Roz Savage: Historic Indian Ocean solo row

Many congratulations to Festival Advisory Board member Roz Savage for launching her historic solo row across the Indian Ocean from Fremantle, Australia to Mumbai, India (approx. 6,500km!). Roz is an ocean rower and environmental campaigner, whose previous solo rows include the Atlantic in 2005-6 and the Pacific in 2008-10. Before departure, she shared these thoughts: "What we need is more consciousness. We've got some big (environmental) challenges ahead. A lot of people feel like they can't do a lot, but we all have to do our best. It's not just about raising awareness, but to take some action too". The Festival is sponsoring mile #57! Please pledge your support and follow the journey at
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In Cinemas: INTO ETERNITY by Michael Madsen

May 27 // Roxie Theater // Did you miss our SF Premiere of "Into Eternity", a terrifying look at our efforts to find solutions to the radioactive waste issue? Don't miss the opportunity to catch the film again at San Francisco's Roxie Theater in May. Go to the "Nuclear Facts" tab at to get the nuclear 101 - and read this message from director Michael Madsen in response to the dire emergency in Fukishima after the Japan earthquake.
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Earth Day SF screenings at Civic Center 4.23.11

Earth Day SFAnother chance to see many of the brilliant short films from the 2011 festival! Join us on Saturday, April 23 to celebrate Earth Day SF in Civic Center Plaza in front of San Francisco's City Hall where we will be screening a selection of the festival's short film highlights in the Green Film Dome. The FREE short film programs will run all day and include: Albino Redwoods | KQED Quest 2010 Bee Man | Robert Lendrum, Morris Lum, Drew Ferguson 2008 Bottom of the River | Alasdair Brotherston, Jock Mooney 2009 Caribbean Marine Etiquette | Ziggy Livnat 2010 Dark Side of the Lens | Mickey Smith 2010 Darkened Horizons | Karen Aqua, Ken Field 2010 Garbage Angels | Pierre Trudeau 2008 The Herd | Ken Wardrop 2008 The Hidden Life Of The Burrowing Owl | Mike Roush 2008 Lost and Found | Philip Hunt 2008 Skylight | David Baas 2009 Varmints | Marc Craste 2008 ... and many more! Earth Day SF is a free public event focused on helping our community take action steps toward creating eco-sustainable solutions to our local and global ecological challenges. This multi-cultural music festival and sustainable living roadshow featuring international keynote speakers on multiple stages and eco-zones. Line-up and more info at Find our table next to the Green Film Dome to meet with the festival team and pick-up a festival t-shirt or bag!
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Please give your feedback! – do the festival survey

We sincerely hope that you enjoyed attending the festival March 3-6, 2011. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and help us improve for next year. All surveys completed by 4.15.11 will be entered into a draw to wine an annual Family Membership to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park! Please complete the form below (if you are having any problems with the form, please click here to open the survey in a separate window)
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Fredrik Gertten’s BANANAS!* wins festival’s inaugural Green Tenacity Award

