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SFFILM Festival

GGA McBaine Bay Area Documentary Feature Award Winner: I Didn’t See You There

Directed by Reid Davenport

1 May
Sun, May 1, 2022 at 4:30 pm PT


Presented at the Festival since its inaugural year in 1957, the Golden Gate Award Doc Competition features the most significant non-narrative films of the season. The manifold qualities of the Bay come into focus with these docs set in the Bay or made by local filmmakers. Join us for an encore presentation of the GGA McBaine Bay Area Documentary Feature Award Winner.

Oakland resident and filmmaker Reid Davenport reflects on matters of visibility, family, and the freak show in his latest personal film, winner of Sundance’s Directing Award for US Documentary. Visits to his family in Connecticut prompt memories of growing up before moving west to be an artist. A circus tent erected near his apartment elicits thoughts about America’s fascination with freak shows and how his disability affects the perceptions of those around him. As he reveals his observations in voiceover, Davenport’s movements are depicted from the vantage point of his wheelchair, so the frustrations caused by people blocking sidewalks and access ramps or bus drivers issuing unachievable demands are made abundantly clear.

Director Reid Davenport

Oakland filmmaker Reid Davenport made five short documentaries, before making his feature debut, I Didn’t See You There. He is a 2017 TED Fellow and DOC NYC named him one of their “40 Filmmakers Under 40” in 2020. He is a co-founder of Through My Lens, which teaches students with and without disabilities to make films. Davenport won the 2022 Sundance Film Festival US documentary directing award for I Didn’t See You There (2022).



Film Details

Language English

Original Language Title 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 76

Country USA

Director Reid Davenport

Executive Producer Alysa Nahmias, Bryn Mooser Kathryn Everett Andy Hsieh, Dawn Bonder Marci Wiseman

Producer Keith Wilson

Editor Todd Chandler

Cinematographer Reid Davenport

Closed Captions Closed captions are available for this screenings.

Audio Description Audio description is available for this screenings.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.