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Native Films Supported and Native Turnout at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock and VICELAND’s RISE were two Native-themed films that premiered at New York’s 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock and VICELAND’s RISE were two Native-themed films that premiered at New York’s 2017 Tribeca Film Festival as part of the festival’s N.O.W. special screening section.

Cast and crew at the opening of Awake at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night in New York City. Photo: Cliff Matias

Cast and crew at the opening of Awake at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night in New York City.

VICELAND Network’s RISE, coming off of its recent showing at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and hosted by indigenous women Michelle Latimer and Sarain Fox, was also shown at the festival.

Both films tell the story of the #NODAPL Native-led resistance against the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. While Awake is a standalone feature-length documentary, RISE is part of an initial 8-part series.

The RISE eight-episode series, in which Latimer and Fox traveled to Indigenous communities across Turtle Island to meet people protecting their homelands and rising up against colonization, started with never-before-seen scenes of the historic Standing Rock Sioux protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the still-developing aftermath now that the cameras and celebrities have left.

Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock is a feature-length documentary directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker and activist Josh Fox (Gasland, How To Let Go Of The World And Learn To Love Everything Climate Can’t Change), Academy Award nominated filmmaker James Spione (Incident In New Baghdad) and indigenous filmmaker and Digital Smoke Signals founder Myron Dewey.

Josh Fox, Myron Dewey and Doug Good Feather announce the opening of Awake at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night in New York City.  Photo: Cliff Matias

Josh Fox, Myron Dewey and Doug Good Feather announce the opening of Awake at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night in New York City.

In a press release, Fox said of his film, “The battle that began at Standing Rock is a battle for the soul of America itself, and it is far from over. This film is part of the rallying cry for indigenous sovereignty and clean water that has resonated across the globe. It has been a great honor and privilege to work with people from Standing Rock, like Floris White Bull and Doug Good Feather, who have guided this project every step of the way.”

Josh Fox stands between Rosario Dawson and Frances Fisher and others at the opening  of Awake at the Tribecia Film Festival  Saturday night in New York City.  Photo: Cliff Matias

Josh Fox stands between Rosario Dawson and Frances Fisher and others at the opening of Awake at the Tribeca Film Festival Saturday night in New York City.

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Executive produced by Doug Good Feather, Emmy Award winning filmmaker Amy Zeirling (The Invisible War, The Hunting Grounds) and Lauren Taschen, the film’s score features music from indigenous musician/activists Nahko, (Nahko and Medicine for the People) and Prolific the Rapper. Floris White Bull and Doug Good Feather serve as advisors, White Bull is also one of the film’s writers.

The premiere featured an opening prayer from Doug Good Feather, a live performance from Prolific the Rapper and a conversation with filmmakers Josh Fox, Myron Dewey, and Floris White Bull.

AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock will also be available for a limited time online at awakethefilm.org and interested viewers will be able to stream for a donation of $1 or more from April 22th to May 6th.

All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit International Wow, whose mission through the Pipeline Fighters Fund and Indigenous Media Fund, is to support future pipeline battles and indigenous journalists.

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For more information visit awakethefilm.org or https://www.facebook.com/AWAKEaDreamFromStandingRock/

VICELAND’s RISE can be accessed on cable TV, Fridays at 9pm. The VICELAND website offered the first two episodes (on Standing Rock) for free and with no cable log-in. Additionally, some episodes will be available on YouTube.

VICELAND’s RISE is produced by VICE Studio Canada, in partnership with Rogers Media and APTN.
For more information visit: https://www.viceland.com/en_us/show/rise

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