• Uncategorized

  • 06.Mar
  • Unconquering the Last Frontier Film Restoration
  • by FBG. “Unconquering the Last Frontier” Film Restoration and Re-Make “Unconquering the Last Frontier” is the epic story of the damming and undamming of the Elwha River. Washington’s Elwha was known to produce the largest salmon in the lower 48. The Elwha Kings, or Chinook salmon weighed in at up to 100 lbs. This legendary […]

  • 22.Apr
  • You Tube Clip Selects
  • by FBG. Award winning clips from youtube.com/robertlundahlfilms. The peoples’ choice, in order of number of views, 4/22/13. Robert Lundahl Film Making YouTube from Robert Lundahl on Vimeo. by

  • 14.Mar
  • Code Switching
  • by FBG. Almost all of us are familiar with the concept of “walking in the other person’s shoes.” When the topic is cross cultural, cross gender, or international communications, a specific term is used. “Code Switch” is to adopt and or incorporate the understandings, the language, behaviors, and identity of the other. We use the […]

  • 14.Mar
  • Is Your Business Lost in the Translation?
  • by FBG. Communication is mostly thought of as speaking, though its Latin root, “communicare”, signifies sharing and relating with. Hence, as much as it is about “speaking”, being heard and understood, it is about listening and understanding. Government agencies, developers, and non-profit groups (NGOs) now interface with regards to matters of utmost importance. In a […]

  • Changing the Narrative

  • 16.Apr
  • California’s 9th Circuit Hears Appeal on Ivanpah
  • by Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl The Underlying Issue Is Freedom of Religion In a remote corner of the Mojave Desert, 15 miles from Las Vegas, stands the expansive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Occupying 5 square miles, the facility seems to swallow up a stunning expanse of desert including animals, plants and now, […]

  • 13.Apr
  • LA CUNA DE AZTLÁN SACRED SITES PROTECTION CIRCLE ARGUES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT IVANPAH
  • by Judges Grill Attorneys From Both Sides Over Landmark Case In December 2010, La Cuna de Aztlán Sacred Sites Protection Circle and CAre, Californians for Renewable Energy, along with 6 (six) Native American elders, filed suit against the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and the Department of Energy, which were later joined […]

  • 07.Apr
  • “Who Are My People?” Bay Area Trailer
  • by FBG. The Who Are My People? Bay Area Trailer focuses on the investments made by Google in the failed Ivanpah project, which destroyed Desert Tortoise habitat and killed migrating birds of the Pacific Flyway, impacted Native American Sacred Sites and Cultural Landscapes. Do No Harm? ©Robert Lundahl, 2015. by

  • 07.Apr
  • They Don’t Speak for Me. Filmmaker Robert Lundahl.
  • by FBG. They Don’t Speak for Me: An Inconvenient Truth of Cultural Genocide. From the film, “Who Are My People?” http://whoaremypeople.com. Film Maker Robert Lundahl addresses the impacts of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System and other large solar projects in the California Desert.©Copyright 2014, Robert Lundahl. All Rights Reserved. Interview by Lura Lee, Back […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Who Are My People (Trailer)
  • by FBG. “WHO ARE MY PEOPLE?” Join film Maker Robert Lundahl as he recalls his early trips to the desert as a child. One such memory helps pave the way to think of the desert the way he does, as a “oasis surrounded by a battleground.” It’s where the push for renewable energy threatens to […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Aztec Sickness (Save the Geoglyphs)
  • by Jess Fig Jesus Chuey Zapata Figueroa lays down tracks in support of ancient geoglyphs threatened by large solar development. This video is shot at the Blythe Intaglios, giant human figures visible from space, and related to hundreds of others populating the desert along the Colorado River from Needles to Yuma. Geoglyphs are also found […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Who Are My People?: Lowell John Bean Ph.D., on Anthropology in California.
  • by U.C.L.A. Graduate Lowell John Bean came to live and work among the Cahuillas in 1958. He is a noted ethnographer and author. Filmmaker Robert Lundahl interviews. ©2010-2014 Robert Thorp Lundahl. http://www.palmspringslife.com/Palm-Springs-Life/May-2008/Rearview-Learning-Firsthand/ by

