Sat 03.03 // 5:30 PM
SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.
In person: Gary Marcuse, Director; Betsy Carson, Producer; Peter Bosshard. Policy Director, International Rivers; Katy Yan, China Program Coordinator, International Rivers.Read more
San Francisco Green Film Festival
presents the San Francisco Premiere screening of
by Academy Award® nominated director Leslie Iwerks
followed by panel discussion
Join us for a special screening this new film by Academy Award® nominated director Leslie Iwerks followed by panel discussion with the director and special guests. Coming on the heels of the massive protest in DC -- where over 12,000 protesters encircled the White House -- the film explores the threat posed by the Keystone XL pipeline as well as the sustainable alternatives to dirty tar sands oil. Following the screening a panel of experts will discuss what has become the most controversial environmental battle in the U.S. today.
TICKETS are available on a sliding scale $15-25. All proceeds will help bring films and filmmakers to the 2012 festival. Space is very limited so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please note that at the theater we can accept cash only.PIPE DREAMS (USA, 2011, 40 min.) Narrated by Daryl Hannah. Directed by Leslie Iwerks. Across the heartland of America, farmers and landowners are fighting to protect their land, their water, and their livelihood. Routed over 1,700 miles from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries of the Texas Gulf Coast, this pipeline is set to cross the country’s largest freshwater resource, the Ogallala Aquifer, and the fragile Sandhills of Nebraska. A spill along the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed route could threaten the water supply of millions, and pose devastating consequences to human health, livestock, agriculture, and endangered wildlife. Further film information and trailer at pipedreamsdoc.com
PANELISTS: Leslie Iwerks, Writer, Director, Producer, PIPE DREAMS Leslie Iwerks is an Oscar® and Emmy® nominated documentary director and producer. Leslie's 2010 feature documentary Dirty Oil, narrated by Neve Campbell, exposes the environmental and human rights issues in Alberta’s toxic oil sands and traces the environmental and social impacts of Canadian oil on both sides of the U.S. border. Leslie’s short film Downstream was short-listed for a 2008 Academy Award® and her documentary short film, Recycled Life, was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2006 and has won nine top film festival awards. Other recent films include Industrial Light & Magic-Creating the Impossible and The Pixar Story. Matt Leonard, Project Manager - Tar Sands Action, 350.org Matt Leonard lives in Oakland, and has been involved in social and environmental justice campaigns for 15 years. From working with grassroots groups to international non-profits, he prioritizes using people-powered strategies to merge organizing, campaigning, and movement building. He has been coordinating the Tar Sands Action for the past few months, helping organize one of the largest civil disobedience efforts ever from the environmental movement - resulting in 1,253 people being arrested peacefully sitting-in at the White House to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Brant Olson, Freedom from Oil campaign director, Rainforest Action Network Brant Olson is a leading anti-tar sands activist in the United States. This August, he broke the story of how Keystone XL proponents created fake Twitter accounts to promote the pipeline. The story was subsequently picked up by The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Mother Jones, The Hill, and others. Brant has worked as a strategist on national corporate campaigns in the retail, finance, energy and forest sectors for more than seven years. While working at RAN, he has negotiated agreements from The Home Depot, Lowes, Centex Homes, ProBuild, BlueLinx, Boise Cascade, Georgia Pacific and others. His research into campaign finance and corporate supply chains have been featured in national publications including Business Week and the New York Times. Brant can be found on Twitter: @branto Shirin Sadeghi (panel moderator), independent radio/television Host and Producer Shirin Sadeghi is an independent radio/television Host and Producer. She is also a regular columnist for the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and two of Pakistan's national daily newspapers, Pakistan Today and The Express Tribune. Her reporting and analysis focuses on the Middle East (especially, Iran and the Persian Gulf nations), Pakistan, minorities in the United States and comparative media. Her broadcast career began as a Producer and Reporter for the BBC and Al Jazeera. She did her PhD at the University of London. Find Shirin on Twitter: @shirinsadeghi Michael Watts, Professor of Geography and Development Studies, UC Berkeley Michael Watts is the "Class of 1963" Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he has taught for over twenty-five years. He served as the Director of the Institute of International Studies from 1994-2004. Watts' research has addressed a number of development issues especially food security, rural development, and land reform in Africa, South Asia and Vietnam. Over the last twenty years he has written extensively on the oil industry, most recently completing a book on the natural and social history of oil in Nigeria entitled Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta.
