For the 2015 San Francisco Green Film Festival we're excited to announce the theme will be Changing Cities.Read more
I’d like to share with you one of my favorite green moments of 2014 and ask you to be a part of making many more special moments in 2015.
At this year’s Festival, a man got up on stage and brought the house down. Those in the crowd who weren’t crying, were cheering so loudly in standing ovation that the panel discussion took some time to begin.Read more
Hang out with a live Bat at our Halloween event this Monday...
This just in! You can now get up close and personal with live bats at this Monday's social mixer and screening, courtesy of our friends at NorCal Bats.
Event highlights include: ~ Live bat encounters in the lobby with NorCal Bats ~ Edible bug tasting of spicy superworms, courtesy of Don Bugito ~ Bat costume contest with great prizes ~ Q&A with local bat experts Cat Taylor of East Bay Regional Park District and Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats ~ SF Premiere screening of Laura Brooks' new documentary Bat City, USA about bat conservation efforts in Austin, TX ~ Mixing and mingling with like-minded bat.
Join the San Francisco Green Film Festival for a special screening of With My Own Two Wheels, a film about the bicycle as a vehicle for change around the world.
Screening followed by panel discussion with activists and members of the bicycle community, including:
~ Rose Aguilar, "Your Call", KALW (moderator)
~ Paul Freedman, Founder, Rock the Bike
~ Julian Rhoads, IDEX, San Francisco
~ Maya Carson, Co-Director, Cycles of Change, OaklandRead more
Can living small go big? Fresh off its premiere at SXSW 2013, Tiny - A Story About Living Small, a film about families living in homes smaller than a parking space and one couple’s attempts to build a similarly scaled house for themselves, will feel perfectly sized for a screening in the street-turned-pedestrian plaza atmosphere of Annie Alley.
As a sneak peek of the 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival kicking off a week later, Tiny will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.Read more
Mon 03.05 // 7:45 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. URBANIZED Gary Hustwit USA/UK, 2011, 82 mins Buy Tickets Urbanized is the third part of Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining Helvetica (2007) and Objectified (2009), and frames a global discussion on the future of cities. More than half the world’s population now lives in cities and statistics say that 75% will have migrated to a an urban area by 2050. Hustwit’s captivating and lively new documentary about the design of cities examines how major urban environments are adapting to the challenges of today and tomorrow, particularly climate change and population growth. It’s a study of how a city’s visual design can impact its daily life. Through thoughtful interviews and carefully selected images, this eye-opening film looks at the challenges and promises facing some of the world’s important cities from New York and Paris to Bogota and Cape Town. We learn about and see the impact of innovative solutions including new bike lanes, walkways and housing projects. Urbanized has been called "an idea-packed new documentary" by A.O. Scott of the New York Times, and Joshua K. Leon of Metropolis says "Urbanized posits that city dwellers must not only forge an innovative self-reliance, they must imagine higher forms of living." urbanizedfilm.com Preceded by: Second Hand, Isaac King, Canada, 2011, 7 mins.
Following the screening, join a panel of architects, designers and innovators to discuss Our Future in Urban Sustainability. 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 will discuss 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. Panelists include: ~ Lee Schneider, DocuCinema [moderator] ~ Allison Arieff, 'Opinionator' columnist, New York Times; Urbanist Editor, SPUR ~ David Baker, David Baker + Partners Architects ~ Michelle Kaufmann, Michelle Kaufmann Studio ~ Raquel Rivera Pinderhughes, Professor of Urban Studies, San Francisco State University
Wed 03.07 // 5:30 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. FUTURE OF HOPE Henry Bateman UK/Iceland, 2010, 75 min. San Francisco Premiere. Buy Tickets In 2008, Iceland’s entire banking system collapsed in the wake of the global financial crisis. As a consequence, the country’s economic and political systems were shaken to their core. Future of Hope tells the story of how a cross-section of Icelandic society decided to use the crisis as an opportunity to reconsider the country’s economic development path. Featuring imaginative use of animation, a killer soundtrack (featuring artists from Iceland, Ireland, and the UK, including Damien Rice), and Iceland’s ruggedly beautiful landscape, the film chronicles a grassroots movement determined to reinvent the Icelandic society and economy around the principles of sustainable development. Can organic farming, renewable energy, and green technology be the anchors of a new economy? Can a country with the oldest sitting parliament reinvent its model of democracy to create greater transparency and more accountability? With the emergence of the Occupy movement and the teetering of the Euro-zone economies, the issues being debated in Iceland’s parliament and on the streets of Reykjavik are now finally part of a global conversation. Filmed in 2010, the Future of Hope is in some ways prescient and tells a remarkable story of collapse, recovery, redemption, and reinvention to which the rest of the world should pay attention. - Mark Valentine www.futureofhope.co.uk Preceded by: National Parks Project: Sirmilik, Zacharias Kunuk, Canada, 2011, 10 mins. Screening sponsored by New Resource Bank and Presidio Graduate School. Co-presented with the Business Council on Climate Change [BC3].
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.
CENTERPIECE SCREENING Sat 03.03 // 8:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. THE CITY DARK Ian Cheney USA, 2011, 84 min. In Person: Ian Cheney Buy Tickets Filmmaker Ian Cheney ponders what the impact of a world without night would be. Having moved from Maine to New York City, Cheney discovers himself in a place so ﬂooded with light that it is hard to make out a star in the night sky. The curiosity of what is lost with the darkness of night, in an environment with such dense light pollution, leads him to startling revelations including the impact of light pollution on human health, animal migration, and the safety of our planet from asteroids. Told in six chapters, through expert interviews, a strong personal narrative, stunning astrophotography, and music that garnered the ﬁlm the Jury Prize for best Score/Music at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival The City Dark provides a holistic view of the relationship between humans and the sky and shines new light on the meaning of the dark. ~ Ambika Jain www.thecitydark.com Preceded by: Tuned In, Kevin Gordon, USA, 2010, 5 mins. In person: Kevin Gordon. Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl, Tiffany Shlain, USA, 2011, 3 mins. Co-presented with the Bay Area Science Festival and Chabot Space & Science Center.