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Reverend Billy Goes to Main Street: Free Speech, Trespassing, and Activist Documentary Film

Reverend Billy Goes to Main Street: Free Speech, Trespassing, and Activist Documentary Film Reverend Billy Goes to Main Street: Free Speech, Trespassing, and Activist Documentary Film karen e. whedbee on sep tember 3 , 2016, amy goodman event, she was belatedly charged with criminal (anchor and reporter for Democracy Now!) was trespass and with riot. the only reporter on site covering a protest ac- Goodman is not alone among journalists or tion near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation filmmakers who have found themselves pulled in North Dakota. Native American protesters across property lines in pursuit of a story. In were attempting to stop bulldozers that were recent years, activist documentary filmmakers constructing the Bakken oil pipeline through have become especially vulnerable to charges privately owned ranch land. The protesters al- of trespass. For example, in February 2009, leged that the land contained ancient cairns, Chad Stevens was charged with criminal tres- sacred stone prayer rings, and burial markers. pass while attempting to film an environmental They also argued that a leak or spill in the pipe- protest action about mountaintop removal at a line would send oil into the tribe’s main source coal mine in Marsh Creek, West Virginia (Jones). of drinking water. When the protesters broke In September 2009, Andy Bichlbaum http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Reverend Billy Goes to Main Street: Free Speech, Trespassing, and Activist Documentary Film

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 71 (2) – Jun 10, 2019

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University of Illinois Press
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Copyright © 2008 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
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Abstract

Reverend Billy Goes to Main Street: Free Speech, Trespassing, and Activist Documentary Film karen e. whedbee on sep tember 3 , 2016, amy goodman event, she was belatedly charged with criminal (anchor and reporter for Democracy Now!) was trespass and with riot. the only reporter on site covering a protest ac- Goodman is not alone among journalists or tion near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation filmmakers who have found themselves pulled in North Dakota. Native American protesters across property lines in pursuit of a story. In were attempting to stop bulldozers that were recent years, activist documentary filmmakers constructing the Bakken oil pipeline through have become especially vulnerable to charges privately owned ranch land. The protesters al- of trespass. For example, in February 2009, leged that the land contained ancient cairns, Chad Stevens was charged with criminal tres- sacred stone prayer rings, and burial markers. pass while attempting to film an environmental They also argued that a leak or spill in the pipe- protest action about mountaintop removal at a line would send oil into the tribe’s main source coal mine in Marsh Creek, West Virginia (Jones). of drinking water. When the protesters broke In September 2009, Andy Bichlbaum

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Jun 10, 2019

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