Early in 2017, we awarded an 8-month CMG Fellowship, including a $40,000 stipend, to Aleksei Wagner, a New York-based activist and filmmaker, to collaborate with 350.org’s digital campaign staff. Halfway through his fellowship, our CMG Fellow has already had a dramatic impact.
CMG is proud to announce the 2017 recipient of our $30,000 Blue Initiative Grant, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ global shark conservation campaign. Pew has extensive experience working around the world to reverse the decline of shark populations, whose primary threat is unregulated fishing driven primarily by the demand for shark fins in the global trade.
Last week we hosted a 4-day Catalyst Workshop focused on Oceans & Plastic with an international group of change-makers at Alnoba in Kensington, New Hampshire. We brought together more than a dozen filmmakers, strategists, and organizations from around the world - including participants from Mexico, the Bahamas, Estonia, Australia, and across the United States.
Congratulations to Aleksei Wagner, our newest CMG Fellow! Aleksei begins his CMG Fellowship today with 350.org in Brooklyn, New York. This 8-month CMG Fellowship provides for a $40,000 fellowship stipend, in addition to in-kind support from 350.org and Conservation Media Group. Aleksei brings with him an impressive history of using video for activism including experience with organizing, training, editing, producing and directing.
We are currently accepting applications for our 2017 Oceans & Plastic Catalyst Workshop, which runs from May 1-4, 2017. Whether you’re working to stop ocean pollution at its source, reduce the amount of plastics already in the ocean, or protect beloved species from trash pollution, this is the workshop for you.
We kick off our 2017 blog series with an excellent example of a grantee who used film to create impact. Action Grantee Danny Copeland has wrapped up his successful campaign Love Mini Mantas, and delivered us his incredibly thorough and detailed final report this week. The project hoped to assist in gaining protection for mobulid rays, whose gill plates have been highly desireable in Asian medicine, endangering the existence of the species.
CMG Filmmaker-in-Residence Erik Rochner has wrapped up production for his VR film about kelp forests off the coast of California.Erik's film is shot with 360VR and aims to illustrate the multiple factors affecting the current decline of kelp. The film will show viewers how a broad spectrum of anthropogenic and natural causes are at play, such as warming, ocean acidification, pollutions, introduction of invasive species, among others.