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As a public offering in connection with The Redford Stories Project, join Redford Center filmmakers, educators, youth activists, and organizations working on the frontlines of change, for a series of “Meet the Moment” conversations to energize, amplify and impact solutions for environmental justice and regeneration.

JOIN US to celebrate emerging voices + amazing student creativity!
Meet the Moment: Redford Center Stories Challenge

The Redford Center is thrilled to be celebrating student filmmakers. Invite family, friends, classmates, and anyone else to watch a short compilation of student voices, and ten incredible student films from this year’s Redford Center Stories Challenge. Listen to some of the young filmmakers who contributed in beautiful ways to the annual Redford Center Stories Challenge.

Friday, April 30, 11-12pm PST on Zoom

*View a recording of the full event on YouTube HERE


James Kass (Moderator)

The Founding Executive Director of Youth Speaks, an innovative youth development, arts education and narrative change program, James oversaw direct services and a distributed network of like-minded organizations. He currently serves as consultant for many nonprofit organizations, primarily in the fields of arts, cultural, and social change.
Pita Juarez, Award-Winning Filmmaker

Pita Juarez is a filmmaker, journalist, and political communications strategist in Arizona. Pita Juarez is a queer immigrant woman from Guatemala who works to uplift the story of marginalized people through effective and compelling storytelling.  Pita uses dynamic storytelling to uplift voices that often aren’t captured in mainstream media. She has challenged traditional and political communications in Arizona to include the untold stories of youth, people of color, and other communities whose voices aren’t heard.  Her work ranges from political advocacy to investigative journalism that has been featured in the National Geographic, CNN Latino, Remezcla, NPR and Univision. Pita’s artistry and insight has successfully built bridges with the people on the frontlines to capture authentic conversations, and shift the culture of storytelling.
In conversation with student filmmakers!


Meet the Moment: Exploration & Filmmaking

Join filmmakers Holly Morris and Jalena Keane-Lee, in conversation with cultural anthropologist and moderator Elizabeth Lindsey (the first female National Geographic Explorer) and students from Texas, Chicago and California, as they host a viewing of excerpts from two remarkable films and discuss the impulse to explore, the power of strong relationships, and the impact of sharing stories and ideas through film.

Thursday, March 11, 4:00-5:00pm PST

*View a recording of the full event on YouTube HERE


Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey (Moderator)

Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey is the first Polynesian Explorer and female Fellow in the history of the National Geographic Society. Her adventurous spirit and her passion for social, environmental and cultural justice, have taken her around the world as a conservationist of indigenous wisdom. Dr. Lindsey has been the recipient of numerous top honors including the prestigious CINE Eagle, for her documentary film “Then There Were None, which she wrote, directed, and produced. Dr. Lindsey has served on international boards, including the Tibet Fund for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and has worked with the United Nations on behalf of environmental refugees faced with the punishing realities of the climate crisis. Dr. Lindsey has also created scholarships for children in India and the Pacific.
Holly Morris, Director

For two decades Holly Morris has told, and championed, pro-woman stories on the global stage. She is an internationally-known filmmaker, author, and presenter (Adventure Divas, Globe Trekker). Her most recent film, The Babushkas of Chernobyl (“Beautiful, affectionate and stirring”- NYT) premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Directing, the first of nearly two dozen awards received before being broadcast world-wide. The film’s story, based on her print journalism, is about a defiant community of women who live inside Ukraine’s radioactive “Exclusion Zone,” also forms the basis of her popular TED Talk.
Jalena Keane-Lee, Director

Jalena’s filmmaking explores intergenerational trauma and healing through an intersectional lens. She is the co-founder of Breaktide Productions, an all women of color video production company rooted in intersectional solidarity. Breaktide has carried out national video campaigns for brands like Nike and Thinx, and their branded content has won two Cannes Lion awards — and in 2019, were named to YBCA’s 100 list of changemakers. Jalena’s film Standing Above the Clouds won Best Short Documentary at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Short Film at Melbourne Women in Film Festival, Special Jury Mention from the Center for Asian American Media, and is playing on the Criterion Collection. She has been supported by NeXt Doc, Jacob Burns Film Center, Nia Tero, CNN Films, and won Tribeca Through Her Lens 2020.

In conversation with:

Eloise Sent, San Francisco Bay Area

Kasra Mikalli, Chicago

Stayton Slaughter, Texas

Erin Robbins, Texas


Meet the Moment: Environmental Justice

Friday, February, 26, 11:00-11:45am PST

Join filmmakers Mark Decena and Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, in conversation with activist, educator, producer, and essayist Belvie Rooks, and students from Hawaii and the Bay Area, as they host a special screening of two short films (one in production as part of the Redford Center 2020 grantee cohort) and discuss the power of place-based storytelling, intergenerational cooperation, activism that extends from personal passions, and participatory action filmmaking.

