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  1. Oct
    24
    Thu
    1. SFGFF co-presents: URANIUM DRIVE-IN @ Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Encina Hall
      4:40 PM – 6:30 PM






      The promise of jobs from a proposed uranium mill has an economically devastated mining community in Colorado hopeful for the first time in decades. When environmentalists step in to stop the mill, pro-mill advocates are enraged. A debate ensues, pitting jobs against health and
      the environment. The question remains: is uranium worth it?

      Suzan Beraza, USA, 71 min

      Biography:
      Suzan Beraza (dir. BAG IT!, SFGFF 2011) was born in Jamaica and raised in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Her thought-provoking films challenge viewers to examine their lives and consider the impact of their choices. Founder of Reel Thing, Suzan wears many hats from producer to editor to director.

      About UNAFF:
      The 16th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) from October 17-27, 2013 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war and peace. The theme for this year is INDIVIDUAL TO UNIVERSAL.

      INFORMATION & TICKETS: www.unaff.org

    2. SFGFF co-presents: BITTER SEEDS @ Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Encina Hall
      7:50 PM – 9:45 PM






      As industrial agriculture spreads around the world, many small-scale farmers are losing their land. Nowhere is the situation more desperate than in India, where every 30 minutes one farmer, deep in debt and unable to provide for his family, commits suicide. It’s an epidemic, which has claimed over a quarter million lives. BITTER SEEDS raises critical questions about the human cost of genetically modified agriculture and the future of how we grow things.

      Micha X. Peled, India/USA, 88 min

      Biography:
      Micha Peled was born and raised in Israel and is one of the few people ever to immigrate to the US by hitchhiking. His checkered career includes stints as an importer of hammocks and sheepskin jackets, a prison guard, a freelance journalist, a director of the Nuclear Freeze Campaign and the Executive Director of Media Alliance. Peled’s first documentary, Will My Mother Go Back to Berlin? examined the relations between Jews and Germans 50 years after the Holocaust through his personal family story. His next film, Inside God’s Bunker, followed a group of extremist Israeli settlers in the West Bank. You, Me, Jerusalem was the first Israeli-Palestinian co-directed film, which Peled also produced. It followed an ambulance team comprised of both Israelis and Arabs, which responded to emergencies in both sides of the capital. An ITVS-funded film Store Wars: When Wal-Mart comes to Town, follows one southern town’s struggle to decide whether to allow Wal-Mart to build a megastore there. The film won a number of awards, including Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the CINE Golden Eagle.

      About UNAFF:
      The 16th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) from October 17-27, 2013 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war and peace. The theme for this year is INDIVIDUAL TO UNIVERSAL.

      INFORMATION & TICKETS: www.unaff.org

  2. Oct
    28
    Mon
    1. Halloween Social & Screening: BAT CITY, USA @ Ninth Street Independent Film Center
      6:00 PM – 9:00 PM



      NorCal Bats
      Hang out with a live Bat at our Halloween event this Monday!

      This just in! You can now get up close and personal with live bats at this Monday’s social mixer and screening, courtesy of our friends at NorCal Bats.

      BUY TICKETS NOW >>




      Event highlights include:
      ~ Live bat encounters in the lobby with NorCal Bats
      ~ Edible bug tasting of spicy superworms, courtesy of Don Bugito
      ~ Bat costume contest with great prizes
      ~ Q&A with local bat experts Cat Taylor of East Bay Regional Park District and Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats
      ~ SF Premiere screening of Laura Brooks’ new documentary Bat City, USA about bat conservation efforts in Austin, TX
      ~ Mixing and mingling with like-minded bats

      Monday, October 28
      6:00pm Social mixer with live bat encounters
      7:00pm Screening + Discussion

      Ninth Street Independent Film Center
      145 9th Street (at Minna)
      San Francisco, CA 94103

      Close to Civic Center BART and Market St. MUNI.


      Advance Tickets

      General $12 ($15 at door)
      Student/Senior $11 ($14 at door)

      BUY TICKETS NOW >>


      Bat City, USABat City, USA is Laura Brooks’ compelling new documentary about how a city overcame its fear of one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures and now heartily embraces them, largely thanks to the efforts of one man.

