Spring into Film Festivals

Spring is a time for renewal, rebirthing and awakening. For me it is all of that but in addition it signals that it is Film Festival time !.. There is a film, a theme for everyone everywhere. Film Festivals range from the star studded Palm Springs film festival to San Francisco’s 6th Green Film festival where you won’t find a shortage of Prius’ and Leafs around the block.

What ever floats your (celluloid) boat as long as you get out and support the Film Festivals that do not have the mega watt dollars and venues of established Hollywood blockbusters. Here are a few of the highlights from the Film Festivals opening in April.

Just over the Golden Gate Bridge you will find “The Tiburon Film Festival”


Tickets on Sale Now
April 8-15, 2016

For films, click here ~ For schedule & tickets, click here www.TiburonFilmFestival.com

“Taking Alcatraz”

Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

Director: John Ferry, 2015, USA, Cast: Adam Fortunate Eagle

On November 20,1969 a group of Native Americans landed on Alcatraz Island and claimed it as their own. They stayed for 19 months. While the media reported every move and the government fought to stop them, families moved in, thousands of supporters visited or sent supplies, and drums beat far into the night. After centuries of seeing their land stolen from them, Native Americans seized the rocky island and held on to it. Alcatraz became a symbol of hope, inspiration and change for Indian people everywhere.
Attending: John Ferry [director]

Screening with: “Lightning In The Hand”

“Life on the Border”

Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

Producer: Bahman Ghobadi, 2015, Syria / Iraq, 73 minutes

The fate of thousands of people is unified under the tarpaulins of the refugee camps in Kobanê and in Shingal after ISIS attacked their cities, homes and families. Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi [A Time for Drunken Horses] has given eight children the opportunity to use a camera to tell their own stories. Each film gives us a glimpse into the plight of the children, as seen through their own eyes. Their stories tell of young people with their whole lives ahead of them, though they’ve already lost almost everything.

Director: Rekesh Shahbaz, 2015, Kurdistan, 23 minutes

Their road paved by genocides, mass executions and enslavement, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria left countless families of the Yezidi minority in Kurdistan scattered. We follow a young man back to his besieged village to save his elderly parents who were left behind by the first wave of refugees.

“13 Million Voices”

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 06:00 PM

Director: Janelle Gueits, 2015, Cuba/USA, 87 minutes, Cast: Juanes, Miguel Bosé, Orishas, Olga Tañón, Carlos Varela, X Alfonso

Set against the musical backdrop of the historic Peace Without Borders concert in Havana, the 13 Million Voices traces the personal ten-year (2004-2014) journey of its protagonists to illuminate the stories of Cuba’s forgotten youth. As the path of the biggest international names in Latin music, youth protagonists, and the 1.3 million in attendance intersect, a concert is transformed into the voice of a generation.

From Kurdistan to CUBA;

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 08:00 PM

Director: Zuzy Martin Lynch, 2015, Cuba/USA, 65 minutes, Cast: Soledad O’Brien, Jessica Aguirre, Carmen Palaez, Albert Cutie, Carlos Ponce, Eglise Gutierrez, Miguel Gonzalez

Craving Cuba is a documentary film about the Cuban-American experience, relative to what’s happening with Cuba today. This is a story about identity, family, exile and hope. Zuzy was born in New Jersey to Cuban-exiles and she’s never been to Cuba. Although she has always felt very American, there was always a strong pull to the other half of her identity.

Attending: Zuzy Martin Lynch [director]


Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Director: Carlos Barba Salva, 2015, Cuba, 111 minutes, Documentary

Humberto, a documentary from Cuba, Explores the life and work of celebrated Cuban filmmaker ‪‎Humberto Solas‬, director of the seminal film “Lucia.” Solas was a filmmaker, dreamer and beloved figure in Cuba and abroad. Five years after his death, colleagues, family and friends guide us on a tour of his feature films, his life and cultural imprint.

