Lights, Camera, Take Action: Storytelling for Change

Mark Decena, Founder, Kontent Films; Writer and Director, Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West
Leah Mahan, Producer and Director, Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek
Kevin White, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Filmmaker's Collaborative San Francisco
Rachel Caplan, Founder and CEO, San Francisco Green Film Festival – Moderator

Environmental action stories often struggle for coverage on major broadcast networks dominated by larger corporate interests. But if not on television, where are we supposed to find the stories that will inspire a new generation of activists? Documentary films are increasingly a powerful way to cut through the noise, connect with people, and build momentum for action on environmental causes.

The evocative documentary film has a purpose that compels its director to grapple with the essence of the art form. What is the magic of its storytelling? How do we reach a wide audience through the medium? Most critically, how can we use this kind of storytelling to change opinions and to effect new policies?

Hear from tenacious, award-winning activist filmmakers who are using this impactful medium to bring us the stories that motivate environmental progress. Panelists will share clips from their films, uncovering their approaches and successes in bringing their difference-making stories to the screen. Plus, get a sneak peek of the upcoming SF Green Film Festival, running from May 28 through June 3.

Presented in partnership with the Environment & Natural Resources Member Led Forum of the Commonwealth Club of California.

5:30pm Networking Reception
6:00pm Program


Business & LeadershipMember Led Forum at the Commonwealth Club of California.
Environment & Natural Resources
May 06, 2015 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Commonwealth Club of California: San Francisco
555 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States
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