Environmental Documentary Filmmaker Seeks Intern

Green21 (http://www.green21.org/) is a 13-part national public television series about climate change and sustainable solutions. BAVC is our fiscal sponsor. Ralph Cavanagh of the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and Richard Moss of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are among the experts on our Board of Advisors. Green21 was recently awarded a grant to produce the pilot episode about water issues. This summer we finished production and now we’re moving into post.

We’re looking for an intern/assistant editor who is responsible, extremely organized and interested in both filmmaking as well as the issues. Footage research is an important part of this internship, so please be a thoughtful researcher and have a good eye for outstanding footage. Additional tasks and responsabilities will certainly come up as we move forward, so we’re looking for someone who is motivated and flexible. Internship will extend at least through December of 2010 with possibility of ongoing work beyond.

Though some of the work can be done remotely, you should be able to come to our studio in the Mission located at Bryant and Mariposa, across the street from KQED and BAVC.

Here are the key skills we’re looking for

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Research skills, including stock footage and creative commons content
  • Ability to manage projects, documents and spreadsheets using online tools (e.g. google docs)
  • Basic photoshop and AE skills, a plus
  • Basic WordPress, HTML, and online video skills, a plus

Please send us a resume and a brief note specifying your skill level for each of the above, and also what about the project most interests you.

thank you,
Jennifer Thompson
Executive Producer, Green21
[email protected]



Green21 inspires people to reimagine the world and their role within it, by creating media which addresses the challenges of climate change and promotes sustainability literacy.

Threat-based reporting on climate change issues dominates the media. This negative messaging plays to people’s fear and guilt, fostering apathy or a sense of overwhelm. At the other extreme, greenwashing and promises of technological quick fixes often lead to cynicism or trivializing of the issues. Instead, we must demonstrate how the actions of individuals and communities can lead to positive change.

An integrated framework is vital for understanding climate change and complex resource issues. How do social, economic and environmental factors interact to create conditions and affect the outcomes? Storytelling is part of the solution, putting a human face on the issues. People need to know viscerally that, in spite of the scale of the challenges, each of us can make a difference.

Location: San Francisco Mission mission district (Bryant & Mariposa)
Start date: Sept 2010
Last day to apply: Sept 3, 2010
End date: December 2010 (possibly ongoing)