The 2nd San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF), from March 1-7, 2012, has announced the recipients of the festival’s 2012 film awards.Read more
Against all odds, in the boarded-up shops, empty lots and defunct factories, seeds of change are taking root in Detroit. With the most vacant lots in the country, citizens are reclaiming their spirits by growing food. A small group of dedicated Detroiters have started an urban environmental movement with the potential to transform a city after its collapse.
Did you know your mobile phone contributes to violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo? Danish director Frank Piasecki Poulsen takes on the Congolese military and warlords to gain access to Bisie, a militia-controlled mine that produces cassiterite, a tin oxide used in cell phones. In this courageous documentary, Poulsen reveals a mineral trade plagued with violence and human exploitation.Read more
How did sushi become a global cuisine? What began as a simple but elegant food sold by Tokyo street vendors has become a worldwide phenomenon. Shot in five nations, the film explores the tradition, growth and future of this popular cuisine. As ocean predators such as Bluefin Tuna are auctioned at astronomical rates, we see that sushi is big money and these fish are gold.Read more
Courage abounds in this film that risks life and limb to penetrate the operation of Donald Trump and his designs on Aberdeen, Scotland and its precious sand dunes, (Bill Forsyth’s classic 1983 film Local Hero was made here). Called, “deeply troubling, amusing and rousing all at the same time…” by Starz Film Festival Jury, this film is a constant juggle of humor, confrontation, espionage and strange, compelling characters (Trump included).Read more
Tue 03.06 // 8:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. URBAN ROOTS Mark MacInnis USA, 2011, 93 min. In Person: Mark MacInnis Buy Tickets Against all odds, in the boarded-up shops, empty lots and defunct factories, seeds of change are taking root in Detroit. With the most vacant lots in the country, citizens are reclaiming their spirits by growing food. A small group of dedicated citizens have started an urban environmental movement with the potential to transform not just a city after its collapse, but also a country after the end of its industrial age. Urban Roots shows dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally-grown, sustainably farmed food in a city where people - as in much of the county - have found themselves cut off from real food and limited to the lifeless offerings of fast food chains and grocery stores stocked with processed food. The people of Detroit have taken on the enormous task of changing this for themselves, and to understand their story is to understand how we can change it for us all. It’s a story that in the most difficult of places, new hope emerges. This growing movement of urban farmers is changing the way people think about food-and life in the "D". It took men like Henry Ford, William Durant, and Lee Iacocca to build this city, but it's taken a bunch of strong willed self-taught urban farmers to save it. ~ Vancouver Intl. Film Festival “Urban Roots is an inspiring film about the emergence of urban farming in Detroit; it shows what’s possible after the collapse of the industrial era and how we begin building a sustainable future for all.” - Leonardo DiCaprio. www.urbanrootsamerica.com Preceded by: Animal Beatbox, Damon Gameau, Australia, 2011, 2 mins Screening sponsored by East Bay Regional Park District. Co-presented with Green For All.
San Francisco Premiere: SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH ~ with 'Sushi, Sustainability, and the Fate of Fish' panel
Sat 03.03 // 1:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH Mark Hall USA, 2011, 75 min. In English and Japanese with English subtitles. San Francisco Premiere. In Person: Mark Hall Buy Tickets How did sushi become a global cuisine? What started as a time honored reverence of fish is now an international phenomenon that is consuming oceanic fish exponentially. Once a dish limited to Japan, the film examines how sushi is spreading across the globe and a beautiful tradition experienced by a few has become a common global fad. The story of raw fish travels the world and includes interviews of chefs in five nations from Japan to Texas and even Poland, giving insight into the long, seven-year apprenticeships undergone by aspiring chefs and the specialized, traditionally made knives used throughout the trade. San Francisco’s first sustainable sushi bar, Tataki, is also featured. The filmmakers visit tuna farms, open ocean factory ships and the infamous fish market of Tsukiji Japan, where ocean predators such as Bluefin Tuna are auctioned at astronomical rates. We see that sushi is big money and these fish are gold. A Special Jury Award Winner in the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, the film demonstrates that the demand for sushi is depleting apex predators in the ocean, including Bluefin tuna. It leaves the viewer hungry for solutions and shows that a few pioneers have already begun to lead the way. - David McGuire www.sushitheglobalcatch.com Preceded by: eXtinction, Clayton Haskell, USA, 2011, 5 mins. In person: Summer Rayne Oakes, eco-model. Co-presented with Sea Stewards.
Screening will be followed by Sushi, Sustainability, and the Fate of Fish panel. Join us after the film Sushi: The Global Catch to discuss the health of sushi for humans and the oceans. Among the panelists is Mark Hall, the film's director, who will expand on the sustainability of fishing and fish consumption around the globe. Other panelists will include sushi restauranteurs, fisherman, and advocates who will address the challenges of sustainability, fish and the future of the ocean. Panelists include: - David McGuire, Sea Stewards [moderator] - Mark Hall, director, "Sushi: the Global Catch" - Catherine Kilduff, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, Center for Biological Diversity - Dr. Wallace "J" Nichols, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences and LIVEBLUE.org - Casson Trenor, co-owner, Tataki Restaurant
A suspenseful, layer-peeling, court room drama within the global politics of food and First vs. Third world dynamics, directed by Sweden’s pre-eminent documentarian and investigative journalist.