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Behind the Scenes at Opening Night of Green Film Fest 2017

Green Film Fest 2017 kicked off Thursday night at the historic Castro Theater. Festival filmmakers and guests joined us for a special reception and the World Premiere of Mark Kitchell's new film Evolution of Organic.

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Green Spotlight: New documentary directors with a depth of experience

The San Francisco Green Film Festival aims to provide as varied a program as possible, giving voice to filmmakers with a kaleidoscope of perspectives, styles, and stories.

This year, we have a cadre of directors with the newly minted credit of 'documentary film director' who are, in fact, old-hands at filmmaking. They may not have directed a feature length documentary before, but they've paid their dues as camera operators, editors, writers, actors and even directors of other film genres. 

This means that while their films are infused with an invigorating energy, rookie director flaws are few and far between.

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Green Spotlight: Returning Filmmakers

The San Francisco Green Film Festival aims to provide as varied a program as possible, giving voice to filmmakers with a kaleidoscope of perspectives, styles, and stories.

We feel a special affinity for those filmmakers who have created a splash with their work at past festivals, and are truly excited to see what these 'alums' will do next.

This year, Green Film Fest welcomes back six directors with new and exciting offerings. We hope you love their newest efforts as much as we do.

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Behind The Scenes: Filmmaker Dan Goldes

Who isn't curious about what happens behind the scenes while making a film?

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'Sneak peak' installment number four brings the spotlight to filmmaker Dan Goldes, whose short, Arrested (Again), will be shown on Sunday, April 23, at 12:30 pm, in the Roxie.

This film is particularly dear to SFGFF's heart for a number of important reasons.

The obvious ones involve proximity: Goldes is our neighbor, a resident filmmaker in our own office building, the Ninth Street Independent Film Building; and the subject of his film, Karen Topakian, is on our screening committee.

But perhaps more importantly, Goldes is a wonderful filmmaker, and Topakian is, just, kind of wonderful.

A well known human rights activist. Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war.

Goldes tells Topakian's story with both humor and heart.

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The Nuclear Age on Film

Nuclear disarmament seems to have gone out of fashion with our current White House Administration. At the same time, the United Nations continues to work on a new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. 

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Behind the scenes: Filmmaker Tal Skloot

Who isn't curious about what happens behind the scenes while making a film?

Our third 'sneak peak' installment rolls along with Tal Skloot, the wizard behind the curtain of 4 Wheel Bob, which will be shown on Saturday, April 22, at 3:15 pm, in the Roxie.

4 Wheel Bob follows Bob Coomber and his wheelchair as he makes history and crosses the Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada, and climbs to 11,845 feet.

Coomber has been wheelchair bound for years and suffered from a number of health challenges, but none of these have stopped him. Indeed, it was Bob’s determination and his motto of "no excuses" that led to an obsession with wheelchair hiking as a way to gain his health back.

The difficulties of filming in such challenging surroundings are many, but Tal Skloot and his team bring us face to face with extraordinary courage, extreme athleticism, and spectacular scenery.

 

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First 100 Days: Green Film Guide. Watch How To Let Go Of The World (and love all the things climate can't change)

Part thirteen of our film-lover’s guide to taking environmental action in the first 100 days of the new White House administration. This week's suggestion: How To Let Go Of The World (And Love All The Things Climate Can't Change).

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Behind The Scenes: Filmmaker Mischa Hedges

Who isn't curious about what happens behind the scenes while making a film?

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 Mischa Hedges is the fifth filmmaker we were able to speak with this year about motivations and process.

Mischa is a social entrepreneur as well as a filmmaker.

When he’s not telling stories, you’ll find him outside: trail-running, surfing or biking.

His film, Women's March looks behind the scenes at the largest one-day march in US History. It will be shown on Sunday, April 23, at 5:00 pm, in the Little Roxie.

  

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Green Spotlight: Young Filmmakers

The San Francisco Green Film Festival aims to provide as varied a program as possible, giving voice to filmmakers with a kaleidoscope of perspectives, styles, and stories.

Look at the the world with the eyes of a child, and you're sure to learn something new.

Even when things seem unbearably bleak, or the subject matter has been flogged to death, youthful naivety can sometimes break through a roadblock or reinvigorate the soul.

That's why we love, love, love to see what our youngest filmmakers have to say.

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Fest Focus: Documentales en español en el Green Film Fest 2017

El séptimo Green Film Fest arranca en San Francisco el 20 de abril para una semana con más de 70 aclamados documentales ambientales. Desde el Amazonas a Standing Rock, desde las calles de SF a los campos de Etiopía, se mostrarán nuevas películas de todo el mundo en este festival.

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