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.
Opening Night Reception
Guests go underwater for a bite to eat and a drink in the Aquarium's tunnels, including: first row left, Festival guests from Come Hell or High Water (screening May 31, Roxie Theater); third row right, Matt Stoecker, filmmaker, Damnation; and bottom row right, Ryan White, filmmaker Mondo Banana (screening May 29, Roxie Theater).
Opening Night Premiere
Left to right: Rachel Caplan, SF Green Film Festival Founder, welcomes everyone to the SF Premiere of DamNation; Filmmakers in the crowd get a shout-out, including Kyung Lee, filmmaker, Telos (screening May 31, Roxie Theater); the DamNation team - Matt Stoecker, Travis Rummel and Ben Knight - are proud to introduce their film and take questions from the audience.
See you at the Festival!
From tonight, May 30, the Green Film Festival moves to the Roxie Theater for a week of stunning environmental films, parties and discussions.
As California faces its worst drought in decades, we've been thinking a lot about our Festival theme Water in the West. Opening Night was just the beginning and you'll find water running like a stream throughout the program, with six feature films and shorts providing their own perspective on this crucial topic.
There are many tenacious green filmmakers, bringing us important environmental stories on a range of topics. We can't wait to share films on food security, oceans, healthy kids, livable cities and an overall spirt of activism.
Take a look at our program to find out more.