A young artist living in New York, on the fringes of the financial district and its rushing crowds, tries to make a living sketching passers-by on the street. He survives on his meager means and has found refuge in an abandoned building. One night, on the corner of a back alley, he finds a little girl. While struggling to take care of her, he meets a young rich woman who immediately falls in love with this awkward couple... This gripping tale of the underprivileged and its beautiful portrayal of the city, Sidewalk Stories uniquely draws on social satire to deliver a timeless message of generosity and love. The film is an important work of the New African-American cinema of the 1980s.

Charles Lane was born in 1953 and grew up in the public housing projects of New York City's South Bronx. While attending SUNY Purchase, his short A Place in Time won him a Student Academy Award. He later earned a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, NAACP Award and multiple festival honors for Sidewalk Stories.