The 18th SF DocFest
May 29-June 13
Approximately 50 new and recent nonfiction features make up the lineup of this Northern California event.
Among the fest’s world premieres are: Carl Brown and Sean Donnelly’s THE RECRUITS
, about a military-training program for young kids modeled on the US Marines; Spencer McCall’s IN BRIGHT AXIOM
, an exploration of the work of a secretive group of artists who design transformative experiences; Adam Sekuler’s 36 HOURS
, an intimate chronicle of one expectant mother’s labor process; Adam Dubin’s MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: THE BAY AREA THRASH METAL STORY
, about the Bay Area’s titular 1980s music scene; and Danielle Beverly’s DUSTY GROOVE: THE SOUND OF TRANSITION
, on a vinyl collector who purchases albums from people going through major life transitions.
US premieres include Sheona McDonald’s CANDICE
, an intimate profile of feminist porn pioneer Candida Royalle; Sarah Gross’ A GROWING THING
, which focuses on a female empowerment program in a South African township; Kerry David’s BREAKING THEIR SILENCE: WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINE OF THE POACHING WAR
, following several women leading the charge against poaching; and Mariel Brown’s UNFINISHED SENTENCES
, a personal exploration of the filmmaker’s conflicted relationship with her father, a writer.
THE LAND OF HIGH MOUNTAINS
Other programming includes: Nicole Opper’s THE F WORD: A FOSTER TO ADOPT STORY (SEASON 2)
, the continuing story of the director’s process of adopting a child from Oakland’s foster care system with her wife; Will Agee’s THE LAND OF HIGH MOUNTAINS
, about Haiti’s only pediatric hospital; Tyler Chandler’s DOSED
, which explores the healing potential of plant-based psychedelics; Jakob Gottschau’s FACTORY OF LIES
, an investigation into Russian fake news creators and the journalists attempting to counter their influence; Carlos Oteyza’s I AM THE PEOPLE: VENEZUELA UNDER POPULISM
, a chronicle of Venezuela’s descent into economic chaos and reactionary populism; and Christopher Walker’s SPEARS FROM ALL SIDES
, about indigenous Ecuadorian resistance to the petrochemical industry.