Thank you all for coming to Aquarium of the Bay and Roxie Theater, May 29-June 4, to view stunning documentaries, take part in engaging debates and revitalize our green connections and ambitions.
60 films in 7 days in 5 venues, from 21 countries.
84 speakers, including 37 filmmakers.
- Opening Night at the beautiful Aquarium of the Bay for the SF Premiere of DamNation. We were joined by filmmakers Travis Rummel, Ben Knight and Matt Stoecker.
- In collaboration with the Roxie Theater, young filmmakers watched their films on the big screen with Future Filmmakers: Going Green.
- Giving people a connection to community partners and inspiration to get involved with our Lights, Camera, Take Action! series on the screen.
- And five new SFGFF Award winners.
Panels and Workshops
Let’s Go Bananas! with Mondo Banana: Following the screening of Mondo Banana, students from the UC Berkeley Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), in collaboration with SFGFF, hosted a celebration of the foods we all love featuring: you! Let’s go bananas!
Connect With Your Wild Side with Project Wild Thing: We all need to reconnect with nature. Spend more time outdoors and remember why nature is so important to us. In Project Wild Thing we see that the spread of screen technology in our homes and on mobile, is keeping our kids — and us — a little distracted. Audiences had a chance to remember the fun and wonder that nature has to hold, right on our doorstep.
Media Social - Lunch Love Community: Do we know what our children are eating? Focused on the real-life experience of community advocates and food professionals that have worked with educators in Berkeley, CA, this interactive session used short films and expert discussion to inspire change in the way kids eat. Audiences learned more about food systems reform, what others have done successfully, and what it means for our community.
The Future of Fish with The Last Ocean: Where is your seafood from? Is it sustainably or even legally caught? With over 80% of seafood imported into the USA, what is a socially conscious seafood lover to do? A panel of experts discussed these and other issues around sustainable fishing, including scientist Dr. David Ainley, Casson Trenor, owner, TatakiRestaurants and specialists from the seafood trade.
Water in the West with Watermark: What is the future of water in California? As we face the worst drought in decades, how do we balance the lack of water with pressure from agriculture, fracking and a growing population? Audiences took part in a lively conversation with leading local experts to determine a more sustainable future, for one of our most precious resources.
Our Food at Risk with Seeds of Time: With IPCC scientists warning that severe weather will lower global agricultural production, the connection between food and climate disruption is coming to the fore. After the screening, director Sandy McLeod and Cary Fowler, the film’s primary character, discussed the documentary with Greg Dalton, host of the Climate One radio & TV show.
Filmmakers and Guests
Jessica Abbe, contributing filmmaker, Wrenched: The Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang
David Ainley PhD, scientist, H.T. Harvey & Associates Ecological
Consultants and subject of The Last Ocean
Peter Barrett, producer, Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science (via Skype)
David Bond, director and subject of Project Wild Thing (via Skype)
Kathryn Boyle, Community Benefit Programs, Kaiser Permanente (at Lunch Love Community)
Robyn Bykofsky, producer of Beyond Recognition (work-in-progress)
Beda Calhoun, associate producer, DamNation
Reverend Doctor Ambrose Carroll, Sr., Green For All Fellowship and Senior Pastor, Church by The Side of The Road, Berkeley (at Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek)
Simon Christen, director of Adrift
Jennifer Clary, Program Associate, Clean Water Action (at Watermark/Water in the West panel)
Micah Clemente, director of The Next Generation
Kevin Connelly, Associate Director, Earth Island Institute (at Uranium Drive-In)
Sophie Constantinou, filmmaker, Lunch Love Community
Lina Constantinovici, StartupNectar, the Biomimicry Incubator, and Bay Area Biomimicry Network (at TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui)
Eugene Cordero, director, The Green Ninja Project/SJSU (at Future Filmmakers)
Marcy Cravat, director of Angel Azul
David Cross, Earth First! photographer (at Wrenched: The Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang)
Emma Dacol, director of The Most Endangered Species in the Bay: The Waterman
Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One at the Commonwealth Club, (at Seeds of Time/Our Food at Risk panel)
Greg Davis, producer, KQED Quest (at Restoring Balance)
Todd Dayton, director of Postcard from the Sacramento Delta
Mark Decena, director of Our Power: Black Mesa, Arizona
Helen De Michiel, director of Lunch Love Community
Derrick Evans, subject of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek
Sevda Eris, KQED Quest (at Restoring Balance)
Luis Fernandez, Carnegie Institute of Global Ecology, Stanford; Board of Directors, Amazon Aid Foundation (at Amazon Gold)
Cary Fowler, agriculturalist, former Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust, and subject of Seeds of Time
Jonathan Franzen, executive producer and author of Emptying the Skies
Daniel Fries, musician/composer for Angel Azul
Ariana Garfinkel, archivist for Wrenched: The Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang
Marva Gibbs, director of The Most Endangered Species in the Bay: The Waterman
Dr. Thomas Goreau, biogeochemist, marine biologist, and President, Global Coral Reef Alliance (at Angel Azul)
Corrina Gould, Indian People Organizing for Change (at Beyond Recognition)
Jane Greenberg, producer of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek
Suzanne Harle, Green Planet Films (at Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science)
Judy Hatcher, Director, Pesticide Action Network (at Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek)
Josh Healey/Movement Generation, director of Keystone XL Has a Job for You!
