If we don't take a stand,
we risk losing that future
for our children and

our coming generations.

--Debra White Plume

Screenings and Events


Mat 17-23, 2010
Celebrate Hemp History Week
GET EDUCATED ON HEMP HISTORY! Prairie Dust Films supports Hemp History Week May 17-23, 2010: "A joint venture of Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association, Hemp History Week is looking for patriotic Americans to participate in and attend events in their state as part of a national grassroots, media and public education campaign." To learn more, please click here.

We are hosting a small screening of the film in Chicago and are sponsoring a "WATCH- STANDING SILENT NATION- AND- PASS- IT- ON-ATHON" to encourage you to share the story with your friends. If you are interested in hosting a screening and sharing the film with others, email info at prairiedustfilms dot com and we will send you a FREE screener copy and viewer's guide to help spread the possibilities of hemp- it's up to Congress now to change the law.

The time for legalized hemp is NOW. Energy sources exist that can lessen our dependence on petroleum, coal, uranium and other dangerous and volatile substances that reek havoc on our planet. Use the story of the White Plume Family and their battle to grow hemp to help educate your friends and loved ones about this mis-represented and criminalized plant that can be cultivated in 120 days and actually nourishes the soil. Ask yourself WHY IS THIS PLANT STILL ILLEGAL? And then be as confused as us. SUPPORT THOSE WHO KNOW (like Senator Ron Paul) AND ASK YOUR REPS TO VOTE HEMP!

November 22, 2008 8AM
Society for Visual Anthropology, Annual Meeting
The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film, Video and Interactive Media Festival screens work by students, professional anthropologists, and professional filmmakers at the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference. The Society promotes the study of visual representation and media. Founded in 1984, the SVA promotes the use of images for the description, analysis, communication and interpretation of human [and sometimes nonhuman) behavior. Standing Silent Nation screens in the Native American Program of the Society's Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

November 14th and 15th, 2008
Red Rock Film Festival, Springdale, Utah at Zion National Park
The filmmakers are pleased to announce that Standing Silent Nation was an official selection in the 2008 Red Rock Film Festival. The mission of the festival is: to encourage the production of media in both the independent and professional market that portray the human race in a positive light, and to applaud original works that redefine media through innovation, creativity and sensitivity that both enlightens and educates audiences.

November 13, 2008
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska Union, Crib Room
In conjunction with the Institute for Ethnic Studies Week, OASIS at the Culture Center presents four Movie Nights. The fourth movie is Standing Silent Nation and will be featured Thursday, November 13th, for the Native American Studies (NAS) at 6:00 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Crib. For more information call William Waters at 402/472.7721 or email wwaters1@unl.edu at UNL.

November 10, 2008 7PM
University of North Dakota, UND Memorial Union Ballroom, Grand Forks, ND
The University of North Dakota presents a screening of Standing Silent Nation. This event is free and open to the public.

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July 1st-July 30th, 2008, 3:30PM
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, D.C.
Standing Silent Nation will screen once a day at the National Museum of the American Indian's Rasmuson Theater throughout the month of July. Spread the word to anyone you know in the DC area who may have missed the broadcast on the local PBS (which didn't air Standing Silent Nation last July). For more information visit: National Museum of the American Indian

June 22 and 25th, 2008
Talking Stick Film Festival
Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
The Talking Stick Film Festival joined with Indigenous filmmakers globally, to present a unique framework of film, panel discussions and workshops weaving together advanced technology and the ancient form of storytelling. Come join celebrated storytelling, poets, musicians, actors, and people of the Land, as we weave stories on to the screen. Experience the changing face of cinema as it gives a new voice to a Native perspective of living. 107 films are presented from both well-known and emerging artists focusing on themes that are important to both Indigenous and non-indigenous Peoples. This is for and about the future of all humanity. The Festival spotlights Indigenous Poets, Screenwriters, Directors, Producers, and Actors who have made it happen and look at unique and successful collaborations with the non-native film industry. Ecological, social and political issues affecting the survival of all peoples are featured in the inaugural year of the Talking Stick Film Festival. Join us.

