Many of the 7th annual San Francisco Green Film Festival’s best flicks are just a BART ride away. From the 16th Street Mission station take a few steps and enter the Roxie Theater for back-to-back documentary action. Take a few more steps down Mission Street and you'll find yourself at the Little Roxie, a more intimate movie experience (films shown at the Little Roxie are denoted by *).
This is your BARTable guide to the Roxie/Little Roxie Theater screenings, and a sneak peek at some of the author’s most compelling picks to stay informed and entertained this Earth Week.
Full descriptions of all films and their trailers can be found at greenfilmfest.org.
The film "A Plastic Ocean" explores the effects of plastic on ocean life.
Friday, April 21
6pm: “A Plastic Ocean”
A journalist with a passion for surfing and ocean creatures teams up with a champion free diver who travel around the world to discover the effects of plastic on ocean life and our lives.
9pm: “Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise”
"4 Wheel Bob" follows the journey of a man who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada.
Saturday, April 22
12:30pm “Last of the Longnecks”
12:40pm “Cheshire, Ohio”*
3pm “The Memory of Fish”*
3:15pm Green Fire Award Nominee: “4 Wheel Bob”
Follow the journey of Bob Coomber, a man who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845-foot peak of Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada. Through his perseverance, he encourages all to get out and explore nature and improve themselves amidst physical obstacles.
4:50pm “You’ve Been Trumped Too”*
5pm “Theater of Life”
7:50pm “The Age of Consequences”*
8:30pm “Can You Dig This”
Four unlikely gardeners from “the home of the drive-thru and the drive-by” in South Central Los Angeles find that the way to save themselves and their community is to “change the composition of the soil.” Guerrilla gardener, Ron Finley, brings hope to those who have lost it with carrots and sunflowers. He highlights how people can “take back their health” with the rise of urban gardening and how to sustain it.
9:15pm Eco-Animation from Russia*
"RISE: Standing Rock" explores the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Sunday, April 23
12:30pm “Dark Circle”
12:45pm “Food for Thought”*
5pm “Women’s March”*
5:45pm Green Tenacity Award Winner: “Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas”
A shocking tale of contradictions in Ethiopian land-grabbing, this film uncovers a journalist’s mission to follow the money of foreign investors buying land for farming, while Ethiopians are struggling with food insecurity.
6:30pm “Generation on the Wind”*
8:15pm Best Feature Award Winner: “RISE Standing Rock”
A story of resistance, perseverance and solidarity, this film shows the spark of a pan-tribal protest against injustices against indigenous people by the Sioux resistance at Standing Rock to running the Dakota Access pipeline through sacred ancestral lands.
8:30pm “Yasuni Man”*
"The Art of Recovery" is a documentary about artists bringing creativity to a New Zealand city.
Monday, April 24
6:30pm “The Art of Recovery”*
After an earthquake strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, local artists transform the space into a center for people to gather and support each other through art installations and gardens. Once investor’s plans were made to formally “rebuild” the city, the battle to preserve the sense of community made by the people, not big businesses, was on.
8:30pm “The Islands and the Whales”*
"Samuel in the Clouds" explores how climate change is impacting a man and his family who work as ski lift operators.
Tuesday, April 25
6:30pm “Plastic China”*
7pm “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”
8:30pm “Samuel in the Clouds”*
Glaciers are melting in Bolivia as Samuel and his family who work as ski lift operators wonder what lies ahead of them as global temperatures only increase and they reflect on the immense change that has threatened their way of life already.
Tickets cost $14 for students and seniors, and $15 for general admission. Tickets for the films can be purchased online at greenfilmfest.org.