  • 07.Apr
  • Who Are My People?: Lowell John Bean Ph.D., From “Termination” to Casinos.
  • by Who Are My People? Out-Takes: Lowell John Bean Ph.D., From “Termination” to Casinos. U.C.L.A. Graduate Lowell John Bean came to live and work among the Cahuillas in 1958. He is a noted ethnographer and author. Filmmaker Robert Lundahl interviews. ©2010-2014 Robert Thorp Lundahl. http://www.palmspringslife.com/Palm-Springs-Life/May-2008/Rearview-Learning-Firsthand/ by

  • Messaging

  • 23.Apr
  • Cabinet Removes Land from ALC for the Site C Dam
  • by Roy L Hales Is Doublespeak Government Policy in British Columbia? In addition to being one of the province’s most promising agricultural areas, the Peace River Valley sits on the Montney shale formation and location of the proposed Site C Dam. A Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson recently informed the ECOreport that the Agricultural Land Commission […]

  • 23.Apr
  • Does BC Prioritize Fracking Over Food?
  • by Roy L Hales Climate Change, Politics & Agriculture in Canada’s Pacific Province Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s drought is a North American dilemma. Most of our fresh produce is grown there. This is particularly true of British Columbia. Though Canada’s Pacific Province exports a large variety of fruit and vegetables, it grows less than half the food it […]

  • 20.Apr
  • What Is California‘s New Normal?
  • by By Roy L Hales, Peter Bettendorff & Robert Lundahl. As originally published in theECOreport.com (http://theecoreport.com/what-is-californias-new-normal/) People tend to think of California’s drought as a local problem, only it happens to provide most of the North America with fruit and vegetables. Listen to theECOreport Audio Feature Story here: When you consider that vegetables are mostly […]

  • 08.Apr
  • Wake Up California
  • by Commentary By Robert Lundahl Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown announced sweeping water conservation measures in response to the absence of snow on California’s mountains. “Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow,” he said. This is the fourth year of California’s drought. The conversation has become background […]

  • 08.Apr
  • California’s Water Situation is Beyond An Emergency
  • by Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl California’s water situation is beyond an emergency, according to Healdsburg resident Dave Howard. He and his sons returned from a “ski trip” in Northern California. “The peaks are as bald as they normally are in August! Where’s the snow pack that’s supposed to be providing us water all […]

  • 07.Apr
  • The Importance of Simple things
  • by Robert Thorp Lundahl “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Battling Goliath
  • by Robert Thorp Lundahl As a filmmaker I spent four years, beginning in July, 2010, investigating the impacts of large solar development on the deserts of my home state of California. Solar development in the deserts of the Southwest was initiated as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which included $6 […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Dr. Allan Hoffman Reviews “Who Are My People?”
  • by Dr. Allan Hoffman. “Who Are My People?” Is Well Worth Watching. Editor’s Note: The ECOreport is pleased to present a unique article by Dr. Allan Hoffman, former senior executive at the Department of Energy, who served under five Presidents between 1978 and 2012, reviewing ECOreport partner, Robert Lundahl’s film, “Who Are My People?” At […]

  • Targeting/Earned Media

  • 24.Apr
  • BrightSource abandons 500 MW Rio Mesa solar project
  • by Chris Meehan On July 1, BrightSource formally abandoned its planned Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS) project after facing issues including fossil finds, wildlife issues and opposition from some environmental groups and Native American nations. The 500 megawatt project would have consisted of two 750-foot-tall solar power towers. The company formally cancelled the […]

  • 08.Apr
  • ENN, Click Green, CleanTechnica
  • by Robert Lundahl and Roy Hales California’s Water Situation is Beyond An Emergency Continues… http://cleantechnica.com/2015/04/03/california-drought-gone-beyond-emergency/ Continues… http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/analysis/general-analysis/125851-water-situation-is-critical-in-drought-stricken-california.html Continues… http://www.enn.com/top_stories/spotlight/48415 by

