From September 22, 2005...
Lights! Camera! Action! I'm Greg Bass. This is Tapestry and tonight we're talking film! The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival starts tonight and we've got your preview. Also, passive-aggressive rock-and-roll from The Exhibits. After this wrap-up of arts news.
The 7th Annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival kicks off tonight at 10:00 at WorkPlay with a screening of "My Big Fat Independent Movie", which spoofs the genre to which this weekend is devoted. More than 150 films will be shown through Sunday night. To get the skinny on what we can expect this next three days, we caught up with Eric Jambor director and cofounder of Sidewalk.
Eric Jambor is director and co-founder of Sidewalk and Brent Davis is a local independent film maker whose short, "Who Killed Tangerine", can be seen Saturday afternoon at the Carver Theatre.
Also this weekend, Birmingham native Eric Bryan shows his first live action film called The Last Days. You can hear an interview with Bryan on our website, wbhm.org.
John Pierson wrote the book on independent film making, Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes. The title pays homage to the fact Pierson was the first to tout the talents of Spike Lee, Michael Moore and Kevin Smith among others. In 2002, he and his wife Janet packed up their 16 year old daughter, Georgia, and 13 year old son, Wyatt, to spend a year on one of the Fiji islands showing free movies to the locals. He chronicled the adventure in a documentary called "Reel Paradise", which you can see this Sunday as part of Sidewalk. I asked John Pierson what prompted this odyssey.
Janet and John Pierson have fled with their children to Austin, Texas where John teaches film production at the University of Texas. Reel Paradise will screen this Sunday at 2:30 at the Harbert Center.
What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.
We've spent tonight's program talking about making films, and of course a critical part of any film is the soundtrack. Birmingham's The Exhibits are getting to be old hands – okay, "new" old hands at film soundtracks. As a group and as individuals, they've composed soundtracks for for Sidewalk Scramble films. Their newest composition is for the film "Hide and Creep", which got so many positive reviews out of last year's Sidewalk Festival that it's being re-released with a new soundtrack which includes The Exhibits tune "Red Song". Eric McGinty, Kenn McCrackin and Chance Shirley stopped by our studios this week to talk about their music and scoring films... (AUDIO MONTAGE) Eric McGinty, Kenn McCrackin and Chance Shirley are "The Exhibits". They play Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival's Music Lounge at G Cafe Saturday afternoon at 1 and every Tuesday at Bailey's Pub. We've got more of their music available for download on our website, wbhm.org.
That's it for tonight's Tapestry. You can learn more about the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival including ticket prices, the films their showing and anything else you might want to know, by going to the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org. Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces the musician profiles and Francesca Rosko tracks community events. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us!
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