Tue 03.06 // 8:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. URBAN ROOTS Mark MacInnis USA, 2011, 93 min. In Person: Mark MacInnis Buy Tickets Against all odds, in the boarded-up shops, empty lots and defunct factories, seeds of change are taking root in Detroit. With the most vacant lots in the country, citizens are reclaiming their spirits by growing food. A small group of dedicated citizens have started an urban environmental movement with the potential to transform not just a city after its collapse, but also a country after the end of its industrial age. Urban Roots shows dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally-grown, sustainably farmed food in a city where people - as in much of the county - have found themselves cut off from real food and limited to the lifeless offerings of fast food chains and grocery stores stocked with processed food. The people of Detroit have taken on the enormous task of changing this for themselves, and to understand their story is to understand how we can change it for us all. It’s a story that in the most difficult of places, new hope emerges. This growing movement of urban farmers is changing the way people think about food-and life in the "D". It took men like Henry Ford, William Durant, and Lee Iacocca to build this city, but it's taken a bunch of strong willed self-taught urban farmers to save it. ~ Vancouver Intl. Film Festival “Urban Roots is an inspiring film about the emergence of urban farming in Detroit; it shows what’s possible after the collapse of the industrial era and how we begin building a sustainable future for all.” - Leonardo DiCaprio. www.urbanrootsamerica.com Preceded by: Animal Beatbox, Damon Gameau, Australia, 2011, 2 mins Screening sponsored by East Bay Regional Park District. Co-presented with Green For All.
Sun 03.04 // 7:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. MINDS IN THE WATER Justin Krumb USA, 2011, 90 min. San Francisco Premiere. In Person: Justin Krumb, Director; Jonny Vasic, Producer; Kyle Thiermann, Surfer and 2011 Brower Youth Award Winner Buy Tickets 5 years in the making, this beautiful documentary chronicles professional surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich’s path to protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. Rasta’s latest campaign to increase ocean awareness - a 660km, 36-day sailing expedition coinciding with a humpback whale migration along Australia’s Gold Coast – provides the backdrop for his 5-year exploration “that unexpectedly blossomed into a movement.” Inspired by interactions with dolphins while surfing, Rasta's international quest to gather support from fellow professional surfers including Andy Irons and Kelly Slater, seek guidance in the Galapagos and Chile from eco-warrior Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd, and visit with California’s first coastal population, the Chumash Indians, eventually leads to a showdown in the dolphin-killing waters of Taiji, Japan, made notorious in the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove. With special appearances by Ric O’Barry, Hayden Panettiere, Joel Parkinson, Louie Psihoyos, and featuring music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jack Johnson, Minds in the Water showcases one of surfing’s great talents on a single-minded mission to answer the call to protect the ocean and its inhabitants. - Pamela Campbell www.mindsinthewater.com Preceded by: Bottle, Kirsten Lepore, USA, 2011, 5 mins.
San Francisco Premiere: SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH ~ with 'Sushi, Sustainability, and the Fate of Fish' panel
Sat 03.03 // 1:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH Mark Hall USA, 2011, 75 min. In English and Japanese with English subtitles. San Francisco Premiere. In Person: Mark Hall Buy Tickets How did sushi become a global cuisine? What started as a time honored reverence of fish is now an international phenomenon that is consuming oceanic fish exponentially. Once a dish limited to Japan, the film examines how sushi is spreading across the globe and a beautiful tradition experienced by a few has become a common global fad. The story of raw fish travels the world and includes interviews of chefs in five nations from Japan to Texas and even Poland, giving insight into the long, seven-year apprenticeships undergone by aspiring chefs and the specialized, traditionally made knives used throughout the trade. San Francisco’s first sustainable sushi bar, Tataki, is also featured. The filmmakers visit tuna farms, open ocean factory ships and the infamous fish market of Tsukiji Japan, where ocean predators such as Bluefin Tuna are auctioned at astronomical rates. We see that sushi is big money and these fish are gold. A Special Jury Award Winner in the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, the film demonstrates that the demand for sushi is depleting apex predators in the ocean, including Bluefin tuna. It leaves the viewer hungry for solutions and shows that a few pioneers have already begun to lead the way. - David McGuire www.sushitheglobalcatch.com Preceded by: eXtinction, Clayton Haskell, USA, 2011, 5 mins. In person: Summer Rayne Oakes, eco-model. Co-presented with Sea Stewards.