*View a recording of the full event on YouTube HERE


Belvie Rooks (Moderator), Growing a Global Heart

Activist, educator, producer, essayist whose pioneering work weaves social justice and healing with environmental restoration and community-building. Belvie was co-producer with Danny Glover of the award-winning film, The House on Coco Road by filmmaker Damani Baker. She is an American Book Award winner as editor of Paris Connections: African American Artists in ParisHer latest book, I Give You the Springtime of My Blushing Heart, is a poetic love song and memoir with her late husband, Dedan Gills. Belvie is a former board member of Bioneers, the Urban Habitat Program and Ella Baker Center, among others. She is the creator of Hey-Listen Up! a groundbreaking, multimedia, urban, eco-literacy project and curriculum piloted in South Central, LA, founding staff member of Wild Trees Press founded by Alice Walker, and creator of ConverZations That Matter. A widely respected national organizer, facilitator and learning innovator, Belvie is Co-Founder with Dedan Gills of Growing a Global Heart and a contributing author to Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet as well as Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices, among other books and anthologies. She was a co-discussion facilitator of Van Jones’ recent CNN Redemption Project.
Mark Decena, Director, Founder of Kontent Films

Raised by an immigrant single mother, Mark spent his formative years softening hard adobe clay soil with compost. Besides keeping him in line, it infused Decena with a love of growing things– to date: feature films, television shows, and short film series. A three time Sundance alumni, Mark’s first feature, Dopamine won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize. Decena’s documentary work spans across themes of social justice, sustainable design and the environment. He wrote and directed the Redford Center film, Watershed, and was a writer and producer on Stand Up Planet, a Gates funded project that aired on Participant Media’s channel, Pivot and KCET. His latest film, Not Without Us, premiered as the closing night film at the S.F. Green Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS. Mark is also the founder of Kontent, a boutique production company based in San Francisco, housing a Kollective of award winning filmmakers, producers and creatives working on original and branded works.

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Director
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is an award-winning filmmaker and director of FistUp.TV, a production company that documents people’s stories from around the world as a way to expand community awareness around issues of social responsibility and cultural identity. His work has circulated through the National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel, PBS, and Vibe magazine. He is the cofounder of Defend Puerto Rico, a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance, and he curates the annual Fist Up Film Festival in the Bay Area. His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and belief in the transformative power of film. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His project We Still Here / Aquí Estamos is in production as part of the 2020 Redford Center grants cohort, and focuses on young residents from Comerio, Puerto Rico who activate themselves by taking control and transforming not only their lives but their community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
In conversation with:

Madison Roe , Island Pacific Academy

Jaron Alarcon, Island Pacific Academy

Lyla Stanger, Marin School of the Arts 


Meet the Moment: Communication of Science

Wednesday, January 20, 4:00-4:45 PST

Join the California Academy of Sciences, Coral Reef Alliance, filmmakers, and student leaders for a special screening of Reefs at Risk and Inventing Tomorrow, and a discussion of the power of storytelling to catalyze shared and deeper understanding of climate science and challenges/solutions for environmental protection and repair.

*View a recording of the full event on YouTube HERE


Dr. Madhavi Colton, Executive Director, Coral Reef Alliance

Dr. Madhavi Colton is an accomplished conservation scientist who is focused on helping the world’s ecosystems cope with the effects of climate change. She believes that coral reefs—one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems—can be saved for generations to come. Through her scientific research, she has developed a new approach to conservation that will help reefs around the world adapt to the effects of climate change. Madhavi is turning this science into action by building strong alliances across environmental, scientific and political sectors. As a conservation scientist, she has worked with decision-makers and stakeholders in California, Hawai‘i, the Mesoamerican region, Indonesia, Fiji and Australia. Madhavi has a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Malina Fagan, Filmmaker, Reefs at Risk

Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Malina has a love for the environment and a passion for health. She aims to make investigative documentaries that reveal injustices in our world and empower viewers to make changes in their lives and in the lives of others. Her most recent film, Reefs at Risk, was co-produced with The Redford Center and helped get legislation passed in Hawaii to ban the toxic sunscreen chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. The film has been seen by well over a million people to date, was featured by Upworthy, played on all flights on Hawaiian Airlines since April 2018, in hotels throughout the state, and was screened internationally winning numerous environmental awards. Her prior works have premiered in IMAX at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, aired on PBS, and been accepted to film festivals around the world, winning awards for their cinematography and storytelling.
Molly Michelson, Senior Producer, California Academy of Sciences

