First Daughter and the Black Snake screens with MSP FILM Society at The Great Northern

We the People: Required Watching – FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE – Live Discussion

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Climate Action Films: Earth, Water, Air, Fire
In partnership with MSP Film Society
Virtual, full run of festival

Films featured for MSPFILM & The Great Northern

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The health and sustainability of our environment and climate are elemental to who we are as a society. Films are a powerful tool to address climate change — they educate, inspire, and empower audiences toward action. For the inaugural collaboration of The Great Northern and MSP Film, we will present films that speak to essential issues in the climate conversation based around the 4 elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire.

Representing Water: First Daughter and the Black Snake
Winona LaDuke believes Big Oil is the black snake predicted in indigenous prophecy to bring the earth’s destruction. When new oil pipelines threaten sacred wild rice lakes, Winona dreams of riding her horse against the current of oil, organizing a spiritual ride, because a horse can kill a snake. Join us Jan 31 for a special conversation around the documentary First Daughter and the Black Snake with Keri Pickett (filmmaker) and Winona LaDuke (economist and Executive Director of Honor the Earth), moderated by MSP Film Society’s Craig Rice.

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We the People: Required Watching – FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE – Live Discussion
Description
MSP Film and The Great Northern present a special WE THE PEOPLE: REQUIRED WATCHING conversation around the documentary FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE with Keri Pickett (Filmmaker), Winona LaDuke (Economist and Executive Director of Honor the Earth), moderated by MSP Film Society Programmer Craig Rice.

When: Sunday, January 31 at 7pm.

About the film: Winona LaDuke believes Big Oil is the black snake predicted in indigenous prophecy to bring the earth’s destruction. When new oil pipelines threaten sacred wild rice lakes, Winona dreams of riding her horse against the current of oil, organizing a spiritual ride, “because a horse can kill a snake.”

Watch the film on mspfilm.org January 28 – February 7.

Photo of Director Keri Pickett and Environmental Activist Winona LaDuke made while filming current Stop Line 3 efforts by water protectors opposed to Enbridge Energy Line 3. Photo by Sarah LittleRedFeather

This conversation is part of The Great Northern festival and MSP Film’s WE THE PEOPLE: REQUIRED WATCHING, a series designed to spark conversation around current events and issues of social impact affecting our community, country and world. All WE THE PEOPLE online discussions are generously supported by Kelly and Mike Palmer.

The Great Northern celebrates our cold, creative winters through ten days of diverse programming that invigorate mind and body. In an era of changing climate that threatens our signature season, we seek to create community, inspire action, and share the resilient spirit of the North with the world. thegreatnorthernfestival.com
Time
Jan 31, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Water Protectors unite at Lake Superior to pray for the water. Superior Wisconsin is the destination for the Enbridge tar sands pipeline Line 3.
Photographed in Superior, WI on October 20, 2020 by Keri Pickett

Here is the film line-up:

Earth: The Biggest Little Farm
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Water: First Daughter and the Black Snake
Winona LaDuke believes Big Oil is the black snake predicted in indigenous prophecy to bring the earth’s destruction. When new oil pipelines threaten sacred wild rice lakes, Winona dreams of riding her horse against the current of oil, organizing a spiritual ride, because a horse can kill a snake. Join us Jan 31 for a special conversation around the documentary First Daughter and the Black Snake with Keri Pickett (filmmaker) and Winona LaDuke (economist and Executive Director of Honor the Earth), moderated by MSP Film Society’s Craig Rice.

Fire: Rebuilding Paradise
On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history. Rebuilding Paradise, from Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding.

Air: 2040
Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

Tickets: $5 each, available at the links above.

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.