New Video: Tar Sands Map Rap

In our film, Profit and Loss, we have four brief scenes of Mike Mercredi explaining a giant wall map of the Alberta tar sands that he and his colleague Lionel Lepine created for their Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation tribal government. The clips we use in the film are about 20 seconds each, and like all…

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Yes, We Are Coming to Public Television!

We are thrilled to announce that the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) has accepted all four episodes of Standing on Sacred Ground for broadcast distribution. Public television stations nationwide will have the opportunity to schedule the films for broadcast starting this spring. Some stations may show episodes as early as April to celebrate Earth Day.…

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Sacred Sites and Biodiversity

Please check out our new film clip “Sacred Sites and Biodiversity,” which contains three scenes from Standing on Sacred Ground—from Australia, Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia. Over the years we’ve frequently been asked the challenging question, “What is the tangible value of sacred places?” Our scientific, materialistic culture demands proof. These three film scenes answer…

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Screening at Hawai`i State Capitol

On Wednesday, August 20 at 6pm, I Ola Kanaloa will be screening our film segment on Kanaloa Kaho`olawe at the Hawai`i State Capitol, to launch the presentation and discussion of a new draft Strategic Plan for Kanaloa Kaho`olawe. The 15-year plan focuses on ecological and spiritual healing of the sacred island after 50 years of…

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Screenings in Sabah and Papua New Guinea

Awakening one night in the middle of editing the Standing on Sacred Ground series, I tossed and turned and worried about the challenges of telling eight, long, complex stories in a society with an ever-shrinking attention span. I asked myself, “Who is going to watch four hours of documentary film?” The answer came within seconds:…

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On Stage with Winona

It was a cold afternoon in DC, gray skies but no rain, perfect weather to drive a crowd into an auditorium to watch four hours of films. The Capitol dome sat quiet and irrelevant off to the northeast, spitting distance from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. For me, NMAI is the crucible…

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Teaming up with The Cultural Conservancy

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with The Cultural Conservancy and the joint creation of the Sacred Land Media Collaborative. Together we will produce and highlight short videos that further the protection of sacred lands and indigenous cultural traditions. Big thanks to the Tamalpais Trust for both the inspiration and the funding to…

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To the Smithsonian!

We are honored to have been invited to show all four Standing on Sacred Ground films at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, March 23, as part of the U.S Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Anishinaabe author and activist Winona LaDuke will join director Toby McLeod for Q&A and discussion after…

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