INSPIRING AUDIENCES TO TAKE ACTION
We want to empower people to become activists, advocates, and savvy consumers. It is essential to the SFGFF mission that we empower those who attend our programs to move beyond their theatre seats towards an active response of solidarity with the environmental justice issues presented by our films.
CASE STUDY: SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH
(Mark Hall, 2011) blew audiences away at the San Francisco Green Film Festival 2012 with this revealing documentary on the environmental cost of sushi. Pairing the film screening with a lively panel debate and a take-home action step guide, the Festival actively engaged the audience to think differently about this specialty food.
By making BAG IT
(Suzan Beraza, 2010) the star of the Opening Night of the 2011 SFGFF, audiences were inspired to draw the connection between their day-to-day activities – using single use plastic bags – and the depletion of marine life in our oceans. This light-hearted tale soon begins to unravel the complexities of the plastic bag industry, the impact that plastic production and the disposal of it has on our oceans, and how it affects human health.
On November 16, 2011, SFGFF hosted the SF premiere of Leslie Iwerks’ PIPE DREAMS
and distributed our pilot LCAS! handouts. The film explores the largest environmental battle in the US today – the Keystone XL Pipeline. The screening was followed by a panel discussion that included filmmaker Leslie Iwerks, Matt Leonard, Tar Sands Action project manager at 350.org, and Michael Watts, Professor of Geography and Development Studies, UC Berkeley.