Recently, up and coming filmmakers who attended the 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival visited Bessemer to take a first-hand look at the soon to be restored Lincoln Theater. While in Bessemer they also had lunch at the Bright Star and were hosted to refreshments at the historic Moody Mansion.

Mary Holland and Glenny Brock of the Holland Project with help from The Bessemer Historic Society hosted the attendees of the Sidewalk Film Festival while they were in Bessemer. Along with attendees of this year's Sidewalk Film Festival Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley, Council President Jessie Matthews and Bessemer Councilman Ron Marshall took a tour of the Lincoln Theater also.

The Lincoln Theater was purchased in 2017 by award-winning actor and Bessemer native Andre Holland and is being restored by the non-profit Holland Project established in 2018.

For twenty-one years the Sidewalk Film Festival has showcased the work of more than 250 filmmakers and welcomes 15,000 film lovers to Birmingham annually. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.

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