We’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to give away to the following six shows, playing next weekend at Docfest.
HOW TO WIN: Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Wednesday/6 with “Docfest” in the subject line, and your full name and choice of film in the body. We’ll email winners by midnight on Wednesday.
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June 9, 12:15pm Unfractured, New People Cinema
For the past 35 years, biologist Sandra Steingraber has tried to protect people’s health by safeguarding the environment. Branded a ‘toxic avenger’ by Rolling Stone, Steingraber emerges as a leader of one of the biggest grassroots movement in decades. Shot over the last year of the historic fight against fracking in New York state, Unfractured offers a raw, intimate look at the commitment of this steadfast advocate, and the sacrifices made for the struggle. More info here.
June 9, 9:15pm Mole Man, New People Cinema
For nearly his entire life, Ron, a 66-year-old autistic man under the care of his parents, has been building an extraordinary 50-room maze-like structure in his backyard. With his nonagenarian mother in increasingly fragile condition, the fate of Ron’s world becomes uncertain. As his friends and family try to determine what’s best for him, Ron believes an abandoned treasure in the neighboring woods might be the key to saving the only home he has ever known. More info here.
June 9, 9:30pm AHOY! The Yacht Rock Sing A Long Show, Roxie Cinema
Remember a simpler time in music history, back when the dulcet tones of Seals and Crofts engulfed the airwaves and Michael McDonald was the backing vocalist on every hot new single? If not, we’re commandeering the good ship Roxie to help you recall the songs you never realized you knew. Join your host Lulu Cachoo as she transports you on a voyage through the salty, sultry sounds of the smoothest soft rock from the late ’70s and early ’80s (with lyrics off the starboard bow to help you sing along). And don’t forget to don a captain’s hat atop your feathered hair to participate in the costume contest for special prizes! More info here.
June 10, 12:15pm Silicone Soul, New People Cinema
Love comes in many forms, and in former SF DocFest Vanguard Award recipient Melody Gilbert’s Silicone Soul, the need for companionship and understanding is shown in the bond between humans and their synthetic companions. Tenderly captured by Gilbert, the bonds shown in the film are diverse and layered: from romantic relationships, to friendships, to a recreation of the love between mother and child. Silicone Soul does not allow for its subjects to be easily labeled or judged. Instead, the film is a collection of resoundingly human stories that reflect universal themes—the desire for love, compassion and communication. What does this all mean for the future of human relationships? Ultimately, this is an observation about love, loneliness, secrets and, perhaps, acceptance. Who are we to judge who…or what…people choose to love? More info here.
June 10, 5pm A Shot in the Dark, Roxie Cinema
Despite a lifetime of adversity, a blind high school wrestler attempts to win a State Championship before the end of his senior year. As he entered junior high, Anthony decided to try his luck at wrestling. After a dismal first season, he begged his father to enroll him in a local wrestling club. His father obliged and found a gym, led by a former New Jersey state place winner, who was willing to take on the task of teaching a blind kid to wrestle. The following year, despite the obvious disadvantage his condition left him when wrestling against his non-impaired peers, Anthony went 24-1 and won the tri-county championship. More info here.
June 10, 930p Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story, Roxie Cinema
Getting Naked tells the story of current-day burlesque in New York City through the on and off-stage lives of several performers including Hazel Honeysuckle who says “When I do burlesque I can be sexy, I can be stupid, I can be gorgeous, or ugly, or funny. I can do anything I want when I get out on stage, and that’s pretty magical.” More info here.