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Hollywood's Starring Role in the Climate Economy | SOLUTIONS HOUSE
Earlier this year, the Hollywood Climate Summit gathered entertainment and media leaders in Los Angeles to investigate the cultural industry’s role in climate action. We’re continuing this debate in NYC. Can soap-operas, blockbusters, reality shows, dramas, comedy and children’s content inspire action? Does climate make compelling content? - Can we build a new Solutions Economy? Last year we made a great start, in 2023 we're going even further. Last Climate Week, something very special happened. Leaders, experts, entrepreneurs, youth activists, storytellers, innovators and influencers gathered with one objective: drive exponential climate solutions. The motto of Solutions House is ‘Answers Only’. Every one of our debates, showcases, ideation sessions and workshops will be held in that spirit. #SolutionsHouse
Audiences Want Climate Stories - The Redford Center at Sundance Film Festival
The conversation about climate has changed. 8 in 10 Americans believe climate change is happening – the story of what comes next is in our hands. Films are essential for deepening understanding, countering defeatist narratives, and motivating change to embrace action at the scale needed. Inspired by our co-founder Robert Redford’s commitment to independent artists and environmental activism, join The Redford Center’s interactive session to unlock how your unique creativity and influence is vital to our future. Featured Speakers: Megha Agrawal Sood believes in the power of sharing stories and building unexpected collaborations to inspire action. She is a Director at Doc Society and leads the Climate Story Unit, an initiative to support productions and impact campaigns of climate-themed stories across the globe. Megha’s previous work experience includes leading impact programming at the film company, Exposure Labs, and helping purpose-driven organizations grow at the innovation firm, IDEO. She was raised in Sugar Land, Texas, studied at Northwestern University, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado. Sophie Barthes – A Columbia University graduate, Sophie is a Franco-American filmmaker. Her directorial debut, COLD SOULS with Paul Giamatti and Emily Watson was released by Samuel Goldwyn. COLD SOULS played in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Sophie is a Sundance Screenwriters & Directors Lab alumna. Her second feature MADAME BOVARY with Mia Wasikowska was released in 2015 after premiering at Telluride. 2023 Sundance Film Festival Premiere: The Pod Generation. Anna Jane Joyner is a climate story consultant and the founder and director of Good Energy. With over fifteen years of experience in climate communications, she is driven by a passion for storytelling – and helping people find courage in the face of climate change. Anna Jane has worked relentlessly to establish bridges between artists, musicians, faith communities, Southerners, young audiences, and the climate movement. Her work has been featured by Rolling Stone, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Glamour, Deadline, CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times, and more. Jeff Orlowski-Yang is the Founder and Creative Director of Exposure Labs, a film and impact production studio that uses stories to change the world. Orlowski-Yang directed the Sundance- premiering, Emmy-winning documentaries The Social Dilemma (2020), Chasing Coral (2017) and Chasing Ice (2012), which were seen by hundreds of millions worldwide and screened everywhere from classrooms and local communities to Capitol Hill and the United Nations. Orlowski-Yang has traveled on tour representing the Sundance Institute, President Obama’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment of the Arts, among many other speaking and press engagements. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. Tracy Rector is the Managing Director, Storytelling, at Nia Tero. Her passion is to amplify and empower Indigenous voices. She has two decades of experience as a community organizer, educator, filmmaker, film programmer, and arts curator. She’s directed and produced over 400 projects. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, ImagineNative, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. Matthieu Rytz is a producer, curator, photographer, and award-winning film director. His first documentary, Anote’s Ark, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and has been globally acclaimed. Trained as a visual anthropologist, Rytz has a passion for storytelling that has led him across the globe to witness and document complex human and environmental stories. 2023 Sundance Film Festival Premiere: Deep Rising. Jill Tidman is a recognized leader, producer, and writer working at the intersection of filmmaking and environmental action. As Executive Director of The Redford Center since 2012, she has propelled the vision and built strategies to support stories and storytellers working to drive individual, community, and global action. Heather Fipps (moderator) is the Program Manager at The Redford Center, where she leads impact programming that supports global environmental filmmakers and storytellers. She is also a Professor of Film and Television with a focus on media and social impact at Cal State LA and a Co-Founder of The Hollywood Climate Summit.
Justice in Our Way Forward: Climate Aspiration, Adaptations, and Innovations
This panel is sponsored by NRDC Rewrite the Future, introduced by Daniel Hinerfeld (Director of Content Partnerships, NRDC Rewrite the Future), moderated by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon (Producer/Impact Producer, To The End) and featuring panelists Meredith Milton (Creative Director, NRDC Rewrite the Future), Heather McTeer Toney (Executive Director of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Petrochemicals Campaign), Tricia Levesque (Chief of Staff, Decolonizing Wealth Project), and Bryce Cracknell (Producer, Founder & Executive Editor, The Margin). This conversation highlights the essential role storytellers play in imagining a way forward for humanity that doesn’t perpetuate and uphold the unsustainable extractive systems that got us here in the first place. What solutions and aspirations exist that we can be inspired by and how do we make sure they are fair and equitably introduced?
Pathways to Action Panel at the 2021 #HollywoodClimateSummit
Stories about the environmental crisis should inspire tangible momentum. How is your content creating pathways to action? This workshop will feature leaders in climate storytelling with a particular focus on leveraging media to drive action and amplify global and intersectional communities. This 3 part interactive workshop will challenge creatives to imagine how to tell ethical climate stories and implement conscious impact campaigns in support of climate action. In Partnership With WaterBear Exposure Labs Project Impact World Wildlife Fund The Good Energy Project Can You Hear Us? Featuring Jeff Orlowski, Director + Founder of Exposure Labs Ru Mahoney, Project Impact James Fulcher, Project Impact Chloe Sarosh - Showrunner, Wildstar Films Anna Jane Joyner, Founder of The Good Energy Project Lisa Rose, Head of Impact, WaterBear Carmiel Banasky, TV Writer + Author Slater Jewell-Kemker, Director of Youth Unstoppable Cecilia Nessen, Producer of I Am Greta Anabella Sosa, Producer of Koati Moderated by Heather Fipps, Program Manager at The Redford Center Produced by Heather Fipps + YEA! Impact For more information and to take action, visit hollywoodclimatesummit.com
Superman's Not Coming: A Conversation with Erin Brockovich
A conversation between Co-Founders of the Hollywood Climate Summit, Ali Weinstein and Heather Fipps with the incredible Environmental Activist, Writer, and Producer, Erin Brockovich. Hear Erin's perspective on how Hollywood can be activating around climate, how that mirrors what we all should be doing, and the reflection of this in her latest book, Superman's Not Coming.
Additional Speaking Engagements
Big Sky Film Festival
Educational Distribution & Impact Panel
Jackson Wild in Austria
Intersectional Storytelling and UN Climate Action Pathways
Film Q&A with Universe Creative & Dr. Ayne Amjad at LA Premiere
Female Filmmakers- Work in Progress
University Film & Video Association
Web Series Production
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