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Sidewalk film festival in Birmingham

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

“The Ten” will open Birmingham’s ninth annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre.

“I’m excited that Sidewalk will present what looks to be Alabama’s only chance to see this film on the big screen, and the beautiful Alabama Theatre is the perfect venue for it,” said Catherine Pfitzer, festival executive director.

She said “The Ten” will appeal to Alabama film enthusiasts on several levels.

“It is hands-down the most hilarious film I’ve seen this year,” she said. “It is a solid independent film that also has a lot of star appeal.”

Masters of comedy David Wain and Ken Marino teamed up behind the scenes and in front of the camera to create “The Ten,” a lively, irreverent film about breaking the rules.

Directed by Wain and written by Wain and Marino, “The Ten” presents a series of interconnected comic sketches designed to reinterpret the Ten Commandments to make them meaningful and funny to a young, hip audience of contemporary sinners.

“The Ten” stars Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Rob Corddry, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Justin Theroux and Ken Marino. Produced by Wain, Rudd and Jonathan Stern, the film was released by ThinkFilm on Aug. 3 and is rated R.

Also, a new “Life & Liberty” partnership with Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will feature human rights and related films during the festival, which continues through Sept. 30.

In addition to the Civil Rights Institute, the nine venues throughout downtown Birmingham will include the historic Alabama and Carver theaters, Alabama Power, Birmingham Museum of Art, Harbert Center, Sidewalk Café, Sidewalk Music Lounge at the Speakeasy, and the McWane Center, which will again host the Children’s Film Extravaganza.

The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival is a project of the Alabama Moving Image Association Inc., a publicly supported, nonprofit organization created to inspire, encourage and support films and filmmaking in Alabama.

Opening night tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Weekend passes are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with discounts for Sidewalk members and students with valid IDs. Tickets will be available online at Single film tickets will be available for $7 each or three for $17 during the festival weekend.

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