“The White Snake”
There is a Lakota prophecy that says there will be a great Black Snake that
will run through the land and bring destruction to the people and to the earth.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse and the Sioux tribes believe that prophecy
speaks about our dependence on Oil fuels.
What future will we design for our energy needs?
Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota in 1954. Raised by his
Grandparents Lucy and Thomas Looking Horse, he learned the culture and spiritual ways of the Lakota.
At age twelve, he was given the enormous responsibility of becoming the 19th generation Keeper of the
Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, the youngest in history.
He was raised in an era that gave witness to the suppression of his peoples’ spiritual practices.
He decided to “work for change and let the world know how beautiful our way of life is,
so the Seventh Generation can have a better life.”
His life has revolved around his commitment to work towards religious freedom, cultural survival and revival.
First Nation Icon to Narrate The White Snake Documentary
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, who led the protests against the Dakota pipeline at Standing Rock, will
narrate the documentary film, “The White Snake”, about alternative energies to oil.
Chief Arvol became chief of all Stars Nations and the 19th keeper of the Original Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations of the Sioux at 12 years old, the youngest to ever hold this exalted position known as the “sacred bundle keeper.”
Throughout First Nation history, they have talked about the black snake coming over the earth when man will be faced with global disaster.
“There are signs that Grandmother Earth is sick with a fever and man has gone too far,” said Chief Arvol.
“If we are going to survive, we need to stand on our spiritual ways and bring compassion back to the earth.”
The story of Standing Rock features prominently in the film. “It’s humbling to stand in front of Chief Arvol, this iconic figure who embodies such dignity, grace, spirit and a sense of history,” said “The White Snake” producer, Valentina Castellani.
What happened at Standing Rock is an important tale to tell. It was humanity against technology. The protests spoke loudly to the world about the importance of respecting the planet and the environment but, more importantly, to remember who we are as human beings, resonating together as one with the planet, with each other, and our soul. New technologies are out there that have proved successful in other countries that will ignite a new ‘system’ which beats in harmony with the heartbeat of the planet.
The Black Snake represents the dark destructive consciousness of humankind up to now. “But all of this is about to change and the era of the White Snake is coming. An era of a return to the origins, to consciousness and renewed ethics,” said Chief Arvol.
Directed by Isaac Hertz, “The White Snake” will examine the human, environmental, and economic consequences of our strategic dependence on oil and explore viable alternatives.
“I believe we can build The White Snake era if we work together as citizens of the world,” said Castellani.
“Senior experts we’ve interviewed in the film agree that our reliance on oil for transportation fuel is the primary U.S. security concern of our time. They also agree that we have the means right now to proactively address this concern without going to war or supporting war. As filmmakers, we want to motivate realistic policy change that can create a safer world.”
The White Snake
Oil products dominate transportation, over 95 percent. We can’t transport anything, essentially, without oil today – we can’t get food, we can’t get to work or school. Without oil civilization comes to a halt. Of the 22 countries in the world that earn 60 percent or more of their GDP from oil, every one of them is a dictatorship or autocratic kingdom. Nine of the top eleven oil exporters in the world are dictatorships or autocratic kingdoms. These states are disproportionately responsible for famines, civil wars, hosting terrorists, and war.
We now borrow about a billion dollars a day to import oil. If we could use this $350-$400 billion annually to buy domestically-produced fuel (other than oil) it would be a huge economic stimulus to the country instead of being what it is now, a massive economic drain and increase in our indebtedness. Producing our own nonoil transporta-tion-based fuel would add up to a savings in transportation costs of about $2,000 per American family annually.
“How can we destroy oil’s strategic importance?”
“The White Snake” is connected with the non-profit organization creativevisions.org, so that every investment or sponsorship is tax deductible.
“The White Snake” is a story that affects our lives.
It brings out the best and the worst in us.
and speaks to our very humanity
Alternative energy is on the rise,
but what are the options?
Even with current technology, Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles offer the
American road an estimated gasoline displacement potential of 6.5 million
barrels of oil equivalent per day, or approximately 52 percent of US oil imports.
“Tesla exists to accelerate the development of electric cars and electric transportation.”
