25th Birthday Bash and Film Fest Lineup



Below are the films screened at our 25th Birthday Bash and Film Fest.


Featured Film: Welcome to the Neighborhood

This award-winning film grapples with the challenges of gentrification in today’s East Bay Area and reflects on the historical efforts of local activist Mable Howard to keep the community united. Howard’s lawsuit against BART pressured the transit district to build underground routes for trains to avoid separating lower-income communities of color from more affluent neighborhoods. Welcome to the Neighborhood reminds us that sustainable transportation cannot and will not come at the cost of dividing communities. Watch the trailer and learn more about the film here. Guests will also have the unique opportunity to meet the Director and Producer Pamela Uzzellwho will join us for a Q&A session at the end of the film!


Growing Resistance

Although California often portrays itself as a bastion of green policies, communities in the state’s Central Valley continue to face the combined challenges of dangerous oil and gas infrastructure, climate change, extreme drought, and severe air pollution. Growing Resistance elevates the stories of minority and low-income communities who continue to find themselves on the frontlines of California’s most acute environmental hazards. This film is produced by Survival Media Agency, a team of media-makers who tell stories of grassroots climate action and resilience around the world.


Pavement Doesn’t Need to be Permanent

Photo by Marissa Singleton, Volunteer.

In 2017, Rose Foundation grantee Pierce Conservation District partnered with Depave Puget Sound to transform the barren pavement at Holy Rosary Juan Diego Academy school to a lively green space. The new landscape is providing crucial natural space for students to play in while also allowing water runoff to filter through the ground – preventing pollution from entering waterways in the Tacoma area. Pavement Doesn’t Need to be Permanent documents how teachers, families, and the community rolled up their sleeves to improve their neighborhood and the local watershed environment.


Shared Water, Shared Values

Photo by Emma Cassidy | Survival Media Agency


In 2016, a diverse coalition of community leaders in the Pacific Northwest, including First Nations peoples, came together to oppose fossil fuel infrastructure projects that threatened the health of the local environment. Shared Water Shared Values documents how the Quinault Tribe joined with local community members to pressure the city of Hoquiam to reject proposed crude oil terminals. This film is produced by Survival Media Agency, a team of media-makers who tell stories of grassroots climate actions and resilience around the world.




The Salmon Will Run

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s culture and religion places incredible value on the health of salmon in Northern California rivers, as their ancestors have for thousands of years. Today, climate change, agricultural and toxic runoff, and dams continue to push salmon populations to the edge of extinction. The Salmon Will Run tells the story of a Winnemem Wintu project to bring salmon back to the McCloud River. This project was supported by the Rose Foundation. This film is produced by Survival Media Agency, a team of media-makers who tell stories of grassroots climate action and resilience around the world.


What Does it Take?


Our world is at a critical crossroad between choosing to continue to degrade the environment and building a more just, sustainable future. What Does It Take? is a fast-paced short film that takes the viewer around the planet for a close-up look at environmental destruction and the leaders and communities who are fighting back. This film’s powerful visuals serve as a strong call to action. This film is produced by Mill Valley Film Group: making films that matter.




Short Films About the Rose Foundation

Our Birthday Bash and Film Fest wouldn’t be complete without sharing some stories about the Rose Foundation! We will show three short films highlighting some of the foundation’s work to foster stewardship, build community, and demand justice over the past 25 years.

Early Days


Rose Foundation was founded by Jill Ratner and Tim Little in 1992. The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Rose Ratner, whose wit, wisdom and commitment were forged in the neighborhoods of Chicago over the course of 50 years of community activism. Get to know the early days of the Rose Foundation, and see how much we have grown in 25 years!

New Voices Are Rising: Supporting Youth Environmental Leaders


The Rose Foundation’s New Voices Are Rising program develops young environmental justice leaders in low-income communities of color in Oakland and the East Bay Area. These communities are often under-represented in policy making forums and under-served in public policy. New Voices helps young people gain the skills and experience in civic engagement that they need to tackle the environmental health and pollution issues that disproportionately impact their communities.


Saving Headwaters Forest 

From 1997 to 2002, Rose Foundation led the Headwaters Forest Debt-for-Nature Project and the Maxxam Shareholder Campaign, seeking permanent protection for Northern California’s beautiful and fragile Headwaters Redwood Forest. The Headwaters Forest is home to numerous endangered and threatened species, and contain the last significant stands of privately-owned old-growth redwoods anywhere in the world.

Combining an innovative legal theory with strategically-targeted outreach to governmental decision makers and series of shareholder advocacy campaigns, the Rose Foundation and its partners were successul in getting the six groves with the bulk of the threatened old-growth redwoods permanently protected by a governmental buy-out. The balance of the forest, while still at risk from logging, was made subject to a strict habitat conservation plan. To find out more about this campaign, click here.


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