      A giant colony of Mexican Free-tailed bats moved into an Austin, Texas bridge in the 1980′s after a reconstruction project created an ideal roosting habitat. The “bat invasion” launched a media hoopla and alarm among residents worried about bat attacks and rabies. When the city threatened to exterminate the bats, a zealous conservationist named Merlin Tuttle stepped in and fought to save them. Tuttle, a bat researcher at a Milwaukee museum, moved to Austin, which he called the epicenter of “worldwide bad bat publicity”, and founded Bat Conservation International to promote a positive image of bats.

      To overcome local opposition, he worked tirelessly to change public perception of the bats—from scary disease carriers to desirable creatures who help keep moths and mosquitoes in check, among other environmental benefits. As a pioneering bat photographer whose images were published in National Geographic, Tuttle used his striking photos as one important weapon in his battle for the bats.

      Thanks to Tuttle’s efforts, Austin now loves its bats. Thousands of tourists annually are drawn to the downtown setting for a fascinating, close-up glimpse of the world’s largest urban bat colony – nearly one million bats.

      “Laura Brooks has created a compelling, richly informative film – every bit as rare and wondrous as the flying mammals that fill its frames.”
      – Doug Kreutz, Environmental Reporter, Tucson, AZ

      Bat City, USA is the story of a gifted and passionate scientist who overcame ridicule and rejection to single-handedly save a city’s huge bat colony. In doing so, he transformed the city’s perception of the bat from a menace to a beloved icon.”

      – John Kerr, Writer, Austin, TX

      Bat City, USA, Laura Brooks, USA, 2012, 57 mins





      After the screening, participate in a discussion and audience Q&A with local bat experts, including Cat Taylor, Naturalist, East Bay Regional Park District and Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats.


      Edible InsectsScreens with short film:

      EDIBLE INSECTS
      Sheraz Sadiq/KQED Quest, USA, 2012, 10 mins

      Includes bug tasting of spicy superworms!

      A plate of roasted crickets, pan-fried bee larvae of caramelized meal worms would be tough to swallow for most, but not for a few Bay Area residents who are encouraging people to open their minds and mouths to edible insects. Learn why they think edible insects are a smarter alternative to more traditional kinds of meat.


      THANK YOU!
      Don Bugito | KQED Quest | Laura Brooks | NorCal Bats | SF Station | UpOutSF

  3. Nov
    9
    Sat
    1. SFGFF Pop-Up Cinema at the Green Festival @ San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center
      Nov 9 – Nov 10 (all-day)



      We’re giving SF Green Film Festival fans FREE day-passes to the Green Festival this weekend!

      To redeem, check in at the WILL CALL at the Attendee Box Office and give our name: SF Green Film Festival – booth #1047. Each guest will receive a complimentary Saturday or Sunday guest pass.

      Then come check out our pop-up cinema as we turn our booth into the city’s smallest screening room. Come by booth #1047, say hello, and watch a few films!


      About the Green Festival
      The Green Festival is the nation’s premier sustainability event, where you will see the best in green. Enjoy more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators; great how-to workshops; cutting-edge films; fun activities for kids; organic beer and wine; delicious vegetarian cuisine and diverse live music. See the most recent developments in renewable energy and green technology; and learn how to invest in your community, green your home and avoid products made without consideration of the earth or its people. Shop in our unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses-everything from all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to Fair Trade gifts and beautiful kitchen tiles made from renewable resources.

      http://www.greenfestivals.org/

  4. Nov
    30
    Sat
    1. Fall Deadline: #sfgreenlife Instagram Challenge
      Nov 30 (all-day)


      Lights! Camera! Take Action!Submit your Instagram photos or videos to the 2014 SF Green Film Festival!

      Kermit was wrong! It is easy being green, and you know it. Show us your day-to-day ventures of green living in the Bay Area using Instagram, whether it be your bike ride to work, your locally grown lunch, your eco-fashion, or simply the trash you picked up off the beach.

      Document how you’re making a difference by taking photos/videos and posting them on Instagram using the hashtag #sfgreenlife for a chance to earn a complimentary Festival Pass and to have your green life endeavors shown on the big screen at the 2014 Festival.

      Get your Fall entries in by November 30!

