DocFest 2014 Wrap Release

Posted by sfindie July 7, 2014 5744 views


Unscripted. Uncensored. Unrehearsed.  All real.

That’s A Wrap –

The 13th Annual San Francisco 

Documentary Film Festival Concludes

Audience Award Winners, Staff Prizes and Highlights


San Francisco, CA – The 13th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest) wrapped last week after a successful two weeks of the best non-fiction films from around the globe. With 97 screenings (42 features and 29 shorts), 2 panel discussions and 2 filmmaking workshops, the festival welcomed 71 guests, which included special appearances by Armen Ra and the Amazing Randi. Presented by SF IndieFest, the 13th Edition of the SF DocFest screened at the Roxie and Brava Theatres in San Francisco, and the Oakland School of the Arts’ Marion E. Greene Black Box Theater.

Audience Award Winners 

The over 5000 festival attendees voted and the Audience Award Winners this year were WHEN MY SORROW DIED for Best Documentary Feature and JESSICA’S STORY for Best Documentary Short. With Armen Ra in attendance, director Robert Nazar Arjoyan’s WHEN MY SORROW DIED tells the story of the eccentric and enigmatic Theremin master which mixes rare concert performances, candid interviews and archive material. Screening in the Art, Activism and Awe shorts program, director Libby Spears’ JESSICA’S STORY follows Jessica, an survivor of the nightmare of sexual abuse and trafficking who now shares her story with street artist Lydiaemily as they paint a large mural in LA’s Skid Row to capture Jessica’s resilience.

Staff Prizes 

Voted on by the SF DocFest staff and volunteers, the festival is please to present Andrew Garrison’s TRASH DANCE with its Staff Prize for Best Feature and Michael Jacobs’ THE HIGH FIVE for Staff Prize for Best Short. In TRASH DANCE, choreographer Allison Orr joins city sanitation workers on their daily routine to convince them to collaborate on a unique dance performance involving them and their trash collection trucks. Screening as part of the Don’t Call it Frisco!! shorts program, THE HIGH FIVE traces the origins of the High Five from its start with the Los Angeles Dodgers to the heart of the Castro District in San Francisco.


General Information about DocFest

This year’s venues included: the Brava Theater 2781 24th St., Roxie Theater 3117 16th St., and The Women’s Building, 3543 18th St. in San Francisco. Films will also screen at OSA’s Black Box Theater 530 19th St. in Oakland.

For more info, visit or contact DocFest at 415-820-3907 or