Rachel Caplan ~ Founder & Executive Director
I’m passionate about how environmentally-focused films & media can be used to engage the public in many different ways, through screenings, discussions, events, education programs, and online tools. In 2011, I launched the San Francisco Green Film Festival – to present forward-thinking programs of films and discussions that inspire collaborative environmental action. The Festival is also committed to working with corporate and non-profit partners to produce innovative pairings of film with other arts and green activities.
I have seventeen years experience in film exhibition and distribution including work for the Edinburgh, London and San Francisco International Film Festivals and as a film publicist with Intermedia and United International Pictures (handling international theatrical campaigns for Paramount, Universal, and DreamWorks). From 2007-2009, I was Festival Director for the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, the first and largest showcase for ocean related films in North America. The vision for the Green Film Festival grew out of this work and to fill the need for a dynamic forum for sharing diverse environmental stories in the city that’s at the forefront of the global Green movement.
I have a Masters degree in Cinema & Television Studies from the British Film Institute (BFI). I have been a voting member of BAFTA since 2000 and served as Board Treasurer for Bay Area Women in Film & Media 2008-2011. I’m most likely to be found in one of the city’s many excellent cinemas or parks. Follow @rachelsf.
Gemma Bradshaw ~ Festival Producer
Since winning a Blue Peter Badge for a recycling campaign poster at the age of 10, I’ve been passionate about influencing the environmental debate and encouraging people to play their part.
As Festival Producer at the San Francisco Green Film Festival, I’m involved in all aspects of programming and development for the Festival. Films have a unique way of hitting our emotions, and I’m excited to shape a program of guests and filmmakers designed to inspire people to learn more and take action.
I have 10 years experience working for policy-led organizations in London and San Francisco, focusing on advocacy strategies; event management; and building partnerships to achieve change.
FOR THE 2014 FESTIVAL
Caitlin Sislin ~ Development Consultant
Philip Walker ~ Sponsorship Associate
Zoe Hatziantoniou ~ Programs Assistant
Heather Jackson ~ Guest Services Liaison
Suzanne Meredith ~ Programs Assistant
Bryan Tjiupek ~ Programming/Screenings Assistant
Kyung-Im Woo ~ Submissions Assistant
Andrea Carla Michaels
Chris Mungall PhD
Arielle Flinkman ~ Special Events Intern
Sadie Waddington, One Big Fish Event Planning ~ Special Events Producer
TAKE ACTION! PROGRAM & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Sarah Baig ~ Outreach Intern
Lyndal Cairns ~ Social Media Strategy
Anna Colibri ~ Video Story Booth Producer
Arjun Jayaraman ~ Community Partner Liaison
Ron Landskroner ~ Researcher
Heather Louie ~ Take Action! Researcher
Greg Smith ~ Community Partner Liaison
Now is a great time to get involved with the 2014 Festival – find out more on our VOLUNTEER page.
Skye Christensen, Educator, Facilitator; Co-Founder, SF Dance Film Festival
Lina Constantinovici, CEO, StartupNectar; Advisory Board, SXSW Eco; Mentor, Hub Ventures
Debbie Kinder, CEO, BLUE Ocean Film Festival
Suzanne Harle, Founder, Green Planet Films
Kevin Krueger, SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer, Jewish Senior Living Group
David McGuire, MPH, Director, Shark Stewards at Earth Island Institute
Cynthia A. Phillips, PhD, Founder/CEO, G Media Partners
Heidi Quante, Creative Communications and Campaigns, Q Consulting
Shawn Rosenmoss, Development and Community Partnerships, Department of the Environment, City and County of San Francisco
Roz Savage, Ocean Rower, Environmental Campaigner, United Nations Climate Hero
Mark Valentine, Strategy and Management Consultant, ReFrame It Consulting
FULL CIRCLE FUND TEAM: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Gemma Bradshaw (Team Co-Leader)
Carlos Garcia (Team Co-Leader)
Linda Blackaby, Cinema Projects
Robyn Bykofsky, Ninth Street Independent Film Center
Gaetano Capizzi, Green Film Network
Isabel Fondevila, Roxie Theater
Diana Fuller, Roxie Theater
Suzanne Harle, Green Planet Films
Cella Mitchell, San Francisco Public Library
Brian Schulz, Ninth Street Independent Film Center
Thank you the many hundreds of passionate and dedicated volunteers who, since the first festival in 2011, have taken tickets, ushered audiences, set-up events (and cleaned-up afterwards), and created a warm welcome for all our guests. We couldn’t do it without you! Find out how to get involved on our VOLUNTEER page.