Kris Kivi is an everyday man who has lost his family to a tragic accident and his job to the recession. Forced to play his guitar on the streets for donations, Kris must overcome harassment from a small town gang as well as prejudice from members of a local church.
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From the writer of two nationally published novels, A Choice to Cherish and Written on Her Heart, comes an inspirational, church-produced drama about Kris Kivi, an everyday man who has lost his family to a tragic accident and his job to the recession. Forced to play his guitar on the streets for donations, Kris must overcome harassment from a small town gang as well as prejudice from members of a local church. Written by novelist and pastor Alan Maki and directed by New York International Film Festival winner Jeff Thomas, Sidewalk Singer is an uplifting slice-of-life film about overcoming hardship through the strength of faith. Featuring performances by Jason Carter (Babylon 5) and Joshua Haze (Days of Our Lives) and original songs by Maki and Kent Marcum.
“Inspiring...remarkable...This movie is a triumph! Five Doves all the way! It is that good.” ~ The Dove Foundation
Bonus: Soundtracks of 14 original songs
Absolutely LOVED the pastor in this film, exactly what I see as a great Pastor, revealing true Christianity in his character. The best part of this movie for me was Chris’ speech at the church meeting. Fantastic!
This is a movie about a singer, so there is a LOT of singing in this movie. If you like singing, you’ll really like this one.
Also, if you are a cat lover, you’ll love Mocha, who is a big part of Chris’ life.
One thing that really stood out to me was Chris being able to sing after a real tragedy in his life. We need to remember that everyone we meet is going through some sort of trouble or suffering. That is why we need to be merciful and compassionate with everyone we meet. We ALL have a story.
End it all or begin again? That's the central question running throughout this Christian musical drama centering on Kris Kivi (Alan Maki), a 59-year-old man earning a living as a guitar-playing busker after his wife and children are killed in a car accident (that he survived) and he loses his job to the recession. Written by novelist, pastor, and lead actor Maki, and directed by Jeff Thomas, the story finds Kivi walking a narrow line of faith in the face of strong doubt, given what has befallen him. In addition to being harassed by a street gang, Kivi faces prejudice from local church members after a young minister (Joshua Haze) befriends him and invites him to sing for the congregation. Repentance and redemption will eventually win out, but far from offering a glossy view of the struggles of faith, this movie unflinchingly looks at the effort it takes to reach a point where belief can transcend the sometimes inexplicable tribulations of human existance. An authentic and honest film that focuses on grace and forgiveness in the face of weakness, injustice, and random (but devastating) events, this is recommended.
The reviewer at The Dove Foundation said "Sidewalk Singer" was the most realistic script he had seen all year! This movie is filled with touching scenes and award winning music.