SouthSide Film Institute – new to you?

Tomorrow, (Thursday, Sept 15th) there is a chance you may find one of the hidden treasures of South Bethlehem. The SouthSide Film Institute has been serving the community for seven years by presenting independent films from around the Lehigh Valley and the world. Every third Thursday of the month, they screen a film that offers a unique view on multiple issues that impact us all.

The present a great summer film festival in June, which we’ve had a few student bloggers attend. You can read about their experiences on previous posts in our blog. (Andrew Daniels ‘10 and Kristen Dalton ‘11 are now employed writers, BTW)

In addition to their summer film festival, they also present one independent film a month at a South Bethlehem location. Frequently, it’s at the Victory Fire House on the corner of Webster and Columbia (205 Webster Street, if you want to map it – just one block north of 3rd street, 3 block from Whitaker Lab). Occasionally, they will partner with another community group, or show the film in another location.

This month, they will screen the excellent Comedy/Drama film “Der Sandman”, by Peter Luisi. Doors open at 6:45 for a 7:15 screening.  This was a SouthSide Film Festival favorite in June. (I saw it – it’s really good!)

Synopsis: ” One fine morning, Benno finds sand in his bed. While he tries to ignore this at first, he soon must realize that he himself is loosing the sand. Day after day the sand increases and soon his time literally starts running short. Finally he is left no choice but to ask Sandra for help, who runs a small coffee shop under his apartment. Although Benno hates her with a passion, he started having dreams of her every night. What could Sandra and the dreams have to do with the sand?”  The film is in German with English subtitles.

Here’s a preview.
(no subtitles, but maybe a few clips will peak your curiosity?)

Try it out for a little something different. Did I mention it’s free?



  1. This clip does have the subtitles:

    Also, this year marked the eighth year of offering a summer festival. You may be interested to know that the festival was the creation of a Lehigh alum, Graham Stanford, ’99. To catch the ambiance of the festival, visit the Deja Brew Coffee House and Deli, 101 W. 4th Street, which serves as the unofficial headquarters of the SouthSide Film Institute and Festival.

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