Welcome to movies now: SFFILM is specifying that the lineup of their fifth annual Doc Stories features “brand-new films yet to be released.” In other words, you can’t just load them up on Fortnite while eating Tide Pods, or however it is the Kids These Days watch documentaries! You gotta come to the theater to see them, even though the opening night film is itself debuting on HBO in a week: Roger Ross Williams’ The Apollo, not to be confused with Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11. Williams’ The Apollo follows the history of the iconic Harlem venue through its many highs and lows, up through the debut of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. (And no matter how often you’ve seen the 2012 footage of Barack Obama singing “Let’s Stay Together,” it still works every. Single. Time.) Meanwhile, Lauren Greenfield’s The Kingmaker studies the once-and-future First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, moving beyond the “LOL she has so many shoes!” coverage which dominated 1980s news about her to look at Marcos’ darker impact. And though Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese has been released in multiple formats, Doc Stories’ closing-night screening of it will be followed by a not-to-be-missed onstage discussion with Marty himself about his voluminous non-fiction oeuvre.
Opens Friday at the Castro Theatre and the Vogue Theatre.