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Jamie Redford given award for environmental filmmaking

First Published      Last Updated Mar 30 2017 02:40 pm

Filmmaker and environmental activist Jamie Redford will receive an award for his work from a California film festival.

Redford, 54, board chair of the Redford Center and son of actor-director Robert Redford, will get the Seeing the Bigger Picture Award, the highest honor given by the American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) in Palm Springs.

Festival director Ted Grouya said in a statement that Redford's work "exemplifies the sort of documentary filmmaking we strive to celebrate with our festival."

The festival runs March 31 to April 5 and will screen three of Redford's recent films. The latest, "Happening," set to air later this year on HBO, looks at the growth of America's clean-energy industry — profiling entrepreneurs in communities across the country, including in Lehi, Utah.

Grouya praised "Happening," saying in his statement, "iI you believe in sustainability, you need to see this film; if you are not sure, you still need to see this film."

AmDocs will also screen Redford's documentaries "Watershed," about the Colorado River, and "Toxic Hot Seat," which follows activists fighting for better regulation of dangerous chemicals.