3rd San Francisco Green Film Festival

SFGFF33.jpgThe 3rd annual festival (May 30 – June 5, 2013) presented the San Francisco premieres of 50 internationally acclaimed, environmentally-focused films from around the globe, with over 60 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers covering environmental topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water, and art in the environment.



  • Opening Night SF Premiere of Rebels with a Cause, which celebrates the epic s

    tory of those who fought to save theMarin County coast, with special guests Huey Johnson, Nancy Kelly, and Kenji Yamamoto
  • SF Premiere of Bidder 70 with filmmakers Beth and George Gage and special guest Tim DeChristopher in attendance, following his release from prison on April 21, 2013. Discover DeChristopher’s extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability.
  • West Coast Premiere of Shored Up and Q&A with director Ben Kalina. The film went on to win the Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
  • SF Premiere of Dear Governor Cuomo and panel discussion on fracking in California hosted by Climate One. Watch incredible acts of ‘fracktivism’ in the push for a ban on fracking in New York State. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin and Wood and many more.
  • Centerpiece screening and Northern California Premiere of More Than Honey, a dazzling in-depth look at honeybee colonies and Q&A with Academy-Award nominated director Markus Imhoof. Includes local honey tasting.
  • West Coast Premiere of Tiny – A Story About Living Small with filmmakers Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith celebrating the tiny house movement in a special outdoor screening with solar-powered projector in downtown SF.
  • Spotlight of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers And Tides, 2001) with SF Premieres of two new feature films, Breathing Earth and Garden In The Sea.
  • Kalyanee Mam’s A River Changes Course, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize Winner at Sundance 2013
  • Closing Night SF Premiere of Andrew Garrison’s Trash Dance on UN World Environment Day, June 5.
  • Work-in-progress screenings give local filmmakers the opportunity to share their work and gain valuable audience feedback, including Lisa Swenson’s Saltwater, and Sophie Constantinou’s Green Streets.
  • Filmmaker Awards 3-D printed in the cinema lobby using green, non-toxic, recyclable and compostable materials. The awards use a zero waste process and are 100% percent locally produced.

Panels and Workshops:

Tiny Houses with Tiny – A Story About Living SmallWhat is home? And how do we find it? Join us for this discussion about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream.

Fracking in California with Dear Governor Cuomo: The New York fracking moratorium has been in place since the early days of the fracking boom on the Marcellus Shale. But in states across the country, hydraulic fracturing has been moving full steam ahead leaving regulators to play catch-up. Join Climate One for a post-screening conversation on natural gas, fracking and the economic and environmental balancing act of powering America.

Cradle-To-Cradle with Terra Blight:Americans discard over 100 million monitors and TVs annually with the majority dumped illegally in third world countries. Join leading experts for a discussion on electronics and green cradle-to-cradle design.

Social Impact Strategy: A workshop that guides filmmakers and organizations through the essential steps of using film as a tool for social change. The workshop will touch upon everything from how to engage cause-based organizations to amplify your film’s outreach and impact to designing effective social and traditional media campaigns.

Green Chemistry with Unacceptable LevelsEver wonder about the chemicals that went into manufacturing your clothes, cookware, or cosmetics? There are now over 200 synthetic, industrial compounds accumulating in our bodies as a consequence of the goods we buy. Find out more about we can do to reduce our exposure to these chemicals and build a movement to regulate them. 

