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Project of the Day: Stopping the Keystone XL 'Above All Else'

By Indiewire | Indiewire May 23, 2013 at 10:00AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Above All Else" Tweetable Logline:
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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Above All Else"

Tweetable Logline:

How one man’s struggle to protect his family from the Keystone XL pipeline transformed the fight against climate change in America.


Elevator Pitch:

Above All Else tells the remarkable story of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Through their journeys, the film tells the story of how the battle over Keystone has affected the larger fight against climate change. The film’s characters risk financial ruin, their personal safety, and their homes. Their stories become both an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America.

Production Team:

John Fiege – Director/Producer/Cinematographer


Daryl Hannah, Julia Butterfly Hill, Janet MacGillvray Wallace & Paul Bassis—Executive Producers


About the Production:

"I believe that this film has the potential to transform the conversation we are having in this country about climate change. The project thus both illuminates the urgency of the climate crisis while also providing an important organizing tool to empower those affected by the fossil fuel industry."

"It is a film about how courage and integrity are fundamental ingredients in social change—in Texas, throughout the country, and throughout history." -- John Fiege

Current Status:

Post-production.

For more information and to support this project

Film Site
Kickstarter Page (no longer active)


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