DocFest 2014 Press Coverage

Posted by sfindie June 4, 2014 4420 views


“Any doubts that nonfiction filmmaking is riding a wave of audience enthusiasm as well as booming output should be erased by SF Docfest staking out a summer slot. Founder Jeff Ross is a savvy festival veteran, while the addition of programmers Jennifer Morris (formerly of Frameline) and Chris Metzler (co-director of Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone) has produced a lineup with less goofiness and more gravitas than previous years. ”


SF Chronicle

“As cameras and equipment get smaller, both in size and price, films are getting smaller – which means they’re getting closer, more intimate and personal. That is a common theme of the San Francisco Documentary Festival (a.k.a. DocFest), which opens Thursday and will screen more than 40 personal documentaries over the next two weeks.

“I like to follow stories as they happen,” [DocFest Opening Night filmmaker Robert] Greene said. “I like to call it ‘present-tense filmmaking,’ which is much more exciting for me. They’re documentaries that are less information and more characters and stories that unfold as we watch.”


SF Weekly 

Overview by Sherilyn Connelly with highlights on WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS, BACK ISSUE and LED ZEPPELIN PLAYED HERE

“Now in its 13th year of telling it like it is, SF Docfest is running for two weeks at the Roxie and the Oakland School for the Arts. It’s a good lineup for pop-culture aficionados…”


SF Bay Guardian
Overview by Dennis Harvey
” Documentaries are often the best section of any given film festival. But even die-hard fans admit to occasional Social Issue Fatigue — that feeling you get when you’ve just seen too many all-too-convincing portraits of real life injustices, reasons why the planet is dying, etc. ….. You’d be hard-pressed to have such a hard time at our own SF DocFest, however. For 13 years it’s managed to emphasize the entertaining and eccentric over grim reportage. “

SF Classical Voice

Music and Dance films by Janos Gereben
SF Chronicle
Mention in Miss Bigelow’s column
Beyond Chron
Overview by Peter Wong

SF Bay Guardian



SF Arts Monthly
Highlight in June Edition


 SF Chronicle
Highlight in ‘This Week’


 SF Weekly Blog
Interview with Robert Green by Adrian Rodriguez
New York-based documentary filmmaker Robert Greene recognizes that the world is a stage. But if people are its performers, he says, how can truth ever be unveiled?”Everyone of us is performing. I’m performing right now, and you are too,” Greene says to me during a phone interview.I, being the interviewer, and he the interviewee, Greene says, is a dichotomy of exploitative roles. Who is exploiting whom? Is either of us really exploiting the other? How do you get truth if this is a performance?Greene approaches documentary filmmaking with this in mind.” 


Highlight by Andrea Chase – start at 22:15


KPFA FM, Women’s Magazine


LGBT Films overview by Kevin Thomas
Overview by Bonnie Steiger


Overview in ‘4 Don’t Miss Events’


 SF Station
Overview by Martin Malloy


Chicago Tribune


Amoeba Blog


SF Examiner


Not For Fun Only

Movies With Butter

Overview by Sara Vizcarrondo


Bay Area Reporter 

Round up by David Lamble
SF Gate
Listing in 5 Bay Area Events

SF Arts Monthly

Mention in SF DocFest Preview – Scan of Print Version Attached 

SF Gate

Opening Night Recap
SF Gate
SF Gate
Music Recap
SF Bay View
African American Films Overview by Wanda Sabir

Beyond Chron

Overview of VANNIN’, THE VISITOR, HAIRY WHO by Peter Wong

KALW FM, Your Call

Interview with Brian Knappenberger mentions SF DocFest Screenings – Aired live at 10AM on 91.7 FM 
Potrero View
Festival overview