Screening will be followed by Sushi, Sustainability, and the Fate of Fish panel. Join us after the film Sushi: The Global Catch to discuss the health of sushi for humans and the oceans. Among the panelists is Mark Hall, the film's director, who will expand on the sustainability of fishing and fish consumption around the globe. Other panelists will include sushi restauranteurs, fisherman, and advocates who will address the challenges of sustainability, fish and the future of the ocean. Panelists include: - David McGuire, Sea Stewards [moderator] - Mark Hall, director, "Sushi: the Global Catch" - Catherine Kilduff, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, Center for Biological Diversity - Dr. Wallace "J" Nichols, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences and LIVEBLUE.org - Casson Trenor, co-owner, Tataki Restaurant
Sun 03.04 // 5:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. ALMA Patrick Rouxel France, 2011, 65 mins. Director's Choice. USA Premiere. Buy Tickets Beautifully shot, alternately joyful and horrifying, Alma captures the ecological, and even spiritual, cost of meat, dairy, and leather production in the Amazon. Since 2003, Patrick Rouxel has dedicated his time to making films aimed at raising awareness of deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and the ethical treatment of animals. The multi-award winning Green (which premiered at SFGFF 2011) presented a heartrending account of the life of an Orangutan against a backdrop of palm oil production and natural habitat loss. In Alma, Rouxel continues his cinematic journey into the world’s forests and the industries that are destroying them, this time heading to Brazil to explore the devastating impacts of the cattle industry. Here he creates a powerful statement about the global industrial economy and the speed with which virgin forests are being cleared for timber and new grazing land. The film offers a unique and visually stunning exposition of a colorful cowboy culture and the millions of animals used to satisfy our voracious global appetite for meat and dairy products. In almost-wordless contemplation, the film wanders from forest to pasture to rodeo to slaughterhouse to market to tannery. In essence, Alma is a journey into the soul of humanity and a testimony of the damage inflicted by humans on the natural world. ~ Rachel Caplan
Preceded by: Buriganga, Michelle Coomber, Bangladesh/UK, 2010, 12 mins. Co-presented by Amazon Watch.
Mon 03.05 // 5:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. GREEN FIRE: ALDO LEOPOLD AND A LAND ETHIC FOR OUR TIME Ann and Steven Dunsky USA, 2011, 74 min. San Francisco Premiere. In Person: Ann and Steven Dunsky, filmmakers; Cella Mitchell, Wallace Stegner Environmental Librarian, San Francisco Public Library Buy Tickets Local filmmakers Ann and Steven Dunsky (Butterflies & Bulldozers, SFGFF 2011) create a fascinating look into the life of a brilliant individual, Aldo Leopold. This beautiful film, narrated by Peter Coyote, features commentary from some of today’s most recognized scholars and conservation leaders, as well as many members of Leopold’s family. It tells the story of Leopold’s life, which is also the story of the dawning of our nation’s ecological awareness. Leopold’s work led him to develop a theory of land and wildlife conservation based on the interconnectedness of the natural world. The “Green Fire” of the title refers to a key incident in Leopold’s life, where the impact of his own gunshot from a rimrock in Arizona changed his thinking about the land ethic, leading to the key insight that was the culmination of his life’s work. His legacy continues today through the publication of A Sand County Almanac, a classic in American literature, published posthumously in 1949, about living on and being a part of the land. Through his work and writings, Aldo Leopold continues to influence the modern environmental movement around the world. This documentary has inspired audiences at numerous film festivals and this screening comes on the heels of the annual "Aldo Leopold Weekend" where Wisconsin communities coordinate events across the state during the first weekend of March. ~ Cella Mitchell www.greenfiremovie.com Preceded by: An Ill Wind, Chris Jordan-Bloch, USA, 2011, 8 mins. In Person: Chris Jordan-Bloch. Co-presented with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Earth Island Institute, Earth Justice, and the Wild Equity Institute.
