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Meet the Moment: Environmental Justice
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. Belvie, Mark and Eli will be in conversation from students Maddie, Jaron and Lyla.

Feb 26, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Belvie Rooks - Moderator
Social justice activist, producer, educator, essayist @Growing a Global Heart
Activist, educator, producer, essayist whose pioneering work weaves social justice and healing with environmental restoration and community-building. Belvie is a former board member of Bioneers, the Urban Habitat Program and Ella Baker Center, among others. She is creator of Hey-Listen Up, a groundbreaking, multimedia, urban, eco-literacy project and curriculum in South Central, LA, a founding staff member of Wild Trees Press founded by Alice Walker, and creator of ConverZations That Matter. A widely respected national organizer, facilitator and transformational learning innovator, Belvie is Co-Founder with Dedan Gills of Growing a Global Heart, contributing author to Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet, Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices, and numerous book projects, and producer of the documentary, “The House on Coco Road.” Her newest project is I Give You the Springtime of My Blushing Heart, a poetic love song and memoir with Dedan Gills.
Mark Decena
Director @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 @FistUp.TV
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. 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.