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The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest) returns to San Francisco May 29 - June 13, 2019 for the 18th edition of the festival. SF DocFest will screen 48 acclaimed documentary features and 36 short films from around the world at the Roxie Theater and Brava Theater in San Francisco.

Festival Opening Night Film - CASSANDRO THE EXOTICO!
Director: Marie Losier - France - 73 min - U.S. Premiere
Wednesday, May 29th at 8pm at the Brava Theater

Famed for his flamboyant drag, sky-high pompadour, and show-stopping flips, Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one of the first openly gay lucha libre wrestlers has resonated for a quarter century. CASSANDRO THE EXOTICO! captures a prize-winning fighter who reinvented a staunchly macho sport, knocking out opponents and coping with a body pushed to its limits. Cassandro's story—the underdog and a queer icon, simultaneously fragile and mighty—unfolds on both sides of the border. Join us for an after party at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd St) for 60s/70s soul/funk/disco from around the world with DJs Special Lord B, Ben Braken and Bobby Ganush.


Roxie Opening Film - JR “BOB” DOBBS AND THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS
Director: Sandy K. Boone - USA - 85 min
Thursday, May 30 at 7pm at the Roxie Theater

What started out as an inside joke amongst two self proclaimed weirdos soon becomes much more than they bargained for. Frustrated by the rising consumer-driven culture, out of work pals Douglass St. Clair Smith and Steve Wilcox decide to turn their conservative Southern ideology on its head and invent a new religion all on their own. Spurred by the overreach of religion and zealous televangelists of the day, the pair concoct religious monikers, a newly minted prophet and devise a crusade to expose the conspiracy of normalcy by using humor as the ultimate weapon.


Centerpiece Film - THE BOOK OF THE SEA
Director: Aleksei Vakhrushev - Russia - 85 min - U.S. Premiere
Thursday, June 6 at 7pm at the Roxie Theater

THE BOOK OF THE SEA tells the story of a family in the indigenous community of the Bering Strait in the Far East of Russia who hunt to provide for their families and village. In the midst of the white expanse of ice they stalk seals and circle whales in their boats waiting for the right moment to use their harpoons. Their story of everyday survival is enriched with vividly animated local myths that at times prevail reality. These elements combine to produce a hybrid animated documentary that provides a haunting testimony of life in the Arctic.


Festival Closing Night Film - I WANT MY MTV
Director: Tyler Measom & Patrick Waldrop - USA - 86 min
Thursday, June 13 at 7pm at the Roxie Theater

A touchstone in the lives of millions of young people, as well as a home for musicians and filmmakers to display their offbeat sense of artistic vision, upstart music network MTV burst onto televisions in 1981. Its scrappy young hosts, fly-by-the-seat-of-its-pants production, and music mini-movies were like nothing Americans had ever seen before. A nostalgic and thrilling ride, I WANT MY MTV takes us back to the beginning where a seed of an idea quickly flourished into a beloved but often controversial cultural juggernaut. Stick around for the closing night party/double feature with I FORGOT WHAT 8 WAS FOR: THE 80s ALT ROCK SING A LONG!
The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest) returns to San Francisco May 29 - June 13, 2019 for the 18th edition of the festival. SF DocFest will screen 48 acclaimed documentary features and 36 short films from around the world at the Roxie Theater and Brava Theater...
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