Attention: all film junkies, documentary enthusiasts, and lovers of eco-friendly art. The second-annual San Francisco Green Film Festival launches this evening, and they're parading a slew of provocative and groundbreaking films. They're all focused on highlighting environmental injustice and provoking some much-needed change, both globally and in our own SF backyard. (That is, a figurative backyard, because who in the city has a yard these days?) The fest runs until March 7th, and there's plenty of chances to catch a flick or two if you're looking to learn about climate change, sushi, or light pollution – while simultaneously becoming totally disheartened over the sad state of our precious terra firma. Okay, tree hugging cynicism over.
Highlights in this year's lineup include the San Francisco release of Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped, the world premier of Mary Liz Thomson & Darryl Cherney’s Who Bombed Judi Bari?, and Gary Hustwit's (director of documentaries like Helvetica and Objectified) eye-opening doc, Urbanized.
All films will be shown at the San Francisco Film Society and Superfrog Gallery, situated in Japantown's New People Mall. Tonight's opening ceremony will showcase Bay Area filmmaker Jon Shenk's exposé on climate change's perilous consequences in the Maldives – which you can find more about by downloading the festival's full program, featuring a smorgasbord of cinematic enlightenment. I can't wait to catch Alma, a veg-friendly film about the terrifying costs of meat, dairy, and leather production in the Amazon, and Future of Hope, because god knows I'm obsessed with anything and everything Icelandic. (Aurora Borealis and Sigur Rós, anyone?) Check out the trailer below!