– Elon Musk
“The White Snake” will highlight the exciting work of the
ISRAEL FUEL CHOICES INIATIVE
“We choose to live in a world free of dependence on crude oil, with a variety of clean and accessible means of transportation”
-Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
The Fuel Choices Initiative is a 10 year government program dedicated
to reducing the world’s dependency on oil for transport.
COSTA RICA AND BRAZIL | Leaders in Preventing Deforestation
There is an environmental component to the topic of oil consumption that countries in Latin America are taking the lead in confronting. Costa Rica is working towards becoming the world’s first carbon neutral country. Costa Rica aims to reach this goal using budgeting, laws, and incentives, including measures to promote biofuels, hybrid vehicles, and clean energy.
Costa Rica can count itself among the world’s most effective tropical forest conservationists, according to a surprisingly upbeat report from the Union of Concerned Scientists on reductions in global deforestation during the last decade.
The report from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based organization highlighted successes in reducing tropical deforestation in 17 countries in Central America and around the world, arguing that social and economic advancement does not necessarily mean accelerated loss of forest cover. The development in many countries actually led to improvements in efforts to reforest or reduce deforestation.
“There is some success happening. Ironically, some of the less developed countries
are having more success reducing their greenhouse gas emissions than the richest ones.
That’s a story worth telling.”
(Doug Boucher author and director of the UCS Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative).
“I think we’re starting to turn an old view on its head; that deforestation is something that can be reduced because people’s livelihoods are improving,” he added. Today, over 50 percent of Costa Rica’s land is covered with forest between national parks, reserves and indigenous reserves. “Costa Rica bears out the prediction of substantial net reforestation based on a high level of the Human Development Index. It is important highlighting Costa Rica’s success with eco-tourism; payment for ecosystem services, a system where land owners are paid to maintain their forests; and “reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation” (REDD+) programs, which provide financial and political support from the international community to protect forests.
BRAZIL | Renewable Energy Giant
In the next decade demand for energy is expected to increase by around 60 percent in Brazil, fueled by millions of people spending more on consumer goods for their homes and cars, economic growth continuing to outstrip that seen in developed nations, and heavy spending to improve infrastructures.
Brazil, however, is breakout success.
Through a constellation of policies and changes in land use, Brazil cut its global warming emissions by one third, some 750 million tons of carbon dioxide, between 2001 and 2011. Only a decade ago, Brazil – Latin America’s largest economy – was the world leader in deforestation and ranked behind the United States and China as the world’s third largest source of global warming emissions.
With an energy mix based on renewable energy and large production of biofuels, Brazil is a reference in reducing environmental damage.
Within the global context, Brazil remains a leader in renewable energy generation.
Brazil’s dramatic reductions are due in part to expanding indigenous reserves and
other protected areas. Brazil, has set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2020.
According to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA), Brazil is the third largest renewable energy generator – which does not release waste or polluting gases into the atmosphere – as well as the third biggest water power producer in relation to the rest of the world. As a consequence, in particular due to water power, greenhouse gas emissions dropped 28.1% from 2015 to 2016.
Brazil remains the leader among the countries with the largest share of renewable sources in its energy mix and consequently, low emission levels.
In addition to clean energy, Brazil stands out for its biofuel production. Influenced mainly by ethanol, Brazil is the second largest biofuel producer in the world, according to data from the global statistics portal, Statista. In 2016, Brazil produced 18.5 million tons of barrels of oil equivalent.
This scenario only tends to improve. To encourage biofuel production and comply with the Paris Agreement, the government has enacted the law that creates RenovaBio, a new regulatory framework for biofuels.
There’s a lesson here that sometimes we’re too cynical or too accustomed to the status quo that things can’t change much or very quickly. Well, sometimes they do.
Breaking oil’s virtual monopoly over transportation fuel is now a realistic possibility.
It is also the most pressing U.S. security issue of our time.
