[maxgallery name=”green-film-festival-2014″]On Thursday, May 29th, The San Francisco Green Film Festival inaugurated its 4th annual film festival with an opening night reception held at The Aquarium of the Bay. With tranquil aquariums and marine life as the back drop, the reception allowed attendees to eat, drink, and mingle with vendors, sponsors, and other attendees. Afterwards, founder Rachel Caplan discussed this year’s selections and presented the opening night film, DamNation.
DamNation highlights the United States’ 20th century obsession with dam building and how the legacy of these dam projects have caused devastating effects on natural fish life cycles, river health, and the quality of life of those who depend on the river’s bounties. With stunning visual cinematography, dam advocate and adversary interviews, and the personal stories of those greatly affected by these projects, the film’s emotionally stirring message is equally entertaining and elegantly executed. Upon the movie’s conclusion, there was a Q&A session between the filmmakers and audience members.
This year, the festival will include 60 films offering a diverse set of messages, stories, and experiments in artistic expression related to our natural world and our influences on its overall health. The primary venue is Roxie Theater and the festival extends until June 4th.