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Special Screenings

SF Honors: CODA

Directed by Siân Heder

USA | Fiction | 112 minutes

9 Aug
Mon, Aug 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Siân Heder is expected to attend to accept the SF Honors award in-person and join us for a Q+A after the film.


SFFILM is thrilled to return to the theater with an advance screening of CODA as part of our SF Honors series. Effective Tuesday, August 3, in accordance with the San Francisco Department of Public Health Mask Mandate, we require all attendees to wear a mask at indoor events. Additionally, patrons must provide proof of vaccination at SFFILM’s indoor screenings and events. Guests without these documents will be denied upon entry—no exceptions. If you are unable to provide these records, we look forward to welcoming you back at a future event.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Academy Award®-winner Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

SF Honors is an award and tribute presented by SFFILM and made possible by support from SFFILM Board Member Todd Traina and philanthropist Diane B. Wilsey. This series is designed to showcase and honor the fresh and bold talent behind one of the year’s most compelling films.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are COVID-19 precautions in place?

    Your safety is our top priority. We will require all guests to show proof of vaccination before entering the theater. Masks must be worn throughout the entire event.

    Ticket holders may present their physical COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, or a digital copy of their vaccination record. You can register for a digital copy of your vaccination record here:


    No eating or drinking is allowed in the theater to encourage masks to remain on. Concessions will not be sold.

    Please note the theater will not be sold to full capacity. If you would like assistance finding distanced seating, please see a staff member onsite.

    We are monitoring city public health guidelines and recommendations regarding COVID-19 and may update safety protocols as needed leading up to the event.

    For more details regarding COVID-19 safety at this event, please visit the Roxie’s website. Click here to learn more.

  • How is this event being made accessible?

    Onstage conversation will have ASL interpretation provided.

    The Roxie is equipped with closed captioning and audio description devices for individual guests. CODA will have both closed captioning and audio description available. Please ask a staff member onsite to get set up with one of these devices!

  • What are the ADA specifications of this venue?

    As part of SFFILM’s commitment to equity and inclusion, we work with venues that prioritize accessibility. Please visit The Roxie’s website for the most accurate information. Click here to learn more.

    To request accommodations, please contact ADA@sffilm.org.

  • I still need help.

    We’re here to help! Please email members@sffilm.org.

Writer/Director Siân Heder

Siân Heder grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a family of visual artists. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she works as a writer, director and showrunner. Her most recent work includes executive producing and co-showrunning Little America for Apple TV+ and directing CODA. She wrote and produced for three seasons on the acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, receiving multiple WGA nominations for her work.

Her other television credits include Men of a Certain Age, which earned her a Peabody Award. She has directed episodes of Netflix’s GLOW and Orange Is the New Black, Hulu’s The Path and Little America. Her first short film, Mother, was awarded the Cinéfondation Jury Award at Cannes Film Festival. Her debut feature film, Tallulah, starring Elliot Page and Alison Janney, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released as a Netflix original.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Runtime 112 minutes

Country USA

Director Siân Heder

Executive Producer Ardavan Safaee, Sarah Borch-Jacobsen

Producer Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger, Jérôme Seydoux

Writer Siân Heder

Cinematographer Paula Huidobro

Music Marius De Vries

Cast Emilia Jones , Marlee Matlin, Eugenio Derbez , Troy Kotsur , Ferdia Walsh-Peelo , Daniel Durant , Amy Forsyth, Kevin Chapman