The Earth Day Film Festival

Looking to create a global movement rather than a traditional film festival, we have opened the festival up to the world: our curated films are screened in cities around the world each year on Earth Day. The main idea behind this event is to create a global collective consciousness movement. One that is positively directed and focused primarily around themes of environmental remediation, global community and peace. We are excited about current technological developments around the internet and mass communication and would like to utilize that to affect positive action. Join the movement in San Francisco, Vancouver, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Madrid.

Thursday, April 21st

Opening Ceremony

Opening Artist Reception

Venue: Merchants of Reality

Description: Kicking it off right.

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Tickets: Suggested Donation $12

 

8pm: Watershed

Synopsis: A Robert Redford production, North American issues in the 21st century.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Main Gallery)

Director: Mark Decena

Runtime: 56min

 

7pm, 9pm: Oregon’s Oaks; A Vanishing Legacy

Synopsis: Development threatens a native species of Oaks.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Forest Theater)

Director: Alex Huebsch

Runtime: 9min

 

7pm, 9pm: Pushtar (U.S. Premiere)

Synopsis: A scary glimpse of a waterless future on earth.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Box Theater)

Director: Alan Lambert

Runtime: 58min

Friday, April 22nd

Make Your Own Earth Film

Where: World Wide

What: Every year we invite you to pick up a camera and start filming.

Time: All Day

Ticket: Free

Earth Day Screenings and Panel Discussions

Earth Day Screenings and Panels Discussions

Venue: Merchants of Reality

Description: Your fill of 3 panel discussions and 6 films.

Time: 130pm – 8pm

Ticket: $25 (Good for full day access)

 

Current Climate of Film Distribution

Venue: Merchants of Reality

Description: Learn the in’s and out’s of getting your film onto the market.

Time: 2pm – 330pm

Speaker: Julie Campfield (Ro*co Films)

Ticket: $10

 

Water and Us

Venue: Merchants of Reality

Description: Water in practice and water in spirit hear a wide range of perspectives.

Time: 345pm – 445pm

Speakers: Moses Hacom, Jay Rosenberg, Swami Chaitanya

Ticket: $10

 

 

Role of Humanity on Earth

Venue: Merchants of Reality

Description: Delving deep with bright minds.

Time: 5pm – 6pm

Speakers: Joshua Sheridan Fouts, Kirra Katine, Teswar Perez

Ticket: $10

 

2pm, 5pm: The Larks View

Synopsis: Poetic observational experience into the importance of land, culture and language.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Box Theater)

Director: Aodh O Coileain

Runtime: 52min

 

215pm, 4pm: Louder than Words

Synopsis: An illuminating look into the lives of people born into silence.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Forest Theater)

Director: Saj Adibs

Runtime: 120min

 

330pm, 630pm, 745pm: Walking in Two Worlds

Synopsis: Native Lands being cut up for development pit a brother and sister against each other.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Forest Theater and Main Gallery)

Director: Bo Boudart

Runtime: 1hr 3min

 

330pm, 530pm: Waiting for the (t)rain

Synopsis: An intimate look into the life of an arid land in Burkina’s bush.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Box Theater)

Director: Simon Panay

Runtime: 25 min

 

630pm: Against Hate

Synopsis: One of the largest carbon emitters is right in our back yard, a story on Richmond, the culture and the Oil Refinery.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Main Gallery)

Director: B.K. Williams

Runtime 65min

 

8pm, 845pm, 930pm: American Storytellers

Synopsis: Anthropological look into Freeriver Press and a passion to share stories.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Forest Theater)

Director: Emily Tope

Runtime: 11min

 

815pm, 9pm, 945pm: Growing Resistance

Synopsis: To lift you into action, this film nails the current water issues in California home.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Forest Theater)

Director: Shadia Fayne Wood

Runtime: 30min

 

830pm , 930pm, 1030pm: Forget Shorter Showers

Synopsis: A controversial look at how to solve climate change. What is the root of the problem?

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Box Theater)

Director: Jordan Brown

Runtime: 11min

 

845pm , 945pm, 1045pm: Double Barrel

Synopsis: A cinematic travel documentary connecting people to problem solving cross cultures..

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Box Theater)

Director: Angie Davies

Runtime: 30min

Global Consciousness Film Night

8pm: Ocean

Synopsis: Sensually captured, the essences of the ocean as pure visual experience

Venue: The Ramp

Director: Stephanie Maxwell

Runtime: 12min

 

8pm: Look the Other Way

Synopsis: Animations about evading a changing ecological landscape.

Venue: The Ramp

Director: Karl Jahnke

Runtime: 1min 40sec

 

8pm: Shark and Lion

Synopsis: Stunning shots in the caribbean and the story of the invasive species of the Lionfish.

Venue: The Ramp

Director(s): Florian Fischer, Michael Kugler, Christian Back, Florian Niethammer

Runtime: 7min

 

8pm: The 1%: Crisis in the Great Lakes

Synopsis: A relevant film on water issues surrounding the Great Lakes.

Venue: The Ramp

Director: Adam Burns

Runtime: 7min

 

8pm: Growing Resistance

Synopsis: To lift you into action, this film nails the current water issues in California home.

Venue: The Ramp

Director: Shadia Fayne Wood

Runtime: 30min

 

8pm: Skeleton Sea- The Tides of Tomorrow

Synopsis: Portugal surfers, artist and environmentalist look at how to share and survive in a capitalist society.

