Presenting Docs Make House Calls, SDFF 2020 Streaming Festival

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…

Docs Make House Calls – Full Selections

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Program 1:

Opening Night – Our Time Machine + Filmmaker Interview

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

Program 2:
SDFF 2020 Jury Winners

Midnight Family
Night Cleaners
The Whale
+ Filmmaker Acceptance Messages

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Midnight Family
Director:
Luke Lorentzen 

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Night Cleaners
Director:
Hanna Nordenswan

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The Whale
Director:
Iza Pająk 

Program 3:
Music Docs

The Poster Boys
Strange Tenants: Ska’d for Life
That’s My Jazza

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The Poster Boys
Directors:
Joshua Lamme Hilliard
& Bob Simmons 

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

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That’s My Jazz
Director:
Ben Proudfoot 

Program 4:
Environmental Activism

Eye of the Pangolin
The Wild
L’eau est la Vie
+ Interview w/ filmmaker Mark Titus

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Eye Of The Pangolin
Director: Bruce Young 

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The Wild
Director: Mark Titus

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

Program 5:
Indelible Artists – 5 Short Films Program (108 min)

Streaming August 14 – 23

$80 Pass ($10/program for 8 programs)

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Kamali
Director: Sasha Rainbow

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Quiet Hours
Director: Paul Szynol 

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Hebo
Director: Kevin Wells 

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Long Yearning
Director: Elliot Spencer

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The Worlds Of Bernice Bing
Director:
Madeleine Lim

Program 6:
Alternative Facts + Filmmaker Conversation
with 5 Blocks

Streaming August 28 – Sept. 6

$70 Pass ($10/program for 7 programs)
Pass sales start Monday August 24

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

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5 Blocks
Director: Dan Goldes 

Program 7 : Shorts

Streaming Sept. 11 – Sept. 20

$60 Pass ($10/program for 6 programs)
Pass sales start Monday August 7

Green Screen Gringo
Knocking Down The Fences
Motorcycle Man
Neighbors

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Green Screen Gringo
Director:
Douwe Dijkstra 

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Knocking Down The Fences
Director: Meg Shutzer

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Motorcycle Man
Director:
Daniel Lovering 

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Neighbours
Director:
Trond Kvig Andreassen

Program 8:
Siudy Entre Mundos + Gay Chorus Deep South

Streaming Sept. 25 – Oct. 4

$50 Pass ($10/program for 5 programs)
Pass sales start Monday Sept. 21

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

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Gay Chorus Deep South 
Director:
David Charles Rodrigues 

Program 9:
Who Are You?*  Where We Belong + Dear Homeland

Streaming Oct. 9 – 18

$40 Pass ($10/program for 4 programs)
Pass sales start Monday Oct. 5

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Where We Belong
Director:
Jacqueline Zünd 

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Dear Homeland
Director:
Claudia Escobar

Program 10:
Who Are You?*  The Wind + All That Remains

Streaming Oct. 23 -Nov. 1

$30 Pass ($10/program for 3 programs)
Pass sales start Monday Oct. 19

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The Wind. A Documentary Thriller
Director:
Michal Bielawski 

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All That Remains
Director: Eva Rendle 

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The Desert
Director: Bo Kovitz 

Program 11:
Who Are You?*
Shorts

Nov. 6-15

A Pilgrimage
Dick Ogg: Fisherman
Kamali
Knocking Down Fences
After the Fire
Maikaru

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A Pilgrimage
Director:
Sara Alexander 

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Dick Ogg: Fisherman
Director:
Cynthia Abbott 

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Kamali
Director: Sasha Rainbow

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Knocking Down The Fences
Director: Meg Shutzer

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Maikaru
Director:
Amanda Harryman 

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After The Fire
Directors:
Spencer Seibert &
Derek Knowles

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Moment to Moment
Director:
Michael Attie

Program 12:
Who Are You?*  Queen of the Beach

Streaming Nov. 20 -Nov. 29

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Queen Of The Beach
Director:
Christopher McDonell

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Butterfly
Directors:
Casey Kaufman and Alessandro Cassigoli

*The final 4 streaming programs of Docs Make House Calls 2020 correlate with a Sebastopol Center for the Arts Exhibition “Who Are You?”