Bigger Picture: Sushi - The Global Catch

Sushi_The_Global_Catch.jpgSushi: The Global Catch (Mark Hall, 2011) blew audiences away at SFGFF 2012 with this revealing documentary on the environmental cost of sushi. Pairing the film screening with a lively panel debate and a take-home action step guide, the Festival actively engaged the audience to think differently about this specialty food.

It’s hard to imagine now, but sushi was once a simple food sold only by Japanese street vendors. The film documents the international explosion of sushi consumption over the past 30 years and reveals the problematic future of this popular cuisine.

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Bigger Picture: Pipe Dreams

tar_sands_josh_lopez.jpgOn November 16, 2011, SFGFF hosted the SF premiere of Leslie Iwerks’ Pipe Dreams and distributed our pilot “Lights! Camera! Take Action!” handouts. The film explores the largest environmental battle in the US today – the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Fall 2014 Internships & Volunteer Positions Now Open

Festival volunteersDo you have the creative powers and attention to detail to turn a Halloween event into a fun and meaningful environmental film screening for our audience? Are you interested in connecting with the leading environmental companies in the Bay Area? Yes? Then apply for one of our Fall internships. The Festival simply wouldn't happen if it wasn't for the dedication of our volunteer team.

 

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March with us on September 21!

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Help us make history on September 21. In a few weeks time, the People's Climate March - the largest climate march in history - will take place in New York City. We invite you to show your support and join us here, at the NorCal People's Climate Rally happening in Oakland on the same day.

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2015 Ninth Street Filmmaker Residencies announced

Ninth Street IFCThank you to all who applied for to the Ninth Street Independent Film Center's Media Arts Incubator Program, a 12-month filmmaker residency funded by the San Francisco Film Commission. We are particularly thrilled to welcome Bay Area filmmakers Sasha Friedlander and Cynthia Wade on to the program and look forward to supporting their film Mudflow in the coming year. 

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Aug 27 Free Screening: MONDO BANANA

Mondo BananaJoin us for a FREE screening of Mondo Banana, an audience favorite from this year's festival, and journey to the world of bananas!

 

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UC Berkeley SERC Go Bananas!

As part of our youth program, we hand-over a slot in our annual Festival program to a team of students from UC Berkeley Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) to design and produce in their vision.

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Future Filmmakers Going Green 2014

We want young people to see their films on the big screen! 

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SFGFF 2014: It's a Wrap!

2014 SFGFF Mini Poster What a fantastic week! Thank you all for coming to Aquarium of the Bay and Roxie Theater, May 29-June 4, to view stunning documentaries, take part in engaging debates and revitalize our green connections and ambitions.

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2014/15 Filmmaker Residency - Applications Open

Applications are now being accepted for our annual Media Arts Incubator Program, to support the work of local filmmakers and nurture groundbreaking independent media projects. Filmmakers with projects that align with the San Francisco Green Film Festival's mission are encouraged to apply. 

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2014 Filmmaker Awards

Each year we honor a number of our films and filmmakers with a SFGFF Award. Winners will be announced throughout the Festival. Be sure to vote at the film screenings and help us decide who will win the Audience Award.

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Watch Again: Films from the 2014 Festival

Where to see or buy films from the 2014 Festival:

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Underwater at SFGFF's Opening Night Party & Premiere

Last night we celebrated the launch of the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival with a spectacular underwater theme at Aquarium of the Bay. Our wonderful community of eco-savy, film-lovers came together to meet filmmakers, guests and aquatic life before a rousing film screening and premiere of DamNation.

DamNation charts the shift in US opinion from pride in big dams as feats of engineering, to a growing awareness that we can bring back the life and health of our rivers. Winner of the San Francisco Green Film Festival's Best Feature Award, this film has been made with guts, ambition and style. 

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2014 Films & Schedule

2014 SFGFF Mini PosterWe're excited to be at the historic Roxie Theater this year in the vibrant Mission neighborhood, for a week long voyage into the latest compelling films about people and the planet. The 2014 program is our most far-reaching yet, presenting 60 films from 21 countries to inspire, inform, and motivate your green core.

 

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Spotlight on Opening Night: A day in the life of an otter keeper

Otter AquariumWe are excited to launch the festival at the Aquarium of the Bay on May 29, with a Reception and Premiere of DamNation. We took this opportunity to ask one of the otter handlers to take us behind the scenes to find out more about these adorable creatures.

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Female directors rule at SFGFF 2014

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More than half the feature films at this month's San Francisco Green Film Festival are directed by women. Why is this important? Because in an environment where the number of female filmmakers is minuscule - especially in documentary film - it's vital that we support the work of women. 

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Behind the scenes with festival filmmakers: Helen De Michiel, 'Lunch Love Community'

Helen's Theme WallFilmmakers certainly need all kinds of equipment to make their films happen. In our Behind the Scenes series about local filmmakers we have seen everything from a red hat to vintage cameras, listed as their favorite piece of film equipment. Helen De Michiel, director of Lunch Love Community - an engaging documentary following a diverse group of pioneering Berkeley parents and activists that came together to tackle food reform -  gives us yet another insight into the creative process.

 

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Seven reasons we love the Roxie Theater

It's brash, it's brave and more than a little bit crazy but the Roxie Theater has been a part of the city for a century. The San Francisco Green Film Festival is taking over from May 30 to June 4, and this is why we love the Roxie.

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2014 Festival Filmmakers and Guest Speakers

Guests expected at the 2014 Festival. Attendance is never guaranteed. Please check back for further additions. 

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2014 Opening Night: DamNation

 

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