By Mark Bell | July 7, 2011

The latest from filmmaker Ti West, “The Innkeepers,” will be the opening night film for the 13th Annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, running August 26-28, 2011. From the official press release:

Today the Sidewalk Film Festival announced the South Eastern premiere of Ti West’s The Innkeepers as the Opening Night Film, presented by Regions Bank, which will screen at the beautiful 2,200 seat Alabama Theatre.

Opening Night Film presented by Regions Bank
Friday, August 26th – 8:00pm – Alabama Theatre
The Innkeepers

Directed by: Ti West, Starring: Sara Paxton*, Pat Healy* and Kelly McGillis, Produced by Peter Phok*
*scheduled to attend
100mins/USA/Narrative Feature

One of the most exciting and original filmmakers on the independent scene today, Ti West (The Roost, Trigger Man and The House of the Devil) directs, edits and co-produces his original screenplay about two employees of a soon-to-be-closed hotel, who get more than they bargained for when they set out to prove that the hotel is as haunted as its reputation, in The Innkeepers.

After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees – Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy)- are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England’s most haunted hotels. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage “ghost hunters” begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel’s long unexplained history.

The Innkeepers is not shocking or truly scary, but instead is packed with classic startles that have all the allure, charm and fascination of a 1980’s era haunted house amusement ride, along with an equal number of laughs. The film is an exceptional, yet classic, tale that stands out in a stellar year of independent film.

The Innkeepers made its World Premiere at SXSW in March of 2011 and was an official selection of the 2011 LA Film Festival.

Sidewalk’s Opening Night After Party will be held at the B&A Warehouse immediately following the screening of The Innkeepers (approximately 10:00pm) . Live entertainment will be provided by the Blue Galaxy String Project and the Green Seed, all guests will be treated to a champagne toast upon arrival and a fully stocked VIP lounge will be open to those with VIP Festival Credentials. Filmmakers and Special Guests will be in attendance.

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