John Brown's Body

John Brown's Body
March 2013

Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced at a variety of locations throughout San Francisco. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a feature-length documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film.

These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film's structure and narrative clarity.

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Since June of 2008, we have screened over 35 films, many of which have screened at prominent festivals (Sundance, SFIFF, IDFA [Amsterdam]) and secured television distribution, including on PBS and OWN, among other stations in the U.S. and Europe.

Films that have recently screened with us include Shaleece Haas's "Real Boy" ("Independent Lens," 2017); Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush's "Dogtown Redemption" ("Independent Lens," 2016); Jessie Deeter's "A Revolution in 4 Seasons" (Hot Docs, 2017); and Nicole Opper's "Visitor's Day" (AFIDocs, 2017).

Recent moderators have included Linda Davis (Producer of Peter Nicks' "The Force"); Dawn Valadez ("Going on 13"); Dan Krauss ("The Kill Team"); and Ariana Garfinkel (Producer of Garrett Zevgetis' "Best and Most Beautiful Things").

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SF Weekly awarded Rough Cuts a "Best Of" award in 2009. And the SF Chronicle profiled the series in an article about our screening of Glenn Davis' "Trans Francisco".