Join us on May 31 at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center to launch our 2012 community screenings series:
Special screening and Q&A with Bay Area filmmakers Shira and Yoav Potash
Moderated by Julian Mocine-McQueen, Campaign and Partnerships Manager, Green For All
***ADVANCE ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE NOW ENDED.
A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR***
Thursday, May 31
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
7:00-7:30 pm Drinks and networking
7:30 pm Film screening and filmmaker Q&A
Is it possible to eat healthy on a food stamp budget?
This informative and humorous documentary film follows nutritionist Shira Potash and her documentary filmmaker husband Yoav as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Shira teaches healthy cooking classes to elementary students in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are eligible for food stamps. In an attempt to to walk a mile in their shoes, Shira and Yoav embark on the “Food Stamp Challenge”, eating on roughly one dollar per meal. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system. www.foodstamped.com
Tickets include film screening and light refreshments. Space is limited so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Please note: we can accept cash only at the door.
The Film Center is located at 145 9th Street between Mission & Howard. It is 2 blocks south from Civic Center BART and Market Street MUNI lines. Click for map/directions.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
*** Don’t miss the filmmakers discussing the film on Tuesday, May 29 at 10:00am on “Your Call” with Rose Aguilar, KALW 91.7 FM. ***
Shira Potash is a certified nutrition educator with a Masters of Science in Community Health Education. She is currently a project manager for Kaiser Permanente’s national employee wellness program, Healthy Workforce, where she produced a series of cooking videos for employees. She has also produced videos for other non-profit nutrition education programs such as Cooking with Kids and Project EAT. In her private nutrition practice, Sprouts Nutrition, Shira works one-on-one with clients of all ages to guide them towards optimum health.This is her first film.
Yoav Potash’s work addresses important social issues of our day. Yoav recently produced and directed CRIME AFTER CRIME, a documentary about the legal battle to free a victim of abuse from a California prison. CRIME AFTER CRIME premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has won a dozen major film festival awards, including the Audience Award and the Golden Gate Award for Investigative Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Justice Matters Prize at the Washington DC International Film Festival, and the Grand Prize at the San Antonio Film Festival. For his advocacy, Yoav was the first filmmaker to be honored by the California Women’s Law Center with their Pursuit of Justice Award.
Yoav has also produced short documentaries and videos for many companies and nonprofits, including Apple Computer, Neutrogena and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation to name a few. He has taught film courses at the Bay Area Video Coalition and Academy of Art University, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he received the university’s top prize in creative writing.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Julian Mocine-McQueen is the Campaign and Partnerships Manager for Green For All, a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Julian works with people around the country who are putting government investment dollars to work on a local level to build the green economy. As the facilitator of the Green For All Academy, he trains leaders with the tools they need to communicate the promise of the green economy and to engage disadvantaged communities in support of green jobs and climate protection strategies. Julian has been featured in The Nation, Wiretap magazine and The San Francisco Xpress, and has been recognized by the California Labor Archives for excellence in writing. Julian is an Oakland native and a graduate of San Francisco State University.
“Informative… Entertaining… Inspiring.”
~ San Francisco Chronicle
“FOOD STAMPED is a warm, delightful, and entertaining film with a serious message: it’s really difficult to eat healthfully on food stamp (SNAP) benefits even if you are educated, savvy, live near a decent grocery store or farmers’ market, have plenty of time and energy, and are a great cook. Everyone should see this film, especially those who complain about how low-income people use their benefits.”
~ Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, and author of “Food Politics.”
“I love this film! It is eye-opening and sobering, yet delivers its message with a warm heart and terrific spirit. One comes away inspired by our potential for inventiveness, and motivated to activism, rather than feeling defeated.”
~ Mollie Katzen, Best-Selling Cookbook Author
“FOOD STAMPED should be seen by anyone and everyone. A surprisingly delightful film given the toughness of the subject.”
~ Deborah Madison, Best-Selling Author
This screening is presented with generous support from the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, where SFGFF is a participant in the 2011/2012 Ninth Street Media Arts Incubator Program. The program provides SFGFF with a work space, use of an 80-seat screening room, and access to other Film Center resources.
Back by popular demand, SFGFF returns with our second round of trivia, music, munchies and a pint.
Start the midsummer madness at 6:30pm on Thursday, June 28 (game starts at 7:00pm sharp) at the Buck Tavern. Bring your friends, your thinking caps and a little cash and enjoy a night of drinks, food and some good green competition. Our partners at the Bay Area Science Festival and the Conservatory of Flowers, as well as NY Times crossword puzzle constructor Andrea Carla Michaels, have joined us to create some brain-twisting rounds.