(March 6, 2011, San Francisco, CA) – The 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF), which made its debut March 3-6, 2011, announced today the recipient of the festival’s inaugural Green Tenacity Award. The award, to be given annually to a filmmaker who shows great tenacity in exploring crucial environmental issues in their work, was presented to director Fredrik Gertten for his film BANANAS!* which screened at the festival. The festival’s 25-person Screening Committee, including international filmmakers, environmentalists, journalists, industry executives, and content experts, selected the award. Fredrik Gertten wins Green Tenacity AwardBANANAS!* is a suspenseful, layer-peeling, court room drama chronicle contextualized within the global politics of food and First vs. Third world dynamics. Directed by Fredrik Gertten, Sweden’s pre-eminent documentarian and investigative journalist, BANANAS!* focuses on a slippery fact trail and a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation and its alleged usage of a deadly banned pesticide and its probable link to generations of sterilized workers. For further information visit Rachel Caplan, Executive Director of the San Francisco Green Film Festival said, “In BANANAS!* Gertten has shown great courage, integrity and dedication in bringing to light the plight of agricultural banana workers in Nicaragua. This is an important story to bring to global audiences and his commitment to the project deserves our highest honor.” The 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival ran March 3-6, 2011 with over 70 films representing 21 countries that were selected from over 300 submissions. FESTIVAL SPONSORS The 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival sponsors include: Lead Sponsors: East Bay Regional Park District, Zhangjiang Apartment; Supporting Sponsors: Dominican University Green MBA, Farallone Pacific Insurance Services, New Resource Bank; Venue Partners: Bently Reserve, Landmark Theatres, Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences; Media Sponsors: The Bay Citizen, Bay Nature, Earth Island Journal, Ecofabulous, New America Media. The participation of these organizations supports costs associated with the 4-day festival and SFGFF’s year-round programs. BANANAS!*ABOUT SFGFF SFGFF is the Bay Area’s new, leading festival for innovative film, television, and digital media that explore green and sustainability issues. The first festival (March 3-6) screened over 70 premieres from around the globe during four days of film showcases, panels, workshops, networking and special events. Highlights included a live satellite feed Q&A with iconic writer and environmentalist Margaret Atwood; the West Coast premiere of Werner Herzog’s Happy People: A Year in the Taiga; a special screening of Home presented by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and visiting filmmakers from Sweden, UK, Canada, Brazil, Fiji, France, Germany and across the USA, spectacular Opening Night Green Carpet Gala, and more. For more information, visit or contact or (415) 742-1394.

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Panel discussion: Recycling at H.A.N.C. [live festival blog]

A live event blog from the Festival's work-in-progress screening and panel discussion around Soumyaa Kapil Behren's "My Garbage, My Neighborhood" on March 6, 2011.

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Support SFGFF and get a limited edition festival bag or T-shirt!

Festival ChicoBag & TshirtBecome a Founding Donor and help us launch! The San Francisco Green Film Festival needs your participation. Your support directly underwrites our program costs and helps us bring films, filmmakers, and content experts to the festival and year-round events. All donors will receive recognition on the festival website, printed materials, and on-screen at our screenings and events. ~ Donate up to $25 and get a 1st Festival poster! (see bottom right of this page). ~ Donate over $25 and get the poster PLUS a limited edition SF Green Film Festival ChicoBag! ~ Donate over $50 and get the poster, the ChicoBag, PLUS a limited edition 1st Festival T-shirt! (Please include your shipping address and shirt size M, L or XL with the donation instructions). Tax-deductible donations can be made through SFGFF's 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, Green Planet Films, a non-profit distributor of nature and environmental films from around the globe. As fiscal sponsor, Green Planet Films provides the non-profit status and back office support for SFGFF operations. Click the "Donate" button to donate any amount!
Donations can also be mailed to: Ninth Street Independent Film Center 145 9th St, Ste.101 San Francisco, CA 94103 ATTN: SF Green Film Festival Please make checks payable to "Green Planet Films". For further information or to discuss your contribution, please call Rachel Caplan at (415) 742-1394, email
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What can you look forward to at the first ever SF Green Film Festival?

FILMS – IDEAS – ACTION! Join the San Francisco Green Film Festival, the first-ever festival of its kind on the West Coast. • Over 90 Film Premieres + “Festival Hub” Parties and Events • Panels and workshops with filmmakers and content experts • Appearances and talks by filmmakers and guests • Interactive and new media projects • Free screenings • Live music • Parties, galas, and networking Happy Hours The first-ever San Francisco Green Film Festival, March 3-6, 2011 – the Bay Area’s new, leading festival for innovative film, television, and digital media that explore green and sustainability issues. The Festival presented screenings of over 90 premieres from around the globe during four days of film showcases, panels, workshops, networking and special events. Highlights included: Live satellite Q&A with iconic writer and environmentalist Margaret Atwood; the West Coast premiere of Werner Herzog’snew feature documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga; a special screening of Home presented by Yann Arthus-Bertrand; visiting filmmakers from Sweden, UK, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Fiji, France, and across the USA; spectacular Opening Night Green Carpet Gala, and more.


