Welcome to a new year! President Biden’s first weeks mark a new era of hope for climate action. On day one, he recommitted the US to the Paris Agreement, and prevented future environmental destruction by revoking the Keystone XL pipeline and halting drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
We are thrilled to introduce filmmaker, change-maker and Environmental Repair Champion, ELI JACOBS-FANTAUZZI.The day we called Eli to let him know we would be supporting his upcoming film WE STILL HERE- AQUI ESTAMOS the story of the young leaders of Comerío, Puerto Rico who came together to transform and reimagine their community after Hurricane Maria decimated it in September 2017—it was the three year anniversary of the day the hurricane made landfall.
Last week, we shared five videos from our #PowerTheVote campaign as our Friday Night Film. This week, we're doubling down and sharing the next five! Our campaign videos have been viewed by over 100,00 people nationwide with the help of great distribution partners including musician Jack Johnson, the Sierra Club, Voto Latino, Outdoor Afro and many others.
As a tribute to James Redford, and the hopeful future vision of a healthier world that he held for us all, this week’s Friday Night Films are a collection of shorts created for our recently launched #PowerTheVote campaign, which aims to engage voters who care about the planet.
I write to you today with a very heavy heart. For those of you who have not heard, our beloved James Redford passed away on Friday, far too soon, surrounded by family, at the age of 58. Jamie was not only our intrepid Co-Founder, Board Chair, chief storyteller and a friend to us all—he was a builder of community, our community. And I have never been so moved as I have these past few days, receiving the most stunning outpouring of love and support from so many of you who knew him.
We knew we had to do more this year. With the convergence of crises, we knew this was the moment for The Redford Center to invest in more filmmakers and impact films than we ever have before. So thanks to our generous donors who stepped up with new support this summer and enabled us to fulfill this vision, I am thrilled to announce that for our third grant-giving cycle, we are bringing on 22 incredible film projects poised for transformative impact.
About a year ago, when faced with the shrinking global timeline to reverse decades of environmental degradation and pollution, we at The Redford Center made a commitment to vastly scale our impact—with the ultimate goal of using storytelling to engage significantly more people, and a more diverse population of people, in the fight for environmental justice, protection and repair.
As we enter the July 4th weekend marking the 244th year since the The United States of America was founded by European colonialists, we wanted to take a pause from our regular Friday Night Films series and hold space to amplify the voices of other activist storytellers.
As an organization dedicated to environmental justice, protection and repair, we are taking this moment to listen deeply, and to speak with our environmental community to ensure that the ultimate aim of the environmental movement is that all people have access to a safe and healthy life.
Today is not just another Earth Day. It’s our 50th one. And while plans for getting one billion people out in the streets demanding climate action have been shuttered by COVID-19, us billion are as committed as ever to the cause. Maybe even a little more now.
My first day on the job with The Redford Center I was tasked with understanding what fiscal sponsorship for films entails and whether it made sense for The Redford Center to offer it to kindred environmental filmmakers.
2020 marks the start of a critically important decade for humanity. In the next ten years, we must escalate our efforts toward making a just transition to a low carbon economy. This means addressing the urgency of the climate crisis and healing the centuries of collateral damage inflicted on communities by the unchecked use of fossil fuels. In my mind, it also means using stories to lead a cultural shift that helps us realize the potential of big ideas like the Green New Deal and showcasing individual and community efforts that help redefine what it means to be an environmentalist.
This month’s newsletter offers a look back at two years of impact with our film, Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution. We cover the excitement of the present with our newest project, Redford Center Stories. You’ll also get a few glimpses into the future, including our growth plans and upcoming film premieres. Finally, we share a few perspectives from Robert Redford that remind us of the foundation for all of this work.
We’re on the home stretch of 2019, approaching the second anniversary of the HBO premiere of our feature documentary, Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, and the launch of a collaborative, multi-year initiative to accelerate clean energy movements. Today, we are proud to present our Happening 2019 Impact Report.
Youth activists everywhere are leading their peers, parents, teachers and communities at large in the global climate strike, an unprecedented show of human will to safeguard Earth’s future. The Redford Center team, like our esteemed co-founder, Robert Redford, has been energized by the power and vision we’ve felt and witnessed among these young champions of sustainability.
This month, we're thrilled to announce the projects we've selected to receive second round grants of $50,000 each to complete production, find their audiences, and move the environmental conversation forward in 2020 and beyond.
As the scale of the climate crisis becomes increasingly clear, it’s easy to start believing that personal action is never going to be enough to solve the problem. It reflects what researchers call "the hope gap,” and if there were ever a gap for storytellers to fill, this one is paramount.
For good reason, mainstream media is ringing the planet’s alarm bell loudly again. A report released last month by the United Nations details the looming collapse of our ecosystems as one million plant and animal species face near-term extinction.
Our co-founder has generously offered to match donations up to $50,000 to help us explore the link between nature and wellness and to share a story that will inspire millions to reclaim a life outdoors.
The more I learn about access to nature, the more I begin to see the value of The Redford Center’s work in a new light. It’s not just about protecting and restoring the outdoors. It’s about making sure that everyone can access and enjoy it.
Since the Green New Deal entered the zeitgeist of American politics, we’ve been hearing a lot about its urgency from one side of the debate and how preposterous it is from the other. So if you’re like us, you’re probably wondering: what exactly is the deal?
For eight days during Solar Education Week (April 15-21) and Earth Day (April 22), we will invite college students and educators to get involved with a special Happening offer (details below) and two minutes of daily encouragement from our Happening spin-off mini-series.
I recently had the privilege of meeting the father of biodiversity, Dr. E.O. Wilson. In addition to being the world’s foremost authority on ants, Dr. Wilson has been working for decades to preserve the most biodiverse places on earth
A fall 2018 report by the United Nations’ IPCC has shaken the global community with alarming predictions of what’s ahead. But as UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “The mountain in front of us is very high. But it is not insurmountable. We know how to scale it.”