  • 07.Apr
  • East County Magazine
  • by Robert Lundahl Blistering Desert Solar Meeting: Destruction of Native American Sacred Sites And Lack of Consultation Dominate BLM Begins Rio Mesa Project EIS Process to Strong Opposition Over Desert Solar Siting Story and photo by Robert Lundahl September 17, 2012 (Blythe, California)–The Bureau of Land Management scoping meeting for the Rio Mesa Solar Plant […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Forbes
  • by Todd Woody Collapse of German Solar Companies Threatens California’s Big Solar Projects California may be the solar Promised Land but Delaware is where those big green dreams go to die. On Monday, Solar Trust of America became the latest solar developer to file for bankruptcy in Delaware federal court, putting into jeopardy photovoltaic power […]

  • 07.Apr
  • CleanTechnica
  • by Roy Hales Is The US Department of the Interior Committing Cultural Genocide And Ecocide? While Secretary of the Interior Jewell addressed the Clean Energy Summit 6.0 in Las Vegas last week, a very different examination of America’s solar policy was happening just down the street. If you were to go by the media says, […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Business Week
  • by Noaki Schwartz and Jason Dearen Native American groups sue to stop solar projects Native Americans are clashing with the federal government over plans to fast-track approval and construction of massive solar energy projects that the Indians fear will harm sacred and culturally significant sites in Western deserts. Recent lawsuits by two native groups pose […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Guardian
  • by Edward Helmore. Solar power firms in Mojave desert feel glare of tribes and environmentalists. Presence of horned toads and desert tortoises are holding up production at multimillion-dollar sites in California. Of the many projects commissioned by the Obama administration to showcase its commitment to renewable energy, few are as grandly futuristic as the multibillion-dollar […]

  • 07.Apr
  • KCET Rewire
  • by Chris Clarke. Solar | Photovoltaic (PV) Native Group: Feds Not Following Consulting Rules on Blythe Solar Project A group concerned with the preservation of Native sacred sites in the Colorado River valley has charged that the federal government isn’t reaching out to local Native people as the law requires on discussions of local desert […]

  • Documentary Film Making

  • 14.Apr
  • Harvest Dreams (Complete Film)
  • by Robert Lundahl Harvest Dreams is a 60 minute documentary which tells a touching story of farmers struggling to change from commodity agriculture to sustainable farming. The film was created in support of the conservation of a agricultural resources on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. As the old ways yield to the new, John […]

  • 07.Apr
  • “Who Are My People?” (Complete Film)
  • by Robert Lundahl “WHO ARE MY PEOPLE?” Join film Maker Robert Lundahl as he recalls his early trips to the desert as a child. One such memory helps pave the way to think of the desert the way he does, as a “oasis surrounded by a battleground.” It’s where the push for renewable energy threatens […]

  • 07.Apr
  • “Isn’t it Great That the Big Environmental Organizations and the Utilities Can Lock Arms on Strategy…”
  • by Robert Lundahl “…It just happens to be a very high impact strategy.” -Bill Powers P.E. From “Who Are My People?” documentary film. Robert Lundahl, Filmmaker. ©2015. by

  • 07.Apr
  • A Continuum of Land Use and History and Tribal Tradition
  • by Robert Lundahl Clip from “Who Are My People?” film on the development of utility scale solar plants in the deserts of the West. Filmmaker Robert Lundahl ©2015. Jim Guerra discusses what a sacred site is. Chemehuevi Chairman Charles Wood describes the inequities and “double standards” arounf what is perceived to be “sacred” by dominant […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Sr. Alfredo Figueroa “We’re the Guardians of Mother Earth”
  • by Robert Lundahl Sr. Alfredo Figueroa narrates this section, flying over the Blythe Intaglios, from “Who Are My People?” documentary film. Filmmaker Robert Lundahl. http://whoaremypeople.com by

  • 07.Apr
  • Turning the Titanic
  • by Robert Lundahl. In “Turning the Titanic,” attorney John Reaves describes his epiphany, to undertake environmental policy development work. Reaves describes the Citizen’s Climate Lobby’s approach to reducing and eliminating atmospheric carbon. Filmmaker Robert Lundahl developed this lighthearted approach for collage age audiences. ADDY Award Winner, 2012. American Federation of Advertising. Best Interactive Campaign. by

