2009 Official Sidewalk Selections

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1. Dear Lemon Lima (2009)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy

Vanessa gets a dose of reality when Philip, her one true love, ends their relationship, again. The quirky teen enrolls in his school to win him back, but ends up making matters worse. ... See full summary »

Director: Suzi Yoonessi | Stars: Meaghan Martin, Shayne Topp, Melissa Leo, Beth Grant

Votes: 1,071

2. That Evening Sun (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama

75 Metascore

An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm.

Director: Scott Teems | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Ray McKinnon, Walton Goggins, Mia Wasikowska

Votes: 2,516 | Gross: $0.28M

3. The House of the Devil (2009)

R | 95 min | Horror

73 Metascore

In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig

Votes: 37,584 | Gross: $0.10M

4. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

61 Metascore

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel

Votes: 61,550 | Gross: $0.04M

5. 45365 (2009)

90 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

45365 explores the congruities of daily life in an American town. From the patrol car to the courtroom, the playground to the nursing home, the parade to the prayer service, it explores ... See full summary »

Directors: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

Votes: 174

6. Official Rejection (2009)

108 min | Documentary

A documentary following the exploits of a group of filmmakers as they take their independent feature, Ten 'til Noon (2006), along the film festival circuit, and the politics, pitfalls, triumphs and comic tragedies they encounter along the way. Full of interviews with important players in the indie world, this is a must see for young filmmakers on what happens when the shooting stops.

Director: Paul Osborne | Stars: Scott Storm, Paul Osborne, Brian Osborne, Paul J. Alessi

Votes: 309

7. Modern Love Is Automatic (2009)

93 min | Comedy

About an apathetic nurse who moonlights as a dominatrix, her aspiring model roommate, and the sad, strange world they live in.

Director: Zach Clark | Stars: Melodie Sisk, Maggie Ross, Hannah Bennett, David Berkenbilt

Votes: 69

8. Alexander the Last (2009)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Romance

An ensemble drama about a married actress, her sister and their myriad sexual and creative temptations.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Jess Weixler, Justin Rice, Barlow Jacobs, Amy Seimetz

Votes: 633

9. You Might as Well Live (2009)

R | 78 min | Comedy

On the advice of his childhood hero, Robert R. Mutt embarks on a madcap adventure to attain the three keys to being a "somebody" - a girl, some money and a championship ring.

Director: Simon Ennis | Stars: Joshua Peace, Michael Madsen, Stephen McHattie, Dov Tiefenbach

Votes: 350

10. The Mountain, the River and the Road (2009)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama

Jeff is a failing post-college writer whose parents are finally kicking him out of the house. With this in mind, Jeff starts out on a road trip to Austin, TX with his friend, Tom; a final ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Harring | Stars: Justin Rice, Tipper Newton, Joe Swanberg, Kirsten Barber

Votes: 41

11. Lightning Salad Moving Picture (2008)

75 min | Comedy

Two radicool dudicals (The Superkiiids!) are commissioned by whiz-kid filmmaker and secret ops leader, Robert Zemeckis, to make the movie, "Back To The Future Part IV" with all deliberate ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Price | Stars: Jonathan Guggenheim, Myke Holmes, Corbitt Howard, Tiff Reece

Votes: 22

12. Troll 2 (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A family vacationing in a small town discovers the entire town is inhabited by goblins in disguise as humans, who plan to eat them.

Director: Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Michael Paul Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young

Votes: 29,297

13. The Dungeon Masters (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

An evil drow-elf is displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A sanitation worker lures friends into a Sphere of Annihilation. A failed supervillain starts a cable access show involving ninjas, ... See full summary »

Director: Keven McAlester | Stars: Aaron Beal, Emanuel Brooks

Votes: 547

14. Inside Buffalo (2010)

59 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The historic account of the 92nd Infantry Division, the African American segregated combat unit who fought in World War Two.

Directors: Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, Patrick Jeffrey | Stars: Howard Fletcher, Joe Hairston, James McBride, Joe Stephenson

Votes: 8

15. Say My Name (I) (2009)

73 min | Documentary, Music

A story is built around the lives of entrepreneurs, mothers and artists fighting to be themselves in a society that offers few opportunities for women.

