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TRUE SON Film SF Premiere (Tribeca Film Festival 2014 Official Selection)

A new documentary feature directed by Kevin Gordon (ES ’02).


Fresh off its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, TRUE SON will be having its West Coast Premiere at the SF Doc Fest in June. The documentary follows a 21-yr-old kid from the streets as he tries to save his hometown by running for city council.

The film will be opening Saturday June 7th at 7pm at the Roxie Theater in the Mission with reception with cast and crew to follow at the Armory Club. If you cannot make opening night, there will be encore screenings on Wednesday June 11th and Saturday June 14th.


Stockton, California, is considered one of the worst cities in the United States, riddled with financial crisis and crime rates rivaling Afghanistan. Where everyone else saw hopelessness, 21-year-old Michael Tubbs saw possibility. In 2012, Tubbs ran for City Council, building his campaign from the ground up. TRUE SON tells the passionate and inspirational story as Tubbs sets out to beat a politician twice his age and bring his community back from bankruptcy.

Check out the trailer and screening details and buy tickets ($12) here.

About the Filmmaker:

Kevin Gordon is a Student Academy Award® winning filmmaker whose films have screened at festivals across the world, including Telluride, HotDocs, Silverdocs, Slamdance, and the San Francisco International. His film Dreams Awake won a 2010 Student Academy Award and was selected for the “Filmmakers of Tomorrow” program at the Telluride Film Festival. He worked as an associate producer and field producer on a 13-part documentary series for Discovery and has also worked on productions for PBS, Facebook, and The New York Times. TRUE SON is his first feature length film. Kevin received his MFA in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University. He is based in San Francisco and is a graduate of Yale University.

Screening Times:

*June 7th, Saturday, 7pm, Roxie Theater in the Mission, Cast in attendance, Drinks after

*June 11th, Wednesday, 7pm, Roxie Theater in the Mission

*June 14th, Saturday, 715pm, Oakland School for the Arts

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