Five Films Not to Miss at The Sidewalk Film Festival

22 Aug 2018 Jerry Roberts

The 20th Annual Sidewalk film Festival commences this weekend, and if you plan to attend, there are a gaggle of great films on the docket this year. Here are five films not to be missed…

The Guilty A Former Police Officer named Asger Holm takes an emergency call from a woman who claims to be kidnapped.  When the call is quickly disconnected, he goes on the hunt for the woman and her kidnapper. Using the telephone as his own connection, he enters into a crime that is far more intense than even he realized.

If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd – Driven by the music of the band itself, this intimate and very revealing look inside the life and times of the band focuses mainly on the aspirations of front man Robby Van Zant, his personality as a poet, and his failings as a sometimes violent alcoholic.  Backed against Van Zant’s contradictory personal life are his relationships with bandmates Ed King, Artimus Pyle, Gary Rossington, and Allen Collins.

Hot Summer NightsWhat would a film festival be without a coming-of-age story?  This one is especially good. It’s the summer of 1991 and Daniel, who has recently lost his father, is sent to live with this aunt on Cape Cod. He quickly makes friends with a local troublemaker and falls for the kid’s sister. Unfortunately, Daniel learns too late that his association with these people leads to dire consequences.  But the story is so much more detailed than this simple description would lead you to believe.

Don’t Leave Home – Here’s a plot for you: In 1986, a priest in Northern Ireland gets to work painting a picture of a young woman. Shortly after, however, the girl disappears – and then so does the image in the painting! A generation later, an American artist goes to investigate the famous incident and finds himself drawn into a surrealistic horror adventure.

Phantom Cowboys – You simply can’t go to a film festival without taking in at least one great documentary, and this one promises to be special. Director Daniel Patrick Carbone’s films takes us into the lives of three boys growing up in rural America.  Though they grow up in different areas and different regions, there is a commonality in their struggle to become men, good men. Each must make a choice in life that will affect his destiny and the destinies of those around him.

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