Doc Nights is a collaborative effort to bring together the North Bay filmmaking community (in person or virtually) for a monthly screening series featuring award-winning documentaries about the environment, social justice, adventure, art and music.

Each screening features an independent documentary, followed by a conversation and Q&A with the filmmaker at the Rialto Cinemas® in downtown Sebastopol. Virtual attendees will be able to livestream the screening and participate in the discussion. 

After each event, attendees are invited to gather at Fern Bar for filmmaker drinks, discussion and networking.

Still from Reflection: a walk with water, which will screen as part of Doc Night on June 6, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Emmett Brennan.

JUNE 6 – 
Reflection: a walk with water, followed by discussion w/ Director Emmett Brennan

The conditions that make life possible are rapidly changing. Reckoning with this reality on the cusp of another dry season that may very well ravage his community, 30 year-old filmmaker Emmett Brennan embarks on a remarkable journey to find stories of hope and healing. Emmett sets out to walk 200 miles next to the iconic but aging Los Angeles aqueduct, where he encounters ecological iconoclasts, indigenous voices, and permaculture designers who are challenging the status quo on how we use Earth’s most precious resource. The film delves into a profound and far reaching look at our relationship with water and offers a vision for how to radically redesign our lives around it.

Reflection: a walk with water takes a refreshing approach to confronting current environmental and systematic troubles, showing how Los Angeles and other parts of California are bellwethers for change. The film features original music from multiple Grammy winner, Jacob Collier, who is Executive Music Producer of the film. With voices and stories that speak to today’s younger generations, Reflection is both a personal meditation on water as well as a practical road map for positive change.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Emmett Brennan about the filmmaking process, then casual drinks and snacks at Fern Bar.

The event will take place at Rialto Cinemas® on June 6 at 7 p.m.

Season 1 – Spring 2022 Program


Work-In-Progress Screening

Finding Forests

with Coriolis Films & Coldwater Collective filmmakers Johanna van de Woestijne, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, & editor Michelle Olivera

with TrimTab Media co-directors Mischa Hedges, Sonia Luokkala & Jacqueline Cleveland


Feature Program

The Dawn Wall

Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Tommy Caldwall and Kevin Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route to scale the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

with climber Kevin Jorgeson


Feature Program

Symphony of the Soil

Filmed on four continents, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans on a healthy planet.

w/ producer Deborah Koons Garcia & editor Vivien Hillgrove


Feature Program

Reflection: A Walk With Water

Filmmaker Emmett Brennan examines the status quo of Earth’s most precious resource, water, and offers a vision for how to radically redesign our lives around it.

w/ director Emmett Brennan

Season 2 – Fall 2022 Program


Feature Program

Belly of the Beast

When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, they wage a near impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Filmed over seven years in California prisons.

with director Erika Cohn


Feature Program

Kids On Tech

Parents and teachers around the world struggle with their kids’ dependence on devices today. #KidsOnTech looks at the impact on children’s developing bodies and brains, and asks: “How might we better prepare our kids for this digital world?

with director Paul Zehr & editor Eric Ivey


Feature Program

Not Without Us

An all too timely document of the grassroots struggle for significant climate action. In the months leading up to COP21 in Paris, Not Without Us chronicles activists from around the world as they make their voices heard.

with Kontent Films director Mark Decena


Feature Program

Dear Santa

Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa arrive at Post Offices around the country. Through Operation Santa, the United States Postal Service makes it possible for the public to safely adopt these letters and make children’s dreams come true.

with director Dana Nachman and cinematographer Mike Abela

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