Redford Center Blog

Robert Redford responds to youth climate strikes: 'I am rooting them on.'

As climate change is wreaking havoc on the planet, adults have failed our youth — and the world’s young people are no longer sitting back quietly. READ ARTICLE

Scotland ‘doing what it needs to’ on renewables, says Robert Redford’s documentarian son

Energy Voice
James Redford, director of 2017 documentary Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, said that with US President Donald Trump’s current administration in power he sometimes “wonders” what it’s like to live in a country where renewable progress isn’t hindered by politics. [...] Mr Redford said: “Renewable energy needs to be embraced at the highest level, right now. ... There’s so much change going on in terms of big tech across the industry and people buying into these ideas. We have to make a choice about the world we want to live in.” READ ARTICLE

The climate change lawsuit that could stop the U.S. government from supporting fossil fuels

CBS 60 Minutes
"Of all the cases working their way through the federal court system none is more interesting or potentially more life changing than Juliana v. United States. To quote one federal judge, 'This is no ordinary lawsuit.' It was filed back in 2015 on behalf of a group of kids who are trying to get the courts to block the U.S. government from continuing the use of fossil fuels." READ ARTICLE

Celebrities and Models Supporting Sustainability
Redford, a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, has channeled his decades of activism toward environmental causes including launching The Redford Center, which works to use film and media to inspire action on the environment. READ ARTICLE

Jaden Smith accepts the Robert Redford Award

Brut America on Instagram
The Redford Center honored Jaden Smith with its inaugural Robert Redford Award for his environmental advocacy work. Smith’s work includes co-founding the sustainably sourced and packaged bottled water company JUST and collaborating with G-Star Raw on their "Forces of Nature" line to promote environmental stewardship through sustainable and upcycled apparel. He dedicated the award to the youth of his generation, who he hopes will lead the way in continuing to help make the world a better place. WATCH VIDEO

In the holiday season, always a reason to complain

San Francisco Chronicle
[...] Meanwhile, the Redford Center, whose goal is to support the environment by supporting “galvanizing” storytelling, threw its first gala on Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included actor Robert Redford’s bestowing of a Robert Redford Award to rapper/singer/actor Jaden Smith, who was already so committed to the environment that at 14, he founded a sustainable sourced water bottling and packaging company. The center’s board chairman, Jamie Redford, also enriched the evening by revealing, onstage, that he’d broken his father’s Oscar when he knocked it over during a pillow fight with his sister. Spies at the event said that Papa Redford was much amused — at least during this shindig — by this admission. READ ARTICLE

Jaden Smith honored at inaugural Redford Awards

Associated Press
For decades, actor and activist Robert Redford worked on protecting the environment. Now his non-profit organization is honoring a new generation of environmentalists to inspire activism in the future. Recording artist, actor and activist Jaden Smith is the first honoree. WATCH VIDEO

Redford Center Grants Program unveils 2018 doc grantees

Non-profit organization The Redford Center has unveiled the 2018 cohort of feature-length documentary films that will receive US$20,000 in development funding. The Redford Center Grants Program, with support from The New York Community Trust, will award seven film projects currently in development that focus on environmental issues relevant to the U.S. marketplace. The seven recipients – 70% of whom are female filmmakers – were whittled down from a list of more than 130 applicants. READ ARTICLE

What unites America around clean energy

Washington Post op-ed by James Redford and Adam Browning
"Reflecting on the many different people and places of America’s clean energy success story, two things are clear. First, that our love of homegrown renewable energy is one thing that unites this divided country. And second, despite headwinds from Washington, states can and will power our country with clean energy." READ ARTICLE

BZN Film Festival takes serious look at energy issues

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
If pretentious, glitzy film festivals of the past left a bad taste in the mouths of Bozeman audiences, the new BZN Film Festival should reassure film lovers that this is the real deal, an event worth their time and attention. It opened at the Emerson’s Crawford Theater Thursday night with director Jamie Redford’s documentary about his cross-country trip to find out if solar, wind and other renewable energy resources might ever replace fossil fuels. Redford found lots of evidence that yes, it’s already happening, which led to his 2016 film, “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.” READ ARTICLE