Auburn Seminary, NYC, July 15-19 2019


Doc Society and Exposure Labs are joining forces with the wonderful folks at the Hartley Media Initiative at Auburn Seminary, Fledgling Fund, JPB Foundation and our supporters David and Linda Cornfield to host The Climate Story Lab in New York City in 2019.  

Climate communication is more critical than ever before: we need the best storytelling to reach its full potential and hit the audiences that matter. Born of this conviction, The Climate Story Lab will catalyze the most urgent and compelling media projects being made in America right now.

This lab marks the first in a series of interventions bringing together the creative and campaigning expertise of Exposure Labs and Doc Society with the best of the Good Pitch Impact Labs and a laser determination to accelerate climate communication in the United States.

Over five days in New York City in July, we will bring together nine of the best creative climate projects and surround them by the kinetic energy of experts – lawyers & political strategists, indigenous & faith leaders, branding experts & campaign organizers. Together, this powerful group will strategize with the teams and help them to imagine how best to inspire citizens, engage politicians and mobilize communities with these projects.


We are looking for up to 9 creative storytelling projects.  We want to work with ambitious teams who are poised to launch straight into strategic partnerships with movements and funders. We are looking for projects with the potential to combine powerful storytelling with innovative impact distribution strategies.

  • We will be focusing on films set in the US or international projects which would resonate with US audiences.
  • We are looking for media projects which are ready for release within the next 12 months.
  • These projects could be feature length films (in the phase of post-production through to early distribution), episodic series, short form films, VR projects or podcasts.
  • We welcome both non-fiction and fiction projects to apply.
  • For each creative project selected, we can support up to 3 team members to attend the lab in NYC in July. This team can include the Director, Producer, Impact Producer or Distributor (if already engaged).

WHEN?    July 15th – 19th 2019

WHERE?  Auburn Seminary

DEADLINE:   Thursday, May 9th



This initiative is made possible by a growing circle of supporters.

Thank you to David and Linda Cornfield, Fledgling Fund, The Hartley Media Impact Initiative at Auburn Seminary, and The JPB Foundation for rallying around this urgent issue.

If you would like to join us, please contact





Exposure Labs is the film and impact production company behind award-winning environmental films such as Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral. Our work is driven by the idea that film can be used as a tool to create meaningful change on pressing social issues.  Since 2014, we have supported thousands of community organizations in using our films to drive local climate action around the world.

In January 2019, Exposure Labs launched Unstoppable, our new initiative to support other climate storytellers in connecting their projects to impact. Given the need to accelerate action on climate in the U.S., we hope to be able to share the tools and insights from our own organizing work with the film and advocacy community to help create shared momentum.



A non-profit based in London & New York, Doc Society’s mission is to bring people together to unleash the transformational power of documentary film. We stand in solidarity with independent filmmakers.  We work to protect their independence and safety and to unite them with new friends and allies globally.

Over the last decade, together with our partners, we have directly funded over 250 documentary films, including Academy Award-winning CITIZENFOUR, Academy Award nominees Virunga, The Square, Hell & Back Again and Dirty Wars. Other titles include Hooligan Sparrow, The Yes Men Fix The World, The Look of Silence, Whose Streets? and Pussy Riot. Doc Society has also developed a slate of programmes to build the capacity of the whole field. Amongst these are the Safe & Secure initiative, the schools platform Doc Academy, the annual Doc Impact Award, the online toolkit the Impact Field Guide and Good Pitch, the international forum for social justice documentaries connecting change makers and filmmakers around the world.