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  1. Apr
    1. SFGFF Recommends: WATERMARK + filmmakers @ Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema
      Apr 18 – Apr 24 (all-day)

      Stunning new documentary WATERMARK opens April 18, 2014 at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco, and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley.

      MEET THE FILMMAKERS IN PERSON: Join Edward Burtynsky in person with SF Green Film Festival’s Executive Director Rachel Caplan for Q&As at Opera Plaza on opening night, Friday, April 18. Jennifer Baichwal will be in person for Q&As at Shattuck Cinemas on opening night, Friday, April 18.

      Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco (415) 771-0183
      Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley (510) 644-2992

      Award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal (MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES) and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, beautifully weave together diverse stories from around the globe that eloquently detail humanity’s relationship with water through the ages: how we are drawn to it, how we use it, and the magnitude of our need for this rapidly depleting resource.

      We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and roam the sublime pristine watersheds of Northern British Columbia.

      WatermarkShot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a lingering memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces. These images, both beautiful and haunting, create a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity’s past, present and future relationship with the natural world. In WATERMARK, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted – until it’s gone.


      Photo: Colorado River Delta #2, Near San Felipe, Baja, Mexico 2011
      © Edward Burtynsky

  2. Apr
    1. SFGFF @ Earth Day SF @ U.N. Plaza
      Apr 19 (all-day)

      Earth Day SF 2014Celebrate Earth Day 2014 in the heart of San Francisco.

      Join Musicians and Performers, Educators and Mentors, Artists and Artisans, Crafts People, Civic and Community Leaders, Ceremonialists, Workshop Leaders, Youth Activists and Social Justice Non-Profit Organizations, in this powerful full-on day of green sustainability solutions. This year’s festival focuses on activating the public to energetically pursue effective green solutions and integrate these sustainable practices into everyday life. Designed to empower the people of the Bay Area Community, and beyond, to start individually and collectively addressing the local and planetary environmental challenges we all face.

      JOIN Thousands IN A ‘CALL TO ACTION’ !!!: Our Climate Action Rally leaves from Justin Herman Plaza and joins the Earth Day Festival at 1 PM . Let your voice be heard on April 19th 2014 at U.N. Plaza.

      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!


  3. Apr
    1. SFGFF Earth Day Free Screening & Discussion: WATERSHED @ Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library Main Branch
      6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

      This Earth Day, join SF Green Film Festival and SF Public Library for a special screening of

      WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West.

      Free admission.

      Screening followed by discussion with Jill Tidman, Executive Director, The Redford Center.

      WatershedThe Colorado River defines the landscape of the American West. The water it provides brings livelihoods to millions of people along its course. Yet with increasing demand this precious resource is at risk. Watershed, written and directed by Bay Area filmmaker Mark Decena and co-produced by Jamie Redford, brings audiences beautiful images of the river’s dramatic geography and the shocking fact that the river already runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California. But this is an optimistic tale. Narrator Robert Redford, introduces people that live, work and enjoy the Colorado River and are working to do things differently. A Los Angeles bicycle activist, a Navajo Nation councilwoman, a Colorado fly-fishing guide, and a restoration ecologist in Mexico, all have at least one thing in common – introducing us to a new water ethic. This prize winning documentary provides inspiration for us all to make more sustainable water choices.

      Mark Decena, USA, 2012, 57 mins

      This event is co-presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival, the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, and the Green Stacks Program of the San Francisco Public Library.

  4. Apr
    1. 2014 Program Launch Party
      6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

      The 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival
      May 29 – June 4, 2014
      is just around the corner!


      Tuesday, April 29, 2013

      Join us to celebrate the official launch of the 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!

      Full event details coming soon.

  5. May
    1. 4th SF Green Film Festival @ Roxie Theater
      May 29 – Jun 4 (all-day)

      It’s the Green Film Festival’s 4th year, but our first outing at the historic Roxie Theater! Join us to celebrate with a week-long festival of films, live events, filmmakers and special guests. From slow foodies to surfer activists, green designers to garbage artists, health heroes to product pioneers, it’s not just movies: it’s a movement. Discover 50 new films from around the globe and hear stories from people facing the world’s most urgent environmental issues and creating the most innovative solutions.

      The full line-up will be announced in late April. To get the latest updates, sign up for our email newsletter.

      2014 Save the Date!

  6. May
    1. 2014 Festival Youth Program: Future Filmmakers Going Green @ Roxie Theater
      12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

      Saturday, May 31, 2014
      Roxie Theater
      3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

      Join us at the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival for a showcase of short films made by local youth that will inspire audiences to live eco-sensitive lives. This year, the Festival partners with Roxie’s Future Filmmakers program to give local high school and college students and youth-focused community organizations the opportunity to come together and see their work on the big screen. Join us to share stories, common interests and concerns, and to learn from each other and the young filmmakers who are inspiring us to protect the planet.