Can People and Endangered Species Live Together?
SFGFF and the San Francisco Public Library present a film that deals with the dilemma of economic growth versus species preservation.
Join us for a FREE lunchtime screening of BUTTERFLIES & BULLDOZERS and a Q&A with the filmmakers Ann & Steve Dunsky following the film.
San Bruno Mountain is the largest intact fragment of wild San Francisco. For fifty years, many people have fought to protect the mountain and its rare butterflies. The fight resulted in a significant change to the federal policy on endangered species, and in the process, turned allies into enemies. Told with humor and insight from those involved with the battles, this is a tale of right vs right. It is also a story about the rights of nature and the rights of people, one of compromise and commitment, and one about the difficult choices we all have to make. http://www.butterfliesandbulldozers.com/
This is a Stegner Environmental Center and Green Stacks Program.
In person: Filmmakers Mark Dixon and Ben Evans.
50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road – packing hope, and humor, searching for innovators and citizens solving humanity’s greatest environmental crises. Piling on personal challenges as they explore every state in a year (the good, the bad, and the weird), an unexpected turn of events pushes the team to the brink in this award-winning docu-comedy. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and others. More at http://www.yert.com
Don’t miss this Bay Area premiere which was the recent winner of the Audience Awards at the Effy Film Festival. CLICK HERE to buy tickets in advance.
JOIN US AT THE 2011 BIONEERS CONFERENCE October 14-16, 2011 to explore the forefront of positive change in deeply inspiring keynote talks, panels, workshops and intensives. Connect with leading-edge people and ideas. Network with dynamic changemakers. See Moving Image Festival screenings and attend networking receptions. Discover powerful opportunities and strategies for creating positive change in your work, life and community. This year’s plenaries include Gloria Steinem, Amory Lovins, Paul Stamets, Rebecca Moore from Google Earth Outreach, and many other luminaries.
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.
SFGFF brings you our first round of trivia, music and munchies. We’ll take you on a hilarious journey of all things green (and maybe even some not-so-green).
Start the Halloween madness at 7pm on Thursday, October 27 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. We’ll have great prizes such as tickets to the festival opening night party on March 1, tickets to films at the festival, and cool festival merch, plus a few spooky prizes too.
Tickets to 2012 Opening Night!
Come dressed as your favorite green character (come on, everyone in this town loves a costume) and you’ll be eligible for special tickets to the festival.
This is a group event and we encourage you to bring 3 friends so you have a full team! Book your team table early – space is limited!
This event is a fundraiser for the San Francisco Green Film Festival. Ticket sales and bar 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 back top-notch films and events in 2012!
Submit your film for the 2012 Festival at sfgreenfilmfest.org
FINAL deadline: October 29, 2011
The Social Change Film Festival & Institute (SCFFI) presents The Global Water Crisis: Symposium & Fundraiser, in partnership with the World Bank, Woodside Capital Partners, the San Francisco Green Film Festival and Blue Planet Network.
Date: November 5, 2011
Where: Stonebrook Court, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Water Symposium: 12:30-6:30 p.m.
SCFFI Fundraiser & Party: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Tickets for the symposium and party are $50. Spaces are limited.
Click here to purchase.
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 in what has become the most controversial environmental battle in the US today: The Keystone XL Pipeline.
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.
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, 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.
Further film information and trailer at pipedreamsdoc.com
~ Leslie Iwerks, Writer, Director, Producer, PIPE DREAMS
~ Matt Leonard, Project Manager – Tar Sands Action, 350.org
~ Brant Olson, Freedom from Oil campaign director, Rainforest Action Network
~ Shirin Sadeghi (moderator), independent television/radio Producer and Host
~ Michael Watts, Professor of Geography and Development Studies, UC Berkeley
This is a benefit to support the work of the San Francisco Green Film Festival. sfgreenfilmfest.org
The SF Film Society | New People Cinema is located in Japantown on Post Street between Webster and Buchanan. Click for map.
It is close to MUNI lines 2, 3, 22, 38, & 38L.
The Japan Center Garage entrance is located right in front of the cinema on Post Street, and also be accessed from 1610 Geary Boulevard.
Did you know that SFGFF screens films from the festival year-round at the SF Public Library? Our free programs this year include Bag It, Green, Butterflies & Bulldozers, and, this Wednesday, Dive! Living off America’s Waste. Join us to close our 2011 season at this free screening of an audience favorite from the 2011 festival. Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and garbage bins of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. www.divethefilm.com
DIVE! Living off America’s Waste
Dir. Jeremy Seifert
USA 2009, 39 min.
Wednesday, November 30
Free Screening: 6:00pm
Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch,
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
This is a Stegner Environmental Center, San Francisco Green Film Festival and Green Stacks Program.
The City Dark is the latest film from Ian Cheney (King Corn, Truck Farm) and will screen on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the 2nd SF Green Film Festival with the director in attendance. Can’t wait until March? Get a sneak peek of this wonderful film at the San Francisco Film Society Cinema on Tuesday, December 6.
For most urban dwellers, a starry night is often impeded by the bright lights of the big city. Yet throughout history, the stars have inspired some of our greatest poets, philosophers and painters. In The City Dark, filmmaker Ian Cheney seeks to discover what we lose when we lose the night. The myriad implications of a planet glittering with artificial lights are explored, from increased health risks to a generation of kids deprived of the wonders of the universe. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, historians and lighting designers, The City Dark is a cautionary tale of light pollution and the disappearance of the night sky. For tickets visit sffs.org
The City Dark
Dir. Ian Cheney, USA 2011, 84 min.
Tuesday, December 6
Showtimes: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00
SF Film Society | New People Cinema
1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)
Tickets: SFFS Members $9; seniors/students/disabled $10; general $11.
*** Thank you all for the amazing response to our party invitation – THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL!
Festival tickets and passes will be on sale Feb 1st at sfgreenfilmfest.org
Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment – screenings will sell out fast! ***
Join us on Tuesday, January 31st at CompoClay’s stylish downtown showroom to celebrate the official launch of the 2012 festival. Be the first to pick up a festival program, see a sneak peek of some of our most inspiring films, hear about the great line-up of films and guests, and make new festival friends!
The showroom is situated in the Crocker Galleria on Post Street between Montgomery/Kearny, half a block from Montgomery BART and Market Street MUNI lines.
The Program Launch Party is presented with the generous support of CompoClay .
This class surveys green-themed documentaries and reassesses our perspective on the world from the ground up. Do the plants really control us? Can a cause be a character? What does it mean to be green, and how do we determine excellence in films with content linked to causes such as mining, climate change and land use policy? Learn about this increasingly expansive genre and get introduced to the green dialogue taking place on screens big and small all over the world.
Instructor: Soumyaa Kapil Behrens
INFORMATION & TICKETS: http://www.sffs.org/content.aspx?catid=11&pageid=2626