June 10 - 13, 2021

A Sexplanation
USA; 76 min; 2020

Dir. Alexander Liu

Screening with Girlsboysmix

From neuroscience labs to church pews, this doc features provocative conversations with psychologists, sex researchers, and even a Jesuit priest. With humor and grit, the filmmaker takes audiences on his playful, personal journey from shame-filled past to a happier, healthier future. A special conversation with the filmmakers follows the screening of the film. 



Netherlands; 7 min; 2020

In Dutch with English Subtitles

Dir. Lara Aerts; Els Van Driel

Screening with A Sexplanation

Nine-year-old Wen Long candidly describes their experience growing up intersex.  Doctors regularly assign intersex newborns a gender at birth, but Wen’s parents felt their child should make that decision.  Wen just wants to be Wen and just now isn’t interested in choosing a gender identity.  


Julia Scotti: Funny That Way

USA; 72 min; 2020

Dir. Susan Sandler

In the 1980s, comic Rick Scotti was appearing in clubs across the country, but he wasn’t being his authentic self. Rick’s awakening at 47 led to gender reassignment surgery. Most everyone turned away—former wives, friends, comedy world buddies, and (most painfully) children. A decade after transitioning, Julia Scotti began her journey back to the career she loves.  



El Salvador; 36 min; 2020

In Spanish with English Subtitles

Dir. Marlen Vinayo

Screens with Short Block 6

Geovany was a ruthless hitman for the 18th Street gang now serving his sentence in an isolation cell in El Salvador. In prison, he withdrew from the gang and joined an Evangelical church that lavished God's forgiveness on him. However, there is a sin that is not forgivable for either the gang or the church: being gay.  


USA; 9 min; 2019

Dir. Hinaleimoana Woing-Kalu; Dean Hamer; Joe Wilson

Screens with Short Block 5

Long ago, four Two-spirit individuals brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their miraculous cures, they imbued four boulders with their powers. They still stand on Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, this powerful legend comes to life in gorgeous animation.  

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OUTwatch@SDFF Ticket Information

You can attend this year’s virtual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival via a pass or tickets (or “unlocks”). Passes are available now. Tickets for individual screenings and virtual events like conversations and Q&As are available now. You can pre-order films and events that you would like to view during SDFF 2021, June 10-13.

The festival is a 4-day virtual event. Unlike our in-person fests, virtual screenings and events do not have set start times. You can begin watching the films you’ve purchased at any time during the festival. Once unlocked, you have 4 days to watch the film. Once you start watching the film, you have 48 hours to finish watching the film. Your ticket allows you to watch each film or event one time. Films and events have a limited capacity – and they can sell out. We strongly recommend pre-ordering before the festival begins.


5-Film/Panel Bundle $50
The 5-Film/Panel Bundle Festival Pass grants the passholder access to “unlock” feature films, shorts packages, filmmaker conversations and panels, and any other virtual events.


VIP All Festival Pass $100
The VIP Festival Pass grants the passholder access to “unlock” feature films, shorts packages, filmmaker conversations and panels, and any other virtual events.


Individual Film & Event Access
Tickets to individual films will be available to “unlock” for $12
Tickets to filmmaker conversations + events will be available to “unlock” for $12

Special LGBTQI OUTwatch@SDFF Presentation:
The 30 Best American LGBTQI Documentaries
Sponsored by Sonoma County Pride

Local cinephiles/filmmakers Gary Carnivele and Jane Winslow present and discuss OUTwatch@SDFF’s newly minted “30 Best American LGBTQI Documentaries.” The duo examines films about LGBTQIA history and issues, activism, gender studies, as well as profiles of noteworthy individual. They also explore queer documentary style and take a closer look at the work of 3 pivotal auteurs: Barbara Hammer, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The conversation concludes with a discussion of films being co-presented by OUTwatch@SDFF 2021. 

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