For the first time, Native American artists will be standing up to celebrate a major nomination during this year’s MTV Video Music Awards in the newly-added “Best Fight Against the System” category.The music video “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” was recorded by Taboo of Black Eyed Peas and “Magnificent Seven” Native American artists from different tribes, including Zack “Doc” Battiest, Spencer Battiest, Emcee One, Drezus, PJ Vegas, SupaMan, Natalia Aka “My Verse.” The song serves as a statement of support to those who have embraced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Native American actor Martin Sensmeier and pipeline activist Shailene Woodley also make appearances in the nominated music video.Taboo, who has Shoshone Tribe heritage, and other Native American artists including those from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, banded together to create the song, which is meant to serve as both a tool to promote awareness, as well as an anthem for the indigenous people across the country who have united in the effort against the DAPL. The video features real footage from the water protectors on the front lines at Standing Rock, and looks to rally people from across the country and draw together the Native communities of North America in an unprecedented way.“The purpose of this video was to shine the light on this very important cause – pairing that with recognition from MTV is incredible,” said Spencer Battiest, Hard Rock Records alumnus, member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and one of the “Magnificent Seven.” “This song is the only one nominated without a record label, which I think is very powerful and special – and we’re proud to be doing our part to raise awareness for native issues.”The addition of the “Best Fight Against the System” category was added to the 2017 MTV VMAs to continue reflecting the audience’s passion and activism around social justice issues such as environmental justice, immigration, LGBTQ equality and racial justice. Fans can cast their vote now through August 27th at 3 p.m. as a means of supporting the Native American artists and spreading awareness of #NoDAPL and other indigenous resistance messages. The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET.
Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths programme revealed today the lineup for its 19th edition, consisting of international shorts and features by established and emerging talents. With a total of 37 titles, this year’s selection is a testament to political fortitude and artistic experimentation, seen across a captivating mix of genres and perspectives.The selection comprises four programmes of experimental short films, two curated pairings, and 10 features, each contributing to a dynamic survey of some of today’s most exciting moving-image work. Wavelengths is curated and overseen by Andréa Picard, with contributions from members of TIFF’s international programming team — namely Brad Deane, Giovanna Fulvi, Dorota Lech, and Kiva Reardon — and programming associate Jesse Cumming.New profile and banner images courtesy Pedro Neves Marques’ THE BITE (A MORDIDA) and Mike Gibisser’s SLOW VOLUMES. pic.twitter.com/uX6PoC8WsP— WAVELENGTHS@TIFF (@WVLGTHS) August 13, 2019 Facebook Login/Register With: “As we approach the 20th anniversary of Wavelengths, one can discern an important shift in formal language and experimentation, and an even wider range of artistic expression, which reflects — in some cases seriously, and others surprisingly playfully — a refusal to be contained, confined, or even labelled,” said Picard. “As the world runs further amok, it is comforting and inspiring to see filmmakers and artists continue to make work that is personal, committed, generous, aesthetically alert, and rigorous. The films in this year’s programme perfectly exemplify the essential role art plays in resistance and resilience, but also in our capacity for imagination.”Wavelengths is pleased to host a number of alumni to present some of their most provocative and accomplished work to date, including Catalan artist-filmmaker Albert Serra with Liberté, his award-winning tale of 18th-century decadence and desire; Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa with Vitalina Varela, a continuation of his pathos-laden tales of life in Lisbon’s margins; Sergei Loznitsa with State Funeral, in which he repurposes footage shot in 1953, in the days following the death of Joseph Stalin, into a trenchant reflection on cults of personality; and Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers, who return to TIFF with Krabi, 2562, a collaborative work on memory, landscape, and social awareness.Resistance and tenacity — both political and personal — are the theme of several Wavelengths selections, including two highlights from the burgeoning “Galician New Wave”: Oliver Laxe’s quietly monumental Fire Will Come, the follow-up to his Festival selection Mimosas (TIFF 2016), and Eloy Enciso’s Endless Night, set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, with its script drawn from letters and other