  • 07.Apr
  • Climate Change, Not Business as Usual
  • by Robert Lundahl. In “Climate Change, Not Business as Usual,” Scripps Institution of Oceanography Geophysicist, Dr. Jeff Severinghaus, describes “Business as Usual” and “Prudent Course” responses to climate change. ©Filmmaker Robert Lundahl, 2011. ADDY Award Winner, 2012. American Federation of Advertising. Best Interactive Campaign. by

  • 07.Apr
  • Secrets in the Ice
  • by Robert Lundahl Secrets in The Ice, by filmmaker Robert Lundahl, describes the work of Charles David Keeling, geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, known for the discovery of the Keeling Curve, which plotted the rise in atmospheric carbon. ©2011, Robert Lundahl. ADDY Award Winner, 2012. American Federation of Advertising. Best Interactive Campaign. by

  • Investigative Journalism

  • 07.Apr
  • The Battle of Blythe
  • by Robert Lundahl The Battle of Blythe chronicles the events of April 6, 1972, as told by Demesia Figueroa, when students in the Blythe public school system walked out over mistreatment of indigenous youth. These events led to the creation of Escuela de la Raza Unida, the first private Chicano/Indigenous school in the nation, with […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Massacre in the Rocks
  • by FBG. Massacre in the Rocks is a “Rapid Response Video” which details the destruction of two ancient geoglyphs along the Colorado River. These geoglyphs are likely thousands of years old and their destruction and the publicity around that destruction lead to the bankruptcy of Solar Millennium, then the largest solar company in the world. […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Solar Millennium Builds a Road on Ancient Geoglyphs
  • by FBG. Solar Millennium Builds a Road Across Ancient Geoglyphs is a “Rapid Response Video” filmed in conjunction with the start of construction of Blythe Solar, by Solar Millennium, then the largest solar company in the world. The filming included establishing a “land occupation” or “action on the ground” which stopped construction. Such actions impeded […]

  • 07.Apr
  • The Killing of Kokopili
  • by FBG. The Killing of Kokopili documents a “Spirit Run” over the Big Maria Mountains, from the Blythe Intaglios to Mesa Verde, California. The event was sponsored by La Cuna de Aztlán Sacred Sites Protection Circle and by Peace and Dignity Journeys. The Spirit Run was held in protest of the proposed construction of Solar […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Solar Gold
  • by FBG. Solar Gold is a short film, which served as a “Work in Progress” for the film “Who Are My People” by filmmaker Robert Lundahl. Created in advance of the commissioning of the giant Ivanpah solar project, the film follows scientists, Native elders and activists seeking to communicate what is at stake for the […]

  • 13.Feb
  • Perjury Paradise
  • by FBG. “Perjury Paradise, an Indictment of Family Law in America” explores manipulation of the courts, and a tendency toward perversion of justice in family law, due to a reticence or inability to provide due process with regard to perjury. Presented By RL | A, Mothers Without Custody and other groups. IN PRODUCTION. FOR RELEASE […]

  • 14.Mar
  • Who Are My People? Trailer
  • by FBG. Who Are My People? Trailer “Who Are My People?” is a 1 x 60 (1 hour) television documentary film on the current and controversial topic of the build out of large scale renewable energy in the deserts of the West. The LA Times indicates, we are at a “Flashpoint” between competing value-systems. Bodies […]

  • 14.Mar
  • Bad Soil
  • by FBG. Bad Soil details the causes and effects of the 2009 housing crisis. Directed and Produced by Robert Lundahl. Co-Written and Co-Edited by Robert Lundahl and Susan Utell. Elizabeth Garsonnen, Line Producer. “When did it become alright to sell a sub-standard home?” asks Democratic candidate for State House District 52 Dianna Maldonado. ” When […]

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Communication is mostly thought of as speaking, though its Latin root, "communicare", signifies sharing and relating with. Hence, as much as it is about "speaking", being heard and understood, it is about listening and understanding.

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