MAY 30-JUNE 13, 2019 at Roxie Theater



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The film festival that provides a manageable amount of the truth.

SF DocFest is an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema. Since 2001, this two week-long event has brought the most weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the big screen.

“Docfest offers a zippy blend of politics, music, social issues and youth-oriented subcultures. The good news is that DocFest promotes documentaries as a vibrant, irreverent form of entertainment to a younger demographic, blasting the notion of educational films to smithereens. There’s no room for anything approximating — watch it, I’m about to blaspheme – the obsessively measured and utterly somnambulant musings of Ken Burns.”  – Michael Fox, KQED

“Since its inception, DocFest (May 31-June 15 at the Roxie and the Vogue, with opening night at Alamo Drafthouse) has compiled a colorful scrapbook of genuine characters in contrast to the current events survey, educational seminar or social-issue forum that defines many documentary series… There are one or two people in Off the Charts you won’t soon forget, which could be said about nearly every film in DocFest. That’s one of the pleasures of scrapbooks.” – also Michael Fox, KQED


The 17th San Francisco Documentary Festival is the biggest and oldest festival devoted to non-fiction film in the Bay Area. DocFest started in 2001 with 12 films screening in a converted church at Post and Mason St. This year, for two weeks you will get a chance to check out 90 of the best new non-fiction films from around the world (and around The Bay)!

We open the fest with BREWMASTER, a deep dive into the world of craft brewing through the eyes of both pros and amateur enthusiasts.

Our centerpiece film is by local doc vets Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer. Past IndieFest hits, PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA and EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE, are just a couple of their great documentaries. This time around they point their cameras at the wild and wonderful world of nutria in RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE.

We close the fest with AGAVE: THE SPIRIT OF A NATION, a look at the world of tequila making and the Mexican people. This is an IndieFest event so yes, there will be samplings at the screening.

Between discoveries of fun, enlightening and the occasionally bizarre world around us revealed through some amazing docs, we’ve scheduled some fun parties: AHOY! The Yacht Rock Sing A Long Party, our regular Bad Art Show, a mini beer fest, a New Orleans style second line brass band parade, a night of roller disco and more!

We are thankful to all our fans, supporters, filmmakers, volunteers and partners that help make this film festival stay festive!

Jeff Ross


SF IndieFest/SF DocFest


DocFest 2018 Staff

Founder/Director: Jeff Ross; Programming: Chris Metzler, Jennifer Junkyard Morris, Lisa Landi, Jeff Ross; Operations Manager: Catie Roads; Social Media Marketing Manager: Sadia Halima: Operations/Production Assistance: Laureen “Lulu” Briggs; Publicity: Larsen & Associates; Box Office: Box Cubed; Graphic Design: Meghan Ryan








Brava Theater 2781 24th St at York

New People Cinema 1746 Post St at Webster

Roxie Theater 3117 16th at Valencia

518 Gallery 518 Valencia at 16th



Regular tickets $13/advance, $15/door.

Opening Night Film tickets (includes hosted after party) $22/advance, $25/door. (21up)


Clueless Bingo, includes bingo card, fabulous prizes $10 (21up)

Ahoy! The Yacht Rock SingAlong Party, $13/advance, $15/door (all ages)

Mission BAG (Bad Art Gallery), free (21up)

Roller Disco Party, $10 admission, $5 skates (18 up)



The AllFestPass, good for all screenings and parties at the Film Festival, is $250. The RoxiePass, good for all screenings at the Roxie, is $220. The JapantownPass, good for all screenings at the New People Cinema, is $65. Passholders jump to the front of the line at all screenings!

5Film vouchers are $65, 10Film vouchers are $120. These discount vouchers are only available and only redeemable at

One Day BingeTickets $40. Good for any and all available screenings that day.

Advance tickets are available now at and at 415.552.5580. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

For all screenings please arrive at least 15 minutes before show time to assure seating.




If you look forward to SF DocFest every year, please consider donating to support the festival:

SF IndieFest is a 501c3 non profit arts organization.



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