texts of the era. A different strength is exhibited in Hassen Ferhani’s understated documentary 143 Sahara Street, which presents the world in a microcosm as seen through a portrait of octogenarian Malika, who lives and works alone in her roadside diner in the Sahara Desert.Wavelengths 2019 also welcomes many newcomers to the programme, with a number of works that reflect on the state of contemporary geopolitics through a mix of styles that range from non-fiction to the speculative. Highlights from contemporary Brazil include The Fever by director Maya Da-Rin, an Indigenous-led tale of a father who must navigate his daughter’s imminent departure for medical school; Affonso Uchôa’s forceful yet elegant documentary experiment Seven Years in May (which screens with Gabino Rodríguez and Nicolás Pereda’s previously announced My Skin, Luminous); and the short film The Biteby artist Pedro Neves Marques, a science fiction–tinged story about a queer love triangle struggling to survive an encroaching mosquito epidemic in the rainforest.This year’s shorts programmes feature formally impressive and surprising work by a number of leading international talents, including World Premieres by Zachary Epcar, Luke Fowler, Gastón Solnicki, Mike Gibisser, and Tomonari Nishikawa, as well as the North American Premieres of Turner Prize–winning artist Charlotte Prodger’s entry in this year’s Venice Biennale, SaF05, and Marwa Arsanios’s Who’s Afraid of Ideology? Part 2,which premiered at the Sharjah Biennial. As ever, the programme is rounded out by a number of restorations and rediscoveries, including Edward Owens’s Remembrance: A Portrait Study (1967), a touching and playful tribute to the artist’s mother, and 2minutes40seconds (1975), an experimental documentary by Korean filmmaker Han Ok-hee, founding member of the feminist film collective Kaidu Club.The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.Wavelengths’ complete 2019 lineup is as follows:SHORT FILM PROGRAMMESWavelengths 1: WLS19Austrian Pavilion Philipp Fleischmann | Austria | World PremiereSaF05 Charlotte Prodger | United Kingdom | North American PremiereSlow Volumes Mike Gibisser | USA | World PremiereThe Bite (A Mordida) Pedro Neves Marques | Portugal/Brazil | World PremiereWavelengths 2: Sun Rave2008 Blake Williams | Canada | World PremiereAmusement Ride Tomonari Nishikawa | Japan | World PremiereBlack Sun (Sol Negro) Maureen Fazendeiro | Portugal/France | International PremiereA Topography of Memory Burak Çevik | Turkey/Canada | North American PremiereSun Rave (Lafhat Shams) Roy Samaha | Lebanon | North American Premiere(tourism studies) Joshua Gen Solondz | USA | Canadian PremiereWavelengths 3: Look Around2minutes40seconds Han Ok-hee | South Korea | International PremiereHrvoji, Look at You From the Tower Ryan Ferko | Canada/Serbia/Croatia/Slovenia | World PremiereCircumplector Gastón Solnicki | Argentina | World PremiereCézanne Luke Fowler | United Kingdom/France | World PremiereSecond Generation Miryam Charles | Canada | North American PremiereTranscript (Lín Mó) Erica Sheu | USA/Taiwan | Canadian PremiereWho’s Afraid of Ideology? Part 2 Marwa Arsanios | Lebanon/Kurdistan/Syria | North American PremiereWavelengths 4: Lives of PerformersBilly Zachary Epcar | USA | World PremiereRemembrance: A Portrait Study Edward Owens | USA | Festival PremiereVever (for Barbara) Deborah Stratman | Guatemala/USA | Canadian PremiereBook of Hours Annie MacDonell | Canada | World PremiereWe Still Have to Close Our Eyes John Torres | Philippines | North American PremiereThis Action Lies (Cest Action Gist) James N. Kienitz Wilkins | USA/Switzerland | North American PremierePAIRINGSThose That, at a Distance, Resemble Another Jessica Sarah Rinland | United Kingdom/Argentina/SpainNorth American Premierepreceded byHeavy Metal Detox Josef Dabernig | AustriaWorld PremiereSeven Years in May (Sete Anos em Maio) Affonso Uchôa | Brazil/ArgentinaNorth American PremiereandMy Skin, Luminous (Mi Piel, Luminosa) Gabino Rodríguez, Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/CanadaNorth American PremiereFEATURES143 Sahara Street (143 rue du désert) Hassen Ferhani | AlgeriaNorth American PremiereEndless Night (Longa noite) Eloy Enciso | SpainNorth American PremiereThe Fever (A Febre) Maya Da-Rin | Brazil/France/GermanyNorth American PremiereFire Will Come (O que arde) Oliver Laxe | Spain/France/LuxembourgNorth American PremiereHeimat is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) Thomas Heise | Germany/AustriaNorth American PremiereKrabi, 2562 Anocha Suwichakornpong, Ben Rivers | Thailand/United KingdomNorth American PremiereLiberté Albert Serra | France/Spain/Portugal/GermanyNorth American PremiereState Funeral Sergei Loznitsa | Netherlands/LithuaniaNorth American PremiereUn Film Dramatique Éric Baudelaire | FranceNorth American PremiereVitalina Varela Pedro Costa | PortugalNorth American PremiereFor film synopses, cast lists, images, and more information, see tiff.net/wavelengthsFestival tickets go on sale September 2 at 10am (TIFF Member pre-sale August 31, 10am–4pm). 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