5 Blocks film about Central Market Street at Green Film Fest

6th green film festival

This year, appearing in the 2016 San Francisco Green Film Festival, the new documentary film, 5 Blocks, will be showing for free Saturday, April 16 at 2:30pm.

Directed by Robert Cortlandt and Dan Goldes, 5 Blocks, is a documentary film about the many revitalizing changes that are taking place in and around central Market Street in San Francisco.

Central Market Street has been an area of decline over the last 40 years after once being known as “The Great White Way of San Francisco.” This film is covering the amazing efforts that are taking place by a coalition of artists, city officials, residents, and property owners to restore the area in brand new ways that have not been attempted before that includes using arts and technology to encourage economic development as well as lifting up the lower income residents and workers in the area.

central market street map

These new efforts do not come without risks. Will this effort unwittingly displace small businesses and low-income residents of the area? Will the promise of lifting people up be defeated by the reality of pricing people out? Can real change occur if political and ideological differences are put aside?

5 Blocks is one of many films that will be shown during this years Green Film Festival, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to screening environmental films, connecting people to filmmakers, experts, and promoting green ideas and actions. The mission of the festival, that has been an annual event since 2011, is “to educate and connect communities through forward-thinking programs of environmental films, dialogue, and action opportunities.”

The festival this year will be from April 14 – 20 and will present 70 internationally acclaimed films and over 90 filmmakers and speakers to talk about some of the most pressing and important environmental issues.

For more information, the Green Film Fest website has information on the Films & Events, Guests, Calendar, and more!

Make sure you don’t miss this great, free event showcasing an extremly intriguing area of the city. Make sure to reserve your free tickets to see the film!

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