Mother Earth Day Celebration

Mother Earth Day Celebration

PRESS RELEASE

Taos Environmental Film Festival Mother Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2018

11:00am to 1:00pm – UNM-Taos Bataan Hall

The Taos Environmental Film Festival, in partnership with the UNM-Taos Digital Media Arts program, presents a special Mother Earth Day Celebration at the UNM-Taos Bataan Hall from 11am to 1pm, showcasing a collection of music pictures from musician, filmmaker, and United Nations Ambassador for the Environment, Robby Romero.  Earth Revolution one of Robby’s works to be screened was completed with post-production and editing assistance by the UNM-Taos DMA program and former DMA department chair, Louis Moya.  Organic snacks and refreshments will be served.

Robby Romero’s work has received multiple awards and cultural honors from The National Congress of American Indians and The United Nations — to the American Indian Film Festival and Earth Day Network.

The works to be screened include:

IS IT TOO LATE (1990)

On January 19, 1990, following President Mikhail Gorbachev’s historic environmental message at the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders in Moscow, Is It Too Late, was first broadcast around the world from the Kremlin, screened at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and was broadcast nationally on Earth Day from the steps of the Capital in Washington, D.C.  IS IT TOO LATE was Robby’s first music picture release shinning the light on the climate crisis.

WHO’S GONNA SAVE YOU (2012)

In these times of hope and change, Who’s Gonna Save You presents an Indigenous perspective to a global crisis. This ‘music picture’ is a combination of music video and motion picture woven into a poetic call to consciousness for the restoration of life in balance. Who’s Gonna Save You premiered on South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa, and screened at the 12th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

EARTH REVOLUTION (2015)

Earth Revolution is a music picture from the front lines of the environmental movement. Written and performed by Ta’Kaiya Blaney, singer-songwriter, actress and Native Children’s Survival Youth Ambassador, Earth Revolution features children from around the world, including Kona and Masa Mirabal of Taos Pueblo in a call to action to protect Mother Earth and all our relations for future generations.

As part of Native Children’s Survival Youth Campaign for Climate Justice Earth Revolution premiered at the Conference of Youth in Paris, France on the eve of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 11th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, in Paris, France.

In addition to Robby Romero’s music picture screenings, Peter Walker’s 10 minute, “Ode to Standing Rock,” which was the hit at last year’s Environmental Film Festival, will also be screened.

As well, the UNM-Taos’ Digital Media Arts Program will have an interactive Canon camera display. Canon gear will be on display with a focus on environmental filmmaking from 11 to 2. (The UNM Taos Digital Media Arts program is grateful to bring Canon Rep and Pro Photographer, Matthew Carman for a two-day Canon workshop featuring a range of new cameras and lenses for us to play with. Saturday the 21st is a full day opportunity to try out Canon Gear with a pro from 10 to 4. Lunch included! Free for students and $10 for community members. For more info about Canon and the Digital Media Arts program please email Peter Walker pedrowalker@unm.edu.)

Robby Romero may be present at the event, however, during this time he will be participating in an historic Treaty Ride on horseback from Standing Rock Lakota Reservation in North Dakota to Ft. Laramie, Wyoming on behalf of the #Honor1851Treaty Campaign, where he will join Treaty Riders from the Oceti Sakowin Seven Council Fires of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota People to challenge the United States Congress to #RightTheWrong of at least one of the more than 500 broken treaties made with Native Nations.  In the event that Robby is not be able to return for this event, he will send a video message “Live from The Ride” to participants at our Mother Earth Day event.

For more information, please contact Louis Moya, 575-737-3737 or moya@unm.edu.


 

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