Conservation Media Group Videos 2016
Hurricane Island/Conservation Media Group Action Grant 2015
In July of 2015, Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership (HICSL) participated in the first series of Conservation Media Group’s Catalyst Workshops in Kensington, Vermont at the Pinnacle Leadership Center. Sam Hallowell, Director of HICSL, attended the workshop and had the opportunity to work directly with filmmakers Jay Sia and Rita Liao. Together they developed the concept and pilot production of three short videos with the goal of helping HICSL create outreach materials to inspire students, teachers and concerned citizens of the environment to engage in the programs and efforts happening on Hurricane Island. In the fall of 2015, HICSL was awarded a CMG Action Grant to further the concepts and vision originally inspired in Kensington. In October, filmmaker Jay Sia and a production crew, Chris Willams and Elicia Epstien from Chattanooga, TN, and Josh Wheelock from Brooklyn, NY, came together for 5 days on Hurricane to execute that vision. Here are the three videos that resulted from that Action Grant.
The Conservation Media Group (CMG) was founded with a mission is to build communications capacity to create measurable change through the use of video in ocean conservation and sustainable energy. CMG puts tools and resources into the hands of a corps of people producing and distributing film that has a positive effect on urgent ocean and energy challenges. Through workshops, residencies, grants and placement of fellows with partner conservation organizations, CMG helps create a new level of mastery in capturing, conveying and advancing urgent conservation goals through videos with real, measurable impact.
About CMG Catalyst Workshop:
The Conservation Media Group Catalyst Workshop brings together filmmakers, social media managers, campaign strategists, and conservation organizations for an intensive 7-day collaborative retreat. With only 10-15 participants, each workshop is a unique capacity building and networking experience. Makers and sharers are paired with conservation organizations on existing campaigns with the goal of creating new media and strategies for significant change and delivering their message. These action-focused workshops serve as an incubator for developing ideas, strategies and media for driving change in conservation. Participants collaborate to develop a video project over the course of one week at a nature-focused retreat center while forging new connections and laying the groundwork for future projects.
About CMG Action Grants:
Conservation Media Group has created opportunities for filmmakers, activists and organizations of all ages and experience levels through their Action Grant program. Included in the Action Grant is funding for the proposed production, post-production, distribution & impact measurement. Action Grant proposals may seek to create action locally, nationally, or internationally and may be based anywhere in the world.