San Francisco, CA (February 20, 2014) -
The San Francisco Green Film Festival returns for its 4th year on Thursday, May 29th
and will run until Wednesday, June 4th
at a new venue, the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. The festival will also hold events at the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street.
The West Coast’s leading destination for films and discussions about people and the planet, the 4th
SF Green Film Festival will include 50 new films from around the globe, with over 70 visiting filmmakers and guests speakers who will delve into the world’s most urgent environmental issues and most innovative solutions. Audiences will be inspired to move beyond their theatre seats, with tangible ideas and connections to take positive environmental action in the Bay Area and beyond. For more information please visit http://sfgreenfilmfest.org or email email@example.com
Confirmed Films as of February 20, 2014
EMPTYING THE SKIES
Douglas Kass, USA, 2013, 78 mins
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. Director Douglas Kass follows an intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers who risk their lives waging a secret war against the poachers. Jonathan Franzen executive produces the film, which is his first foray into feature motion picture production.
SEEDS OF TIME
Sandy McLeod, USA/Denmark/Italy/Norway/Peru/Russia, 2013, 76 mins
Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. Director Sandy McLeod follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Fowler’s passionate and personal journey to protect the future of our food takes him around the world as he fights to save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
ML Lincoln, USA, 2013, 94 mins
Filmmaker ML Lincoln’s documentary WRENCHED reveals how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Using interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, Lincoln captures the outrage of Abbey’s friends who were the original eco-warriors who pioneered “monkeywrenching” – a radical blueprint for “wrenching the system”. Exemplified by EarthFirst! in the early ‘80s, direct action and civil disobedience grew in popularity. With tree-spiking, forest occupation and high-profile publicity stunts such as the cracking at Glen Canyon Dam, this group became the eventual target of FBI infiltrators, leading to the arrest of various members. However, Abbey’s message lived on as young activists, such as Tim DeChristopher, are carrying the monkeywrenching torch. Through the course of the film, WRENCHED asks, how far are we willing to go in defense of wilderness?