Werner Herzog and other filmmakers go green for the big screen

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Filmmakers from around the world, including the renowned Werner Herzog, turn their talents to green issues at the first San Francisco Green Film Festival from March 3 to 6.

More than 70 films tackling issues of sustainability and environmental awareness produced by filmmakers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Kenya, New Zealand and other countries will be shown at the event.

In addition to these screenings, the San Francisco Green Film Festival will host the US West Coast premiere of Werner Herzog's new documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga.

Born in 1942, Herzog and his films have been nominated for and won numerous awards - including Best Director at Cannes in 1982 and the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.

Made in collaboration with filmmaker Dmitry Vasyukov, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga focuses on the lives of hunters in the Siberian Taiga.

A selection of trailers from the films due to be shown at the San Francisco Green Film Festival can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/sfgreenfilmfest, and the viewing schedule can be found at http://sfgreen.slated.com/2011/schedule/week.

Biennial film festival Tales from Planet Earth, held in Wisconsin, US, also features filmmakers from around the world, including Europe and Asia. No dates have yet been confirmed for the 2011 event but more information is available at http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/tales/about.html or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tales-from-Planet-Earth/98420969035.

http://sfgreenfilmfest.org/

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