SouthSide Film Institute


This year’s SouthSide Film Festival is taking place June 13th to June 17th, 2023.  

Opening Night, June 13th, 2023
Opening night kicks off at 6:30pm with a party at the National Museum of Industrial History (602 E. 2nd St., Bethlehem). Enjoy finger foods and drinks. $10 gets you access to the Opening Night Party and the subsequent opening night screening.

This year’s opening night screening starts at 7:30pm at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (321 E. 3rd St.) and includes short film Cat and Moth and feature film Still Working 9 to 5.

Villain directed by Sparky Tehnsuko

2023 | 10 minutes | narrative short

After a dragon destroys young Georgia’s home, she journeys to its lair to enact violent revenge but instead finds an innocent child in the cave. When the dragon then returns, Georgia must reckon with the price of vengeance.

Cat and Moth directed by India Barnardo

2022 | 7 minutes | animated short

A fluffy white cat wants nothing more than to find the most comfortable spot in the universe, but little does she know someone else has their eye on it too.

Still Working 9 to 5 directed by Camille Hardman and Gary Lane

2021 | 95 minutes | documentary feature

When the highest grossing comedy, 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman and Lily Tomlin, exploded on the cinema screens in 1980, the laughs hid a serious message about women in the office. Still Working 9 to 5 explores why workplace inequality 40 years later is no longer a laughing matter.

Late Night, June 16th, 2023 at 11pm
Join us for this year’s late night screening at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at ArtsQuest (101 Founders Way) featuring Satanic Hispanics, a horror anthology that “celebrates Hispanic heritage and produces an eclectic mix of tales that take bold, diverse swings.”

What a Trip! directed by Collin Kornfeind

2022 | 15 minutes | comedy short

Two downtrodden strangers go on a vision quest to cure their depression but end up trying to figure out why they have matching visions of a manic, talking wolf-bear named Kevin.

We Forgot About the Zombies directed by Chris McInroy

2022 | 4 minutes | narrative short

Two dudes think they found the cure for zombie bites.

Satanic Hispanics directed by Alejandro Brugués, Mike Mendez, and Demián Rugna 

2022 | 105 minutes | Horror feature

A police raid takes place on a mystery location where a brutal massacre has happened and only one survivor remains. Taken into custody, the mysterious man has some strange tales to tell whilst the clock ticks down to a deadline that the man says will be the end of them all.

Closing Night Screening and Party, June 17th, 2023
Close out the 19th Annual SouthSide Film Festival with a 7:20pm screening of Karen Carpenter: Starving for Perfection, an astounding new documentary that reveals new insight into the singer’s tragically short life and enduring musical legacy forty years after her death at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts(321 E. 3rd. St.). ($10 admission, free with All Access Pass)

Then, join us in celebrating another successful year at our Closing Night Party beginning at 9pm at Color Me Mine (25 E. 3rd St.). Food and drinks included in party admission. ($10 admission, free with All Access Pass)

Karen Carpenter: Starving for Perfection directed by Randy Martin

2022 | 98 minutes | documentary feature

She’d only just begun. Forty years after her death, this captivating, revealing, and unvarnished documentary provides astounding new insight into pop superstar Karen Carpenter’s tragically short life and enduring musical legacy.