Rachel Caplan and Ross MirkarimiRock the BikeFestival volunteers
Photos: Rachel Caplan, Festival Executive Director, with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi (photo by Tommy Lau); Rock the Bike at Opening Night Gala (photo by Tommy Lau); Festival volunteers


~ A Spectacular Opening Night: The 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival launched on March 3, 2011 with the Bay Area premiere of BAG IT at the Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema. Following the film, the festivities continued with the festival’s Opening Night Green Carpet Gala at the beautiful and historic Bently Reserve. The evening had a "plastic pollution theme" and included a bicycled-powered DJ set, local sustainable food and beverages, live music, art, and special guests!

~ San Francisco premiere screenings of over 90 world-class international films that explore living sustainably on this planet. The inaugural line-up included award-winners and audience favorites from Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Venice, Tribeca, Toronto, Telluride and HotDocs.

SFGFF 2011 Laurels

HAPPY PEOPLE – A YEAR IN THE TAIGA West Coast Premiere. Werner Herzog presents a picturesque documentary about the life of the indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. “A mesmerizing 'Walden'-like ode to wilderness life.” ~ Variety

IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD West Coast Premiere. Spend 100 days on the road with author and environmentalist Margaret Atwood on her recent eco book tour. Screening will be followed by a live satellite audience Q&A with Margaret Atwood.

BANANAS!* Bay Area Premiere. The film Dole Food Co. doesn't want you to see!  Filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.

THE 4th REVOLUTION: ENERGY AUTONOMY Bay Area Premiere. “Possibly the most inspirational, solutions-based environmental film out there” ~ Vancouver International Film Festival.

GREEN Bay Area Premiere. Multi-award winning film exploring the ecological impact of the palm oil industry on Orang-utan habitat in Indonesia.

HAULING USA Premiere! A recycling adventure in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Claudines  - and his 27 children.

SOLA: LOUISIANA WATER STORIES Personal stories from the Gulf of Mexico examining the fragile relationship between man, wildlife and water - a balance disrupted by the 2010 BP oil spill.

BUTTERFLIES & BULLDOZERS Bay Area Premiere. The global dilemma of economic growth versus species preservation seen through the fight over San Bruno Mountain.

BACK TO THE GARDEN Bay Area Premiere. A time-lapse view of back-to-the-land "hippies" — living off-grid, insulated and isolated from mainstream culture — and their moving personal stories of non-conformity and political activism, with lots of freedom but little cash.

Many of the film directors were in attendance for Q&As after their screening.

International Year of Forests 2011~ Inspiring and informative panels and workshops with leading filmmakers and green experts focusing on science,technology, conservation, and the arts. Highlights include discussions around green film production, new media, and the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011.

~ A green-activist hub for audiences to discuss, share, and get involved with our partner organizations, with each film to include a special Q&A with leading experts and a call to action on how you, as a filmgoer, can get involved and make a difference.

~ Special arts programs, exhibitions, demonstrations, and installations to take place throughout the festival venues.

~ Free sessions for educators and middle and high school students.

~ Professional networking opportunities in our festival lounge, filmmaker brunches, and evening events for exhange of ideas, skills, and connections.


PanelMichelle Hill and Bag MonsterTropicali
Photos: "My Garbage, My Neighborhood" panel discusses recycling at H.A.N.C.; Michelle Hill, producer of "Bag It", with Bag Monster (photo by Tommy Lau); Tropicali at Opening Night Gala (photo by Tommy Lau)
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Yann Arthus-Bertrand to attend 1st SF Green Film Festival 3.5.11

