Parties and Panels at SF DocFest

Posted by sfindie May 13, 2014 3798 views

This year’s festival features almost 70 great new documentaries from around the world and around the Bay.  And in addition to the great selection of non fiction films to check out, we are also presenting a series of panel discussions and, to keep the festival Festive, some great parties too!


DocTalks & Panels at SF DocFest

Presented by KQED’s “Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories” and “Film School Shorts 



Fact Fiction or ?

On Sunday, June 8, filmmakers, academics, and critics discuss what does it mean to be a documentary filmmaker today when the boundaries of what defines non-fiction are being pushed and pulled from all angles.

Who programs these films anyway?

Come and meet festival programmers from the diverse array of film festivals of the Bay Area at 5 p.m. on Thursday June 12.




This year SF DocFest is proud to honor Robert Greene with it’s Non-Fiction Vanguard Award.

As both an acclaimed filmmaker and writer, Robert Greene has quickly become both a champion and chronicler of the documentary renaissance that has taken place over the past decade. SF DocFest’s mission is to recognize those unconventional, creative risk-taking filmmakers that are redefining the nonfiction cinematic form and are someone to watch before they become a household name. Robert Greene is one of those filmmakers.

This award is a celebration of that attitude and Robert Greene’s films that are often beautiful, expressionistic essays of ordinary people. His work in both filmmaking and writing is pushing boundaries and is redefining what people think documentary is.

In addition to premiering his new film, ACTRESS on Opening Night, the festival will present a double feature retrospective of two of Robert Greene’s earlier films KATI WITH AN I (2:30 p.m., June 7 at the Roxie) and FAKE IT SO REAL (4:45 p.m., June 7 at the Roxie) with a discussion with Greene about his work taking place between screenings (4p).  



Made from a collection of 9,000 home movies, NO MORE ROAD TRIPS? takes the audience on a journey through 20th-century America. The soundtrack for this fully participatory film will be made fresh by the audience, who will be encouraged to recall our shared past and predict the future.  Screens at 7 p.m. on June 10 at the Roxie.


In the same year, Oakland was rated one of the top five destinations in the world and one of the top five most dangerous cities in the country. On February 1st, 2013 those two realities met with the fatal shooting of a teenager during First Friday, a monthly arts festival that has become the symbol of the city’s economic and cultural revival. FIRST FRIDAY is a work-in-progress by directors N’Jeri Eaton and Mario Furlon. It follows a diverse group of residents as they work to preserve the event that represents a city’s attempt to transform itself. Screens at 2:30 p.m., June 15 and 9:15 p.m., June 12 at the Roxie and 12:30 p.m., June 14 at the OSA Black Box Theater. Filmmakers in attendance for post-screening discussion at each screening.


THE BLANK GENERATION – Raw, behind-the-scenes CBGBs footage of some of the late-70s’ finest musicians before they became icons, featuring material from Blondie, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers and more. Poe’s punkish attitude toward film structure is more “in-your-face” than “MTV.” Screens with SOUTHBAY HARDCORE, featuring local 25 year music scene vets Sad Boy Sinister.  Roxie Sat 6/7 915p



After the screening of ACTRESS on Opening Night Thursday June 5, stick around the Brava Theater for live music courtesy of the amazing GAUCHO and an open bar courtesy of Blue Angel vodka, Prussers rum, Lagunitas beer, Spicy Vines spiced wine and Dark Horse wines.

Come to the Roxie Theater for “mass karaoke” at Oh Snap! The ‘90s Sing-a-long Party at 9:15 p.m. on Friday June 6. Lyrics from your favorite indie and pop hits from the ‘90s will be projected on to the big screen for the audience to sing along.

DocFest Game Night takes place on Saturday June 7 at 518 Valencia and will feature Pub Quiz featuring Quiz Master Mike Keegan (from the Roxie) at 7 p.m. and Hey Ho Bingo at 9 p.m.

 The Roller Disco Party at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 13 is an excuse to dress up, drink cocktails, and skate around the Women’s Building (3543 18th Street at Valencia) to disco tunes and maybe even talk about documentaries. Disco costumes are encouraged. 

Dead Mans Party, the Doc of the Dead after party, will take place on Saturday June 14 at 518 Valencia. The party will feature DJs, costume contests, and drinks specials – all set to the backdroup of zombie/horror decor. Presented by A-Town and Zombie Prom.