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 sixteen 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. Connect on LinkedIn.
Daniela Rible ~ Deputy Director
Daniela has 14 years of experience in international broadcasting, journalism, film, video and in the non-profit sector. Daniela began her media career while living in Moscow, Russia. There she worked for NBC News Moscow Bureau, The Moscow Times and on the production for “Yanks for Stalin”, which aired on the History Channel’s Undercover Series in 1999.
During the past year she has worked on various film projects, including as associate producer, marketing/special projects and assistant editor for the feature-length documentary BLAU JEANS, which premiered at the 2009 Achtung Berlin Festival. She was also the production manager for the feature MERCURY’S RULE, currently in post-production and has produced several videos, including on the Burmese and Brazilian communities and post-Katrina New Orleans. She is also a contributing writer for the Indian American magazine. Prior to that, Daniela worked for Pacific News Service/New America Media where she directed and developed a civic arts project for youth in San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall, produced both national and local events for non-mainstream media and managed the production and content for a national ethnic media directory.
In line with her passion for travel, Daniela loves foreign cultures and speaks German, Spanish & Russian. She holds a B.A. in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and certificate in video production and editing from City College of San Francisco.
FOR THE 2014 FESTIVAL
Arielle Flinkman ~ Special Events Assistant
Arielle just joined our team! More coming soon…
Anna Goldstein ~ Fundraising and Development Assistant
Anna just joined our team! More coming soon…
Caitlin Sislin ~ Development Consultant
Caitlin Sislin is a consultant supporting social impact organizations with strategic planning, communications, and fundraising. She is an environmental attorney by training and was a founding program director at Women’s Earth Alliance.
Kyung-Im Woo ~ Programming Assistant
Kyung-Im just joined our team! More coming soon…
Box Office: Ben Armington and Mitch Vaughn, Box Cubed
Festival Trailer: Mischa Hedges, TrimTab Media
Fiscal Sponsor: Green Planet Films
Graphic Design: Anthony Grant, ARG Studios; Avon Kuo; Stephen Mortimer
Global Festival Partners: Green Film Network
Program Consulting: Linda Blackaby, Cinema Projects
Special Events: Sadie Waddinton, One Big Fish Green Events
Skye Christensen, Educator, Facilitator
Lina Constantinovici, CEO, StartupNectar
Debbie Kinder, CEO & Executive Director, BLUE Ocean Film Festival
Suzanne Harle, Founder/Executive Director, Green Planet Films
Kevin Krueger, SPHR
David McGuire, MPH, Founder/CEO, Sea Stewards
Cynthia A. Phillips, PhD, Founder/Executive Director, Social Change Film Festival & Institute
Heidi Quante, Campaign Strategist & Media Consultant
Shawn Rosenmoss, Senior Environmental Specialist, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Roz Savage, Ocean Rower, Environmental Campaigner, United Nations Climate Hero
Mark Valentine, Founder & Principal, ReFrame It Consulting
FULL CIRCLE FUND TEAM: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Gemma Bradshaw (Team Co-Leader)
Carlos Garcia (Team Co-Leader)
2014 SCREENING COMMITTEE
Gemma Bradshaw, Event Producer, Cleantech Group
Rachel Caplan, Executive Director, San Francisco Green Film Festival
Cheryl Derricotte, Project Manager and Arts Administrator
Arielle Flinkman, Special Events Assistant, San Francisco Green Film Festival
Ambika Jain, Corporate Media Producer; Vice-President Bay Area Women in Film & Media
Heather Louie, Environmental Impact Associate, SCS Global Services
Andrea Carla Michaels, NY Times crossword puzzle constructor
Cella Mitchell, Wallace Stegner Environmental Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
Pamela Morse-Campbell, Event Producer, SF Surfrider, SurfAid, SF Ocean Film Festival, Wild & Scenic, Save The Waves
Chris Mungall PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Daniela Rible, Deputy Director, San Francisco Green Film Festival
Karen Topakian, Chair, Greenpeace, Inc.
Kristina Tuohey, Filmmaker
Mark Valentine, ReFrame It Consulting
Nadia Ward, Consultant
Thank you to all of our amazing 100+ festival volunteers for their dedication, passion, and support!
Find out how to get involved on our VOLUNTEER page.
SFGFF is fiscally sponsored by Green Planet Films, a 501(c)3 non-profit distributor of nature and environmental films from around the globe. As fiscal sponsor, Green Planet Films provides the non-profit status and back office support for SFGFF operations.