Climate Storytelling Session: Screenwriting in the Age of Climate Change
Carmiel Banasky

TV Writer & Novelist

Carmiel Banasky is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist who recently made the leap into television, staffing on the Amazon series, UNDONE. She is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop, which Publisher's Weekly calls a "tour de force," and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, LA Review of Books, Glimmer Train, The Rumpus, and NPR, among other places. She specializes in climate sci-fi and fantasy in the TV and podcasts spaces, and she is currently adapting a feminist cli-fi fantasy novel, FROST AND THORN. Prior to LA, where she lives with her dog, Shadow, she spent four years on the road at writing residencies, including a stint on a ship in the Arctic, studying and writing about climate change.

Anna Jane Joyner

Founder & Director

at Good Energy

Anna Jane’s prior experience spans state and national climate campaigns for “Beyond Coal,” water pollution, federal climate policy, voting rights, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and more. Her efforts to engage evangelicals on climate – including her own father, a prominent pastor – was featured in Years of Living Dangerously, an Emmy-award winning Showtime documentary series on which she collaborated with Ian Somerhalder and Lesley Stahl. For the last five years, Anna Jane has co-hosted “No Place Like Home,” a podcast that gets to the heart of climate change through storytelling.

VIRTUAL SESSION

Saturday, June 25
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PST

Climate Storytelling Session: Screenwriting in the Age of Climate Change

In this one-hour workshop, we’ll demonstrate how the “climate lens” can be used to integrate climate change into any and every storyline, from brief mentions to climate-driven characters. We’ll explore an array of human emotions that climate change can conjure (climate change doesn’t need to only rouse despair!).  Together we’ll apply these ideas through writing prompts and a mock writers’ room.

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Carmiel Banasky

Carmiel Banasky is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist who recently made the leap into television, staffing on the Amazon series, UNDONE. She is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop, which Publisher's Weekly calls a "tour de force," and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, LA Review of Books, Glimmer Train, The Rumpus, and NPR, among other places. She specializes in climate sci-fi and fantasy in the TV and podcasts spaces, and she is currently adapting a feminist cli-fi fantasy novel, FROST AND THORN. Prior to LA, where she lives with her dog, Shadow, she spent four years on the road at writing residencies, including a stint on a ship in the Arctic, studying and writing about climate change.

Carmiel Banasky

TV Writer and Novelist

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Anna Jane Joyner

Anna Jane’s prior experience spans state and national climate campaigns for “Beyond Coal,” water pollution, federal climate policy, voting rights, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and more. Her efforts to engage evangelicals on climate – including her own father, a prominent pastor – was featured in Years of Living Dangerously, an Emmy-award winning Showtime documentary series on which she collaborated with Ian Somerhalder and Lesley Stahl. For the last five years, Anna Jane has co-hosted “No Place Like Home,” a podcast that gets to the heart of climate change through storytelling.

Anna Jane Joyner

Founder & Director

at Good Energy

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Rae Binstock

Rae Binstock's plays include That Heaven’s Vault Should Crack (The New Group, Lark Development Center, T. Schreiber’s Studios), land of no mercy (Landing Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Princess Grace finalist), Consequences (Stella Adler’s Playwrights Division, Jane Chambers Award finalist), and WALKERS (The Shelter, O’Neill Conference semifinalist, Jerome Fellowship finalist) and her work has been produced and developed as part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Jewish Plays Project, and the Fresh Fruit Festival, among others. Rae’s pilot Homecoming was selected for the 2020 WriteHer List and was a semifinalist for the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship; she is a two-time semifinalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab.

Rae Binstock

Playwright and Screenwriter 

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Amanda Chen

As VP of Social Impact, Amanda Chen produces impact campaigns for Participant’s documentary and narrative media slate. Over the past five years, she’s designed and executed impact campaigns for films including The First Wave, Dark Waters, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The Price of Free, Ai Wei Wei's Human Flow, and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Before focusing exclusively on Participant's content slate, Chen built and oversaw Take Part World, a transmedia global health and development content series on Participant’s digital and TV platforms, funded by the Gates Foundation.

 

Amanda Chen

VP of Social Impact 

at Participant Media

Rae Binstock

Playwright & Screenwriter

Rae Binstock's plays include That Heaven’s Vault Should Crack (The New Group, Lark Development Center, T. Schreiber’s Studios), land of no mercy (Landing Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Princess Grace finalist), Consequences (Stella Adler’s Playwrights Division, Jane Chambers Award finalist), and WALKERS (The Shelter, O’Neill Conference semifinalist, Jerome Fellowship finalist) and her work has been produced and developed as part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Jewish Plays Project, and the Fresh Fruit Festival, among others. Rae’s pilot Homecoming was selected for the 2020 WriteHer List and was a semifinalist for the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship; she is a two-time semifinalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab.

Amanda Chen

VP of Social Impact and Participant Media

As VP of Social Impact, Amanda Chen produces impact campaigns for Participant’s documentary and narrative media slate. Over the past five years, she’s designed and executed impact campaigns for films including The First Wave, Dark Waters, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The Price of Free, Ai Wei Wei's Human Flow, and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Before focusing exclusively on Participant's content slate, Chen built and oversaw Take Part World, a transmedia global health and development content series on Participant’s digital and TV platforms, funded by the Gates Foundation.

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Read Good Energy's Playbook for Screenwriting in the Age of Climate Change. Created by writers, for writers, this interactive resource is here to help creators explore the endless ways the climate emergency complicates characters and colors story worlds.