Our Team

Rachel_Caplan_small_320x232.jpgRachel 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 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 2007-09, 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_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

Box Office
Box Cubed
Ben Armington
Mitchell Vaughn

Communications
Jason Boyce ~ Festival Trailer
Anna Colibri ~ Video Story Booth
Eun Choi ~ Graphic Design
Dorothy Mak ~ Graphic Design
Megan-Claire Tevas ~ Marketing Assistant
Jessica Wolfrom ~ Marketing Assistant

Development
Caitlin Sislin ~ Development Consultant
Starr Wilson ~ Development Assistant
MaryJayne Zemer ~ Development Consultant

Education
Jennifer Jung ~ Education Program Assistant
April Lee ~ Education Program Assistant

Events
Alina Bekkerman ~ Events Coordinator
Julie Bonneau ~ Volunteer Coordinator
Carmen Macias ~ Events Coordinator
Krystal Jenie Pirani ~ Events Coordinator
Sadie Waddington ~ Events Producer

Operations
Alicia Utley, CPA ~ Accountant
Diane Mendez ~ Bookkeeper

Publicity
Larsen Associates
Karen Larsen
Vince Johnson

Screenings
Axelle Barrot-Gigon ~ Program & Guest Coordinator
Nelson Borges ~ Submissions Coordinator
Lex Sloan ~ Technical Director

Screening Committee
Axelle Barrot-Gigon | Nelson Borges | Gemma Bradshaw | Lyndal Cairns | James Caldwell | Rachel Caplan | Connie Chan | 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 | Kristina Tuohey | Mark Valentine | Nadia Ward | Libby Wood


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, Executive Assistant, Equal Access

Treasurer
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


SPECIAL THANKS
Gaetano Capizzi, Green Film Network
Isabel Fondevila, Roxie Theater
Diana Fuller, Roxie Theater
Suzanne Harle, Green Planet Films
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.