NATIVE CHILDREN’S SURVIVAL’S MUSIC PICTURE “WHO’S GONNA SAVE YOU” Will PREMIERE AT THE AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL AND THE UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
TAOS, N.M., Nov. 3, 2011 – Native Children’s Survival’s latest music picture campaign, “Who’s Gonna Save You,” will have its film festival premiere at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 11, and its world broadcast premiere during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa in November and December.
“Who’s Gonna Save You” will screen at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at p.m. and will air on South African Broadcasting Company (SABC 1) beginning the week of Nov. 28 at 16:00.
Directed and produced by Eagle Thunder Entertainment (ETE) recording artist Robby Romero and executive produced by ETE artist and PBS Native news magazine series host Stacey Thunder, “Who’s Gonna Save You” is a combination of music video and motion picture presenting an Indigenous perspective to a global crisis and calling for the restoration of life in balance. A teenage Apache Peace Warrior journeys on his skateboard through New Orleans, Louisiana five years post-Katrina. As he travels through the aftermath in the Ninth Ward and the nightlife of the French Quarter, visions of natural and man-made disasters and their powerful warnings fill his mind.
With profound insights from Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya and Onondaga Faithkeeper, Chief Oren Lyons, the music picture honors the rights of Mother Earth and all her relations, and commemorates the United Nations General Assembly’s historic move proclaiming Earth Day (April 22) as a day of international recognition called "International Mother Earth Day." It stars Romero and Apache Skateboards’ Tracy Polk Jr., and features New Orleans' first music family member, Aaron Neville Jr., Thunder, and ETE recording artist, Dakota Romero. Street artists Jules Muck, Douglas Miles, and Banksy also are featured.
“Who’s Gonna Save You” was shot on location in New Orleans,” said Romero and Thunder. “We chose 'Crescent City' because this musically historic treasure has become symbolic to natural and man-made disasters, like Haiti in 2010 and Japan in 2011, and because the aftermath of corporate greed, corruption, relocation, and poverty associated with these catastrophic events is a profound warning and should be a great concern to us all.”
The song was written and produced by Romero and Grammy Award producer, engineer, and musician, Steve Addabbo. The music picture was conceived by Romero and acclaimed actor, Clifton Collins Jr. Funding was provided by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Red Lake Ojibwe Nation, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, and the National Indian Gaming Association.
Founded in 1975, the American Indian Film Institute’s (AIFI) 36th annual American Indian Film Festival (AIFF) is scheduled for Nov. 4-12 in San Francisco. AIFF has established itself as the premiere Native film festival in North America, and will premiere over 70 innovative feature films, shorts, public service, music videos and documentaries of U.S. American Indian and Canada First Nation communities. This year’s selection celebrates the Festival’s tradition for excellence and diversity with powerful performances and new cinematic expression by cutting-edge media makers.
SABC 1 is South Africa’s favorite and most watched television channel. The vision and mission of SABC Africa is to be a people centered, content driven, technology enabled, strategically focused, sustainable public service broadcaster, broadcasting for total citizen empowerment.
The 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) will be held in Durban, South Africa Nov. 28-Dec. 9 bringing together representatives of the world's governments, international organizations and civil society. Discussions will seek to advance, in a balanced fashion, the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan
Founded in 1989, Native Children's Survival (NCS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to healing of Mother Earth and all her children through music and film awareness campaigns. NCS’s first project, “Is It Too Late” - a music video made by Romero in response to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the extractive industry’s relentless desecration of Mother Earth - screened at the United Nations Headquarters General Assembly Hall in New York, NY during the Children and the Environment Project on May 11, 1990. The video earned Romero the title of United Nations Ambassador Of Youth For The Environment and a certificate of appreciation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed by Executive Director, Mostafa K. Tolba. That same year, “Is It Too Late” was broadcast from the Kremlin after President Gorbachev's historic environmental message at the 1990 Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders in Moscow on ORT Channel One Russia, and via satellite feed to more than one hundred and fifty countries around the world.
Since, NCS’s acclaimed and award-winning awareness campaigns, public services announcements, ‘rockumentary’ films, and sustainable product development have reached millions of people from all walks of life through live performances, premieres, and broadcasts around the world. NCS has also helped to raise millions of dollars to support Indigenous Peoples, programs for elders and youth, and environmental organizations.
Romero is a world-renowned musician and the leader of the groundbreaking Native rock band, Red Thunder, which continues to be one of the most popular musical groups known in “Indian Country” and around the world. He is the founder and president of Native Children’s Survival, and owner and CEO of the Taos, NM-based Eagle Thunder Entertainment, an independent Indigenous entertainment company (entirely owned, operated, and managed by its artists) with four divisions: film production; music label; music publishing; and artist management.
Thunder is the host and producer of the hit PBS weekly news and lifestyle magazine, “Native Report,” now in its seventh season, and is a practicing attorney serving as general counsel for the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation. She is president and owner of Eagle Thunder Entertainment, a board member of Native Children’s Survival, and an award recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's “Native American 40 Under 40,” a prestigious award given to outstanding young Native Americans who have shown excellence and are playing a significant role in shaping Indian Country for the future.
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WHO'S GONNA SAVE YOU (sneak peak)