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San Francisco Green Film Festival names winners

March 14th, 2012

From Green Right Now Reports

If you’re looking for green films to watch, check out these latest winners from the 2nd Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival.

The films were selected from among more than 40 screened at the festival, which drew 2,000 participants and concluded March 7. The festival’s 16-person Screening Committee, including international filmmakers, environmentalists, journalists, industry executives, and content experts, selected the 2012 award recipients:

Best Feature
YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED

Anthony Baxter

Coverage abounds Anthony Baxter’s film that risks life and limb to penetrate the operation of Donald Trump and his designs on Aberdeen, Scotland and its precious sand dunes. This film festival circuit favorite is a constant juggle of humor, confrontation, espionage and strange compelling characters (Trump included).

Best Short
COALITION OF THE WILLING

Simon Robson

Coalition of the Willing is crafted by a network of 24 top animation artists from around the world using varied and eclectic film making techniques. This optimistic and principled film explores how we could use new Internet technologies to leverage the powers of activists, experts, and ordinary citizens in collaborative ventures to combat climate change.

Green Tenacity Award
BLOOD IN THE MOBILE

Frank Piasecki Poulsen

Did you know your mobile phone contributes to violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo? Danish Director Frank Piasecki Poulsen takes on the Congolese military and warlords to gain access to Bisie, a militia controlled mine that produces cassiterite, a tin oxide used in cell phones. In this courageous documentary, Poulsen reveals a mineral trade plagued with violence and human exploitation.

The Green Tenacity Award is given annually to a filmmaker who shows great tenacity in exploring crucial environmental issues in their work. Last year’s inaugural award recipient was director Fredrik Gertten for his film BANANAS!* which screened at the 2011 festival.

Inspiring Lives Award
URBAN ROOTS

Mark MacInnis

Against all odds, in the boarded up shops, empty lots and defunct factories, seeds of change are taking root in Detroit.  With the most vacant lots in the country, citizens are reclaiming their spirits by growing food. A small group of dedicated Detroiters have started an urban environmental movement with the potential to transform a city after its collapse.

Audience Award
SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH
Mark Hall

How did sushi become a global cuisine? What began as a simple but elegant food sold by Tokyo street vendors has become a worldwide phenomenon. Shot in five nations, the film explores the tradition, growth and future of this popular cuisine. As ocean predators such as Bluefin Tuna are auctioned at astronomical rates, we see that sushi is big money and these fish are gold.

  • The 2012 SFGFF Awards were sponsored by CompoClay, a home and garden decor center that features accents made from an eco-friendly raw material, mainly made up of minerals, sand and water. CompoClay is a green alternative to hazardous materials, such as resin and polyurethane foam, that are commonly used in the home decor and building industries.


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