Sun 03.04 // 5:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. BLOOD IN THE MOBILE Frank Piasecki Poulsen Denmark/Germany, 2010, 82 min. Buy Tickets Poulsen, a Danish version of Michael Moore but less self-publicizing, adopts a faux-naïf persona to investigate how far Nokia, one of the world's biggest mobile manufacturers, is aware that minerals essential to its product (most significantly cassiterite) are illegally mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by slave laborers and finance the lethal activities of local warlords. The intrepid Dane's journey takes him to parts of the Congo that the United Nations' peace-keeping force is too afraid to enter. There he inspects the hellish mines where teenage workers are exploited and robbed, and he meets a cast of characters who might have been created by Greene, Waugh and le Carré. Back in Europe and Washington he speaks to dedicated people connected with NGOs seeking equity and transparency for the trade in these "conflict minerals", and manages to interview bland Nokia representatives with advanced degrees in public obfuscation, but not the Finnish corporation's CEO. ~ Philip French, The Observer Blood in the Mobile arrives at a time when recent legislation passed by Congress in the US requiring more transparency in the extractive industry seems to already be making an impact in Africa, even before its implementation. Similar legislation is now being sought at an EU level. "We can't leave it up to the companies themselves to solve," says Poulsen, "because they have had a fair chance at it." bloodinthemobile.org Preceded by: Gloop, Gaby Bastyra & Joe Churchman, UK, 2010, 4 mins. Co-presented with the Bay Area Science Festival.
Following the screening, join leading experts for a discussion on electronics and green cradle-to-cradle design. The panel will be driven by questions from the audience but will include consumer actions and solutions including: consumer campaigns, emerging green labels, supply chain responsibility, and innovative breakthroughs in the sustainable design community. Panelists include: ~ Heidi Quante [moderator] ~ Sheila Davis, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition ~ Michael Watts, Professor of Geography and Development Studies, UC Berkeley ~ Conflict Mineral Guide Representative TBA
CENTERPIECE SCREENING Sat 03.03 // 8:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. THE CITY DARK Ian Cheney USA, 2011, 84 min. In Person: Ian Cheney Buy Tickets Filmmaker Ian Cheney ponders what the impact of a world without night would be. Having moved from Maine to New York City, Cheney discovers himself in a place so ﬂooded with light that it is hard to make out a star in the night sky. The curiosity of what is lost with the darkness of night, in an environment with such dense light pollution, leads him to startling revelations including the impact of light pollution on human health, animal migration, and the safety of our planet from asteroids. Told in six chapters, through expert interviews, a strong personal narrative, stunning astrophotography, and music that garnered the ﬁlm the Jury Prize for best Score/Music at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival The City Dark provides a holistic view of the relationship between humans and the sky and shines new light on the meaning of the dark. ~ Ambika Jain www.thecitydark.com Preceded by: Tuned In, Kevin Gordon, USA, 2010, 5 mins. In person: Kevin Gordon. Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl, Tiffany Shlain, USA, 2011, 3 mins. Co-presented with the Bay Area Science Festival and Chabot Space & Science Center.
TAKE ACTION Please consider volunteering with Food Runners this Holiday Season. Food Runners picks up excess perishable and prepared food from San Francisco businesses such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels and delivers it directly to shelters and neighborhood programs that feed the hungry. To get involved with Food Runners and their great work, please contact Nancy at (415) 929-1866 or [email protected] Further information at foodrunners.org
San Francisco Green Film Festival
presents the San Francisco Premiere screening of
by Academy Award® nominated director Leslie Iwerks
followed by panel discussion
Join us for a special screening this new film by Academy Award® nominated director Leslie Iwerks followed by panel discussion with the director and special guests. Coming on the heels of the massive protest in DC -- where over 12,000 protesters encircled the White House -- the film explores the threat posed by the Keystone XL pipeline as well as the sustainable alternatives to dirty tar sands oil. Following the screening a panel of experts will discuss what has become the most controversial environmental battle in the U.S. today.
