Because I Live Longer Than You!
Meet Felix Finkbeiner, who was just nine years old when he was inspired by Wangari Maathai to start Plant-for-the-Planet, a project that aims to have children plant 1 million trees in each country. Felix fights for his dream to tackle climate change through planting trees, educational campaigns and inspiring other youth around the world to join him and make our world a better place. Connected globally and with unbelievable energy, these youth work as professionally as adults, and are perhaps even more effective than them.
Student Tim DeChristoper successfully bid $1.7 million dollars on unspoiled Federal land in Utah scheduled for federal oil and gas lease sales. Without intention of paying. All in the name of climate justice. The act cost him a 2-year Federal prison sentence. This award winning film features actor and director Robert Redford and won the Official Selection award at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012. Released from prison on April 21, 2013, Tim will be in attendance at this special celebratory screening.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
Gertten’s last film, Bananas!* (Award Winner at SFGFF 2011) recounts the lawsuit that twelve Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against the Dole Food Company. Within weeks of the film's completion, he was embroiled in a legal and public-relations battle to save the premiere, the film, his reputation, and his freedom of speech. While censorship is, sadly, nothing new, its insidious power gains startling immediacy by playing out in front of Gertten's camera. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is a telling case study of the power of individuals to fight back.
Breathing Earth - Susumu Shingu´s Dream: Director Spotlight
World famous Japanese artist Susumu Shingu sculpts the winds and follows them in search of a resting place, a wind-powered home, for his long, lifetime dream of Breathing Earth. Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides, Touch the Sound) accompanies this quiet and unassuming man in pursuit of a dream, a quest to create an awareness of our planet, our breathing earth and our human values.
Closing Night Party
Join us for a nightcap in Japantown to toast 2013 UN World Environment Day and mix it up with filmmakers, guests, staff and volunteers.
Dear Governor Cuomo
Follow a united front of musicians, scientists and activists as they gather on the doorstep of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to host a rushed protest concert to ban hydraulic-fracturing. Combining a soulful soundtrack with an urgent environmental message, this documentary explores what an incensed community can accomplish using the power of music. However, the film’s real connection comes from the moving stories of residents living in a threatened urban community that could mirror your own. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin and Wood and many more.
Fri, May 31, 2013 8:00 PM
Garden in the Sea (Jardín en el Mar): Director Spotlight
Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides, Touch the Sound) returns with another visually transfixing exploration of art and nature, this time chronicling the efforts of Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias as she installs an environmentally enhancing and aesthetically daring sculpture in the Sea of Cortez at Candelor Bay in Baja, CA. As much about the environment as it is about art and landscape, Garden in the Sea was a four-year project for Riedelsheimer and Iglesias.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 12:00 PM
Green Streets: Turning Trash into Cash in an American Inner City: Work-In-Progress
Sam Ball, Sophie Constantinou, Kate Stilley Steiner, USA, 2013 (work-in-progress)
Green Streets: Turning Trash into Cash is an American Inner City, is a documentary work in progress from local company Citizen Film. Green Streets follows 27-year-old entrepreneur Tyrone Mullins and his friends as they turn trash into cash in the distressed San Francisco housing projects where they live. Through trial and error, they learn to haul 150,000 gallons of waste per month, creating desperately needed jobs and establishing recycling where all previous efforts had failed. Join us for a free community screening and discussion of this remarkable story about confronting barriers to employment and conservation in a distressed urban community.
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth
The location of the world’s largest—and possibly toxic—gold-mine pit, Guatemala is also the homeland of the Maya and their decidedly holistic cosmology. Frauke Sandig and Eric Black’s kaleidoscopically beautiful documentary follows the daily and ceremonial lives of six articulate young Maya as they struggle to maintain their way of life.