Rachel Caplan ~ Founder & CEO
I’m passionate about film as 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 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 2007-09, 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 Master of Arts 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 2008-11, 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 ~ 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 2016 FESTIVAL
Debbie Chisholm ~ Communications Coordinator
Ria Howell ~ Submissions Coordinator
Krystal Jenie Pirani ~ Development Coordinator
Diane Mendez ~ Bookkeeper
Alicia Utley, CPA ~ Accountant
Gemma Bradshaw | Lyndal Cairns | James Caldwell | Rachel Caplan | Jonathan Fong | Heather Jackson | Ambika Jain | Jason Kaminsky | Kevin Krueger | Clare Lakewood | Seth Lalonde | Zoe Loftus-Farren | Heather Louie | Cella Mitchell | Chris Mungall | Karen Topakian | Mark Valentine | Nadia Ward
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kevin Krueger, SPHR., Chief Human Resources Officer, Jewish Senior Living Group
Rachel Caplan, Founder & CEO, SF Green Film Festival
Heather Jackson, Executive Assistant, Equal Access
Jason Kaminsky, VP - Partnerships, kWh Analytics
Gemma Bradshaw, COO - Strategy & Operations, SF Green Film Festival
Heather Louie, Sr. Technical Associate & Lead Auditor, SCS Global Services
Cynthia Phillips, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, G Media Partners
Gaetano Capizzi, Green Film Network
Ryan Delgado, Ninth Street Independent Film Center
Isabel Fondevila, Roxie Theater
Diana Fuller, Roxie Theater
Suzanne Harle, Green Planet Films
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.