I'm Rod Webber. Artist. Musician. Filmmaker. Activist. Author.

 

In light of recent Trump executive orders, including one to psuh through DAPL, it no longer seems sensible to wait to schedule "Flowers for Peace" (the election documentary), or "War of North Dakota" (about the pipeline fight). So, we are actively seeking venues, (anywhere in the US or Canada), to screen both docs.

SCREENINGS:

April 3rd - 7-9PM "War of North Dakota" University of New Hampshire

April 5th "War of North Dakota" Grassi Museum of Ethnography, Leipzig, Germany, (Time TBA)

"Flowers for Peace" (Rough Cut) It started by bringing flowers to strangers and praying for peace with Jeb Bush. But, ultimately this film documents the civil unrest and violence recorded at a total of 40 Trump events. While, there are plenty of comical interactions, like singing with Governor John Kasich and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, it is the interactions with Trump and his supporters in the wake of Trump's election that are today the most relevant. Trump calls on Webber to recite scripture. Webber replies with verses critical of Trump. Trump blows it off and his supports attack Webber. At the next rally, Trump staff and police team up to throw Webber over a table, for the sin of asking Trump about the previous attack. Webber is arrested. Meanwhile the media is silent. Webber continues to be ejected and arrested, (for the crime of having flowers). As things evolve, Webber and friends are raided by the FBI and ICE agents during the RNC. There was no warrant, but the agents entered the home with guns out, and denied it-- and it is all caught on tape. Finally, on the eve of the inauguration, Webber is stopped by Capitol Police in Washington DC, "for having a bomb." No one will be surprised to find out, all Webber had was flowers. This is what it is like to speak the truth in Donald Trump's America.

"The War of North Dakota" (Rough cut) highlights the actions on the Backwater Bridge and nearby locations at the Standing Rock Reservation and NoDAPL protests leading up to a brutal night in which the Morton County Sheriff's department unleashed rubber bullets, concussion grenades, tear gas and freezing water-cannons on the people of Standing Rock and their environmentalist allies, resulting in 300 injuries. There was widespread hypothermia, the loss of eye-sight (with Sioux-Z Dundon), and a woman (Sophia Wilansky), who lost the use of her arm-- both were injured by explosives launched at the crowd by the police. DM on Twitter. @RodWebber

 

PAST SCREENINGS:

Oct 14th - 12PM "Flowers for Peace" New Hampshire Film Fest
Oct 15th - 7:30PM "Flowers for Peace" Pawtucket, Film Festival
Feb 5th - 7PM "War of North Dakota" Feb 5th at Encuentro 5 in Boston.
Feb 17th - 7PM "War of North Dakota" at MassArt Boston.
Feb 24th - 6PM "War of North Dakota" Feb 24th at Encuentro 5 in Boston. 6PM
March 25th - 5PM "Flowers for Peace" SOMA ARTS. Somerville MA.
March 4th 12:30PM "War of North Dakota" Red Fork Film Fest. Oklahoma.
March 6th - Dusk "War of North Dakota" Harrisburg, PA Capitol Building
March 7th - 10PM "Flowers for Peace," Columbus, OH, Capitol Building
March 8th 6PM "War of North Dakota" Sanctuary on Penn, 701 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN
March 11th - 8:30PM "Flowers for Peace," and "War of North Dakota" at Green Party HQ, 1105 E 6th St. Austin, TX
March 17th - 5PM "Flowers for Peace" at Block Off Biltmore, 35 S. Market St. B, Asheville, NC
March 19th - 4:30PM "War of North Dakota" March 19th Wilton, NH

I'm Rod Webber. Artist. Musician. Filmmaker. Activist. Author.

I have been filming at Standing Rock, much of which can be seen on my YouTube channel. But have also recently wrapped up shooting for "Flowers For Peace." The documentary follows my travels beginning in 2014 by offering “flowers for peace” to strangers in the street, through it's evolution to doing the same with the candidates of the 2016 presidential election.

Whether praying for peace with Jeb Bush and John McCain, or getting roughed up by Donald Trump's staff, or stopped and arrested by the police everywhere I go, there's never a dull moment. Along the way, I brainstorm solutions for peace with Bernie Sanders and Dr. Jill Stein, and hang out with libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in drag. I even sing a David Bowie duet with John Kasich and serenade Governor Chris Christie with political satirist Vermin Supreme.

