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Dr. Sarno takes a radical approach to back pain, instructing patients to focus on repressed emotions as the source. His book Healing Back Pain has been dismissed by peers, but acclaimed by countless readers including Howard Stern and Larry David. Taking a first-person approach to exploring the work of Dr. Sarno the film offers a radical rethink of how we approach healthcare.

Sat, Jun 10, 2017 7:16 PM
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 9:30 PM
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The inspiring story of two young men, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who, in an attempt to put their haunting Iraq combat experiences behind them, embark on an extraordinary journey ? a 2,700 mile trek on foot across America. Will this epic pilgrimage be enough to release them from their self-destructive impulses and give them the chance to begin life anew.

Sat, Jun 3, 2017 5:00 PM
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 2:30 PM
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Bad Art Gallery/Non-Fiction Vanguard Award Reception

A whole new collection of dumpster-dived art awaits at the June edition of the MISSION B.A.G. (Bad Art Gallery). Hilarious catalog notes, paintings curated from only the finest flea markets, thrift stores and back alleys. 


This edition of BAG also serves as a reception in honor of this year’s SF DocFest Non-Fiction Vanguard Award recipient Jamie Meltzer. Please join us for complimentary beverages, groovy music and bad art! A 21up event.

Sat, Jun 3, 2017 8:00 PM
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Angolan Swag or as they call it, Banga, is beyond just looking conventionally cool. Take a voyage that spans from Angola to the US and Europe in a journey to discover undeniable presence of African influence and a growing number of African trendsetters that have taken the fashion world by storm.

Sat, Jun 10, 2017 5:00 PM
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 7:15 PM
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An experimental visual and musical journey that examines artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and the Vodun practitioners of Benin, Africa. The nature of the project changed when Genesis was serendipitously initiated into the ?Twin Fetish??a tradition within Vodun that honors twins and has some surprising parallels to Genesis? own artistic practice.

Sat, Jun 10, 2017 4:45 PM
Mon, Jun 12, 2017 9:30 PM
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Never before released footage of the filming of the cult classic Blue Velvet have been compiled into a gorgeous, woozy Super-8 time-capsule film-poem, which dispenses with traditional narration in favor of a hypnotic collage of unseen footage, archive photographs and audio recordings, set to a soundtrack by Tuxedomoon and Cult With No Name.
Sun, Jun 4, 2017 9:30 PM
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For the last 27 years, Miss Dixie has conducted a charm school that offers young women the skills required to guide them into “Ladyhood”. With the eccentric style and attitude of Les Blank films, Bogalusa Charm looks at the conventions that dignify life in a town confronted with many challenges including a legacy of racial conflict.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 5:00 PM
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Buried In The Mix' explores the lives, losses, and loves of a few of the bands and illustrious characters who contributed to the early San Francisco punk music scene, a scene distinguished by its boisterous energy and unbridled creativity. Through archival imagery by such notable photographers as Bobby Castro and Ruby Ray, archival video, studio recordings, and contemporary interview and performance footage, Buried In The Mix assembles a collage of stories that combine to tell a story of the whole punk movement. Featuring The Mutants, The Avengers and rare footage from the infamous Mabuhay.

Thu, Jun 15, 2017 7:16 PM
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A documentary portrait of artists, writers and collectors who remain loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard and others. A thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, as the film encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology.

Sat, Jun 10, 2017 5:01 PM
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 7:00 PM
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Chef Eduardo Garcia was shocked with 2400 volts of electricity in a freak incident deep in Montana?s backcountry. Near death, alone and miles from help, he got up and took his first step towards recovery and rehabilitation. A survivor story that is more than just surviving.

Wed, Jun 7, 2017 7:16 PM
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As a synonym for stupidity and as an object of derision, donkeys have toiled for human beings since the invention of work. But have we really just mirrored our own, worst sides in the stupid and noisy animals? This philosophical visual essay narrated by Willem Defoe makes an attempt to overcome man?s egocentric way of seeing the world and our fellow creatures.

Sun, Jun 4, 2017 5:01 PM
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In the spirit of American Movie meet 52-year-old R.G. Miller a tenacious Ultra-DIY filmmaker as he prepares for his latest epic. He's made action movies, horror films and westerns. He's not rich, has no crew or formal training and aside from his action figures, plays virtually every part in these handmade blockbusters created in his tiny studio apartment in Kansas.