TICKETS are available on a sliding scale $15-25. All proceeds will help bring films and filmmakers to the 2012 festival. Space is very limited so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please note that at the theater we can accept cash only.PIPE DREAMS (USA, 2011, 40 min.) Narrated by Daryl Hannah. Directed by Leslie Iwerks. Across the heartland of America, farmers and landowners are fighting to protect their land, their water, and their livelihood. Routed over 1,700 miles from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries of the Texas Gulf Coast, this pipeline is set to cross the country’s largest freshwater resource, the Ogallala Aquifer, and the fragile Sandhills of Nebraska. A spill along the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed route could threaten the water supply of millions, and pose devastating consequences to human health, livestock, agriculture, and endangered wildlife. Further film information and trailer at pipedreamsdoc.com
PANELISTS: Leslie Iwerks, Writer, Director, Producer, PIPE DREAMS Leslie Iwerks is an Oscar® and Emmy® nominated documentary director and producer. Leslie's 2010 feature documentary Dirty Oil, narrated by Neve Campbell, exposes the environmental and human rights issues in Alberta’s toxic oil sands and traces the environmental and social impacts of Canadian oil on both sides of the U.S. border. Leslie’s short film Downstream was short-listed for a 2008 Academy Award® and her documentary short film, Recycled Life, was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2006 and has won nine top film festival awards. Other recent films include Industrial Light & Magic-Creating the Impossible and The Pixar Story. Matt Leonard, Project Manager - Tar Sands Action, 350.org Matt Leonard lives in Oakland, and has been involved in social and environmental justice campaigns for 15 years. From working with grassroots groups to international non-profits, he prioritizes using people-powered strategies to merge organizing, campaigning, and movement building. He has been coordinating the Tar Sands Action for the past few months, helping organize one of the largest civil disobedience efforts ever from the environmental movement - resulting in 1,253 people being arrested peacefully sitting-in at the White House to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Brant Olson, Freedom from Oil campaign director, Rainforest Action Network Brant Olson is a leading anti-tar sands activist in the United States. This August, he broke the story of how Keystone XL proponents created fake Twitter accounts to promote the pipeline. The story was subsequently picked up by The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Mother Jones, The Hill, and others. Brant has worked as a strategist on national corporate campaigns in the retail, finance, energy and forest sectors for more than seven years. While working at RAN, he has negotiated agreements from The Home Depot, Lowes, Centex Homes, ProBuild, BlueLinx, Boise Cascade, Georgia Pacific and others. His research into campaign finance and corporate supply chains have been featured in national publications including Business Week and the New York Times. Brant can be found on Twitter: @branto Shirin Sadeghi (panel moderator), independent radio/television Host and Producer Shirin Sadeghi is an independent radio/television Host and Producer. She is also a regular columnist for the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and two of Pakistan's national daily newspapers, Pakistan Today and The Express Tribune. Her reporting and analysis focuses on the Middle East (especially, Iran and the Persian Gulf nations), Pakistan, minorities in the United States and comparative media. Her broadcast career began as a Producer and Reporter for the BBC and Al Jazeera. She did her PhD at the University of London. Find Shirin on Twitter: @shirinsadeghi Michael Watts, Professor of Geography and Development Studies, UC Berkeley Michael Watts is the "Class of 1963" Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he has taught for over twenty-five years. He served as the Director of the Institute of International Studies from 1994-2004. Watts' research has addressed a number of development issues especially food security, rural development, and land reform in Africa, South Asia and Vietnam. Over the last twenty years he has written extensively on the oil industry, most recently completing a book on the natural and social history of oil in Nigeria entitled Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta.