We’ll have great prizes including tickets to the Plantosaurus Rex exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers and tickets for upcoming SFGFF events, to name a few.
TICKETS: advance online ticket sales have now ended for this event. Tickets will be available on the door tonight!
$40 for a team of four people
$12 for an individual ticket
Please note: we can accept cash only at the door.
This is a group event and we encourage you to bring 3 friends so you have a full team! If you buy an individual ticket we’ll help you make up a team at the venue. Our first trivia night was standing-room only so be sure to book your team table soon!
This event is a fundraiser for the San Francisco Green Film Festival. Ticket sales and 20% of bar food & drink proceeds go towards supporting our mission to present forward-thinking programs of films and discussions that inspire environmental action and advocacy. Your support helps SFGFF reach its fundraising goal to bring top-notch films and events to the Bay Area thru 2012 and beyond!
Many thanks to the Buck Tavern for hosting the evening and supporting us so generously.
MINDS IN THE WATER
Justin Krumb, USA, 2011, 90 min.
5 years in the making, this beautiful documentary chronicles professional surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich’s path to protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. Rasta’s latest campaign – a 660km sailing expedition along Australia’s Gold Coast – provides the backdrop for this evolution. His quest to gather support from professional surfers, seek guidance from Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson, and visit with California’s first coastal tribe, leads to a showdown in Taiji, Japan, made notorious in The Cove. www.mindsinthewater.com
Screening followed by discussion and Q&A with Mark Palmer, Associate Director, and Laura Bridgeman, Program Associate, with Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.
There’s another opportunity to view Festival 2011 Opening Night film BAG IT at the San Francisco Public Library on Thursday, August 23. This film will change your life!
Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, disposable bags that they throw away without much thought. But where is “away”? Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to the environment, marine life, and human health? BAG IT follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. What he learns quickly grows far beyond plastic bags…
Also, check out “The Plastic in Question” exhibit on the 1st, 4th and 5th Floors of the San Francisco Main Library. Since 1999 Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang have collected more than two tons of plastic trash from 1,000 yards of Kehoe Beach along the Point Reyes National Seashore. They have transformed this debris into engaging works of art that raise awareness of the sheer variety and ubiquity of plastic pollution and its impact on delicate marine ecosystems.
Please visit SFPL for more information on these and other Green Stacks events as part of “The Plastic in Question” exhibit running through October 11.
Join us on Wednesday, September 12, with award-winning, Bay Area documentary filmmaker Judy Irving who will show excerpts from her work-in-progress film PELICAN DREAMS about the most enigmatic of our local birds, the Brown Pelican.
Judy directed THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL but her love for Brown Pelicans goes even further back:
“Because pelicans have an ancient magic about them, and because their near-extinction and recovery parallel our human relationship to the environment, I’ve been wanting to make a film about them for years, but I needed a good story! One August afternoon, a confused young pelican landed on the roadway of the Golden Gate Bridge, causing a spectacular traffic jam and providing the beginning of a perfect narrative arc for this film.”
Learn about and participate in the creative process of filmmaking! Join us for this unique work-in-progress event, see short clips and extracts from the upcoming film, and discuss the process of creating a narrative arc in a documentary.
Watch Gigi’s traffic-stopping arrest here.
Click here to read the production blog.
Wednesday, September 12
6:30pm for refreshments, 7:00pm for program
Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 9th Street (at Mission/Howard)
ADVANCE ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE ENDED. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR [CASH ONLY].
This event is presented in partnership with the “Work It!” program of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center.
Another chance to see our 2012 Opening Night Film at the SF International South Asian Film Festival, Sept 19-23, 2012. This year’s festival brings over 20 films from 9 different countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Canada, South Africa, UK and USA.
THE ISLAND PRESIDENT
Jon Shenk, USA/Maldives, 2012, 101 mins
In Person: Jon Shenk
An inspiring, pictorially dazzling documentary from one of the Bay Area’s most exciting filmmakers! Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. The film follows Nasheed during his first year in office, culminating with a stirring speech given at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. Just this February, Nasheed was forced out of office in a coup d’etat, lending this film an unusual timeliness and poignancy.
Awards: Cadillac People’s Choice Doc Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2011
Bad school food meets its match! Join the SF Green Film Festival, MLK Jr. Middle School, and the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley for a special screening of the award-winning documentary “Cafeteria Man” with chef Tony Geraci.
Tickets for youth, students and educators are free but please reserve your seats in advance. If your group is 10 or more, please contact Margaret Pointdexter on (415) 602-7005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds support the year-round educational outreach programs of the SF Green Film Festival.
