Director: Chris Tenzis | Stars: Astra Marie Varnado, Raymond Ejiofor, Carly Stewart, Arabella Frost

National Narrative Shorts #1

19. Royalty (2020)

8 min | Short

It is a short film about Jax, a non-binary teenager, exhausted by always having to take the high road. In an effort to make space for gender non-conforming kids in high school traditions, Jax makes a bid for homecoming court.

Directors: Sav Souza, Logan Thomason | Stars: Leia Figueroa, Kira Cullinan, Jeremy Pitzer, Seth Weinfield

National Narrative Shorts #1

20. Mark, Mary & Some Other People (2021)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

Newlyweds, reluctantly decide to give ethical non-monogamy a try as their lives get increasingly complicated.

Director: Hannah Marks | Stars: Ben Rosenfield, Hayley Law, Nik Dodani, Matt Shively

Votes: 309

Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

21. Undercut (2019)

14 min | Short, Drama

Female high-school athletes become unlikely teammates in the wake of unspoken trauma.

Director: Kelly Pike | Stars: Johnny Sequoyah, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Scottie Thompson, Maddie McCormick

Votes: 9

Life + Liberty Shorts

Life + Liberty Shorts

23. Burros (2021)

15 min | Short, Drama

A young Indigenous girl discovers a Latina migrant her age who has been separated from her father in the beautiful but dangerous Sonoran desert.

Director: Jefferson Stein | Stars: Amaya Juan, Zuemmy Carrillo, Virginia Patricio, Rupert Lopez

Votes: 25

Life + Liberty Shorts

24. Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran (2020)

18 min | Short, Drama

The frontwoman for an Iranian death metal band risks everything as she plots to call the cops on her own underground concert in the hopes that the raid will help her secure her asylum in another country.

Director: Farbod Ardebili | Stars: Sarina Amiri, Ashkan Hoorsun, Babak Kamangir, Mohadeseh Kharaman

Votes: 14

Life + Liberty Shorts

25. Fireburn the Documentary (2020)

20 min | Short

Historians, cultural preservationists and artists come together to discuss the event known as the Fireburn - a bloody labor revolt that occurred on the island of St. Croix in 1878.

Director: Joel Fendelman | Stars: La Vaughn Belle, Campbell Carter, David Kimba Christian, Jayme Colbert-Williams

Life + Liberty Shorts

26. The Shocklosers Survive Camp Analog (2022 TV Movie)

Family

After an online prank goes wrong, The Shocklosers-- a group of youtubing high schoolers-- are shipped off to Camp Analog-- a program designed to "rehabilitate" destructive tech habits-- but... See full summary »

Director: Lee Fanning | Stars: Forrest Deal, Maxwell Ross, Harrison Stone, Piper Collins

Alabama School of Fine Arts: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre

27. The Novice (2021)

R | 97 min | Drama, Sport

85 Metascore

A college freshman joins her university's rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost.

Director: Lauren Hadaway | Stars: Isabelle Fuhrman, Amy Forsyth, Dilone, Jonathan Cherry

Votes: 5,416

Alabama Theatre

28. Stanleyville (2021)

89 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

A dissatisfied woman abandons her career and her family when she gets the chance to compete in a bizarre and dangerously flawed contest. The prize: a brand new habanero-orange compact SUV.

Director: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos | Stars: Susanne Wuest, Cara Ricketts, Christian Serritiello, George Tchortov

Votes: 195

Birmingham Museum of Art

29. Ailey (2021)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

77 Metascore

An immersive portrait of dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, told through his own words and a new dance inspired by his life.

Director: Jamila Wignot | Stars: DJ Express, Alvin Ailey, Fana Minea Tesfagiorgis, Samuel Lee Roberts

Votes: 263

Lyric Theatre

30. Rock Camp (2021)

87 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

Summer camp meets Spinal Tap as we journey to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, where dreamers from across America and around the world gather to shred with their heroes - and learn to rock like the legends.

Directors: Douglas Blush, Renee Barron | Stars: Marv Albert, Teddy Andreadis, Vinny Appice, Sebastian Bach

Votes: 58

Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

31. 3 Ninjas (1992)

PG | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Family

36 Metascore

Each year, three brothers visit their grandfather for the summer. He is highly skilled in ninjutsu, and for years he has trained the boys in his techniques.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Victor Wong, Michael Treanor, Max Elliott Slade, Chad Power

Votes: 22,019 | Gross: $29.00M

Alabama School of Fine Arts: Recital Hall

32. Try Harder! (2021)

85 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Seniors at one the best public high schools in the country face the pressure of applying to elite colleges.

