Sundance signaled the beginning of the 2012 film festival circuit. Missed it? No worries. San Francisco and the Bay Area are home to some of the country’s best and most respected festivals. SF Indie Fest, one of the city’s biggest film festivals, kicks off on February 9 with independent films from around the world.

Held February 9 to February 23, SF Indie Fest hosts feature films, shorts and animated films that you won’t read about on major film sites or find at most movie theaters. These are films paving the future of filmmaking, narratively and visually.

Opening the festival is Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant) new film 4:44 Last Day on Earth. Starring Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh, the film chronicles a couple awaiting the impending human extinction in their Lower East Side apartment. Following a screening with Abel Ferrara and Shanyn Leigh expected to attend is the Opening Night Party/Spinal Tap Tribute. Live Evil will be playing Spinal Tap for the night as festival attendees and hard rock aficionados mingle.

Other highlights include Belgium’s official Oscar selection Bullhead, chronicling the life of a farmer involved in the underground crime syndicate that provides him with illegal hormones to fatten up his livestock; Sironia follows musician Thomas Fisher (Tony Hale, Arrested Development) as he moves away from the music business and to Texas to raise his son to deal with his failed career. Clown is a darkly humorous tale from Denmark about a man who accidentally kills his brother-in-law and must now take care of his nephew and have him tag along for a canoe trip with a bunch of his friends.

In addition to film screenings, SF Indie Fest hosts an annual Roller Disco Party at Cell Space and the Big Lebowski Party (also at Cell Space) is also an annual favorite. The Closing Night screening of Girl Walk//All Day will (hopefully) be a full on dance party as the film is a album-length music video set to All Day the new album from Girl Talk. There will be two screenings, the first on February 19 which will be followed by a an actual dance party featuring videos from CHERYL, a Brooklyn based artist collective.

Official Trailer: Girl Walk // All Day from Girl Walk // All Day on Vimeo.

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