SDFF 2020 Streamed Due to Pandemic

Full List of Original Live Festival Selections

Because of the global pandemic, which led to local lockdowns, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF) 2020 was digitally streamed as Documentaries Make House Calls (DMHC). Less than a week out from our live festival in 2020, Sonoma County was among those in the United States already beginning to see SARS-CoV-2 cases in what would become a worldwide pandemic. An international festival, with cases already proliferating, we decided to postpone the festival, hoping the virus would be kept under control within a number of weeks or months. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and we ended up moving to a digital format for the year. DMHC was the form that SDFF 2020 took online.

While we were grateful to have the opportunity to honor the films and filmmakers we had chosen, and excited to give their work a platform, the decision was excruciating. Streaming was an expense we hadn’t planned for, and instead of showing all 72 films we had selected, we could only stream 39. This page lists all 72 original films, their filmmakers, and links to either their trailers. The full, detailed 2020 film guide is available here, and includes film descriptions, photos, websites, social media and trailers wherever possible. We encourage you to check out this expanded list. There are many unbelievably good films that we just couldn’t bring you this year. We’ll be keeping up with this expanded list of filmmakers, and hope that you will too.  We’ll try to keep you updated on that front!

Preparations are already underway for SDFF 2021, which will be a hybrid event that we are getting so excited about! Stay tuned…

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SEBASTOPOL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
2020 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

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5 Blocks
Director: Dan Goldes 

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Advocate
Directors:
Philippe Bellaiche &
Rachel Leah Jones

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African Drivers: Lion Lights Story
Director: Hector Salgado

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After The Fire
Directors:
Spencer Seibert &
Derek Knowles

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All Inclusive
Director:
Corina Schwingruber Ilić

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All That Remains
Director: Eva Rendle 

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Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066
Director: Jon Osaki

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At The Video Store
Director: James Westby

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Bellingcat:
Truth In A
Post-Truth World

Director: Hans Pool 

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The Bit Player
Director: Mark Levinson 

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The Booksellers
Director: D.W. Young 

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Born In Gambia
Director:
Natxo Leuza Fernandez 

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Butterfly
Directors:
Casey Kauffman &
Alessandro Cassigoli

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Chalk Of Champions
Director: Jackie Omanoff

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Dear Homeland
Director:
Claudia Escobar

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The Desert
Director: Bo Kovitz 

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Dick Ogg: Fisherman
Director:
Cynthia Abbott 

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Dusty Groove:
The Sound Of Transition

Director:
Danielle Beverly 

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Esperança
Directors:
Benjamin Serero,
Jeanne Paturle &
Cécile Rousset 

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Eye Of The Pangolin
Director: Bruce Young 

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Finding Home in Boomtown
Director:
Matt Maxwell 

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For Sama
Directors:
Waad al-Kateab &
Edward Watts

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Gay Chorus Deep South
Director:
David Charles Rodrigues 

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The Great Toilet Paper Scare
Director: Brian Gersten 

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Green Screen Gringo
Director:
Douwe Dijkstra 

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Hebo
Director: Kevin Wells 

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Ignis
Director:
Ashleigh McArthur 

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Impermanence
Director: Elliot Spencer

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Irse
Directors:
Jean-Philippe Dobrin &
Marian Carrasquero

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Insulaire (Islander)
Director: Stéphane Goël

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Kamali
Director: Sasha Rainbow

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Knocking Down The Fences
Director: Meg Shutzer

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L’eau Est La Vie: From Standing Rock To The Swamp
Director: Sam Vinal 

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The Last Harvest
Director: Alexis Spradic 

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Little Gandhis
Director: Libby Spears

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Living Music
Director: Libby Spears

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Long Yearning
Director: Elliot Spencer

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Madame
Director:
Stéphane Riethauser 

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Maikaru
Director:
Amanda Harryman 

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Midnight Family
Director:
Luke Lorentzen 

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Moment to Moment
Director: Michael Attie

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Motorcycle Man
Director:
Daniel Lovering 

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Neighbours
Director:
Trond Kvig Andreassen

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Night Cleaners
Director:
Hanna Nordenswan

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No Box for Me
Director:
Floriane Devigne

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On the Top Tyrryry
Director:
Renata Kijowska 

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Our Time Machine
Directors:
S. Leo Chiang & Yang Sun 

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Personhood
Director: Jo Ardinger 

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A Pilgrimage
Director:
Sara Alexander 

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The Poster Boys
Directors:
Joshua Lamme Hilliard
& Bob Simmons 

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Queen Of The Beach
Director:
Christopher McDonell

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Quiet Hours
Director: Paul Szynol 

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RE:MEMBER
Director: Katie Teague 

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Rewilding Honeybees
Director:
Cameron Nielsen

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The River
And The Wall

Directors:
Ben Masters &
Hillary Pierce 

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Sharkwater Extinction
Director: Rob Stewart 

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Siudy Entre Mundos: 50 performances of the American Dream
Director: Pablo Croce 

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Soyalism
Directors:
Stefano Liberti &
Enrico Parenti 

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The Starfish
Director: Tyler Gildin 

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Still Plays With Trains
Director:
Ross Kauffman 

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Strange Tenants: Ska’d for Life
Director:
Fiona Cochrane 

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Subject To Change
Director:
Wiktoria Ojrzyńska

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That’s My Jazz
Director:
Ben Proudfoot 

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The Vow From Hiroshima
Director:
Susan Strickler 

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The Whale
Director:
Iza Pająk 

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When Tomatoes Met Wagner
Director:
Marianna Economou 

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Where We Belong
Director:
Jacqueline Zünd 

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The Wild
Director: Mark Titus

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The Wind. A Documentary Thriller
Director:
Michal Bielawski 

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Workhorse
Director: Cliff Caines 

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The Worlds Of Bernice Bing
Director:
Madeleine Lim

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Yarrow: The Virtues Of Monochrome
Directors:
Dom West &
Abraham Joffe