Dir. Jesse Littlebird
Produced by Eaton Workshop
The following is a transcribed introduction by Katherine Lo, founder of Eaton Workshop, from the ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE film festival screening.
I first connected with Jesse through our shared love of the Dharma Bums. Four years ago, I departed LA with Eaton DC’s original team, Sebi and Sheldon, Eaton’s first filmmaker Jesse, and our crew Eric and David, for a cross-country road trip to DC. We subverted the archetypical Great American Road Trip, in search of another history of America through the lens of indigenous and land-based communities working to preserve their lands and ways of life.
We started our journey with Jesse’s father Larry Littlebird on his land in New Mexico. We met Houston organizers working to protect their homes from oil refineries and Vietnamese farmers in New Orleans who prevented a landfill from being built in their neighborhood. We broke bread with Sheldon’s family in Gullah Geechee country in South Carolina. We ended the trip with a walk along the Potomac River with Sebi’s mother in their homeland, the Piscataway Indian burial grounds just outside of DC.
We're honored to present Jesse's evocative art film, The Land, a visual poem inspired by Jack Kerouac, shot in seven days on the road. In the film, Jesse asks, ‘Who are these Americans?’
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
One can not have passion in anything without purpose, and purpose does not go without the passion. My purpose in photography is all about inviting the right moment and showing it through light. My passion is the pursuit of the elusive moment and evocative image. I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in a household of two artists. One a filmmaker and storyteller, Larry Littlebird, and another a graphic designer and loving mother, Deborah Littlebird. From the start my eyes and ears have been filled with art. I moved on to college studying under wonderful teachers at the University of New Mexico’s Photography and Media Arts departments. You can find me actively walking with camera in hand out on the streets, painting in my garage, drinking tea late at night in my home darkroom or out photographing the local music scene.