Further info on Standing Rock
Tens of thousands of people gathered at Standing Rock to join the peaceful prayer
Indigenous Media Fund
While discussing how to release AWAKE and continue the spirit of Standing Rock, Fox and co-Directors Myron Dewey and James Spione decided that the best way to contribute to the movement sparked by Standing Rock was to start an Indigenous Media Fund to assist young Native American journalists and filmmakers with their current and future projects. And 50% of the proceeds from AWAKE will go towards this fund, which will be governed by an advisory board of filmmakers, Doug Good Feather and Floris White Bull. We anticipate that the Indigenous Media Fund will support new short pieces, feature films, articles and the hiring key PR reps for indigenous causes. The Fund’s mission is to court mainstream media to cover indigenous and environmental issues. Without question, no one is better positioned to transmit an Indigenous narrative than Indigenous people. The Indigenous Media Fund will assist with turning potential Indigenous projects into actual projects and assist Indigenous journalists and filmmakers with launching their careers so that Native American stories can reach more homes, more social media sites, touch more hearts and inspire Native and non-Native alike to stand for and seek out justice, equality, while maintaining their storied traditions and culture.
Pipeline Fighters Fund
There are dozens of new protest camps forming around the country in response to new proposed pipelines across the country. We are seeing pipeline resistance like never before, at the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska, the SABAL Trail pipeline in Florida, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana, the Pilgrim and AIM pipelines in New York, the Penn East pipeline in Pennsylvania among many many others. We need to report on these stories by creating new short films on them and help people organize their own direct actions by bringing our tours and rallies directly to the pipeline battles. The Pipeline Fighters Fund will contribute to these crucial battles by funding new media reporting and direct action.
Both funds will also assist in helping water protectors heal from the trauma of frontline campaigns. Many water protectors and veterans suffer from PTSD from their actions and from the abuse of police, jail systems and other authorities. Both funds will assist in creating a program of healing in conjunction with Doug Good Feather’s Lakota Way Healing Center