Green Film Fest of San Francisco

First show: October 06

50+ new green and environmental themed films from around the world and around The Bay.

Thursday, October 6

Pasang: In the Shadows of Everest–  Transcending cultural barriers and consistently going against the grain, female Nepali climber Pasang Lhamu Sherpa attempted to summit Everest four times in the early nineties. Although she was not allowed to attend school as a child, Pasang did not let that stop her from pursuing her dreams. After founding her own trekking company in Kathmandu, she blazed a trail for Nepali women via her efforts to summit Everest. Proving how big you can dream and how far you can go to achieve those dreams, she left a legacy not only for the family she has left behind, but for the myriad women following in her footsteps. Directed by Nancy Svendsen, 71 min.

How Not to be a Climate Activist – Climate collapse is imminent. Perhaps you are wondering what to do. Here’s what not to do. Directed by Gabriel Diamond, 5 min. 6:30pm

Friday, October 7

Pleistocene Park – In the mid 90’s eccentric Russian scientist Sergey Zimov made the startling discovery that melting arctic permafrost threatened to release huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, potentially creating a feedback loop that will lead to runaway climate change. Impatient with world’s slow reaction to this news Zimov has single handedly begun a controversial plan to mitigate melting permafrost by reverse engineering the ‘Mammoth Steppe’ ecosystem – a now vanished ice age grassland, complete with Serengeti-like herds of roaming herbivores, which once stretched from Spain to Canada. Directed by Luke Griswold-Tergis, 101 min. 

Get Tickets!  6:15PM

Saturday, October 8

Southern Range: Salmon in the Santa Cruz Mountains – At the southern edge of their range, salmon on the central coast of California feel the effects of climate change more drastically than their northern relatives. After the devastating wildfires of 2020, environmental stewards, scientists, and fish enthusiasts in Santa Cruz County work to restore steelhead and coho salmon populations to sustainable numbers. “Southern Range” explores the deep entanglements of salmon, fire, human beings, and our shared environment, and urges the importance of multispecies care in dangerous times. Directed by Kyle Baker, 30 min. 

The Long Game: How Robert Doyle Changed the East Bay – Robert Doyle’s story is about a Concord, California, boy who loved gardening and went on to change the world. He started out wielding rakes, shovels, and chainsaws for the East Bay Regional Park District. He ended up raising a billion dollars and doubling the district’s size, making it the largest local park agency in the country. Directed by Joan Hamilton, 36 min. 

Get Tickets! 12:00PM

Oyate – In the wake of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests, Indigenous People across the nation are using their newfound platform to shed light on the wide array of injustices committed against them for centuries in an effort to wake up the world and embark upon the process of decolonization. Directed by Brandon Jackson, Emil Benjamin, 89 min. 

Anti-Chevron Day– May 21st is Anti-Chevron Day, and this year, human rights lawyer, Steven Donziger joined us at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA to show his support. Donziger was the victim of what’s been called the “first corporate criminal prosecution” in the United States: He was prosecuted not by the government, but by a private corporate law firm with direct ties to Chevron. Directed by Peter Menchini, 4 min.

Get Tickets! 2:00PM

l Buco aka The Hole– During the economic boom of the 60s, Europe’s highest building is being built in Italy’s prosperous North. At the other end of the country, speleologists visit the Calabrian plateau in the untouched Calabrian hinterland and explore one of the deepest caves in the world, 700 meters below Earth, that no one had ever reached the bottom of.  Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino, 93 min. 

Get Tickets!  4:15PM

Vesper – The Earth’s ecosystem has collapsed and ruin is the image of everything in sight. Vesper, a resilient and powerful thirteen-year old girl, fends for herself on a desolate planet that cannot sustain new growth. . While the elites live comfortably using advanced biotechnology kept from the masses, Vesper is discovering her own skill and aptitude for experiments in synthetic biology. Through the meeting of a mysterious woman, Vesper unravels the secrets at the heart of this post apocalyptic world. Directed by Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper, 112 min. 

Get Tickets!  8:45PM

Sunday, October 9

Hasta la última gota – In 1980, the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet replaced Chile’s constitution with a new charter employing the principals of famed American Free-Market economist Milton Friedman. 40 years later the dictatorship is gone, but the constitution, and a key provision called the National Water Code that privatized Chile’s vast natural water supply, is still in effect. Directed by Ben Derico, 17 min.

The Grid– Thousands of California fires have been started by the grid including the deadliest in California history, the Camp Fire. To prevent more fires, the power is preemptively shut off when the conditions are hot, dry, and windy. Chloe Goshay watches people prepare for a planned power outage. She explores the history of the grid and how it works and how it has failed. Directed by Kiki Goshay, 30 min.

Crossing the Divide– A reactionary Iowa farmer has a change of heart when climate activists march into his tiny town. Directed by Ralph King, 23 min. 

Get Tickets! 12:00PM

Make People Better – Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui crossed the Rubicon in human evolution by altering the genetic structure of embryos to produce the world’s first genome-edited babies. This clandestine and flawed human experiment, supported by China’s government and top U.S. scientists, led to an international uproar and swift moves by Chinese authorities to disappear not just Dr. He, but the twin girls whose genes he had edited. Directed by Cody Michael Sheehy, 90 min.

Get Tickets! 2:00PM

The Straight Guys – Czech-born mining engineer, George, and his fast-talking protégé, Scott, along the proposed route of the InterContinental Railway through Alaska, to the Bering Strait and onward to Russia. The “Strait Guys” endeavor to convince international governments, corporations, and indigenous tribes to green-light their $100 billion railway project—with the promise to become the Panama Canal of the 21st century. Directed by Rick Minnich, 100 min. 

Get Tickets! 4:15PM

The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez – Gerry Lopez, Mr. Pipeline, is one of surfing’s most enigmatic heroes—a Zen Buddhist on land who built his early career on aggressive surfing. The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez—directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacy Peralta—follows one of the most influential surfers and surfboard shapers of all time as he brings surfing to new frontiers while pursuing stillness of body and mind. Directed by Stacy Peralta, 100 min. 

Get Tickets! 6:30PM

Tuesday, October 11

Geographies of Solitude – GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE is an immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, guided by naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas who has lived over 40 years on this remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Shot on 16mm and created using a scope of innovative eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, this feature-length experimental documentary is a playful and reverent collaboration with the natural world. Directed by Jacquelyn Mills, 103 min. 

Get Tickets! 6:15PM

Wednesday, October 12

Scrap – Discover the vast and strangely beautiful places where things go to die and meet the people who collect, restore, and recycle the world’s scrap. SCRAP scratches beneath the flaking paint and rusting metal to expose our deep attachment to the things we use while revealing the beauty and pathos in the ugliness we leave behind. Directed by Stacey Tenenbaum, 73 min. 

For the Bees – Khaled came from war-torn Yemen to Oakland, CA to pursue beekeeping and a better life. But with an increasing amount of uncertainties, life’s not always as sweet as honey. Directed by Chloë Fitzmaurice, 16 min. 

Get Tickets! 6:15PM

Thursday, October 13

Into the Weeds: Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs. Monsanto Company – The tale of Bay Area groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson facing off against agrochemical behemoth Monsanto. Follow Johnson’s herculean quest to hold the company accountable for failing to label its most extensively used herbicide as carcinogenic. Though her subject’s journey is framed as deeply personal, Baichwal moors it to a backdrop of ecological crisis, bringing the precarious relationship between human life and the environment into sharp relief. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, 98 min.

Get Tickets! 6:15PM


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