2011 IMAGINATION FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

2011 ANNOUNCING the launch of the Imagination Film Festival in San Francisco:  Four high schools in the San Francisco, California are launching the Imagination Film Festival beginning in February 2011.  University High School, Drew HS, International HS and The Urban School of San Francisco (HS) are working collaboratively to screen critically acclaimed documentaries.

2011 SCHEDULE - FEBRUARY - APRIL:

2011 - Saturday February 12th at 1:30-4pm   THE COVE

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY

Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and free divers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.

THE COVE
is directed by Louie Psihoyos and produced by Paula DuPré Pesmen and Fisher Stevens. The film is written by Mark Monroe. The executive producer is Jim Clark and the co-producer is Olivia Ahnemann.

IN PERSON:  Schuyler Schwartz, Carson Heimann and Isabel Semler who spearheaded and organized the green movie series will introduce the film.  Carolyn Scott, award winning filmmaker and executive director of  Reel Community Action, founded the Imagination Film Festival.  Carolyn will offer an introduction to the goals and visions of these youth led film programs and the importance of getting this critically acclaimed documentaries distributed to a wide audience.

Donations benefit Earth Island Institute - EII was instrumental in helping to produce THE COVE http://www.earthisland.org/

http://www.thecovemovie.com/

VENUE:  UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL

TIME:  1:30-4pm

Contact:  Carolyn Scott carolyn  AT reelcommunityaction.org

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2011 - Friday March 4th                          FLOW 

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

http://www.flowthefilm.com/

VENUE:  DREW HIGH SCHOOL

Q&A with Steven Starr - the filmmaker!

Donations benefit:  Food & Water Watch in San Francisco

TIME:  7PM

CONTACT:  Carolyn Scott  carolyn AT reelcommunityaction.org

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2011 - MARCH 20                         NO IMPACT MAN

Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year.  It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, buses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage.

No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own.

Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film provides an intriguing inside look into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, while examining the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin and Michelle’s struggle with their radical lifestyle change.

http://www.noimpactdoc.com/index_m.php

VENUE:  DREW HIGH SCHOOL

TIME:  3PM

CONTACT: Carolyn Scott carolyn  AT reelcommunityaction.org

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2011 - APRIL 2ND                                    FOOD INC

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

VENUE:  THE URBAN SCHOOL OF SAN FRANCISCO

TIME:  7PM

CONTACT: Carolyn Scott carolyn  AT reelcommunityaction.org

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2011 - APRIL 22 EARTH DAY BIG EVENT

TO BE ANNOUNCED

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  • We will continue to organize synchronized viewings of award winning documentaries   in 2011.
  • Our goal is to grow a community of people committed to seeing the best eco-documentaries and to action to address the issues the film raise
  • We are developing a social networking component with Cool Planet Labs, to amplify our impact and continue to grow our audience

SYNCHRONIZED VIEWINGS:


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