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10th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, or DocFest, starts this Friday and the lineup is all over the map

The 10th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival starts Friday, October 14, 2011 with a lineup of 60 amazing, engrossing, and quirky films.

The 10th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, or DocFest, starts this Friday, October 14, 2011, and over two weeks presents 60 of the most engrossing non-fiction films on the circuit right now.  Sponsored by SF Indiefest, DocFest runs October 14 – 27, 2011 at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco and Oct. 14-20 at the Shattuck Theatre  in Berkeley.  Highlighting the 10th SF DocFest is Dirty Pictures, Etienne Sauret’s film about Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, the godfather of psychedelic drugs and one of the great chemists of the 20th century, and his quest to unlock the complexities of the human mind with psychedelics.  Over a course of five years, Sauret followed and Shulgin and his wife, Ann, tracking how they interact with their community and the influence of Shulgin’s work on neuroscience and medical research.  Closing Night brings “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story,” an engrossing profile of the legendary creator of comic super heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men and many others.  Now 87, Stan Lee’s name appears on more than one billion comics in 75 countries in 25 languages and the film profiles him and the industry his helped build.  

These political times call for answers, and short of answers—inspiration.  The Docfest 2011’s current crop of political titles provide both with great expositions like the environmental call-to-arms Patagonia Rising, an essential profile of Novel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the father of current (nonviolent) revolutionary political thinking in How to Start a Revolution, the eye-opening The After Party about the ubiquitousness and danger of surveillance cameras in our lives, and Your Legal Shorts featuring local 1st Amendment hero Josh Wolf.  These and others give us powerful information that can prompt us to caution, to outrage and hopefully to action.  Stay tuned to ARThound for reviews.

Details: DocFest runs October 14 – 27, 2011 at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. in San Francisco, and Oct. 14-20 at the Shattuck Theatre, 2230 Shattuck Ave, in Berkeley.  Parties will be at CellSpace, 2050 Bryant @ 18th St. in San Francisco.

All tickets are $11. There is a $1.39 service charge for advance tickets, highly encouraged to ensure admission to these popular screenings. The DocFestPass, good for admission to all films at the festival, as well as the Opening and Closing Night Parties, plus the annual Roller Disco Costume Party, will be $160. The BerkeleyPass is good for all screenings at the Shattuck and is $60. The YouthPass is good for all screenings at the Festival and is $25 for those under 21.  The 5FilmVoucher is $50; the 10FilmVoucher is $90. Multiple people may use multiple vouchers to attend the same screening on a space available basis. Choose films in advance at to assure admittance to the films you want to see.  Advance tickets are available at 800-838-3006 or

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