Doc Fest 2017

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Slime House TV team will Officially be covering this years Sheffield Doc Fest 2017.
This is a great opportunity for us to network, build and of course check out some of the most interesting and innovative documentaries from all around the world!

So first of all, a little bit about the actual festival…

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling.

Operating in the heart of UK, we’re a hub for all documentary and non-fiction content across all platforms, from feature length to shorts, and including interactive, augmented reality, and virtual reality projects.

The Festival comprises:
– Film programme of the very best in international documentary screenings;
– Alternate Realities for innovation in interactive , augmented reality and virtual reality projects;
– Talks & Sessions with high profile speakers, to inspire, inform and debate;
– Marketplace for international business, delegations, pitching and training;
– Social events and networking;
– All Year screenings, talks and training outside of the festival period.

Across all of its programmes, Doc/Fest gives guests the opportunity to explore documentary within one unique, six-day festival experience.

Every year, we’re proud to connect thousands of creatives with industry players in a nurturing environment, resulting in the discovery of new talent, new collaborations, and new commissions for cinema, television and online.

We host a festival experience that is creatively inspiring, and the place for pioneering and innovative filmmakers, ideas, projects, debate and thinking – as well as for business, pitching and training.

Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomes over 32,700 Festival goers each year, including over 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries.

This year, the Festival will take place 9-14 June 2017.

Sounds good right?!
We think so, and we cannot wait to get stuck into some awesome documentaries and Q & A’s!
Oh yeah, did we mention they have special guests too!?
In fact this year will see the return of documentary connoisseur Louis Theroux, as well as an ensemble of other well known faces from Maxine Peake to Lenny Henry!


So what films are we looking forward to?
Doc Fest 2017 has a huge line up of films this year, and here are just a few that we will most certainly be checking out!

Geek Girls – Dir: Gina Hara
A geek girl herself, filmmaker Gina Hara is keen to celebrate the world of anime songs, fictional characters, and escapist games. But while a few geek girls are willing to share their journeys, Hara finds that most are unwilling to be identified. A nuanced exploration of the dark side of a subculture all too often dominated by misogyny, online harassment, and ostracisation.


American Valhalla – Dir:  Andreas Neumann & Joshua Homme
In the stunning Californian desert, Iggy Pop joined forces with Joshua Homme to create what might be Pop’s final album. Co-directed by Homme himself and photographer Andreas Neumann, this is the fascinating story of that collaboration, a musical adventure told with luminous visuals. A kaleidescope film about the creative process, this is also a thoughtful meditation on the inescapable fleetingness of time.

Almost Heaven – Dir: Carol Salter
Carol Salter’s beautifully judged observational documentary follows Ying Ling, a 17-year-old, who like many other Chinese teenagers, must find work hundreds of miles from home. Ying Ling is not convinced that training to become a mortician is the right thing to do. After all, as she confides to her friend and co-worker, she’s still afraid of ghosts.

Alone – Dir: Garrett Bradley & Garrett Bradley
A young woman in New Orleans considers a marriage proposal from her incarcerated boyfriend, his sentence length unknown. The prison system devastates with turbulence and time.

Balloonfest – Dir:  Nathan Truesdell
Mid-1980s Cleveland is excitedly gearing up for an event that will showcase the city: releasing 1.5 million balloons into the air. What could go wrong?

Black Cap Drag – Dir  Richard Benner
A rare surviving record of 1960s drag performance at Camden’s Black Cap pub, last screened in the UK more than 25 years ago. Drag queens Shane and Laurie Lee perform and discuss their craft in this home-made documentary by US-born filmmaker Richard Benner, who later made the Canadian drag feature Outrageous! (1977). With thanks to the San Francisco Media Archive.
This 1960s drag double-bill offers a sneak preview of the BFI’s LGBT50 project which includes a two-month BFI Southbank season, and a collection of newly digitised archive Film and TV made available on BFI Player.

Clowns  -Dir: Dana O’kefe
Creepy clowns found a new lease of life in 2016, and spread like a pandemic across worldwide news. But who are the real monsters?

Deer Squad: The Movie – Dir: Kenneth Gug, Pipus Larsen, Scott J. Ross
Kelvin Peña, a charismatic 17-year-old from rural Pennsylvania, shares his story of going viral after befriending a group of wild deer in his backyard.

Dirty Girls – Dir: Michael Lucid
In the Spring of 1996, filmmaker Michael Lucid documented a group of 8th grade girls who were notorious for their crass behaviour and allegedly bad hygiene.

My Mother Is Pink – Dir: Cecilie Debell
Performance artist Michael Richardt and his mother Malou are ready to go on a road trip around Denmark and Germany to rediscover each other. Cecilie Debell has created a touching, funny, and almost startlingly lively family story, where imagination has the first and last word. A cinematic letter about tolerance in a time that desperately needs it.

Nobody Speak: Trials Of A Free Press – Dir: Brian Knappenberger
The trial of wrestler Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, but ended up as a case study in how big money can silence media through legal means. Brian Knappenberger (The Internet’s Own Boy, We Are Legion) examines the perils and duties of the free press in an age of inequality.

The Cage Fighter – Dir: Jeff Unay
This powerful vérité documentary tells the story of American Joe Carman. The 40-year-old blue collar worker gave up cage fighting years ago, but claims it’s the only arena where he feels confident. When he returns to fighting without the blessing of his wife and four daughters, his dangerous hobby soon threatens to tear the family apart.

Spookers –  Dir: Florian Habicht
As night falls at Spookers, dozens of seemingly ordinary people become freaks, zombies and chainsaw-wielding clowns. Every weekend come rain, hail or shine, this diverse group of amateur performers unite to terrify punters at the southern hemisphere’s largest scream park, situated in a former psychiatric hospital. Director Florian Habicht reveals the transformative and paradoxically lifesaving power of belonging to a community that celebrates fear.

Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder – Dir: Fern Silva
In Upstate New York, a hand is creeping. Ambiguous textures, layers of sound, meaning, and signifiers collide in a vibrant flare of imagery and disruption.

Rat Film – Dir: Theo Anthony
Rats are seen both as a real and allegorical pest in Theo Anthony’s multilayered study of Baltimore’s historically racist urban planning. By way of observation and monologue, the city’s struggle with rat infestation draws intriguing parallels between different narratives – actual versus virtual realities that forefront the rat as a social nuisance and as a lab subject of cruel human curiosity.

On The Edge Of Freedom – Dir: Jens Lengerke & Anita Mathal Hopland
Through urban exploring, many young Russians and Ukrainians have found a way to find their own identity through death defying stunts. By confronting fear, they seem to be taking control over their own lives. But the realities of the conflict-ridden post-Soviet era don’t go away just because you are 300 feet up above the city.

Love And Hate Crime – Dir: Ben Steele
A young man is led into a Mississippi court and sentenced to life for the savage murder of the woman he loved. In prison, his story slowly unravels as his own past is unmasked. This is the story of a crime of passion and prejudice told by a man tortured by his own actions. A morality tale of modern America.

For a full programme line up just click HERE!

All film descriptions and press-pass access courtesy of Doc Fest 2017!
words by Theo Cane