The fight to film climate action

UPDATE (11/30/16): Deia's prosecution has been officially suspended by the state of North Dakota. Which is to say, the State acknowledged that she is an established filmmaker and that no public interest would be served by continuing the prosecution. More here...

You’ve probably been following the shocking events unfold in North Dakota. 

Standing Rock Sioux tribe members and their supporters have been protesting the construction of an oil pipeline for months to protect their water. But over recent weeks the tensions with police hit boiling point.

We’re especially troubled by the arrest and charges against filmmaker Deia Schlosberg for filming the protests at the TransCanada's Keystone pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota.

041416_HowToLetGo_byPamelaGentile_048.jpgRight to left: Deia Schlosberg, filmmaker; Rachel Caplan, SF Green Film Fest; Leila Salazar-Lopez, Amazon Watch (photo by Pamela Gentile).

As the producer of Josh Fox’s How To Let Go of the World (and love all the things climate can’t change), Deia was dancing with me on stage at the Castro Theatre at this year’s Opening Night.

It's incredible to me, that she now faces felony charges that carry up to 45 years maximum sentence. All for doing her job as a filmmaker.

You can support Deia by adding your name to the letter

UPDATE (11/30/16): Deia's prosecution has been officially suspended by the state of North Dakota. Which is to say, the State acknowledged that she is an established filmmaker and that no public interest would be served by continuing the prosecution. More here...


Now more than ever we have to stand up for independent filmmakers. 

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