Opening Night Premiere & Party: THE ISLAND PRESIDENT with filmmakers and special guests


Thu 3.01 // 7:00 PM

SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.


San Francisco Premiere. In person: Jon Shenk, Director; Richard Berge, Producer; Bonni Cohen, Producer; Steve Hipskind, Chief, Earth Science Division, NASA Ames Research Center.


The Island President

Jon Shenk, USA, 2011, 101 mins.

Bay Area filmmaker Jon Shenk spends a year with President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he confronts a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it, due to the devastating impacts of climate change. Witness the first chapter of his global environmental fight, a fight which, following his forced resignation on February 7th, has clearly only just begun...

Read Op-Eds in the Feb 8th New York Times by ousted President Nasheed and the film's director Jon Shenk.

Watch Jon Shenk discuss the film on the Feb 8th edition of Democracy Now!, and listen to an interview with Nasheed on NPR's Morning Edition on Feb 21st.


Thu 03.01 // 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Superfrog Gallery, 1746 Post St

Celebrate SFGFF's 2nd Opening Night Party at the Superfrog Gallery in the New People building in Japantown. Mingle with festival filmmakers and special guests and enjoy local sustainable food & beverages, art, and live music.

Buy Tickets

$50 Film and Party

$30 Party Only

$200 All-Access Festival Pass March 1-7 (includes Opening Night Film & Party)

All tickets include party entry, entertainment, beverages, and hors d'oeuvres. You must be 21 years or older to attend the Opening Night Party. Proof of Age is required at the door. Festive attire.

Transportation: The Cinema is located in the New People building in Japantown on Post Street between Webster and Buchanan. It is close to MUNI lines 2, 3, 22, 38, & 38L. The Japan Center Garage entrance is located right in front of the cinema on Post Street, and can also be accessed from 1610 Geary Boulevard.

Thank you Opening Night Sponsors!

Event Producers: One Big Fish Green Events | Quick Fox Events

Production: Alchemy Events | Blue Heron Catering | Blue Water Party Rentals | Foggy City Life | Shayna Eigen Designs

Food & Beverage: Chilayo Sabor Mexicano | Choice Catering | Cowgirl Creamery | Eel River Brewing Co. | Frey Vineyards | i love blue sea | La Boulange Cafe & Bakery | Mamma Chia | Mixt Greens | Specialty's Cafe & Bakery | Three Twins Ice-Cream | Trinity Oaks

Art & Entertainment: Anzfer Farms | The Art Don't Stop | Beau Buck | Bruce "Mui" Ghent, Taiko Master | By Madeline Trait | DJ Samala (aka Director of Online Strategy & Media at the Story of Stuff Project) | Fusing Media | Green Cheeze Photo Booths | Josh Baxter & Bobby Weinapple | Earth Science Division, NASA Ames Research Center | Recology Artists In Residence | Robert Campbell Photography | Utsuwa Floral Design

Raffle Donors: A.C.T. | Aquarium of the Bay | Bay Area Green Tours | Bay Nature Magazine | Bioneers | California Academy of Sciences | Cavallo Point | City CarShare | Conservatory of Flowers | Hotel Carlton | JetBlue | Marine Mammal Center | Oakland Zoo | The Orchard Garden Hotel | Samovar

Full list at

Special thanks: Samuel Goldwyn Films, IDP Distribution, and the San Francisco Film Society.

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the film theatrically in San Francisco on March 30th at the Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema. The Film Society hosts a screening with the filmmakers on March 20.