We also have some very serious discussions about the cake of hate Donald Trump has cooked up with Consul General to Mexico Daniel Hernandez Joseph, BLM activists Mercutio Southall, & Sahedra Amen, and Black-Queer Activist Ashley Williams.

Conversely, I speak to prominent Alt-right figures such as white-nationalist Jared Taylor, white nationalist Matthew Heimbach and Andrew Hallinan, the owner of the "Anti-Muslim gun shop" who infamously sold George Zimmerman's confederate flag painting.

Things come to a head at the RNC when right wing talk show host Alex Jones falsely accuses us on his show of throwing bottles of urine at police, and the FBI, Homeland security and ICE agents surprise us with a guns-out, warrantless raid while we slept.

Other appearances by Dr. Cornel West, Cenk Uygur, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Michael Steele, Sarah Palin and many more.

You can see clips on my YouTube, or my Vine project, (with 17 million views and growing). Also check out my art book "The Garden of Voiceless Screams", from the 2012 election and "My America" which explores the issue of race in America in the wake of the 2008 election. If you want to take a ride in the wayback machine, check out "A Man Among Giants" from the 2006 election in Pawtucket, RI.

 

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Recently, my encounter with the anti-Islamic group BAIR was featured on NOW THIS, and achieved a bit of virality at over 700 thousand views. I was at a Donald Trump rally in Dallas, TX, and saw the men at the protest, standing with their AR-15s, and I decided to have a friendly chat, while I put flowers in the barrels of their guns, (recreating the iconic Bernie Boston photo of the Civil Rights era. The Dallas Morning News snapped a photo, which inititally went viral, leading to an article, leading to my video getting picked up.

Filmmaker's statement:

We are on the precipice of a great new era of growth and transformation. For the past century we have been in the throes of teenage growing pains— going from an agricultural society to an industrial society, hungry for natural resources and raw materials to fuel our growth-- a growth that has increasingly put us at war-- largely for the purpose of drilling oil from the ground.

But now we must prepare ourselves to make the transformation from an industrial / war based society born of fossil fuels, to a conscientious society based on new earth-friendly technologies which will usher in a new golden Age of Enlightenment of prosperity and growth. Like all growth and transformation, it will be painful at first. There will be resistance. There will be protests in the street. The power elite will pit the working classes against each other using social issues as wedges in order to maintain their violent stranglehold on their dying way of life.

But this transformation is upon us, whether the powerful like it or not. The earth cannot much longer sustain the abuses we put her through. Our bridges and infrastructure are collapsing-- and if we are to rebuild America, and bring her into the shining new land of prosperity, we must embrace renewable energy and alternative sources of biodegradable materials such as hemp and soy. We must harness the wind and the sea.


Dr. Cornel West
As it says in Genesis, we are to be Stewards of the earth -- and rather than pollute it, as fracking is know to do, and as oil spills are known to do, we can fuel our vehicles on water, as the Navy is preparing to do. If it is good for the military-- then surely we should incentivize these new revolutionary sources of energy to put those old ways behind- and herald in a new profitable era in which men women and children can spend more time improving their bodies, minds and spirits, rather than languish day to day in gridlock only to spend our lives in cubicles pushing paper to and fro while we grow more unhealthy and unhappy.


Rod interviews Consul General of Mexico, Daniel Hernéndez Joseph regarding the beating of a homeless man by Trump supporters.

We must embrace transformation, and step into the future. Where eliminating our dependence on foreign oil will allow us to budget outreach. So that we can build houses and schools, rather than drop bombs and send Drone strikes. We must feed the poor as all major world religions advocate. Our growth and prosperity will be the world’s growth and prosperity. How a society (or in our case a superpower) treats the least of the world’s citizen’s is how history will judge us. Our generosity will make us great. I ask every American citizen to look into their heart and ask, how can we make the world better? This is how we will forge a new era of peace and prosperity.

SYNOPSIS: Director Rod Webber travels the country and offers a "flower for peace" to the 2016 US presidential candidates. Born out of his partner's sickness, in an effort to cheer her up, Webber began by traveling the country giving flowers to strangers as performance art. Amassing millions of views on social media, he took the concept to the campaign trail, once again spawning countless viral videos praying for peace with Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham and John McCain.

