Our Team

Rachel CaplanRachel 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 & conversations about people and the planet.

I've been in film exhibition & distribution since 1997, including work for the EdinburghLondon 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 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 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 BradshawGemma 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. Join me behind the scenes and follow me @gemgemmy.

 

Krystal PiraniKrystal 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

Office Team
Debbie Chisholm ~ Communications Coordinator
Diya Guha ~ Programming Assistant
Ria Howell ~ Submissions Coordinator

Box Office
Ben Armington, Box Cubed
Mitchell Vaughn, Box Cubed

Publicity & Marketing
Anna Colibri, Colibri Digital Marketing
Vince Johnson, Larsen Associates
Karen Larsen, Larsen Associates

Graphic Design
Eun Choi
Dorothy Mak

Photo/Video
Jason Boyce
Jonathan Fong
Pamela Gentile
Tommy Lau
Jason Wolos

Operations
Diane Mendez ~ Bookkeeper
Alicia Utley, CPA ~ Accountant

Screening Committee
Gemma Bradshaw | Lyndal Cairns | James Caldwell | Rachel Caplan | Debbie Chisholm | 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

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
Maribel Guevara, Manager, Cuban Environmental Film Festival
Suzanne Harle, Founder & Executive Director, Green Planet Films
Ambika Jain, Director of Production, Bassett & Partners, Inc.
Heather Louie, Sr. Technical Associate & Lead Auditor, SCS Global Services


SPECIAL THANKS
Linda Blackaby, Cinema Projects
Gaetano Capizzi, Green Film Network
Ryan Delgado, Ninth Street Independent Film Center
Isabel Fondevila, Roxie Theater


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.

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