TAKE ACTION: Lights! Camera! Action Steps! is a new SFGFF program that provides audience members with materials on how to get involved once a film ends. These materials are developed in collaboration with the filmmaker and festival partners to inspire audience members to action once the credits roll and the lights go up. Here is further action you can take from PIPE DREAMS. PIPE DREAMS - Lights! Camera! Action Steps! [PDF download] Letter to President Obama requesting a veto on the pipeline [PDF download]
Transportation: The SF Film Society | New People Cinema is located in Japantown on Post Street between Webster and Buchanan. Click for map. It is close to MUNI lines 2, 3, 22, 38, & 38L. The Japan Center Garage entrance is located right in front of the cinema on Post Street, and can also be accessed from 1610 Geary Boulevard.
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The Social Change Film Festival & Institute (SCFFI) presents The Global Water Crisis: Symposium & Fundraiser, in partnership with the World Bank, Woodside Capital Partners, the San Francisco Green Film Festival and Blue Planet Network. Date: November 5, 2011 Where: Stonebrook Court, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 Water Symposium: 12:30-6:30 p.m. SCFFI Fundraiser & Party: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. SCHEDULE: watersymposium.socialchangefilmfestival.org TICKETS: Tickets for the symposium and party are $50. Spaces are limited. Click here to purchase.
The 10th San Francisco Documentary Festival returns October 14-27 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley. SFGFF will be co-presenting the following films - please join us!:
78 DAYS: A TREE PLANTING DOCUMENTARY Jason Nardella, 62 min, Canada, 2011, World Premiere Roxie: Sun 10/16 245p, Sat 10/22 715p; Shattuck: Mon 10/17 245p What happens in the northern wilderness when the loggers leave? “Reforestation.” Which is tree planting, one wee tree at a time, a form of mentally and physically demanding piecework that attracts a certain kind of person: committed, motivated, and a little bit peculiar. In this brand-new documentary, filmmaker (and former planter) Nardella documents one such crew for one especially grueling season, 78 days in all. BACK TO THE GARDEN: FLOWER POWER COMES FULL CIRCLE Kevin Tomlinson, 70 min, US, 2010 Roxie: Tue 10/18 930p, Sun 10/23 715p; Shattuck: Sat 10/15 245p In 1988, filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson interviewed a group of back-to-the-land hippies living off-grid and isolated from mainstream culture. In 2006, he found out what had become of their utopian plans and dreams. The result is a time-lapse narrative, told with stories of lots of freedom but little cash, unflinching political activism, and non-conforming tribal families… including the kids, who have to wonder if the “free love” was really free. GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9 Robert Persons, 72 min, US 2009, California Premiere Roxie: Sat 10/15 1230p, Sun 10/16 5p; Shattuck: Tue 10/18 245p “Somewhere between a straight up documentary and an avant-garde experiment rich in mood and atmosphere. It is one of those films that populate the festival circuit, equally wowing and perplexing audiences, picking up critical acclaim and then all but disappearing from the public eye… It carries with it a melancholy and grace, a slowly closing eye for the good ol' days when men were farmers, and the land was the land...a place.” -Ben Umstead, Twitch THE GREENHORNS Severine von Tscharner Fleming, 50 min, US, 2010 Roxie: Sat 10/15 245p, Tue10/18 715p; Shattuck: Wed 10/19 715p “The Greenhorns” explores the lives of America's young farming community: its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker's hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture—to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming. PATAGONIA RISING Brian Lilla, 89 min, Chile, US, 2011 Roxie: Sat 10/22 930p, Sun 10/23 5p; Shattuck: Thu 10/20 245p Chile is on the verge of a monumental decision. Just as scientists are investigating major climate change in the Northern Patagonia Ice Field, five proposed hydroelectric dams could destroy two of the purest free-flowing watersheds in the world, and push a frontier culture even closer to extinction. Bringing those human voices to the forefront of the controversy, “Patagonia Rising” illuminates an alternative path forward.