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A feature-length documentary that gives voice to young people living and working on the front lines of climate change.
Slater Jewell-Kemker
Toronto, Ontario
5 Team Members

Please watch the 10 minute preview to meet the global youth climate movement: https://vimeo.com/36197312


director slater An Inconvenient Youth captures the vibrant untold story of the global youth climate movement and kids living on the front lines of climate change.

97% of climate scientists agree, climate change is real and is happening now. It’s seen in the ever increasing erratic weather, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, floods and droughts.

These young climate activists are rising up to meet this challenge and offering creative solutions while shifting into a new way of living and working together on the planet. 

The youth of the world get it. It's time for system change, not climate change. Decisions made today by governments and corporations are shaping the world they’ll live in, and they are no longer willing to sit idly as the earth is degraded for the short term gain of those in power now.


Due to the urgency of the climate crisis, 19 year old director Slater Jewell-Kemker has been releasing short films under the AIY banner to classrooms and film festivals around the world to motivate and empower youth to take action to safeguard the future of our planet.


"The inspired beginnings of what is already a knock out climate documentary told from the perspective of our generation." Jeremy Osborn, Co-founder, 350.org

"I love it.  You made me cry then smile then feel inspired all over again.  Love, love, love it."  - Emily Hunter, Editor - "The Next Eco-Warriors"

 "I'm happy to be able to show people something so honest and persuasive about this movement. Thank you." Carra Beth Cheslin, SustainUS.org

 "Have just had the immense pleasure of watching the latest preview of An Inconvenient Youth - it's absolutely beautiful, I love it and the whole world needs to see it! Can't wait for the full one to come out. I should probably say actually, the AIY film after Cancun was quite a big factor in me going to Durban (COP17) last year - I'd been doing work on climate change locally and nationally in the UK for a while and asked the UK Youth Climate Coalition if I should submit to the delegation to Durban. They sent me that video. It pretty much sold me." Tom Youngman, UKYCC.org

 "This has moved me more than anything else I've seen in well...it's given me a renewed sense of hope even if it makes me upset because it reminds me why I'm fighting for what we're fighting for. " - Jared Schy, CYCAN.org


slater filming in nepalIS TO FILM THE RIO+20 Earth Summit in June and another youth activist, Gadir,  living in a country on the front lines of climate change - Bolivia.

Slater was born 3 days after the first United Nations Climate Change Conference in 1992 in RIO. World leaders have been talking and arguing and putting off any real action on climate change ever since. 20 years of negotiations have yielded no tangible progress, pushing atmospheric CO2 levels dangerously close to the point of no return.

Rio+20, this June’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, represents what might be our last chance to avoid catastrophic runaway climate change. An Inconvenient Youth will document the continued journey of youth climate leaders we’ve already met as they gather in Rio to demand action while continuing to strengthen their movement.

The time for action is now. Will our leaders lead us into a green sustainable future? Or must the youth show the way? Stay tuned.

Then AIY will travel next door to Bolivia - the first country to grant RIGHTS to Mother Earth. Our subject Gadir’s personal experience and hands-on activism are what propelled him to be a leader in the youth climate movement. Now he’s an official negotiator himself. His city of La Paz is facing severe water shortages as a result of disappearing glaciers in the Andes, and within 20 years will be non-existent. We will discover how people on the front lines of climate change are adapting, and what the rest of us can expect if nothing changes.


slaterSlater Jewell-Kemker - (Director/Editor/Videographer) is an award-winning, 19-year-old director who is introducing her generation to the global youth climate movement.

Born in Los Angeles to filmmaker parents, she has grown up with the idea that she could create her own media and change the world. Slater has been making films since she was six years old, and has been recognized by the United Nations, Toronto International Film Festival, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, My Hero Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and others for her filmmaking and activism.


ian mackenzieIan MacKenzie - (DOP) is a media activist and filmmaker from Vancouver, BC. His first feature documentary was One Week Job (2010), about a guy working 52 jobs in 52 weeks to find his passion. Ian next joined veteran filmmaker Velcrow Ripper to co-produce the upcoming feature Occupy Love (2012).  Ian has also produced numerous shorts, including the viral video The Revolution Is Love, and Sacred Economics


Gary Tutte - (DOP) Through his extensive global adventures, Garry has captured the imagery and stories that have inspired others to explore and  engage the world around them. Recently, he shot an educational web-series on location from Mt. Everest, his editing work has been Gemini nominated and Shoot to Thrill, a TV pilot he directed, won the Best Documentary Pilot Award at the Banff World Media Festival. From mountaintops to sea-beds and the world in-between, documenting adventure with a keen eye for story and emotion is what he does. A passion for people and the world around him is why he does it.

Wendy Jewell - (Producer) Wendy has met amazing youth from around the world while producing short films and stories for the My Hero Project. Helping give a voice to the young people in An Inconvenient Youth,  the global youth environmental movement, has been an honor! We can all learn from their dedication, compassion and vision for a green sustainable world.

Daniel Bekerman (Producer) - Daniel has a diverse slate of projects including award winning features, television and documentary works. Daniel produced the meta-detective feature film You Are Here, which won the Toronto Film Critics Association Jay Scott Award, and opened to critical acclaim in 2011.


We need to fund a small film crew to accompany Slater. We need a professional level DSLR camera, plane tickets, visas, accomodations, food, insurance, transportation, some equipment rentals to supplement our own gear, hard drives, memory cards and more.

We also need translators (we sadly only speak English, French and a bit of Mandarin and Spanish). This is a critical need, as we want to make sure our stories are accurate.

Why Support This Film

AN INCONVENIENT YOUTH will act as a tool that can be shared by anyone wanting to create a better more sustainable world.

We are so excited to be in the final stages of filming this important story which gives a voice to youth living on the front lines of climate change and showcases this amazing moment in history when millions of youth around the world are waking up, rising up and creating the green sustainable world we all deserve.

But they can't do it alone. We all need to work together in our communities and countries, no matter your age, to shift into a new way of living together. Help us complete this movie!

To learn more, visit our website http://www.aninconvenientyouth.com


Other Ways You Can Help

If you are unable to give money at this time, please consider sharing our video, blogging about the project, tweeting, emailing friends and anyone who is concerned for the future of our planet. Anything to spread the word helps!


FOR U.S.Tax Deductible Donations make check payable to our fiscal sponsor Creative Visions Foundation Make sure you put “An Inconvenient Youth” in the memo section and send to:

Creative Visions Foundation
c/o HBA Design (attn: Grace Breuer)
3216 Nebraska Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404


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