This week, Governor Brown signed historic legislation that will ban the use of single-use plastic bags in California, the first state in the USA to do so. Why is this important? Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, disposable bags that they throw away without much thought. But where is "away"? Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to the environment, marine life, and human health?
To find out more, check out these illuminating films from our Festival archive:
By making Bag It (Suzan Beraza, 2010) the star of the Opening Night of the 2011 SFGFF, audiences were inspired to draw the connection between their day-to-day activities – using single use plastic bags – and the depletion of marine life in our oceans.
The award-winning documentary Bag It starts with exploring the challenge to spend a day without using a plastic bag. This light-hearted tale soon begins to unravel the complexities of the plastic bag industry, the impact that plastic production and the disposal of it has on our oceans, and how it affects human health.
Sushi: 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.
On 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.
Do 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.
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.
Thank 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.
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.
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.
We'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.
We 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.
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.