Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story

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Black Snake Killaz is a feature-length documentary film about the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. This film will explore actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline. The documentary will also highlight the actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz will timeline the historical events that took place throughout the last year and tell the story of how it all went down.

Join us May 9th, 2017 at 4:15pm central for our second live fundraising update:

GOAL: $25,000         RAISED: $842


In Black Snake Killaz, Unicorn Riot brings you the raw experience from many frontline actions throughout the struggle to protect the water. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline is completed, the impact of the movement will be long-lasting. As fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the United States of America, the importance of the water protectors story grows.

This film is a collaborative creative commons project being produced by Unicorn Riot, a non-profit 501(c)3 educational media organization. Our journalists, who were on the ground covering the demonstrations throughout the entire campaign to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, have gathered extensive footage and are working hard to produce this film for historic and educational purposes. We need your help in the creation of this documentary.


Research, editing, and other aspects of production must still be completed. We hope to gather enough financial support for this project to wrap up remaining interviews and finish the post-production phase of the film. Our production team also needs funding for hardware, such as external hard drives, a better editing station, and to support cloud-based file sharing. We also need to cover travel/logistics expenses for these interviews and other on-location shoots. Finally, we are also seeking funding so we can submit the documentary to various film festivals.


The full feature-length documentary film will be made available for viewing, for free, via the internet. Black Snake Killaz is expected to be released in the Fall of 2017.


May 2nd, 2017 was our first live fundraiser update:



Help us reach our documentary funding goal!


On April 1st, 2016, when the Sacred Stone Camp was established, Unicorn Riot found itself at the beginning of the #NoDAPL movement. Our organization had responded to a press release making public the intention to establish the camp and sent two journalists on that day to document the story. Throughout 2016, nine of our journalists were able to visit and document the growing resistance camps, of which four were arrested a total of five times. We created eighty-nine articles about #NoDAPL and documented the movement, from Iowa to North Dakota, in hundreds of hours of footage and live video streams.
Unicorn Riot is an independent non-profit media organization that operates free from corporate and government funding with support from our viewers. Unicorn Riot’s purpose is to amplify the voices of people who might otherwise go unheard, and broadcast the stories that might otherwise go untold, as we further understanding of dynamic social struggles. We are committed to producing media that exposes root causes of social conflict and explores sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world. Unicorn Riot needs your help in continuing our mission and creating this documentary.

Thank you for your support!

This fundraiser will last from April 15 to June 15, 2017