Tue, Jun 6, 2017 9:30 PM
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American war resisters and free-spirited Canadians land in Lund, Canada with the dream of forming a communal Utopia. Overeducated and ill equipped, this adventurous crew finds love, shares lovers and experiments with everything! Even if you have never peed in an outhouse or attended a home birth, you are going to want to see this film.

Sun, Jun 4, 2017 2:45 PM
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 9:30 PM
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Bizarre and lurid stories about Andy Dick are as familiar in Hollywood as urban myths involving Richard Gere and a gerbil and Walt Disney's cryogenically frozen body. Director Cathy Carlson looks at the man behind the rap sheet as she interviews 40 fellow comics and celebrities, including, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Steve-O, and Dr. Drew.

Sat, Jun 3, 2017 9:30 PM
Mon, Jun 5, 2017 7:16 PM
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Have you ever felt as though your brain doesn't match your body? That everything you were told you should be--- you weren't? Follow the incredible and honest journey of a truly remarkable individual managing the beginnings of gender re-assignment. Finding Kim is a glimpse of the authentic soul and self-discovery.

Wed, Jun 7, 2017 9:30 PM
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A boom and bust tale about the rise of the edible insect industry in the United States as a response to decades of poor agricultural practices. From the front lines of climate-affected communities to commercial cricket farms in the Rust Belt and bug eating festivals, the film ignites social change through education and empowerment.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 9:15 PM
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 9:31 PM
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Gip is the story of Henry 'Gip' Gipson, a gravedigger by day and a hard drinking bluesman by night. In 1952 he started 'Gip's Place' - a ramshackle, thrown-together juke joint in his backyard in Bessemer, Alabama. Today, there are only a small handful of the original juke joints left and in fact, some argue that there are only four. But then Gip's Place, the last one in Alabama, was raided and closed.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 9:30 PM
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While hate groups rise in numbers and rally against the oppressed, a small crew of film bandits set out across America to learn how ignorance shapes equality.
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 9:15 PM
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Hotel Coolgardie is out on the highway between Australia’s most isolated city and it's largest gold pit, where the arrival every three months of a new pair of foreign female backpackers to work the only bar in town is keenly anticipated by the town’s hot-blooded males.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 5:00 PM
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Publishing a cryptic poem with clues, an eccentric art dealer hides a cache worth millions somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and offers the treasure up to anyone who can find it. Executive produced by Errol Morris and with music by Calexico the film tells the story of the thousands who have turned out to search for it.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 7:00 PM
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 9:30 PM
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Proclaimed the world’s first female tiger trainer, Mabel Stark was a superstar in the steel arena. During the ‘20s and ‘30s there was no bigger name on the circus marquee. Stark thrilled audiences with her act “taming” 18 Sumatran tigers (the meanest) and surviving countless life-threatening mauling’s to tell her story.
Fri, Jun 2, 2017 9:30 PM
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Twenty-five years after Miguel died of AIDS, his niece tracks down his estranged lover and cracks open a Pandora's box of unresolved family drama.

Sun, Jun 4, 2017 2:46 PM
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 9:15 PM
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Motxila 21 are a unique rock band full of strength, passion and enthusiasm? but oh!?there is something peculiar about them ? half of the band?s members have Down syndrome. The documentary is a road movie.about diversity, about respect, friendship, creativity, it?s about rock, about music, but above all it?s about people.

Fri, Jun 9, 2017 9:30 PM
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This guerilla-style documentary follows the candidates of the mayor's race in Richmond, California home to a large Chevron refinery. With bigger-than-life small-town characters the film reveals the reality of what?s at a stake when a huge corporation spends however much it wants to influence local politics and the unusual turn of events that can occur.

Sat, Jun 10, 2017 2:46 PM
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 9:30 PM
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Off the Charts: The Song Poem Story is a fascinating and often hilarious documentary that exposes the strange underworld of the song-poem industry. In this little known subculture, "ordinary people" respond to come-on ads on the back pages of magazines ("Send in Your Lyrics and Make $50,000 in royalties!?), mailing in their heartfelt but often bizarre poems to "music industry" companies that, for a fee, turn those poems into real recordings. Through encounters with several song-poem writers, the jaded producers and musicians who set their words to music, and a few of the growing number of zealous song-poem connoisseurs, Off the Charts explores a truly unique, never-before-seen slice of Gothic Americana. Shocking, funny, and heart-wrenching all at once, Off the Charts is a fascinating look at one of the strangest subcultures in our American landscape.