Filmmakers and Guests

Jon Bowermaster, Director, Dear Governor Cuomo
Tim Bradshaw, San Francisco Correspondent, Financial Times (on Cradle-to-Cradle panel)
Edward Brown, Director, Unacceptable Levels
Susan Cann, Producer, Unacceptable Levels
Kevin Connelly, Associate Director, Earth Island Institute (at A River Changes Course and Green Chemistry panel)
Sophie Constantinou, Director, Green Streets
Greg Dalton, Climate One at the Commonwealth Club (on Fracking panel)
Mark Decena, Director, WatershedWhere We Live
Tim DeChristopher, Activist, Bidder 70
Ryan Dexter, Director, Global WarNing
Nancy Dobbs, President & CEO, KRCB Television and Radio (at Rebels With A Cause)
Paul Donatelli, Co-Director, Living Tiny
AshEL Eldridge, Musician, Food Fight
Paul Farr, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company (at Tiny)
Beth Gage, Co-Director, Bidder 70
George Gage, Co-Director, Bidder 70
Andrew Garrison, Director, Trash Dance
Douglas Gayeton, Director, The Story of an Egg and creator of The Lexicon of Sustainability
Deborah Goldberg, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice (on Fracking panel)
Michael Green, Executive Director, Center for Environmental Health (on Green Chemistry panel)
Suzanne Harle, Green Planet Films (at Anna, Emma, and the Condors)
Jamie Henn, Co-Founder, 350.org (at Bidder 70)
Markus Imhoof, Director, More Than Honey
Huey Johnson, Founder, Resource Renewal Institute (at Rebels With A Cause)
Ben Kalina, Director, Shored Up
Nancy Kelly, Director, Rebels With A Cause
Leah Lamb, Campaign Consultant, Workshop: Social Impact Strategy
Joe Lopez III, Director, A Footprint Towards the Future
Robert MacKimmie, City Bees (at More Than Honey)
Jack Macy, Senior Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment (at Trashed)
Kalyanee Mam, Director, A River Changes Course
Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journal; Co-Manager, Alemany Farm (at In Organic We Trust)
Supervisor Eric Mar, San Francisco Board of Supervisors (at Plastic Paradise)
Monica Martinez, Artist and Chef, Edible Insects
Anuja Mendiratta, CA Nail Salon Collaborative; National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance (on Green Chemistry panel)
Cella Mitchell, Wallace Stegner Environmental Librarian, SF Public Library
Julian Mocine-McQueen, Education and Outreach Director, Green For All (at Switch)
Sudeep Motupalli Rao, Regional Director, EPEA (on Cradle-to Cradle panel)
Merete Mueller, Co-Director, Tiny – A Story About Living Small
Michelle Myers, SF Bay Chapter Director, Sierra Club (at Shored Up)
Melanie Nutter, Director, Department of the Environment, City and County of San Francisco (at Rebels With A Cause)
Maddie Oatman, Research Editor, Mother Jones (at Big Boys Gone Bananas!*)
Djordje Padejski, Founder & Project Director of the FOIA Machine at Center for Investigative Reporting (at Big Boys Gone Bananas!*)
Christopher Paetku, Director, How To CompostMakwa Mee Nuun
Celine Pallud, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley (at Saltwater)
Karl Palmer, Chief, Safer Consumer Products Branch, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (at Because I Live Longer Than You! and Green Chemistry panel)
Chaz Peling, CEO, Sol Solutions (at Tiny)
Heidi Quante, Campaign Consultant, Workshop: Social Impact Strategy
Jason Rainey, Executive Director, International Rivers (at A River Changes Course)
Sheraz Sadiq, Producer, KQED Quest, Edible Insects
Jay Shafer, Founder, Four Lights Tiny Houses (at Tiny)
Patrick Shen, Director, La Source
Christopher Smith, Co-Director, Tiny – A Story About Living Small
Angela Sun, Director, Plastic Paradise
Lise Swenson, Director, Saltwater
Karen Topakian, Chair, Greenpeace Inc (on Green Chemistry panel)
Megan Whelan, US Operations Coordinator, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) (at Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth)
Randy Wittorp, Director of Public Affairs, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco (at In Organic We Trust)
Kenji Yamamoto, Producer/Editor, Rebels With A Cause
Youth activists from the TURF program, Youth Leadership Institute
Ben Zolno, Director, Food Fight

2013 Festival Award Winners:

awards5.jpgBest Feature Award
Markus Imhoof

Best Short Award
Douglas Gayeton

Inspiring Lives Award
Beth and George Gage

Green Tenacity Award
Thomas Riedelsheimer

Audience Award
Patrick Shen


Photos by: Rafael Roy