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James Redford    

Documentary Filmmaker and Co-founder of The Redford Center

James Redford writes, produces and directs for film and television. His latest directorial project, Toxic Hot Seat, is an HBO documentary film that examines the possible health dangers of chemical flame-retardants used in upholstered furniture. Other HBO documentary films include The Big Picture, a film that looks at the challenges – and gifts – of Dyslexia, Mann V. Ford about the poisoning of a Native American community, and The Kindness of Strangers, which highlights and celebrates the miracle of organ donation. Currently, James just completed the film Paper Tigers, a documentary about troubled teens, the dark legacy of childhood trauma and one community’s mission to heal their own. A companion film, Resilience, looks at the emerging science around toxic Stress: experiences that, untreated, can negatively alter the brains and bodies of our children.

James is the co-founder and chair of the Redford Center, a non-profit organization committed to transforming environmental and social challenges into stories that inspire action and change. Recent projects include the Raise the River PSA campaign, the film Watershed, and the short documentary Fighting Goliath. James is currently directing the Redford Center film “Happening”, which takes an entertaining look at the grassroots emergence of America’s Clean energy economy.

In his spare time, James also plays guitar for Olive and the Dirty Martinis, a popular Marin County rock and roll cover band. A two-time liver transplant survivor, James is an avid surfer, yoga enthusiast and skier. James currently lives in Marin County, California.

Speech Topics

James frequently appears on panels and at events. His areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Impact Filmmaking
  • Water scarcity in the West
  • The Dangers of Unregulated Toxic Chemicals
  • Understanding Dyslexia
  • The Biology of Toxic Stress and the Science of Hope
  • Clean Energy for Dummies


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Documentary film maker James Redford discusses his up-coming film for HBO.

In this interview, the talented and renowned philanthropist and documentary film maker, James Redford, discusses his ‘work in progress’, a documentary entitled Happening. The film will focus on clean energy and incorporate his personal and often humorous look into progress, or lack thereof currently being made in clean energy...

Education documentary ‘Paper Tigers’ brings James Redford to SIFF

Unorthodox teaching strategies at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla are documented by filmmaker James Redford in his movie “Paper Tigers.”

NatureBridge Gala celebrates outdoor ed for kids

“That awe, that wonder, that sense of curiosity,” said filmmaker James Redford, the keynote speaker at Thursday, June 4’s NatureBridge Gala. “If you can get that, you can go so many places with education.”

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