17th SF DocFest, Week Two

More nonfiction films about television shows, skating, and other real-life things.

SF DocFest continues into its second week with more too-strange-to-be-fake journeys through time, space, and everything in between. “In between” was forever the fate of both the short-lived 1999 series Freaks and Geeks and its characters, and Brent Hodge’s Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary looks back at the extraordinary amount of then-unknown talent — creator Paul Feig, producer Judd Apatow, stars James Franco and Seth Rogen — and the show’s lasting cultural impact. Kate Kickey’s Roller Dreams looks at a different short-lived cultural moment: the early-’90s roller-dance phenomenon at the Venice Skate Park, which was peaceful and joyous but soon shut down by the police. (Here’s a hint why: The skaters were primarily people of color.)

If you’re reading these words, there’s a good chance you’re bombarded daily by seemingly countless electromagnetic signals ranging from simple binary codes transmitted by carrier-wave signals to wifi to Bluetooth to heaven knows what. Daniel Froidevaux and Elisa Gonzalez’s The Quiet Zone looks at a community of electro-sensitive people who live in the National Radio Quiet Zone, where broadcasts are limited to emergency services and one AM channel — all so the ginormous Green Bank Radio Telescope can get clear signals from space. That’s the thing about reality: It has a keen sense of irony.

Now playing at the Roxie, the Brava, and the New People Cinema.

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