SF DocFest 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 19th SF DocFest

Dates:
September 3-20

About:
Emerging after the postponement of its typical late May/early June dates, this Northern Californian event goes online with just under 30 nonfiction features.

Among the offerings:

AMERICAVILLE

AMERICAVILLE
Director: Adam James Smith
In the mountains north of Beijing, Chinese citizens escape the stress and fast pace of city life and retreat to a gated community seeking freedom, happiness, and the ideology of the “American Dream” in a development that replicates Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

BLEEDING AUDIO
Director: Chelsea Christer
An intimate portrait detailing the promising career of the Oakland band, The Matches, their defeating breakup, and their inspiring reunion, as they reflect on what success truly means for musicians in today’s digital industry. 

THE BOOK MAKERS
Director: James Kennard
The book is dead, long live the book. A look at the people who are keeping books alive in the 21st century. From the esoteric world of book artists to the digital libraries of the Internet Archive.

INSERT COIN
Director: Joshua Tsui
As the developer of hit video games and arcade titles like MORTAL KOMBAT and NBA JAM, Midway Games was one of the most prolific video game companies of the 1990s, gaining notoriety for its heightened violence and anarchic spirit – until its eventual implosion. 

THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER
Director: Taylor Mordon
Once upon a time there were over 9,000 Blockbuster video stores in America, now there is just one – located in Bend, OR. 

THE LAST ICE
Director: Scott Ressler
Climate projections forecast the total disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic by 2040, with the exception of one place – the Last Ice Area, located north of Greenland and Ellesmere Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

ONE LIFE
Director: Josh Turnbow
Eight-year-old Nur Kalima, a vulnerable, yet independent young girl, is among those who escaped genocide, fleeing the Northern Rakhine State in Myanmar to the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh. 

THE PALINDROMISTS
Director:Vince Clemente
Everything you wanted to know about palindromes, but didn’t know to ask! A dive deep into the history of palindromes as well as a look at an idiosyncratic group’s world championships, starring author and word nerd Jon Agee, with appearances by Weird Al and Will Shortz.

RESISTERHOOD
Director: Cheryl Jacobs Crim
Following the shocking results of the 2016 US Presidential election, women across the country took to the streets, the Internet, media outlets, and the Capital, organizing one of the most phenomenal resistance movements in political history. 

SLEEZE LAKE: LIFE AT ITS LOWEST AND BEST
Director: Andrew J Morgan, Nick Nummerdor
It’s 1977 and the community of misfits, adventurers, outcasts, and hippie counterculture van lifers are organizing, as much as a bunch of shag carpet custom van-living hippies will organize, and discover a location about 100 miles outside of Chicago as the perfect site for the biggest van party you’ve never heard of.

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
Director: Hannah Jayanti
A speculative documentary about time and how we weave the past into the present and our possible future. 

UNCIVILIZED
Director: Michael Lees
In 2017 Michael set out to the forest with nothing more than some basic tools, religious texts, and camera gear, in order to find a way out of the modern perils of overconsumption, technology addiction, and global warming. Three months in, Cat 5 Hurricane Maria hits…

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