Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

A co-presentation of Rialto Cinemas
& Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Festival Pass $65 – 10 admissions  
General Admission $10

Ay Mariposa
Fri, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. • Sun, Sept. 15 at 12 p.m. 
Mon, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. • Wed, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.

Backyard Wilderness 3D
Sat, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m. • Tues, Sept. 17 at noon 
Thurs, Sept. 19 at noon

Into The Canyon
Fri, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. • Sun, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. 
Mon, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. • Weds, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

Sat, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. • Sun, Sept. 15 at 1:20 p.m.

Point of No Return

Fri, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. • Sun, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. w/ filmmaker Q&A!
Tues, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. • Thu, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m.

The River and the Wall 

Sat, Sept. 14 at 1:10 p.m. • Mon, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.  
Weds, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.

Rivers of a Lost Coast

Sun, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. • Tues, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. 
Thurs, Sept. 19 at 1:15 p.m. 
Co-sponsored by (50% ticket sales donated to co-sponsor CalTROUT)!

Sea of Shadows 

Sat, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. • Tues, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. 
Thu, Sep 19 5 p.m.

The Weight of Water

Fri, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. • Mon, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. 
Weds, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m.

Wonders of the Sea

Sat, Sept. 14 at 3:15 p.m. • Tue, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. 
Thu, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. 3D Screening

To Purchase Festival Passes, Please Visit the Rialto Box Office!

Purchase general admission tickets Here.

Visit the Rialto’s Air Land Sea page Here.

Get a PDF of Air Land Sea films, including full descriptions Here.

SDFF 2019 Alumni Collaborate on

New Project Crip Camp

Filmmaker Lauren Schwartzman, whose short Dust Rising was not only featured in SDFF 2018, but is also a Best of the Fest selection, is collaborating with long-time SDFF Alum Jim LeBrecht on the upcoming documentary Crip Camp.

A 35-year veteran of the film industry, who has made over 145 films, Le Brecht has honored SDFF with his presence several times in the festival’s history, most recently running a filmmaker discussion panel, “Composing for Docs,” with William Ryan Fritch at SDFF 2019. Emerging filmmaker Lauren Schartzman also attended SDFF 2019, accompanying her award winning, environmental short Dust Rising.

One of the first 7 projects selected by the Obamas for their Netflix-based production company, Higher Ground, Crip Camp documents LeBrecht’s memories of a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teens just down the road from Woodstock in the 1960s and 70s. The camp would not only transform lives, but also shaped the future of the disability rights movement.

LeBrecht has spent his career balancing his work as a sound designer, mixer and composer, with his work as an ardent disability rights activist. This film combines both passions, and will be his directorial debut. Emerging filmmaker Schwartzman joined the film as an associate producer and assistant editor.

“Elephant Path – Njaia Njoku,” Extended Streaming, Upcoming Broadcasts & Filmmaker Q&A

PBS Rebroadcast & Extended Streaming

For those of you that missed it at SDFF 2019, “Elephant Path” (Todd McGrain, 2017) has had its streaming run extended on PBS World Channel and will be available through the site until September 9. The documentary is part of PBS’s Doc World Series, and is also airing on August 11 at 3 p.m. on KQED.

To stream the film, you can either watch directly on the WORLD Channel film page, or you can watch via the PBS App on all your devices! Once you’re in the app, just search for “Elephant Path”.

World Elephant Day World Channel Facebook Broadcast & Filmmaker Q&A

Elephant Path – Njaia Mjoku will also be broadcast at noon on World Elephant Day (August 12)  on the WORLD Channel’s Facebook Page, followed by a live chat with filmmaker Todd McGrain and Elephant Listening Project’s current researcher Daniela Hedwig. Join the conversation with Todd and Daniela during and after the screening!

Follow @WORLDChannel to receive notifications for the event, and go to Elephant Path’s website for more info.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin 

on PBS Masters

SDFF 2019 selection and fan favorite, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (Arwen Curry, 2018) will air on PBS American Masters/KQED August 2, 2019 at 9 p.m.

In addition to SDFF, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guinhas screened around the US and the world (from China to Lithuania), taking home awards for Best in Fest from DCIFF and Boston SciFi Film Festival. If you can’t catch it on PBS, it’s showing at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Thursday, Nov. 7 at SDFF 2019 Best of the Fest!

A Great Ride selected for Amazon Prime’s All Voices Festival

Stream At Home & Help Fund Filmmaker’s New Project!

SDFF 2019 Official Selection A Great Ride has been selected for Amazon Prime’s All Voices Festival. The more complete views the film gets, get the more likely filmmaker Deborah Craig and her crew are to be finalists and potentially win funding for her next project (already in progress) about Sally Gearhart. You can also catch A Great Ride on the big screen as part of SDFF 2019 Best of the Fest on September 12, where it will show with other audience faves, Lifeboat and I Have Something To Tell You.

See A Great Ride on Amazon Prime’s All Voices Festival here.

Get tickets to Best of the Fest’s Audience Favorites showing on September 12 here.

Madame Mars Goes To Cambridge, STEM Summit and SDFF Best of the Fest!

Festival Favorite Madame Mars and its fabulous filmmaker Jan Millsapps will be on their way to the UK in July after receiving an invite from the University of Cambridge. On their way back to California they’ll also be popping into NYC’s Academy of Sciences’ Global STEM Summit for an appearance. You can catch Madame Mars: Madame Mars: Women And The Quest For Worlds Beyond at SDFF’s Best of the Fest Shorts Program on June 6th at 7 p.m. along with other festival faves: Stretch, Spraying under the Stars and Waterfolks. Tickets are available here.

SDFF 2019 Official Selection, “Elephant Path -Njaia Njoku,” Now Streaming!

For those of you that missed it at SDFF 2019, “Elephant Path” (Todd McGrain, 2017) is now streaming on PBS World Channel. The documentary is part of PBS’s Doc World Series, Season 3, Episode 9, and will be available online until July 20.


Thurs., Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.
Best of the Fest Audience Award Winners
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes with My Grandfather’s Memory Book.

Thurs., Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. 
Best of the Fest Audience Favorites: Shorts 
A Great Ride, Lifeboat, I Have Something to Tell You,+a short surprise!!!

Sun., Oct. 6 
Extended Late Submission Deadline

Thurs., Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Best of the Fest Jury Award Winners
The Rest I Make Up, Boy Nomad, Jordan Stories: Badyra.

Thurs., Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
Best of the Fest 
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guinwith Alpha Mare.

Mon., Dec. 9 
Notification Date for SDFF 2020 Selections

Mar. 26-29, 2020
SDFF 2020 Festival Weekend!