Lyn Lear is currently working with director Louie Schwartzberg on an exciting new documentary called “Fantastic Fungi.” Together with esteemed mycologist, Paul Stamets, they aim to show the world the wonders of mushrooms and how they can feed us, heal us, and even help reverse climate change. Lyn has been credited as producer and executive producer on a number of different documentaries, including “Cesar’s Last Fast,” which screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. She has served as an advisor on “Slingshot,” a 2014 festival favorite, and “Racing Extinction,” which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Lyn is also working with Amy Ziering (The Hunting Ground) and Kirby Dick on a new project, and is in discussion with Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer, and Pedro Kos on new projects.
Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. Lyn is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute. She has supported the Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab, among other creative initiatives.
UN Climate Summit
Lyn Lear produced the opening film, “What’s Possible,” for the UN Climate Summit for world leaders on September 23, 2014. While working with director Louie Schwartzberg, writer Scott Burns, actor Morgan Freeman and composer Hans Zimmer, she produced two films for the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon. The second, “A World of Solutions,” was shown at the Lima, Peru UN summit in December 2014.
In 1989, Ms. Lear and her husband, Norman, co-founded the Environmental Media Association (EMA) with Alan and Cindy Horn. A nonprofit organization, EMA believes that television, film, music and entertainment have a powerful ability to educate, influence and inspire millions of people around environmental issues. As of this year, the Lears have ended their affiliation with EMA, due to the mission statement of the organization going in a different direction.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’ uniquely diverse population. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Lyn is a Member of the Board of Trustees of LACMA and has contributed to its acquisitions through the 2011 Collectors Committee and supported the museum’s events.
Lyn and Norman Lear have hosted a series of innovative thinkers and members of the creative community for discussions around an array of global issues. Keynote speakers have included Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Schneiderman, Andy Sharpless, Paul Stamets, Thom Hartmann, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Paul Hawken, Dr. Victor Dzau, Eric Schneiderman, Ava DuVernay, and Elizabeth Warren.