I, David Felix Sutcliffe, a Sundance-supported filmmaker, along with Michelle Cook, a Dine' (Navajo) human rights lawyer and founder of the Indigenous-led divestment campaign Divest Invest Protect, are releasing an open letter next week in advance of the 2021 Sundance Film festival.
The letter asks Robert Redford -- a well known environmentalist and supporter of Indigenous storytellers -- to sever the relationship between Sundance and Chase Bank, one of the festival's primary corporate sponsors. Chase is the number one funder of fossil fuel extraction projects in the US, and has invested nearly $200 billion into climate-crisis-causing projects since 2017.
The letter not only addresses Chase's fiscal entanglement with the climate crisis, but with the warzone levels of violence and dramatically escalated sex trafficking surrounding these pipeline projects, and community resistance.
We're hoping to gather signatures from key partners before we publish the letter on Medium.com (anticipated publishing date: September 7, 2020). Please feel free to circulate the letter and link for signatures amongst trusted partners. Join us in signing on to the letter here: bit.ly/CutChaseltr
David Felix Sutcliffe and Michelle Cook
David Felix Sutcliffe (he/him)