Jamie Redford is Co-founder and Chairman of The Redford Center, whose mission is to use the power of positive stories to effect real change. Jamie writes, directs, and produces for film and television. “I come from a long line of storytellers, so the idea of being compelled to make sense of things is essential to who I am and how I see the world,” he says. In the last two decades, he’s written, directed, or produced over a dozen films, including the award-winning documentaries Watershed, Toxic Hot Seat, and Mann v. Ford. He also wrote and directed the short comedy film Quality Time and wrote the screenplays for Cowboy Up and the PBS Mystery movie Skinwalkers. After surviving two liver transplants, Jamie launched the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about the need for organ and tissue donation. His live music event, Share the Beat, has raised awareness and funds in cities throughout the United States.
But it’s his involvement with The Redford Center where his passion for creating documentaries and action campaigns around issues truly shines. “Our role has always been to take complicated issues that are important and challenging and render them coherent, digestible, and hopefully inspiring so people can get engaged,” Jamie says. Since The Redford Center’s inception in the late nineties, Jamie has been at the forefront of the center’s work, not only creating thoughtful, strategic action campaigns, and making documentary films, but also guiding the vision of the center to continue to tell stories that move. “I just love meeting people and hearing their stories,” he says. “Being in the documentary filmmaking world ensures your life is one long continuing education course. You’re constantly learning more—not only about topics but also about human nature. And then to be able to apply a love of sound and vision into how you shape that content—that’s the icing on the cake.”
Jamie Redford holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and film from the University of Colorado–Boulder and a master’s degree in literature from Northwestern University. In his free time, he plays guitar for Olive and the Dirty Martinis, a popular Bay Area cover band.
Jamie frequently appears on panels and at events. His areas of interest include but are not limited to the following:
- Impact filmmaking
- Clean energy for dummies
- Water scarcity in the West
- The dangers of unregulated toxic chemicals
- The biology of toxic stress and the science of hope
- Understanding dyslexia
- 2014 – WildCare Environmental Award Recipient
- 2015 – Filmmaker envoy for the U.S. State Department’s American Film showcase.
- 2015 – Leadership Circle, United Nation’s Second Annual Media for Social Impact Summit
- 2015 — Member, National Council of World Wildlife Fund (WWF)