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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“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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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.
Please sign up for our mailing list to receive details of the screening at the 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival! For more information on the film, please visit:

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]
  • 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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GREENLIT screening and green film production panel

It ain't easy bein' green! Keep posted for details of the festival's Bay Area Premiere of filmmaker Miranda Bailey's documentary, GREENLIT, a humorous but practical look at the challenges of environmentally responsible film production. Movie people are legendary liberal and left leaning, particularly when it comes to the environment. GREENLIT puts their commitment to the test as filmmaker Miranda Bailey (executive producer of THE SQUID AND THE WHALE) follows the producer of THE RIVER WHY, starring Zach Gilford, as it attempts to keep an environmentally friendly set thanks to the supervision of a "green" consultant. What starts off with great enthusiasm quickly devolves in this insightful and hilarious film. The film has recently screened to sold-out crowds at the SXSW, the Green Film Festival in Seoul, and ECOFILMS Athens, to name a few. For further information on the film visit: and on greening the entertainment industry: Please sign up for our mailing list to receive details of the festival screening!

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Herzog, Senator Yee, and Blue Marbles at World Oceans Day 2010

On June 5th, SFGFF presented our first ever (!) film screening as part of World Oceans Day 2010 in an event with Sea Stewards, SurfRider and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Thanks to all who came and enjoyed our screening of Ramin Bahrani's wonderful award-winning film PLASTIC BAG, with Werner Herzog as the bag that just won't (or can't) die. Above is Senator Leland Yee receiving his Blue Marble at the event and more on the festivities can be read at: Many thanks to Gigantic Pictures for giving permission to screen the film to this ocean-minded audience. You can also watch the film online below. (highly recommended!)

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