BEYOND STANDING ROCK takes a close-up look at the controversy on the front lines of the
Dakota Access Pipeline. The film investigates the collision of energy development and tribal
rights/sovereignty. BEYOND STANDING ROCK explores these issues through three different tribal
stories: The Dakota Access Pipeline (Standing Rock Sioux), the Southern Ute Tribe energy
development, and a coalition of tribes in the Four Corners region, fighting for control over the Bears
Ears National Monument.
As President Trump reverses President Obama’s decision to halt the pipeline, the struggle for
control over their treaty lands is far from over for the Standing Rock Sioux. That’s where BEYOND
STANDING ROCK digs into the details. BEYOND STANDING ROCK shines a spotlight tribal
sovereignty and the Standing Rock tribe’s 170-year conflict with the U.S. government over
independence and control over their own land and resources.
Front line violent protests, interviews with tribal leaders like Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, David
Archambault and Kevin Washburn, President Obama’s Assistant Secretary on Indian Affairs, offer
context, history and perspective from the American Indian’s struggles for self-determination.
BEYOND STANDING ROCK reveals the story of the Southern Ute tribe, who have transformed
themselves from an impoverished tribe to billionaires. The tribe has taken control of their lands and
now owns its own natural gas production. The filmmakers were the first-ever to be granted access to
the Southern Ute tribe to tell their story. The Southern Ute have transformed their reservation into a
state of the art area with first-class infrastructure, a new recreation center, world-class museum and
even their own Southern Ute Growth Fund. Every tribal member has, health insurance, a job if they
want it and every child can go to college at no cost, all due to the tribes’ earnings. But there is
tension with environmental groups who disagree with the Southern Ute’s expansive gas
As Utah lawmakers push to sell off federal lands, a coalition of tribes in the Four Corners region are
pushing back to gain control of their ancestral lands at Bears Ears. BEYOND STANDING ROCK
reveals the contentious and complicated tug of war between American Indians, their anti-
government neighbors and conservative lawmakers. The film puts viewers right in the middle of the
arguments back and forth over tribes’ rights, local control, energy development and whether to
designate 2-millions acres of Bears Ears as a national monument.
Throughout the film, BEYOND STANDING ROCK takes viewers across the Western United States,
with stunning aerial cinematography, and an expansive music soundtrack. BEYOND STANDING
ROCK is produced and directed by 7-time, Heartland Emmy® Award winner, Brian Malone in
collaboration with the Inside Energy team: Alisa Barba and Leigh Paterson. The film is also narrated
by Tony® Nominated actress, Beth Malone
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