Private Project

Sitting Bull: Standing Tall

We must all Stand Tall for Spiritual Ecological Equality. The wisdom of Chief Sitting bull is still applicable 100 years after his death especially concerning the environment and human equality.

Chief sitting bulls words are narrated over the trance drumming music of Muruga Booker who also provides the narration, music, and art along with musical assistance from his band Muruga Cosmic Boogie.

  • Steven T Bookvich
    AKA Muruga Booker
  • Steven T Bookvich
    AKA Muruga Booker
  • Steven T Bookvich
  • Aaron Vittala Bookvich
  • Muruga Booker
    Key Cast
    "aka Steven Bookvich"
    One, Paradise Boogie, Woodstock '69 Soundtrack w/ Tim Hardin, "Blues for the Rainforest" music video with Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia + long storied music career including with George but also Swami Satchadananda Clinton
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    41 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Starwood Festival
    United States
    July 16, 2022
Director Biography - Steven T Bookvich

Muruga is a world renown percussionist and musician who is making his directorial debut with the film Sitting Bull: Standing Tall.

Muruga has been a long time peace and environmental activist having played at the original Woodstock music festival as a drummer in Tim Hardin's band in 1969, being involved with Ram Das & Swami Satchadananda in the 70's, recording the environmental protest album "Blues from the Rainforest" with Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia and receiving the Hiroshima "Voices for Peace Award".

Muruga is also known for being a percussionist for George Clinton as well as making shamanic trance drum music.

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Director Statement

We are the planet crying melting glacier tears.
We are the planet who has the fever of forest fires.
Gasping for rainforest breath.
We are the planet with plastic islands.
From its polluted mind separate from its nature.
We are the planet who’s dooming itself.
We're the planet who sees its own imbalanced life.
Out of control waring itself.
Like a snake eating its own tale and resting in delight.
We are the planet that has no treaties.
Only broken ideals.
We're the planet who is in darkness.
That needs to be awakened by its own inner light.
We are all existence.