WE'RE BACK !!
After our first crowd-funding round we managed to turn a little more than $7,000 dollars in donations into a better trailer/ sizzle + a picture locked film! We're just weeks away from launching.
First, we changed our title. LN3: Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe in Resistance is a film about the Ojibwe-led climate alliance to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline expansion across northern Minnesota. It threatens more than 41 ancient wild rice beds, the Mississippi watershed, and the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. What's more is that this is a community committing to renewable energy and a sustainable food future.
RING THE BELLS
We just got a super generous donation in Boston, from Neta Crawford. Thank you!!
Neta is the Chair of Political Science at Boston University. *we're blushing*
She's inspired us to update our GoFundMe site, share the new trailer, and see if we can raise some more support for our impact plan.
More than 68,000 people (roughly 94% of public comment), multiple Ojibwe tribes, and an articulate group of youth climate intervenors said 'NO' to this pipeline expansion project -- the largest in the companies history, coming in at more than $9billion USD.
Even the Minnesota's own Department of Commerce said 'NO' to the line, referencing jobs that were short-term in nature, oil that was neither produced, nor really consumed by Minnesotans, and so on. Then an Administrative Law Judge, Ann O'Reilly, recommends against the project following months of hearing public testimony.
Still, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission went rogue in late June 2018 and put the needs of a foreign oil corporation over tens of thousands of citizens when they approved the pipeline.
MAKING THIS FILM HAPPEN IS IMPORTANT
It's a living document of a system that is designed to support industry over people. In Trump's era, predatory business behavior, facilitated by state and federal institutions, is on the rise. It's not just native and public lands that are at-risk.
Major infrastructure projects like LN3 grant mega-corporations the right to "condemn" and appropriate private lands, for example, and hundreds of thousands of acres are being leased or sold off to speculators for exploitation; effectively turning the United States into a sacrifice zone for commodities trading.
WE CAN'T KEEP SHOULDERING THE COST
We fight now, or pay to clean up catastrophes after they destroy our communities. Our wild and sustainable worlds are at risk.
The Canadian company at the center of this film is responsible for the two largest in-land oil spills in US History. With recent news the Keystone XL pipeline will not be approved, all eyes are now on LiNe3.
The company's financial livelihood hinges on its ability to strong-arm Americans. Without an avenue to move tar sands out of land-locked Alberta (for sale to Europe and Asia), investors will lose out on a stranded asset.
Some $1.4 trillion dollars is at stake on one side; our human future hangs on the other.
LN3: Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe in Resistance highlights the leaders in the latest'battle for earth'. They march in defense of ancient food systems and a fifth of the worlds freshwater.
We look at Tar Sands and the promise of quick money; as well as the economic and social costs to play: missing and murdered women, and police militarization. LN3 is not about 'anti-pipeline, anti-globalization' groups, or a liberal conspiracy. Rather, we've documented a sophisticated 'pro-renewable' coalition as they mobilized a civilian movement out of Standing Rock in time to return home and curtail one of the largest pipeline networks in the world.
The mission: to ensure we have a future with clean food and water -- a goal we can all get behind this holiday season.
Celebrate life and give your loved one a credit on this film, and a place in this alliance.
WE'LL USE THE MONEY TO
• To finish a few minor graphic adjustments.
• Promotion and Screenings, including a Study Guide.
Last month we teamed up with PATAGONIA + HONOR THE EARTH to deploy an impact strategy that builds an energetic grass-roots support system. We're just launching the website [ www.honorearth.org/ln3 ] and right now it's super simple: see the trailer and sign-up to host an in-house or community event space screening.
We'll give you the film + the facts.
COMING SOON !!
We would like to put funds towards a LN3: Seven Teachings study guide/ toolkit.
Your donation will help make it possible to download a guidebook for critical group discussion around the various in the film.
• Fossil Fuel Expansion, Popular Resistance, and New Energy opportunities.
• Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
• Police Militarization
• Original Native Score •
ThomasX + Tara Houska
• Camera •
• Editing •
• Maps & Infomations •
Justin Babak Hickman
• Color Correction •
• Assistant Producer •
• Producer •
• Director •
• Executive Producers •
• Supporting Partners •
Honor The Earth
The 11th Hour Project
The last film we produced in this region was FOOD + WATER | EARTH, a snapshot of Winona LaDuke in action to stop the SandPiper Pipeline in order to save the wild rice beds at the heart of the Ojibwe people. After this film was released Enbridge pulled the SandPiper Pipeline project and bought a minority stake in the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Tara and Winona followed them to the Dakotas to join forces in what became known as the saga of Standing Rock. Following that battle, Enbridge turned it's sight back to northern Minnesota.
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