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4th San Francisco Green Film Festival -- May 29 through June 4, 2014

Celebrating its fourth year, the San Francisco Green Film Festival returns May 29th through June 4th and will continue as the West Coast’s leading destination for films and events that spotlight the world’s most urgent environmental issues and most innovative solutions. The Roxie Theater in San Francisco is the a new venue for programming. The Opening Night Reception and Premiere will be at the Aquarium of the Bay, on the Embarcadero, to launch this year’s Festival theme: Water in the West. Additional films will be at the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch.

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Angel Azu
4th San Francisco Green Film Festival
San Francisco Green Film Festival
San Francisco Green Film Festival

With 60 new films from around the globe and 70 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers, the 4th Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival will make a splash with its water-themed programming. From a compelling documentary exploring dams and the landscapes they alter to an anniversary screening of a noir, drought-driven classic, the festival inspires and mobilizes audiences to take positive environmental action in the Bay Area and beyond. The festival highlights both established and emerging filmmakers, bringing to the Bay Area important environmental stories on a range of topics, including food security, oceans, healthy kids, livable cities and an overall spirit of activism.

Each SFGFF screening includes compelling post-film programs where audiences engage in discussions with filmmakers and activists. SFGFF’s signature Lights! Camera! Take Action! program links festival attendees with leaders in local environmental causes to get involved. In addition to panels and workshops, the program provides 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.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS AND EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT FILM: DAMNATION
The San Francisco Green Film Festival presents DAMNATION as the opening night film. Crowned as an Audience Award Winner at SXSW 2014, directors Travis Rummel and Ben Knight focus on the nation’s shift in attitudes about dams. Through majestic cinematography and personal stories, Rummel and Knight show unexpected discoveries and how the removal of obsolete dams can bring rivers and their surrounding landscapes back to their natural state. The screening will appropriately take place at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, following the Opening Night reception. (Thursday, May 29)

CLOSING NIGHT FILM: WRENCHED: THE LEGACY OF THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG
The festival concludes with filmmaker ML Lincoln’s WRENCHED: THE LEGACY OF THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG, a documentary about the anarchistic and riotous eco-warrior Edward Abbey. Told through interviews with his friends, archival footage and re-enactments, we see his imprint on environmental activism including how in the 1970s he crafted a radical new blueprint for the environmental movement called "monkeywrenching". (8 p.m., Wednesday June 4)

CENTERPIECE FILM: WATERMARK
This year’s centerpiece film, WATERMARK, keeps in spirit with the festival’s 'water' theme and reunites award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. Screening on June 1st, the documentary weaves together diverse global stories that show our relationship with water. From California water shortages to massive abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast to the water intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka, WATERMARK gives a cautionary look at our relationship with the world’s largest natural resource. The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion, 'Water in the West', a lively conversation hosted by Earth Island Journal with leading local experts about how to balance lack of water with pressure from agriculture, fracking, and a growing population. (7:45 p.m., Sunday June 1)

40TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF CHINATOWN
In the 40th Anniversary year of this classic film, California faces its worst drought in decades. Based in part on real events that formed the California Water Wars, it is set during a serious drought in LA, where a private detective gets caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. A benchmark in cinema history and starring iconic Hollywood actors Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston, the San Francisco Green Film Festival presents a screening of the noir classic in honor of its anniversary. (9:30 p.m., Saturday May 31)

LOCAL FILMMAKERS

COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK:
Bay Area filmmaker Leah Mahan follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Mahan followed Derrick and his neighbors as they stood up to corporate interests and politicians and endured obstacles such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. (7 p.m., Saturday May 31)

TELOS: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF EUGENE TSSUI:
Emeryville-based architect Eugene Tssui is known for his unconventional and unorthodox style. As an eccentric visual artist and a maverick architect, Tssui questions traditional building standards and puts nature and the environment at the forefront of his designs. Bay area filmmaker Kyung Lee chronicles the fascinating life and work of Tssui, showing his influences from his childhood to his formal education (including three expulsions from architecture school) and his relationship with his mentor the "organic" architect Bruce Goff. Rejected by the status quo and embattled to defend his futuristic, yet naturalistic visions, Tssui finds unexpected allies in the small mountain town in Mount Shasta where he hopes to build his architectural fantasia. (4:45 p.m., Saturday May 31)

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

EMPTYING THE SKIES:
Based on Jonathan Franzen’s New Yorker essay, this powerful documentary explores the wonder of migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean, millions of which are unlawfully slaughtered each year for large sums of money on the Black Market. Directed by Douglas Kass and executive produced by Franzen, the film follows an intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers who risk their lives waging a secret war against the poachers. Jonathan Franzen is expected to be in attendance. (6 p.m., Friday May 30)

ONCE UPON A FOREST (IL ÉTAIT UNE FORÊT)
The director of the Oscar-winning MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, Luc Jacquet, takes a spectacular journey with renowned French botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé into the tropical rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon and Gabon. Including beautiful animation, and drawing on extensive research, this is an expedition into the very heart of life on earth. (5:30 p.m., Sunday June 1)

PREMIERES

U.S. PREMIERES
WAY BEYOND WEIGHT (MUITO ALÉM DO PESO) (2012), dir. Estela Renner

WEST COAST PREMIERES
ANGEL AZUL
(2013), dir. Marcy Cravat
EMPTYING THE SKIES (2013), dirs. Douglas & Roger Kass
MONDO BANANA (2013), dir. Ryan White
ONCE UPON A FOREST (IL ÉTAIT UNE FORÊT) (2013), dir. Luc Jacquet
PROJECT WILD THING (2013), dir. David Bond