Oil’s status as a strategic commodity undermines U.S. national security and weakens the U.S. economy. Reducing oil’s strategic importance requires breaking it’s virtual monopoly over transportation fuel. Featuring revealing interviews with R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA, Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Robert C. McFarlane, Former National Security advisor, and many others, “OIL” will lay bare the Global consequences of achieving what has recently become the very realistic possibility of removing our dependence on oil as transportation fuel. “OIL” will clearly explain the negative consequences both national and international, of our dependence on Oil. The film will examine our relationship with Gulf States like Iran, taking into consideration the rich cultural and political history of these countries, and considering the enormous potential for economic and social development that could be released if they expanded beyond being Oil dependent economies. ”Oil” will explore the new economically viable alternatives of transportation fuel, including the latest developments in University research, and the recent work of the Clinton Global Initiative. “OIL” will project what our government must do to make our world immediately cleaner and safer. Our most senior experts agree that our reliance on Oil for transportation fuel is the primary U.S. security concern of our time. They also agree that we have the means right now to proactively address this concern without going to War or supporting War. “OIL” the film, will motivate realistic policy change that can create a safer world.
LIST OF AUTHORITIES TO BE FEATURED IN THE FILM
HON. R. JAMES WOOLSEY
FORMER DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE; CHAIRMAN OF THE FOUNDATION FOR DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK
FORMER SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER EUROPE
HON. ALAN GREENSPAN
FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE
HON. GEORGE P. SHULTZ
FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE; FORMER SECRETARY OF TREASURY
HON. WILLIAM PERRY
FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
PROFESSOR GEORGE OLAH
NOBEL LAUREATE IN CHEMISTRY
HON. ROBERT C. MCFARLANE
FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
HON. MARY LANDRIEU
FORMER SENATOR FROM LOUISIANA AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE
HON. HAROLD BROWN
FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
FORMER PRESIDENT, SHELL OIL COMPANY
HON. NORMAN AUGUSTINE
FORMER CHAIRMAN, LOCKHEED-MARTIN; FORMER UNDER SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
“The White Snake” will be presented worldwide with an extensive marketing and educational
campaign, which may impact millions of viewers, and inspire many investors, leaders and entrepreneurs.
|Former CIA Director James Woolsey, Nancye Miller, Director/ Producer Isaac Hertz, Producer Valentina Castellani and Former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane||Producer & Director Isaac Hertz with Producer Valentina Castellani at the US House of Representatives|
ISRAEL FUEL CHOICES INIATIVE will be well represented in this project and the Country of Israel, will be highlighted in the film, as a Leader Country.
The marketing and educational campaign will present the film at:
Global Nations, Governments, US Congress, DAVOS, YPO The Edge Vancouver 2017, CGI, MEDIA, Council on Foreign Relations, World Affairs Councils of America, The McCain Institute for International Leadership, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, International Film Festivals, Universities, Embassies, Public organizations, and a number of international other venues, creating conferences and screenings followed by discussion panels with experts featured in the Documentary.
We will also create short segments to publish on all social media, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Investors in the film will be able to utilize these opportunities, videos, and tools to inspire involvement in their own projects.
VALENTINA CASTELLANI | PRODUCER
VALENTINA CASTELLANI & QUINN STUDIOS
Valentina Castellani was born in Florence, Italy, where her family owned since the 1800’s an Opera House Theatre, the “Teatro Verdi”.
Her Grandfather Riccardo Castellani was one of the most important producers and distributors of the Golden Era of Italian cinema. Growing up behind the stage, watching operas, plays and ballets, obviously had a strong influence on her.
She graduated from college, majoring in arts and painting, and acquired a Master degree in Fashion Design at FIT in collaboration with the University of Florence, Fine Arts. Valentina worked as a designer for major international brands such as PRADA – GUCCI – JEAN PAUL GAULTIER – TIERRY MUGLER – KENZO – GUESS and many more.
In 2012, Valentina Castellani created Quinn Studios, in memory of Francesco Quinn, her husband and son of Oscar winning actor Anthony Quinn, deceased on August 2011. Quinn Studios is a production and post production company, formed by part-ners Valentina Castellani and Massimiliano Musina. Quinn Studios continues the Quinn Legacy in the fields of entertainment, the arts, and world peace.
