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, a post-screening discussion 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.

New Fall Doc Night Series Starts Sept. 12
 with Belly Of The Beast Screening + Filmmaker Discussion

Filmed over seven years with extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, Belly of the Beast exposes modern day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons.

The pastoral farmlands surrounding the Central California Women’s Facility, the world’s largest women’s prison, help conceal the reproductive and human rights violations transpiring inside its walls. A courageous woman who was involuntarily sterilized at the facility, teams up with a radical lawyer to stop these violations. They spearhead investigations that uncover a series of statewide crimes, primarily targeting women of color, from inadequate access to healthcare to sexual assault to illegal sterilization.

Together, with a team of tenacious heroines, both in and out of prison, they take to the courtroom to fight for reparations. But no one believes them. As additional damning evidence is uncovered by the Center for Investigative Reporting, a media frenzy and series of hearings provide hope for some semblance of justice. Yet, doctors and prison officials contend that the procedures were in each person’s best interest and of an overall social benefit. Invoking the weight of the historic stain and legacy of eugenics, Belly of the Beast presents a decade long, infuriating contemporary legal drama.

The Doc Night screening of Belly Of The Beast and a post-screening discussion director Erika Cohn will take place at Rialto Cinemas® on September 12 at 7 p.m., followed by casual drinks and snacks at Fern Bar.

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

Season 1 – Spring 2022 Program – Archive


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

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