Tuesday, April 14, 3pm EDT: Today’s featured film on Progressive Film Hour is Can’t Stop the Water, a film about Climate Change refugees right here in our own country: they are a Native American tribe and they are in the New Orleans area. The water is rising above the land and entering their homes. On top of that, the water has been contaminated by oil drilling sites nearby. It is one disaster after another, challenging a disenfranchised, uncared for group, the Native Peoples of Turtle Island.
To discuss the film are its director/producer Rebecca Ferris, chief of the tribe, Chief Albert, and Julie Maldonado.
Rebecca Marshall Ferris, Director and Producer or Can’t Stop the Water began her career with the renowned documentary film company, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, serving as associate producer on their films Down From The Mountain, Startup.com, Only The Strong Survive, andElaine Stritch at Liberty. In 2004, she produced the programFox vs Franken for the Sundance Channel’s series on the First Amendment and in 2005 produced the feature documentary Al Franken: God Spoke.
Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Rebecca received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. Her thesis film, Jonah and the Wail, about jazz trumpeter, Jonah Jones, was awarded an Independent Feature Project Market Award and was broadcast on the Independent Film Channel. In 2011, her first feature documentary,Miller’s Tale (about actor and playwright Jason Miller), aired nationwide on PBS.
Julie Koppel Maldonado obtained her doctorate in Anthropology from American University in Washington, D.C. in 2014. Her doctoral research focused on the experiences of environmental change and displacement in tribal communities in coastal Louisiana. She has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank on post-disaster needs assessments, development-forced displacement and resettlement, and climate change. Julie worked for the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) for the past four years, was a lead author on the Third NCA’s Indigenous Peoples, Land, and Resources Chapter, and co-organized Rising Voices II: Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability – Bringing Together Science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing to Create Positive Solutions. She was also the lead editor and organizer for the Special Issue of Climatic Change and book, “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions.”
Chief Albert P. Naquin is the Traditional Chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Chief Naquin is a retired Federal employee from the Department of Interior/Mineral Management Service (MMS). He was an oil field safety inspector in the Gulf of Mexico for MMS and for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado and New Mexico. He is a Viet Nam veteran and Ambassador for the Native American of the Louisiana Gulf Coast. He has been the chief since 1997, is a gourd dancer, keeper and drummer of the Miracle Drum. He works with numerous local and national advocacy groups to bring about policy change that will bring progress not only for his Tribe but for indigenous people everywhere. He is proud to represent a people of such strength and follow the example of the many in his family who were Chief before him.
Free 3-Day Eco-Film Festival at John Jay College, Earth Day Week