Dear Redford Center Community,
As climate and environmental crises escalate, and public pressure mounts on government and corporate leaders to act with urgency, the voices of young people are needed now more than ever.
“This is not a political issue, this is a quality of life issue."
If you had to guess, which US city would you say had the first fully electric bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the nation? What if we told you that it was Indianapolis, Indiana? This midwestern city has ignited its #CommunityPower in its reimagination of the future of clean and accessible transportation in Indianapolis and beyond
From now until May 30, 2022, we invite you to apply for the fourth cycle of our bi-annual Redford Center Grants program supporting environmental filmmakers and frontline stories that drive solutions for people and the planet and provide pathways for audiences to engage in addressing the environmental and climate crisis.
“Solutions—no matter how radical—are within reach.”
Redford Center Executive Director Jill Tidman, reminds us to always look for hope in her beautiful new essay on our Redford Center Grantee film, Impossible Town, published this month by the beloved environmental publication, Orion Magazine.
Save the Date: Our Next Open Call Begins March 24, 2022. In the program’s fourth funding cycle, we’ll welcome 12 new projects to our grants community. New and ongoing nonfiction feature films or docu-series at any stage of development, production, or postproduction are eligible to apply. Each film receives a $20,000 grant for production and/or impact campaign expenses, a GoPro camera package, and an opportunity to present at a public film showcase with industry leaders.
Are you a young storyteller, educator, or community member hoping to make your mark on the movement for environmental justice? This is the sign you’ve been waiting for! Mark your calendars for Monday, February 28th at 5pm PST and get ready to explore the world of youth impact storytelling at our 2021-22 Redford Center Stories Launch Party.
Are you passionate about helping organizations achieve their fundraising goals to maximize their impact? Do you want to play a critical role in promoting environmental justice and planetary health? You may be our next Development Manager!
Ahora disponible en español: En Redford Center Stories
We’re excited to announce that our popular Redford Center Stories program will now offer a bilingual English-Spanish curriculum! Redford Center Stories is a free resource for educators, after school and out of school program leaders, youth development organizations, and homeschooling parents interested in leveraging the power of storytelling and film to support young people in learning about the environment.
We want you to help us tell stories of community action, clean transportation, and environmental justice! In collaboration with the League of Conservation Voters and Chispa, we just released a Request for Proposals to commission filmmakers across the country to create 1 to 3 minute short-form documentary films.
What do you envision for the future of our world and our environment? Join us on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 10 am - 11 am PT (Pacific Time) forMeet the Moment: (Re)imagining The Future, a live virtual event featuring four panelists who are directly responding to this question in their artistic work.
Less than 2% of global philanthropic giving goes to support climate mitigation. Only 5%of that giving goes to arts funding, and of that, only 10% goes to low-income communities and artists, making the arts and environmental justice and advocacy some of the most critically underfunded areas of opportunity in which we work to help drive the system-level changes we so urgently need.
In collaboration with the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Chispa, we are thrilled to announce the release of our new film, Community Power Nevada: Unidxs En Acción (United In Action), the second film in our new series of short films showcasing unity and community power in a collective call for civic engagement around clean transportation to build a safer, more just future for all.
My father always understood that raising awareness of an issue was only the first step to creating change — and amplifying the solutions was just as important. In this pandemic-afflicted, environmentally devastated, and inequitable world we live in, this sentiment has never been more relevant. We are constantly bombarded with news that may inspire action for some but can too often lead to a sense of hopelessness, dread, or denial.
For the past fifteen years, your support has helped us inspire transformational impact in the lives of filmmakers, storytellers, and frontline communities, bringing attention to some of the most urgent environmental crises – and solutions – facing our world and our future.
We are thrilled to announce Between Earth and Sky as the winner of our inaugural IF/Then x The Redford Center Nature Access Pitch event at DOC NYC Festival, celebrating stories that spotlight the benefits of time spent outdoors.
