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‘Alabama the Beautiful’ filmmaker documents artisan movement in Sidewalk premiere

Premiering at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival this Saturday, the documentary “Alabama the Beautiful” showcases six Alabama artisans, offering a glimpse into the revival of Southern makers that’s bringing creativity to cities and small towns across the state.

The film’s director, 22-year-old Corey Carpenter, found inspiration in his subjects’ stories. “All of these people absolutely love what they do, but they all had a weird, roundabout way of getting to where they are now,” he said.

Initially conceptualized as a promotional video for artist RC Hagans from Opelika, Carpenter could not shake the feeling that the concept could turn into something bigger. The documentary is being shown at 10 a.m. Saturday at ASFA Recital Hall.

Alabama The Beautiful Poster“The whole artisan movement is revitalizing areas of Alabama like never before. So I talked to friends, and they suggested, why not make a full-length documentary?” Carpenter said.

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