Playhouse Theater
40 Main Street
Tiburon, CA 94920

Not too far from Tiburon in Marin county,  you should make your way to the
19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival
March 30 – April 3 – Featuring more than 100 hand-selected films with a range of topics, including LGBT, social responsibility, health & wellness, sports, special needs, food & wine and more.

After sampling the bounty of fresh farm to table food and exquisite wines that will be served on the famed Sonoma Square. Drive back through the winding vineyard roads to San Francisco for the  6th “San Francisco Green Film Festival

The Festival, runs from Thursday, April 14 through Wednesday, April 20, and comes to a conclusion just before Earth Day on April 22. Over 4,000 attendees are expected at the 60 film screenings, workshops and parties across seven days.

Over 90 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers will cover green topics surrounding energy, water, food, cities, and nature. The 2016 Festival’s theme is Keep it Wild, showcasing films & discussions that inspire us to protect our planet and preserve our wilderness. The Festival will also feature live events, parties, green arts, panels and workshops, inviting festival attendees to get involved and take action.



Green Film Fest 2016 kicks-off with a new film from Oscar nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland). Fox continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, he asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD is part of a bold series of films at Green Film Fest that reflect on the climate deal made in Paris last year, and challenge those in power to respond to people on the frontlines of climate change. Director Josh Fox will be in attendance for the San Francisco Premiere of the film. (Josh Fox, USA, 2016, 125 mins) Thursday, April 14 at the Castro Theatre at 7:30pm


This year’s Centrepiece goes to the heart of Green Film Fest’s theme Keep It Wild. From directors Andrew Adkins & George Potter, AN AMERICAN ASCENT sets out to change the face of the outdoors, following nine African Americans take on America’s highest peak: Denali. There has never been an expedition like this before. Their goal is not only to summit, but to prove the outdoors is for everyone and inspire a new generation to protect our wild places. Bay Area climber and star of the film, Scott Briscoe, joins us for this San Francisco Premiere. (Andrew Adkins, George Potter, USA, 2014, 69 mins) Sunday, April 19 at the Roxie Theatre at 8:30pm.


BORN FREE ,The star of the 1966 classic wildlife film Born Free, Virginia McKenna, is the special guest at this year’s 6th San Francisco Green Film Festival closing night film. Virginia McKenna comes to San Francisco to celebrate the 50th Anniversary screening of this wildlife epic. For five decades, the story of Elsa the Lioness has captured hearts around the globe, not least inspiring star Virginia McKenna’s Born Free Foundation, dedicated to protecting these majestic animals. Ms. McKenna will be presented with the 2016 Inspiring Lives Award at the screening. (James Hill, UK/USA, 1966, 95 mins) Wednesday, April 20 at the Castro Theatre at 6.30pm


Green Film Fest 2016 concludes with an incredible World Premiere from San Francisco director

Mark Decena. NOT WITHOUT US takes us to Paris with seven grassroots activists from around the world head for the UN Climate Talks. Their moving and personal journeys as activists has led them to this point and they want world leaders to feel the pressure. A deal was signed, but the question still remains: can the COP21 agreement stop catastrophic climate change and if not, then is it up to us? Mark Decena will be in attendance to accept the 2016 Green Tenacity Award, with international activists from the film. (Mark Decena, USA, 2016, 90 mins) Wednesday, April 20 at the Castro Theatre at 9.15pm

“The Buzz From Honey B”.. review. As poignant a topic as the COP21 is, unfortunately  the direction and editing can lead to a big yawn or was it that the coffee they served at the morning press conference lacked the proper amount of caffeine to sustain the amount of enthusiasm for this film? At the end of the day the subject matter is what counts and the COP21 is what counts.

Find out more about the 6th SF Green Film Festival, which takes place at the Castro Theatre, the Roxie Theatre, Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, and several venues in Berkeley.

SF Green Film Festival

SHHHHH! Last but not least is the 26th San Francisco “SILENT FILM FESTIVAL”

Press conference for the details are not until April 6th. I am looking forward to finding out as much as I can and disseminating this info on to you. If you have specific questions that you would like me to ask at the press conference please post your questions.





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