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Crying Earth Rise Up is a compelling story documenting the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water.
Crying Earth Rise Up is a compelling story documenting the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water.
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The Story

 Crying Earth Rise Up is a broadcast-length documentary film that tells the story of two women's parallel search for answers to the question: Why are there high levels of radiation in our drinking water and how can we protect our families and community against this threat?

Debra White Plume gets arrested at the White House
Debra White Plume gets arrested at the White House

Debra White Plume, a Lakota grandmother and clean water activist, views nearby uranium mining operations as one source of water contamination and as an encroachment on the water rights of the Lakota Nation. She is the lead plaintiff in a case challenging uranium mining on tribal land, and works with her community to protect treaty territory from exploitation of their natural resources by corporate interests.

Laila at a dialysis session with her mom, Elisha
Laila at a dialysis session with her mom, Elisha

Elisha Yellow Thunder, a Lakota mother and a geology student, seeks answers through science and the earth itself. During her pregnancy, she unknowingly drank contaminated water and her daughter, Laila, was born with severe medical anomalies. Currently Laila fights kidney failure. When Yellow Thunder can take time away from caring for Laila, she maps ore outcroppings on the Pine Ridge Reservation in search of uranium and the origins of water contamination.

The Details

We are confident that completing our film in a timely manner (i.e. as soon as we receive funds) will put us in a favorable position for film festivals, a PBS broadcast and a robust outreach campaign to organizations, individuals and educational outlets.

Please help us to complete this important and timely project! We need to raise $27,000 (Kickstarter) + $10,000 (Check-Writing Campaign) to move the project to completion!

Specifically your support will fund:

Feature Editor (the talented and dedicated Sharon Karp of Media Monster- Sharon edited our first film, Standing Silent Nation and countless other award-winning documentaries).

Finishing Costs (color correction, basic sound mixing/design, music rights and original music creation, animation, graphics, film mastering/layoff, closed-captioning).

E&O Insurance (necessary for television broadcast, DVD distribution and digital download distribution).

Producer/Director/Writer Fees.

Launch Outreach Campaign (a community engagement tour for communities facing the uranium mining issue and that are near Native lands and reservations).

Narrator Recording Sessions.

Website (maintenance and hosting costs of CryingEarthRiseUp.com).

Creation of Web Videos (containing additional materials/footage/stories not included in the final broadcast film).

Final Production Costs for the few missing pieces that need to be integrated into the edit (travel, gear, camera/sound, film personnel stipends).

The Crowd-Sourced Fundraising Campaign

Monies raised during our Kickstarter campaign will go toward the post-production of and outreach efforts for the documentary Crying Earth Rise Up.

The project is actively seeking funds from a number of sources. We have enjoyed success on this front in the past, including foundation grants and fundraising events that have helped us through production.  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, through Vision Maker Media, is our major funder. Through this partnership and upon completion, Crying Earth Rise Up will be shopped to PBS outlets for possible broadcast.

A crowd-sourced funding campaign through Kickstarter allows us to reach you, supporters of our work, of independent media and documentary film, and advocates of clean water protection, to ask for help in reaching the finish line with a much needed infusion of funds.

We are seeking $27,000 through our Kickstarter campaign ($24,300 of which will go directly toward costs of making the film and $2,700 to cover Kickstarter and Amazon.com fees).

The Check-Writing Campaign

Parallel to our fundraising efforts through Kickstarter, we are running a check-writing campaign where we are looking to raise $10,000 in tax-deductible donations made through our fiscal agent, the fantastic organization Documentary Educational Resources (http://www.der.org/donate/).

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation of $200 or more directly through our non-profit fiscal agent, send a check made payable to Documentary Educational Resources to:

Prairie Dust Films, LLC/2631 N. Sacramento/Chicago, IL/60647

Please include on the memo line:  CRYING EARTH RISE UP!

If you have questions about our check writing-campaign, email us at: cryingearthriseupfilm@gmail.com

PICTURES OF OUR INCENTIVES...

NEW INCENTIVE! Hand-made, original stencil Crying Earth Rise Up t-shirt. Made in the USA, charcoal gray. Limited sizes S-XL Man and Woman tee styles.

Handmade original artwork made in USA tshirt
Handmade original artwork made in USA tshirt
Crying Earth Rise Up- baby onesie (baby not-included)
Crying Earth Rise Up- baby onesie (baby not-included)
Crying Earth Rise Up- Coffee Mug!
Crying Earth Rise Up- Coffee Mug!
Crying Earth Rise Up- Sticker!
Crying Earth Rise Up- Sticker!
Award Winning Documentary- Standing Silent Nation- DVD
Award Winning Documentary- Standing Silent Nation- DVD
Experience a horse back ride on the ancestral lands of the White Plume Family.
Experience a horse back ride on the ancestral lands of the White Plume Family.
Experience a horse back ride on the ancestral lands of the White Plume Family with Lakota guide.
Experience a horse back ride on the ancestral lands of the White Plume Family with Lakota guide.
Crying Earth Rise Up- Tote Bag!
Crying Earth Rise Up- Tote Bag!
Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Crying Earth Rise Up Title and Water Drop
Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Crying Earth Rise Up Title and Water Drop
Poet Reuben Cruz (Hip Hop MC Che Christ) writes stories about social change and human rights from the frontlines of today's struggles.

Watch a Sample from -"Poetry Against Pipelines"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGpoRrsSvN4

Risks and challenges

Making an independent documentary, as most donors know or can guess, is difficult. Resources, both personal and monetary, are rarely in abundance. Aside from financial constrains, real life cannot be controlled, which equates to unpredictable production schedules, story revisions and shifting demands on personnel.

The filmmakers and collaborators on Crying Earth Rise Up have, so far, weathered these challenges, and we will continue move forward until the film is completed--our track record proves that we will not give up until this film is finished!

Specifically, funds raised will help gather the other pieces necessary to complete the film (sound mixers, animators, graphic designers, editors, writers, etc).

Another challenge is that mounting a crowd-sourced funding campaign requires time and patience until the donations become available. This could delay completion efforts until we receive payment, but will certainly not derail the project completely. We anticipate the relationships built during this campaign will benefit the overall film and help provide the necessary resources to complete this important project.

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