Green Spotlight: Young Filmmakers

The San Francisco Green Film Festival aims to provide as varied a program as possible, giving voice to filmmakers with a kaleidoscope of perspectives, styles, and stories.

Look at the the world with the eyes of a child, and you're sure to learn something new.

Even when things seem unbearably bleak, or the subject matter has been flogged to death, youthful naivety can sometimes break through a roadblock or reinvigorate the soul.

That's why we love, love, love to see what our youngest filmmakers have to say.



The Plastic Bottle Controversy - Explained, Jeffery Chen

Jeffery Chen, a student at Burlingame High School, was the overall winner of this year's "Clear the Air Film Fest".


He also earned the "Green Film Fest's 2017 Young Filmmaker Award."

Chen's five minute short is deceptively simple - he gives a clear explanation of why bottled water is harmful for the environment with quick expert interviews and interesting visuals.

Yet, there are lots of extras - like silly images and one liners - worked in to spice things up.

Chen manages to get folks motivated, and make them chuckle.  

The Plastic Bottle Controversy - Explained will be screened on Saturday, April 22, at 8:30 pm in the Roxie.


Our Ocean is Blue, by Brenna Rupprecht, Amanda Schaer, Julie Son

Green Film Fest hosts an annual Climate Action Film contest to try to nurture and encourage young people interested in filmmaking.

This year's winner of the "Climate Action Film Contest" for high schoolers, Our Ocean is Blue is a lovely three minute music video.

It features an original song, with sweet and clear vocals.

The film is both a tribute to and a lamentation about the polluted state of the world's oceans

Our Ocean is Blue will be screened on Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 pm in the Roxie.


The Fantastic Three, featuring Ansel, Anna, and Bianca from room 105 of Grattan Elementary school

Two-minutes of cute is served up in 2017's K-8, Climate Action Film Contest winner.

Our three youngsters celebrate recycling, composting, and tossing the trash.

The Fantastic Three will be screened on Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 pm in the Roxie.


Home Flavored, written by and starring Monica Mendoza and directed by Jamie DeWolf

A poetic meditation on conflating food with home sounds like the makings for a lovely short film.


But Monica Mendoza, a young Hispanic poet, exposes a socially complex and dark side to this recipe.

Home Flavored looks at how Mendoza's Mexican American family drinks sugary soft-drinks and consumes empty calories as a way of expressing love politeness for each other, and a longing for their ancestral homeland.

DeWolf's film won the 2016 Real Food Media Grand Prize.

Home Flavored will be screened on Saturday April 22 at 5:45pm at Roxie Theater; and Monday, April 24, at 7:00 pm in the Brower Center.

Find out more about the 2017 Green Film Fest, which takes place at the Castro Theatre, Roxie, and venues across the city.