Documentaries Make House Calls (DMHC) was the streaming version of Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2020. 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. So, while this page only lists the DMHC titles, the full 2020 film guide with all 72 original titles is available here, along with film descriptions, photos 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.
The films listed on the page below all streamed as a part of DMHC 2020. We hope you’ll keep an eye out for them as they make their way to various streaming platforms, and we’ll try to keep you updated on that front. And, while the digital fest didn’t afford us the opportunity to show all of our 2020 selections, or to hold an in-person festival that is a warm, welcoming congregation of filmmakers, cinephiles, and wonderfully curious community members, it did propel us to record a number of interviews with DMHC filmmakers, which can be found here.
Preparations are already underway for SDFF 2021, which will be a hybrid event that we are getting so excited about! Stay tuned…