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Ariane Bicho, Publicist
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San Francisco State University
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days of Dramas, Documentaries, Revivals and Anime
about the Earth,
its impending disasters and its myriad beauty
Francisco -- With more than 30 feature-length and short films, Green
Screen Environmental Film Festival offers a global view of the earth's
many wonders and delights, as well as a serious look at a planet in
crisis. The Festival, presented by the International Center for the
Arts at San Francisco State University, is a featured program of the
United Nations World Environment Day 2005, held this year in San Francisco.
Green Screen Environmental Film Festival unspools Wednesday, June 1
through Sunday, June 5 at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street in
San Francisco. For more information please call (415) 338-1236 or visit
Green Screen kicks off with a timely program, co-sponsored by the Sierra
Club, that looks at "The Arctic in Peril." With the Bush
Administration set to put a push on drilling in the amazing and seemingly
untouched Northern wilderness, now is the time to create a debate.
A special free screening of Bo Boudart and Dale Djerassi's OIL
ON ICE, narrated by Peter Coyote, examines the risks of oil extraction
in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska and the
long-term consequences of unbridled energy consumption. The wolves
of the Arctic Circle, the stunning beauty of a Northern winter, a biologist
who braves it all, and the Inuits who save his hide are all winners
in Carroll Ballard's drama NEVER CRY WOLF, based on Farley Mowat's
autobiographical novel. NEVER CRY WOLF was lensed by award-winning
cinematographer Hiro Narita and was the sophomore effort of the filmmaker
of 1979's hit THE BLACK STALLION. Shot over a twenty-year period
in Western Siberia, where, as in Alaska, the oil industry is destroying
both the environment and the culture of the native peoples, Estonian
filmmaker Mark Soosaar's FATHER, SON AND HOLY TORUM depicts the
destruction of the traditional hunting profession of the Khanty tribe
and the loss of much of their land to oil derricks. Filmmakers Dale
Djerassi and Carroll Ballard will attend their respective screenings.
Five days later the Festival winds down with a lyrical look at the oceans
with a sneak preview of the latest film from Andy Byatt and Alastair
Fothergill, DEEP BLUE. DEEP BLUE is a sumptuous film employing state-of-the-art
technology to capture some of the most fascinating and oddest real-life
creatures ever seen on screen. Shot over three years in a range of locations
including the Maldives, Azores, Cayman Islands, and Bermuda, DEEP BLUE,
accompanied by a lush George Fenton score, is a majestic visual symphony
of the seas.
Tribute to acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Stefan Jarl
Stefan Jarl, perhaps the world's foremost "environmental
filmmaker," once said, "Every director must try to change
the world. When you have something to say to the world, you present it
through your own eyes. God created the world, but directors can change
it." Using both traditional documentary techniques as well as dramatic
narrative, Jarl has been preoccupied with questions of how the world
will survive the onslaughts of technology and other forms of rampant
modernization. Jarl examines both rural and urban environments with an
acutely perceptive eye to bring a greater understanding through cinema
of the dizzyingly complex world in which we now live. Green Screen is
proud to screen four seminal works from this acclaimed director. Stefan
Jarl will attend the screenings. Slated are NATURE'S REVENGE (l983),
JAVNA, REINDEER HERDSMAN IN THE YEAR 2000 (1991), THREAT (l987), and
LAND OF THE LAPPS (l994). The Festival is also pleased to present a revival
screening one of cinema's all-time classics and a favorite of Jarl,
Arne Sucksdorff's gorgeous black and white drama THE GREAT ADVENTURE.
Two rarely seen short films from Brit Adam Curtis
The brilliant British documentarian Adam Curtis, recipient of the Persistence
of Vision Award at the 2005 San Francisco International Film Festival,
has been a familiar sight recently in the Bay Area. Green Screen is
proud to present two rarely screened Curtis short gems: GOODBYE MRS.
ANT and TO THE BRINK OF ETERNITY. GOODBYE MRS. ANT tells the cautionary
tale of the development of the so-called "miracle" chemical
spray DDT in postwar America. TO THE BRINK OF ETERNITY deals with the
real-life "Dr. Strangeloves" of Cold War American think
tanks and atomic weapons labs. Filmmaker Curtis will attend the screenings.
More hard-hitting documentaries on the slate
Always a perennial favorite with Bay Area film-lovers and environmental
activists alike are documentaries. Green Screen offers a slew of cinematic
sleuths exposing the dark truths of our damaged environs.
NIGHTMARE is a cautionary tale showing how, in the age of globalization,
things can evolve in the worst
possible ways. The film is a look at the survival of two ruthless species:
the Nile perch, which quickly annihilated almost all other fish life
in Tanzania's Lake Victoria after its artificial introduction in the
1960s, and the beast known as global capitalism. Filmmaker Sauper will
attend the screening.
after the 1991 Gulf War, Werner Herzog's LESSONS
OF DARKNESS captures the terrible, disturbingly beautiful devastation
of the oil-well fires in Kuwait. Set to the music of Mahler, Wagner,
and Verdi, this real-life apocalyptic vision demonstrates the awesome
power of fire and humanity's primal attraction to its beauty. Also
by Herzog is his latest, GRIZZLY MAN a look at a bizarre wilderness incident.
