Now in its seventh year of reducing its carbon footprint, the San Francisco Green Film Festival is a weeklong fest of environmental-themed films and conversations. Opening night’s The Evolution of Organic is about as Green Film Festival-y as it gets, being a documentary about the history of organic farming in California, followed by a chat with director Mark Kitchell and people from the film.
Meanwhile, closing night is the world premiere of San Francisco’s own Dean Mermell’s new documentary, Twelve Pianos, about Half Moon Bay’s own Mauro ffortissimo and the many old pianos he installed along the San Mateo coast (and, eventually, the streets of our city, much to the chagrin of anti-piano authorities). The increasingly obligatory virtual-reality component comes in the Green VR program, featuring the ocean dive Out of the Blue and the rainforest excursion Under the Canopy, which is especially great if you haven’t been to the Cal Academy for a while.
And since the threat of nuclear annihilation has been re-upped, The Story of Film’s Mark Cousins’s impressionistic documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise is appropriate for our highly stupid times, as is Stanley Kubrick’s evergreen 1964 Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, which may yet prove to be a documentary.
Green Film Festival 2017
Opens Thursday at the Roxie Theater, the Castro Theatre, the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library, and the Bayview Opera House.