Standing Rock Film Festival Brings People Back Together

Over the course of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, many filmmakers joined to document the whole event. 

This weekend is dedicated to showing those films. 

Over the next few days, both short and full length films and music videos will be presented at the Standing Rock Film Festival.

This follows the end of the pipeline protests in February. 

Shelby Rose spoke with a filmmakers as well as a festival goers about the whole event. 

“To let everyone know we’re still fighting, you know, we’re still praying for our water,” said Travis Harden.

Harden lived at the DAPL protest camp for about 5 months and is also using this weekend as a reunion for those he grew close to.

Not all of the films came from the protests, but they do have a common theme. 

“My documentary talks about energy and how we’ve become so married to oil and natural gas as the fuel for our economy when in fact we really should’ve gone beyond that for the majority of energy production,” said Sean Stone, film maker.

Stone lives in Los Angeles and wasn’t able to join the protests last fall and winter.

But he sympathizes with the whole movement and hopes to learn more throughout the weekend. 

“Even if the pipeline is built, and we’re unable to defeat it physically, the spirit of Standing Rock has to remain, it has to continue, it has to continue to basically be a motivator,” said Stone. 

The money made at the festival is going to support the moment and those who are facing legal troubles. 

While the opening ceremony was scarce, organizers are expecting more attendance throughout the weekend. 

“This is great to already see the people that have shown up here. You know, it just really touches the bottom of my heart,” Harden added.

Tickets are free to the event, but there are ways to donate if you want. 

 

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