I came across this quote from Jean Renoir a few months ago in Film Comment magazine (thanks, Kent Jones!): “Reality is always magic.” Eureka! A documentary film festival tagline if I ever heard one. So that’s what we went looking for—that place where magic and reality meet head-on: a whale bone found buried under a Toronto street; a nut museum in Connecticut; a mine museum in Cambodia; the mysteries of old snapshots; a 15-year-old Southern Baptist sex education activist from Lubbock, TX; kids who feel no pain; a homemade machine called the Forevertron; Elvis impersonators and statues of Buddha; refrigerator poetry and Christian rock.
And so we present the fourth San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, ten days of reality, magic and everything in between.