A Documentary Screening & Discussion Series

Join the North Bay filmmaking community (in person or virtually) for a monthly screening series featuring award-winning documentaries about the environment, social justice, adventure, art & music.

Each screening features an independent documentary, followed by a conversation and Q&A with the filmmaker at Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol, CA. Virtual attendees will be able to livestream the screening and participate in the discussion. 

Afterwards, attendees are invited to stay for drinks, discussion and networking with the North Bay Filmmaking community.

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 2023 Season

In 2022, we hosted 8 screenings & discussions with talented documentary directors, producers, editors and cinematographers.
Together, we supported independent film, our local cinema, and engaged hundreds of audience members.

We will announce the 2023 program in January – stay tuned!

Get Your 2023 Season Pass – $125

Season passholders receive…
  • Guaranteed seats to all screenings in 2023 ($160 value).
  • Free Movie Popcorn from the Rialto’s concessions ($5.95 coupon per screening attended)
  • Free Food & Drinks at post-screening networking event

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Thanks for joining us for DOC NIGHT!
If you missed a screening, follow the links below to view these films at home.

2022 Season


Work In Progress Poster

Finding Forests

with Coriolis Films & Coldwater Collective filmmakers Johanna van de Woestijne, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, & editor Michelle Olivera

Ellavut Cimirtuq

with TrimTab Media co-directors Mischa Hedges, Sonia Luokkala & Jacqueline Cleveland

April 11

The Dawn Wall Movie Poster
Feature Program

The Dawn Wall

Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Tommy Caldwall and Kevin Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route to scale the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

with climber Kevin Jorgeson

May 9

Sympony of the Soil movie poster
Feature Program

Symphony of the Soil

Filmed on four continents, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans on a healthy planet.

w/ producer Deborah Koons Garcia & editor Vivien Hillgrove

June 6

Feature Program

Reflection: A Walk With Water

Filmmaker Emmett Brennan examines the status quo of Earth’s most precious resource, water, and offers a vision for how to radically redesign our lives around it.

w/ director Emmett Brennan

July 11


Love School

When Director/Protagonist Julia’s fiancé falls in love with another woman, leaving her bereft and broken, Julia takes a wild chance to immerse herself in a free-love community in Portugal on a quest to reckon with her own unexamined truth in love.

w/ director Julia Maryanska

September 12

Work In Progress Poster

CANCELED – will reschedule
Belly of the Beast

When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, they wage a near impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Filmed over seven years in California prisons.


with director Erika Cohn & cinematographer Clare Major

October 10

Kids on Tech Movie Poster
Feature Program

Kids On Tech

Parents and teachers around the world struggle with their kids’ dependence on devices today. #KidsOnTech looks at the impact on children’s developing bodies and brains, and asks: “How might we better prepare our kids for this digital world?

with director Paul Zehr & editor Eric Ivey

November 14

Sympony of the Soil movie poster
Feature Program

Not Without Us

An all too timely document of the grassroots struggle for significant climate action. In the months leading up to COP21 in Paris, Not Without Us chronicles activists from around the world as they make their voices heard.

with Kontent Films director Mark Decena

December 12

Feature Program

Dear Santa

Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa arrive at Post Offices around the country. Through Operation Santa, USPS makes it possible for the public to safely adopt these letters and make children’s dreams come true.

w/ director Dana Nachman & cinematographer Mike Abela

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