2013 Festival Special Events

Join us for Opening and Closing Nights and a very special Centerpiece event.


Rebels With A Cause

Nancy Kelly, USA, 2012, 74 mins

Thursday, May 30 at 7:00pm

New People Cinema

San Francisco Premiere. In person: Nancy Kelly, Kenji Yamamoto


Rebels With A Cause celebrates the people and passion that saved the coastal wonders that would become the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. With California’s rapid population rise in the 1950s, the California coast seemed destined to follow the prevalent pattern of suburban development. But, these rebels changed the fate of the land. Their efforts set new precedents for protecting open space and shaped the environmental movement as we know it today. An Audience Award Winner at the 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival, the film features interviews with several prominent Bay Area residents including: Huey Johnson, Co-Founder of the Trust for Public Land and the Founder of the Resource Renewal Institute; Amy Meyer and Edgar Wayburn, Co-Chairs, People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area; Martin Griffin, Founder, Audubon Canyon Ranch; Phyllis Faber and Ellen Straus, Co-Founders Marin Agricultural Land Trust; Doug Ferguson, lawyer and environmental activist; Martin Rosen, former president of the Trust for Public Land and attorney Robert Praetzel.


Thursday, May 30 at 9:00pm

New People Cafe and Superfrog Gallery


Celebrate SFGFF’s 3rd Opening Night with flair and pizazz in the Café and Superfrog Gallery in the New People building in Japantown. Mingle with festival filmmakers and special guests and enjoy tasty sustainable food & beverages, art, and live music. You must be 21 or over to attend the party.

Opening Night Sponsor: Earthjustice

Hospitality Partners: Blue Heron Catering | One Big Fish Green Events | Quick Fox Events

21st Amendment | La Boulange | Choice Catering | Cowgirl Creamery | Cole Hardware | Dunya Restaurant | Eel River Brewing | Frey Vineyards | Lagunitas Brewing Company | Mixt Greens | Split Bread | Straus Family Creamery | Trinity Oaks | Z. Cioccolato


More Than Honey

Markus Imhoof, Austria/Germany/Switzerland, 2012, 91 mins

English and German with English subtitles.

Sunday, June 2 at 8:00pm New People Cinema

Northern California Premiere. In person: Markus Imhoof


Albert Einstein once said: “If bees ever die out, mankind will have only four years left to live.” In the past five years, billions of honeybees have simply vanished for reasons that are still obscure. Seeking answers, More Than Honey embarks on a captivating and disturbing journey around the world: from a beekeeper living in the Alps and the gigantic almond plantations in California, to a bee brain researcher in Berlin and a pollen trader in China. Dazzling macro camera footage, radar and satellite images and thermal cameras provide an insight into a world that usually remains hidden to the human eye. In More Than Honey, we discover the world from the perspective of the bees.

More Than Honey has shown at over 30 film festivals worldwide, including Toronto and Locarno, and won numerous awards including the Swiss Film Award for Best Documentary Film. This touching documentary by Academy Award nominated director Markus Imhoof will never let you look at bees the same way again.

Ticket includes VIP pre-reception with director Markus Imhoof and local honey tasting, hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.


Trash Dance

Andrew Garrison, USA, 2012, 65 mins

Wednesday, June 5 at 8:00pm

New People Cinema

San Francisco Premiere. In person: Andrew Garrison


When choreographer Allison Orr finds inspiration, beauty and grace in garbage trucks, cranes and in the men and women who collect our trash, she embarks on one her biggest creative challenges. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she spends months immersing herself in the unexpected community of Austin's sanitation workers to observe and learn about their daily routes and the demands of working in this field. Met with initial skepticism, Orr ultimately convinces them to collaborate in a dance performance. Beyond the months of rehearsal, we observe a very touching story, one that puts a human face on these trash collectors who often get overlooked in society. Many of these hard-working men and women have second jobs to make ends meet coupled with family demands and dreams of their own. What results is the performance of their lives - an event unlike any you've ever seen before, with thousands of spectators who show up on an abandoned airport runway.

An Audience Winner both at the Full Frame and Silverdocs Festivals, this film leaves no doubt that garbage trucks, cranes and trash bins can dance.

Closing Night Sponsors: Recology and Wells Fargo


Wednesday, June 5 at 9:30pm

Pa'ina Restaurant and Lounge 1865 Post St. (at Webster/Fillmore)


Join us for a nightcap in Japantown to toast 2013 UN World Environment Day and mix it up with filmmakers, guests, staff and volunteers. Ticket includes party entrance and one drink ticket. You must be 21 or over to attend the party.