StopLine3 | The Film

$7,187 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 4 months

LN3: The Fight Goes On
is a documentary of the native-led alliance to stop the Line 3 (LN3) tar sands expansion project across the Mississippi watershed.  We're almost done! 

We need to finish this powerful film and demonstrate how 94% of public comment (68,244 people), along with multiple tribes and an articulate group of youth climate intervenors, said 'no' to this oil line. Even the state's own Department of Commerce and Administrative Law Judge, Ann O'Reilly, recommended against the company's proposal. Yet the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission went rogue in late June 2018, for unknown reasons, and put the needs of a foreign oil corporation over those of US citizens.

Every donor will receive a credit on the film. 

In the age of Trump, predatory pro-corporate behavior by state and federal institutions is poised to increase, and 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, effectively turning the United States into a sacrifice zone for commodities that are neither produced nor consumed by Americans. 

Either way we shoulder the costs:  we fight now, or pay to clean up a catastrophic spill later (which may not be possible). 

Raising the stakes, 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 LN3.  The company's financial livelihood hinges on its ability to strong-arm Americans. For 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: The Fight Goes On highlights the leaders in this battle for earth as they march on in defense of one of the world's largest freshwater bodies. We delve into the tar sands, a substance more like asphalt than conventional crude and 3.6 times more likely to spill via pipeline, then track the native-led resistance to the expansion project in northern Minnesota.  

Stopping Line 3 is not about 'anti-pipeline, anti-globalization' groups, or some other liberal conspiracy. Rather, this movement is a sophisticated 'pro-renewable' coalition ensuring 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.   

Funds will go to finishing our 45-minute cut, in which we touch on themes of: fossil fuel expansion in an era of extreme climate stress and rapid biological loss; police militarization; the constitutional right to gather in protest; and the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. 

We have 18 months' worth of footage, and a 45-minute rough cut of the film already complete. We're almost done!!

Your help will give us the chance to polish the final edit, sound engineer + remaster audio, color correct and add more graphic mapping. We'll have an exciting new release from Anishanaabe hip-hop artist, Thomas X, to super-charge the story.

We plan to release this film in Mid-January, 2019. The film will show in public screenings around the Midwest, and on the national and international film festival circuit.

NOTE: If we go above and beyond our goals, we will immediately produce a series of shorter videos that explore some of our core themes in greater detail.  #stopline3


 • Executive Producers •

Winona LaDuke
Maggie Wachsberger

• Director & Producer •

Suez Taylor

• Assistant Producer & Researcher •

Sadie Luetmer

• Videographers • 

Sadie Luetmer
Alex Aman
Teena Pugliese
The Makwa Initiative

• Original Music •

Shawn Who

• Sound Engineering •

Alex Aman

• Editing • 

Alex Aman
Ricardo Madrazo

• Maps & Info-Animation •

Ricardo Madrazo

• Supporting Partners • 

Honor The Earth
Nine Muses

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.  Thus, LN3: The Fight Goes On.

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Water Protectors, supporters ... it's been too long since our last update. I'm sorry! We've been neck deep in the edit process, and contending with some weather here on the peninsula.

Happy to see we've got a host of new donors! Thank you ;-) to everyone who has shown love in the last month.

It's so encouraging to see this level of support as we move into the final stages of the film, when we're most tired.

We've just added Thomas X narration to the film, and are working on Shawn Who's original score.

We're working hard on graphic mapping!! Ricardo Madrazo is at the battle station today. And working with the broader coalition to BEGIN PLANNING FILM SCREENINGS! Big shout out to PowerShift Network and Akilah Sanders-Reed for her hardwork.

It's happening ;-) Can't wait to release this film!!
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We got another $1,045 today! ... and this team grows. This life is beautiful.
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Wow! Thank you to all the recent donations! We passed our 15% raised mark yesterday and we're officially on our way.

Julie Miyoshi, Corinne Viot, and Gianna De La Torre, you're donations are allowing us to move in to the next round of work (!!) to polish this film and get it out in time to change the outcome of this pipeline project.

Real activist media requires real-time support.

The film will be released BEFORE construction on the pipeline begins, to mobilize and inspire the folks to stand up again for what they believe in.
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