Above All Else
One man will risk it all to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, "Above All Else" follows David Daniel as he rallies neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide.
As in his previous film, "Mississippi Chicken", director John Fiege puts a human face on a complex case of social injustice, capturing the South in all its drama and contradiction
SXSW Eco Recommendation
Director: John Fiege
Executive Producer: Daryl Hannah, Julia Butterfly Hill, Janet MacGillivray Wallace
Producer: John Fiege, Anita Grabowski, Christopher Lucas
Cinematographer: John Fiege
Editor: Leah Marino
Music: Justin Sherburn
Additional Credits: Associate Producer: Libbie Weimer, Associate Producer/Co-Editor: Liz Perlman, Co-Editor: Alvaro Torres-Crespo
John Fiege previously directed the feature documentary, Mississippi Chicken, and photographed the recent Sundance selection No No: A Dockumentary. He works in both fiction and nonfiction, and his films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art, Miami International Film Festival, and Austin Film Festival, among many others.
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