2nd San Francisco Green Film Festival

The_Island_President2.jpgThe 2nd San Francisco Green Film Festival was March 1-7, 2012 – the Bay Area’s only festival dedicated to films and new forms of media that explore green issues and sustainable living.




  • San Francisco Premiere of The Island President with Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen and Richard Berge
  • San Francisco Premiere of Anthony Baxter’s You've Been Trumped in a special double bill with 1983 classic LOCAL HERO
  • World Premiere of Mary Liz Thomson & Darryl Cherney’s Who Bombed Judi Barri?
  • US Sneak Preview of Emily James’s Just Do ItA Tale of Modern Day Outlaws
  • Schools Program for young filmmakers and environmentalists.
  • 5 new SFGFF award winners.
  • And Launch of Lights! Camera! Action Steps! linking Festival attendees with leaders in local Environmental causes to get involved.


SFGFF2012OpeningNight.jpgThis year’s films included local premieres of 40 films from around the globe, with 65 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers and with themes ranging from climate change to food and agriculture, land use, energy, green design, and the future of cities. The festival also featured special events, parties, panels and educational programs, inviting festival attendees to get involved and take action with environmental causes important to them.


Opening Night: The Island PresidentJon Shenk, USA, 2011, 101 mins.

San Francisco Premiere. In person: Jon Shenk, Director; Richard Berge, Producer; Bonni Cohen, Producer; Steve Hipskind, Chief, Earth Science Division, NASA Ames Research Center

Bay Area filmmaker Jon Shenk spends a year with President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he confronts a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it, due to the devastating impacts of climate change. Witness the first chapter of his global environmental fight, a fight which, following his forced resignation on February 7th, has clearly only just begun…

Read Op-Eds in the Feb 8th New York Times by ousted President Nasheed and the film’s director Jon Shenk. Watch Jon Shenk discuss the film on the Feb 8th edition of Democracy Now!, and listen to an interview with Nasheed on NPR’s Morning Edition on Feb 21st.

Lively Panel Discussions on filmmaking and environmental change:

The Future of Film Funding - Documentary filmmaking has come of age and the ways docs are funded is changing rapidly. From bootstrapped productions and crowd-sourced micro-financed films to projects funded by traditional grants and donations to increasingly bigger budgeted productions funded using complex “hybrid” business ventures, the options available to filmmakers and opportunities available to donors and investors have exploded in recent years. Our distinguished panelists will share their experiences and offer their insights about the future of documentary film funding.

Sushi: The Global Catch screening with Sushi, Sustainability, and the Fate of Fish panel. After the film Sushi: The Global Catch we discussed the health of sushi for humans and the oceans. Among the panelists Mark Hall, the film’s director, expanded on the sustainability of fishing and fish consumption around the globe. Other panelists included sushi restauranteurs, fisherman, and advocates who will address the challenges of sustainability, fish and the future of the ocean.

Storytelling for Change - Telling stories with film and video is a powerful way to inspire and motivate people to make positive changes in their lives, and in the world. In the online world of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, businesses and non-profits are using videos to tell the stories of their people, practices and potent issues; these organizations are connecting with people in a meaningful, human way that inspires action. Panelists showed some of these videos, speak about their approach to video storytelling, and involve the audience in a discussion about storytelling for change.

Gaming for Good - From Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits and city governments, gamification is one of the hottest trends to encourage employee engagement, build brand loyalty, and drive social change. Join BC3 members, SF Green Film Festival, SAP, SF Department of Emergency Management, and Badgeville came together to discuss the future of gamification and how this exciting tool can be used to advance your project’s sustainability goals. Gaming for Good explored the use of gaming techniques in non-game environments to promote fun, engage participants, and incentivize the adoption of sustainable behaviors.  


CAFETERIA MAN screening with Chew the Fat: Reinventing School Lunches panel - After watching CafeteriaMan, Richard Chisolm joined a panel discussion around agriculture and the challenges of eating locally and sustainably within our current system. We will talk with panelist who are meeting those challenges while dealing with the established norms of institutions and systems geared in the opposite direction. We hope to provoke a conversation that will motivate those in their community to ignite or flame the movement around food security, health, and sustainability.

Blood in the Mobile screening with Cradle-to-Cradle panel - Leading experts discussed electronics and green cradle-to-cradle design. The panel addressed questions from the audience and discussed consumer actions and solutions including: consumer campaigns, emerging green labels, supply chain responsibility, and innovative breakthroughs in the sustainable design community.