Director: Debbie Lum | Stars: Alvan Cai, Shealand Fairchild, Rachael Schmidt, Richard Shapiro

Votes: 375

Alabama School of Fine Arts: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre

33. What Josiah Saw (2021)

120 min | Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

A family with buried secrets reunite at a farmhouse after two decades to pay for their past sins.

Director: Vincent Grashaw | Stars: Robert Patrick, Nick Stahl, Scott Haze, Kelli Garner

Votes: 2,225

Boutwell Auditorium Exhibition Hall

34. The Capote Tapes (2019)

98 min | Documentary, Biography

64 Metascore

The rise and fall of Truman Capote, the iconic writer of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood, as told by his friends and enemies.

Director: Ebs Burnough | Stars: Truman Capote, George Plimpton, Kate Harrington, Dotson Rader

Votes: 418

Alabama Theatre

35. 7 Days (I) (2021)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

As if their pre-arranged date, organized by their traditional Indian parents, wasn't uncomfortable enough, Ravi and Rita are forced to shelter in place together as COVID-19's reach intensifies.

Director: Roshan Sethi | Stars: Karan Soni, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gita Reddy, Zenobia Shroff

Votes: 977

Birmingham Museum of Art

36. Not Going Quietly (2021)

96 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Ady Barkan's life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS, but a confrontation with a powerful senator catapults him to national fame and ignites a once-in-a-generation political movement.

Director: Nicholas Bruckman | Stars: Ady Barkan, Cory Booker, Tracey Corder, Kamala Harris

Votes: 118

First Church Birmingham

37. LFG (2021)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary, Sport

It is a no-holds-barred, inside account of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's ongoing fight for equal pay.

Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix | Stars: Rachel Maddow, Jessica McDonald, Sam Mewis, Kelley O'Hara

Votes: 869

Lyric Theatre

38. Opening Number (2022)

11 min | Short, Adventure | Completed

A lonely young boy forms an unlikely connection with a neighbor who introduces him to a world that he never knew existed.

Director: Cole Cabiness | Stars: Avery May, Kathy Wilson, Bryne Zuege

Family Shorts

39. Milk (IV) (2021)

5 min | Short, Family

As an eight year old girl carefully decides which lollies to spend her hard earned pocket money on, she notices an old man at the counter ahead of her that is struggling to pay for the basics, bread and milk.

Director: Celia Jaspers | Stars: Frank Edwards, Charlotte Jaspers, Christy-Anne Sullivan

Family Shorts

40. Revenge of the Electric Cart (2021)

Short, Drama

A girl whose mother has rheumatoid arthritis uses humor to overcome prejudice at a grocery store.

Director: Rikki Stinnette | Stars: Ashley Galletta, Amanda Shafer, Michael Ellison, Laura Larrimore

Votes: 5

Family Shorts

41. Aurora (V) (2020)

5 min | Animation, Short

A little girl falls in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora. A bittersweet story about love, friendship, and growing up.

Director: Jo Meuris

Votes: 19

Family Shorts

42. Foiled (2020)

11 min | Short, Comedy

Foiled is a family comedy about ten-year-old Dylan and his younger brother Cody who, after accidentally ripping their best friend's baseball card, must fix it in time or they'll lose their best friend and never get to play baseball again.

Director: Hao-Wei Timothy Chang | Stars: Ethan Thomas Jung, Jack Stasica, Niko Morales, Elizabeth Wheat

Votes: 6

Family Shorts

43. Rawr Rawr Land (2021)

2 min | Short, Animation

Amidst the end of the world, while one dinosaur is trying to survive, the other just wants to dance the night away.

Director: Antonio Montilla | Stars: Liana Bdewi, Kevin Temmer

Family Shorts

44. Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Video)

Not Rated | 17 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert.

Directors: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik | Stars: John Cloud Jr., Judas Priest

Votes: 1,446

Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

45. Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story (2021)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Directed by Laura Fairrie and produced by the Academy Award®-winning Passion Pictures, along with AGC Studios, CNN Films, BBC Arts, and John Battsek, 'LADY BOSS: The Jackie Collins Story' ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Fairrie | Stars: Tita Cahn, Hazel Collins, Jackie Collins, Joan Collins

Votes: 440

Alabama School of Fine Arts: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre

46. Junior (IV) (2021)

11 min | Short