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2020 FILM GUIDE: Shorts + Conversations 1


Keep Your Eyes Peeled…

Docs Make House Calls Program 2 Coming Soon!

Documentaries Make House Calls:
Shorts + Conversations 1

May 7 – May 17 — Total Running Time: 77 Minutes

Sebastopol Center for the Arts proudly announces Documentaries Make House Calls: Shorts from Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2020 Online, May 7-17, 2020. Four of the films in the lineup are from SDFF 2020; one is from SDFF 2017, one from SDFF 2019.

All of these stories are in keeping with current circumstances — close to home. While the air we share has become a carrier of danger we stay put to diffuse and defeat the threat. Smog, frantic schedules and routine are lifted. While desperation exists, it’s also a time of introspection and reassessment. Our values and connections rise to the fore: family, charity, recognition and stewardship of that which nourishes and sustains.

This collection of films is presented as a touchstone in troubled times. The filmmakers’ voices support and expand our appreciation for one another. For many of us they will resonate far into the future.

The ticket for Short Films from SDFF 2020 = $10. Your ticket entitles you to view several times over the 10-day period. Access expires 5/17/20.

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.

We look forward to bringing more extraordinary films We are planning more online screenings of features and short films from SDFF 2020 into your homes. Keep checking SDFF 2020 on the web for more movies that matter.

“If you’ve ever thought ‘Someone should do something about that litter problem’, remember, you’re someone.”

Keeper of the Creek

Filmmaker: Dan Goldes

US, 2018, 5 mins

Official Selection: EkoFilm Poland Nowogard, Golden State Film Festival Los Angeles, Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival Kuala Lumpur  Culture Award

“Keeper of the Creek” is director Dan Goldes’s film about his brother, Joel, who has adopted a forgotten creek and watershed near his home. Without fanfare, he has diligently worked for 10 years on cleaning the creek, understanding that “we all live downstream” and that the health of the waterway impacts the health of the surrounding neighborhood. In an era of cynicism and divisiveness, Joel quietly shows that one person can make a difference. This isn’t director Bob Goldes’s first time at SDFF or his only film selected as part of SDFF 2020. His feature, “5 Blocks,” about gentrification on Market Street in San Francisco was also an official selection for SDFF 2020’s original festival and is well worth looking up!

Farmworkers find themselves in an increasingly precarious position a year after wildfires ravaged the Northern California vineyards in which they worked. The current pandemic has again magnified the a heightened state of insecurity and inequality, and risks to life and limb these workers experience on a daily basis

All That Remains

Filmmaker: Eva Rendle

US, 2019, 20 mins

Winner-Student Academy Awards; Official Selection-
Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2020, Mill Valley Film Festival 2019, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2020

A year after wildfires ravaged Northern California’s Wine Country, its vulnerable population of farmworkers, many of them undocumented, find themselves in a heightened state of insecurity and inequality. All That Remains follows the second responders and vineyard workers who are still dealing with the aftermath of the fires, long after the media has turned away. Immigration, labor, and housing issues that have been building in Napa and Sonoma for decades, only to be brought to the surface by one of the deadliest natural disasters in California history.


Short is complemented by exclusive interview between filmmaker Eva Rendle and SDFF programmer Jeffrey Zankel.

A filmmaker explores memory and the way that we use technology to record our lives; sometimes at the expense of being present for them. Filmmaker Martha Gregory utilizes her grandfather’s 16mm home videos as her medium. This journey into family archives employs a very personal story to examine how memory is captured as a moment in time, and breathes new life into what was once thought lost forever.

Three Red Sweaters,

Filmmaker: Martha Gregory

US, 2017, 8 mins

Awards: SDFF 2018 Critic’s Choice; Aspen Shortfest 2017 Best Doc; Middlebury New Filmmakers Fest 2017 Jacob Burn Film Center Creative Culture Award

Photographer Sally Mann once wrote: “Before the invention of photography, significant moments in the flow of time of our lives would be like rocks placed in a stream; impediments that demonstrated but didn’t diminish the volume of the flow and around which accrued the debris of memory, rich in sight, smell, taste and sound.” Do photographs and film help us remember the past or remove us from it? As visual media becomes ever more ubiquitous, do we need our memories? Are our smart phones a barrier between us and experience?

This film evolved over many months of research and interviews and then took on a new form when filmmaker Martha Gregory gained access to hours of archival footage shot by her grandfather in the 50s, 60s and 70s. With a wealth of incredible images she had a new angle from which to explore her initial question; how are our memories changing now that we have the ability to document every moment of our lives? The film’s course was then altered again when she realized her Grandfather would not live to see the project completed; a project to which he had been invaluable.

Dick Ogg: Fisherman tells the compelling story of the challenges facing the California Dungeness Crab fishing industry and one man’s passion to keep the fisheries alive and thriving.

Dick Ogg: Fisherman

Director: Cynthia Abbott

Director: Prod. Andrea Leland

US, 2019, 9 mins 2020 Awards: International Ocean Film Festival Best Short, Big Sky International Film Festival Official Selection

Living and fishing in the Bodega Bay area for 55 years, Dick is forced to confront the realities of a warming ocean, the creation of a Marine Projected Area in the local fishing grounds, and derelict crab pots. Dick wants to see organic sustainable fishing practices but daunting challenges are causing local fishermen to leave the profession. Here Dick faces these challenges with solutions and actions to keep the local fisheries alive.


Short is complemented by exclusive interview between filmmakers Cynthia Abbott & Andrea Leland and SDFF programmer Jeffrey Zankel.


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Join Sonoma County artist Genevieve Barnhart on her 97 year pilgrimage through life and art.

A Pilgrimage

Director & Producer: Sara Alexander

Director of Photography & Editor: Brian Antonson

US, 2017, 10 mins

When Genevieve Barnhart, now 97, was invited to assemble a retrospective of her sculptures and photographs, her first thought was, “Why would I want to do that?” Her second was, “Maybe I can inspire ‘little women’ to do big things.” This is a cinematic adaptation of her astounding, auto-biographical one- woman show, tracking this iconic local artist’s life and her work’s global reach.

Honeybees have been domesticated over hundreds of years, however now with colony collapse disorder, rewilding them might be the solution to saving them.

Rewilding Honeybees, Filmmaker: Cameron Neilson 

United States, 2020, 11 mins

Rewilding practices are a radical shift in beekeeping towards the preservation and protection of the honeybees. This film showcases the work of Michael Thiele, and his vision of symbiotic narratives and an apiculture paradigm which integrates natural bee life cycles as guiding principles. You see the creation of log hives, which Michael puts high up in trees to mirror the natural nest preferences of honeybees, using the research of scientist Thomas Seeley. Throughout the film Michael inquiries into the current conceptions of humans relationship to nature and redesigns the ways in which we live with bees.