Yann Arthus-Bertrand proudly presents his environmental documentary at the 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival HOME, the 1st full-length feature documentary film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand shown for free in over 130 countries and seen by more than 400 million viewers, will screen Saturday, March 5th 2011 at 8.00 pm at Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema. Yann Arthus-Bertrand will be there in person to present both "HOME" and the teaser of his acclaimed video project "6 billion Others – Climate Voices". HOME Directed by photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and narrated by Glenn Close, HOME takes you on a visually stunning, spectacular voyage around the world. It is a unique film that approaches the current debate about climate change from a whole new angle, giving the viewer the opportunity to see how our earth is changing. Going well beyond the scientific reports, charts and graphs, this film is an inspiration that speaks to our hearts and touches our souls. Spanning 54 countries and 120 locations, all seen from the air, the film captures the Earth’s mostamazing landscapes, showcasing its incomparable beauty and acknowledging its vulnerability. HOME is an emotional reminder of what is at stake: the Earth, in all its beauty, and the people who live on it. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME and encourage viewers to become good “ecocitizens.” “HOME” is a non-profit film project, produced by film director and producer Luc Besson (Europacorp), Denis Carot (Elzevir Films) and supported by François-Henri Pinault of PPR Group, the branding portfolio that handles Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and several other luxury brands. Home was launched in New York City last month. In the United States, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment represents the film. Visit: for trailers and pictures. 6 billion Others – Climate Voices We are delighted to have the opportunity to present "HOME" and "6 billion Others - Climate Voices" together because of the comparable themes they raise. Home gives us a global view of the Earth while 6 billion Others delivers a close-up portrait illustrating which elements individuals are facing. 6 billion Others – “CLIMATE VOICES” represents 600 new interviews conducted in 17 countries. The testimonies were collected throughout continents where people have been directly affected by climate change. For these interviews, a list of specific questions on climate, validated by the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) and adapted to the respondent"s specific conditions, were added to the original «6 billion Others» questionnaire. This project is corroborated by scientific evidence, which is intended to emphasize the need for global awareness.
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West Coast premiere of Werner Herzog’s new feature doc HAPPY PEOPLE 3.6.11

Happy People - A Year in the TaigaJoin us at the 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival, March 3-6, 2011 for the West Coast premiere of Werner Herzog's feature documentary HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA, the film that Variety calls "a mesmerizing "Walden"-like ode to wilderness life... Herzog's philosophical narration -- enchanted by this outpost free from phones, taxes and all the trappings of modern life -- elevates "Happy People" above most nature docs." (read full review). Herzog teams with director Dmitry Vasyukov for this observant look at life along the river Yenisei in northern Russia, where the industrious inhabitants of a rural village truly live off the land. With virtually no interference from the modern world -- and no taxes or government to regulate their behavior -- the happy residents of Bakhta preserve their increasingly rare society. The film screened at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival and this will be its first screening on the West Coast.

Happy People - Promo May 14, 2010 from Kay Mode on Vimeo.

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Join us for festival Q&A with iconic writer Margaret Atwood 3.4.11

SFGFF will screen the West Coast premiere of veteran Canadian documentarian Ron Mann's IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD, a film about iconic Canadian writer and environmental activist Margaret Atwood. Atwood will join the festival audience for a live satellite Q&A after the screening. On the eve of her 70th birthday, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood set out on an international tour criss-crossing the British Isles and North America to celebrate the publication of her new dystopian novel, The Year of the Flood. Rather than mount a traditional tour to promote a book’s publication, Atwood conceived and executed something far more ambitious and revelatory—a theatrical version of her novel. Along the way she reinvented what a book tour could (and maybe should) be. But Atwood wasn't selling books as much as advocating an idea: how humanity must respond to the consequences of an environmentally compromised planet before her work of speculative fiction transforms into prophesy. Atwood's odyssey is now captured in Ron Mann's new film, In The Wake of the Flood. Rendered as a fly-on-the-wall cinéma vérité, In The Wake of the Flood mixes new footage, archival materials and evocative animation in featuring Atwood on the road and at home as an aging but buoyant literary rock star spreading a message of warning and hope as she staged and participated in the novel production. In each community she visited, Atwood joined volunteer performers in a loose-knit, grass roots production drawn from the text of her novel. With its mystical, Blakean overtones, Atwood’s theatrical dusplay acts as a neo-pagan ritual that seeks to shake the human race into an awareness of the fragile natural world and our vital connection to it. To bring her novel into a live setting, Atwood collaborated with Los Angeles composer Orville Stoeber to write a new style of devotional music influenced by the related genres of country ballads, gospel, jazz and folk. Each performance included a cast of local readers and singers taking the roles of different characters in key scenes from the novel. The events were primarily staged in cathedrals, adding a grand visual element to the proceedings and a layer of ceremonial gravitas. From Edinburgh and London to New York City, Toronto and Vancouver, Atwood emerges as an earthy sentinel whose rare sensibility is always in the foreground: a life and art coalesced into a unity of medium and message. Golden Gate Audubon SocietyThe film will be co-presented at the festival in partnership with the Golden Gate Audubon Society