Director: Nirit Peled | Stars: Aaries, Erykah Badu, Sparky Dee, Rah Digga

Votes: 18

16. HomeGrown (2008)

52 min | Documentary

Homegrown is the inspiring true story of a family "living off the grid" in the heart of urban Pasadena, California. They harvest over 6,000 pounds of produce on less than a quarter of an ... See full summary »

Director: Robert McFalls | Stars: Anais Dervaes, Jordanne Dervaes, Jules Dervaes, Justin Dervaes

Votes: 16

17. Shooting Beauty (2009)

62 min | Documentary

An aspiring fashion photographer's career takes a life-changing turn when she discovers true beauty in a truly unexpected place.

Director: George Kachadorian

Votes: 19

18. Beauty of the Fight (2008 Video)

69 min | Documentary, War

The documentary Beauty of the Fight explores, with both intimate and exhilarating imagery, the effects of historic realities on two Panama barrios. Barraza and El Chorrillo suffered heavy ... See full summary »

Director: John Urbano

19. Etienne! (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy

After Richard finds out that his best and only friend, a dwarf hamster named Etienne, has terminal cancer, he decides to take his pocket pet on a bicycle road trip to show him the world before he has to put him to sleep.

Director: Jeff Mizushima | Stars: Richard Vallejos, Megan Taylor Harvey, Caveh Zahedi, Matt Garron

Votes: 61

20. God's Architects (2009)

90 min | Documentary

God's Architects tells the stories of five divinely inspired artist-architects and their enigmatic creations. The film details how and why these oft-marginalized creators, with neither ... See full summary »

Director: Zack Godshall

Votes: 11

21. We Live in Public (2009)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Josh Harris, Tom Harris, Carlos Alvarez, David Amron

Votes: 1,756 | Gross: $0.04M

22. We Fun (2009)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Music

We Fun is a look into 21st century rock music in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Director: Matthew Robison | Stars: Carbonas, The Coathangers, Deerhunter, King Khan & The Shrines

Votes: 11

23. Courting Condi (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

A spin on the Rapunzel fairy-tale, this unique romantic/political/biographic documentary feature will follow one love-struck soul's hilarious, emotionally engaging quest to woo one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Doggart | Stars: George W. Bush, Carol Connors, Sebastian Doggart, Adrian Grenier

Votes: 35

24. Branson (2009)

90 min | Documentary, Music

Broadway. Hollywood. Vegas. Nashville. ...Branson, Missouri? Set in the entertainment capital of Middle America, the story of BRANSON documents the lives of several performers struggling ... See full summary »

Director: Brent Meeske | Stars: Jackson Cash, Amber Campbell, Geoffrey Hastings Haberer, Eric Eichenberger

Votes: 24

25. Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman.

Directors: Tom Donahue, Paul Hasegawa-Overacker | Stars: Cindy Sherman, John Waters, Eric Bogosian, Danny DeVito

Votes: 195

26. Luckey (2008)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

Enabling sculptor Tom Luckey's artistic vision after his devastating fall through a window is a difficult proposition for Tom's divided family. The Luckeys must cross delicate lines drawn ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Longsworth | Stars: Ettie Luckey, Spencer Luckey, Tom Luckey

Votes: 19

27. Forgetting Dad (2008)

84 min | Documentary

One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, a 45-year-old man suffers total amnesia. Christening himself the "New Richard," he embarks upon a new life with a new wife far away from ... See full summary »

Directors: Rick Minnich, Matt Sweetwood

Votes: 116

28. General Orders No. 9 (2009)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

One last trip down the rabbit hole before it gets paved over. A deep geography. What is above and what is below. What came before and what will come after. Agrarian fantasies, sacrificial ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Persons | Star: William Davidson

Votes: 178

29. Crude (2009)

Unrated | 105 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Dan Ashley, Pablo Fajardo, Kent Robertson, German Yanez

Votes: 787 | Gross: $0.17M

30. The Vicious Kind (2009)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.

Director: Lee Toland Krieger | Stars: Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, Alex Frost, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 7,297

31. Alabama Moon (2009)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Family

After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, an eleven-year-old boy raised in the Alabama wilderness must learn how to make a home in the modern world.

