Standing Rock Live-In Media: M&H

$8,719 of $18,500 goal

Raised by 113 people in 24 months
Mirrors and Hammers Productions

I am a freelance cinematographer turned journalist over Standing Rock, North Dakota.

I am asking for funds to support myself and volunteer filmmakers-turned-media-creators based at the Oceti Sakowin Camp as we work to cover events in an accurate manner and affect change.

We believe raising awareness and increasing media coverage is  of benefit to what is happening out here.  Both as a deterrent to excessive police force and as a way to share knowledge.  In my personal experience over the past three months I have seen no examples of violence on the part of the demonstrators, and I have seen a chilling number of inaccurate media reports.  As a media company, Mirrors and Hammers Productions functions independently and has shared work through The Real News Network, Democracy Now!, and Al Jazeera, as well as actively participating in and volunteering time towards Oceti Sakowin Camp Media.

***As media turns its attention elsewhere, our focus has shifted to short-form documentaries that we are producing independently***

Here are some examples of our previous work:

#noDAPL Shared Experiences of Police Repression 

The Grandma Feeding the North Dakota protest

Vets Head to Standing Rock to Support 'We, the People'

Oceti Sakowin Camp: Why Are You Here? 

noDAPL spreads to 300 cities

More of our work can be seen at 

Being part of the situation at Standing Rock is inspiring and humbling.  It is an honor to be trusted by those in this community.  Such a variety of humans have come together to offer support in a variety of ways.  People are standing up against hard odds—a stacked political hand, freezing conditions, and police officers who are quick to use violent methods against peaceful protestors.

The ideas at play here are big.  Indigenous peoples taking a stand together against a long history of ongoing abuse.  A corporation flagrantly ignoring the law and stop work orders, as the fines are paltry compared to the pending profits.  Environmental racism.  Dependence on oil vs renewable energies.  And clean drinking water.

Funds raised here will go primarily towards providing a living space and sustenance for those involved in Mirrors and Hammers Productions, as well as some media and safety expenses.  I am currently about $11K out on this life endeavor and I am committed to what is happening here. I am committed to providing two to three of us housing (in terms of the ‘82 RV acquired for this purpose, and the ongoing repairs necessary to this RV), warmth (propane), and food so that we can live self-sufficiently on a field in North Dakota in the winter as we generate news coverage and craft short-form documentary pieces.

  I have been out at Standing Rock for nearly three months.  I am lucky to be joined for various lengths of times by different strong women helper/partners.  Having seen the work we are creating, having my community and extended community chip in now to relieve some of the financial burden makes me feel supported and honored, and it certainly helps us stay on and continue to be here through these winter conditions. 

Seeing so many people stand together for a great good is something I am proud to witness and share.  10% of what we raise will go directly towards areas or groups at camp that we believe in and whom could strongly benefit from those resources.

Thank you so much for your support.  A friend recommended a suggested donation of whatever you may make in one day.  I feel comfortable calling upon my community with that request, and also sincerely grateful for anything you choose to offer.

Thank you for what you do,

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As winter sets in and media's attention focuses elsewhere, the intentional community out in North Dakota pulls together for the long haul, both in terms of facing the elements and the ongoing resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Our focus with Mirrors and Hammers has shifted from event/news-style coverage to short-form documentary pieces. There is a slower turnaround time, but more ability to go in-depth with the stories and characters that make up this movement.

We got to sit down with Diane Hart, the warm-hearted cook of California Kitchen at Oceti Sakowin Camp by Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Diane has consistently been an emotional centering point for me out here, with her big hugs and her strong commitment to the cause. Here is a short teaser video from our longer interview with this lovely "activist cook."

Thanks to everyone for their ongoing and/or past support. If you know a few folks who may be interested in seeing and/or supporting our work, if you want to send out a personal email with some of our links, how helpful that could be! Most of our work can be seen at the link below.

Thanks so much, and happy Boxing Day,

Grandma / Activist / Cook:
Grandma, Activist, Cook at Standing Rock
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Good morning, relatives!

Here is a piece we did on a women-led silent march to the barricade at backwater bridge in late November, where they held a short ceremony and prayer.

If you are able and down to support our independent media, we are so appreciative:

Have a good and warm day!
Women's Silent March to Backwater Bridge
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Most recent video clip, made solely by Mirrors and Hammers:
An estimated 500 people attended Chief Arvol Looking Horse's call to interfaith prayer on Sunday, December 4, at Oceti Sakowin Camp. According to online RSVPs, participants represented at least 35 religious and spiritual traditions. Here two spiritual leaders share their thoughts.

Many thanks if you can support independent media at Standing Rock:
Spiritual leaders join Standing Rock
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Thank you everyone for the support. I am honored by your trust and votes of confidence.

Attached is one of our recent videos on the reaction on the ground at Standing Rock to the announcement of the easement denial.

This is a time of transition and uncertainty at Standing Rock. My small team has been asked to stay and continue to create videos and tell stories during this time.

Gofundme-wise, we have halfway reached our financial goal in a short amount of time and I am humbled and inspired by the help.

Thank you so much for your support. Please feel free to share any of our work.

Most sincerely,
Cautious Optimism Follows EasementDenial
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Raised by 113 people in 24 months
Created November 26, 2016
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23 months ago

Raised at the Filmshop's end of season event!

23 months ago

So happy you're doing this LP

24 months ago
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24 months ago

Go, Lauretta, go!

Vicky Ayers
24 months ago

Please keep up your very important work. The world needs your images!

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