Sorry to Bother You, film still, SFFILM, san francisco international film festival, african american, fiction,

SFFILM centerpiece film: sorry to bother you, Bay Area icon Boots Riley’s outrageous, taboo-breaking satire is now a wonderfully deranged feature film. Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) gets hired as a telemarketer for Oakland company RegalView. His potential blossoms when he finds his “white voice”—a hilarious voice-over running gag—but moving up the ranks leads to conflicts with coworkers and his girlfriend, not to mention the nefarious activities (including genetic manipulation!) he discovers being perpetrated by RegalView’s CEO, played by Armie Hammer. With shades of Charlie Kaufman, Jordan Peele, and Jonathan Swift, Sorry to Bother You brings surreal flair, dazzling originality, and a scathing lampoon of hyper-capitalist excess to the familiar streets of Oakland, California. Costars Tessa Thompson, Steven Yuen, and Danny Glover, with music by The Coup and Tune-Yards.