Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009: 6:00 PM at 9th Street Independent Film Center

Local Filmmaker Spotlight: Documentary and Activism Panel at 6:00 PM
We live in an age where documentary films have the power to inform the masses on hot topic issues from global warming, preserving freedom of speech to genetically modified food debate. SFWFF will host a panel dedicated to
“Filmmaking and Activism.” Local Filmmakers, Shani Heckman (America's Most Unwanted), Sheila Ganz (Moms Living Clean), Windy Borman (The Eyes of Thailand), and Tamara Perkins (The Trust).

America's Most Unwanted
, is a project that reveals tales of hope and survival from fo
rmer foster youth and group home kids. Moms Living Clean reveals the trans-formative effect an innovative residential substance abuse treatment program has on six mothers and their young children interwoven with drug policies that impact pregnant and parenting mothers.
The Eyes of Thailand raises awareness about the endangered Thai Asian Elephant. In 1993, Thailand boasted 40,000 Thai Asian Elephants. By November 2007, a mere 14 years later, there were less than 2,600 left in captivity. The Trust is shot inside San Quentin State Prison and in surrounding Bay Area communities. The Trust program is to transform the incarcerated from social liabilities into assets for themselves, their families and their communities.

Indie Spotlight: Short Film Showcase at 7:30 PM
Palm Trees on
Third Street directed by Maria Judice (USA, 2007, 19 min, Narrative/Fiction) Half-sisters, Nikki and Winter, meet for the first time among the palm trees in San Francisco. Winter helps Nikki search for a father she's never met. The journey takes a turn as they abandon the search for their father and develop a relationship of their own. Around the Way directed by Ruby Flores (USA, 2008, 11 min, Narrative/Fiction) A slice-of-life tale about a girl, a lovestruck boy, a very special Filipino dish and how they all come together on a summer day in Jamaica, Queens.
A Summer Rain directed by Ela Thier (USA, 2008, 17 min, Narrative/Fiction) When an 11-year-old Israeli girl immigrates to the US, she expresses her humorous and innocent interpretations of American culture in the letter she writes back home to her best friend. As she navigates culture shock, homesickness, and the beginnings of puberty, she finds solace with a Vietnamese girl who shares in her experience.

Admission: $10 Advance, $12 Door. To purchase tickets in advance go to:

Co-presented by Ninth Street Independent Film Center


  1. PALM TREES is very excited to be @ SFWFF. I hope all make it out.

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