Meet Susan Rockefeller, director & producer of our May 16 film

Susan Rockefeller is a mother, documentary filmmaker, author and conservationist. Deeply committed to nurturing our planet, Susan is a board member and chairs the Ocean Council for Oceana, is a member of the Global Leadership Council for Natural Resources Defense Council and serves on the program committee for the Stone Barns for Sustainable Agriculture.
On March 18, 2012, Susan premiered Mission of Mermaids at the prestigious DC Environmental Film Festival. A 15-minute call to action, Mission of Mermaids is her most personal film to date, and reflects her profound love and respect of the ocean. The documentary explores ocean acidification, overfishing and pollution, and challenges viewers with a message of hope to rethink how they relate to their global waters.
Susan is also launching a jewelry collection to accompany Mission of Mermaids on June 8th, World Oceans Day. Natural and environmental elements inspire every piece in the collection – from a whimsical mermaid ring to a classic gold chain necklace with removable charms and a signature hook clasp, each sterling silver or 24k vermeil piece is handcrafted in New York with love and care. To continue giving back and making waves for ocean protection, a portion of the net proceeds from the jewelry sales will go to Oceana.
“I created the jewelry collection to share with others my admiration for the beauty and bounty of our oceans. I hope to give people beautiful tools to continue the conversation about ocean protection and conservation,” describes Susan. “We are at a critical moment to invite a bigger, broader audience into the ocean conversation.”
Always a creative and positive force, Susan’s other efforts include producing and directing the HBO documentary “Making the Crooked Straight,” which received a 2011 Christopher Award, and co-producing the internationally acclaimed “A Sea Change.” Her award-winning documentary “Striking a Chord” brings attention to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), educates the public about challenges that many soldiers face, and shows the power of music to connect people from all walks of life.
Through each of these unique vehicles Susan aims to inspire as many people as possible to become activated to make a difference. From choosing sustainable fish or refusing single use plastic, to educating the public at-large to raise awareness about PTSD and help heal the invisible wounds of war, there are limitless ways for the human race to be involved. Susan is married to David Rockefeller Jr. and lives with her husband and children in New York City.
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