Nature Films Program
Nature Films Program
The rhythms of modern-day society and technology combined have inadvertently set humanity on a path to becoming an indoor species. Most Americans spend an average of 90% of their lives indoors and children play freely outdoors for an average of four to seven minutes a day.
The medical community has researched the impact of nature access for decades as our life indoors is exacerbating health conditions like sleep and mood disorders, toxic stress, obesity, diabetes, and much more. The news isn’t great, but it’s not the end of the story. It’s the beginning of a story that we believe needs to be explored and widely shared—particularly because young people and people in low-income and BIPOC communities are hardest hit by the negative impacts of our shift indoors.
Structured, contemporary, unequal access to green space is a direct result of histories of racism, forced labor, enslavement, displacement, and discrimination. This systemic exclusion from access to nature has become a health equity issue, has perpetuated structural racism in America, and has disproportionately negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of these affected communities.
Our Nature Films Program explores solutions to creating nature access for all through films and projects that put story, sound, imagery, and science behind a phenomenon deeply felt around the world: that humans and nature are inseparable and that connecting with the outdoors has a profoundly positive effect on human health. Humans evolved symbiotically with nature; we are predisposed to connect with and be our healthiest selves when engaging with the outdoors. This program will show us how.
Our Nature Films Program includes a growing number of stories and projects that explore equity and access to nature and the outdoors, from across our organization and collaborating filmmakers, including:
- IF/Then x The Redford Center Nature Access Pitch (partnership)
- Oakland Goes Outdoors (Redford Center production)
- This Land (fiscal sponsorship)
- The Trail Ahead (fiscal sponsorship)
- The Park (grantee)
Support the Nature Films Program
If you suspect, like we do, that honoring our inextricable tie to the natural world can benefit us in significant ways, please consider making a gift in support of The Redford Center's work to expand access to and stewardship of the outdoors. Click here to make a donation online or email Geoffrey Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a contribution.
Teaser Footage courtesy of Vida Verde (vveducation.org); Peter Jordan (cargocollective.com/localfilms); Erica Sterne, Director of "Brooklyn Alaska" (redfordcenter.org/films/brooklyn-alaska)
Teaser Music: "I Wanna Run [Fink Remix]" by Ki:Theory; "Left Unseen" by Epidemic Sound