As Webber’s mission evolves, his six-minute biblical sparring session with Gov. Mike Huckabee was seen by millions, pitting the left and the right against each other as to who had “won.” Later, Webber’s probing public conversation with NJ Gov. Chris Christie lead to Christie’s admissions about his sex life and “the rhythm method,”which became fodder for late-night comedy for a week.

If that wasn't weird enough, Gov. John Kasich invited Webber to sing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" with him dressed as the Bowie character “Aladdin Sane.” Causing a positive stir on the campaign trail, Kasich asks him back to perform the Beatles, "Here Comes the Sun," and other Bowie classics on stage with the presidential candidate.

But things aren't always so full of smiles, as Donald Trump kicks Webber out of dozens of rallies. Early in the campaign, Trump calls on Webber during a Q&A, and Webber responds by quoting scripture, critical of a candidate like Trump leading the angry crowd to rough up Webber on his way out. At the next Q&A, Webber raises his hand— an act so radical and anti-Trump that Trump staff and police grab him from behind, and throw him over a table, and then arrest him.

Not to be discouraged by the intimidation tactics of a bully, Webber attended 37 Trump rallies, and documented countless arrests and acts of violence, ultimately stepping in to protect Trump supporters in a number of cases to try to maintain peace.

VALDOSTA SPEAKS (The students of VSU talk about the Trump rally ejection)

 


Appearing on RT's "Watching the Hawks" to discuss ejection and arrest at Trump Q&A. VIDEO

Statement regarding "NO LABELS" incident, (and arrest during Trump Q&A).

I am a peace activist known by many for for passing out flowers to both strangers and politicians, (from Bernie Sanders to John McCain), and praying with many of them at their events. I believe in social justice, and have attended rallies championing the environment, and have marched in St. Louis and Ferguson/ Jefferson City for Mike Brown, and believe in helping those in need.

However, on Oct. 12th, I was assaulted at the "No Labels Problem Solvers" convention by Donald Trump security, along with Manchester NH police department. I asked Mr. Trump at a Q&A if he would address my being roughed up at a Trump rally in Rochester, NH a couple weeks previous. For my efforts, I was grabbed from behind and thrown over a table, dragged, then thrown to the floor again. After being detained, then officially released, I was escorted from the property. I then approached police to press charges against the Trump staff and officers who assaulted me-- at which point I was arrested for "disorderly conduct" and "resisting arrest." Ironically, there is video of me offering the police a flower during this alleged "resisting arrest."

This is a first amendment issue. The freedom of speech is what I am fighting for. If Mr. Trump is afraid to answer-- and he responds with violence-- refusing to denounce the actions of his supporters (in Rochester) and his staff in Manchester, then this is what we can expect under a Trump presidency.

 

 

 

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Second appearance on "Watching the Hawks" with Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace
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Dr. Jill Stein (Green Party candidate)

Wes Clark Jr. at Standing Rock (Photo by Matthias Sheer)

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Interviewing Ashley Williams on her confrontation of Hillary Clinton regarding the term "super-predator." VIDEO


Appearing on "Dan Yorke State of Mind
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Atlanta Trump rally: Ejected for agreeing with The Pope and wearing "Love all immigrants" shirt.

 


Bringing flowers to Donald Trump... for which Rod Webber is assaulted by supporters. (VIDEO)


Dr. Cornel West


Washington Post: Assaulted by Trump Staff. Later Arrested. VIDEO

 


"Webber schools Huckabee on the Bible" (Featured on The Young Turks.) VIDEO


Second feature on TYT (VIDEO)


Interviewing BLM activist Mercutio Southall regarding his ejection at Trump rally.


Featured on CBS Atlanta at a John Kasich event. VIDEO

 


Lawrence Lessig


Appearing on WPRO to talk about scuffle at Trump rally


Featured a 2nd time on CBS Atlanta at a Ted Cruz rally. VIDEO


Candidate Rocky DeLa Fuente


Gov. Scott Walker


Ejected from Trump rally in Georgia


Appearing on the Mike Butler Midday Show on WEMF


Activist/ Lawyer Marty Rosenbluth speaks about Trump protest.


Blogger Kevin Bowe shares his experiences on the campaign trail.


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