by Kelly Vance
For some moviegoers, only reality does the trick. That’s why SF DocFest — the all-documentary film festival run by SF IndieFest — is so popular. You don’t have to cross that nasty bridge to get there, either: Just pull up to Landmark’s Shattuck in downtown Berkeley starting today and get your fill of nonfiction.
Sally Blake’s Peep Culture — about the effects of reality-based pop culture on indivoduals and society — opens DocFest today at 12:30 p.m. As the East Bay arm of the festival spins out over seven days through October 20 (it's also playing at San Francisco's Roxie Theater, where it'll continue through October 27) you can take a bath in real life with a cavalcade of docs, all at the Shattuck. Like With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (Thursday, October 20, 9:30 p.m.), Will Hess’ profile of the monolithic comics creator; Bess Kargman’s First Position, a peek into what really happens when kids take up ballet (Saturday, October 15, 7:15 p.m.); and The Greenhorns, the inside story of America’s young farming community and their efforts to break the industrial food cycle (Wednesday, October 19, 7:15 p.m.). One of the major highlights is Left by the Ship, an Italian-produced examination of the plight of Amerasian kids in the Philippines, fathered and left behind by U.S. servicemen, and the efforts of a few of them to stand up and be counted. It’s a heartbreaker. The film, by Emma Rossi Landi and Alberto Vendemmiati, screens at the Shattuck this Saturday, October 15, 12:30 p.m.
Want more? The 10th annual DocFest has more than sixty films from all over the world. Go here for the full schedule and updates. All tickets are $11.