Timothy Treadwell's death was as sensational as his life: having presumed
he could live safely among the grizzly bears of the Alaskan wilderness,
the outdoorsman and author (AMONG GRIZZLIES)--along with his partner,
Amie Huguenard--was eventually killed and devoured by one of the
very animals to whom he had devoted years of study.
the most critical but least-known human rights stories in America is
the ongoing attack
on Native American lands and its impact on Native
peoples. Nearly all Indian nations sit on land threatened by ruinous
environmental hazards: toxic waste, strip mining, oil drilling, and nuclear
contamination. Children play near radioactive waste, rivers that tribes
depend on for food are poisoned, and reservations are completely surrounded
by mines and smoke stacks spewing noxious fumes. From Alaska to Maine,
Montana to New Mexico, Roberta Grossman's HOMELAND: FOUR PORTRAITS
OF NATIVE ACTION takes a hard look at these realities. Filmmaker Grossman
will attend the screening, with Gail Small, who is featured in the film.
Dramatic works also on screen
Lately known for the astounding I AM CUBA, Georgian-born Mikhail Kalatozov's
1959 film THE LETTER THAT WAS NEVER SENT offers an equally intriguing
tale. Four geologists--three men and a woman--set out to locate
the vast diamond deposits that supposedly exist in Yukatia, the coldest
and most sparsely populated region in Asia. After a forest fire, autumn
rains, sickness, and bitter winter storms, there is only one survivor
remaining to return to civilization and tell of the hard-won victory.
OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1982), acclaimed Japanese animator Hayao
began to explore elements he would develop more fully
in his later films: daring, compassionate heroines; exciting flying sequences;
strong interpersonal relationships, and a call for an ecologically sustainable
way of life. NAUSICAÃ was previously available in the United States
only in a poorly reedited version. The 2005 English version from Disney
presents the film in its entirety, with strong vocal performances by
Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Alison Lohman, and Edward James Olmos.
The film will be introduced by Pixar's John Lasseter.
just about what's on the screen, it is also about what's
on your plate
The Slow Food Movement has been simmering for years. Founded by Carlo
Petrini in Italy in 1986, Slow Food is an international group, boasting
83,000 members, who promote food and wine culture, but also defend food
and agricultural biodiversity worldwide. It opposes the standardization
of taste, defends the need for consumer information, protects cultural
identities tied to food and gastronomic traditions, safeguards foods
and traditional cultivation and processing techniques, and defends domestic
and wild animal and vegetable species. The Bay Area's most well
known slow food proponent is Alice Waters. She will be on hand for a
special selection of "foodie" films that celebrate the aesthetics
of the Slow Food Movement.
of utter serenity and goodness, French filmmaker Marcel Pagnol's
HARVEST is the simple story of a land and its people. A scissors grinder
and a woman come upon a town in the French Provence inhabited by only
one man, Panturle. The woman stays with Panturle, and together they bring
new life to the land. Nothing less than a hymn to the "stinking
rose" of the kitchen, Les Blank's GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN
MOTHERS visits the California kitchens of Berkeley's Chez Panisse--where
famed chef Alice Waters is interviewed--Flint's Bar-B-Que, and Truckee's
La Veille Maison. In YUM, YUM, YUM!, Les Blank marries his passion for
spicy, down home food and his love for Cajuns and Creoles in this mouthwatering
exploration of the cooking and other enthusiasms of French-speaking Louisiana.
Al Gore introduces San Francisco-based filmmaker Taggart Siegel's
THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, a poignant look into the challenges of
American family farming and its stories of success in the face of adversity.
Bertram Verhaag's LIFE RUNNING OUT OF CONTROL is a harrowing exploration
of the increasing genetic manipulation of plants, animals, and human
beings around the globe.
sponsors and presenting partners
Green Screen is sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. George Marcus, Sierra Club,
Slow Food USA, HBO, Mill Valley Film Festival, Goethe-Institute, Consulate
General of Sweden in San Francisco, Consulate General of France in San
Francisco, San Francisco Department of the Environment, and San Francisco
State University's College of Creative Arts.
Green Screen Environmental Film Festival is a featured program of the
United Nations World Environment Day 2005, held this year in San Francisco.
Green Screen is presented by the Documentary Film Institute, a project
of the International Center for the Arts (ICA) at San Francisco State
University. The ICA was established in 2004 through a gift from SFSU
alumni George and Judy Marcus. The complete festival guide is online
www.greenscreenfilmfestival.org. Tickets are available online at ticketweb.com.
For more information, please telephone 415 338-1236.