RACHEL CAPLAN, CEO/Founder
The San Francisco Green Film Festival 2013 will showcase the latest innovative film and media that deal with the environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic aspects of living sustainably on this planet. The festival will bring together filmmakers and field experts from around the world for three days of film showcases, panels and workshops, networking and special events. This new festival launches out of a need for a forward-thinking platform for independent films that explore the sustainability of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources. The Festival will provide a dynamic forum for films and discussions that focus around conservation, activism, science and technology, as well as opportunities for formal education and professional development. A tandem web-based festival will extend these opportunities to global online participants. The festival will provide filmmakers with a unique platform for their work, and provide audiences the opportunities to watch, discuss and act.
CARY MCQUEEN MORROW, Executive Director
Art With Impact is an arts-centered, social engagement organization based in San Francisco. Through art and film, we connect you to the issues you care about and get you involved in fun and easy ways. Our three programs provide access to our network of films, filmmakers, artists, activists and other regular folks who want to make the world a better place. The Underground Film Series takes place on campuses and in nonprofit organizations around the country, featuring important films that encourage dialogue. We also work to make getting involved as simple as possible through the Partner Program, which connects folks with the organizations who are doing the work.
LISE SWENSON, Director
Lise Swenson’s artwork and films have been exhibited internationally and she has received numerous awards and grants, one of which was the Creative Work Fund which enabled her to seed production on her first feature length social justice film “Mission Movie.” Swenson has also served as producer and assistant director on ”Strange Culture”, a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson which premiered at Sundance and was Artist in Residence at the deYoung Museum, producing an alternative iPhone tour entitled "dYinterpretaion." A media arts instructor for over two decades, Swenson has been an active member in Bay Area media arts since the early 1980s. In 1984 she co-founded and co-directed ATA, (Artists’ Television Access), a non-profit media arts access, exhibition and education facility, serving for many years as President. In 1995 Swenson founded TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools), a nonprofit that works within school programs and community organizations to teach the fundamentals of media literacy and moviemaking, now the youth program of Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Today, Swenson is working on her latest feature film, “Saltwater."
JILL BROOKE, President
Jill Brooke has been a fixture of the film festival scene in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Having worked for film festivals such as the SF IndieFest, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and Frameline, Jill is able to use her connections and experience to serve the local community through her service with BAWIFM. Bay Area Women in Film & Media's goal is to help women mediamakers connect, create and be inspired. Offering creative and professional support to members through monthly meetings, special events and a very active on-line community, BAWIFM is a valuable resource to professional media makers in the Bay Area.
PIERRE CONTI, Co-Producer
Pierre is a long-time filmmaker currently working on a feautre length documentary "The Devil is in the Details," a portrait of one of the contemporary world’s most sought after stage directors, Robert Carsen. The film focuses on the creative processes of Carsen, following the progression of several different works for the stage, in numerous cities. Within each piece, he energetically and meticulously collaborates with the world’s top set designers, lighting directors, costume designers, conductors, musicians, actors, and singers. The film shows the detailed attention he gives each individual discipline, and then shows how he subsequently shifts from focusing on an individual aspect like set design, to the integration of all the elements into a single work.