What can you look forward to at the first ever SF Green Film Festival?

FILMS – IDEAS – ACTION! Join the San Francisco Green Film Festival, the first-ever festival of its kind on the West Coast. • Over 90 Film Premieres + “Festival Hub” Parties and Events • Panels and workshops with filmmakers and content experts • Appearances and talks by filmmakers and guests • Interactive and new media projects • Free screenings • Live music • Parties, galas, and networking Happy Hours The first-ever San Francisco Green Film Festival, March 3-6, 2011 – the Bay Area’s new, leading festival for innovative film, television, and digital media that explore green and sustainability issues. The Festival presented screenings of over 90 premieres from around the globe during four days of film showcases, panels, workshops, networking and special events. Highlights included: Live satellite Q&A with iconic writer and environmentalist Margaret Atwood; the West Coast premiere of Werner Herzog’snew feature documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga; a special screening of Home presented by Yann Arthus-Bertrand; visiting filmmakers from Sweden, UK, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Fiji, France, and across the USA; spectacular Opening Night Green Carpet Gala, and more.


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Photos: Rachel Caplan, Festival Executive Director, with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi (photo by Tommy Lau); Rock the Bike at Opening Night Gala (photo by Tommy Lau); Festival volunteers


~ A Spectacular Opening Night: The 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival launched on March 3, 2011 with the Bay Area premiere of BAG IT at the Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema. Following the film, the festivities continued with the festival’s Opening Night Green Carpet Gala at the beautiful and historic Bently Reserve. The evening had a "plastic pollution theme" and included a bicycled-powered DJ set, local sustainable food and beverages, live music, art, and special guests!

~ San Francisco premiere screenings of over 90 world-class international films that explore living sustainably on this planet. The inaugural line-up included award-winners and audience favorites from Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Venice, Tribeca, Toronto, Telluride and HotDocs.

SFGFF 2011 Laurels

HAPPY PEOPLE – A YEAR IN THE TAIGA West Coast Premiere. Werner Herzog presents a picturesque documentary about the life of the indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. “A mesmerizing 'Walden'-like ode to wilderness life.” ~ Variety

IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD West Coast Premiere. Spend 100 days on the road with author and environmentalist Margaret Atwood on her recent eco book tour. Screening will be followed by a live satellite audience Q&A with Margaret Atwood.

BANANAS!* Bay Area Premiere. The film Dole Food Co. doesn't want you to see!  Filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.

THE 4th REVOLUTION: ENERGY AUTONOMY Bay Area Premiere. “Possibly the most inspirational, solutions-based environmental film out there” ~ Vancouver International Film Festival.

GREEN Bay Area Premiere. Multi-award winning film exploring the ecological impact of the palm oil industry on Orang-utan habitat in Indonesia.

HAULING USA Premiere! A recycling adventure in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Claudines  - and his 27 children.

SOLA: LOUISIANA WATER STORIES Personal stories from the Gulf of Mexico examining the fragile relationship between man, wildlife and water - a balance disrupted by the 2010 BP oil spill.

BUTTERFLIES & BULLDOZERS Bay Area Premiere. The global dilemma of economic growth versus species preservation seen through the fight over San Bruno Mountain.

BACK TO THE GARDEN Bay Area Premiere. A time-lapse view of back-to-the-land "hippies" — living off-grid, insulated and isolated from mainstream culture — and their moving personal stories of non-conformity and political activism, with lots of freedom but little cash.

Many of the film directors were in attendance for Q&As after their screening.

International Year of Forests 2011~ Inspiring and informative panels and workshops with leading filmmakers and green experts focusing on science,technology, conservation, and the arts. Highlights include discussions around green film production, new media, and the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011.

~ A green-activist hub for audiences to discuss, share, and get involved with our partner organizations, with each film to include a special Q&A with leading experts and a call to action on how you, as a filmgoer, can get involved and make a difference.

~ Special arts programs, exhibitions, demonstrations, and installations to take place throughout the festival venues.

~ Free sessions for educators and middle and high school students.

~ Professional networking opportunities in our festival lounge, filmmaker brunches, and evening events for exhange of ideas, skills, and connections.


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Photos: "My Garbage, My Neighborhood" panel discusses recycling at H.A.N.C.; Michelle Hill, producer of "Bag It", with Bag Monster (photo by Tommy Lau); Tropicali at Opening Night Gala (photo by Tommy Lau)