Now entering its eighth year of reducing its carbon footprint, the San Francisco Green Film Festival offers a week of environmental films and conversations. The opening night to-do is the local premiere of Neil Gelinas’ Into the Okavango, which follows conservation biologist Steve Boyes and a not-so-motley international crew of scientists, filmmakers, photographers, and African guides as they embark upon a four-month trip down the source rivers of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of Earth’s last untouched wildlife refuges. Another local premiere is by a local filmmaker: Dirt Rich by Angel Azul director Marcy Cravat dives deep into the “draw down” strategies that aim to restore the levels of carbon in the atmosphere to sustainable levels, while also returning that carbon to the soil, which is a whole thing in itself.
There’s no virtual reality component like in last year’s festival, but there’s still plenty of POV eye candy in local filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most’s Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future. Among other things, the picture reveals how the zero-tolerance approach backfired; notably, the whole “Only you can prevent forest fires” Smokey Bear campaign worked so well in the short term, it made things worse in the long run. For the record, though, you should still give a hoot and not pollute.
Opens Thursday at the Castro Theatre, the Cowell Theater, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library.