Reflections on the Birth of Four Films

As indigenous leaders from around the world head to the Bay Area this week to celebrate the premiere screenings of Standing on Sacred Ground, the excitement heightens my awareness of both the honor and humbling responsibility of directing this project. Bill McKibben has said, “Some of the finest minds on the planet are featured in this…

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Check Out Our New Film Website!

Be the first to visit our new Standing on Sacred Groundwebsite! There’s a new trailer for the series, and ticket information for our upcoming screenings, including our World Premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Heartfelt thanks to Anna Heath at Giant Rabbit and our communication consultant Susan Alexander for designing a beautiful new website and…

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Standing on Sacred Ground World Premiere at Mill Valley Film Fest October 10-13

All four films of the Standing on Sacred Ground series will premiere at the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival next month. Ticket sales open to the public today. Thursday, October 10: Standing on Sacred Ground 1: Pilgrims and Tourists (Episode 1), 8PM at the Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley, followed by discussion with filmmaker Christopher (Toby) McLeod, actress…

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U.S. Premiere of Pilgrims and Tourists on September 14

Please join us for the U.S. premiere of Pilgrims and Tourists, on Saturday, September 14 at Redding’s beautiful Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market Street in downtown Redding, California. Russian shamans and a northern California tribe both confront massive government projects—and find common ground. This film is Episode One of the new four-part documentary series Standing on Sacred Ground, which…

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Fire and Water on the Mountain

The fire was hungry. It consumed milk, vodka, bread, cheese, lamb’s heads, cow’s legs, barley, cedar, juniper, water and the prayers and songs of a dozen shamans from all over Asia. The fire roared, sparked, smoked, called out to ancestors and spirits, and seemed very happy to be fed by the people. On the summer…

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Please Comment on Shasta Dam Raise DEIS

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement and opened a 90-day public comment period on the U.S. government’s proposal to raise the height of Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet. Heightening the dam would flood 5,000 more acres, add 14% more water (an additional 634,000 acre feet) to Shasta Lake during wet…

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