ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA FUND IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS FOR
ASSISTANCE. WE CONTINUE TO ACCEPT INQUIRIES FOR STORY AND PROJECT
DEVELOPMENT CONSULTATION ASSISTANCE.
2003, EMF has received and reviewed hundreds of project submissions every year.
In many cases we've provided advice and feedback to help project producers make
better films and achieve better results in their fundraising efforts. The
projects listed below are only those where we've fiscally sponsored, executive
produced, provided ongoing advisory services or otherwise or other ways added
has supported and assisted projects dealing with climate change and global
warming, alternative energy, earth science, organic farming, urban farming and
agricultural practices, marine fisheries, oceans and aquaculture, food safety
and security, animals and wildlife, restoration ecology, ecosystem conservation
and environmental preservation, social justice, indigenous people and cultures,
human health and medicine, green building and growth, urban ecology and
industry, and many other issues of general public interest. Read what people
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THE ANIMAL FUND - EMF provided support services for the ongoing work of the
Animal Fund to save Pacific dolphins.
BLOG4REEL.COM - EMF provided advisory services to this new web-enabled
media web site that offers bloggers an opportunity to have their content turned
into a film.
BO BOUDART PRODUCTIONS - EMF provided advisory services to the production
of Power Paths, a full length documentary and educational outreach project
about the visionary efforts of native American tribes to create sustainable
energy solutions on their lands in the Southwestern United States. EMF was a
fiscal sponsor of Power Paths in 2009.
BON APPETIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY
FOUNDATION - Bon Appetit is one of the largest corporate restaurateurs
in the U.S. and is a part of the Compass Group, one of the largest food
wholesalers in the world. Bon Appetit operates its corporate restaurateur services
on organic and sustainable principals. EMF has provided donor advisory services
and general consulting on the goals of their new corporate foundation.
EMF provided interactive media and short videos for the foundation's Eat
Local Challenge, bringing messages about organic foods and support for
sustainable local farming to over 200 Fortune 1,000 companies.
EMF also provided advisory services and showcases the Java Jolt educational
project - a national educational program to raise consumer awareness about the
ethical, social, cultural and environmental issues involved in the growing
and purchasing of coffee.
GLOBAL - EMF provides project fundraising and development consulting
for the Citizen Global Gulf Coast Newsdesk project for Citizen Global.
CLIMATE REFUGEES -
EMF provided project and funding consulting services for Michael Nash's Climate Refugees
documentary and educational outreach project.
CONNECT MEDIA - EcoTVNews a new business startup venture for Internet
distribution of environmental news content. EMF provided development consulting
and technical assistance.
COEVOLUTION INSTITUTE -
The Institute works on pollinator, food web and habitat issues. EMF provided
general consulting on fundraising and outreach using media for Polinators.org.
DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE
& SCIENCE - Dynamic Earth Project - Sphere of Life - An international
digital planetarium show produced by a partnership of The Gates Planetarium at
the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the National Center for
Supercomputing Applications, Thomas Lucas Productions and the NASA Scientific
Visualization Studio. EMF provided project development and fundraising
DEPT. OF SOCIOLOGY AND
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY - MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY - No
Family History - A proposed TV documentary on chemical and environmental
factors that may cause breast cancer. EMF provided project development and
EARTH & SKY - The Human
World Initiative Radio Series - A new internationally broadcast science
education radio series about what scientists are saying about our relationship
to the Earth in the 21st century. Earth & Sky is one of the most widely
distributed and listened to science education radio shows in the world. Shows
will deal with a wide variety of topics including biodiversity, social
dynamics, population, alternative energy, natural resources, chemicals &
toxics, innovative technology, climate change, agriculture, urbanization, human
health, sustainability, and many others. EMF provided project development
consulting, grantwriting and fundraising assistance.
& ODYSSE TV - Whale Killer - A proposed theatrical feature documentary
on the plight of orca whales in the Pacific Ocean. EMF provided script and
project development and financing consulting. EMF also provided consulting
regarding the implementation of interactive web site features for OdyseeTV.
