With a large portion of the country’s population shifting towards the Sunbelt, The South is experiencing a sort of rebirth at the moment. Loads of people from the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast are moving here in droves and the locals and newbies to the South alike are reaping the rewards of the cultural rejuvenation that comes with the melding of regional identities, accents, politics, food and more. One example of this recent cultural shift is the burgeoning film industry below the Mason-Dixon line. Within the last decade or so, in varying capacities, numerous states have enacted, experimented with, abandoned and renewed tax credits for film projects and it has had a lasting impact that shows no signs of slowing. Regardless of whether or not their home state affords films a tax credit or not Southerners are making more movies. Our affordable housing, warm climate and easy-going way of life all put a unique perspective on the films made in this part of the country. Let’s have a look at some of the film festivals around The South that celebrate and contribute to this globally popular art form.
Sidewalk Film Festival | Birmingham, AL | August 20 – August 26, 2018
First debuting in 1999, Sidewalk film festival is held annually at a two-screen independent movie theater in the heart of the Birmingham theater district. The more than 250 films that are screen at the festival draw 15,000 visitors from Alabama, across the South, and around the world. The festivals aim is to encourage film making and an elevated awareness and tolerance across the state of Alabama. Some of the films being screened this year include:
Click Here for a list of some of the films being screen at this year’s Sidewalk Film Festival
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