Best of the Fest Screening & Mixer at El Rio // Feb 26

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***Update Feb 26: Join us tonight rain or shine! The forecast does predict rain, so we will be moving the screening indoors.*** 

Join us for our Spring Fundraiser, a lively, free outdoor screening showcasing of some of our 2018 Festival short film favorites and top award winners! 

Tues., Feb 26    ::    5:30pm - 8:00pm

El Rio Patio       ::     3158 Mission Street     

An evening of drinks, snacks, music, top short films, and discussions with local filmmakers with our eco-savvy, movie-loving community.

These captivating short films illuminate some of the most beautiful and magnificent aspects of people and our planet. 

RSVP today at the bottom of this page! 



5:30pm - 6:30pm     ::     Drinks Mixer

6:30pm - 8:00pm     ::     Screening: Best of the Fest Short Films with Guest Speaker / Filmmaker Discussion

Ciclo (Esteban Kaufer, 17 min)

Experience up close the awe-inspiring journey of metamorphosis. 

Invisible Blanket (Pasha Reshikov, 8 min)

See the breathtaking cinematography of this 2018 Best Short Award Winner. 

Joaquin and Gemma (Gemma Anderson: Scientist, Jin Joo: Filmmaker., 2 min)

Glimpse one of earth's many possible futures from the eyes of a child. 

With co-director Jin Joo; producer of the Reel Science Challenge, and founder of Cinemasports.

Dignity at a Monumental Scale (Kelly Whalen, 8 min)

See how 'a healer of another kind' took street art into his own hands. 

Symphony for Nature (Anne Flatté, 27 min)

Feel your heart melt during this dazzling ode to nature at Crater Lake.

With Lauren Veen, Cinematographer of Symphony for Nature.

While this is a non-ticketed event, there is a suggested donation of $20 per person at our Best of the Fest Fundraiser! With your help, we can continue to bring the most urgent stories from the environmental front-lines in 2019.

We'll bring the snacks! Drinks available for purchase at the bar.
This is a BYOBlanket event! We all know SF can be chilly, so please dress warmly.
We'll be there RAIN (indoors) or SHINE (back patio)!


Film Descriptions

Symphony for Nature

This audience favorite is a behind-the-scenes story of how classical musicians joined with indigenous drummers for a stunning performance of 'Natural History', a new composition by Michael Gordon inspired by Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake. Featuring the Britt Orchestra and the Klamath Tribe drum group Steiger Butte Singers, in a dynamic interaction between this extraordinary musical experience and the spectacular setting. GFF 2018 was the California Premiere!

(Anne Flatté, USA, 2017, 27 min.) 

With post-screening discussion with Lauren Veen, Cinematographer of Symphony for Nature.


Invisible Blanket - 2018 Green Film Fest Best Short Award Winner

Invisible Blanket is based on real events and publications of 1950s when the first climate change scientists started to voice their concerns in major US magazines and newspapers. Their predictions turned out to be rather accurate, yet their voices remained "unheard" for more than half of a century...

(Pasha Reshikov, Russia, 2017, 8 min)


This films shares an intimate and entrancing journey through the complete life cycle and complex metamorphosis of the Monarch butterfly, from egg and caterpillar through to chrysalis and butterfly in the heart of the City of Buenos Aires.

(Esteban Kaufer, Argentina, 2018, 17 min)

Joaquin and Gemma 

From Green Film Fest's first-ever Reel Science program, which paired Bay Area filmmakers with local scientists and tasked them with making a movie, Joaquin and Gemma is an intimate and beautiful story revealing one of earth's many possible futures. This post-apocalyptic tale of technological advancement and complex relationships between humans and artificial intelligence will leave you mesmerized. 

(Gemma Anderson: Scientist, Jin Joo: Filmmaker., USA, 2018, 2 min)

Join in for the post-screening Q&A with Jin Joo, director of Joaquin and Gemma, producer of the Reel Science Challenge, and founder of Cinemasports. 

Dignity at a Monumental Scale 

When images of everyday Navajo life began appearing at a monumental scale on abandoned buildings, roadside stands and water towers across the Four Corners region, it was a surprise for many in the community to discover it was the work of Chip Thomas (aka Jetsonorama), a long-time resident known by many as a healer of another kind.

(Kelly Whalen, USA, 2018, 8 min)

February 26, 2019 at 5:30pm - 8pm
El Rio
3158 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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Yenny Danos Alan Dunkin Adrienne Palmer Keith Howell Denise Jacques Elizabeth Campbell Stephen Carrier Missy Lahren Aileen Lerch Kelly Ryerson Stephanie Trinh Jackie Nuñez Gautam Sodera José Barriga Omeed Manocheri Marlene Saritzky Karen Topakian Henry DeNicola Michael Abate Jocelyn Jarman Shari Tavaf Janice Wood Terry Oxford Antonio morales Lawrence Danos Jason Kaminsky Fay Darmawi Mary Riley Roberto Regalado Jr John Boyd Dawn Nakano David McGuire Kevin Kilkenny Olga Bolotina Emily Boleware Hao Le Marial Quezada Rachel Caplan
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