The annual flagship Green Film Festival is all wrapped up, but we still have many green events that you'll love lined up this October! Check out some highlights from the Festival, see what some of the audiences and filmmakers had to say, and mark your calendars for upcoming encore and co-presented screenings.
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SF Green Film Festival
FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE: September 6-14, 2018
Last month, we shared the world’s most urgent stories, from the Wine Country wildfires to vanishing islands in the Pacific, and the melting Arctic tundra. These were powerful stories of inspiration and hope, of people who are rising up to fight for environmental justice.
64 films from 20 countries
9 days in 5 venues
97% of programs had speakers – filmmakers, special guests, or panels
100+ guest speakers
21 International guests from 11 countries
69% of feature films had a female director
300+ attendees at first-ever schools program
The Green Film Festival is more than just movies, it’s a movement.
GREEN SPEAK OUT
Audiences at Green Film Fest 2018 (Sept 6 - 14) recorded their green ambitions with messages on Instagram. Here's some of what our eco-savvy community had to say! View the Green Speak Out! playlist on Youtube.
“It’s time we all took a stand for climate justice.”
“Respect mother Earth! We have to wake up and get together in this hour and fight and help to preserve for future generations, our mother earth.”
“Nature rocks, and we need to do what we can to keep it rockin’.”
“I want to take the information that I learn from this, and hopefully reach more people with it, to help people to know more about the environment and better it through knowledge.”
“A lot of the time we only read about our heroes… leaders that have accomplished so much, so it’s a pretty great experience to be here [and hear them in person].”
GREEN FILM FEST at the 1st INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVALS
Founder/CEO Rachel Caplan is representing the Green Film Festival this October at the 1st International Forum of Environmental Film Festivals in Seia, Portugal.
38 environmental film festival directors from 28 different countries including Argentina, Croatia, Malaysia, and Serbia, will participate in the Forum, organized by CineEco 2018 and the Green Film Network.
October 13 - 15, the 38 Festivals will debate common issues, strengthen ties, and discuss the importance of audiovisual platforms in global social and sustainability changes. More information at: www.cineeco.pt
GREEN FILM FEST CO-PRESENTS AT MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
GRIT, OCTOBER 7 & 8
SFGFF is pleased to co-present GRIT at the Mill Valley Film Festival, October 4-14, 2018, presented by the California Film Institute.
This beautiful, grandly poetic documentary serves as both a memorial to the victims of an Indonesian mud volcano and the story of 16-year-old Dian's activism against a formidable alliance of big business and corrupt politicians to win compensation for her buried village and her family.
(Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander, Denmark/Indonesia/USA, 2018, 80 mins.)
Expected Guests: Director/Producer Sasha Friedlander; Director Cynthia Wade
Sunday, October 7 :: 8:00pm
The Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St. San Rafael :: AT RUSH ::
Monday, October8 :: 6:00pm
Larkspur 3 - Century Larkspur, 500 Larkspur Landing Circle :: TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE ::
Tickets and more info here.
GREEN FILM FEST CO-PRESENTS AT 3rd i
UP DOWN AND SIDEWAYS, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4
SFGFF co-presents Up Down and Sideways this November 4th at 3rd i: the 16th San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival, which brings some of the best cinema from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, and the USA.
In this film, Hypnotic rhythms and complex polyphonic music reverberate through the hills of Nagaland in this portrait of an indigenous community and their remarkable musical traditions, set in the alluring northeast of India. The villagers of Phek sing Lis - “call and response” style work songs - as they labor over their rice paddies, echoing timeless themes of love and the land.
|(Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar, India, 2017, 83 mins.)
Sunday, November 4 :: 2:45pm
New People Cinema, 1746 Post St.
For the complete festival program and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.
Get a GFF discount! Use promotional code "cp_2018” when purchasing tickets and receive 20% off an individual $11 ticket (until online sales end two hours before the screening. Online fees not discounted).
CONTINUE SUPPORTING FILMS FROM THE Sept 2018 FESTIVAL PROGRAM
WATCH AGAIN! GFF PRESENTS: ENCORE SCREENING OF WILDER THAN WILD
Join us for this exclusive encore screening of the 2018 Green Fire Award winner - Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future - by Bay Area filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most.
(Stephen Most & Kevin White, USA, 2018, 57 mins.)
Thursday, October 25 :: 6:00 pm
Sports Basement, 610 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129
6pm - Doors open
6:30 - Film
8pm - Guest speaker
8:30pm - Raffle! We raffle off a Film Pass for the 2019 San Francisco Green Film Festival.
Get your tickets now!
All attendees receive a raffle ticket and additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the event.
All ticket proceeds will be donated to San Francisco Green Film Festival.
Thank you to Sports Basement for sponsoring this event!
SUPPORT THE CONDOR AND THE EAGLE'S CONTINUING MISSION
Green Film Fest's Closing Night Sneak Preview film, Sept 13, continues its project of indigenous empowerment.
The Eagle And The Condor is an ancient prophecy, shared by many Indigenous people. The prophecy says when the Eagle of North America and the Condor of South America unite; the spirit of peace will awaken on Earth. After waiting for so long, many native peoples believe the time is now. With this project, we want to strengthen the environmental justice movement by empowering communities in the Americas and give a voice to the affected Indigenous groups to speak out.
You can support their funding campaign here.
GREEN FILM FEST RECOMMENDS:
GREEN TALKS AT THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB
Join us at the Commonwealth Club for a lecture by John Duvall, Ph.D. on his book: "The Environmental Documentary: Cinema Activism in the 21st Century," for an discussion of the intersection of arts, activism, documentary, and film. Duvall will provide a survey of the themes, genres and production/distribution strategies of recently acclaimed environmental documentaries screened in theaters, at film festivals, on PBS and on educational cable television channels.
Duvall has an MFA in cinema production from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in transformative studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Wednesday, October 10 :: 6:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
Tickets are $20 for non-members, $10 for members, and FREE for students! More info at: The Environmental Documentary: Cinema Activism in the 21st Century | Commonwealth Club
FIRE AND ICE: DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS
Stephen Most, co-director of Wilder Than Wild, will be giving a lecture at the Commonwealth Club, focusing on Oil on Ice and Wilder than Wild: Fires, Forests and the Future, which he worked on as a screenwriter and writer/producer. Most will also be reading passages from his book, Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary.
Thursday, October 18 :: 6:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
Tickets are $20 for non-members, $10 for members, and $8.00 for students. Get your tickets here.
FREE GALLERY EXHIBITION AT MCEVOY FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: "NO TIME"
"No Time" is an exhibition that explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future. The exhibition offers a playful speculation into our perceptions of nature and our role in its transformation. In the context of current discussions around climate change, the works in "No Time" show how artists can reinterpret and reimagine the landscape.
Showing now until January 19, 2019 :: Tue-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 11am-5pm
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA), 1150 25th St.
More information here.