Silent Nation Project
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June 7th, June 10th, June 14th, 2008
Silent Nation Project Launches in Chicago
6/7 at Yolot Atecocolli, 2005 S. Blue Island, 6PM-midnight; 6/10 at Catedral Cafe, 2500 S. Christiana, 6PM-10PM; and 6/14 at Olive Properties, 1100 W. Cermak, 6PM-2AM

“Hemp is not the alternative, it’s the solution”  -Debra White Plume
The Silent Nation Project was inspired by the questions and feedback generated following screenings of the documentary, Standing Silent Nation, for people who ask the question: What can we do to help? With a series of community organized events, we hope to create solutions that can benefit others with alternative options for consumption and information that supports socio-economic change. Through communication and joint participation we can unite the common interests and concerns of people and shine light on the different cultures existing among us. The Silent Nation Project is an educational tool of expression that serves as the informational foundation for peaceful dialogue and solutions among communities.
Prairie Dust Films & the Silent Nation Project are gathering resources that will go to the White Plume family and the Lakota Media Project to help them recover some of the items lost in the December fire that destroyed their entire home of over 20 years. Items will be shared with the family in June. CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE WISH LIST

-The Introduction, 6/7/08 at Yolot Atecocolli:
Opening remarks and introductions, a screening of Standing Silent Nation, Che Christ hosts a moderated discussion with activists and filmmakers, Owe Aku presentation on sovereignty, Comunidad, a series of documentaries directed by Indigenous women in Guatemala. Live Music and Drumming, Tropa Solar, DJ Sky Hits and Papa G, Raffles, and closing thoughts.
-Creating Solutions, 6/10/08 at Catedral Cafe: Ally with others interested in participating in positive consumer choices. Featuring a local and global green market. Presentations on solutions for social change and activism models. Videos from Lakota Media Project, Chiapas Media Project, and Maya Pedal/Working Bikes. Live Music and drumming, performers TBA.
-The Culmination, 6/14/08 at Olive Properties: A hosted-showcase featuring local music (Los Vicios de Papa, Fandanguero, Che Christ, DJ David Chavez, Rebel Starz, DJ Scapegoat, and more!), art, raffles, informational tables, photography, small screen movies, performance, video installation, dancing, and more! Take the hemp seed challenge!
Download press release or informational flier. For more information, email: suree at prairiedustfilms.com

June 6, 2008, 9PM
Standing Silent Nation screens in Breckenridge Film Festival
Town Hall Videoamphitheater, Breckenridge, CO
Prairie Dust Films is pleased to announce that Standing Silent Nation was accepted into the 28th Annual Breckenridge Film Festival in the lovely, mountain town of Breckenridge, CO, 9,600 feet above sea level and located approximately 80 miles west of Denver via interstate highway 70. We hope you can spread the word and attend this screening.

May 16th-18th, 2008
Benefit Concerts and Worship Service for White Plume Tiospaye (Portland, Oregon)
Mt Carmel Lutheran Church, 515 SW Maplecrest Drive, Portland, Oregon
Courtney Hermann (filmmaker and musician), Dead Horse Duet, Lisa Frenz, Steve Cleveland and friends perform in two benefit concerts for the White Plume Family. The programs feature protest songs, folk songs, readings, and video presentations. Sunday's worship service uses songs, prayers and litanies from the Native American community.
Donations will be solicited and matching funds are being provided by the SW Portland Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Proceeds benefit the White Plume family whose story is told in the documentary Standing Silent Nation.

Last December the White Plume’s family home burned to the ground. Since the fire, the White Plumes (Deb, Alex, seven grandkids, and daughter Rosebud) have rebuilt a temporary house. On May 11th, ground will be broke on an eco-house made out of hemp and environmentally sustainable solutions. All are welcome to attend. Please help us raise money for the White Plumes, who suffered the total loss of their home and the offices of Owe Aku and the Lakota Media Project (see News for information on the fire). For more information call 503/244.5143.
May 16, 2008 at 7:30PM and May 18th, at 3:30 PM (Concerts); May 18th at 11:00 (Service)

May 1, 2008
Unity College, Unity, Maine
The Unity Centre for the Performing Art in partnership with Unity College hosts a screening of Standing Silent Nation as part of their Spring Film Series. It will be screened as part of the course "North American Indians". This screening is open to the public and discussion will follow.

April 26, 2008, 9:30PM
Innis Town Hall, Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada

Courtney Hermann’s Digital Film and Video students’ short documentary screens at Hot Docs in Toronto. Their film, Jetty, about a "Mom and Pop" fishery on the Oregon Coast that is threatened by an ecologically unsustainable crabbing policy, is among 14 finalists in The International Documentary Challenge event at Hot Docs in Toronto.. Courtney and four of her students, Eztrella Armijo, Matthew Cortese, Karlyn Gibson, and Johnny Le, will be attending the Hot Docs Screening in Toronto.

Saturday, April 26, 2008
The Indie Spirit Film Festival, Colorado Springs, CO
Standing Silent Nation screens as part of the Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs, CO. Help us spread the word in the Rockies.

