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May 23, 2013 10:00 AM
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Project of the Day: Stopping the Keystone XL 'Above All Else'

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"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:


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Kickstarter Page (no longer active)

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  • L Anderson | May 31, 2013 1:55 AMReply

    This film is an important vehicle to spread awareness of the devastating impact of the Keystone XL Pipleline.

  • Beverly Menner | May 29, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    This matter of truth should be shared with the public....

  • Watson Moore | May 29, 2013 10:44 AMReply

    It is important to get the story in this film out to the public.

  • Darlene Powell | May 29, 2013 10:15 AMReply

    Very informative and for a very good cause.

  • amy grappell | May 28, 2013 11:49 AMReply

    Above All Else!

  • Jim Rine | May 27, 2013 10:51 PMReply

    I vote for "Above All Else" because if we do not start acting on curbing climate change nothing else really matters.

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