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14 MINUTES FROM EARTH

On October 24th, 2014, 57-­year-old Google Executive Alan Eustace stepped into a spacesuit, attached himself to a football stadium sized balloon, and began a fourteen minute descent back to earth, breaking not only the sound barrier but also the world record for the highest flight and free fall of any human in history. Filmed under a cloak of secrecy and at times 135,000 feet in the stratosphere, this fantastic film is a roller coaster of ride of scientific innovations and humanity.-Jennifer Morris
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 6:45 PM
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 9:16 PM
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ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL

The US Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade gave every woman the right to have an abortion, but today abortion remains one of the most divisive issues, with each year seeing more restrictions.  This powerful film sheds new light on the contentious issue, with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves: those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on the sidewalks hoping to sway decisions and lives. -Chris Metzler
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 4:30 PM
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 7:00 PM
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 6:45 PM
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ART OF THE PRANK

An emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and the man who has turned the media hoax into an art form. Famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, and Portofess (a mobile Catholic confessional booth), he’s one of America’s most notorious sociopolitical satirists and media activists. This fascinating film interweaves fascinating archival footage with a singular and unforgettable moment, when Skaggs decides to pull off the most demanding hoax of his career—setting his sights on film festivals to do it.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 9:16 PM
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 7:01 PM
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BAD ART GALLERY/NON-FICTION VANGUARD AWARD RECEPTION

Please join us at 518 Valencia for another edition of SF IndieFest’s BAD ART GALLERY. We hang the gallery with paintings carefully curated from Bay Area thrift stores, flea markets and dumpeters and give each one a Proper Catalog Note. This edition of BAG also serves as a reception in honor of this year’s Vanguard Award recipient Sean Dunne. Please join us for complimentary beverages, groovy music and bad art! All are welcome.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 9:00 PM
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BECOMING MORE VISIBLE

Four fearless young adults, Katherine, Morgin, Sean and Olivia, defy societal norms to be their true selves and become more visible. Rejected by their families and lured to New York City with the hope of finding connection and love, many of these trans teens instead find themselves again rejected and homeless. For trans people, the difference between visibility and invisibility can be the difference between life and death. Becoming More Visible helps to bring these kids out from the shadows by giving them a voice and a safe space to express their individuality.-Jennifer Morris
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 7:01 PM
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 6:45 PM
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BETWEEN THE BEATS

Slip between the beats with us and discover how the Bay Area rave scene, of the late 80’s and early 90’s, was a vibrant revolution of culture along the lines of the beat generation, hippies, punk, and disco. This fascinating story illustrates the way this musical movement exploded rave onto the San Francisco Bay Area. Told through the personal experiences of 40 different DJs, musicians, promoters and ravers, it traces the birth of this new scene and how it quickly became a major influence in the lives of many who discovered it. 

From DJ Harvey’s Tonka UK influence, to Doc Martin dropping SF’s first house tracks, this film follows the growth of the scene from 1989 to 1999. Through the pre rave club parties, to the early renegade break in warehouse parties, to “massives” to the legendary Sunset parties. This amazing film is a healthy reminder of the impact that musical subculture can have in all of us. -Jeff Ross

DJ DANCE PARTY TO FOLLOW FEATURING SOME OF THE HOTTEST DJS OF
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 9:00 PM
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BREAKING DUMB: The Movie Roast Shines a Light on The Principle

Does the Sun revolve around the Earth? The notorious 2014 documentary The Principle thinks it does, so Sherilyn Connelly, Jim Fourniadis, and Mike Spiegelman from The Movie Roast will be on mic to riff the film with help from you, the smartest audience on this mote of dust! Noted local astronomer Peter Goldie, Ph.D will also give a short presentation before the film. #TeachTheControversy
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 9:15 PM
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CAM GIRLZ

From director Sean Dunne (American Juggalo, Oxyana, Florida Man) comes Cam Girlz a documentary film that enters the world of internet sex workers who find economic freedom, empowerment, intimacy, and creative self expression from the comfort of their own homes. Sean Dunne is the 2016 DocFest Vanguard Award Winner.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 12:01 PM
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THE CURSE OF THE MAN WHO SEES UFOS

Christo Roppolo claims to have been videotaping and communicating with UFOs around Monterey, CA for several years. He contacted filmmaker, Justin Gaar, in 2013 to begin creating a film about his sightings. Skeptical of the footage but intrigued by Christo's eccentricities and wild stories, Justin begins spending time with Christo hunting UFOs along California's beautiful central coast. When a crop circle appears in Monterey County and becomes international news, Christo is validated in his belief of alien contact and Justin, shocked, begins investigating the source of the crop circle and how Christo knows beyond a doubt that he's being contacted by his "brother's from space". -Jennifer Morris
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 7:00 PM
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 7:00 PM
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DAUGHTERS OF THE FOREST