TAKE ACTION: Lights! Camera! Action Steps! is a new SFGFF program that provides audience members with materials on how to get involved once a film ends. These materials are developed in collaboration with the filmmaker and festival partners to inspire audience members to action once the credits roll and the lights go up. Here is further action you can take from PIPE DREAMS. PIPE DREAMS - Lights! Camera! Action Steps! [PDF download] Letter to President Obama requesting a veto on the pipeline [PDF download]
Transportation: The SF Film Society | New People Cinema is located in Japantown on Post Street between Webster and Buchanan. Click for map. It is close to MUNI lines 2, 3, 22, 38, & 38L. The Japan Center Garage entrance is located right in front of the cinema on Post Street, and can also be accessed from 1610 Geary Boulevard.
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The Social Change Film Festival & Institute (SCFFI) presents The Global Water Crisis: Symposium & Fundraiser, in partnership with the World Bank, Woodside Capital Partners, the San Francisco Green Film Festival and Blue Planet Network. Date: November 5, 2011 Where: Stonebrook Court, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 Water Symposium: 12:30-6:30 p.m. SCFFI Fundraiser & Party: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. SCHEDULE: watersymposium.socialchangefilmfestival.org TICKETS: Tickets for the symposium and party are $50. Spaces are limited. Click here to purchase.
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The 10th San Francisco Documentary Festival returns October 14-27 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley. SFGFF will be co-presenting the following films - please join us!:
78 DAYS: A TREE PLANTING DOCUMENTARY Jason Nardella, 62 min, Canada, 2011, World Premiere Roxie: Sun 10/16 245p, Sat 10/22 715p; Shattuck: Mon 10/17 245p What happens in the northern wilderness when the loggers leave? “Reforestation.” Which is tree planting, one wee tree at a time, a form of mentally and physically demanding piecework that attracts a certain kind of person: committed, motivated, and a little bit peculiar. In this brand-new documentary, filmmaker (and former planter) Nardella documents one such crew for one especially grueling season, 78 days in all. BACK TO THE GARDEN: FLOWER POWER COMES FULL CIRCLE Kevin Tomlinson, 70 min, US, 2010 Roxie: Tue 10/18 930p, Sun 10/23 715p; Shattuck: Sat 10/15 245p In 1988, filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson interviewed a group of back-to-the-land hippies living off-grid and isolated from mainstream culture. In 2006, he found out what had become of their utopian plans and dreams. The result is a time-lapse narrative, told with stories of lots of freedom but little cash, unflinching political activism, and non-conforming tribal families… including the kids, who have to wonder if the “free love” was really free. GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9 Robert Persons, 72 min, US 2009, California Premiere Roxie: Sat 10/15 1230p, Sun 10/16 5p; Shattuck: Tue 10/18 245p “Somewhere between a straight up documentary and an avant-garde experiment rich in mood and atmosphere. It is one of those films that populate the festival circuit, equally wowing and perplexing audiences, picking up critical acclaim and then all but disappearing from the public eye… It carries with it a melancholy and grace, a slowly closing eye for the good ol' days when men were farmers, and the land was the land...a place.” -Ben Umstead, Twitch THE GREENHORNS Severine von Tscharner Fleming, 50 min, US, 2010 Roxie: Sat 10/15 245p, Tue10/18 715p; Shattuck: Wed 10/19 715p “The Greenhorns” explores the lives of America's young farming community: its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker's hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture—to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming. PATAGONIA RISING Brian Lilla, 89 min, Chile, US, 2011 Roxie: Sat 10/22 930p, Sun 10/23 5p; Shattuck: Thu 10/20 245p Chile is on the verge of a monumental decision. Just as scientists are investigating major climate change in the Northern Patagonia Ice Field, five proposed hydroelectric dams could destroy two of the purest free-flowing watersheds in the world, and push a frontier culture even closer to extinction. Bringing those human voices to the forefront of the controversy, “Patagonia Rising” illuminates an alternative path forward.