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Thursday, May 29, 2014

SF Green Film Festival: Bananas, Seeds, Berkeley Lunches, and Sea Bass

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Mondo Banana - SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL
  • San Francisco Green Film Festival
  • Mondo Banana

You probably think you're doing enough for the earth: showering with friends to save water, growing your own herbs, composting every last piece of crud from your dishes, hauling that big ass Mason jar to the coffee shop and wearing freecycled faux-Guess jeans sourced from a "free" pile on Guerrero Street...

But wait, you could do so much more! San Francisco's very own Green Film Festival gives you the chance to ponder the people and things that affect our food and planet, all while eating buttered popcorn.

Here are highlights from the food-centric films from the Green Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday, May 29 and runs through June 4. There are still tickets for these films but (unfortch!) opening night is sold out.

Lunch Love Community

Berkeley is the apropos setting for this documentary where food justice and reform in schools are key plot points. Come away with a better sense about what kids eat at school and beyond, and how community and food systems operate (and change). There will be an interactive chat with the director Helen De Michiel, and other panelists may include youth, chefs, educators, scholars, and policymakers. Sunday, June 1, 1 p.m. at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 863-1087.

The Last Ocean

Ordering Chilean sea bass may be a distant taboo memory for many. Find out more about why sustainable fishing (and eating) matters. Antarctica is ground zero for Chilean sea bass fishing, and the film aptly shows how beautiful a setting it is and how tough a battle California ecologist David Ainley faces as he tries to convince his scientific community to address the world's seemingly endless quest for eating fish, no matter the cost. Sunday, June 1, 3 p.m. at the Roxie Theater.

Seeds of Time

Our seeds are both our future and present, and agriculturalist Cary Fowler is trying to protect that legacy by showing we can't live without 'em. Fowler journeys from Rome to Russia and the Arctic Circle in the quest, and a panel discussion with Fowler, director Sandy McLeod, and Climate One's Greg Dalton are a part of this important California premiere. Monday, June 2, 6 p.m. at the Roxie Theater.

Mondo Banana

Culinary demos, dragon-dancing, performance art, and even shadow puppets beckon for this last one. Bananas are an important part of that smoothie routine, but an international and rather inspired journey will have you further pondering the fruit's a-peel (sorry, we couldn't resist) via insights from a Finnish sea captain, Bengali chefs, and a Chinese exorcist who show that humans have felt drawn and even connected to food through the ages. A discussion with director Ryan White is included and UC Berkeley students will host a post-screening open mic celebration around foods we all love, which means you can go ... well, you know. Friday, May 30, 9 p.m. at the Roxie Theater.

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