AmDocs is proud to be sharing our highest award for 2017, Seeing The Bigger Picture, with filmmaker and environmentalist, Jamie Redford. Previous winners include Oliver Stone, Peter Coyote, Harvey Weinstein, Peter Bogdanovich and Joe Berlinger.
During AmDocs, Jamie will be present for three of his most recent films, including a Work In Progress and soon to air HBO special, “Happening.” If you believe in sustainability, you need to see this film, if you are not sure, you need to see this film. (Program 15: Saturday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. Camelot)
Our retrospectives include “Watershed”– an important look at the Colorado River which sweeps through seven U.S. and two Mexican states and is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation and energy generation. Unless action is taken, the river will continue its retreat – a potentially catastrophic scenario for the millions who depend on it. (Program 23: Sunday, April 2, 2:30 p.m. Camelot Theatres)
And “Toxic Hot Seat” dives into a deadly nexus of money, politics and power – and introduces us to a few brave citizens willing to stand their ground and demand an answer to an essential question: Why have we let 84,000 chemicals go largely unregulated in this country?
(Program 27: Sunday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. Camelot)
HAPPENING Filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Lehi, UT to Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while Jamie’s discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.
Jamie Redford writes, directs and produces for film and television. “I come from a long line of storytellers who see stories as a way to make sense of things,” he says. “It’s essential to who I am and how I see the world.”
Jamie co-founded The Redford Center with his father in 2005 as a vehicle to make documentaries that inspire positive change. “Our role has always been to take complicated issues and render them coherent, digestible and inspiring so people can get engaged,” Jamie says.
Jamie holds a B.A. in creative writing and film from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.A. in literature from Northwestern University and plays guitar in his free time with Olive and the Dirty Martinis, a popular Bay Area cover band.