Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son James Redford, The Redford Center uses impact-driven film and media to galvanize the movement toward environmental justice, protection and repair. We produce, fund and support a diverse portfolio of projects that aim to balance out the pervasive alarmist environmental narrative with stories of progress, hope and inspiration. By leveraging the power of storytelling, we seek to engage and activate significantly more people—and a far more diverse and representative population of people—to join the environmental movement.
Our cross-cutting portfolio of films are designed to have real-world impact and propel the systems change we so urgently need. Increasingly, our growing network of 400+ environmentally-engaged artists also represent Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LBGTQ+ communities who are among the historically underrepresented groups that suffer disproportionately from environmental impacts, and are often among those leading progress on the ground, advancing the innovations and enacting the solutions needed to safeguard humanity and our planet. Achieving environmental justice, protection and repair requires the will of the people behind it; The Redford Center is committed to using the power of story and hope to accelerate a just transition to a healthier, more regenerative future.
To achieve our mission and galvanize environmental justice, protection and repair, The Redford Center works in the following programmatic areas:
- 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.
- Redford Center Stories brings educators and students into dialogue with youth activists, filmmakers, and environmental and social justice leaders to create an educational community at the nexus of joy for learning, transformational storytelling, and environmental justice and repair.