Festival Returns for 2nd Year with Screenings of 40 Premiere Films From Around the Globe, Special Events, Parties, Panels, Educational Programs and More
- San Francisco Premieres of Bay Area Filmmaker Jon Shenk’s “The Island President” Anthony Baxter’s “You’ve Been Trumped”
- World Premiere of Mary Liz Thomson & Darryl Cherney’s “Who Bombed Judi Bari?”
- Sneak Preview of Emily James’s “Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws”
- And Launch of “Lights! Camera! Action Steps!” Linking Festival Attendees with Leaders In Local Environmental Causes to Get Involved
“We are thrilled to be bringing some of the world’s most innovative and inspiring films about green issues and sustainable living back to the Bay Area for the 2nd Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival,” says Rachel Caplan, the Festival’s Founder and Director. “With thousands of attendees at our inaugural festival last year, we are excited to be able to have the opportunity to bring an even more provocative and compelling line up of programming, panels and parties to an even wider audience this year.”
The 2012 festival line-up includes audience favorites and award-winners from Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Toronto, and Telluride. The Festival’s Opening Night Film is the San Francisco Premiere of “The Island President”, winner of the Audience Award at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. Local filmmaker Jon Shenk’s latest critically acclaimed film is about President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he confronts a problem greater than any other world leader has faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. Due to rising sea levels, his country could end up under water. The film follows the president’s journey as he fights to get the voice of his small nation heard within the global climate change debate. The film, which opens theatrically at Landmark Theaters in San Francisco on April 6, features fourteen songs by Radiohead as well songs from indie band Stars Of The Lid. The film will be followed up with the opening night party featuring local organic food and drinks.
The film festival circuit audience favorite, Anthony Baxter’s “You’ve Been Trumped” will be making its San Francisco premiere with a special double bill with “Local Hero” (the classic 1983 film). 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.
SFGFF is also pleased announce the world premiere of local filmmakers Mary Liz Thomson & Darryl Cherney’s “Who Bombed Judi Bari?”. Legendary Earth First! organizer Judi Bari popularized protests against corporate logging in the 1980s. In Oakland, CA, on May 24, 1990, a bomb exploded in Judi’s car, with Judi suffering debilitating injuries alongside the film’s producer Darryl Cherney. Made from of 100% archival footage including Bari’s speeches and colorful and daring redwood protests including a musical appearance by Bonnie Raitt, the climbing of the Golden Gate Bridge by Woody Harrelson, and a tribute to Bari by Jerry Brown, the film chronicles the movement, the false accusations and court struggles following the blast and leading to a surprising resolution. The screening on March 2nd will commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Bari’s Death on March 2, 1997.
The Closing Night film is a sneak preview of Emily James’s energetic “Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws” which takes a fresh and animated look at illegal activism and civil disobedience through engaging characters fighting capitalism and trying to raise awareness about the environment…a nod for sure to the ongoing Occupy movement activities taking place throughout the world today. Closing night party will follow the film.
Each SFGFF screening includes compelling post-film programs where audiences engage in discussions with filmmakers and activists and meet sponsors and partners. This year SFGFF is launching “Lights! Camera! Action Steps!” linking festival attendees with leaders in local environmental causes to get involved. The program will provide attendees with take-away action steps, web resources, a video story booth at the venue, and group activities that promote tangible ways to stay involved in the issues of environmental justice presented in the festival’s films.
Other festival highlights include: SFGFF’s Centerpiece film, “The City Dark”, Ian Cheney’s film about his journey to seek out the true impact of light pollution on people, animals, and the environment, and shining new light on the meaning of “dark”; The USA premiere of Gary Marcuse’s “Waking the Green Tiger”, a raw and electrifying account of the rise of the environmental movement in China; “Urbanized” – the third part of Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining “Helvetica” (2007) and “Objectified” (2009), is a captivating and lively look at the design of cities; and Mark MacInnis’s “Urban Roots”, an inspiring account of the current urban agriculture revolution in Detroit.
About the San Francisco Green Film Festival
SFGFF’s mission is to organize and present forward-thinking programs of films and discussions that inspire environmental action and advocacy. The films that we premiere explore the relationship between people and the planet and offer compelling insights into the environmental challenges we face as well as the creative social entrepreneurs who are crafting a vision for a greener future.
SFGFF’s inaugural festival from March 3-6, 2011, brought in over 2,000 attendees to screen a broad array of new films in carefully curated sessions that challenged, provoked, and entertained audiences over its four-day-run.
For ticket information, and the full Festival Program please visit: sfgreenfilmfest.org.