The San Francisco Green Film Festival returns for its fourth year, May 29 through June 4th, illuminating the world’s current environmental issues and innovations through the medium of film. This year’s home base for SFGFF will be The Roxie Theater and the festival’s theme is set to be Water in the West.
With 60 films from all over the globe, the festival is dedicated to raising environmental awareness and creating a network of participation, especially through its “Lights! Camera! Take Action!” program that links attendees with local environmental causes, should they want to get involved. Every screening is also followed by post-film programs where the audience can engage with the filmmakers and activists on causes.
The festival kicks off May 29 at the Aquarium of the Bay with Damnation, the 2014 Audience Award Winner at Sundance. This documentary touches on environmental issues related to dams and how they can affect the environment around them. Preceding the screening will be the festival’s Opening Night reception.
Other films to keep an eye out for are Centerpiece film Watermark, that tells the relationship between humans and water through a series of global stories, including California water shortages; closing night film Wretched: The Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang is a documentary focusing on 1970s eco-activist and anarchist Edward Abbey; and a special 40th anniversary screening of Roman Polanski’s classic Chinatown, which film buffs will recognize as a detective story set around the true story of the California Water Wars in the late 1930s.
The above are just a few of the films and events set to take place, so head on over to the festival’s official website for more information and tickets.