Molly produces, writes and directs a variety of videos for the California Academy of Sciences, including short pieces on scientific research and exploration, sustainability, environmental justice, as well as K-12 educational pieces and fundraising videos.  She was an Associate Producer for both Michael Hoff Productions and Edelman Productions, including acting as a field producer for “How’s that Work?” (HGTV) and production coordination, location scout, writer, producer for Ultimate Kitchens (Food Network) and Sensible Chic (HGTV).
Laura Nix, Filmmaker, Inventing Tomorrow

Laura Nix is a director, writer and producer working in non-fiction and fiction. Her short film, Walk Run Cha-Cha, was nominated for a 2020 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, and the New York Times series, From Here to Home, in which the film appears, was nominated for a 2020 News and Documentary Emmy. Her feature documentary Inventing Tomorrow won a 2019 Peabody Award. Laura also directed the feature documentaries The Yes Men Are Revolting, The Light in Her Eyes and Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig, as well as the award-winning fiction feature The Politics of Fur. She was named a 2018 Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker and was awarded the Sundance Institute/Discovery Impact Fellowship in 2017. Raised in New York state and based in Los Angeles, Laura is a film expert for the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In conversation with:

Amalya Rajparia, Author, Student, Books of Change

Annie Ehm, Student, Children for Change


Meet the Moment: Equity Outdoors (with SF Foundation)

Friday, December 11, 12:15-1:00 PST

Join the San Francisco Foundation and Redford Stories Project in conversation with Outdoor Afro’s Rue Mapp, filmmaker Faith Briggs, and youth leaders, as they host a special screening of Oakland Goes Outdoors and This Land, and discuss the transformational power of storytelling and film, and the importance of equity in the outdoors.

View a recording of the full event on YouTube: HERE


Rue Mapp, Founder and CEO @Outdoor Afro

Rue Mapp is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a national not-for-profit organization with offices in Oakland, CA, and Washington, D.C. Rue oversees a carefully selected and trained national volunteer leadership team of nearly 90 men and women who represent 30 states around the US, and shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Her important work has generated widespread national recognition and support. Since Outdoor Afro’s inception in 2009 as a blog, Rue has captured the attention and support of millions through a multimedia approach that is grounded in personal connections and community organizing. From its grassroots beginning, Outdoor Afro now enjoys national sponsorship and is recognized by major organizations for its role in addressing the ongoing need for greater diversity in the outdoors. In 2010, Mapp was invited to the Obama White House to participate in the America’s Great Outdoors Conference.


Faith Briggs, Documentary Filmmaker @This Land

Faith E. Briggs is a creative producer with a focus on representation in media. Propelled by her recognition of the depth of the impact of media on the inner city youth she spent years working with at summer camps in upstate New York, she was drawn to media creation. Faith pursued her undergraduate studies at Yale University in African American Studies and Film Studies and later joined the Film program at the University of Southern California before completing her Masters in Documentary Journalism at New York University. Faith then worked as an author’s assistant to James McBride for three years, honing storytelling skills, before joining the documentary department at Discovery Communications. In this capacity she was responsible for coordinating and seeking out documentary content for the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, The Science Channel and TLC.


In conversation with youth from:



Meet the Moment: Power the Vote

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 4:00-4:45 PST

View a recording of the full event on YouTube: HERE

Join filmmakers and youth activists for a special viewing of four of The Redford Center’s Power the Vote films, and a discussion on Environmental Justice, Restoration and Repair as the Reason to Vote. These films serve as an invitation for viewers to become civically active and help shift perceptions on what it means to be an environmentalist and what it means to be a voter.

Films: Just a Scroll; Power the Vote with Detroit Hives; Ablaze; Fighting for Madre Tierra



  • Moderator – Cultural Strategist James Kass
  • Filmmaker – Andrew Oh, Just a Scroll
  • Filmmaker – Samuel Mirpoorian, Ablaze
  • Filmmaker – Pita Juarez, Fighting for Madre Tierra
  • Filmmaker – Rachel Weinberg, Power the Vote with Detroit Hives
  • Student Activists – Eloise Sent and Amy Salama
  • Youth Activist – Jasmine Berger, Princeton University student


And learn more about The Redford Center #Power the Vote effort HERE.

Each film covers at least one or more of six inspirational storytelling threads pulled from Culture Surge’s recently launched Storyteller’s Guide to Changing the World:

1. “Together, we have power”: Stories of personal & collective power
2. “There is abundance”: Stories that show there’s more than enough for everyone
3. “We lead by caring about each other”: Stories of people collaboratively leading the way to make change, that show people caring about each other and their communities
4. “We deserve joy”: Stories of joy and self-care
5. “We all belong”: Stories of our common mission, that show we all belong and have value
6. “Curiosity is the path to our best future”: Stories of curiosity about each other and society, stories of people asking bold questions about the future they want to build