Rachel Caplan ~ Founder & CEO
I'm passionate about film as the catalyst for environmental change on a local and global scale. In 2011, I launched the Green Film Fest – now the San Francisco Bay Area's leading event for films & conversations about people and the planet.
I've been in film exhibition & distribution since 1997, including work for the Edinburgh, London and San Francisco International Film Festivals and as a publicist with 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 Fest 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 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 Green Film Fest, I am currently focused on our fundraising strategy; a program to engage audiences in action (Lights! Camera! Take Action!); and festival production. Join me behind the scenes and follow me @gemgemmy.
Krystal Jenie Pirani ~ Events and Development Manager
After having the 3 R's (reduce, reuse and recycle!) drilled into my head as a child in the '90s, I was compelled to find a summer job at a heritage museum where I dressed like a pioneer and taught people about how one survived in the wilderness that was once North America. Between those two experiences, I've come to understand that even the smallest actions can have huge impacts on our planet for generations.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Western University in Canada, I spent 5 years working in the tourism industry, leading and planning bespoke tours for over 50 different schools. Upon moving to the Bay Area, I began volunteering regularly at the Exploratorium, while studying Fundamentals in Nonprofit Management at San Francisco State University, College of Extended Learning.
I joined the SF Green Film Festival a year ago and am currently focused on event planning for the Festival's receptions and special events, fundraising strategy and sponsor acquisition.
In my spare time, I can be found volunteering at the Explo or sitting at a potter's wheel, pretending like I know what to do with a ball of clay. Join me behind the scenes.
FOR THE 2016 FESTIVAL
Debbie Chisholm ~ Communications Coordinator
Diya Guha ~ Festival Assistant
Ria Howell ~ Submissions Coordinator
Reida Khan ~ Communications Assistant
Vicky McKenzie ~ Volunteer Coordinator
Dimitri Moore ~ Tech & Ops Manager
Andrew Northrup ~ Community Outreach Coordinator
Livia Salleo ~ Festival Assistant
Leeah Stickelmaier ~ Guest Services & Events Assistant
Robyn Bykofsky ~ Youth Media Workshop Producer
Diane Mendez ~ Bookkeeper
Alicia Utley, CPA ~ Accountant
Gemma Bradshaw | Lyndal Cairns | James Caldwell | Rachel Caplan | Nicky Davies | Jonathan Fong | Dan Goldes | Maribel Guevara | Diya Guha | Stephanie Hilborn | Ria Howell | Heather Jackson | Ambika Jain | Jason Kaminsky | Kevin Krueger | Clare Lakewood | Seth Lalonde | Zoe Loftus-Farren | Heather Louie | Cella Mitchell | Chris Mungall | Krystal Pirani | Fred Schneider | Lex Sloan | Karen Topakian | Mark Valentine | Nadia Ward | Randy Wittorp
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
Maribel Guevara, Manager, Cuban Environmental Film Festival
Suzanne Harle, Founder, Green Planet Films
Ambika Jain, Director of Production, Bassett & Partners, Inc.
Heather Louie, Sr. Technical Associate & Lead Auditor, SCS Global Services
Linda Blackaby, Cinema Projects
Gaetano Capizzi, Green Film Network
Ryan Delgado, Ninth Street Independent Film Center
Isabel Fondevila and Lex Sloan, Roxie
Brian Collette and Richard Hildreth, Castro Theatre
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.