CRYING EARTH RISE UP!

Narrative: In coordination with Director Suree  Towfighnia, Co-Producer Debra White Plume, and other collaborators at Prairie Dust Films, I Co-Produced Crying Earth Rise Up, a broadcast-length documentary about the human cost of uranium mining.  The film was supported in large part by Vision Maker Media, a National Minority Consortium of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

 

Logline:  When the drinking water at her home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation tests high for radiation, Debra White Plume sets out to determine the cause. What she finds alarms her. 

Distribution:  Crying Earth Rise Up is distributed to Public Television by NETA (National Education Telecommunications Association).  It has been broadcast on PBS hundreds of times on stations nationwide since 2015.  DVD and streaming rights are handled by Vision Maker Media, Documentary Educational Resources.

Grants/Funding: Vision Maker Media (CPB), Seventh Generation Fund, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Indigenous Environmental Network/Western Mining Action Network, and Honor the Earth.  Additional funding by individual donors, including a successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised over $27,000 online.

Film Festival Screenings:  Sedona International Film Festival, Red Nations Film, Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, The Tulsa American Film Festival, Uranium Film Festival, University of Louisville Native American Film Festival, Tribal Film Festival, Numbi Fest, Think Outside the Mine Film Festival, REEL Earth Film Festival, EcoFilm Festival, Athens International Film Festival, Byron Bay International Film Festival, Native Women in Film and Television Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival (John Michaels Award Winner), Frozen River Film Festival. Show Me Justice Film Festival, Colorado Film Festival, Native American Indian Film Festival of the Southeast, Emerald Earth Film Festival, Sierra Club San Diego, Uranium Film Festival (Window Rock’s Navajo Nation Museum, Flagstaff, Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema, Santa Fe’s Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque), Plumes et Regards France, Uranium Mining Film Festival, Augsburg Native American Film Series (Minneapolis).

Project Websitewww.cryingearthriseup.com

© 2020 by Courtney Hermann

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