It’s IndieFest time yet again! Yup, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, that celebration of all that’s gritty and up and coming and hungry in movies kicks off this Thursday, Feb 4, with WA DO DEM. From their description:

Brooklyn hipster Max (Sean Bones) and girlfriend Willow (Norah Jones) have won a free Caribbean cruise. But then Willow dumps Max, and with no friends willing to take a cruise (even ironically), he decides to go alone. After docking in Jamaica, Max flees the tourist zone for more authentic environs, and in the process loses all of his clothes, possessions, and middle-class white privilege. Heading to the American Embassy in Kingston on foot, Max has extraordinary encounters, including a full-moon celebration with the reggae group the Congos, and a dreamy stay with a Rasta prophet (Carl Bradshaw, The Harder They Come).

Wacky! If we were Uptown Almanac, right now we’d make a joke about this being a Benders patron’s wet dream. But we are not!

The screening’s followed by their opening night party at DNA Lounge, with Smash Up Derby, Kid Beyond, and Gooferman on stage.

Tickets to the screening and party are $20, or you can enter below to win passes for you and a friend to both.

NOT SO FINE PRINT: Enter using your real name, you’ll need it to pick up your tickets. Winners will be alerted tonight, so use an email address you check. Neither your name nor your email address will be displayed, we promise.

What: San Francisco Independent Film Festival opening night film and party
When: Thursday, February 4, Movie’s at 7:15, Party’s at 9
Where: Movie’s at the Roxie (3117 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero), party’s at DNA (375 11th, between Folsom and Harrison)
Tickets: If you don’t win, they’re $20

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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