SF DocFest 2017 Overview

The 16th SF DocFest

May 31-June 15

Approximately 50 features screen at this scrappy San Francisco nonfiction event presented by the SF IndieFest.

Among this year’s offerings are several world premieres or sneak peeks, including: Riley Hayes’ HOMO THE DOCUMENTARY, a road trip exploring the current state of LGBT rights in America; Tom Gentle’s UHURU, a look at the discrimination facing disabled minorities in Tanzania; Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley’s WORKING IN PROTEST (pictured), which chronicles US activism over three decades; Jeremy Williams’ ON A KNIFE EDGE, a portrait of a Lakota teen as he becomes politically aware; Bradley Berman and Eric Weiss’ NAT BATES FOR MAYOR, about a notorious California political race marked by Big Oil’s influence; and Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens’ WATER MAKES US WET: AN ECOSEXUAL ADVENTURE, which follows the filmmakers as they playfully explore the erotopolitics of water.

Other features screening at the event include: Tai Uhlmann’s END OF THE ROAD (pictured), about a Canadian utopian community formed by Vietnam War draft dodgers; Leslie Zemeckis’ MABEL, MABEL, TIGER TRAINER, a tribute to a female circus big cat trainer; Will Lockhart’s THE SURROUNDING GAME, which follows Americans trying to master the ancient Asian game of Go; Cathy Carlson’s EVERYBODY HAS AN ANDY DICK STORY, in which people share legendary tales of the comedian; Iñaki Alforja’s MOTXILLA21 LIVE, on a rock band which includes several members with Down syndrome; and Andrew James’ STREET FIGHTING MEN, which follows three African-American Detroit men of different generations.

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