More than half the feature films at this month's San Francisco Green Film Festival are directed by women. Why is this important? Because in an environment where the number of female filmmakers is minuscule - especially in documentary film - it's vital that we support the work of women.
Did you know? Women held just 16 per cent of key production roles on the top 250 domestic grossing films last year? That's directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors. The film industry is abysmal in its representation of women in key production roles.
Among the women-led projects we're screening at this year's San Francisco Green Film Festival is Lunch Love Community, a collection of short films about inspiring change in the way kids eat by Berkeley-based Helen De Michiel. Other films include Seeds of Time by director Sandy McLeod, about our seeds and our global food security, and Festival Closing Night film Wrenched: the Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang by director M.L. Lincoln.
Festival founder and executive director Rachel Caplan said the programming team strived for a dynamic, diverse program: "It's something for the festival to be very proud of this year - over half our feature films have a female director. So many women are bringing great stories to fruition."
SFGFF salutes these women directors whose feature films will show at the 2014 Festival:
Caroline Bâcle, Lost Rivers
Jennifer Baichwal, Watermark
Suzan Beraza, Uranium Drive-In
Amy Browne, A Will for the Woods
Marcy Cravat, Angel Azul
Helen De Michiel, Lunch Love Community
Kyung Lee, TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui
M.L. Lincoln, Wrenched: The Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang
Sandy McLeod, Seeds of Time
Estela Renner, Way Beyond Weight
Michelle Steinberg, Beyond Recognition
Photos at top, left to right: Kyung Lee, TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui; Caroline Bâcle, Lost Rivers; Jennifer Baichwal, Watermark; Suzan Beraza, Uranium Drive-In