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‘Wildland’ among highlights of 21st SF IndieFest

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Wildland, a documentary about wildfire fighters in Oregon by Alex Jablonski — who trained alongside the men while making the film — screens Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 at the Roxie, part of the 21st SF IndieFest. (Courtesy FilmRise)

IF YOU GO
San Francisco Independent Film Festival
Where: Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.; Victoria, 2961 16th St., S.F.
When: Jan. 30 to Feb 14
Tickets: $13 to $18 most single programs; $45 to $250 for passes
Contact: (415) 863-1087, (415) 863-7576, sfindie.com

SELECT HIGHLIGHTS

The Unicorn: The romantic comedy and directorial debut by Robert Schwartzman (“The Virgin Suicides,” “The Princess Diaries” and lead singer for the band Rooney) about an indecisive, four years engaged couple opens the festival. 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Victoria

Fantasia: Also on opening night, local electronica outfit The Firmament performs live accompaniment to the Disney animated classic. 9 p.m. Jan. 30, Victoria

The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot: Sam Elliott plays a World War II veteran who’s hired to hunt down the fabled Bigfoot. 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Roxie, followed by a party at Gestalt, 3159 16th St., S.F.

Little Woods: The centerpiece film by Nia DaCosta starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James, set in a fracking boomtown in North Dakota, is about two poor, estranged sisters who are driven to extremes when their mother dies. 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Victoria

Collisions: San Francisco filmmaker Richard Levien details the struggles of an immigrant family living in The City. 5 p.m. Feb. 9, Roxie

Wildland: The documentary by Alex Jablonski tells inspiring, moving stories of men trying to find a new lease on life by training and becoming certified wildfire fighters in Oregon; interestingly, director Jablonski and two videographers simultaneously trained alongside the movie’s subjects. 5 p.m. Feb. 8, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Roxie

Waterlily Jaguar: Melora Walters’ film about a famous novelist (played by James LeGros) known for pulpy best-sellers who tumbles down “a spiral of obsession” when he seeks to write something more meaningful closes the festival. 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Roxie

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