In the Wake of the Flood (Teaser) from filmswelike on Vimeo.

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Opening Night Green Carpet Gala: BAG IT 3.3.11

OPENING NIGHT GALA: 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

BAG IT A night to remember! Join us to celebrate the launch of San Francisco's newest, 'greenest' Arts event! Following the Bay Area Premiere screening of "Bag It", mix and mingle with festival filmmakers and special guests at the beautiful Bently Reserve. Enjoy local sustainable savouries and sweets courtesy of local restaurants and food purveyors, sample local wine, beer and zingy cocktails, take in art from Recology and Surfrider Foundation, and dance the night away to Brazilian samba funk from the Bay Area's Tropicali! Plastic Pollution CoalitionOpening Night is presented in partnership with the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations, and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, and the environment. EVENT DETAILS 7:00PM ~ "Bag It" Premiere Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level 9:00pm-Midnight ~ Green Carpet Gala Bently Reserve 301 Battery Street (across from the Cinema at the Promenade Level). Bently ReserveTICKETS Opening Night Film Premiere & Party ~ $100 Includes "Bag It" film premiere, party entrance, entertainment, beverages and light hors d'oeuvres. Opening Night Party only ~ $75 Includes party entrance, entertainment, beverages and light hors d'oeuvres. VIP Festival Pass ~ $250 Access to all screenings and events March 3-6, including the Opening Night Premiere & Party. Space is limited so purchase your tickets soon! You must be 21 or over to attend the gala. Festive attire. All proceeds benefit the programs of the San Francisco Green Film Festival, linking film and media arts with environmental action and advocacy to build a greener future. OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS Plastic Pollution Coalition Tropicali Blue Heron Catering | One Big Fish Green Events Aidells Sausage Company | Bison Brewing Company | Chilayo | Choice Catering | Eel River Brewing Company | Frey Vineyards | Mixt Greens | Pretzel Crisps | Save Our Young Culinary Academy | Specialty's Cafe & Bakery | Straus Family Creamery | Trinity Oaks | Veev ABOUT THE FILM "BAG IT": 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? "Bag It" follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. What he learns quickly grows far beyond plastic bags… “A powerful and deceptively simple movie that is sure to change the way you look at everyday objects. I didn’t expect a movie about plastic bags to change my life in such a deep and profound way. Gripping, funny, intelligent, and sure to change your life” ~ Louie Psihoyos, Director of "The Cove".

Bag It Intro from Suzan Beraza on Vimeo.

Festival information at Films & Schedule at Want to be involved and get your company, event or product in front of our large festival audience? Call us about Festival sponsorship!
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“Nightlife” Official Pre-Festival party 2.17.11

Don't miss the official pre-parties for both the SF Green Festival and Noisepop at the California Academy of Sciences "Nightlife" on Thursday, February 17 - with live music, films, and DJs! Catch a sneak peek of the 2011 film festival line-up, dance to some of San Francisco's most popular DJs, enjoy food and cocktails, and mingle while you delve into the world-class exhibits and get up close and personal with aquarium critters. 21+. Info and tickets at Nightlife
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BANANAS!* SF premiere – The film Dole Food Co. doesn’t want you to see

