Since launching his screen career in the 1980s, English-born David Jacobs has worked predominately as a producer. In 1992 he relocated to Aotearoa; in 2007 he founded The Outlook for Someday sustainability project for young people. It began with a yearly national film challenge, and evolved to include workshops and Someday Stories, which annually fund films by young filmmakers. Jacobs's own directing credits include documentary Edifice, about Aotearoa's architectural heritage, and The Middle-earth Connection trilogy of sustainability docos. He also produced high profile organic agriculture doco Rubber Gloves or Green Fingers.
Media can serve other purposes than manipulating and controlling people. As a filmmaker, like many others, I've sought to use media to provide information and to promote justice and sustainability. It can be done. It is done — by individuals and organisations I honour and revere. David Jacobs, on his website Expressly on Toast, 25 March 2021