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In honor of the release of the new live-action/computer generated interpretation of E.B. White’s classic tale, I figured it would make sense to post an image of the float designed to advertise the film in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
Enjoy the weekend.
Filed under: Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, Commentary, Erik Jambor, film festivals, films, Independent Film, News Media (as source & subject), people, Sidewalk, The Birmingham News, The Rambles
Here are some links to the latest entries regarding the resignation of Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival co-founder/executive director Erik Jambor and planned changes to the 8+ year old festival. Here’s a link to our first post about the news, including a link to a post with details of the announcement by Wade Kwon.
So Ends an Era - An Utter Waste of Time
Where the Sidewalk Ends – Gabe’s Declaration of Principles
Sidewalk film festival founding director resigns, The Birmingham News, 12.1.2006
It’s been as more of a fly on the wall that I’ve been watching the words fly across the screen about this. This festival is no doubt an asset to Birmingham, Alabama. I am interested in waiting until the dust settles before making a decision as rash as boycotting a festival that Jambor himself seems to want to see succeed based on his comments in the Birmingham News article.
The idea of boycotting sounds like leaving a church to follow a minister. Many ministers are flattered, but they would tell you that you’re probably attending church for the wrong reason. I’m also not going to follow blindly; I am willing to give people a chance.
If you enjoy what this festival means to you at any level – seeing films that you would otherwise not be able to see, having an opportunity to talk with filmmakers about their craft, providing a venue for this state to showcase some of its best and brightest filmmakers and seeing friends (much in the same way that some spoke of City Stages during their town hall meeting), then you have a choice to make.
I’d love to hear what plans the Sidewalk board has for the future and so long as they don’t rush and make the wrong decision, unfortunately waiting will be the best thing to do right now to see what will happen. After that, as I’ve mentioned recently on another topic, the public can vote with it’s wallets about what it thinks about decisions.
Let us know what you think – post ‘em if you’ve got ‘em.
Enjoy the day.
Filed under: Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Erik Jambor, film festivals, films, Movies, music, MySpace, people, Reg's Coffeehouse, Sidewalk
One figure takes a step back…
Let’s recap shall we… we’ve already talked about the demise of the X at 100.5 earlier this week for a sports talk station. If you didn’t keep up with the City Stages stuff on Tuesday night, click here and then here. I’m still waiting for a great excuse to post my Shula rant, though it’s becoming somewhat moot now.
Then this evening I get a text message from a certain blogger. It was a simple note; “Jambor resigns as director of Sidewalk film fest.”
UPDATE: Wade has more information about the actual announcement on his site.
I dug a little deeper and visited the world of MySpace. Two clicks later, I felt confident enough to be able to lead this post off with this story. Erik Jambor is one of the best examples of our young professionals and the type of work and accolades that they are able to produce for our (and their) city. The added bonus of Jambor being from metro Birmingham should give hope to those that think that the system is completely broken. Improvements like the ones seen at this morning’s ribbon cutting at Woodlawn High School are only the beginning of things to come in the area. Erik will be alright. Sidewalk should hopefully survive as well. The questions on many of our minds will be answered soon.
…Another says thanks for the support
I hope that Reg doesn’t mind that I repost this. I found it on his MySpace page this evening as well and felt that those that are fans would want to read this message from him. For those not familiar with Reg’s Coffeehouse, the show originated here in Birmingham, Alabama on the X at 100.5, which ceased broadcasting yesterday afternoon.
Here’s his message:
Reg’s Coffee House Listeners Rule!
We can’t thank you enough…either of you, for making living in Birmingham that much better.
Enjoy the day.