Enter the lives of a group of girls attending The Mbaracayú Forest Girls’ School in Paraguay, which is surrounded by land where 95 percent of the forest has been burned and cleared. Here the girls learn both their academics and how to run a business.  Will this unique education give them the courage and skills they need to resist the intense pressure to leave school so they can fill the only role for which many in their community think teenage girls are suited? -Chris Metzler
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 4:30 PM
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 6:45 PM
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THE DWARVENAUT

A glimpse into the visionary mind of artist and entrepreneur Stefan Pokorny. Weaving together memories of a tumultuous childhood with modern day escapades, the film paints a mesmerizing portrait of an art prodigy obsessed from a young age with Dungeons & Dragons. Stefan navigates absurd adventures--- from Midwestern game conventions to the canals of Venice to Brooklyn dive bars. It is all part of a quest to bring his most ambitious miniature sculpture project to life. Part philosopher, part jester, he preaches the virtues of fantasy gaming as a vehicle for uniting the human race. -Chris Metzler
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 7:00 PM
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 9:15 PM
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EAR BUDS: The Podcasting Documentary

This is a story about the podcaster, but more importantly about the fans, and the relationships that build over time between these people they listen to on a daily basis. Comedian/filmmakers Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood of The Comedy Film Nerds Podcast have captured a lot of amazing footage and interviews with podcasters such as Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler, Jimmy Pardo, Scott Aukerman, Doug Benson, and Welcome to Night Vale. Podcasting breaks down the barriers. There are no filters. No studio notes. No editing unless the podcaster wants to creating an intensely personal connection that brings the fans and the talent, or in this case podcaster, together in a way that's never been done before by most kinds of media. -Jennifer Morris
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 4:31 PM
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 9:15 PM
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EAST LA INTERCHANGE

East LA Interchange tells the poignant and powerful story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights. Filmmaker Betsy Kalin interviews Boyle Heights residents including will.i.am, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, and Josefina López of Casa 0101 while actor Danny Trejo narrates. It tells of a place and time in which Latinos, Jews, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and self-described “rednecks” found a way to live with one another and persevere in the face of decades of social upheaval and gentrification, exacerbated by unchecked freeway development.
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 7:01 PM
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 9:15 PM
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EL CHIVO

When runner Will Harlan won Mexico’s infamous Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, the indigenous Tarahumara dubbed him El Chivo (the goat).  Since then, he’s changed his life and his family’s lifestyle acutely.  While he prepares to return to the canyons to race again, El Chivo chronicles Harlan’s motivations to live deliberately, while illustrating the toll it takes on his body and family. -Chris Metzler
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 9:15 PM
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 7:00 PM
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A FAT WRECK

San Francisco's Fat Wreck Chords is the influential music label proud to say they've spent the past 25 years "ruining punk rock."A Fat Wreck tells the story of founders Fat Mike (of the legendary punk band NOFX) and his ex-wife Erin Kelly-Burkett, spanning the birth, growth, struggles, and survival of the Fat Wreck Chords label.  A (mostly) inspirational story of chosen family and community, A Fat Wreck blazes exciting new ground in the cinematic genre of puppet-driven punk rock music documentary filmmaking. - Jeff Ross
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 6:30 PM
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FRANK AND THE WONDERCAT

80-year-old eccentric Frank is pretty much retired and has turned his attentions to playing the accordion. However, the focus of this revealing film is his celebrity, which derives from a deeply felt friendship with Pudgie Wudgie, his 20-pound performing house cat.  The soon-to-be-famous feline’s distinguishing trait is its Buddha-like patience with the costumes that Frank imposes on him.  Frank and Pudgie start out humbly but soon their growing fame takes them from elementary-school assemblies to the dizzying heights of national television.  Strange, oddly beautiful and hilarious. -Chris Metzler
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 4:31 PM
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 6:45 PM
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THE FUTURE OF WORK AND DEATH

With the growth of technological innovations increasing exponentially, what effect is it having on the two major features of the human experience, work and death? Influenced by both Ray Kurzweil and Guy Debord, our two directors seek out 17 international scientists, engineers and academic to share their thoughts on whether advanced automation, AI, and a technological singularity could be achievable in the next 30 years. How job obsolescence and technological unemployment could consequently occur and how digital immortality may not be a thing of science fiction. -Jennifer Mor
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 9:16 PM
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 9:15 PM
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GOING FURTHUR

Fifty years ago, Ken Kesey took his iconic bus,“Further,” across the country to Woodstock, and inspired a generation. His son Zane decides to fire up the old bus and get back out on the road. Armed with a new band of Merry Pranksters, the Further bus travels over 15,000 miles in 75 days, riding into music festivals, community events, tribal gatherings, and national landmarks. Never-before-seen archive footage from the first trip are combined with over 300 hours from this new exploration to explore the roots of a culture birthed in the early sixties and how it has influenced today's generations.-Jennifer Morris
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 9:16 PM
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 9:15 PM
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 9:00 PM
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