SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES MARCH 3 - 6, 2011
First Festival of its Kind on West Coast to Link Media Arts
With Environmental Advocacy Includes
Screenings of Over 60 Premiere Films From Around the Globe,
Special Events, Parties, Panels And Educational Programs
Highlights include live satellite feed Q&A with iconic writer and environmentalist Margaret Atwood, and the West Coast premiere of Werner Herzog's new feature documentary, visiting filmmakers from China, Sweden, UK, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and across the USA, spectacular Opening Night Green Carpet Gala, and more.
San Francisco, CA, January 24, 2011- The San Francisco Green Film Festival will launch March 3-6, 2011 and will be the ﬁrst-ever festival of its kind on the West Coast presenting inspiring programs and discussions that link films and media arts with environmental advocacy and activism. For more information please visit: www.sfgreenfilmfest.org
The Festival will include screenings of over 60 premieres from around the globe and kicks off with an Opening Night Green Carpet Gala on Thursday, March 3rd at the beautiful LEED-certified Bently Reserve (formerly the City's U.S. Federal Reserve).
In celebration of the Opening Night's "plastic pollution theme," the Festival will screen the Bay Area premiere of the award-winning ﬁlm BAG IT, in partnership with Berkeley's Plastic Pollution Coalition.
"San Francisco is universally regarded as an epicenter of both the global Green Movement and as an activist and issue conscious film community," says Rachel Caplan, the Festival Founder and Director. "This amazingly diverse city has many film festivals but none that directly and solely addresses these issues and audiences - The San Francisco Green Film Festival grew out of the need to fill that void."
Festival screenings and events will take place at the Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema and the Bently Reserve. These venues, in close proximity to each other, will create a dynamic hub at the Embarcadero, with an exceptional inaugural line-up including Bay Area premieres of award winners and audience favorites from the world's top film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, SxSW and Toronto.
"We are proud of the world-class quality of films premiering at our inaugural festival with highlights including a live satellite feed Q&A with iconic writer and environmentalist Margaret Atwood, and the West Coast premiere of a new feature documentary by Werner Herzog," says Caplan. "We are also thrilled that many internationally renowned filmmakers will be in attendance to screen their latest work and speak to Festival audiences including Fredrik Gertten, Sweden's pre-eminent documentarian and investigative journalist and director of BANANAS!* and acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Huaqing Jin, director of Heavy Metal (the U.S. premiere)."
Other Programming highlights include: National Geographic Explorer, Jon Bowermaster's SOLA: Louisiana Water Stories - a topical film about personal stories focusing on water resources in South Louisiana and touching on the recent BP oil spill's effect; Locally based husband and wife documentarians Steven and Ann Dunsky's newest film Butterflies & Bulldozers about the global dilemma of economic growth versus species preservation seen through the fight over San Bruno Mountain; and the entertaining Back to the Garden, a time-lapse view of back-to-the-land "hippies"- living off-grid, insulated and isolated from mainstream culture and their moving personal stories of non-conformity and political activism-with lots of freedom but little cash.
The Festival is also an official part of the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011 and will be hosting content-related films and discussions to reinforce the message that forests are vital to the survival and well being of people everywhere.
The Festival's Closing Night film, German Director Carl A. Fechner's The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy, is deemed "...the most inspirational, solutions-based environmental film out there" by the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Festival Program information and the schedule will be available on our website on February 1, 2011 at www.sfgreenfilmfest.org.