Across the world, for the past two weeks, all eyes have been on Glasgow. Will we stave off catastrophic climate change in time? Will we care for those most impacted? Will we make it as a human race? As world leaders at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) made decisions that will determine our fate, I, for one, felt a daily mix of anxiety, hope, frustration, even anger.
By now, you know about our Original Productions, Redford Center Grants, and Redford Center Stories. But how familiar are you with The Redford Center’s Fiscal Sponsorship program? It’s one of the greatest tools we offer to the environmental media community and I’m excited to share some updates from our program over the last year.
There is so much I can envision for this planet. I can see a world where human and planetary health and justice are fundamental values. I can see a world where everyone has a safe place to live. Where environmental and economic injustices are addressed and repaired. What do you see when you think about the future of our communities, our country and our world?
Join us on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 10 am - 11 am PT (Pacific Time), for our first 2021-22 Meet the Moment event! Part of our Redford Center Stories program, the Meet the Moment series brings together filmmakers, educators, youth activists, and organizations working on the frontlines of change, for a series of live conversations to energize, amplify, and impact solutions for environmental justice and regeneration.
Join IF/Then and The Redford Center in person for a live pitch on Tuesday, November 16 at DOC NYC Festival!
Six filmmaking teams will present their short documentary works-in-progress that reveal powerful stories of equitable access to nature, healing, and the outdoors for a chance at a combined $35,000 in production grants, along with mentorship and distribution strategy support
We’re excited to announce the continuation of our popular Redford Center Stories program, a go-to resource for educators, after school and out of school program leaders, youth development organizations, and homeschooling parents interested in leveraging the power of storytelling and film to support young people in learning about the environment.
After more than doubling our team this year, we are grateful and honored to introduce you to our incredible, growing team of passionate activists and storytellers that carry with them the Redford Family ideals and whose creativity and vital contributions will help propel our work forward.
The IF/Then Shorts x The Redford Center Nature Access Pitch invites filmmakers to submit standalone short documentaries that celebrate people, places, and paths to accessing the outdoors while highlighting the complex social, racial, economic, and health inequities related to issues of nature access.
Community Power Arizona: En Nuestrxs Manos (In Our Hands), directed by Pita Juarez, tells the story of passionate mothers and grassroots organizers banding together in a crucial victory that brought clean energy, cleaner air, and Arizona’s first 84-seat electric school bus to the young people of Maricopa County.
Nautilus, a digital science publication that shares stories at the intersection of science, culture, and philosophy, recently featured awardees of Redford Center Stories Youth Filmmaking Contest as part of their Spark of Science series.
As we look forward to a world in equitable balance, we know that our best way to contribute is with a team filled with passionate, driven individuals invested in our collective future. We are thrilled to be hiring for 3 new positions. Help us spread the word by forwarding this email to someone you think would be a great fit!
The Redford Center is excited to announce our partnership with NRDC’s Rewrite the Future program and The Black List to launch the new Climate Storytelling Fellowship, which aims to encourage more varied climate stories that reflect the reality of the climate crisis and solutions.
As we continue building out new programs to achieve our mission, we are adding five new positions to our growing team. We are looking for folks who are energetic and resourceful, excited to help shape a dynamic and growing organization, and who are passionate about our mission of galvanizing environmental justice and regeneration using the power of storytelling.
As we celebrate our Co-Founder’s birthday this week, we reflect through a special film tribute on his legacy of environmental and social justice storytelling, and are proud that it lives on through the lives he touched, the stories he told, and the hope he sparked through his films and The Redford Center’s mission.
We proudly share with you Redford Center Stories: 2021 Film Awards featuring 11 award-achieving films from over 400 submissions received. We were inspired by all, but these 11 films stood out to our esteemed panel of judges for their heartfelt, uplifting, and hopeful message for the future.
Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day provide an opportunity for The Redford Center to shine a light on some of the extraordinary women shaping our work, inspiring our community, and taking bold environmental action.
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.”