Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son James Redford, The Redford Center uses impact-driven film and media to accelerate environmental and climate justice, solutions and repair. We produce, fund and fiscally sponsor a diverse portfolio of projects that aim to balance out the pervasive, alarmist environmental narrative with stories that feature individuals, communities and organizations taking action to protect and restore the planet.
The Redford Center supports stories and storytellers from communities most negatively impacted by inequitable policies, structures and distribution of resources. The environmental challenges we face today go deep and wide, and The Redford Center recognizes that our collective storytelling arsenal needs to reflect the immense task of inspiring action. Leveraging the notoriety and cachet of the Redford name and network, we provide top-quality educational content to organizations working at the grassroots level to help broaden their audience and maximize their impact. The Redford Center model is designed to demonstrate what’s possible, by supporting the creation and dissemination of hopeful stories that showcase environmental progress and solutions. Our approach is rooted in the belief that through resonant, inspiring stories we can foster the awareness and learning that leads toward positive environmental change.
Leveraging our network of issue experts and a stable of talented directors and producers, The Redford Center carefully vets each project we take on through one of our programs.
- Redford Center Original Productions produces original impact-driven documentaries that showcase stories of people taking action to protect and restore the planet for current and future generations. Each carefully vetted project starts with a thorough analysis of the issues and is produced in-house by a nimble team of adept filmmakers. All feature length Redford Center original productions are released with an accompanying long-term community impact campaign designed to engage people with inspiring stories that galvanize environmental action.
- Redford Center Grants provides early-stage funding to independent media makers telling hopeful stories that drive awareness, education and tangible action on a variety of environmental topics.
- Fiscal Sponsorships extend our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to independent filmmakers so they can solicit tax-deductible donations from individuals, foundations and other grantors.
Throughout our process, we collaborate with artists, activists, issue experts, policymakers, educators, scientists, business leaders and philanthropists. We invite issue outliers into the conversation as well so they can understand how they too can be part of the solution.
Because we believe a greater impact occurs when environmental champions join forces, The Redford Center works with change-making organizations to lead community engagement campaigns that spark conversation and galvanize environmental action.