Here On Earth is a creative educational project for young filmmakers/climate leaders. This is a place to learn, and it is a place to share. We want to nurture a positive relationship with the environment by focusing on collaboration, connection, and creativity. The camera has always been a malleable tool that can smoothly bridge the sciences and the arts. It can allow these young artists to create and make others see.

The Water Where I Live

Youth Film Projects is a 4 month program for a select group of teen filmmakers from the US and abroad. We are based in New York City and we offer a platform for exploring innovative approaches to the media arts, developing exciting collaborative ways of working while exploring environmental science. Our theme this year is “The Water Where I Live”.  The program consists of weekly meetings, screenings, field trips, and regular sessions with mentors, artists, and scientists.

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  • Program: January 2022 – April 2022 10-11:30am EDT on Saturdays

Harbor School Collaboration

Collaborating with Magic Box Productions, we established an environmental artist residency program at the Harbor School on Governors’ Island. We are working with students from Marine Policy and Advocacy, Aquaculture and Professional Diving programs, helping students explore the local waters and create original ocean stories.

Premiere of Here On Earth 2022 films and International Collaborative film projects during Earth Week April 2022.

Planned events and screenings for April – June 2022:

  • Marine Art & Science Symposium
  • Outdoor screenings
  • Virtual international watch parties
  • Youth panel discussion with guest speakers

Here on Earth: Ocean Waters 2021

These sessions are active collaborative learning experiences. You can participate from anywhere in the world, interact with our teaching artists and guest speakers, create original works and make friends in other countries! The film workshops are led by London-based filmmaker, Pinny Grylls and organized in partnership with artist Alexis Raskin.

The guest speakers are locally and internationally renowned artists and scientists, including Nicola White, artist and mudlark from London; Ray Chin, oceanographer and cetacean photographer from Taiwan; and David Hassler, Director of Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University.

2022 Guest Speaker Series

Tzu-An Wu

Writing on Water: Material of Memory

March 12, 2022 · Saturday · 10AM – 11:30AM (EDT)

Tzu-An Wu works between experimental film and its expansions. He makes collages with analogue films, through mixing heterogeneous images, audio, and texts in an attempt to inquire about the constructs of (cinematic) narratives and the selves. ​He will share his works made in New Zealand, which was footage developed with the sea water, and also discuss how to seek possible textures and rhythms about the images to produce “signs”. ​


Tati Nguyen

The Art of Storytelling: Say it with Pictures

February 5, 2022 · Saturday · 10AM – 11:30AM (EDT)

Guest artist Tati Nguyen will be hosting a storytelling workshop that discusses the importance of stories and the different elements that go into creating them. Join us as we explore how visual storytelling can be used to communicate, console, uplift, and enhance.

Check out our teaser video for Tati’s workshop – click here

Laura Chipley

Above the Cloud and Under the Sea: Expanding Our Perspectives on Water

January 22, 2022 · Saturday · 10AM – 11AM (EDT)

Laura Chipley will discuss how emerging technology can engage people and prompt conversations about the impacts of energy extraction and climate change.

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