Film Archive

Short Films - 2013 SF Green Film Festival

Here's the A-Z of shorts screened at the 3rd San Francisco Green Film Festival.


 

Anna, Emma And The Condors

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Bat City, USA

Bat City, USA is Laura Brooks' compelling new documentary about how a city overcame its fear of one of the world's most misunderstood creatures and now heartily embraces them, largely thanks to the efforts of one man.


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With My Own Two Wheels

For many Americans, the bicycle is a choice. An expensive toy. An eco-conscious mode of transportation. For countless others across the globe, it is much more. A story about how the bicycle can change the world—one pedal stroke at a time.


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Trash Dance

When choreographer Allison Orr finds inspirit, beauty and grace in garbage trucks, cranes and in the men and woman who collect our trash, she embarks on one of her biggest creative challenges.

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Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth (Corazón del Cielo, Corazón de la Tierra)

The location of the world’s largest—and possibly toxic—gold-mine pit, Guatemala is also the homeland of the Maya and their decidedly holistic cosmology. This kaleidoscopically beautiful documentary follows the daily and ceremonial lives of six articulate young Maya as they struggle to maintain their way of life.

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Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

Gertten’s last film, BANANAS!* (Award Winner at SFGFF 2011) recounts the lawsuit that twelve Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against the Dole Food Company. Within weeks of the film's completion, he was embroiled in a legal and public-relations battle to save the premiere, the film, his reputation, and his freedom of speech. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is a telling case study of the power of individuals to fight back.

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Breathing Earth - Susmu Shingu's Dream

World famous Japanese artist Susumu Shingu sculpts the winds and follows them in search of a resting place, a wind-powered home, for his long, lifetime dream of Breathing Earth. A film about the wind, the philosophy of a wise person, about art and love and dreams.

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In Organic we Trust

In this chapter-style award-winning documentary, Kip Pastor investigates what “certified organic” means today through interviews with organic farmers, critics, policy makers, scientists and nutrition experts, accompanied by infographics on land and pesticide use and corporations’ lobbying budgets.

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Plastic Paradise

Travel with filmmaker Angela Sun to Midway Atoll, a remote island in the pacific, as she seeks to uncover the mystery behind the island of garbage that everyone has heard of but no one truly understands.

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Bidder 70

Student Tim DeChristopher successfully bid $1.7 million dollars on unspoiled Federal land in Utah scheduled for federal oil and gas lease sales. Without intention of paying. All in the name of climate justice. The act cost him a 2-year Federal prison sentence

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Switch

Switch unassumingly explores the vast landscape of energy generation. We follow geologist Scott Tinker as he studies energy sources in an effort to understand the fundamental transition that must take place in order to adequately provide for the world’s future energy needs.

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More than Honey

In the past five years, billions of honeybees have simply vanished for reasons that are still obscure. Seeking answers, this visually dazzling film embarks on a captivating and disturbing journey around the world. This touching documentary by Academy Award nominated director Markus Imhoof guarantees that will never let you look at bees the same way again.

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Trashed

Follow Jeremy Irons on an emotional journey that looks closely at the consequences of our ever-growing piles of trash. From vast landscapes in China to a small boat in the North Pacific, Irons guides us through beautiful landscapes that are being ruined by our wasteful habits.

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Unacceptable Levels

Ever wonder about the chemicals that went into manufacturing your stuff? With little regulations, there are now over 80,000 chemicals used to manufacture furniture, cosmetics, clothing, toys, cookware and grow your food. You might wonder, “Why does that matter and what can I do?”.

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Because I Live Longer Than You! (Weil Ich Länger Lebe Als Du!)

Meet Felix Finkbeiner, who was just nine years old when he was inspired by Wangari Maathai to start Plant-for-the-Planet, a project that aims to have children plant 1 million trees in each country.

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Vanishing Point (Katinngat / Katinniq)

Vanishing Point captures the journey of a Navarana, a descendant of pioneering 1860’s shaman who seeks to connect with her Canadian cousins to learn how they are adapting to this rapidly changing world.

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La Source

Josue Lajeunesse is a Haitian immigrant, a single dad, a janitor at Princeton University who also fills in as a taxi driver to make ends meet. Clean water is not easily accessible in Haiti, and it’s a huge problem in Josue's home village, La Source. Each day, villagers choose between walking for miles along treacherous terrain to retrieve clean water or drink from the contaminated river. Narrated by Don Cheadle, this is a story of clean water and community transformation because one ordinary man is determined to make change.

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A River Changes Course

The lives of three Cambodian families dramatically change in subtle, devastating ways; fish catches get smaller, crops produce less rice, and the forests are disappearing. Cambodia is captured in haunting detail and each family is forced to make sacrifices to survive. The tough terrain is matched by their resilience, captured with humanity and warmth in this Sundance 2013 prize-winning documentary.

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Powerless (Katiyabaaz)

Would you risk your life to flip a switch? In Kanpur, India, putting oneself in harm’s way to deliver electrical power is all too common. Powerless sheds light on the opposing corners of this political ring, from Loha Singh’s electrical Robin Hood tapping wires for neighbors to the myopic utility company whose failure to understand economics forces it deeper into financial disarray. This vibrant exposé gives a whole new meaning to the words “power struggle.”

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Shored Up

Shored Up leaves no sand grain unturned; every perspective is brought together to capture wisdom and ironic lessons as New Jersey and North Carolina grapple with accelerating sea level rise before and after Hurricane Sandy.

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