Why It Matters
This isn't just a film, it is an immediate call to action. Our power lies in our ability to share stories and contribute to the international dialogue. Through dialogue, we create change. We urge you to join us and make this issue as important as we know it to be.
The recent arrests of journalists in North Dakota for covering the Dakota Access Pipeline underscore the urgent need for outside voices on the ground.
This is a story about a movement, it's people, and their mission to protect the land and water for generations to come.
When a pipeline company called Energy Transfer Partners attempted to build a pipeline underneath the Missouri River near Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Army Corps decided that the possibility of an oil spill tainting the state’s largest water supply was far too dangerous.
Instead of giving into defeat, Energy Transfer relocated their construction plans downriver to the land of a population they thought would be a much easier fight: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Join us on a journey of discovery as we examine how the plight of the Sioux Nation is a microcosm of a much bigger problematic question facing the United States: how do we transition into a future where fossil fuels are not the only option on the table to supply energy to a steadily growing planet. We'll discuss issues with current leaders from pertinent fields: governmental leaders, alternative energy investors, captains of industry, and those at the forefront of the fight.
Every day the movement at Standing Rock grows. We must return soon with the appropriate resources to realize the full scope. Through our contacts on the ground, we’ll give an intimate portrait of a few characters central to the story. Like Thomas H Joseph II from Hoopa Valley Tribe who is a community organizer and lobbyist, following his late father’s footsteps as a respected leader of Native rights. Like Myron Dewey who runs Indigenous network Digital Smoke Signals and just turned himself in to the Morton County Police on charges of obstructing traffic. However, across the country there are parallel events that show the larger picture.
We’ll visit Lambertville, New Jersey, where the “Penn East Pipeline” is in the early stages of development. With too much red tape in residential neighborhoods there, the plan is to build through wildlife conservation areas and avoid the public eye. Due to the nature of the pipe itself, the surrounding areas must be denuded of all trees and shrubbery.
We have contacts in Marfa, Texas, where Energy Transfer (the same company that owns DAPL) is using eminent domain to take farmer’s land to build the Trans Pecos Pipeline to Mexico.
We’ve been invited to a Reservation in Alberta, Canada to see firsthand what happens to these communities years after the oil has been extracted from the ground. There, our friend Felicia StandingOnTheRoad has been working tirelessly to bring her people back from poverty.
We hope that by tying all of these stories together, as well as interviewing prominent leaders in Politics, Energy, and Law, we will be able to paint a clear picture of where our country stands while at the dawn of a new era, and how our fight for survival can lead us to a more promising future.
Meet the Team
Our initial goal of $75,000 is half of the $150,000 it will take to complete this film the way we'd like to. Here is what we plan to do with our initial funding:
- 1. Production Lodging, Travel, Food, Permits, Locations
- 2. Camera Professional High Definition camera, lenses & necessary accessories
- 3. Sound Shotgun mic, 2 wireless Lavs (mics), audio recorder & necessary accessories
- 4. Insurance Protect the equipment and ourselves
- 5. Post Production Bare bones editing
- 6. Contingency This will cover us if we get arrested, maced or all the other unknowns that come with production
This extended budget includes hiring editors, scoring, coloring, a better camera to best capture our country and it's people, and more time on the ground meeting with those on all sides of the story. Should we surpass our initial goal, new rewards will be offered.
$85k - Camera Upgrade. Adding a second cameraman will allow us to cover significantly more ground and greatly reduce the risk of missing crucial events.
$100k - Post-Production. This will cover funding for editors, coloring, sound mixing, original score, and more.
$105k - Sound equipment upgrade. This stretch goal will give us the ability to tune in to the sounds we want to share with you! (and tune out the ones we don’t - technology is awesome!)
$125k - Make it global. Our initial goal ($75k) will take us to several sites in North America. But beyond our continent, in regions of South America and Europe, pipelines carrying oil and gas are part of the broader story currently lacking coverage.
$150k - Distribution and Film Marketing. The more eyes that see our work, the greater the impact. We want to share this far and wide. You can make that happen.
Special thanks to Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson for the music in our campaign video.
Risks and challenges
As independent media producers and beholden to no one but the truth, we have the power to engage honestly across all sides.
The challenge in documentarian work is not knowing where the story will lead. But as committed film makers, storytellers, and activists we have the ability to pull resources from all fields, and through our incredible team of producers our reach is wide.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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