SLATER JEWELL-KEMKER
MY HERO STUDENT REPORTER

Slater was born in Los Angeles, California in 1992 and grew up with a passion for the environment. She cut her teeth reporting and making short films for The MY HERO Project. In 2005, Slater met her Environmental Hero, Jean-Michel Cousteau at his family camp on Catalina Island and the short film from that experience made it into the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival in May of 2007.

In March of 2007 she received an Earth Trustee Award at the United Nations in New York City for her environmental activism in filmmaking. PAINTING PEACE and PEACE BEGINS, her companion short films spreading the message of peace through art, were both finalists at the Toronto International Film Festival's kids division, Sprocket's in 2006 and 2007 respectively. PEACE BEGINS also won the My Hero Film Festival's High School category and opened for the Oscar Nominated Documentary, WAR DANCE at the Traveling World Community Film Festival in Canada.

In May of 2008, Slater represented Canada at the Youth Environmental G8 Summit in Kobe, Japan. Shortly thereafter, Slater and her mother Wendy began work on their documentary, An Inconvenient Youth. In this film Slater travels to the home countries of fellow Environmental G8 Youth Summit delegates to document their most pressing environmental problems along with the solutions they propose. Her environmental short, DON'T GIVE IT ALL AWAY won First Place in the Music Video Category at the 2008 My Hero Film Festival, in Los Angeles, and is a finalist in the Videotivoli Film Festival in Finland.


SELECTED VIDEOS:
By Slater Jewell-Kemker
Canada, 2008, 5:00 minutes
Winner, Music Video Category
The 2008 My Hero Film Festival

"I believe this film portrays how a lot of kids are feeling... I believe it's always important to show the hope but in this piece, I also portray the frustration and the anger. I feel like much of today's environmental message attempts to ignore these real feelings, but shutting them away - I believe - is a path to doing nothing - especially when we might really get somewhere if we unleash them."

By Slater Jewell-Kemker
Canada, 2008, 5:00 minutes

Joanne Tawfilis brings people from all nations together through art in the effort of Peace with the Art Miles Mural Project. Video and Original Music by Slater

Read more about Joanne Tawfilis's dedication to erase racism and hate through art, as she works to create 12 miles of murals that will encircle EgyptÕs Great Pyramids. The mural pyramid will be unveiled in 2010, to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

By The MY HERO Staff
Excerpt from the 2007 MY HERO Report: Youth Edition
USA, 2007, 3:02 minutes

This short piece narrates Slater's experience growing up with the MY HERO Project.

By Slater Jewell-Kemker & The MY HERO Staff
Canada, 2006, 7:00 minutes
Official Entry, 2007 Cannes Film Festival

Slater visits Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment Camp in Catalina Island and learns about the vital importance of living in more sustainable ways. Produced by the MY HERO Catalina Team: Jeanne, Wendy Milette, Bama, David, Wendy and Slater. Editing and Music by Slater Thank you Jean-Michel and Murph for being such great heroes.

By Slater Jewell-Kemker
Canada, 2008, 3:02 minutes
First Place, High School Category
The 2007 MY HERO Film Festival

Youth Activists from Canada celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace.

By Slater Jewell-Kemker
Canada, 2006, 4:00 minutes
Third Place, Community Category
The 2006 MY HERO Film Festival

At the beginning of 2006, a group of homeschoolers and the children of Canadian Peacekeeping Forces painted a PEACE MURAL for the ART-MILES-MURAL-PROJECT. The painting will join 12 miles of murals that will wrap around the pyramids in Egypt in 2010, the end of the United Nations Decade of Peace.

By Slater Jewell-Kemker & Wendy Jewell
Canada, 2008, 3:02 minutes

The TEASER footage for An Inconvenient Youth is the beginning of a Documentary that will bring kids together from around the world - kids who are already engaged in the fight for their environmental future.

The 2008 MY HERO Film Festival
First Place Music Video Category
By The MY HERO Project Staff
2008, 3:02 minutes

Here is Slater's acceptance speech at the 2008 MY HERO Film Festival for her First Place Award in the Music Video Category for "Don't Give It All Away."