The Harbers Family Foundation brings human and environmental issues into focus through the power of visual media. Working with some of the best photographers and filmmakers in the world, we create compelling visual narratives that enhance the efforts and tell the stories of the organizations working to make the world a better place.
Non-profit organizations are notoriously good at doing good, and notoriously bad at talking about it. It's not their fault, really. They are funded to feed the poor, care for the sick, and save the planet. Rare is the donor who says, "Here is some money to make a movie that tells your story." Enter the Harbers Family Foundation. We applaud the efforts of the organizations that make it their business to help others. And we clap with resources. Our goal is to help charitable entrepreneurs articulate and share the value of the work they do in order to inspire others to help them do it. We engage world-class visual storytelling talent on behalf of folks who spend most of their time working behind the scenes. Everybody needs a little red-carpet time.
For the second film in The Harbers Storytelling Project, we approached YouTube pioneer, social media entrepreneur and guerrilla filmmaker Casey Neistat to make a movie about storytelling. In true Neistat fashion, he said OK. And then proceeded to do it his way. The result is classic Casey: authentic, funny, irreverent, poignant, and inspiring. Click here to watch it.
We are thrilled to present Reclaim Democracy, the first short film, directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, to emerge from The Storytelling Project, a collaboration between Harbers Studios and TNPLabs. Watch as Harvard Law professor and political activist Larry Lessig explains - with the help of some talented artists - how we can change the way we fund elections and, in the process, take back our electoral system.
First Graduates of Gashora Girls Academy Off to College
Continuing our documentary work with the Gashora Girls Academy, Harbers Studios presents Girls of Gashora: College Bound, the latest chapter in the lives of an incredible group of young women. In this poignant and inspiring video, some of the first girls of Gashora leave their families in Rwanda and begin the next phase of their educational journey in America. Click here to watch
Introducing Harbers Studios
and The Storytelling Project
The Harbers Foundation is excited to announce the formation of Harbers Studios, a production arm of the foundation created exclusively to develop and distribute groundbreaking short films for charitable causes and organizations. In partnership with TNP Labs, Harbers Studios recently launched The Storytelling Project at the 2014 Nantucket Project. Our idea: pair five eminent thinkers with five gifted filmmakers. Then turn them loose to create five short films that will move viewers beyond awareness and move them to action. The inaugural series is currently underway and the Project’s first films will be released over the course of the next year. Look for more exciting announcements in the coming months.
The Harbers Foundation is thrilled to announce that our work, produced by MediaStorm on behalf of the International Center of Photography (ICP), has won the prestigious 2014 Webby Award in the Documentary Series category. The New York Times has called the Webby Awards “the Internet’s highest honor,” and this year, that honor went to our series of short films documenting the life and work of ICP’s 2013 Infinity Award winners. The 2014 Webby Awards entertained nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and more than 60 countries around the world. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards is presented annually by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).
International Center of Photography
Great photographers give us a glimpse into worlds we have never seen before. Only rarely do they give us a glimpse into their own worlds. Once again, the Harbers Foundation is pleased to sponsor just such a glimpse. Funded and executive produced by the Harbers Foundation, and produced by the incredibly talented team at MediaStorm, the short documentaries [here] turn the lens around to showcase the work, life and inspiration of each of the 2014 Infinity Award winners.
© 2014 Renee and Jeff Harbers Family Foundation