Friday, April 18, 2008 at 7:30 PM at the New Mexico Film Museum, 418 Montezuma Avenue 505.476.5670
or Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 1:30PM at Santa Fe Film Center at CinemaCafe
The Global Green Indigenous Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM
The beautiful town of Santa Fe is the location for the Inaugural Global Green Indigenous Film Festival and Standing Silent Nation is proud to be in the program. The National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC) and the New Mexico Tourism Department, launches the inaugural Global Green Indigenous Film Festival in Santa Fe, April 18-20, 2008. Held in tandem with NTEC's annual Environmental Conference, the Film Festival adds a new dimension to showcasing the issues, aspirations and innovations of global Indigenous communities in their charge to protect mother earth. The festival includes three panel discussion on topics such as indigenous languages in film, global warming, business and the environment, including a youth photo contest and a youth film training program. Please join us for this incredible festival.

Benefit for Alex White Plume Tiospaye (Minneapolis)
Saturday, March 29, 2008 from 6-11PM
The Wolves Den Native Coffee Shop, 1201 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN
Join Ramona White Plume (America's only woman hemp grower) at a benefit for the Alex White Plume Tiospaye. His ideas are revolutionary: To speak his language and feed his family. On Dec 21, 2007, the White Plume family lost their home in a tragic house fire. Please spread the word in the Minneapolis area about this benefit featuring music and clips from Standing Silent Nation. Filmmakers may be present. For more information, click here.

Benefit for Owe Aku (New York)
Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 6:30PM
International Action Center, 55 W. 17th Street, #5C (between 5th and 6th), NYC
Owe Aku (bring back the way) works to preserve and revitalize the Lakota (Sioux) way of life. When the White Plume home burned down, they lost everything: all their family possessions and the offices of Owe Aku. Spread the word in NY- you won't be disappointed with a multimedia progam that consists of: presentations on Owe Aku’s work with Hemp with clips from the film Standing Silent Nation; Owe Aku’s efforts to preserve sacred sites (clips from a film on Bear Butte); an update on Owe Aku’s historic anti-uranium mining case; the progress towards rebuilding; silent auction of beautiful photographs from Owe Aku’s homeland and daily life by Malcolm MacKinnon; and Music by Matou,  Indigenous musicians performing original compositions celebrating indigenous cultural strength, perpetuation of tradition, and expression of a love for nature. 
For more info, click here or call Sara at the Intl Action Center at (212) 633-6646 or Kent at Owe Aku NY at (917) 751-4239 with any questions.

February 27th at 1:20 and February 29, 2008 at 1:45PM
Sedona International Film Festival
Harkins Sedona Six Theatres
2081 W Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
Standing Silent Nation screens at Sedona's Harkins Theatre as part of the Sedona Film Festival in Arizona. The filmmakers will be present for the screenings and other engagements. We hope to see you there!

Saturday February 23, 2008 at 3PM
Big Muddy Film Festival
Student Center Auditorium
Carbondale, IL 618/453.8301
In its 30th year, The Big Muddy Film Festival (at Southern Illinois University) is one of the oldest film festivals run by film and art students in the U.S. Dedicated to encouraging and supporting grass-roots filmmaking and film viewing experiences in local communities and beyond, the Big Muddy will screen Standing Silent Nation in the Documentary 2 Program. Contact their website for more information.

Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 6:30pm
Takoma Park Film Festival Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue Takoma Park,

Standing Silent Nation screens at the Takoma Park Film Festival. All screenings are free and open to the public. Seating is first come first served.

Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, 2007
The Creative Alliance of Baltimore
The Patterson
3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224 (410) 276-1651

In collaboration with the Baltimore American Indian Center (BAIC) the Creative Alliance will host a screening of Standing Silent Nation on Friday, November 16th. On Saturday, November 17th, Courtney Hermann will lead a master class on Indie Documentary Filmmaking: Development to Distribution from 10am-4pm.

November 3, 2007
American Indian Film Festival

Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Debra and Alex White Plume will be in NYC to Host Screenings and Community Dialogues around SSN
American Indian Community House at 7PM, 11 Broadway, NY, NY 212-598-0100, 10/22
International Action Center at 7PM, 55 West 17th Street, 5th Floor, 212-633-6646, 10/23

Learn how one Lakota community could lead the world in reversing climate change and living with, instead of off of, the earth’s resources- Lakota leaders Debra and Alex White Plume will introduce the film and engage the community dialogues about issues the film addresses. Download the flyer to share this event with friends in NY.

Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 12:15PM
Austin Film Festival Green Cinema Showcase
Hideout, 617 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Please join Courtney Hermann and Kerribeth Elliott at the Austin Film Festival for the Texas debut of Standing Silent Nation.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 7PM
Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center
527 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123 (503) 615-3494
Standing Silent Nation will screen at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, OR. Courtney Hermann will be on hand for a feedback session and a short presentation.

Sunday, October 7th, 2007 at 4PM
Taos Mountain Film Festival
Taos Community Auditorium, Taos, NM

We are pleased to announce that Standing Silent Nation has been accepted into the Taos Mountain Film Festival in New Mexico. It is on a program with Backyard Stories and Spirit Riders.

Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 1PM
2nd Annual Northern New Mexico Film Festival, Las Peliculas
Las Vegas, NM

Standing Silent Nation screens at Las Peliculas, the second annual Northern New Mexico Film Festival.

September 8, 2007
Missoula Hempfest
Standing Silent Nation will screen as a part of the Montana Hemp Council's annual Missoula Hempfest. One of Missoula, Montana's most popular downtown events, the primary purpose of the Missoula Hempfest and Alternative Living Faire is to increase awareness of the many uses of industrial hemp as a viable economic resource and the alternatives available to us through healing, eating, building, thinking, and living.

September 6, 2007
Fall 2007 Native Student Welcome Week
University of South Dakota
Farber Hall, Old Main Building, Vermillion, SD

Standing Silent Nation screens during University of South Dakota's Native Student Welcome Week program. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Erin Thin Elk Contreras at erin.contreras@usd.edu or visit the Native American Cultural Center at 409 East Clark Street in Vermillion, SD.

August 21-23
6th Annual Lakota Hemp Days at Kiza Park
Lakota Hemp Days is a celebration of the sovereign right of the Oglala Lakota to grow Industrial Hemp on Pine Ridge. Kiza Park is nourished and surrounded by Wounded Knee Creek, and is where the family of Oglala rancher Alex White Plume planted Industrial Hemp from 2000-2002.

July 3, 2007
POV National Broadcast on PBS 10PM (check your local listings)

Prairie Dust Films is pleased to announce the upcoming national television broadcast of Standing Silent Nation on the 20th anniversary season of the award winning program, POV on PBS. Please help us spread the word. Visit www.pov.org and have an email reminder sent to you the week before the broadcast-please share the event with your friends, family, and coworkers.

June 21-24
Solstice Shakedown: Black Hills Sustainable Living Festival
At the Buffalo Chip Campground
Sturgis, SD

The documentary will be screening as part of the Solstice Shakedown, an earth friendly celebration with workshops, music and films to inspire others with positive green solutions for a healthier planet. Learn about solar and wind energy, diesel vegetable oil fuel, hemp fashion, waste management, etc. Visit the website www.solsticeshakedown.com for more details about the screening. This event is organized by Keefe Green Productions.

June 13, 2007
Reeltime Independent Film & Video Forum
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201

In anticipation of the July 3rd POV screening, Standing Silent Nation will run at Reel Time in Evanston, IL. Director, Suree Towfighnia and editor, Sharon Karp, will be in attendance for the Q&A. REELTIME’s mission is to foster a dialogue between audiences, artists and guest speakers about the issues raised by the independent films and videos we present. Please visit their website for more information on the program and the time of the screening.

June 6, 2007 at 7PM
Grand Rapids, MI

WGVU in partnership with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is hosting a screening of the film.

Saturday, June 2nd and 30th, 2007 at 8 pm
Film for Thought Series
Transitions Bookplace
1000 W. North Avenue Chicago, IL
Standing Silent Nation tells the story of a Lakota Indian family's struggle to assert their tribal sovereignty and maintain their values through the development of an industrial hemp-based economy. Join director Suree Towfighnia for an interactive Q: & A: session and discussion during this special Film for Thought Presentation. Standing Silent Nation will air on PBS' POV series on July 3, 2007. See it here first! Visit www.transitionsbookplace.com for more information.

May 10-13
Hemp Hoe Down
Elkview Campground Near Sturgis, SD

Standing Silent Nation screened various times at the 7th annual Hemp Hoe Down. Alex White Plume was in attendance at this industrial hemp centered event that featured music, film, and information. It was organized by Keefe Green Productions and will run again next year. Visit www.hemphoedown.com for more information.

