We're thrilled to support the dynamic environmental filmmakers based here is the Bay Area. At the 5th San Francisco Green Film Festival, one in three of the films are from the Bay Area, bringing us green stories from close to home and far away.
Bay Area Feature Films
RACING TO ZERO: IN PURSUIT OF ZERO WASTE (Christopher Beaver, USA, 2014)
San Francisco Premiere. In person: Dir. Christopher Beaver; Prod. Diana Fuller
A quick-moving, upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. For two decades, San Francisco’s Department of the Environment has been working toward the goal of zero waste and now recycles, composts, and reuses a whopping 80 percent of its garbage - but the race to eradicate trash continues, and this rousing film exhorts us to join in.
THE EDGE OF THE WILD (Gail Mallimson, USA, 2015, 60 mins)
A life-long resident of Brisbane, CA, is determined to save the last population of rare butterflies from the luxury housing planned for San Bruno Mountain. Bay Area filmmaker Gail Mallimson brings us this epic battle between private property rights and the survival of a species, with implications for national environmental policy.
THE CHINESE MAYOR (Zhou Hao, China, 2015)
San Francisco Premiere. Producer Qi Zhao in person
Change is afoot in Datong. Mayor Geng Yanbo is pulling down one of the world’s dirtiest cities to recreate its glorious past, but at the cost of relocating 140,000 households. Award-winning filmmaker Zhou Hao, gives you remarkable access to the power and politics that change a city.
WALKING CINEMA: MUSEUM OF THE HIDDEN CITY (Michael Epstein, USA, 2015)
In person: Dir. Michael Epstein
A 'live' documentary about San Francisco’s struggles for equitable housing policies amidst a whirlwind downtown revitalization. Comprised of immersive video and live music + narration, the production explores the lives of unique residents of San Francisco’s rapidly-revitalizing MidMarket neighborhood.
DIRT RICH (Work In Progress Screening) (Marcy Cravat, USA, 2015)
In person: Dir. Marcy Cravat
A sneak peek of this new work-in-progress film from the director of Angel Azul (SFGFF 2014). DIRT RICH explores strategies around the world to prevent runaway global warming - and soil could be the surprising answer. By drawing carbon out of the atmosphere and back to the soil, we have the means to grow our way to a healthier future.
THE FIRE NEXT TIME (Work In Progress Screening) (Stephen Most and Kevin White, USA, 2015)
In person: Dirs. Stephen Most and Kevin White
When the Rim Fire burned 256,000 acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park in 2013, it exposed the impacts of high intensity wildfires on watersheds, wildlife, and carbon storage. See clips of this upcoming feature film and join a discussion on how our forests are being pushed to a tipping point.
Bay Area Short Films
The festival is pleased to present the following local short films as part of our Changing Cities Shorts Program; Food For Thought Shorts Program and throughout the Festival before feature films. (Box Office - Listings of Shorts Program)
BEYOND RECOGNITION – Director Michelle Grace Steinberg (winner of the 2015 SFGFF Best Short Award)
DRY SEASON – Directors Max Good and Tyler Trumbo
DRYDEN- THE SMALL TOWN THAT CHANGED THE FRACKING GAME – Director Chris Jordan-Bloch
FULL CIRCLE – Director Tiffany Lin
HOW WE LIVE: A JOURNEY TOWARDS A JUST TRANSITION – Director Mark Decena
MARIJUANA GROWS AND RESTORATION – Directors Ann & Steve Dunsky
NOT JUST A TREE: FRIENDS OF THE URBAN FOREST – Directors Mauricio Romero, Marwaun Brooks, Reyna Colt Lacayo and Walden Smith/BAVC
OAK AND SCOTT: PAUSING AT HIGH SPEED – Directors Sinem Yilanci and Sertan Ünver
OAKLAND ORIGINALS: ASIYA WADUD – Director Jim McSilver
OUR POWER IN FULL FORCE – Directors Kay Cuajunco, Bunker Seyfert and Shadia Fayne Wood
SILENT RIVER – Directors Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks
A VERTICAL DANCE BY BANDALOOP, NEAR STINSON BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Director Amelia Rudolph/KQED Arts
WHAT ABOUT WATER? – Director Alyssa Hailemariam/BAYCAT
Take a look at our Full Listings of Short Films >>