Oceans 8 Films provides custom films to help environmental groups, public officials and a wide variety of nonprofit organizations capture and share their stories.
At a moment when people around the globe are sharing information in ways few could have predicted before the pandemic, Oceans 8 Films has been called upon to help environmental groups, public officials and nonprofit organizations capture and share their stories as a way to stay in touch with their supporters and members.
JON AND HIS TEAM SPECIALIZE NOT JUST IN THE TECHNOLOGY OF MAKING A FILM BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOW TO TELL A STORY.
Using the same set of skills that has won dozens of film festival awards, the Oceans 8 Films team has helped groups develop and film stories to celebrate anniversaries, lobby for change, fundraise or simply explain who they are. Along the way, popular voices and activists including Mark Ruffalo, Liam Neeson, Melissa Leo, Tilda Swinton and more have helped out. As short films increasingly become the way we share, Oceans 8 Custom Films was launched to help others shape and share their own stories.
CREATING YOUR SHORT FILM, PROVIDING:
- Social Media
When it became clear thanks to Covid-19 that the 50-year- old environmental group in the Hudson Valley was not going to be able to hold its annual 450-person gala it created a virtual celebration featuring its President Ned Sullivan recounting a personal story from his own adventures paralleling the fight against Covid 19. (The “adventure” in filmmaking Included turning a Tesla into a remote audio recording studio.)
For the past several years we’ve made short videos to highlight Riverkeeper’s Annual Fishermen’s Ball. 2020’s event featured short profiles of local heroes in a film they called “Hudson River Rising.” Honored at the virtual event were attorney Dan Bilott, whose life’s fight against chemically-poisoned drinking water was made into the feature film “Dark Waters” starring Mark Ruffalo, who was on hand for the event.
Food & Water Watch
The Washington D.C.-based environmental group turned to Oceans 8 Films to help with a series of web-PSAs, focused on oil and gas drilling operations that pollute fresh-growing produce – carrots, almonds, apples, grapes and more – mostly in California’s bread basket.
When the activist/actor wanted to get his message out to his fellow actors that it’s okay to lend their voices – and images and reputations – to fights they believe in, whether environmental, human rights, or democracy, he turned to Oceans 8 Films to help make the argument.
The Green Radio Hour
with Jon Bowermaster
with Jon Bowermaster
Jon hosts conversations with local environmentalists taking a closer look at environmental issues in the Hudson Valley and beyond. New episodes every Sunday.