PRODUCTIONS - EMF has provided funding support, project development
services and distribution consulting for Echo Mountain Productions since
2006. Projects include:
Paradise Rising - A proposed cable
television movie based on the true story of the saving of Crystal Cove in
Laguna Beach, California. EMF provided script development advisory services.
Planet of the Humans A proposed theatrical
feature documentary / environmental comedy by Jeff Gibbs, co-producer of
Fahrenheit 911. EMF provided story and project development consulting and
The Last Stand - Heroes at Ballona Wetlands - A
feature documentary about the struggle to save the last major wetlands in
Southern California. EMF assisted in securing PBS television distribution for
the film as an episode of Natural Heroes, for which it won a National Telly
Award. EMF is the fiscal sponsor of this project.
South Central Farm - A feature documentary about the
struggle to save the largest urban organic farm in the world. EMF provided
funding and educational outreach support for this award winning film. EMF is
the fiscal sponsor of this project.
ASSISTANCE - EMF provided editorial assistance for Chris Palmer's latest book
on wildlife filmmaking, "Shooting
in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom"
(Sierra Club Books, 2010).
SHOWCASE - An Internet outreach service provided by EMF to bring
cutting edge media to our members. Projects showcased include The
Bio DaVersity Code and The Mouth Revolution by Free Range Studios, Call of Life, by
Alliance, Annie Leonard's The Story
of Stuff, The Truth About GMOs, and more.
ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM OF MARIN -
Marin Environmental Film Festival 2005 & 2006 - A 3 day regional film
festival with community events to raise awareness about environmental issues
and sustainable living. The Festival was a collaboration of local and regional
educational nonprofits, NGOs and green corporations. EMF was the founding
sponsor and provided ongoing consulting, fundraising and technical assistance.
MEDIA INITIATIVE - Environmental Media Initiatives Council - a nonprofit
startup with the goal of attracting corporate marketing funds to finance
educational environmental media and events. EMF provided business venture
development consulting and other technical assistance.
COLLABORATIVE - How on Earth - A four part PBS television series on the
restoration ecology movement in the United States. EMF provided project
CONSERVATION - Filmmakers For Conservation is a global community
of passionate people who work in, or have an association with, the global film
and television industry. Bob Silvestri served on the International Board
of Advisors from 2005 through 2008.
FREE RANGE STUDIOS -
Store Wars Flash
media Internet digital short - A parody of Star Wars using animated vegetables
to highlight the importance of organic foods and sustainable agriculture. EMF
structured a distribution collaboration with Bon Appetit Management
Foundation's Eat Local Challenge an event held at 200 Fortune 1,000
corporations around the U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of
sustainable farming and food buying practices.
GREEN TV - Counting Sheep -
TV documentary special on the conflict between preservationists for big horn
sheep and preservationists for mountain lions. Featured as the first episode of
KQED's Truly, CA TV series. EMF provided fundraising assistance.
GREENFIRE PRODUCTIONS -
Common Ground Oceans Campaign - A grassroots, media-based, community activities
campaign to raise awareness of and promote responsible public policy on the
need for marine protected areas off the Oregon Coast. EMF provided fundraising
HABITAT MEDIA -
EMF has provided a wide variety of services and support for this nonprofit
filmmaker. Projects include:
Our Seas - A film short (24 minutes) on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
issues, around the world, this film will be included as an episode of the KRCB
Natural Heroes 2006 series. EMF provided editorial and fundraising
assistance, and made a grant toward its production cost.
Farming the Seas -
Feature length documentary about the environmental impacts of the fish farming
industry around the world and its effects on our health and food security.
Winner of multiple awards including a national Emmy. EMF provided funding and
Fisheries & Aquaculture Teaching Pack - A nationally distributed
educational lesson plan and companion video, distributed through PBS, educators
and collaborative NGOs. EMF provided fundraising assistance.