Retrospective screening honoring this year's SF DocFest NonFiction Vang

Sun, Jun 4, 2017 12:30 PM
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When a song he writes angers a dangerous drug cartel, Manuel is forced to flee his home in Honduras to go to the United States. From a radio cabin in North Carolina, Manuel recounts his narrow escape from death and describes the challenges of assimilating into a new world as an undocumented immigrant

Fri, Jun 2, 2017 7:15 PM
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On a Knife Edge is a father-son story about Guy and George Dull Knife that unfolds over the course of George?s coming-of-age journey. Under his father?s guidance, George becomes an activist and organizer, and begins identifying with the role of traditional Lakota warrior, which he views as his family legacy.

Sat, Jun 10, 2017 9:30 PM
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Hold on to your ticket stub to get into the after party at DNA Lounge or just come for the party! On Opening night we'll have a Gilman-style live music showcase featuring The Pathogens, The Love Songs, Kamala and the Karnivores and Hammerbombs! Tickets to the party at DNA Lounge are $10 in advance, $12 at the door or $10 at the door with any Gilman membership card. All Ages show. Special guests from TURN IT AROUND expected to be in attendance!

Wed, May 31, 2017 9:00 PM
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Following international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. This powerful film takes us to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq – as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 9:15 PM
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 12:30 PM
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Told solely through archival footage, and set against the backdrop of the Cold War, The Reagan Show captures the pageantry, absurdity and charisma of a prolific actor?s defining role: Leader of the Free World. It uses the Reagan administration's internal documentation to capture the spectacle of American might at its acme.
Sun, Jun 4, 2017 9:30 PM
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8 year-old EVLIN characterizes the resilience of Kobane's resistance against ISIS forces. She escaped in 2014 with her family from their village in Kobane, Syria to an overcrowded refugee camp on the edge of the Turkish-Syrian border, so close that you can still hear the explosions. This is her story.

Sun, Jun 11, 2017 9:31 PM
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Russian drivers depend on dashboard cameras to provide video proof when filing insurance claims and police reports. Composed entirely of dash-cam videos pulled from YouTube, this road trip takes us on a raucous, expletive-laden and very occasionally hopeful tour of the Russian countryside. Out of this wreckage, director Dmitrii Kalashnikov deftly crafts a nightmare of epic proportions, full of eye-popping sights and morbid beauty, such as an endless burning forest, a runaway wedding guest, and countless rounds of car crashes. Masterful editing and a keen sense of poetic justice add up to a dire warning of the future. Just try not to laugh as we all go down in flames.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 7:15 PM
Wed, Jun 7, 2017 9:31 PM
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Rooted in Peace challenges viewers to examine their values. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award- winning filmmaker Greg Reitman takes us on a film journey to take notice, stop the cycle of violence, and proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace.

Fri, Jun 2, 2017 7:15 PM
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The extinction of the Aral Sea is a disastrous human-caused catastrophes. Rusty skeletons of ships and deserts of salt fall below the horizon. Sea Tomorrow takes us backstage of this post-apocalyptic landscape and there, among the haunted marshes, we find people. The sea is gone but the people are left.

Sun, Jun 11, 2017 2:45 PM
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When a spiritual luminary dies, how do his adherents continue? With intimate access to two of Transcendental Meditation’s new leaders – iconic filmmaker David Lynch and dedicated disciple Bobby Roth – Shadows of Paradise documents the movement’s metamorphosis following the passing of its founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 2:45 PM
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VICE Documentary Films presents this cinéma vérité portrait from filmmaking brothers Brent and Craig Renaud. Shelter tells the raw and emotional stories of the homeless kids who seek shelter at the Covenant House on the outskirts of New Orleans’ French Quarter, many of whom have already been labeled as drug addicts, schizophrenics, criminals and outcasts.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 2:45 PM
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Shorts 1: WTF Literally!

From an Aussie bigfoot to high altitude farts an actual wizard and Bruce Lee in Afghanistan it just keeps getting weirder.

Sat, Jun 3, 2017 12:30 PM
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Shorts 2: Bay Area Voices

Bay Area filmmakers, activists, artists, athletes and volunteers remind us why we love the Bay Area and the people it produces so much.
Sun, Jun 4, 2017 12:31 PM
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Shorts 3: ART and LIFE

Art brings so much to our lives and has never been under such a huge threat so lets listen while we can to the artists.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 12:30 PM
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From the outer reaches of the artic to outer space these films will take you places you never though you would visit or just wished you could.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 12:31 PM
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Shorts 5: REFUGEES

Refugees from all aspects of their journeys tell us their stories from their own perspectives something we rarely encounter in todays media.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 12:15 PM
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A full plate of the tastiest student short film gems from the university's MFA doc program, from the savory to sweet and fun.

