After a successful festival run and many screenings with community and activist groups around the US and Canada, ABOVE ALL ELSE (trailer) was released on leading digital pay-per-view platforms on January 20, 2015.
Director John Fiege is also continuing a university tour with the film, with visits scheduled in February to Syracuse and Franklin & Marshall and Penn State in Pennsylvania, and others later this spring. Please contact us if you're interested in setting up a campus visit!
We also have more festival screenings on the horizon, at Cinema Verde in Gainesville, FL, Cleveland International Film Festival, Irvine (CA) International Film Festival, and Ecofalante in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Our digital premiere on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, and Google Play is part of a new initiative from the highly-regarded Sundance Institute, in which Institute-supported films and select films from allied non-profit film organizations, like the Austin Film Society, are eligible for an unparalleled distribution deal that allows preferred and direct access to leading online digital retailers. As a beneficiary of two Austin Film Society Grants, Above All Else was eligible and selected for the program. Above All Else also received funding through the Princess Grace Foundation and a successful Kickstarter campaign. The film will be listed on iTunes as a special selection in Kickstarter's channel as well.
It has been a whirlwind year with the film. We’ve been all over the continent with this film and audiences have embraced it. People all over are convinced that this pipeline is neither safe nor necessary, and the product it would carry threatens our future. They also don’t like a foreign corporation using eminent domain laws to take over American landowners’ property.
As you'll recall, we made our world premiere at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival and won “Best North American Documentary” at the Global Visions Film Festival, in Edmonton, Alberta (on the doorstep to the tar sands) and a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. The Houston Film Critics Society nominated it for a 2014 Texas Independent Film Award. The film also screened during the historic Climate Week activities in New York City in September 2014.
Huge thanks to our Nationbuilder supporters for your interest in the film and the continuing debate over tar sands, Keystone, and climate change.