Our Team

Rachel_Caplan_small_320x232.jpgRachel Caplan ~ Founder & CEO

I’m passionate about how film can be the catalyst for massive environmental change on a local and global scale. In 2011, I launched the San Francisco Green Film Festival – now the Bay Area's leading festival of films and discussions about people and the planet

I’ve been working in film exhibition & distribution since 1997, including work for the EdinburghLondon 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 both independent film and the global Green movement.

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, I have a Masters degree in Cinema & Television Studies from the British Film Institute (BFI) and have been a voting member of BAFTA since 2000. I served as Board Treasurer for Bay Area Women in Film & Media 2008-2011, and in 2014 joined the Board of Directors for Ninth Street Independent Film Center. I’m most likely to be found in one of the city’s many excellent cinemas or parks. Follow @rachelsf.

 

Gemma_Bradshaw_small_320x232.jpgGemma Bradshaw ~ COO, Strategy & Operations

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.

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. This includes working for the London-based, local democracy think tank LGiU, leading their center for local sustainability. My research and advocacy influenced UK national policy and I presented my research at COP15 in Copenhagen. At Age UK (seniors advocacy organization), I focused on my passion for building community engagement in environmental sustainability, leading campaigns for a greater voice for seniors on these issues.

In 2012, I relocated to San Francisco and began freelance consultancy for a range of non-profits, including Goldman Environmental Prize, Rainforest Action Network and Global Fund for Women.

For the San Francisco Green Film Festival, I am currently focused on our fundraising strategy; a program to engage audiences in action (Lights! Camera! Take Action!); and festival production. Follow me @gemgemmy

 

FOR THE 2015 FESTIVAL

Development
Harry Forman ~ Development & Sponsor Outreach
Caitlin Sislin ~ Development Consultant
Starr Wilson ~ Development & Sponsor Outreach

Events
Shoshanna Armstrong ~ Art & Exhibits Coordinator
Sadie Waddington, One Big Fish Event Planning ~ Special Events Producer

Marketing & Communications
Jessica Wolfrom ~ Contributing Writer

Publicity
Larsen Associates
Karen Larsen
Vince Johnson
Dino Ray Ramos

Screening Committee
Gemma Bradshaw
Rachel Caplan
Cheryl Derricotte
Ambika Jain
Kevin Krueger
Seth Lalonde
Heather Louie
Andrea Carla Michaels
Cella Mitchell
Pamela Morse-Campbell
Chris Mungall PhD
Bryan Tjiupek
Karen Topakian
Kristina Tuohey
Mark Valentine
Nadia Ward

Now is a great time to get involved with planning & production for the 2015 Festival – find out more and become a Volunteer.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairman
Kevin Krueger, SPHR., Chief Human Resources Officer, Jewish Senior Living Group

President
Rachel Caplan, Founder & CEO, SF Green Film Festival

Secretary
Heather Jackson, Senior Coordinator – Field Development and Events, Autism Speaks

Treasurer
Jason Kaminsky, VP Environmental Finance, Wells Fargo

Gemma Bradshaw, COO, Strategy & Operations, SF Green Film Festival
Heather Louie, Sr. Technical Associate & Lead Auditor, SCS Global Services
Cynthia Phillips, PhD., Founder & CEO, G Media Partners


ADVISORS
Skye Christensen, Educator, Facilitator; Co-Founder, SF Dance Film Festival
Lina Constantinovici, CEO, StartupNectar; Advisory Board, SXSW Eco; Mentor, Hub Ventures
Suzanne Harle, Founder, Green Planet Films
David McGuire, MPH, Director, Shark Stewards at Earth Island Institute
Heidi Quante, Creative Communications and Campaigns, Q Consulting
Shawn Rosenmoss, Development and Community Partnerships, Department of the Environment, City and County of San Francisco
Mark Valentine, Strategy and Management Consultant, ReFrame It Consulting


SPECIAL THANKS
Linda Blackaby, Cinema Projects
Gaetano Capizzi, Green Film Network
Isabel Fondevila, Roxie Theater
Diana Fuller, Roxie Theater
Suzanne Harle, Green Planet Films
Cella Mitchell, San Francisco Public Library
Daniela Rible
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.