CLICK HERE to download an event poster for your school or group noticeboard [PDF]
“Cafeteria Man” is a story of positive movement that shows what's possible in our nation’s schools. It’s about the aspiration of activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school. It’s about overhauling a dysfunctional nutritional system. And, it’s the story of what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen.
Leading the charge to replace pre-plated, processed foods with locally-grown, freshly-prepared meals is Tony Geraci, food-service director for the city’s public schools in Baltimore, Maryland. A charismatic chef from New Orleans, Geraci’s bold vision includes school vegetable gardens, student-designed meals, meatless Mondays, and nutrition education in the classroom. Featuring Michael Pollan, First Lady Michelle Obama, and White House Chef Sam Kass. The film is directed by Emmy award-winner Richard Chisolm. The film is 65 minutes and suitable for middle school students and above.
The star of the film, Tony Geraci, will be present for a discussion after the screening. The screening and discussion will be followed by tours of the Edible Schoolyard garden and kitchen, which is attached to the MLK Jr. Middle School – plus a food demo with Chef Tony!
Join SFGFF for the closing night of the SF International South Asian Film Festival, Sept 19-23, 2012. This year’s festival brings over 20 films from 9 different countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Canada, South Africa, UK and USA.
VALLEY OF SAINTS
Musa Syeed, USA/Kashmir, 2012, 82 mins
Lyrical romance and lush cinematography intermingle in this neorealist feature debut that was a major award winner at the Sundance Film Festival. The breathtaking Dal Lake in Kashmir is a sprawling aquatic community where erupting political violence often distracts from natural beauty. Gulzar, a young, working-class boatman, navigates the floating landscape and dreams of a better life. When he takes on a job assisting a Kashmiri-American scientist to collect water samples for her environmental study, everything in his own life begins to take on a new hue. Syeed intricately weaves together contemporary ecological issues with traditional culture, and deftly captures the unlikely romance that blossoms between the boatman and the scientist. The standout soundtrack for the film features music by Kashmiri-American band Zerobridge.
Awards: World Cinema Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival
What do you get when you mix hundreds of astronomers and scientists together with zombies, barbots, and chefs? An experiment in fun, that’s what! As the second annual Bay Area Science Festival returns October 25 – November 3, people of all ages can connect with their inner scientist with more than 50 events showcasing the multi-faceted magic of science–most of them free of charge.
With events occurring from Santa Rosa to San Jose, the 10-day festival offers a mélange of entertaining, educational and out-of-this world experiences to foodies, cyclists, and aspiring scientists alike. bayareascience.org
France, 2011, 65 mins.
Join us for this free screening of the ‘Director’s Choice’ from the 2012 SF Green Film Festival.
Beautifully shot, alternately joyful and horrifying, Alma captures the ecological, and even spiritual, cost of meat, dairy, and leather production in the Amazon.
Since 2003, Patrick Rouxel has dedicated his time to making films aimed at raising awareness of deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and the ethical treatment of animals. The multi-award winning Green (which premiered at SFGFF 2011) presented a heartrending account of the life of an Orangutan against a backdrop of palm oil production and natural habitat loss.
In Alma, Rouxel continues his cinematic journey into the world’s forests and the industries that are destroying them, this time heading to Brazil to explore the devastating impacts of the cattle industry. Here he creates a powerful statement about the global industrial economy and the speed with which virgin forests are being cleared for timber and new grazing land.
The film offers a unique and visually stunning exposition of a colorful cowboy culture and the millions of animals used to satisfy our voracious global appetite for meat and dairy products. In almost-wordless contemplation, the film wanders from forest to pasture to rodeo to slaughterhouse to market to tannery. In essence, Alma is a journey into the soul of humanity and a testimony of the damage inflicted by humans on the natural world.
This event is co-presented with the Stegner Environmental Center and Green Stacks Program of the San Francisco Public Library.
The GREEN FESTIVAL is back in SF this weekend! Lots of great speakers (Bill McKibben, Amy Goodman and more), events, yoga classes, food, exhibitors, and inspiring new ideas at the forefront of the Green movement.
Come by our SF Green Film Festival POP-UP CINEMA in booth #855 and say hello!
In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, EATING ALABAMA is a story about why food matters.
Andrew Beck Grace, 2012, USA, 62 min.
Nov 11 @ 2:45 pm – Roxie Theater, SF
Nov 12 @ 7:15 pm – Roxie Theater, SF
INFORMATION & TICKETS:
Co-presented by SF Green Film Festival as part of SF Documentary Festival, November 8-21, 2012.