‘On Sacred Ground’ is an indie film co-written and directed by Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell that recounts the protests surrounding Dakota Access Pipeline by the Lakota “Sioux” Tribe. The film was made by Concord Media and got picked up by Shout! Studios for a North American distribution release.
Shout describes a synopsis that “follows Daniel (William Mapother), a journalist and Afghanistan War military veteran, and Elliot (David Arquette), an oil company executive, who find themselves on opposite sides of the fight during the construction of the contentious pipeline. As the story unfolds, Daniel starts to align himself more with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe than the oil company he was hired to write about favorably, and the two characters go down separate paths as the events unfold during one of the most heated protests and confrontation with Native American tribes in modern US history.”
Shout plans on releasing the movie across the board by showing it at college campuses, a theatrical run, digital streaming, and a home video release sometime in early 2023.
Rebecca Harrell Tickell explained to Deadline, “We’re hopeful that On Sacred Ground can awaken audiences to the intersection of indigenous issues and the climate crisis. One thing we realized making this movie is that, to heal our planet, we may first have to heal the mistakes of our past.”
Shout! Studios Vice President of Acquisitions Jordan Fields expressed his excitement in a press release, “’On Sacred Ground’ is a potent drama about a conflict as old as America itself. Josh and Rebecca Tickell have crafted an engrossing and eye-opening film that demands a reckoning with how our indigenous populations have been treated for generations. Spoiler alert: their struggle continues.”
The movie stars William Mapother, David Arquette, Amy Smart, Kerry Knuppe, Frances Fisher, Irene Bedard, and Mariel Hemingway.
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