The Land

THE LAND

Dir. Jesse Littlebird

Produced by Eaton Workshop

The following is a transcribed introduction by Sebi Medina-Tayac from the ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE film festival screening.

Welcome to opening night of Another World is Possible. We give thanks to you for joining us, to our community for dedicating their stories to this festival and to our team who have worked so hard to make this happen. I would like to thank Larry Littlebird for his blessing of our festival. What Larry said about this gathering being a beginning and a return is true in more ways than one.

I first connected with artist and filmmaker, Jesse Littlebird, through our shared love of the Dharma Bums. Two years ago, the founding team of Eaton, myself, Sebi, Sheldon and Jesse, and our crew, Eric and David, departed LA for a cross country road trip to DC. We were in search of another history of America through the lens of environmental justice struggles.

This road trip paved the path to the opening of our first Eaton in DC later that year. Jesse's family welcomed us to Hamatsa, their regenerative living center and wild sanctuary outside of Albuquerque. Larry walked us across the vast land telling us about how rocks used to be stars. Debra Littlebird gave us blue corn seeds, which Sebi later planted on our rooftop garden at Eaton DC.

We met Houston organizers fighting to protect their homes from oil refineries, Vietnamese farmers in New Orleans who prevented a landfill from being built in their neighborhood, broke bread with Sheldon's family, near a former slavery plantation. And we were greeted by Sebi’s mother in their Homeland, the Piscataway territory outside of DC.

That night we visited the Martin Luther King Memorial, reflecting on the journey we took, weaving a curved trajectory through this complex land, ending with this profound monument to hope. This festival really is full circle. We opened this festival and end this year in a vastly [00:02:00] changed world, with a similar monument to hope by sharing these stories of liberation.

We're honored to present Jesse's evocative art film, The Land, which he filmed on the road trip we'll then dive a bit deeper into the stories of four of the environmental justice activists we met on the road. After that there'll be an artist talk by Jesse of his recent paintings. Make sure to stay for our post-screening panel, with the protagonists from the film and submit your questions on the comments section of the YouTube live stream.

And with that, I present the screening of The Land

 

Director Jesse Littlebird, a Pueblo filmmaker from Albuquerque, asks “Who are these Americans?” with this evocative visual poem inspired by Kerouac, shot in seven days on a cross-country trip from L.A. to D.C. charting the historic and contemporary environmental justice struggles faced by communities of color. Jesse and the Eaton founding team journeyed across Turtle Island, centering the voices of Natives and POC and subverting the Great American Road Trip by listening to the heartbeat of the nation. This film weaves together vignettes from a Native American community fighting the Bayou Bridge oil pipeline in Louisiana, a Vietnamese-American community protesting the construction of a landfill and a power plant in their neighborhoods, a former slavery plantation in South Carolina and more.

 

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.

 

View the corresponding panel for The Land here moderated by Kat Lo (Founder, Eaton), Dr. Doreen Bird (Pueblo Water Protector), Cherri Foytlin (Frontline Pipeline Activist & Author of Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion), Bryan Parras (Co-Founder, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Sevices), Jesse Littlebird (Artist & Filmmaker), Sebi Medina-Tayac (Impact, Eaton), and Sheldon Scott (Director of Culture, Eaton).

Published:

04 Dec 2020

Published:

04 Dec 2020