American Treasures Undersea - A proposed
PBS TV documentary on the need to establish marine protected areas in U.S.
waters, and around the world. This project was an outcome of Habitat Media /
EMF's Ocean Education Project Initiative. EMF provided project development
and fundraising consulting.
- EMF provided fine cut editorial assistance for Steve Cowan's award winning
documentary about the connection between our corporate controlled
"democracy" and our social and environmental crisis.
HARMONY - EMF
provides advisory services to the Harmony Global Initiative and Educational Documentary Project produced
by Balcony Films
Bergman Sender and Stuart Sender.
THE HIVE STUDIOS -
EMF has provided a wide variety of services and support for this new film
production company. Projects include:
Red Hot Green China - A feature length
documentary that explores that irony of how China, the country with the biggest
environmental challenges, may end up being the world's best hope to solve our
shared environmental problems. EMF provides fiscal sponsorship and project
development advisory services for the documentary and educational outreach
project. The Man Who Saved Us Trillions
- The Art Rosebloom Story - EMF also provides project development advisory
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR
ECOLOGY AND CULTURE - EMF provided general consulting on
production and rights issues, with regard to a TV documentary being made about
the groups work.
WILDLIFE FILM CENTER - Bob Silvestri joined the Board of Advisors in
September 2005, and has been asked to be the keynote speaker at the 2006 International Wildlife Film
Festival. The keynote addressed the pressing need to incorporate
more content on important environmental issues, into mainstream entertainment
programming, and discuss alternative financing methods for factual media.
the Tarkio Retreat EMF brought together a collaborative team that
included collaborating with Peter Broderick of Next Wave Films,
writer director Judy Irving (The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill) and producer Phil
President, Bob Silvestri, will be making a keynote address and facilitating
other presentations at the IWFF in May of 2010.
KRCB TELEVISION - Natural Heroes - EMF
was a founding sponsor and provided programming development and production
consulting assistance for this Emmy Award winning national public television
series on environmental issues and solutions, for the 2005 and 2006 season.
Natural Heroes, produced by PBS Affiliate station KRCB and Greentreks Networks,
is the first and only independently produced, national public television series
dedicated to showcasing independent films with one common theme: real people
making a difference for the environment. Issues covered have included clean
water, alternative energy, transportation, oceans and fisheries, sustainable
living, social justice, green building, habitat and environmental protection and
conservation, toxics and pollution and a variety of other topics.
For Love of Place -
A proposed TV documentary on the history of the saving of the Golden Gate
National Seashore and Marin Headlands National Recreation Area open
space. EMF provided project development consulting.
9 PRODUCTIONS - EMF provided project development and advisory services for
the international production of Green China Rising - a television series and feature length
documentary about China's attempt to create sustainable growth.
MAYFILMS - Academy Award
winning filmmaker, Marianna Yarovskaya, journeys to the most ecologically pure
places on Earth: the Altai region of Russia, Yunnan province in China, and the
jungles of Peru, in search of the last remaining great shamans of the world, to
tell their stories and share their environmental and human health messages to
the general public in a feature documentary, Shamans. EMF is
providing fiscal sponsorship, project development, fundraising and distribution
MEDIA POLICY CENTER -
EMF provided fundraising assistance for the Wiland-Bell award winning PBS
production of Edens:
Lost and Found. Dale Bell and Harry Wiland are the only two filmmakers ever
named as Ashoka
NATUREBREAK.ORG - EMF provides fiscal sponsorship and
fundraising consulting services to Vanessa Serrao's popular video / social
networking web site and programs about nature and animals.
NORTHWEST HAWAIIAN ISLANDS RESERVE - The Sea is our Sanctuary
Television news programming and grassroots events to raise awareness and
community support for the importance of creating a permanent marine protected
area in the NW Hawaiian Islands. EMF provided general project and fundraising
360 PRODUCTIONS - Oceans 360 - A proposed international photography and
fundraising event to bring attention to the importance of oceans in our lives.
EMF provided project development and fundraising consulting.
