Black List, NRDC And Redford Center’s Climate Storytelling Fellowship Sets Winners; CAA Foundation Boards

The Black List, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Redford Center along with the CAA Foundation have chosen three recipients of the group’s inaugural Climate Storytelling Fellowship. The fellowship, which launched in April, aims to harness more stories that focus on climate change, its impact and possible solutions. The CAA Foundation has since come aboard the initiative and has helped boost the grant money given to the winners. Elise H. Greven’s Silent Spring, Jonathan Brebner’s The Demon and Ellie Bambach’s American Exiles were chosen out of hundreds of applicants that ranged from sci-fi TV pilots to feature-length romantic comedies, the companies said Tuesday. READ MORE HERE

The Redford Center Announces Latest Round of Investments in Environmental Impact Films

The Redford Center announced continued and expanded investments in storytelling strategies that respond to the urgency of today’s crises, expand representation in the environmental movement, and create direct community impact. Six feature-length film projects in the current Redford Center Grants cohort will receive a total of $295,000 in second-year funding. This includes production and development grants to Demon Mineral, Impossible Town, Oaklead, and To The End, and impact campaign grants to Razing Liberty Square and We Still Here/Aqui Estamos. READ MORE HERE

LCV, Chispa, and The Redford Center Partner to Build Community Power Through New Short Film Series

Press Release
The Redford Center, in collaboration with the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Chispa, announced the launch of a new series of short films showcasing community power in a collective call for civic engagement around clean transportation to build a safer, more just future. READ MORE HERE

Redford Center, IF/Then Shorts set nature-focused pitch competition at DOC NYC

The Redford Center and IF/Then Shorts, an initiative of Field of Vision, have partnered to launch the Nature Access Pitch for short documentary films exploring access to nature. The pitch is open to original, stand-alone doc shorts in production, and each filmmaker will pitch their submission to a jury of industry leaders, filmmakers and environmental experts. Marking the first partnership between IF/Then Shorts and The Redford Center, the pitch celebrates docs that spotlight the social, emotional, physical, mental and community health benefits of time spent outdoors. The collaboration aims to call attention to the complex social, racial, economic and health inequities related to issues of nature access and increasing representation of communities impacted most by environmental injustice. READ MORE HERE

Sunny Side of the Doc: Redford Center and the power of storytelling

Business Doc Europe
“Our mission is to use the power of storytelling to galvanise environmental justice and regeneration,” Jill Tidman, Executive-Director of the San Francisco-based Redford Center, tells BDE during Sunny Side, of the non-profit organisation set up in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son James Redford, which has become a powerful force in the documentary world. The Center is one of the sponsors of Sunny Side of the Doc’s Wildlife & Conservation Pitch this week. READ MORE HERE

The Black List, NRDC, and The Redford Center Announce 2021 Climate Storytelling Fellowship

Natural Resources Defense Council
Natural Resources Defense Council's Rewrite the Future program, The Black List, and The Redford Center have partnered to launch their first-ever 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 $10,000 each, connect them with industry professionals, and provide creative support for their original feature screenplay or pilot script that helps change the climate narrative. READ MORE HERE

Film Contest Gives Young Environmental Activists a Voice

Middle schoolers Annabelle VanderMarck and Piper Lasater won the Nautilus Science Prize in the Redford Center Stories film contest. A sea star wasting syndrome linked with climate change is ravaging kelp in the Pacific intertidal. Trash shows up on even the most remote beaches, and sea mammals mistake it for food. Social inequities shift the brunt of ecological degradation to already underserved communities. Despite knowing much, much better, humanity continues to gobble up fossil fuels. READ MORE HERE

Bloomberg Green Summit: Redford Center Stories Challenge Winners Discuss Films

7th Grader Ty Juene; 8th Grader Eloise Sent; Elizabeth Miller, Lead, Redford Center Stories; and the Redford Center’s Executive Director Jill Tidman join Bloomberg QuickTake’s Jennifer Zabasajja to discuss the Redford Center Stories Challenge and education’s role in the fight for environmental justice at the Bloomberg Green Summit. (Source: Bloomberg) WATCH VIDEO

The Last Word: Robert Redford on Activism, Fighting Climate Change, and the Importance of Truth

The Rolling Stone
Long before it was fashionable to embrace environmental causes, Robert Redford was fighting the good fight, using his celebrity status to bring attention to causes ranging from keeping power plants out of Southeastern Utah to the use of “clean energy” to combat carbon pollution. He’s been on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council for decades; helped facilitate a “greenhouse glasnost” by inviting the Soviet Academy of Sciences to an environmental summit at the Sundance Institute, the independent-filmmaking haven he established in 1981; and has lent his name (and money) to a wildlife preserve in Utah. And though the 84-year-old has technically retired from his day job, i.e. directing films and being one of the single most recognizable movie stars of the past 50 years, Redford is still active in overseeing aspects of the Redford Center, the organization he cofounded with his late son James Redford and is dedicated to, in his words, “using storytelling to help reimagine environmentalism and expand the idea of what it means to be an environmentalist.” He continues to beat the drum that “this is the only planet we’ve got. What could be more important than protecting it?” READ MORE HERE


Apple And Redford Center Launch Free Filmmaking Challenge For Environmental Justice

Broadway World
Today, The Redford Center and Apple announced the launch of the second annual Redford Center Stories Challenge, a youth filmmaking initiative that empowers educators and students as changemakers in the environmental justice movement. As youth worldwide activate intergenerational advocacy for environmental justice, the program aims to amplify the voices of tomorrow's youth leaders and create a learning community at the nexus of transformational storytelling, social justice, and environmental action. READ MORE HERE