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Tiffany Midge: There's a happy ending for Standing Rock out there

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Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at the Native Nations Rise rally in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2017. Photo by Indianz.Com / More on Flickr

Poet Tiffany Midge, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has a movie to pitch to Hollywood executives about the #NoDAPL movement:
Dear Film Executives, Due to the overwhelming success of the musical film La La Land, I would like to run a pitch by you that was inspired by the close-but-no-cigar Best Picture. I mean, hey, glitches aside, it practically won the Oscar, am I right? For sure it won the Oscar for most gracious hand-over. My film idea takes the raw energy of La La Land and mixes it with the most extraordinary social action and environmental justice event of our time—I’m talking about the No Dakota Access Pipeline Action (NoDAPL) at Standing Rock.

I see drums, and lots and lots of singing and dancing. I see heartbeats of many nations, I see Red Pride, and healing, journeying and good medicine. I see persistence and grit, ancestor fueled strength, I see a people coming up against a fortress of corporate greed…a movie of plain, old fashioned values, a kind of nostalgia if you will, a movie of the proverbial good v. evil. A new kind of frontier adventure film, a re-imagined kind of western that reaches beyond “cowboys and Indians.”

Now sit back, close your eyes and picture the opening at Standing Rock …

Read More on the Story:
Tiffany Midge: Le Le Le Le Land, Standing Rock the Musical (Indian Country Media Network 3/26)

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