May 5, 2006
Maryland Film Festival The Charles Theater
Baltimore, MD

The screening was our first one on the east coast and Courtney, Suree, and Kerribeth Elliott were able to attend on behalf of the film. Around 70 people attended the Saturday night event. The question and answer was lively and engaged with many people wanting to help. Being a politically savvy crowd, most of the comments were directed to tribal and drug policy. Overall the screening was a successful event and one close to Courtney, given that Baltimore is her hometown. Check out the write-up by Rahne Alexander on Courtney in the City Paper.

April 29th, 2007
Wheaton College, Jerusalem Project Screening
Wheaton, IL

Alex White Plume was in town for a conference with the Jerusalem Project, an organization designed to create a discourse around peace for youth in Israel, Palestine, and the United States. The organizers saw the opportunity to educate its attendees on the issues of Native sovereignty and economic empowerment in the United States, seeing the Native struggle as one that is similar to the land struggle in the Middle East. They invited Suree Towfighnia to screen the project. The screening was attended by about 20 people and the one of the most exciting parts was the diversity of the audience. Aside from the age range (8 years old to 60+) was the diverse spiritual beliefs represented (Lakota, Muslim, Catholic, Christian, Jewish), as well as the geographic representatives (Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan, California, Texas). I’m not sure the film has screened to such a diverse group of people before. It was inspiring and revealing to see the audience for our film grow. Even the youngest audience member (an 8 year old girl from the suburbs of Chicago) was commenting, “It doesn’t seem fair that they can’t grow that plant.”

April 6th and 7th, 2007
Pre-Release Screening and Fundraiser
Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Cinema, Chicago, IL

Around 125 people were in attendance over the two-day event that was held at Columbia College Chicago, the place where the filmmakers met. Alex White Plume and Sharon Karp joined Suree Towfighnia and Courtney Hermann in the Q&A session following the film. Attendees were interested in hearing Alex White Plume’s reflections on the history of the Lakota people and their ongoing difficulties with the federal government. They asked questions regarding the White Plumes’ next steps and were curious about why we thought the federal government continues its ban on hemp despite all of the evidence. At the Friday night screening, Alex sang an honor song for Courtney, Sharon, Suree, and Kerribeth Elliot (a filmmaker who has helped immensely on the project and was there on day one). Almost everyone in attendance was lamenting the lack of documentation on the event, but sometimes you have to live life and let it seep into your soul. Prairie Dust Films t-shirts were sold and proceeds went to Alex White Plume and the costs of the DVD authoring (visit http://www.cafepress.com/prairiedust for cool merchandise offers).

April 3, 2007
Pre-Release Screening
Johnson State College, Johnson, VT

Mary Collins organized this small screening in her local Vermont community. She sent us this feedback: “The film was GREAT!!! You got resounding applause!! There were about 50 people who came - both from the college and a few people from the area. It was very well received. And a few people came up to me afterward to say thanks for sharing the story & the film. They seemed very interested in the issues.” --Mary Collins

March 17, 2007
Palm Springs Native American Film Festival
Camelot Theater, Palm Springs, CA
Double Bill: Standing Silent Nation and the Canary Effect

Each year the finest films created by, or on the subject of, Native American and other indigenous people are chosen for screening at the Museum’s Native American Film Festival. The theme that connects all of the films is one of bridging Native and non-Native communities, and highlighting contemporary Native issues that mirror those experienced by other communities and cultures.

November 17th and 18th, 2007
Pre-Release Screening and Fundraiser
Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR
Around 250 people attended over 2 days, what was hosted by the Oregon Film Action organization, with a Q & A with Courtney Hermann and Suree Towfighnia. The response was positive. Audience members expressed surprise in learning about the issues the film raised as well as gratitude for their being brought out in the form of our documentary. They had questions regarding the White Plumes’ next steps in the struggle and what they could do to help the people of Pine Ridge and the White Plumes. Some monies were raised toward the cost of authoring the DVD.

October 27, 2006
Special Sneak Preview Screening
Native Voice Film Festival 2006
Elk’s Theater, Rapid City, SD

Among the audience in attendance were twenty-five members of the White Plume tiospaye, including Alex White Plume and Ramona White Plume (the point-of-view characters in the story), and Debra White Plume (a participant as well as the Associate Producer and main collaborator on the documentary and the Lakota Media Project video workshops).

October 22, 2006
Pre-Release Screening
Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, Portland, OR
Among the audience in attendance were twenty-five members of the White Plume tiospaye, including Alex White Plume and Ramona White Plume (the point-of-view characters in the story), and Debra White Plume (a participant as well as the Associate Producer and main collaborator on the documentary and the Lakota Media Project video workshops).