Venue: The Ramp

Director: Mauritz Brekke Solberg

Runtime: 26min

Saturday, April 23rd

San Francisco Earth Day Street Festival

Between Valencia and Mission Street on 22nd

Description: Join TEDFF outside for this street fair.

Films: Water Curation

Time: 12-5pm

Ticket: Free

Guided Native Plant Walk and Filmmaking Workshop

Where: Lands End, San Francisco (Exact Address Will Be Given To Ticket Holders)

Description: Learn of native plants and how to tell their story.

Time: 2:30pm-5pm

Tickets: $25 (Free for festival pass holders)

The Earth Day Film Festival Screenings at Merchants

6pm, 7pm, 8pm: No One Cares About Jungles

Synopsis: Development in Iran threatens forests in the north.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Forest Theater)

Director: Yaser Talebi

Runtime: 20min

 

630pm, 730pm, 830pm: Double Barrel

Synopsis: A cinematic travel documentary connecting people to problem solving.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Box Theater)

Director: Angie Davies

Runtime: 30min

 

6pm, 7pm, 8pm: The Diary of Theodore Kracklite (World Premiere)

Synopsis: A poetic look at species extinction.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Box Theater)

Director: Jacques Lœuille

Runtime: 15min

 

620pm, 720pm, 820pm: Seisme (World Premiere)

Synopsis: A pregnant Japanese woman faces life after the Fukushima disaster.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Box Theater)

Director: Christophe Queval

Runtime: 22 min

 

6pm: Deadwater to Delta (World Premiere)

Synopsis: An adventure down one of the most polluted rivers in the world.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Main Gallery)

Director: John McKinley and Sam Morrison

Runtime: 46 min

 

The Earth Day Film Festival Screenings at Delancey

5pm: Autumn Leaves (Student Film, World Premiere)

Synopsis: A short poetic film that crosses cultures to unite us around simple universalities such as the passage of time.

Venue: Delancey Street Theater

Director: Saman Hosseinpuor

Runtime: 4min

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5pm: An Unfinished Film, for My Daughter Somayeh (World Premiere)

Synopsis: 20 years of home video tell a deeply moving and revealing story of life in Iran and Iraq.

Venue: Delancey Street Theater

Director: Morteza Payeshenas

Runtime: 90min

RSVP

 

650pm: Anchored

Synopsis: University students looking to save on costs find a greater inspiration to live simply.

Venue: Delancey Street Theater

Director: Rodrigo Oyanedel

Runtime: 12min

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650pm: Kombit : The Cooperative

Synopsis: The plan to plant one million trees on devastated Haiti turns into a systematic revolution for the island and the people.

Venue: Delancey Street Theater

Director: Gabriel London

Runtime: 45min

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7pm: Life After Babylon (World Premiere)

Synopsis: Expats relocate to costa rica to fulfil their vision of an ideal life.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Main Gallery)

Director: Lazarina Todorova

Runtime: 1hour 1min

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730pm: Sharing The Secrets

Synopsis: A cinematic journey into the heart of the Earth.

Venue: Mission Blue Park

Director:Drew Perlmutter

Runtime: 13min

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745pm: The Edge of The Wild

Synopsis: Doe’s the delicate mission blue butterfly endemic to San Bruno Mt. stand a chance against the machine of development?

Venue: Mission Blue Park

Director: Gail Mallimson

Runtime: 60min

RSVP

 

810pm: Messages from Tsunami Buck

Synopsis: This film is a meditation on how we cope with crippling loss in our lives.

Venue: Delancey Street Theater

Director: Tsering Norbu

Runtime: 4min

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815pm: The Anthropologist

Synopsis: Following three generations of Anthropologist and the cultural questions they faced in their times and how climate change, changes everything.

Venue: Delancey Street Theater

Director: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger

Runtime: 80min

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830pm: The Good Mind

Synopsis: Onondaga Nation in central New York State has never accepted U.S. imperialism and continues to fight for their right to exists as a free people.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Main Gallery)

Director: Gwendolen Cates

Runtime: 66min

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945pm: Teun

Synopsis: A refreshing reminder of how an innocent eye sees the world.

Venue: Delancey Street Theater

Director: Stef Visjgarer

Runtime: 3min

RSVP

 

950pm: Migration (World Premiere)

Synopsis: Immersive look into the lives of Mongolian Migrant Reindeer Herders.

Venue: Delancey Street Theater

Director: Sas Carey

Runtime: 80min

RSVP

 

10pm: Pushtar (U.S. Premiere)

Synopsis:  A frightening glimpse of a waterless future on earth.

Venue: Merchants of Reality (Main Gallery)

Director: Alan Lambert

Runtime: 58min

RSVP

Sunday, April 24th

Raw Veggie (Non)Cooking Demonstration

Learn how to prep raw vegan food for a better you and world

Where: Merchants of Reality

Time: 1230pm – 230pm

Ticket: Free

 

Seasonal Yoga

Where: Merchants of Reality

Description: Move through the seasons in your body mind and spirit. The room will be mapped with visuals of the seasons.

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Ticket: $25 (Limited to 25)

 

Filmmaker and Environmental Organization Mixer

Where: Merchants of Reality

Description: A chance for companies and filmmakers to meet and birth collaboration.

Time: 530pm – 7pm

Ticket: Free

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Where: Merchants of Reality

Description: Music, Dance and award ceremony.

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Ticket: Donation

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