For the next two weeks the San Francisco International Film Festival will boast a huge array of films from across the world. For visitors and locals alike, watching a solid, independent film in a world-class city is a great way to shed $20 (the SF Int'l Film Society loves to suck you dry) and kick-off a summer night. One of the more promising aspects of the film festival is that a handful of wonderful documentaries are screened.
The festival schedule can be found here: http://www.sffs.org/list.aspx With over 150 films, you're bound to find a few that will interest you (over 100 filmmakers will also be participating, many appearing after film screenings to speak and answer questions). Below are a few films that may be worth your while:
Most of the films are shown at the Kabuki Theater in the Japan Center. While you're down there, you may want to see what's going on at one of the cities popular live music venues, the nearby Boom Boom Room: http://www.boomboomblues.com