      Submission Rules & Guidelines >>

      View All Entries on Instagram >>

  5. Dec
    13
    Fri
    1. Early Deadline: 2014 Festival Call for Entries
      Dec 13 (all-day)



      Entries are now being accepted for the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival, May 29 – June 4, 2014.

      The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on length or genre. To qualify, productions must feature an aspect of sustainability or of the relationship between people and the planet.

      Entry form and full information >>

  6. Jan
    10
    Fri
    1. Regular Deadline: 2014 Festival Call for Entries
      Jan 10 (all-day)



      Entries are now being accepted for the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival, May 29 – June 4, 2014.

      The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on length or genre. To qualify, productions must feature an aspect of sustainability or of the relationship between people and the planet.

      Entry form and full information >>

  7. Jan
    17
    Fri
    1. Final Deadline: 2014 Festival Call for Entries
      Jan 17 (all-day)



      Entries are now being accepted for the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival, May 29 – June 4, 2014.

      The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on length or genre. To qualify, productions must feature an aspect of sustainability or of the relationship between people and the planet.

      Entry form and full information >>

  8. Jan
    20
    Mon
    1. SFGFF co-presents: MORE THAN HONEY @ Goethe-Institut
      6:00 PM – 8:00 PM



      SFGFF is co-presenting More Than Honey at this year’s Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.

      Winner of the Best Feature Award at the 2013 SFGFF, you can see this visually dazzling film once again on the big screen at the Goethe-Institut on January 20.

      In the past five years, billions of honeybees have simply vanished for reasons that are still obscure. Seeking answers, More Than Honey embarks on a captivating and disturbing journey around the world. This touching documentary by Academy Award nominated director Markus Imhoof guarantees that will never let you look at bees the same way again.

      The 18th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival takes place January 15-21 in San Francisco, including screenings at the Castro Theater.

      Info & Tickets >>

  9. Feb
    14
    Fri
    1. Final Deadline: 2014 Student Video Contest
      Feb 14 – Feb 15 (all-day)



      Once again, SFGFF is a proud partner of Breathe California’s Clear the Air Film Fest! Student entries are being accepted until February 14. Winning films will be eligible to win up to $1,000 and will be shown in our Future Filmmakers program at the Roxie on May 31.

      The Clear the Air Film Fest showcases short films that address air quality, the environment or tobacco use. High school students, college students, or youth-focused community organizations can enter the competition at www.cleartheairfilmfest.org.

  10. Apr
    3
    Thu
    1. SFGFF recommends: Food+Farm Film Fest @ Roxie Theater
      Apr 3 – Apr 6 (all-day)



      The 2nd Food+Farm Film Fest takes place April 3-6, 2014, at the Roxie in San Francisco, in partnership with Bi-Rite Market. Festival proceeds support 18 Reasons, a San Francisco-based non-profit that offers hands-on food experiences to all Bay Area residents.

      Come and see inspiring new films that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system. SFGFF’s top picks include (2013 SFGFF Winner) MORE THAN HONEY, LE QUATRRO VOLTE, MUSSELS IN LOVE, and BROOKLYN FARMER. But all programs promise to be tasty and delicious – we’ll see you there!

      Info and tix: www.foodandfarmfilms.com

  11. Apr
    16
    Wed
    1. SFGFF @ BART Blue Sky Festival @ Justin Herman Plaza
      11:00 AM – 2:00 PM



      BART Blue Sky FestivalOn Wednesday, April 16, 2014, BART will hold its fourth annual Blue Sky Festival to celebrate Earth Day. The lunchtime event will be held at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco and is our way of celebrating the eco-friendly and innovative attitude of the Bay Area community while thanking BART customers for riding BART.

      More than 50 commercial companies, nonprofit organizations and public agencies that provide green products and services will take part. And, as a special feature, a mock-up of BART’s new Fleet of the Future car will be on display! The prototype car will be open for you to tour and offer your comments about the design and amenities. Don’t miss this chance to see the new car before it is put into service in 2017 at the start of the fleet replacement program.

      Come by the SF Green Film Festival booth and be the amongst the first to get exciting updates on films and guests in this year’s festival!

      www.bart.gov/guide/bluesky/festival