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5th San Francisco Green Film Festival
Concludes As All Eyes Look to
UN Paris Climate Change Conference

San Francisco, CA (June 4, 2015) - The San Francisco Green Film Festival concluded last night after 7 days of films, panels and stimulating discussions about the world’s most pressing environmental issues. For its 5th edition, the festival presented over 60 films from around the globe with nearly 70 filmmakers and special guests in attendance. Audiences left inspired and engaged with new ideas and ways to take positive environmental action as they look to Paris, France, where the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference will look to tackle some of the many issues brought forth in the films shown at the festival.
After screenings at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF), Roxie Theater, 518 Valencia and the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, attendance grew 15% percent to its largest ever with 8 sold out screenings.
LANDFILL HARMONIC won the Audience Award, and director Brad Allgood and executive producer Alejandra Amarilla were on hand to receive the award. The festival also handed awards to films and filmmakers throughout the festival:
Best Feature Award:
BIKES VS. CARS, Fredrik Gertten, Sweden
Best Short Award:
BEYOND RECOGNITION, Michelle Grace Steinberg, USA
Young Filmmaker Award:
PSEUDO EVOLUTION, Luisa Gobel & Bruna Almeida, Brazil
Inspiring Lives Award:
LANDFILL HARMONIC, Brad Allgood & Graham Townsley, USA
Green Tenacity Award:
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Additional Highlights from the 5th SF Green Film Festival:
  • Local bicycle enthusiasts joined producer Chris Paine and activist Dan Koeppel riding from San Francisco’s City Hall to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for the opening night screening of BIKES VS. CARS. San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar welcomed festival attendees for the California Premiere of the film.
  • Academy Award-winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) was in attendance for the sold out screening of his latest film RACING EXTINCTION. Following the screening, a custom Tesla Motors car projected images on buildings surrounding the Roxie Theater.
  • DIVIDE IN CONCORD director Kris Kaczor and producer Dave Regos discussed Jean Hill’s fight to ban plastic water bottles in Concord, Massachusetts.
  • Director Anthony Baxter (YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED) was present for the sold out screening of his latest film A DANGEROUS GAME, which looks at the environmental problems associated with luxury golf courses.
  • Bay Area filmmaker Gail Mallimson and subjects from her film THE EDGE OF THE WILD were on hand for the sold out World Premiere of the film with many local environmental activists.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream provided festival attendees free ice cream on Saturday, May 30th as they do their part in help raise awareness for global climate change. They presented their new flavor “Save Our Swirled” as they tour the country on their climate justice tour.
  • Several former and current Greenpeace members packed the Roxie Theater for the San Francisco Premiere of Jerry Rothwell’s HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD. An inspiring discussion with Executive Director of Greenpeace USA Annie Leonard followed the screening.
  • The festival expanded its reach into Berkeley with a sold out screening at the Brower Center of JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY that looks at the issues of food waste from farms through retail to our tables.
  • During a special screening of WALL-E, Pixar animator Ralph Eggleston presented artwork from the film of which he was an Art Director/Production Designer. 

SFGFF is proud and honored to have exceptional support in 2015 from Grand Sponsors Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo, and Lead Sponsor Earthjustice. The Festival welcomes the Orchard Hotel and Orchard Garden Hotel as the Official Festival Hotels. Additional support includes The Campbell Foundation, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and The Dean Witter Foundation.


From L-R: Executive Director Rachel Caplan, bicycle activist Dan Koeppel, and producer Chris Paine at BIKES VS. CARS. Photo courtesy Tommy Lau. 
Academy Award Winning Director Louie Psihoyos before his screening of RACING EXTINCTION in front of a Tesla Motors car at Roxie Theater. Photo courtesy Tommy Lau. 
From L-R: Director Brad Allgood, Executive Producer Alejandra Amarilla, with Executive Director Rachel Caplan presenting them the Audience Award for LANDFILL HARMONIC. Photo courtesy Tommy Lau. 
Director Gail Mallimson (center) during a Q&A following the sold out World Premiere of her film THE EDGE OF THE WILD. Photo courtesy Tommy Lau. 
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream handing out free samples in front of the Roxie Theater. Photo courtesy Tommy Lau. 
2015 festival at-a-glance
  • 5th San Francisco Green Film Festival
  • Thursday, May 28 through Wednesday, June 3, 2015
  • Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 518 Valencia, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco, CA 94118
  • Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Slate Bar, 2925 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
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