BANANAS!*Keep posted for details of the festival's Bay Area Premiere of Fredrik Gertten's documentary, BANANAS!*, a suspenseful, layer-peeling, court room drama within the global politics of food and First vs. Third world dynamics. Directed by Fredrik Gertten, Sweden’s pre-eminent documentarian and investigative journalist, BANANAS!* focuses on a slippery fact trail and a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation and its alleged usage of a deadly banned pesticide and its probable link to generations of sterilized workers. The film has recently screened to sold-out crowds at the Berlinale, Los Angeles Film Festival, EcoFilm Rodos, and IDFA Amsterdam, to name a few. In a further twist to the BANANAS!* story, Dole Food Co. filed a defamation lawsuit against filmmaker Gertten on July 8, 2009, and additional claims of Fraud against the original ruling. On November 20, 2010, a Los Angeles Superior Court ruled against Dole and in favor of the filmmaker's “right of free speech”. For further information on the film and the incredible legal drama which has happened since visit: Please sign up for our mailing list to receive details of the screening!

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Multi award-winning GREEN highlights threats to orang-utan habitat

GreenWe're thrilled to be hosting the Bay Area Premiere of filmmaker Patrick Rouxel's multi award-winning documentary, GREEN, following 'Green', a female orang-utan which is the victim of deforestation and and resource exploitation in Indonesia. The film is an emotional journey with Green's final days. It is a visual ride presenting the treasures of rainforest biodiversity and the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing for palm oil plantations. GREEN has won the 'Best of Festival' awards at the two most prestigious wildlife film festivals worldwide - the Golden Panda at the 2010 Wildscreen Film Festival and the Grand Teton at the 2009 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Other notable award wins include Festival International du Film Animalier à Albert, Missoula International Film Festival, Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Durango Film Festival, Amazonas Film Festival, Japan Wildlife Film Festival, and many more. Rainforest Action NetworkThe film will be co-presented at the festival in partnership with the Rainforest Action Network.
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Green The Film - Trailer from Patrick Rouxel on Vimeo.

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BACK TO THE GARDEN + Flower Power After-Party 3.5.11

Back to the Garden: Flower Power Comes Full Circle SATURDAY MARCH 5, 2011 8:15 PM @ Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema" In 1988, filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson filmed & interviewed a group of back-to-the-land ”hippies”—living off-grid, insulated from mainstream culture. In 2006 he tracked down his subjects again to find out what had become of their families’ utopian plans and dreams. The film captures a time-lapse view of these back-to-the-landers told with moving personal stories of dedicated tribal families— lots of freedom but little cash, unflinching grass-roots activism and hippie kids who today ask whether free love was really free. Bay Area Premiere. In attendance: Kevin Tomlinson Back to the Garden ~ Flower Power After-Party!!! SATURDAY MARCH 5, 2011 10:00 PM @ Bently Reserve Dig out your hippest hippie outfit and put flowers in your hair for a night of 60s music and fun. Enjoy microbrews from Haight Ashbury's famous Magnolia Pub & Brewery while DJ Brian Cox (Pirate Cat Radio's Sonic Subversion) mixes the best of the era to take us into the night. Peace out! You must be 21 or over to attend the party. Sponsored by MAGNOLIA PUB & BREWERY.
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2011 Festival Venues

We're excited to announce our 2011 Festival venues! Our screening hub will be at the Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema with special events at the Bently Reserve. Located in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District, the festival's hub venues are easily accessible by MUNI, BART, ferry, Caltrain, cable car, major freeways, Market Street's new green bicycle lane, or short walk from the district's many hotels. Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema is located on the corner of Battery and Clay. It is not only one of the busiest and highest grossing Landmark Theatres, it also ranks nationally among the most successful and prestigious theatres featuring high-profile independent film and foreign language cinema. The historic Bently Reserve, formerly the San Francisco US Federal Reserve Bank, is San Francisco’s first LEED Silver certified special event and conference center, as well as one of the City’s greenest commercial spaces. We're excited to be in these venues for our inaugural festival and hope you will enjoy being there too!
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Be a Rockstar: volunteer at the Festival!