Jonathan Hill, food activist, Farm Fresh Choice (at Lunch Love Community)
Daniel Iacofano, CEO, MIG Community Planning (at Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek)
Mikal Jakubal, Activist (at DamNation)
Rosey Jencks, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (at Lost Rivers)
Wahleah Johns, founder, Black Mesa Water Coalition (at Our Power: Black Mesa, Arizona/Uranium Drive-In)
Leah Jones, director of The Most Endangered Species in the Bay: The Waterman
Roger Kass, director of Emptying the Skies
Ben Knight, director/producer of DamNation
Jennifer Krill, Executive Director, Earth Works (at Uranium Drive-In)
Simon Lamb, director and subject of Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science (via Skype)
Johnella LaRose, Indian People Organizing for Change (at Beyond Recognition)
Kyung Lee, director of TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui
Mishwa Lee, Co-Cordinator, Northridge CommUNITY Garden
Luana Lobo, Executive Producer, Way Beyond Weight
Jerrigrace Lyons, Founding Director, Final Passages (at A Will for the Woods)
Leah Mahan, director of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek
Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journal (at Watermark/Water in the West panel)
David McClellan, food activist, Farm Fresh Choice (at Lunch Love Community)
Christopher McLeod, contributing filmmaker, Wrenched: The Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang
Sandy McLeod, director of Seeds of Time/Our Food at Risk panel
David McGuire, Founder, Shark Stewards (at The Last Ocean/The Future of Fish panel)
Cella Mitchell, Wallace Stegner Environmental Librarian, SF Public Library (at Mondo Banana/Let’s Go Bananas!)
Marcos Nisti, Executive Producer, Way Beyond Weight
Karen Pickett, activist (at Wrenched: The Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang)
Aaron Pope, Manger of Sustainability, California Academy of Sciences (at The Last Ocean/The Future of Fish)
Forrest Pound, associate producer of Our Power: Black Mesa, Arizona
Iman Rodney, director of photography/editor, Northridge CommUNITY Garden
Mary Roscoe, Children in Nature Collaborative (at Project Wild Thing/Connect with your Wild Side)
Travis Rummel, director/producer of DamNation
Andrea Rutigliano, CABS (Committee Against Bird Slaughter) and subject of Emptying the Skies
Crystal Saunders, Fish Revolution (at The Last Ocean/The Future of Fish)
Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director, Food & Water Watch (at Watermark/Water in the West panel)
Jake Schoneker/Muse Video (at Future Filmmakers)
Janet Sowers, Fulgro Consultants (at Lost Rivers)
Michelle Steinberg, director of Beyond Recognition (work-in-progress)
Matt Stoecker, producer/underwater photographer of DamNation
Students of UC Berkeley Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) (at Mondo Banana/Let’s Go Bananas!)
Karen Topakian, Board Chair, Greenpeace (at Postcard from the Sacramento Delta with Watermark)
Casson Trenor, author, owner Tataki Sushi (at The Last Ocean/The Future of Fish panel)
Eugene Tssui, architect and subject of TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui
Kevin White, director of Achieving Balance and Return Flight
Ryan White, director of Mondo Banana
Jason Wyman, TILT at Ninth Street (at Future Filmmakers)