Glorious short films at the 2012 Festival!

Enjoy the great selection of short films at the upcoming festival! Shorts play throughout the week before the feature presentations. 


Damon Gameau, Australia, 2011, 2 mins

"This film was a joy to make. It involved my girlfriend and my mother and 3 days of being children again building sets and cutting out animal pictures. It cost 80 Australian dollars to make and has now screened at over 20 festivals around the world and used in children’s classrooms everywhere. Its intention was to wake people up for a second and embrace their spirit again. And also to lovingly appreciate the wonderful world we live in in a fun, insignificant way."

Precedes "Urban Roots" on Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 PM


Michelle Coomber, Bangladesh/UK, 2010, 12 mins.

Thousands of Bangladeshis rely on the Buriganga river for a living. Yet as this film reveals, a shocking level of pollution and misuse, is threatening this economic and cultural life force. "We used to drink this water many years ago. We don't any more", says Mohammad, who left school to work at the boathouse. Impoverished city dwellers have filled the river with plastic and rubbish. Yet those who live around it feel a spiritual, life-affirming connection with the river: "because the river is here, we are here. It's allowed us to move forward in life".

Precedes "Alma" on Sunday, March 4 at 5:00 PM


Kirsten Lepore, USA, 2011, 5 mins.

Animated on location at a beach, in snow, and underwater, this stop-motion short details a transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle.

Precedes "Minds in the Water" on Sunday, March 4 at 7:00 PM

Coalition of the WillingCOALITION OF THE WILLING

Simon Robson, UK, 2010, 16 mins.

Coalition of the Willing is crafted by a network of 24 artists from around the world using varied and eclectic film making techniques. Collaborators include some of the world’s top moving image talent, such as Knife Party, Decoy, World Leaders and Parasol Island.

The film offers a response to the major problem of our time: how to galvanize and enlist the global publics in the fight against global warming. This optimistic and principled film explores how we could use new Internet technologies to leverage the powers of activists, experts, and ordinary citizens in collaborative ventures to combat climate change. Through analyses of swarm activity and social revolution, Coalition of the Willing makes a compelling case for the new online activism and explains how to hand the fight against global warming to the people.

Precedes "Just Do It" on Closing Night, Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 PM

Dig It!DIG IT!

Dona Turner, USA, 2010, 7 mins.

A documentary on urban agriculture in the East Bay. First Prize in the 2010 Documentary Category at the Laney College, Oakland.

Precedes "Cafeteria Man" on Sunday, March 4 at 1:00 PM. In person: Dona Turner


Clayton Haskell, USA, 2011, 5 mins.

Summer Rayne Oakes breathes fervent passion into this visually stunning journey through space and time. eXtinction reveals that the most pressing environmental issues are not happening thousands of years from now, but are in fact happening within our lifetime — and specifically, on the timeline of one young woman’s life, from birth to death.

Precedes "Sushi: The Global Catch" on Saturday, March 3 at 1:00 PM. In person: Summer Rayne Oakes


Gaby Bastyra & Joe Churchman, UK, 2010, 4 mins.

A dark fairytale that follows the meteoric rise of plastic from its inception in Leo’s gloomy laboratory 100 years ago. Told like a Brother’s Grimm fable, Gloop offers a poignant and lasting message about the price we pay for the convenience of plastic.

Precedes "Blood in the Mobile" on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 PM


Marty Cooper, USA, 2011, 3 mins.

A humorous story by students of San Jose State University of how a man’s feet grow to a gigantic size due to the large carbon footprint of his home. Green Ninja to the rescue!

Precedes "Taste the Waste" on Tuesday, March 6 at 5:30 PM


Chris Jordan-Bloch, USA, 2011, 8 mins.

The Moapa River Indian Reservation, tribal home of a band of Paiute Indians, sits about 30 miles north of Las Vegas—and about 300 yards from the coal ash landfills of the Reid Gardner Power Station. If the conditions are just wrong, coal ash picks up from Reid Gardner and moves across the desert like a sandstorm. An Ill Wind tells the Paiute Indians' story.

Precedes "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time" on Monday, March 5 at 5:30 PM. In person: Chris Jordan-Bloch

I'm a Climate ScientistI’M A CLIMATE SCIENTIST

Hungry Beast, Australia, 2011, 2 mins.

In the media landscape there are climate change deniers and believers, but rarely those speaking about climate change are actual climate scientists… until now.


Student film winners of the 2011 Pollution Prevention Video Contest, sponsored by the Department of Toxic Substances Control and SFGFF.

Precedes "Cafeteria Man" on Sunday, March 4 at 1:00 PM. In person: student winners (award will be presented)


Zacharias Kunuk, Canada, 2011, 10 mins.

Against the arresting backdrop of Nunavut’s blue skies and majestic glacial expanses, filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) explores how climate change is impeding the local Inuit community’s ability to predict weather patterns. Sirmilik features the music of Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle) and Yellowknife throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

Precedes "Future of Hope" on Wednesday, March 7 at 5:30 PM

Redwoods and Climate ChangeREDWOODS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Gabriela Quiros/KQED-QUEST, USA, 2011, 11 mins.

KQED's Quest series has won many awards, and this film shows why. QUEST follows a group of UC Berkeley scientists to the top of a 320-foot redwood in Mendocino County. Only 5 percent of these ancient redwoods survived our voracious desire for their hardy and plentiful wood. Now scientists are trying to predict how the remaining ones and their descendants might fare in the face of climate change in the decades to come.

Precedes "Who Bombed Judi Bari?" on Friday, March 2 at 5:00 PM


Isaac King, Canada, 2011, 7 mins.

An animated story of two neighbors trying to get along, despite their extremely different lifestyles. One man is ruled by a ticking clock as he speeds through life, creating tons of waste in his quest for efficiency. Across the fence live a slow elderly couple, re-using trash they find and collecting it in a dangerously huge pile. Balance is the ultimate theme in this modern parable about time, stuff, stress, hoarding, and slippers.

Precedes "Urbanized" on Monday, March 5 at 7:45 PM


Grant Barbeito, USA, 2009, 7 mins.

This story of two friends who routinely challenge each other with every political argument in the book, punctuated only by a loud slap every time one of them feels he wins a point, is a wry and witty commentary about the world we live in and the course of politics in America today.

Precedes "You've Been Trumped" on Friday, March 2 at 7:45 PM. In person: Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough


Kevin Gordon, USA, 2010, 5 mins.

Naturally produced radio signals surround us all the time but are invisible to the human ear. This film takes us on a sonic journey into the world of one natural radio pioneer and his efforts to capture these mesmerizing sounds.

Precedes "The City Dark" on Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 PM. In person: Kevin Gordon


Joaquin Baldwin, USA, 2010, 5 mins.

A nurturing farmer in is danger of losing his crop of windmills when he struggles against the cyclical forces of nature. A winning film in the 2011 Possible Futures Film Contest.

Precedes "On Coal River" on Saturday, March 3 at 3:30 PM

Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'YELP: WITH APOLOGIES TO ALLEN GINSBERG'S 'HOWL'

Tiffany Shlain, USA, 2011, 3 mins

Technology can be addictive. In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg's classic 1956 poem, we created a short film lampooning the addictions of our generation. Peter Coyote narrates.

Precedes "The City Dark" on Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 PM. In person: Tiffany Shlain