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Making "Reel" Change with Independent Film

San Francisco International Film Festival
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San Francisco has more film festivals than any other city in the country besides New York. In fact, the oldest film festival still running anywhere in the Americas is the San Francisco International Film festival - started in 1957. But San Francisco is also know as a progressive, activist city. Is there a connection between San Francisco’s activism and its love for independent cinema? What makes film such a powerful tool? And when art combines with public policy, do filmmakers have a responsibility more in line with journalists than artists?


Catherine Butler - A Documentary Filmmaker, Catherine started at NPR in Washington DC but moved out west to make documentary films. She recently co-produced "Journey of the Universe" airing Nation wide on PBS, and is known for the Emmy winning "Women of Tibet" and the film festival favorite "Future of Food" which has been used to effect social and environmental change.


Will Parrinello & John Antenelli - Both Will and John have been producing award-winning documentaries for over 30 years. †They have released titles such as †Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats, Mustang - Journey of Transformation, and more. †Currently they’ve been producing the Emmy Winning series The New Environmentalists. Their company is the Mill Valley Film Group.