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Flowing Water, Standing Rock: Filmmaker Jeremy Rubingh Discusses His Latest Project

Flowing Water, Standing Rock is a documentary about a canoe journey with Native
American paddlers following the Missouri River from its starting point in the
mountains of Montana to Standing Rock, North Dakota at the site of the conflict
between water protectors and law enforcement over the proposed Dakota Access
Pipeline. The film follows the paddlers and the water on traditional dugout canoes
at the onset of winter through beautiful landscapes and into the ice, turmoil,
violence, hope and resistance that made up the most diverse indigenous protest in
history. This film digs into indigenous rights, our sacred relationship with water,
and the unexpected cultural revival, political activism, and healing that the
reemergence of these canoes is bringing native communities.

Director
Jeremy Rubingh is an award-winning documentary director, filmmaker and visual
artist. His films have screened in a wide variety of film festivals, on TV and for the
web. His first documentary, which he directed, produced, shot and edited, Red Lady:
The Battle for Your Mountains, won awards at festivals across the United States. In
addition, it was given to every member of congress and has screened from Alaska to
Antarctica. Most recently, Jeremy conceptualized and executive produced
Unacceptable Risk: Firefighters on the Frontlines of Climate Change, a film that has
screened at hundreds of venues and film festivals and aired on Rocky Mountain PBS.
He was recently a recipient of a Colorado Creative Districts art grant for a sculptural
project that he completed in his hometown of Crested Butte in the winter of
2016/2017. He is currently directing a project with a group of Native American
canoe paddlers, detailing their journey down the Missouri River to Standing Rock,
ND.

Jeremy comes from a conservation and political background where he developed
media strategy and diverse voice engagement for a variety of national issues. For the
past several years he was a program manager for a national political think tank and
foundation. His travels, expeditions and work in remote regions of the planet have
also led to liaison roles in international development projects through the Aspen
International Mountain Foundation and the U.N. His degree in Environmental
Studies and Journalism gives him a strong background for documentary storytelling.