Climate Storytelling Fellowship

Climate Storytelling Fellowship

The Redford Center is partnering with NRDC’s Rewrite the Future program, the Black List, and the CAA Foundation for the second iteration of the Climate Storytelling Fellowship, which aims to encourage more varied climate stories that reflect the reality of the climate crisis and solutions.

The Fellowship will award three screenwriters $20,000 each, connect them with industry professionals, and provide creative support for their original feature screenplay or pilot script that engages with climate change in a meaningful way through events, actions, character, emotions, plot, and/or setting. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, revised scripts will be hosted on the Black List website and may be reviewed for development by prominent studios, agencies, and/or production companies, including Hyperobject Industries, Madica Productions, UTA, and WME. Writers will retain all rights to their scripts.

“This unique and impactful fellowship is an opportunity to bring climate storytelling into the mainstream conversation, which is paramount," said Jill Tidman, Executive Director of The Redford Center. “We must empower individuals to see themselves as part of the solution. This fellowship program allows us to offer global audiences stories that lead people toward hope and personal resonance, and provide a sense of efficacy."

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SILENT SPRING by Elise H. Greven

Logline: Biologist Rachel Carson takes on the government and powerful chemical industries as she struggles to write Silent Spring, the book that sparks the creation of the American environmental movement.

After graduating from the NYU Graduate Film Program, Elise H. Greven has spent the last decade working in television. Her script Silent Spring was previously selected for the Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep supported Writer's Lab workshop, and was a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab Sloan Award in 2021.

THE DEMON by Jonathan Brebner

Logline: A journalist tracking a missing family and a doctor investigating a mysterious disease outbreak uncover a dangerous conspiracy in Canadian oil country.

Jonathan Brebner is a writer, filmmaker, and activist based in Seattle. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and later worked in commercial and film production. After several years of writing professionally in campaign politics, including on the Elizabeth Warren campaign, he's now the Chief Storyteller for South Park Commons, a community of technologists, tinkerers, and domain-experts dedicated to intentional exploration.

AMERICAN EXILES by Ellie Bambach Morello 

Logline: A crisis erupts when America is inundated with climate refugees and eco-terrorists from one hundred years in the future.

Ellie Bambach Morello is a feature and television writer from Batemans Bay, Australia. Her first-hand experience at one of the epicentres of the 2019/2020 bushfire season has seen her pivot toward climate storytelling.

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