CALIFORNIA PREMIERES
SEEDS OF TIME (2013), dir. Sandy McLeod
WRENCHED: THE LEGACY OF THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG (2013), dir. ML Lincoln

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERES
AMAZON GOLD (2012), dir. Reuben Aaronson
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK (2013), dir. Leah Mahan
DAMNATION (2014), dirs. Travis Rummel and Ben Knight
THE GREAT FLOOD (2013), dir. Bill Morrison
LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY (2013), dir. Helen DeMichiel
TELOS: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF EUGENE TSSUI (2014), dir. Kyung Lee
URANIUM DRIVE-IN (2013), dir. Suzan Beraza

AWARDS
Each year, SFGFF honors a number of films and filmmakers with a SFGFF Award, including Best Feature, Best Short, Audience Award, Inspiring Lives Award and the Green Tenacity Award. The awards are 3-D printed by Type A Machines in the theater during the Festival from green, non- toxic, recyclable and compostable materials. The awards use a zero waste process and are 100% locally produced.

GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE (as of May 27, 2014)
Ben Knight DAMNATION Director/Editor
Travis Rummel DAMNATION Director/Producer
Matt Stoecker DAMNATION Producer/Underwater Photographer
Beda Calhoun DAMNATION Associate Producer
Mikal Jakubal DAMNATION Activist
Roger Kass EMPTYING THE SKIES Director
Andrew Rutigliano EMPTYING THE SKIES CABS (Committee Against Bird Slaughter)
Jonathan Franzen EMPTYING THE SKIES Executive Producer
Ryan White MONDO BANANA Director
Marcos Nisti WAY BEYOND WEIGHT Executive Producer
Luana Lobo WAY BEYOND WEIGHT Executive Producer
Kyung Lee TELOS: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF EUGENE TSSUI Director
Eugene Tssui TELOS: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF EUGENE TSSUI Subject/Architect
Leah Mahan COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK Director
Derrick Evans COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK Subject
Rev. Ambrose Carroll COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK Green For All Fellowship and Senior Pastor
Judy Hatcher COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK Director at the Pesticide Action Network
Jane Greenberg COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK Producer
Daniel Iacofano COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK CEO, MIG Community Planning
Helen De Michiel LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY Director
Sophie Constantinou LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY Filmmaker
Jonathan Hill LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY Food Activist
David McClellan LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY Food Activist
Kathryn Boyle LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY Community Benefit Programs, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. David Ainley THE LAST OCEAN Scientist
David McGuire THE LAST OCEAN Shark Stewards
Aaron Pope THE LAST OCEAN Manger of Sustainability, California Academy of Sciences
Crystal Saunders THE LAST OCEAN Fish Revolution
Jason Mark WATERMARK Editor of the Earth Island Journal
Jennifer Clary WATERMARK Program Associate, Clean Water Action
Adam Scow WATERMARK
Michelle Steinberg WORK-IN-PROGRESS: BEYOND RECOGNITION Director/Producer
Robyn Bykofsky WORK-IN-PROGRESS: BEYOND RECOGNITION Producer
Sandy McLeod SEEDS OF TIME Director
Cary Fowler SEEDS OF TIME Agriculturalist
Greg Dalton SEEDS OF TIME Climate One
Marcy Cravat ANGEL AZUL Director
Daniel Fries ANGEL AZUL Musician/Composer
Dr. Thomas Goreau ANGEL AZUL President, Global Coral Reef Alliance
Ariana Garfinkel WRENCHED: THE LEGACY OF THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG Archivist
David J. Cross WRENCHED: THE LEGACY OF THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG Earth First! Photographer
Karen Pickett WRENCHED: THE LEGACY OF THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG Activist
David Bond (via Skype) PROJECT WILD THING Director/Subject
Simon Christen ADRIFT Director
Micah Clemente THE NEXT GENERATION Director
Todd Dayton POSTCARD FROM THE SACRAMENTO DELTA Director
Karen Topakian POSTCARD FROM THE SACRAMENTO DELTA Board Chair, Greenpeace
Mark Decena OUR POWER: BLACK MESA, ARIZONA Director
Forrest Pound OUR POWER: BLACK MESA, ARIZONA Associate Producer
Wahleah Johns OUR POWER: BLACK MESA, ARIZONA Founder, Black Mesa Water Coalition
Sevda Eris RESTORING BALANCE KQED Quest
Luis Fernandez AMAZON GOLD Carnegie Institute of Global Ecology, Stanford, Board of Directors, Amazon Aid Foundation
Emma Dacol THE MOST ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THE BAY: THE WATERMAN Director
Marva Gibbs THE MOST ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THE BAY: THE WATERMAN Director
Leah Jones THE MOST ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THE BAY: THE WATERMAN Director
Josh Healey KEYSTONE XL HAS A JOB FOR YOU! Director
Jerrigrace Lyons A WILL FOR THE WOODS Founding Director, Final Passages
Kevin White ACHIEVING BALANCE, RETURN FLIGHT Director

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL
SFGFF is the Bay Area’s leading festival for films and discussions about people and the planet. Launched in 2011, (SFGFF) presents an annual film festival each Spring, along with year-round community screenings and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Attendees discover new films from around the globe and hear stories from people facing the world’s most urgent environmental issues and creating the most innovative solutions.
SFGFF brings critical and contemporary environmental issues to local audiences and, in the process, highlights the vital work of their many partners, including local businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations. Since 2011, they have partnered with over 50 community organizations, produced over 90 programs with 225 films, and inspired over 8,000 attendees.

For tickets, more information visit the Festival site , email info@sfgreenfilmfest.org, or call (415) 552-5580.