ABOUT THE FILM

Narrated by Steven Seagal
Produced & Directed by David Munson
Interviews with Pit River, Modoc, and Karuk elders
Music by Paiute & Hoopa youth, and Carlos Nakai
Controversial county courthouse footage
Helicopter and underwater photography

The purpose of this film is to demonstrate the foolishness and shortsightedness of building a geothermal power plant or any industrial complex within the Medicine Lake Highlands. The film offers an educational overview of the path of organized community resistance, and serves as an inspiration to other communities that would like to preserve the air and water quality, as well as the natural beauty of their environment. The film is educational in its’ presentation of safe technological alternatives to the proposed power plant.

The film begins with breathtaking aerial photography, while the geology and history of the region are explained. The narrator describes the historical importance of Medicine Lake for the healing rituals performed by local Native Americans. Accompanied by a soundtrack of Native American drumming, the aerial photography carries us over the flat lands to the west, then up into the Highlands itself, sweeping down close to the lake and then under its surface with underwater filming techniques.

Underwater, the camera takes on the Spirit of the Lake. The drumming reaches a crescendo as the camera and viewer rise up and out to view the entire lake, as if it were awakening. In the silence that ensues, the title of the film will be presented. In this fashion, the sacredness and power of Medicine Lake will be made evident from the very beginning.

It is my highest hope the film will feel like a prayer. A prayer for sanity and awakening.

The film includes the viewpoints of Native Americans, local landowners, campers, boaters, and environmentalists, as well as, the perspective of the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and Calpine Corporation. Interviews, court footage, breathtaking nature scenes, as well as scenes of existing geothermal power plants will be used to visually tell the story. Native music and song along with the sounds of wildlife will help to bring the story to life.

What makes this film unique and powerful is the passionate interaction between Native Americans, environmentalists, and county officials, as the proposed projects are brought before the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors. In these dramatic interactions the details of the potential cultural and environmental destruction are exposed.

So as not to be a film that only says, “don’t’ do this,” throughout the film there are interviews with specialists in the field of truly “renewable” and “clean” energy technologies. This provides a final hopeful note, as well as further demonstrates the needlessness of this geothermal project.

DISTRIBUTION

We are researching prospects and making connections for distribution.

Steven Seagal, a world famous movie star and environmentalist, has offered to narrate the film, and will do what he can to air the film on national television.

Work is in progress to have the film aired on public television. Community access channels will also be used as an opportunity to more widely and efficiently distribute the film and share its’ educational properties. It is also possible to sell the film to libraries across the country.

The film could be shown at annual Native American film festivals, as well as other film festivals.