Thu, Jun 8, 2017 7:15 PM
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San Francisco's own Stephen Parr is a video jockey par excellence, a clip master who honed his skills long before YouTube with actual motion pictures. Sonic Oddities is a two-hour trek through the auditory oddities of film history and features offbeat archival, historical and experimental short films, from his own collection of more than 50,000 films.

With a live musical score and mix by bran(...)pos

Tue, Jun 13, 2017 7:16 PM
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Once upon a time there was a tiny town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues - they turned their lives into a play. Every summer for the past 50 years, their piazza becomes their stage and villagers play a part - the role of themselves. A lovely and elegiac documentary from the filmmakers of Marwencol.

Sun, Jun 4, 2017 7:15 PM
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In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the Black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. With the promise of education, safety and shelter in jeopardy, Deris commits to finish school, Luke works to rehab an abandoned home and Jack Rabbit takes a stand against crime and violence. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, Street Fighting Men is a modern American narrative; a story of hard work, faith and manhood in a community left to fend for itself.

Sun, Jun 4, 2017 5:00 PM
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The ancient game of Go is the most complex and elegant game ever discovered. Though the rules are simple enough to teach a child, the complexity that emerges has inspired millennia of study. The Surrounding Game follows the lives of three young Americans vying to become the first-ever Western professional players.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 12:31 PM
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A film about how sports transcends disability and a reminder to never give up on your kids. From the opening day of swim season to the ceremonies of the Special Olympics, Swim Team explores the struggles and extraordinary triumphs of three young athletes with autism and shows how a swim team can bring hope to a community.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 7:00 PM
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 A rip-roaring account of a life spent conquering untamable walls of water and the legendary career of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. His story begins in 1960s Hawaii where he sought solace from an abusive home and funneled his energy into big wave surfing, awakening a natural talent. Hamilton proved to be a true innovator, pushing conventions to the extreme and reinventing surfing throughout his career. This distinguished him from the surfing legends of the time who wanted to maintain the purity of the sport. Mixing evocative, unseen archival footage with intimate access into Laird?s current adventures, distinguished filmmaker Rory Kennedy celebrates Hamilton?s lifelong desire to charge new frontiers and his intense commitment to conquering the next wave at all costs.

Thu, Jun 1, 2017 7:00 PM
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A seriously funny and surprisingly moving look at the role comedy has played in exposing the pressures on women in contemporary society to be attractive, and our deeply ambivalent attitude toward aesthetic surgery. All told from the point of view of women comics who have spoken honestly about their surgical makeovers.

Fri, Jun 9, 2017 9:31 PM
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Dr Frank Ochberg is a psychiatrist and trauma specialist. He specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder. Cuban artist Tania Bruguera consults him after serving an eight months prison sentence. A dissident, she was accused of treason for a performance she was developing that was critical of the government. During her conversations with her therapist she analyses the revolutionary potential of art and how the short-term, spontaneous and transitory nature of performance art represents a means to criticise the Cuban government. Hershman Leeson's work often addresses the relationship between identity construction and technology, as well as questions of surveillance, civil rights, and censorship.

Fri, Jun 9, 2017 7:00 PM
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Girl bands and pop music permeate Japanese life. Tokyo Idols gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity.

Sun, Jun 4, 2017 7:16 PM
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There's a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by a group of exonerated men who have all spent decades in prison. They are looking to free innocent people still behind bars.

Sat, Jun 3, 2017 7:16 PM
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Stage dive into 30 years of history exploring Northern California's role in the evolution of punk rock. SF punk pioneers helped take the punk underground global, but as the once vibrant scene became wrought with violence and racism, punks over the bridge in the East Bay responded by creating a fun, inclusive style that carried on the region's tradition of radical thought. Banding together around Berkeley's all volunteer 924 Gilman Club, this diverse collective of misfits created a DIY, no-spectators petri dish for art & music that changed the world at large.

Wed, May 31, 2017 7:00 PM
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The disabled population of Tanzania have historically been ostracized, refused the right to an education, hidden by family, overlooked by government care, threatened with physical harm and this film provides them with a platform and with it they can do what they choose – reveal, explain, beg, complain, or correct.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 4:45 PM
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