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  • 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 The Underlying Issue Is Freedom of Religion By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl 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 […]

  • 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

  • 07.Apr
  • Who Are My People?: Lowell John Bean Ph.D., on the contemporary use of a sacred site for a medical purpose.
  • by Who Are My People?: Lowell John Bean Ph.D., on the contemporary use of a sacred site for a medical purpose. 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. Why the Native Nations have been so successful.
  • by Who Are My People?: Lowell John Bean Ph.D., on why the Native Nations have been so successful, lived so well. 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

  • 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 […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Andrea Morison Reviews “Who Are My People?”
  • by Andrea Morisson “Who Are My People?”, a documentary film by Robert Lundahl, will leave you thinking that the English language is at a deficit when it comes to allowing one to fully comprehend what we now, often inaccurately, believe ‘green’ and ‘renewable’ energy to represent. Lundahl brings you to the southwestern California desert, a […]

  • 07.Apr
  • “Who Are My People?” Documentary Film to Premiere in Canada
  • by Robert Lundahl Documentary Films and Public Policy Communications “Who Are My People?” the first film to investigate the dark side of green energy development in California will premiere in Canada’s Manson’s Hall, Cortes Island, 7:00 pm. February 6, 2015 Article 8 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states, Indigenous […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Is The US Department of the Interior Committing Cultural Genocide And Ecocide?
  • by Roy Hales 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, it was the Nevada premiere of San Diego filmmaker Robert Lundahl’s documentary […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Six Utility Scale Desert Solar Projects Get Holiday Surprise – Native American group files suit against BLM for failure to consult
  • by Robert Lundahl. Solana Beach, CA (PRWEB) December 28, 2010 La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle, a prestigious Native American cultural protection group, filed suit Monday in the United States District Court, Southern District of Caifornia, challenging the Bureau of Land Management permitting processes related to six large solar facilities planned for the […]

  • 14.Mar
  • The Mule Mountains: California’s Origins, Forgotten by Most, Face the Bulldozer
  • by Robert Lundahl. BLYTHE, CALIFORNIA – La Cuna de Aztlán Sacred Sites Protection Circle, an American Indian cultural protection group, submitted comments recently on the Proposed Rio Mesa Gen-Tie project. And, what could have been a dry and technical public scoping meeting in late September was not, for two reasons. For one, the objections of […]

  • 14.Mar
  • Native Group Asks Federal Court to Halt Solar Millennium Blythe Construction
  • by Robert Lundahl. (BLYTHE, Calif.) – La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle, acting to protect Native American Religious Freedom, filed a renewed application for a temporary restraining order (Case 2:11-cv-04466-JAK -OP) yesterday in United States District Court, Central District of California. According to La Cuna attorney, Cory Briggs, in the “Request for TRO” […]

  • Targeting

  • 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 […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Los Angeles Times
  • by Phil Willon and Tiffany Hsu. Lawsuit alleges solar projects would harm sacred Native American sites Reporting from Blythe, Calif. Stepping gingerly across a small mesa of manganese-stained stones, Alfredo Acosta Figueroa explained how the giant image of the creator etched into the earth guides the souls of mothers and children west toward Old Woman […]

  • 14.Mar
  • Forbes
  • by Todd Woody. Solar Millennium Files For Bankruptcy As Solar Shakeout Continues. Presaging a shakeout in the New Year for solar developers, German company Solar Millennium on Wednesday filed for insolvency, putting in doubt the future of its 2,250-megawatt pipeline of power plants in the United States. “The management board and the supervisory board deeply […]

  • 14.Mar
  • USA Today
  • by Keith Matheny. Solar energy plans pit green vs. green. Plans to create huge solar energy plants in the deserts of California, Arizona, Nevada and elsewhere in the West are pitting one green point of view vs. another. Janine Blaeloch, executive director of the Western Lands Project, a non-profit group that examines the impacts of […]

  • 14.Mar
  • New York Times
  • by Todd Woody. Solar Energy Faces Tests on Greenness. SAN FRANCISCO — Just weeks after regulators approved the last of nine multibillion-dollar solar thermal power plants to be built in the Southern California desert, a storm of lawsuits and the resurgence of an older solar technology are clouding the future of the nascent industry. The […]

  • Documentary Film Making

  • 14.Apr
  • Harvest Dreams (Complete Film)
  • by 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 and Carmen […]

  • 07.Apr
  • “Who Are My People?” (Complete Film)
  • by “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 wipe […]

  • 07.Apr
  • “Isn’t it Great That the Big Environmental Organizations and the Utilities Can Lock Arms on Strategy…”
  • by FBG. “…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 FBG. 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 (Non-Native) […]

  • 07.Apr
  • Sr. Alfredo Figueroa “We’re the Guardians of Mother Earth”
  • by FBG. 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

  • 14.Mar
  • The Village of Tse-Whit-Zen (Chi-wheet-sen)
  • by FBG. The Village of Tse-Whit-Zen from Robert Lundahl on Vimeo. When we discuss “changing the narrative,” we mean supplanting an existing reality with an alternate one. It is telling a story that needs to be heard, then explaining the ramifications of the ideas broadly, and targeting the application of the meaning to specific outcomes. […]

  • 14.Mar
  • Song on the Water (Complete Film)
  • by FBG. Produced in collaboration with The Long House Association Native American 501(c)3. Beginning as a response to incidents of racism on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, Robert Lundahl’s award winning ethnographic documentary, “Song on the Water”, takes viewers along with 50 indigenous canoes, their crews, and communities on a modern-day voyage to a […]

  • 14.Mar
  • Unconquering the Last Frontier (Complete Film)
  • by FBG.   “Unconquering the Last Frontier,” a documentary film by Robert Lundahl, began in an effort to generate support, both locally, and across the State of Washington, for Elwha Dam Removal and ecosystem restortation. At 300 M. USD, the project became the largest ecosystem restoration project in United States history. Lundahl’s film pulls back […]

  • 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 […]

  • 14.Mar
  • Dead Men Tell No Lies
  • by FBG. Dead Men Tell No Lies from Robert Lundahl on Vimeo. Veteran Journalist Tim King examines El Toro’s toxic legacy. Veterans complain about cancers and other illnesses, while developers want to build parks and schools. Directed and Produced by Robert Lundahl. Co-Written and Co-Edited by Robert Lundahl and Susan Utell. Elizabeth Garsonnen, Line Producer. MCAS […]

  • 14.Mar
  • Code of Silence
  • by FBG. Today the name Bayview-Hunter’s Point conjures up the dark genie of America’s nuclear history, one that won’t go back inside the bottle. Directed and Produced by Robert Lundahl. Co-Written and Co-Edited by Robert Lundahl and Susan Utell. Elizabeth Garsonnen, Line Producer. Hunter’s Point, one of the most toxic places in the United States […]

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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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