Filmmaker challenges us to ask: Do I really need this?

Sue Williams' documentaries are an in-depth look into the past, present, and future.

In her most recent production, Death by Design, she does an in-depth investigation into the electronics and technology companies and the harmful environmental and health effects that come with them on a global scale.

Death By DesignWilliams is a prominent New York based film producer and director who is widely known for her documentaries that hold an international scope and interest.

She founded Ambrica Productions in 1986, and since then she has directed five critically acclaimed, feature documentaries such as the China documentaries for PBS’s Frontline and biographies on Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary Pickford for the PBS series American Experience.

Her latest film Death by Design took a total of five years in the making and she decided to do this film almost by accident.

In an article by The Sydney Morning Herald, she describes how she was originally going to make a film on environmental activists Ma Jun.

But once she started investigating deeper, she realized that there was a much bigger story to tell than just his.

Death By Design

And while Williams' film is about electronics and their detrimental effects, she admits to being addicted to technological products like the rest of us.

Therefore, her goal is not to argue against technology but rather to make people reflect on their buying habits and make them more aware of their actions.

The next time you go to the store to get the newest gadget, she encourages you to ask yourself, "Do I really need this?"


Death By Design: Tuesday, November 1

San Francisco Green Film Festival proudly presents the SF Premiere of Death By Design at the Bay Area Science Festival. After the screening, join an expert discussion on the environmental impacts of our digital addiction.

November 1, 2016
6:00pm
    Reception in the lobby
7:00pm    Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Ticket includes pre-screening reception with drinks and light refreshments. 

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