Urbanized screening with Our Future in Urban Sustainability panel - In a world where we are dealing with economic instability, climate action plans, and water and fuel stresses building upon the urban environment is more than just function. The triple bottom line is now a part of the process of urban development and the choices a community and government has to make when considering growth and development. Panelists discussed the thought process and methods they use and feel are integral when meeting all the goals and initiative for the future of a sustainable urban plan and environment.

Filmmakers and guests:

Allison Arieff, ‘Opinionator’ columnist, New York Times; ‘Urbanist’ Editor, SPUR

Tamara Badgley Horowitz, Grants & Residencies Coordinator, San Francisco Film Society

David Baker, David Baker+Partners Architects

Anthony Baxter, Director, You've Been Trumped

Richard Berge, Producer, The Island President

Peter Bosshard, Policy Director, International Rivers

Karen Brown, Creative Director, Center for Ecoliteracy

Betsy Carson, Producer, Waking the Green Tiger

Josh Cassidy, Associate Producer KQED Quest, Redwoods and Climate Change

Ian Cheney, Director, The City Dark

Darryl Cherney, Producer, Who Bombed Judi Barri?

Richard Chisolm, Director, Cafeteria Man

Bonni Cohen, Producer, The Island President

Kevin Connelly, Associate Director, Earth Island Institute

Sheila Davis, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

Helen de Michiel, www.lunchlovecommunity.org

Adena DeMonte, Director of Marketing, Badgeville

Alistair Douglas, Seafood Services Japan

Ann & Steven Dunsky, Directors, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic For Our Time

Christina Goette, MPH, Sr. Health Program Planner, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Kevin Gordon, Director, Tuned In

Mark Hall, Director, Sushi: The Global Catch

Mischa Hedges, Co-Founder, TrimTab Media

Jamie Henn, Co-Founder, 350.org

Mario Herger, Technology Strategist & Community Manager, SAP Labs LLC

Steve Hipskind, Chief, Earth Science Division, NASA Ames Research Center

Kristin Hogan, Strategic Communications Planner, City and County of San Francisco Department of Emergency Management

Emily James, Director, Just Do ItA Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws

Cara Jones, Founder, Storytellers for Good

DeAnthony Jones, 2010 Brower Youth Award Winner

Chris Jordan-Bloch, Director, An Ill Wind

Elyse Katz, Executive Producer, Who Bombed Judi Barri?

Michelle Kaufmann, Michelle Kaufmann Studio

Catherine Kilduff, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, Center for Biological Diversity

Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, Producer, Slap

Justin Krumb, Director, Minds in the Water

Sheila Laffey, Co-Executive Producer, Who Bombed Judi Barri?

Gary Marcuse, Director, Waking the Green Tiger

Mark MacInnis, Director, Urban Roots

Rivka Mason, School Garden Teacher, Berkeley Unified School District

Iliani Matisse, Co-Founder, TrimTab Media

David McGuire, Founder, Sea Stewards

Katherine Michonski, Executive Director, BC3 | Business Council on Climate Change

Cella Mitchell, Wallace Stegner Environmental Librarian, San Francisco Public Library

Willa Murphy, Student Activist, Senior, Sir Francis Drake High School, Founder & President, Drake Youth Politics Club

Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences and LIVEBLUE.org

Summer Rayne Oakes, model-activist, co-founder of Source4Style, starring in Extinction

Erica Priggen, Executive Producer, Free Range Studios

Heidi Quante

Gabriela Quiros, Producer KQED Quest, Redwoods and Climate Change

Kerry Reynolds, Videographer, Who Bombed Judi Barri?

Raquel Rivera Pinderhughes, Professor or Urban Studies, San Francisco State University

Daniel Riviera, Entertainment Attorney, Riviera & Associates

Lee Schneider, Executive Producer, DocuCinema

Laura Shacham, Assistant Producer, Just Do It – A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws

Jon Shenk, Director, The Island President

Tiffany Shlain, Director, Yelp: With Apologies To Allen Ginsbergs Howl

William Shutkin, President and CEO, Presidio Graduate School

Bob Silvestri, Founder, Environmental Media Fund

Student winners of the 2011 Pollution Prevention Video Contest

Mary Liz Thomson, Director, Who Bombed Judi Barri?

Kyle Thiermann, Surfer and 2011 Brower Youth Award winner

Casson Trenor, Co-Owner, Tataki Restaurant

Dona Turner, Director, Dig It?

Michael Watts, Professor of Geography and Development Studies, UC Berkeley

Jonny Vasic, Director, Minds in the Water

Katy Yan, China Program Coordinator, International Rivers

Photos from top to bottom: The Island President; Rafael Roy