In 2012, Quinn Studios produced the documentary series “Life On A Bike” based on the Italian pro cycling tour Giro D’Italia, filmed across 11 countries. In 2014, Quinn Studio co-produced the movie “The Butterfly’s Dream”, candidate for Academy Award and Golden Globe 2014, as Best Foreign Movie. Also winner of 13 International Awards, including the Milano International Film Festival, the World Sound Track Academy 2014, the Siena Film Festival 2014. Quinn Studios also helped on the post production of “The Square”, a documentary on the Egyptian con-flict, which won all major International Awards, including the Directors Guild Award 2014, Sundance Film Festival 2014, Berlin Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival, and more.
Quinn Studios just completed a documentary film about the Dome of the Rock in Israel from the perspective of the three major religions. “One Rock Three Reli-gions” just won the Jury Grand Prix at the Siena International Film Festival 2015, in Italy, and it‘s been officially selected for the Hollywood Film Festival, The Milano Film Festival, the Jerusalem Film Festival.
ISAAC HERTZ | DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Isaac Hertz received his B.A. with Honors from New York University having majored in Philosophy. He served as Vice President of Hertz Investment Group, a national real estate investment company, before deciding that he wanted to broaden his interests and make films that would challenge the way people think about the major issues of their time.
His interests had turned to film when he and close friend, Sam Grundwerg, engaged in a family research project that took them around the world trying to record through live interviews the personality of Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust. Hertz felt that while so much attention has been paid to the destruction of European Jewry, the character of the civilization that had thrived for a thousand years was being lost.
Their experiences resulted in the awarded Documentary film, “Life Is Strange,” that premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2011.
Isaac recently completed “One Rock Three Religions,” an awarded film that explores the role Religion plays in political conflict. His work has begun to make an impact, drawing interest from the U.S. Congress, the U.N,
and accolades from major film festivals.
ALAIN JAKUBOWICZ | EDITOR
Writer, Producer and Editor Alain Jakubowicz was born in Paris, France. At age 15 he discovered his passion for editing when his first 8mm film won an award at the Venice Film Fes-tival. Jakubowicz graduated from Conservatoire Independent du Cinema Francais (CICF – a film school in Paris) with a M.A. degree in film editing and went on to build his professional career in Israel. He became one of the most prolific and prominent editors in Israel credited with major clas-sic movies including the famous Lemon Popsicle nominated at the Golden Globes as best foreign picture and still considered today the most successful Israeli film.
In 1986 his life took a new turn when he was invited to Hollywood to edit Delta Force, starring Lee Marvin and Chuck Norris. In 1987 Alain Jakubowicz became Vice President of Creative Post Production for Canon Films, a position that allowed him to work with major directors and foremost productions, including Andrei Konchalovsky’s “Shy People”, Tobbe Hopper’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” and “Invaders From Mars”, and Barbet Schroedder’s “Barfly”. During those years he supervised all aspects of creative post-production on the entire Canon catalogue. After another decade of editing major motion pictures, Alain Jakubowicz is now focusing his talents on telling stories through meaningful documentaries, an endeavor that continues to fuel the passion for a profession he fell in love with a half a century ago.
ARTEM ZUEV | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographer and Cinematographer Artem Zuev was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and moved to the United States at the age of 12. He discovered his passion at an early age by receiving great joy from borrowing his grandfather’s 35mm camera to simply play with setting focus while look-ing through the viewfinder. Zuev studied International Relations and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and graduated in 2008.
His real filmmaking school began in the cutting room with mentor and editor Alain Jakubowicz. While knowing his passion lies in cinematography and directing, Zuev quickly understood that all facets of filmmaking are revealed in the cutting room. After several editing credits alongside Alain Jakubowicz, Artem got his first break as a feature cinematographer on Isaac Hertz’s “One Rock Three Religions” which won the 2015 International Jury Grand Prix at the Terra di Siena Film Festival. Besides his main focus on documentary cinematography and direction, Zuev also produces freelance videos for commercial and independent clients. Outside of filmmaking Zuev plays professional level petanque and represents the United States as player and coach in international competitions and world championships.