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Four character-driven documentaries to keep you company while you escape the summer sizzle… 

A traveler, a baseball player, a motorcyclist and a mystery… Not only do these films focus on compelling personalities, they also give their audiences an opportunity to see from a novel perspective. In various ways, each  of these films is about sight, and the profound roles that context and experience play in determining not only what a person sees, but how they see.  

“Tickets” for this streaming shorts program (Sept. 11-20) are $12. We are now offering DMHC Pass, which grants access to this week’s program and all future 2020 DMHC programs at the discounted rate of $10 per program. It also includes a bit of rare SDFF 2020 Swag!

We encourage donations beyond your ticket cost. Consider matching what you might have spent on that medium popcorn plus Milk Duds or Raisinets. Online delivery of films is not free for us.

More extraordinary feature length and short films from SDFF 2020 are coming directly to you online through Docs Make House Calls. Check in to to keep up with special interest stories, news and the opportunity to view more movies that matter.

Green Screen Gringo

Filmmaker: Douwe Dijkstra, 2016, Netherlands, 16 mins

Language: English, Portuguese  Subtitles: No

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Behind a green screen, a foreigner finds his way in an enchanting – and yet turbulent – Brazil. Where the streets are a stage for politics, art and affection, a gringo can only watch. The result is a mixtape-portrait on modern day Brazil seen through the eyes of the visitor.


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A documentary about AJ Andrews, the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, and her struggle to make it as one of the best professional softball players in the world.

Knocking Down The Fences

Filmmaker: Meg Shutzer, 2019, U.S., 12 mins

Language: English, Subtitles: No

Social Media: @knockingdownthefences, Film Website — Click Picture to See Trailer

“When I first heard about AJ and saw some of her flying catches, I could not believe that I had never heard of her.  AJ Andrews should be a household name. But I didn’t know about her because the mainstream media wasn’t covering her story. So I made this film not only to tell people about AJ and to celebrate her achievements but also to unpack the racism and sexism in sports and the media that have kept us from knowing her.” 

 -Knocking Down The Fences filmmaker Meg Shutzer

Knocking Down the Fences tells the story of a superstar athlete you might not have heard of– and why the sports industry hasn’t put her on your radar. AJ Andrews is the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, an award that has been given to the best fielders in Major League Baseball for decades. Her skills are outstanding, but winning the award did not change the fact that Andrews earns less than $15k a year as a professional softball player. And though Andrews is hopeful, she still has to fight against an industry that is more willing to pay female athletes to model than to play their sport.

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“I first learned about Dave Roper from my father, who raced motorcycles in the ’60s and ’70s. He had sold Roper a bike and spoke admiringly of him. Years later, after becoming a journalist and filmmaker, I learned that Roper had become a kind of folk hero of the motorcycling world, partly because of his longevity in the sport, but also because of his philosophical approach to racing and life. So I set out to make a film that would capture his essence as both human being and racer. I tried to make a film that would resonate with general audiences, regardless of their interest in motorcycles or racing, because I think Roper’s story contains universal human themes. I also wanted to explore the unlikely connections between motorcycle racing and art, and the rewards of living an unconventional life.” 

-Motorcycle Man filmmaker Dan Lovering

Motorcycle Man

Filmmaker: Daniel Lovering, 2019, U.S., 32 mins

Language: English Subtitles: No

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Motorcycle Man portrays the quiet commitment of a man who has pursued motorcycle racing for his entire life. Dave Roper has raced every year since 1972, winning hundreds of races around the world and becoming the first American to triumph at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race. The film is a study of Roper’s lifelong passion and devotion to this sport. Lots of exciting racing footage.

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“The film originated with a fascination for funerals where no one attended. There’s something so empty about a life ending and no one even noticing or caring. These cases are more usual than I think we are all comfortable with. I started attending some of these funerals, trying to find the life behind the death, and I came across the case of Reidun. She had been dead in her apartment for a month before some neighbours reacted. I started talking to everyone I could: her neighbours, her dentist, the police officer who discovered her — even the shop owner where she got her groceries. Collecting these stories, a new image of Reidun emerged, and gave us the challenge of portraying someone totally anonymous, who we’d never meet or know.”

-Neighbours filmmaker Trond Kvid Andreassen


Filmmaker: Trond Kvig Andreasson, 2018, Norway, 38 mins

Language: Norwegian   Subtitles: Yes

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How do we remember someone nobody knew?

A woman is found dead in her apartment in the middle of Oslo. She’s been dead for more than a month. No next of kin, friends, or family. How do you remember someone no one knew? The film explores how an anonymous life still leaves an imprint, even if it’s led without much contact with other people in the middle of a city. How do her neighbours remember her? As the story unfolds, the film explores how an anonymous life leaves an imprint with little mysteries that may never be fully explained.

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