Volunteer Be a Rockstar – get involved and help us launch! Love watching films? Passionate about the environment? Want to ‘make a difference’? Then be a part of our founding team and the launch of a dynamic, new annual event! In its first year, the San Francisco Green Film Festival is looking for dedicated, energetic, and green-minded volunteers and interns to help launch the festival. Positions range from 4 days during the festival, to part-time or full-time internships lasting several months. Whether you can tear a ticket, wrangle guests, or find raffle donations – we need your help! HOW TO HELP Please fill out the form below if you are interested in volunteering during the festival in March. We still have a few core areas where we need volunteer help if you are available in January or February. Specifically, we need help with soliciting in-kind donations, graphic design, and festival publicity and promotion. Please drop us a line at if you can help. VOLUNTEER BENEFITS All volunteer positions and internships are unpaid, but have other benefits:
  • An exclusive festival T-shirt!
  • A learning experience within the film festival world. This is useful experience for independent filmmakers, film students, or those involved in non-profit arts/film organizations.
  • Get a pass to a movie with every three shifts worked.
  • A working environment with many green-minded colleagues who are also into films and the opportunity to build strong connections in the greater Bay Area green and film communities.
  • A great resumé builder!
  • An active contribution to our work for a greener future on planet Earth! We could not produce this first festival without your crucial efforts.
  • Fill in the online web form below.
  • You can also contact us with questions at
  • We thank everyone who applies for their interest and will get back to you as soon as possible. No telephone inquiries please.

Thank you for supporting the San Francisco Green Film Festival!

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11/30 Pre-Screening and Kick-Off Party for the 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival

*** SOLD OUT ***

Join us to celebrate the launch of the 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival, March 3-6, 2011, with a pre-screening and kick-off party on November 30 at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Be the first to see a sneak peek of some of our most inspiring films, hear about the great line-up of films and guests, make new festival friends, and have the opportunity to buy your all-access festival pass! DIVE!Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Ninth Street Independent Film Center 145 9th Street (between Mission & Howard. 2 blocks from Civic Center BART) San Francisco, CA 94103 6:00 - 7:00pm   Drinks and networking 7:00 - 9:00pm   Film screening: a lively selection of short films and trailers for the upcoming SF Green Film Festival, including: PLASTIC STATE OF MIND Ben Zolno, USA, 3 mins with friends from the 'Rethink Plastics' campaign and rapper AshEl in person THE KRILL IS GONE Matt Briggs, USA, 4 mins Winner, Best Children's Film, BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2010 with writer Clark Taylor in person DARK SIDE OF THE LENS Mickey Smith, UK, 6 mins Winner, Best Short Film, New York Surf Film Festival 2010 DIVE! Jeremey Seifert, USA , 39 mins Winner of too many festival awards to mention here! Inspired by a curiosity about our country’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action. Watch the trailer below or find out more at


Tickets are available on a sliding scale. The suggested donation is $10-$20. All proceeds will help bring films and filmmakers to the first-ever festival in March 2011. Space is very limited so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Thank you for your support!


Aidells Sausage Company Dunya Restaurant & Wine Bar Specialty's Cafe & Bakery Trinity Oaks Whole Foods Market SoMa

Support the festival: send a Specialty's Cookiegram with code "sfgreen".


SF Department of the Environment


home page photo credit: THE KRILL IS GONE by Matt Briggs
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Jon Bowermaster’s new film from the Gulf of Mexico screening Sept 30 at ‘Nightlife’

SOLA: LOUISIANA WATER STORIESDrill, baby, spill: On Sept 30 we're screening Jon Bowermaster's film SOLA: LOUISIANA WATER STORIES at the California Academy of Sciences 'Nightlife' special H2O edition. Jon arrived in Louisiana in July 2008 to make a film about the relationship between man and water, and could never have predicted his reportage would end with the planet's biggest ecological disaster - the ongoing oil spill polluting the Gulf of Mexico. Film Info: Event Info & Tickets: WATCH TRAILER:

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