MEET THE MOMENT Events
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, protection and regeneration.
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 Paris. Her 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 (coming soon!)
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
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.
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