This week, Governor Brown signed historic legislation that will ban the use of single-use plastic bags in California, the first state in the USA to do so. Why is this important? Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, disposable bags that they throw away without much thought. But where is "away"? Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to the environment, marine life, and human health?
To find out more, check out these illuminating films from our Festival archive:
Sushi: The Global Catch (Mark Hall, 2011) blew audiences away at SFGFF 2012 with this revealing documentary on the environmental cost of sushi. Pairing the film screening with a lively panel debate and a take-home action step guide, the Festival actively engaged the audience to think differently about this specialty food.
It’s hard to imagine now, but sushi was once a simple food sold only by Japanese street vendors. The film documents the international explosion of sushi consumption over the past 30 years and reveals the problematic future of this popular cuisine.Read more
Last night we celebrated the launch of the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival with a spectacular underwater theme at Aquarium of the Bay. Our wonderful community of eco-savy, film-lovers came together to meet filmmakers, guests and aquatic life before a rousing film screening and premiere of DamNation.
DamNation charts the shift in US opinion from pride in big dams as feats of engineering, to a growing awareness that we can bring back the life and health of our rivers. Winner of the San Francisco Green Film Festival's Best Feature Award, this film has been made with guts, ambition and style.Read more
When we heard that the team behind our Opening Night Premiere, DamNation, included local underwater photographer Matt Stoecker, we had to include him in our 'behind the scenes with local filmmakers' series. In these photos you see Matt with with wetsuit and underwater housing, just after diving and filming for DamNation below the former Elwha Dam on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. You can meet Matt along with DamNation filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel at our Opening Night screening of DamNation, May 29 at the Aquarium of the Bay. Producer and underwater photographer Matt Stoecker emerges from the icy tail waters below the former Elwha Dam in a scene from DamNation. Photo: Ben Knight.Read more
We're excited to have many local filmmakers in this year's Festival and wanted to get a glimpse of behind the scenes filming from our directors.
In the first of this series, we caught up with local filmmaker Marcy Cravat, whose beautiful film Angel Azul will have its San Francisco Premiere at the 4th SF Green Film Festival. We asked Marcy for a photo of her favorite camera or film equipment and received a surprising answer. For a start she names her cameras, and her most valuable piece of equipment is her sound guy! Here she tells us more:Read more
Here, in the latest in our series of posts that go behind the scenes with the Festival's film directors, we meet two filmmakers with a passion for the great outdoors. We had a simple question, can you send us a photo of yourself with your favorite piece of film kit. Of course, we received some stunning photos in return and some surprising answers. At this year's Festival we're thrilled to be screening shorts from both of these local filmmakers, Mark Decena and Kevin White.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.