The 10th San Francisco Documentary Festival returns October 14-27 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley. SFGFF will be co-presenting the following films – please join us!:
78 DAYS: A TREE PLANTING DOCUMENTARY
Jason Nardella, 62 min, Canada, 2011, World Premiere
Roxie: Sun 10/16 245p, Sat 10/22 715p; Shattuck: Mon 10/17 245p
What happens in the northern wilderness when the loggers leave? “Reforestation.” Which is tree planting, one wee tree at a time, a form of mentally and physically demanding piecework that attracts a certain kind of person: committed, motivated, and a little bit peculiar. In this brand-new documentary, filmmaker (and former planter) Nardella documents one such crew for one especially grueling season, 78 days in all.
BACK TO THE GARDEN: FLOWER POWER COMES FULL CIRCLE
Kevin Tomlinson, 70 min, US, 2010
Roxie: Tue 10/18 930p, Sun 10/23 715p; Shattuck: Sat 10/15 245p
In 1988, filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson interviewed a group of back-to-the-land hippies living off-grid and isolated from mainstream culture. In 2006, he found out what had become of their utopian plans and dreams. The result is a time-lapse narrative, told with stories of lots of freedom but little cash, unflinching political activism, and non-conforming tribal families… including the kids, who have to wonder if the “free love” was really free.
GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9
Robert Persons, 72 min, US 2009, California Premiere
Roxie: Sat 10/15 1230p, Sun 10/16 5p; Shattuck: Tue 10/18 245p
“Somewhere between a straight up documentary and an avant-garde experiment rich in mood and atmosphere. It is one of those films that populate the festival circuit, equally wowing and perplexing audiences, picking up critical acclaim and then all but disappearing from the public eye… It carries with it a melancholy and grace, a slowly closing eye for the good ol’ days when men were farmers, and the land was the land…a place.” -Ben Umstead, Twitch
Severine von Tscharner Fleming, 50 min, US, 2010
Roxie: Sat 10/15 245p, Tue10/18 715p; Shattuck: Wed 10/19 715p
“The Greenhorns” explores the lives of America’s young farming community: its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture—to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming.
Brian Lilla, 89 min, Chile, US, 2011
Roxie: Sat 10/22 930p, Sun 10/23 5p; Shattuck: Thu 10/20 245p
Chile is on the verge of a monumental decision. Just as scientists are investigating major climate change in the Northern Patagonia Ice Field, five proposed hydroelectric dams could destroy two of the purest free-flowing watersheds in the world, and push a frontier culture even closer to extinction. Bringing those human voices to the forefront of the controversy, “Patagonia Rising” illuminates an alternative path forward.