The Sidewalk Film Festival has announced its first nine films for 2022 and The Integrity of Joseph Chambers is on the list.

The new film, starring Lethal Weapon’s Alabama native Clayne Crawford, was shot in his hometown of Clay in 2020. Crawford, 44, also serves as one of the producers.

Sidewalk also confirmed festival screenings of A Walk With Joey, a sports documentary with Alabama ties, as well as The Automat, Mija, The Thief Collector, The Sun Rises in the East, and Peace in the Valley. . ‘, ‘Funny Pages’ and ‘Good Girl Jane’.

More films will be announced for the festival in the coming weeks. Sidewalk, in its 24th year, will take place from 24th to 28th August at multiple venues across downtown Birmingham including the Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema.

Here’s a look at the first batch of films on the agenda:


sidewalk says: “Director Robert Machoian and Alabama’s Clayne Crawford last worked together on The Killing of Two Lovers; Her latest film, shot in Alabama, is another suspenseful thriller about modern manhood gone haywire. Crawford plays the title character, a man terrified of impending societal collapse who sets out on a hunting trip to prove he can do it alone. But when things go horribly wrong, Joseph Chambers must prove his courage in unexpected ways.”

The cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan from The Walking Dead, Michael Raymond-James from True Blood and Once Upon a Time, Jordana Brewster, who starred with Crawford in the television series Lethal Weapon, and Crawford’s sons. Colt and Hix. The Integrity of Joseph Chambers premiered June 9 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

TIED TOGETHER: Clayne Crawford’s new hunting film was shot in Alabama


sidewalk says: “Joey Hale survived a brain tumor at a very young age and braved all odds to recover, thanks to some much-needed inspiration from his beloved football team, the San Diego Chargers, and a close friendship with former Auburn player Lionel ‘Little Train’ James . Now Joey is taking it to others around Birmingham and beyond, bringing smiles to his customers at Publix and the less fortunate of service and charity. ‘A Walk With Joey’ is a loving portrait of a true Alabama original whose life has touched thousands.”

The documentary was directed by Dana Lynn Falletta and J. Neil Bloomer. Watch the trailer here.


sidewalk says: “’The Automat’ is a loving memory of Horn & Hardart, a 100+ year old chain of popular fast food restaurants where customers would select a menu item from rows of coin-operated window fans and share their meals at tables. For generations, these restaurants have been New York fixtures; This documentary interviews many of his most famous former clients, including legendary comedian Mel Brooks and the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

The documentary was directed by Lisa Hurwitz.


sidewalk says: “This remarkable documentary from Disney and Nat Geo follows Doris Muñoz, a young Mexican-American woman who works as a music talent manager for a hot new artist and is a major source of income for her undocumented parents and deported brother. But when circumstances force her business to evolve, she meets Jacks Haupt, another hungry young artist from a mixed-status family for whom making it in show business isn’t just a dream, it’s a necessity. Part sectarian, part crowd pleaser, “Mija” shines a light on these first-generation Americans rushing to make it big and giving their families a ticket to a better life.”

The documentary was directed by Isabel Castro.


sidewalk says: “In 1985, a priceless painting in the University of Arizona Museum of Art was cut out of its frame and stolen in broad daylight. It turned up again 32 years later – but you wouldn’t believe me if I told you where it was found. ‘The Thief Collector’ tells the incredible tale of a heist using the most unlikely of perpetrators and investigates the intricate motives of its brazen criminals with bubbly flair in a film everyone will be talking about.”

The documentary was directed by Allison Otto.


sidewalk says: “In 1969, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, prominent black activists and educators founded The East, a pan-African cultural organization founded to enrich the lives of children and promote black empowerment. This documentary tells his story as The East grew into a school, publishing house, clothing store and bookstore – transforming the lives of parents and students alike by giving a neighborhood the tools they needed to become self-reliant.”

The documentary was directed by Tayo Giwa.


sidewalk says: “A young mother is suddenly widowed when her husband is killed in a mass shooting in an act of heroism. Harrowing (and sadly, perpetually) timely drama, Peace in the Valley focuses on the aftermath as the family struggles to rebuild their lives. Anchored by an excellent leading lady from Brit Shaw and Sidewalk’s fixture Michael Abbott Jr. in a dual role, this sensitive work attempts to make sense of the violent irrelevance of the new American normal.”

The narrative feature film was directed by Tyler Riggs.


sidewalk says: “In this dark comedy from A24 and producers Josh and Benny Safdie, a young cartoonist drops out of school to start his own business on the seedy outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey. Actor Owen Kline’s directorial debut, ‘Funny Pages’ is a dingy and happily tacky look at a subculture of comic book-obsessed young men.”


sidewalk says: “A lonely teenage girl gets caught in the wrong crowd in this stunning debut film from Sarah Elizabeth Mintz. Rain Spencer plays the title character, who meets a group of trendy friends and begins experimenting with drugs after their parents’ divorce. But Jane soon falls under the rule of a charming older man – and things spiral out of control. You may think you know this story, but you’ve never seen it done so well. ‘Good Girl Jane’ won Best Narrative Film and Best Performance for Spencer at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.”

The Sidewalk Festival typically includes an opening film on Friday and two full days of screenings on Saturday and Sunday. Earlier this week, a handful of “Spotlight” movies will be shown at the Sidewalk Theater, 1821 Second Ave. North, shown in the basement of the Pizitz building.

Tickets for Sidewalk 2022 are available through the festival website priced at $75 for a weekend pass (26-28 August), $220 VIP (26-28 August). Day passes are $30 August 26-28. Single movie tickets are $15. Spotlight Films (August 22-25) tickets are $15.

Ticket prices usually increase as the festival dates get closer.

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