San Francisco Green Film Festival
presents the San Francisco Premiere screening of
by Academy Award® nominated director Leslie Iwerks
followed by panel discussion
Join us for a special screening this new film by Academy Award® nominated director Leslie Iwerks followed by panel discussion with the director and special guests. Coming on the heels of the massive protest in DC — where over 12,000 protesters encircled the White House — the film explores the threat posed by the Keystone XL pipeline as well as the sustainable alternatives to dirty tar sands oil. Following the screening a panel of experts will discuss what has become the most controversial environmental battle in the U.S. today.
TICKETS are available on a sliding scale $15-25. All proceeds will help bring films and filmmakers to the 2012 festival. Space is very limited so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please note that at the theater we can accept cash only.
PIPE DREAMS (USA, 2011, 40 min.)
Narrated by Daryl Hannah. Directed by Leslie Iwerks.
Across the heartland of America, farmers and landowners are fighting to protect their land, their water, and their livelihood. Routed over 1,700 miles from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries of the Texas Gulf Coast, this pipeline is set to cross the country’s largest freshwater resource, the Ogallala Aquifer, and the fragile Sandhills of Nebraska. A spill along the Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed route could threaten the water supply of millions, and pose devastating consequences to human health, livestock, agriculture, and endangered wildlife.
Further film information and trailer at pipedreamsdoc.com
Leslie Iwerks is an Oscar® and Emmy® nominated documentary director and producer. Leslie’s 2010 feature documentary Dirty Oil, narrated by Neve Campbell, exposes the environmental and human rights issues in Alberta’s toxic oil sands and traces the environmental and social impacts of Canadian oil on both sides of the U.S. border. Leslie’s short film Downstream was short-listed for a 2008 Academy Award® and her documentary short film, Recycled Life, was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2006 and has won nine top film festival awards. Other recent films include Industrial Light & Magic-Creating the Impossible and The Pixar Story.
Matt Leonard, Project Manager – Tar Sands Action, 350.org
Matt Leonard lives in Oakland, and has been involved in social and environmental justice campaigns for 15 years. From working with grassroots groups to international non-profits, he prioritizes using people-powered strategies to merge organizing, campaigning, and movement building. He has been coordinating the Tar Sands Action for the past few months, helping organize one of the largest civil disobedience efforts ever from the environmental movement – resulting in 1,253 people being arrested peacefully sitting-in at the White House to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Brant Olson, Freedom from Oil campaign director, Rainforest Action Network
Brant Olson is a leading anti-tar sands activist in the United States. This August, he broke the story of how Keystone XL proponents created fake Twitter accounts to promote the pipeline. The story was subsequently picked up by The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Mother Jones, The Hill, and others. Brant has worked as a strategist on national corporate campaigns in the retail, finance, energy and forest sectors for more than seven years. While working at RAN, he has negotiated agreements from The Home Depot, Lowes, Centex Homes, ProBuild, BlueLinx, Boise Cascade, Georgia Pacific and others. His research into campaign finance and corporate supply chains have been featured in national publications including Business Week and the New York Times. Brant can be found on Twitter: @branto
Shirin Sadeghi (panel moderator), independent radio/television Host and Producer
Shirin Sadeghi is an independent radio/television Host and Producer. She is also a regular columnist for the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and two of Pakistan’s national daily newspapers, Pakistan Today and The Express Tribune. Her reporting and analysis focuses on the Middle East (especially, Iran and the Persian Gulf nations), Pakistan, minorities in the United States and comparative media. Her broadcast career began as a Producer and Reporter for the BBC and Al Jazeera. She did her PhD at the University of London. Find Shirin on Twitter: @shirinsadeghi
Michael Watts, Professor of Geography and Development Studies, UC Berkeley
Michael Watts is the “Class of 1963″ Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he has taught for over twenty-five years. He served as the Director of the Institute of International Studies from 1994-2004. Watts’ research has addressed a number of development issues especially food security, rural development, and land reform in Africa, South Asia and Vietnam. Over the last twenty years he has written extensively on the oil industry, most recently completing a book on the natural and social history of oil in Nigeria entitled Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta.
Lights! Camera! Action Steps! is a new SFGFF program that provides audience members with materials on how to get involved once a film ends. These materials are developed in collaboration with the filmmaker and festival partners to inspire audience members to action once the credits roll and the lights go up.
Here is further action you can take from PIPE DREAMS.
PIPE DREAMS – Lights! Camera! Action Steps! [PDF download]
Letter to President Obama requesting a veto on the pipeline [PDF download]
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