This year's event includes 50 new films from around the globe, with over 70 visiting filmmakers and guests speakers who will delve into the world's most urgent environmental issues and most innovative solutions. Confirmed films include: "Emptying the Skies" (Douglass Kass); "Seeds of Time" (Sandy McLeod); and "Wrenched" (ML Lincoln). Other festival venues include: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library Main Branch
Based on an essay in “The New Yorker” by novelist Jonathan Franzen, “Emptying the Skies” is a documentary about the annual slaughter of Mediterranean songbirds by poachers and the bird lovers who risk all to save them. It’s one of fifty films here whose timely topics range from the precarious state of the world’s food supply to the birth of the environmental movement.