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY -
The Line Islands Expedition A proposed TV documentary on the Scripps
Institutions historic research expedition to the Line Islands in the Pacific,
one of the last remaining pristine reef ecosystems in the world. EMF provided
project development, distribution and fundraising consulting.
SPECIALTY STUDIOS -
LOBITOS CREEK RANCH
Tongass - EMF acted as fiscal sponsor of this feature
documentary and educational outreach project about the preservation of the
largest remaining temperate rain forest in North America.
the Future - EMF assisted the producer in securing U.S. distribution
through Specialty Studios for this feature documentary and educational outreach
project about the devastating environmental and human health effects of coal
mining in the United States.
Right So Smart - EMF provided advisory services to Specialty Studios
to help develop effective fundraising and outreach strategies for this feature
length documentary on green / sustainable businesses.
SURFRIDER FOUNDATION -
EMF worked with Surfrider Foundation to
incorporate The Last Stand documentary into the Respect the Beach educational
program throughout coastal California. Respect the
Beach (RTB) is an award-winning coastal educational program that includes
field trips, classroom lectures, handouts, video, and hands-on projects
designed to explain coastal watershed processes, shoreline ecology and coastal
areas stewardship to K-12 students and community groups. The Respect the Beach
program is brought into classrooms by Surfrider members, who represent ocean
environmentalism from the surfer's perspective, and who are role models that
students can relate to. Copies of The Last Stand were made possible
by a grant from the Project
THOMAS LUCAS PRODUCTIONS - The
Rising Sea - Proposed NOVA/PBS and BBC TV documentaries presenting
evidence of global climate change using state of the art computer
visualizations based on actual NASA and NOAA satellite data. EMF provided
project development, content and editorial consulting, and financing
ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA CONFERENCE INITIATIVE - A proposed conference on
environmental issues for national media companies. EMF provided general project
PORTAL.TV - EMF provides fiscal sponsorship and fundraising advisory
services for theWildlifePortal.tv,
a new online video channel showcasing National Geographic television host Jake
Willers. The new web service provides videos and teaching tools about animals
and their environment, to the general public and K-12 schools.
TILAPIA FILMS / CHRIS
METZLER PRODUCTIONS - EMF provided advisory services and secured
international television distribution for the award winning documentary, Plagues & Pleasures on
the Salton Sea. EMF provides advisory services to the filmmaker about
projects in development, on an ongoing basis.
TURTLE RESTORATION PROJECT -
Last Journey of the Leatherback - A TV documentary on the need to protect
leatherback turtles and their habitat worldwide. EMF provided distribution
advisory services resulting in the film being included as an episode in the
Natural Heroes national public television series for 2006.
WESTERN STATES COLLEGE FOR
PERFORMING ARTS AND HUMANITIES - Great Dams of Idaho, A History of
Water Rights and Wrong - a local PBS TV program on Idaho water issues. EMF
provided project and fundraising consulting.
advised Nancy Kates, who was working on behalf of The Tides Foundation, for her
study of how to use media effectively to bring about environmental change.
advised Roundtable Media, who was working on behalf of The Ford Foundation, for
their study of how to effectively finance media on controversial issues.
has reviewed and offered one-time advice and guidance to hundreds of other
filmmaker applicants who have submitted materials and requested advice, support
Home Sweet Home - EMF developed a proposed cable television
series highlighting the global impact and environmental footprint of the way we
live and build our homes.
The Ocean Education Project - EMF developed the Ocean
Education Project to work collaboratively with filmmakers and NGOs, to raise
public awareness and provide access to educational information about the
importance of protecting marine habitats and species.
The Documentary Project - EMF concluded its extensive
investigation into alternative methods of financing factual programming on
controversial issues, in 2008.
The Board of Advisors for the Documentary
Katy Chevigny - President, Arts Engine / Media Rights
Terry Lawler - Executive Director, NY Women in Film & Television
Chris Palmer - Center
for Environmental Filmmaking School of Communication.
Sandra Ruch - Executive Director, International Documentary
Gail Silva - Former President, Film Arts Foundation