SF IndieFest's Music and Art Films selections are particularly strong this year. Discover early South African punk, an obsessive arts creator, a creative take on the classic Ibsen play Peer Gynt, a philosophical animated western and then dig deep into cult favorites Negativeland and The Residents.

This is National Wake

This is National Wake traces the rise and fall of a multiracial South African punk band, dubbed “the band that defied apartheid,” whose members risked everything to taste freedom.


Triple Trouble

Recently completed, Triple Trouble began its existence almost fifty years ago as Vileness Fats, an underground film from The Residents, a music and performance group from San Francisco.


Stand By For Failure

Negativland's complex chaos of plunderphonics poses both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, technology, control, propaganda, power and perception.


Peer Gynt

A pre-adolescent boy uses the fictional character of Peer Gynt to deal with the world and his place in it. The layers of joy and sorrow, success and failure are "peeled" away to leave apparently nothing.


Quantum Cowboys

On the one hand, Quantum Cowboys is an old fashioned western about two hapless drifters. On the other hand maybe it’s a musing about art as the only way we truly understand our own memories.



A film editor receives a proposal to edit a new film without knowing that he is going to become so obsessed with the project that he will do whatever it takes to save the protagonist from her death in the story.


Animated Films

The 2023 SF IndieFest presents a great collection of 7 animated shorts and 2 animated features. Be sure to check them out!