Director: Tim McCanlies | Stars: Jimmy Bennett, Gabriel Basso, Uriah Shelton, Clint Howard

Votes: 1,259

32. Children of Invention (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their hardworking mother disappears.

Director: Tze Chun | Stars: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu, Stephen Gevedon

Votes: 558 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Number One with a Bullet (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

Featuring Ice Cube, Mos Def, Prodigy, KRS-ONE and Young Buck among others, this documentary pulls back the curtain on gun violence in hip-hop America.

Director: Jim Dziura | Stars: Ice Cube, Yasiin Bey, KRS-One, B-Real

Votes: 29

34. Interplanetary (2008)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A motley assortment of men and women live and work together on a base on Mars for the Interplanetary Corporation. Things are pretty dull and unexciting until one day the crew find ... See full summary »

Director: Chance Shirley | Stars: Cary Borders, Alison Britt, David Brown, James H. Brown

Votes: 226

35. True Adolescents (2009)

Unrated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

Craig Johnson's poised and poignant first feature follows Sam (Mark Duplass), an, unbeknownst to him, washed-up rocker in the early stages of haggard. Jobless and apartment-less, he crashes... See full summary »

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Mark Duplass, Bret Loehr, Carr Thompson, Melissa Leo

Votes: 667

36. Idiots and Angels (2008)

G | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Much to his surprise, an utter misanthrope is transformed into a reluctant do-gooder, when a glorious pair of angelic snow-white wings sprouts up from his back. Now, everyone in town wants a piece of his feathered appendages.

Director: Bill Plympton

Votes: 2,905

37. The Tiger Next Door (2009)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary

Experts estimate that there are more tigers in private captivity in the USA than there are roaming wild in the world. 24 of them live in Dennis Hill's backyard. The Tiger Next Door follows ... See full summary »

Director: Camilla Calamandrei

Votes: 23

38. Handmade Nation (2009)

90 min | Documentary

This film documents the rise of D.I.Y. and the new wave of art, craft, and design.

Director: Faythe Levine | Stars: Jenny Hart, Kathy Sever, Susan Beal, Nikki McClure

Votes: 17

39. Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968 (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

SCARRED JUSTICE tells the story of South Carolina's 1968 'Orangeburg Massacre,' an incident often termed 'the Kent State of the South.' The film presents a chilling story about abuse of ... See full summary »

Directors: Bestor Cram, Judy Richardson

40. St. Nick (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

51 Metascore

St. Nick is the story of a brother and sister on the run. They've left their home for some unknown reason and are living in the woods, hiding in barns and sheds, doing what they can to ... See full summary »

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Savanna Sears, Tucker Sears, Monique Byars, Riley Cole

Votes: 143

41. Made in China (I) (2009)

87 min | Comedy

A confident young man with a unique style and a solid entrepreneurial spirit has made it his mission to bring the small pleasures in life to a global market. As an aspiring inventor ... See full summary »

Director: Judith Krant | Stars: Bronwyn Cornelius, Deng Juan, Jackson Kuehn, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 237

42. Taxidermia (2006)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

83 Metascore

Three generations of men, including a pervert that constantly seeks for new kinds of satisfaction, an obese speed eater and a passionate embalmer.

Director: György Pálfi | Stars: Csaba Czene, Gergely Trócsányi, Marc Bischoff, Gina Moreno

Votes: 15,489 | Gross: $0.01M

43. They Came to Play (2008)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Music

Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Rotaru | Stars: Henri Robert Delbeau, Mark Fuller, Clark Griffith, Ken Iisaka

Votes: 114

44. Autistic-Like: Graham's Story (2008)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary

Autistic-Like: Graham's Story is an intimate family portrait showing one dad's determined quest to find the right therapies, the right doctors, and even the right words to describe his son.... See full summary »

Director: Erik Linthorst

Votes: 6

45. Best Worst Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: George Hardy, Lily Hardy, Pita Ray, Micki Knox

Votes: 7,280 | Gross: $0.10M

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